Former state senator's new firm to focus on 'liberty issues'

By Randy Krehbiel and Barbara Hoberock, Tulsa World, Okla.
McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Nov. 30--Former Republican state Sen. Randy Brogdon is returning to full-time bedevilment of the GOP establishment.

Brogdon doesn't put it that way. He's really more interested in attacking Democrats and President Barack Obama. But that could well be the effect of Brogdon's separation this week from the Oklahoma Insurance Department.

He said Tuesday that he is forming a political consulting business specializing in "liberty issues."

He would not say whether he plans another challenge to Gov. Mary Fallin in next year's Republican primary.

"My life is going to revolve around politics in some form or fashion," Brogdon said. "That's all I can say."

A tea party Republican before there was a tea party, the former Owasso heating and air conditioning contractor finished 15 points behind Fallin in the four-way 2010 GOP primary. Many considered that to be a strong showing, given Fallin's big advantages in name recognition and money.

Brogdon subsequently took a $99,000-a-year job in the Insurance Department. In an Oct. 17 email, the Oklahoma Public Employee Retirement System told Brogdon it estimated that his three years at the department boosted his total state retirement income from $1,024 to $1,642.75 per month.

On Tuesday, Brogdon said his state pension was not a consideration in taking the Insurance Department job.

"I'm not relying on that at all," he said. "I'm relying on working and saving for retirement."

Even before challenging Fallin, Brogdon proved more than occasionally troublesome to buttoned-down Republicans. A state senator from 2004-10, Brogdon has for years been associated with the John Birch Society and has warned against a variety of perceived threats, including a North American union similar to the European Union and a loss of state sovereignty.

Brogdon indicated Tuesday that he is most interested in public speaking and setting up "liberty boot camps," at which he said people would receive "an education on the founding principles" and "getting the federal government back in bounds."

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