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July 15, 2011

State rep announces bid for US House

Faught says fed government out of touch, into too many things

Federal government is out of touch, and spending is out of line, said Rep. George Faught.

Faught, R-Muskogee, announced Thursday he’ll run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.

“They seem to have lost why they are up there serving and who they are working for,” Faught said. “Congress needs people with their feet planted firmly on the ground and their head out of the clouds.”

Faught said Oklahomans have proven time and again they know exactly what to do in tough times — go back to the basic essentials.

But the federal government doesn’t seem to know how to keep things simple during tough financial times, he said.

“Maybe our government is in to too many things — and not just the essentials,” Faught said. “I think government can scale back.”

Faught said Washington needs someone with a fresh approach who understands the value of a dollar.

At the state capital, money talk comes in millions and billions, Faught said. At the federal level, money is measured in trillions, he said.

“They talk in numbers we can’t even fathom, and it’s just a drop in a bucket to them,” Faught said. “We need someone that knows the value of a dollar and fights to spend those dollars wisely.”

Faught hopes to fill Rep. Dan Boren’s vacated seat during the next election.

Boren, D-Oklahoma, recently announced he is not seeking a fifth term in office.

Faught is the owner and operator of a carpet cleaning business in Muskogee.

He’s serving his third term in the Oklahoma Legislature after becoming the first Republican elected to the District 14 seat which includes eastern Muskogee and the towns of Braggs and Fort Gibson.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton @muskogeephoenix.com.

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