Friday, August 24, 2007

Yet Another Reason to Vote Against Inhofe

Former Tulsa mayor Jim Inhofe, as quoted this week in the Tulsa World:
I am consistently ranked as the single-most conservative member of the United States Senate….


Dan Paden said...

Well, another reason for you to vote against him, maybe. For me, it's enough to make me wish that he were young enough to serve another couple of decades.

Tulsan said...

Inhofe needs to work a little harder to be #1...he is only the 8th most conservative Senator, according to the National Journal's rankings.

Tulsan said...

Another reason to vote against Inhofe:

Once upon a time, Jim Inhofe owned Quaker Life Insurance, and brother Perry Inhofe, Jr. owned Mid-Continent Casualty Co. These companies were inherited from their father, Perry Inhofe, Sr. The brothers originally owned them jointly, then made deals to divvy them up.

Perry Inhofe, Jr. was chairman of Mid-Continent, when Quaker Life was forced into receivership by the state Insurance Department in August 1986. Jim Inhofe was elected to Congress three months later.

Having run Quaker Life into the ground, he sued his brother on the basis that he had been misled about the value of Mid-Continent.

Family values in action.

From the Tulsa World archives:

Inhofe vs. Inhofe // `Family feud' on insurance company sale to debut in court

Jim Inhofe a bittersweet victor in trial

Alternative Tulsa said...

We cite this quote as evidence of Inhofe's extreme partisanship. He seems much less interested in serving the public good in Oklahoma than in playing up his right-wing notions.

Tulsan said...

It seems to me that Inhofe took a turn to the hard right around the time of the lawsuit against his brother. I don't recall him being that bad a mayor. Maybe he got religion after his brush with financial ruin, and decided to champion big oil interests to keep his coffers topped up. He also became a prickly crank (or was it a crankly _____?) somewhere along the way.

It's also possible that he discovered that you simply couldn't go wrong in this period of Oklahoma politics by running to the right.

Frank Keating had seemed more moderate as well before his term as governor. It's doubtful those far-right positions reflected Keating's private views. I don't believe he was ever accepted by right-wingers as one of them, and "rightly" so. Keating was mainly interested in burnishing his conservative credentials in order to score a cushy post-gubernatorial job in D.C, which he proceeded to do.

Alternative Tulsa said...

Hi tulsan: Interesting and perceptive comments. You may be on to something.