This was announced a few weeks ago but I thought I'd point this information to your attention given the recent controversy Google has stirred with doing a fundraiser for U.S. Senator James Inhofe (aka old fart, leading climate change denier). Inhofe now has a Democratic challenger by the name of Matt Silverstein, a Tulsa insurance executive.
Tulsa insurance executive Matt Silverstein has filed notice with the Federal Election Commission of his intention to challenge Republican incumbent Jim Inhofe for the U.S. Senate next year as a Democrat.Of course, it won't be easy for Matthew Silverstein to mount a credible challenge to Senator Inhofe because the fundamentals and political climate in Oklahoma make it one of the top 5 reddest states in the U.S. The last Democrats in Congress to represent Oklahoma was Brad Carson, who served in the 2nd Congressional District from 2001-2005 but wasn't exactly a liberal Democrat and Dan Boren who served in the 2nd District from 2005-2013. During those years, the state has continued its deep red trajectory.
Among those backing Silverstein is former state Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, who sent out a fundraising letter on his behalf last week.
A political novice, Silverstein will be taking on one of the most durable political figures in the state's history.
Silverstein's entrance, however low-key, may explain the sudden activation of Inhofe's 2014 campaign despite his insistence he has not decided whether to seek a fourth full term since winning a special election in 1994.
Inhofe will turn 80 shortly after the 2014 election.
What other bit of information as relevant as the last U.S. Senate challenger Andrew Rice, supported by a lot of Kossacks, who ran against James Inhofe in 2008 but couldn't get even 40%. Credible challenge by Rice then in 2008 but it was still an uphill battle to climb and he couldn't pull it off.
Still, why not give Matt Silverstein support?
1) He's not James Inhofe
2) He's not James Inhofe
3) He's not James Inhofe
Let's do whatever we can to fire up the base of Democrats and others in Oklahoma for the 2014 U.S. Senate race. If the DSCC won't support Matt Silverstein (and it's likely being the wimps they are), then we should.