ABOUT MONTE JOHNSON
, a Democratic candidate from Muldrow, said he
is opposed to same-sex marriages, but does not support a federal constitutional amendment on it.
"Really, the concern in Oklahoma is overblown," he
agrees with the court on its ruling on prayer, but said there is praying going on in schools, just not led by teachers.He
is not opposed to the use of the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and has no problem with the Ten Commandments hanging on a wall of a public building.
...Democrats running for their party's nomination are Carson, Johnson, state Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher, Jim Rogers and W.B.G. Woodson.
...Muldrow attorney Monte Johnson, 52, has mounted an energetic challenge, but without the resources and name identification Carson enjoys.
has attacked many of the policies of the Bush administration and the Republican Congress
, including tax cuts and trade agreements.
WASHINGTON - Monte Johnson
wants to put an end to the influence that special interest groups have over Congress.He
wants to repeal the tax cuts passed since President Bush took office.He
also says he
wants to change the direction of the Democratic Party.Johnson, a Muldrow attorney, is running for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. Senate race to succeed retiring Sen.
"We need to change the direction of our country," Johnson
said."We've gotten off track on both foreign and domestic policy.Special interest groups and the wealthy have pretty much taken over Congress."Johnson
, 52, has been campaigning across the state, and has launched several attacks on U.S. Rep.
"I don't understand why the Democratic Party bosses are spending Democratic Party money to elect Mr. Carson when he consistently votes with big business and the Republicans," Johnson
said in a recent release to the media.
The last Federal Election Commission reports show Johnson
and other Democratic candidates face daunting odds against Carson, who had more than $1.5 million in the bank at the end of April.
had less than $1,700.Johnson
opposes the prescription drug plan approved by Congress last year because it cost taxpayers billions of dollars, but still left Americans paying twice as much for medicine as people in any other industrialized country."I think if Oklahoma actually elected a U.S. senator that did not take special interest money, that in itself would attract so much attention that it might change the landscape of politics," he said
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has filed as a Democratic candidate for the office of the United States Senate
because I want to change the direction of our country and the direction of my party.
"I enter this race as the only candidate who is seeking real change and who wants to stand up against the powerful special interests and speak for the people," he
said."Today, our government is being run by big business and the special interests.The powerful special interests have had laws passed that protect price gouging by drug companies; give $12 billion subsidies to insurance companies; give tax incentives and trade laws that encourage American jobs to be shipped overseas; and, give huge tax cuts for the wealthy that have resulted in huge federal deficits, cuts in domestic spending and projected cuts in social security.
"My Democratic party has done little or nothing to stop this," he
said." In fact, the Democratic Party bosses are using Democratic Party money to actively campaign for my opponent who has voted with the Republicans and big business so often that he
received an award from the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce for backing their pro-big business agenda."He
said the country needs to change trade laws and tax laws to keep more jobs in America.
"We need to stop the drug companies and insurance companies from gouging taxpayers to increase their profits," he
said." We need to restore sanity to our tax laws so we can balance our budget and not have school teachers and factory workers paying a higher rate of tax than millionaires pay on their stock and real estate profits.
"Our great country needs a change of direction," he
Democratic candidate Monte Johnson
campaign for U.S.
Senator Don Nickles' seat to Altus on Monday.
While in town, he
visited with as many people from various businesses across town as quickly as he
could.Campaign time is running out, so Johnson
is attempting to hit every county seat's downtown area at least once, and usually it's in a hurry.Johnson
entered the race because he
says that many sat quietly in the back seat as the country was steered in the wrong direction, and now he
is making his
voice heard above the silence of others and attempting to turn things around.
"I felt our country had taken a dangerous turn in the wrong direction, and I didn't see anybody out there that was talking or doing anything about the problems I saw," Johnson
firmly believes a few things out of alignment in the nation include the war with Iraq, Bush's tax cuts and Medicare reform.
"In the war in Iraq, for the first time in the entire history of our nation, our country invaded another country and toppled its government, when that country had done nothing to us," Johnson
According to Johnson
, this invasion is completely out of character for the United States and will have long-term consequences.
"That's the kind of thing Iraq does to Kuwait," Johnson
The country's altered image and reputation is one consequence that Johnson
said would have lasting effects on the nation.
"They see us in a different light than they did two years ago," Johnson
said with concern. Johnson
is also disturbed with tax cuts for the wealthy and big business.
"The recent tax cuts have resulted in record federal budget deficits, cuts in spending for education and healthcare and expected future cuts in social security," Johnson
Medicare reform evokes negative sentiments in Johnson
with its proposal of $12 billion in government subsidies to insurance companies, Medicare privatization and high price guarantees to drug companies.Johnson grew up in a working-class family in Muldrow, and after graduating from high school in 1970 he earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1976 and a law degree in 1979.He practiced oil and gas law in Oklahoma City for five years before leaving Oklahoma to attend Emory University Law School in Atlanta, where he obtained a Master of Law degree in 1987.He taught law at O.U.'s School of Law as an adjunct professor for three years, and in 1996, Johnson earned a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C.He is currently an associate minister, youth minister and Sunday school teacher at Trinity United Methodist Church in Muldrow, and he is also the instructor of Muldrow High School's mock trial team.
For more information, visit his
Web site at www.johnson2004.com.
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...Big business and special interests are in control of Congress, not the people, said Monte Johnson of Muldrow, which is why he is throwing his hat into the crowded ring for U.S. Senate.
...Johnson, 52, has no previous political experience, and said he believes Congress no longer represents working people but is beholden to special interest groups and the wealthy.He earned a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma, and later earned a master's in law from Emory University in Atlanta.Johnson
lived large as an oil and gas attorney in Oklahoma City
beginning in 1981.But several years of living in a Heritage Hills mansion, driving fancy cars and spending a lot money left Johnson
"Even though I was successful and making a lot of money, I felt empty," he
said."I had no meaning or purpose in my life."Subsequently, Johnson quit his law practice and moved to North Carolina, where he earned a master's degree in divinity from Duke University in 1996.
By 1998 he
had returned to Oklahoma and set up a legal practice in Sallisaw, where he
served clients who ordinarily could not afford a lawyer, representing them whether they could pay or not.He also continues his work as an associate pastor with Trinity United Methodist Church in Muldrow.
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(Duncan, Okla. May 27, 2004) It had been a while since Monte Johnson
had been in Duncan.
A landman in the early 1980s, Johnson