OK Democrats react to OK Republican fight
NORMAN, Okla. — There were some serious fireworks at the Republican State Convention in Norman Saturday.
People were accusing one another of verbal and physical attacks.
Governor Fallin was even booed when she encouraged delegates to support the presumed nominee, Mitt Romney.
Ron Paul supporters said the Mitt Romney folks started it, but the Romney supporters claim the same of the Paul people.
Now both Republicans and Democrats are speaking out about the chaos.
Matt Pinnell is the chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party.
He said the convention was messy but fair.
He said, “We don’t have a nominee yet. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Everybody can support whoever they want in the primary but we have to behave in the right way as well. Some of the behavior on Saturday is not going to help us build a majority and it certainly is not going to help us defeat Barack Obama in November.”
The warning to play nice is being echoed by Democrats as well.
Former Democratic Party Chairman Mike Turpen said the Republican Party is going through growing pains.
Turpen said, “The good news is, they had a spirited convention even on Mother’s Day weekend. The bad news is, if you are not careful, you dissuade people from participating in the process.”
The current Democratic Party chairman, Wallace Collins said he sees Saturday’s fighting as fodder.
Collins said, “If a party can’t even run a state convention of a few hundred people, how in the world can they run the state of Oklahoma with 3.5 million people?”
Pinnell said Ron Paul will have nine delegates going to the Republican National Convention from the district level but he didn’t get 15″percent of the Oklahoma vote on Super Tuesday, so he doesn’t have any automatic votes.