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Corn meal: Candidate serving feast for seniors

Corn meal: Candidate serving feast for seniors

The Oklahoman Editorial, The Oklahoman

Published: January 26, 2010

Politicians seeking higher office use talk shows, position papers, press releases, news conferences and paid advertising to advance their cause. State Sen. Kenneth Corn has taken this a step further with grandstanding and attempting to micromanage the pending disbursal of Rainy Day Fund money.

Corn, D-Poteau, wants to replace Jari Askins as lieutenant governor. Askins is running for governor. Corn might as well be — so visible are his grandstanding and micromanaging forays.

Grandstanding: Corn and another state senator camped out on the Capitol grounds in November to raise awareness of pending cuts in senior nutrition programs. Corn tried in vain to get a special session called to address cuts to senior programs.

Micromanaging: Corn intervened, successfully, with the state Department of Transportation on behalf of a highway contractor (and campaign donor) who had failed ODOT’s prequalification process for potential bidders. Last week he pre-filed a bill to get Rainy Day Fund money specifically for senior nutrition programs... FULL ARTICLE

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