McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 21, 2014

Mullin's challenger

By James Beaty
Senior Editor

McALESTER — Darrel Robertson figures has can do a better job in Congress than the current office-holders.

That’s why he’s decided to challenge the incumbent District 2 U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, for the Republican nomination for the District 2 seat.

Robertson, 63, who said he operates a ranch in the Jay area, traveled to McAlester on Thursday to meet with a local group of Republicans. He also spoke with the News-Capital about his decision to run for the District 2 office.

Robertson figures he can bring common-sense approach to Congress.

He said he bought a construction company in 1976 that eventually became a manufacturing concern in Grove that manufactured bolted water tanks, the kind that go on water towers. Earlier tanks had been welded, as opposed to being bolted together, he said.

Robertson said he recently sold the company for several million dollars because someone came along who wanted it more than he did.

Robertson said that gave him a glimmer of hope that someone could go to Washington D.C. “and with the good Lord’s help,” get some results.

“I know what money is,” he said. “I know you can’t spend more than you make.”

He figures he can use his knowledge of business to help rein in government waste in Washington D.C.

“We have to  get our spending under control,” he said.

He also contended Constitutional principles are being disregarded.

“They’re stomping on our Constitution every day and we’re allowing it,” Robertson said.

Since there are already many members of Congress who vote “no” on numerous proposals, why should Oklahomans send someone new to Congress to continue voting “no?”

They also vote “yes,” Robertson said.

He said he would not have supported passage of the recent Farm Bill because of some provisions he considered wasteful or unfair.

Why should people in the McAlester area vote for him to become the next District 2 U.S. representative?

“I think I’ve got a lot more experience,” he said. “I’ve changed things that people thought couldn’t be changed.”

Now, Robertson is hopeful he can help change the face of Congress by becoming the next U.S. representative for District 2.

“I’m just concerned about our country,” he said. “I can see the way our country’s going; our kids are not going to have as many types of opportunity in the future.

“I’m very proud of America,” he said.

“We need about 400 new members of Congress.”

He said he would bring his Christian values with him to Congress.

“If we have enough people with Christian values, we can change the country,” Robertson said.

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