Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: Fourth Reading: Shutting the Door on Randy Terrill

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Commentary: Fourth Reading: Shutting the Door on Randy Terrill

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And even though just a handful of voters bothered to go to the polls, the end result was that the field of candidates was narrowed, representatives of the tea party got to thump their collective chests, a few incumbents who had lost touch with the voters got their walking papers and a whole lot of money got spent trying to convince voters which candidate was more conservative.

But wait, there's more.

Lost in all he hyperbole was the defeat of state Rep. Randy Terrill.

Terrill, a Republican member of the House of Representatives, had served in office since 2004. But this year, instead of seeking re- election, Terrill made a bid for the Cleveland County Commission.

On Tuesday evening he lost.

Of course, opinions vary on why Terrill got beat.

Some say it was the result of Terrill's ongoing trial (along with former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich) for bribery and corruption. Others believe it was the result of Terrill's bankruptcy. And a few believe the voters had simply had enough of Terrill, the public servant.

There's probably some truth to all of that.

But the biggest reason that Randy Terrill got beat is simple - Randy Terrill.

Arguably one of the smartest lawmakers at the Capitol, Terrill had the opportunity and the talent to become one of the GOP's rising stars.

Smart, politically savvy and willing to fight, Terrill had the chance to change Oklahoma for the better. …

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