TULSA - He went to work for then Governor Ronald Reagan of California in 1967, and fifty years later former US Attorney General Edmund Meese is still in the trenches.
He visited Bartlesville and Tulsa this week, stumping for District 1 Congressional candidate Andy Coleman.
KRMG spoke exclusively with General Meese prior to a town hall meeting held with Coleman at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Wednesday.
Speaking about Coleman, he said “I was very much impressed with his background and experience, and his position on issues. And so it turned out that he asked me to be his special guest today here in Oklahoma, and I was happy to oblige.”
Coleman, who retired as a Captain in the US Air Force, is in his first run for elected office.
He told KRMG his qualifications for office separate him from the pack in the First District race.
“I’m the only military veteran in this race, I’m the only one with national security experience in this race. The same hold true for foreign policy, the same holds true for experience in the Muslim world,” Coleman said.
Asked if former President Reagan would be happy with the current state of the GOP, Meese said no, and yes.
“Well, I’m not sure he’d be happy with the way things are going, because I think there was much more unity that he actually brought to the party when he ran for governor first in 1966, and then throughout his time. But, I think in terms of policies, particularly at the present time, he would be very comfortable with most of the policies of the Republican Party today.”