Rep. Mike Thompson preparing for congressional run, talks issues

By Andrew W. Griffin

Oklahoma Watchdog

Posted: August 4, 2009

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OKLAHOMA CITY – With $215,000 already raised for his candidacy running for the 5th Congressional District, Rep. Mike Thompson, the Republican representing Oklahoma’s District 100 in Northwest Oklahoma City, is pleased with how things are going this early in the race.

“I think people are excited about a conservative candidate who is proven to be strong on tax issues and growing the economy,” Thompson said.

Thompson emphasizes that while he is a loyal Republican, he is also a strong conservative who doesn’t back off from voting against his own party when he doesn’t agree with a position they are taking or a bill they are pushing.

“At the end of the day you have to do what’s right,” he said. 

Thompson said it is important to keep the 5th District Republican and in the fall of 2010, when the election is held. The seat, held by Republican Mary Fallin, who is running for Oklahoma governor, is one that needs to remain Republican and that he is the conservative to do the job.

With energy issues critical to Oklahoma’s economy, and noting Washington’s anti-drilling stance, Thompson said he is a major proponent of drilling domestically for more oil and natural gas.

Compared to foreign nations with poor environmental records, Thompson said our standards are far more stringent – and that that is important.

“We do have standards, we do clean up our messes. Other countries, rogue countries don’t have the same methods of cleaning up,” he said.

Regarding the recent push in Congress to audit the Federal Reserve, Thompson is in complete favor of auditing the Fed, which many believe is directly behind America’s financial hardships.

“The people who control the money control a lot of the power in this country,” Thompson said. “I’m for auditing the Fed … for what they’ve been doing to our currency.”

From there, Thompson notes why he decided to run for higher office.

“The federal deficit,” he said. “My children will have the burden (of the deficit) placed on them for the rest of their lives.”

“We have to get spending under control,” he said. “I want to bring Oklahoma values to Washington, D.C. and I want to help balance the budget. We can’t continue to go down this road … engaging in a free-for-all spending spree.”

Oklahoma Watchdog interviewed Thompson last fall, prior to the November election where he was re-elected, and he had noted that tax issues were of particular concern as were pro-life issues and issues related to transportation, with Thompson having served as chairman of the Transportation Subcommittee.

As noted in that article, Thompson is a common-sense conservative and “citizen legislator” who also runs a commercial real-estate business, Thompson also has a healthy appreciation for the Second Amendment, having been honored as a “Defender of the Constitution” by the National Rifle Association. Additionally,  Thompson has worked hard in the state legislature serving on the Energy and Technology Committee and the Environment and Wildlife Committee.

Thompson is a father of two and has been married nine years to his wife Hayley. He said his family is very supportive of his campaign and in the coming months there will be a campaign headquarters and plenty of campaign material – shirts, buttons and bumper stickers – available to supporters.

Oklahoma Watchdog will continue to follow the Thompson campaign into the fall and into next year and looks forward to covering any debates Thompson may have in the coming months.

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