John Doak avoids negative campaigning but has one question

Published by the Alva Courier-Review on Aug. 15, 2010

By Lynn L. Martin

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John Doak is facing an August 24, 2010 statewide runoff vote that will likely hit an all time low in voter turnout. The reason: his, and John Crawford’s race, is the only one on the ballot for all 77 counties.

When the newspaper asked John Doak if there was one question he could ask that mentioned his opponent, he replied, “Why on earth is John Crawford running, who at age 78 has been out of office for 14 years . . . and has lots of issues?”

Doak did not name the “issues.” But a Google search of “John P. Crawford investigation” brought up the August 11, 2010 edition of the Enid News and Eagle which summarized the issue nicely.

Jeff Mullin, senior writer, wrote, “John Crawford, facing an Aug. 24 runoff against John Doak for the Republican nomination for state insurance commissioner, publicly has declared himself “squeaky clean.”

“But allegations made against him during his first term as insurance commissioner in the late 1990s continue to surface.

“In 1998 the Daily Oklahoman reported Crawford was the target of an FBI investigation into alleged fraud and nepotism regarding computer contracts he awarded on behalf of Enid-based insurance company American Standard Life & Accident Co. The FBI probe focused on allegations Crawford’s son, the late John P. Crawford III, profited from the contract.”

In the interview with the Alva Review-Courier, Doak expressed amazement that a candidate with Crawford’s history would declare himself “squeaky clean.”

Doak said that if elected, he would bring principles to the office that would be right in-line with the thinking of most Oklahomans.

He has joined the lawsuit against “Obamacare; he is opposed to federal mandated insurance; he believes that health care reform should take place on the state level and that States have the authority to set their own polices and decline “misguided” federal mandates.

The Republican is opposed to the 1% across the board tax on health-insurances claims that was passed the final week of the legislative session.

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