GOP Sen. Anderson supporting Dem Joe Dorman in governor race
Enid News and Eagle
State Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, said Friday he is supporting Democratic nominee Joe Dorman for governor and will likely vote for him Nov. 4.
He confirmed his support the same week Dorman visited Enid Rotary Club as Anderson’s guest.
The senator also attended an Enid campaign event earlier this year for Dorman, a state representative from Rush Springs. Anderson said, however, he is not involved in Dorman’s campaign.
“Joe and I don’t agree on all issues, but I think he’d make a fine governor and he’s definitely someone who has always, and who will always be willing to talk about whatever the issues are that are important to our community in northwest Oklahoma,” Anderson said. “Unfortunately, Gov. Fallin hasn’t been willing to do that.”
Tension between Anderson and Fallin is common lore around Enid, especially considering a public spat over the closing of Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid, a state institution for the developmentally disabled. Anderson wanted to keep NORCE open, yet Fallin approved a committee recommendation to place clients in home-based care.