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GOP Combat Vets Flip Oklahoma City Council Seats: Defund Police Push Was ‘Last Straw’

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Two Republican combat veterans who ran for local office on a “Back the Blue” campaign message are getting to work after flipping left-wing city council seats in Norman, Oklahoma, amid fallout over the city’s vote to reallocate police funding.

Newly-elected Councilmembers Kelly Lynn and Rarchar Tortorello joined “Fox & Friends” Thursday to explain why they “stepped up to the plate” to fight for their city and stop big government “overreach.”

“The last straw for us was the defunding of the police,” Tortorello told Ainsley Earhardt. “A lot of folks that we know were planning to leave the city and they just wanted to flee what the city was turning into, a socialist-type environment.”

“I was about to move out of the city I love because it got so crazy politically,” Lynn said.  “These are supposed to be nonpartisan offices and it became very partisan with the acts of defunding the police.”

The Norman City Council voted in June 2020 to reallocate $865,000 from the requested increase to the NPD’s budget to other community projects after hundreds of residents and activists stormed the municipal building demanding police cuts.

The vote was met with backlash from fellow residents and the police union, resulting i… (Read more)

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