TULSA - A Senate candidate from Oklahoma is getting some big national endorsements, but here at home he's coming under increasing fire from grassroots organizations as well as fellow lawmakers.
Rep. Mike Reynolds (R-Oklahoma City) put up a website a couple of years ago about T.W. Shannon, and he's continuing to build his case now that Shannon's running for U. S. Senate.
On the site, Reynolds talks about a warrant that was issued for Shannon's arrest, campaign fundraising violations, questionable financial dealings, and other ethical problems.
"The first question that T. W. Shannon needs to answer for every voter in Oklahoma: How do you make a living?" Reynolds told KRMG.
"He has consistently refused to answer that question. He hasn't provided one single client that he's ever worked for, or anybody else to my knowledge, publicly."
He says Shannon's own records show he's accepted illegal contributions from corporations, which are not allowed to contribute to campaigns under Oklahoma law.
"I don't see anything but red flags when it comes to T. W. Shannon's run for the U. S. Senate," Reynolds added.
Now, a grassroots Tea Party organization has firmly distanced itself from Shannon as well.
In a petition filed online, the Tulsa 9-12 Project, OKfor TEA, Get America Back, and others have made it clear they do not support Shannon.
The petition is addressed to "outside individuals & organizations endorsing T.W. Shannon for US Senate."
It reads in part:
As conservative grassroots leaders and activists from across the state of Oklahoma we are dismayed that you have endorsed T.W. Shannon for U.S. Senate without having fully researched and vetted the candidate. Each of the top three contenders to replace Senator Tom Coburn has a voting record that is easy to research.
Boots on the ground, grassroots leaders and activists were never consulted regarding who the true conservative candidate was before endorsements were made. Claiming the conservative mantle and deeming yourself as the “grassroots candidate” without the authentic conservative record and actions to support it, instead, makes you a poser.
KRMG contacted the Shannon campaign to offer them a chance to respond, we have not heard back.