I have received a lot of feedback on the article I wrote about Tim Rhode’s party affiliation. In the article, Tim Rhodes: Is He Really a Republican?, I spoke about how Tim Rhodes changed his party affiliation before filing for the office of Oklahoma County Court Clerk.
The theme behind most of that feedback was so what? So what if he changed parties? People do it all the time. Even Republican poster-boy President Ronald Reagan switched parties before running for office.
My point in the article was not necessarily just the simple fact that he changed his party affiliation. My point wasn’t even that he changed his party just in the nick of time to run for office on the Republican ticket. My point was that the man cannot be trusted.
Other themes of the reactions, as well as the subject of many articles that I have read over the last couple of weeks about Tim Rhodes is that he is the best candidate for the job because he is the most experienced, having served as deputy court clerk for several years.
It is true that Tim Rhodes has more experience in the office of county court clerk than his opponent, current State Representative Charles Key.
It is the way in which Tim Rhodes conducts himself politically that concerns me and should concern you too. For those that have said this race should not be about partisan politics, I would agree with you but if that is the case why did Tim Rhodes change party affiliations? If party politics are not in play when it comes to the Oklahoma County Court Clerk race, why was it so necessary for Tim Rhodes to switch from Democrat to Republican? Why was it so important to him that he not be identified as a Democrat than a Republican?
As with the case of former President Reagan, he switched to the Republican Party because he came to believe that his views were more in line with Republican thinking than the Democratic Party.
Is this the case with Tim Rhodes? One would hope so but I seriously doubt it. If it were so important to Tim Rhodes that he be identified with the Republican Party, why does he still contribute money to Democratic Party causes? Why does he not attend Republican Party events while his opponent does? What is Tim Rhodes trying to hide from you?
Tim Rhodes is, as I have said before, no Republican. I would not surprise me at all if, whether he wins or loses on August 28, he switched back to his former party.
Tim Rhodes is a Democrat. And so what? So he is a Democrat. Does that make him a bad person? No, it does not. Does that make him any less capable of doing the job? No, it does not. It is the dishonesty of Tim Rhodes that makes him a lesser candidate for the office he is seeking.
Tim Rhodes is the one playing party games. He knows as well as the Oklahoma Democratic Party, that in 2012, a Democrat cannot win a county seat in Oklahoma. They have known this for a long time. So their solution is to have their candidate switch his party affiliation before they became ineligible to do so and still be able to file for office. Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel did the same thing. After failing to get legislation pushed through to make the County Sheriff election a non-partisan election, he also attempted to change his party affiliation in an effort to keep his job. Fortunately, he was not successful in that attempt as he took too long to make that change.
The fact is that Tim Rhodes is a Democrat. He only changed his party affiliation because he knew he could not win as a Democrat. This fact does not make him inexperienced in the position he is seeking. It simply means that he is dishonest with the people of Oklahoma County. If you recall, in another article that I wrote about Tim Rhodes, Ethics Violations in County Clerk Race, he also violated state ethics laws by using county equipment to research his election opponents. Does this sound like an honest man to you?
If you are okay with the status quo of dishonest politicians and are okay with putting another dishonest politician into office, by all means vote for Tim Rhodes. Otherwise, if you want somebody in office that is a servant of the people and has done more as a legislator for the cause of freedom than any other legislator this writer has ever known in his life, than cast for your August 28 for Charles Key.