Race for Governor: Dan Fisher
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
On June 26th, Oklahomans will have a chance to go to the polls to pick who they want to represent their party in the gubernatorial election. FOX 25 is profiling the major candidates in all three parties that will appear on the ballot.
There is one candidate for governor that openly tells voters they should consider not voting for him. Dan Fisher is a Republican and served four years in the Oklahoma House and says being named one of the most controversial candidates in the primary is a point of pride.
“To be honest with you,” Fisher told FOX 25, “The accusation of radical I kind of consider a compliment. It means I am very different from what we have right now.”
Fisher said his years in the Oklahoma legislature taught him about the problems in state government. He is campaigning on a promise of nding the backroom deal making that he believes happens far too often at the capitol.
“We should not be giving good old boy deals to companies and corporations,” Fisher said. “I believe we ought to have a level playing field and government should not be picking winners and losers and it is not the job of government to be subsidizing these things.”
Fisher believes in smaller government and wants audits of state agencies coupled with restructuring or removing tax credit programs that cost more than they bring back in benefit.
However, far and above any other issue, Fisher's signature campaign issue is abolishing abortion.
“I believe it is time it is time to abolish the practice because I believe abortion is murder and the only alternative you have is to end it,” Fisher said.
Fisher said the Republican Party has lost its way in recent years as it abandoned efforts to abolish abortion in favor of policies that seek to reduce or regulate it.
The United States Supreme Court ruled decades ago abortion was a legal practice in the country. However, Fisher does not believe the court had the authority to make that ruling.
“I think it is an issue that the Supreme Court never had the authority to force on the states to begin with.”
Fisher said he wants to re-assert states’ rights, in a similar fashion to states like Colorado which has pushed back on federal drug laws regarding marijuana or California's immigration stance. While Fisher said he doesn't agree with the position those states are taking he supports the idea that states should take power back from the federal government.
“I'm not talking about insurrection and revolution,” Fisher said of his positions, “I'm talking here about the rule of law and we're talking about the way we were originally founded.”
Fisher will be the first to tell you that his position may seem radical but he's counting on voters wanting a radical change.
“If [voters] want the government they have now, don't dare vote for me because I represent real change,” Fisher said.