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The Truth Behind Former Governor Resignation From Oklahoma Council Of Public Affairs (OCPA)

Former Governor Keating Resigned from OCPA: An Overview of the Group's Questionable Tactics and Smears Since His Departure. Learn why honest debate is essential for our democracy.

Author:Dexter Cooke
Reviewer:Hajra Shannon
Feb 13, 2023
It's been two years since former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating resigned from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)board. While many may not be familiar with the organization, they may recognize some of the tactics it has employed.
The resignation highlighted a significant issue with OCPA: Its refusal to engage in honest disagreement with others and its reliance on smears and questionable tactics instead.
Below, we’ll dive into what led to Keating's resignation from OCPA, and how OCPA continues to engage in these same tactics today. We’ll also look at why people should care about what’s happening in this controversial, group.


Oklahoma Council of Public Affairsis a conservative think tank based in Oklahoma City. It was founded in 1993 by a small group of donors with the express intention of advancing their conservative agenda.
Since then, OCPA has become a {voice for far-right conservatives} and beyond. However, it has also developed a reputation for using questionable tactics to push its agenda, including personal attacks on opponents and false claims about others' positions or beliefs.

Keating Resignation from OCPA

Former Governor Frank Keating publicly resignedfrom his post as chairman of OCPA's board of directors - due to what he saw as its lack of commitment to open discussion and honest debate.
In particular, Keating cited OCPA's refusal to engage with those who disagreed with them and their use of smears and false claims to discredit opponents.
Keating's departure was seen as a significant blow to OCPA, indicating that the organization's tactics were unacceptable. Since then, however, there has been little indication that OCPA is willing to change its approach.

OCPA Tactics Today

In the years since Keating resigned from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, it has become increasingly clear that the organization still engages in questionable tactics and smears instead of honest debate.
They continue to attack those who disagree with them or challenge their views; for instance, in 2018, they ran a series of misleading ads attacking State Question 805, which sought reforms to Oklahoma's criminal justice system.
OCPA has also been accused of using false or misleading information to discredit opponents. For example, in 2019, they produced a report criticizing Medicaid expansionthat made numerous inaccurate claims and was widely denounced by medical professionals.

Moving Forward with Open Discussion and Honest Debate in Oklahoma Politics

The resignation of former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating from OCPA sent a strong message: That the organization's tactics were unacceptable and needed to change.
Unfortunately, OCPA has chosen to continue down the same path, relying on smears and questionable tacticsinstead of engaging in honest debate. As a result, their influence in Oklahoma politics remains as controversial as ever.
It's up to each individual to determine whether or not they're willing to support an organization like OCPA, given its approach. However, it's essential to be aware of their tactics and how they can potentially impact public discourse.
After all, honest debate and open dialogue are critical components of any healthy democracy – something that OCPAseems unwilling to accept. By staying informed and speaking out against these tactics, we can ensure that our voices are heard, and our democracy remains strong.
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Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
Hajra Shannon

Hajra Shannon

Hajra Shannona is a highly experienced journalist with over 9 years of expertise in news writing, investigative reporting, and political analysis. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Columbia University and has contributed to reputable publications focusing on global affairs, human rights, and environmental sustainability. Hajra's authoritative voice and trustworthy reporting reflect her commitment to delivering insightful news content. Beyond journalism, she enjoys exploring new cultures through travel and pursuing outdoor photography
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