The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

October 22, 2010

Thompson faces uphill battle against Boren

U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, a Blue Dog Democrat from Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District, will face Republican Charles Thompson, a veterinarian and Iraq war veteran, in the Nov. 2 general election.

Boren became the Democratic nominee by defeating Democrat Jim Wilson, a progressive state senator from Tahlequah, in the primary. He is seeking a fourth term in the 2nd District, which stretches from Northeast Oklahoma to the Red River border with Texas.

Thompson became the Republican nominee after defeating student Daniel Edmonds in the Aug. 24 runoff. He said he plans to draw a contrast between the only Democratic member of Oklahoma’s delegation and himself.

Thompson had also led in balloting in the July 27 primary, but did not have enough votes to avoid a runoff in the six-way primary.

A poll of 400 likely voters conducted over the phone by Myers Research and Strategic Services on Sept. 7-8 showed Boren ahead of Thompson, 65 percent to 31 percent. The poll had a margin of error of 4.9 points.

Boren was one of 34 Democrats in the U.S. House who opposed health care reform. Boren said he voted against the bill because it cost too much money.

Since the collapse of the housing market in the fall of 2008 and the staggering rise in unemployment in 2009, Boren has argued that Congress should move away from divisive debates on health care and climate change, and instead remain singularly focused on improving the economy and creating jobs.

Boren said he believes the first step to lowering taxes for Americans is reining in excessive federal spending. He is a leading supporter of a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to balance the federal budget every year. In his words: “If American families are forced to make tough choices to balance their budgets, then Congress should be held to the same standard. The years of passing the buck and borrowing money from China need to end. We must rein in the cost of government and lower the tax burden on American families and businesses.”

Boren said he supports an expansion of the child tax credit to allow Oklahoma families to keep more of their hard-earned money; an increase in the homebuyer tax credit to get the real estate and housing market moving again; an extension of unemployment benefits to help those struggling to find a job; and a broad assortment of tax credits and incentives for small businesses so that they can grow their business or make much-needed capital investments.

Thompson said he plans to tell voters about Boren’s support for earmarks and his vote for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Though he agrees with Boren’s vote against health care reform, he said Boren should have done more to argue against it.

Said Thompson: “I will work tirelessly to repeal the health care bill that was forced upon the American people even though they did not want it.’’

Thompson criticized Boren’s recent vote to adjourn the U.S. House of Representatives without considering extending tax cuts that are already in place but are due to expire.

“This is just one more example, in what seems to be an endless supply of examples, of Boren’s voting against the will of the people and voting with the will of Nancy Pelosi.”

Thompson has signed the “Contract from America,” a grass-roots legislative blueprint for 2010 and beyond. Thompson said, “The top 10 platforms make sense for America. From protecting the Constitution to stopping the tax hikes, these things will help rebuild the United States our founders fought for.”

Boren, 37, of Muskogee, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2004 after serving two years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He is the son of David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma and former Oklahoma governor and U.S. senator. He received a bachelor of science degree in economics and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma.

Thompson, 47, of Hulbert, is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University. He spent five years in private clinical practice. He is retired from the U.S. Army Reserves and served 25 years, including a stint in the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea. He also served with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, the Old Guard ceremonial and escort unit that serves the president. He was deployed to Germany in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a member of the Hulbert Board of Education.

Thompson stressed his 25 years in the military and the experience he gained starting his veterinary business from scratch.


Text Only
Local News
  • 072814_jd anderson.jpg VIDEO: Noel strongman advances on talent show

    The past week has been busier than normal for Noel resident J.D. Anderson. Members of the production crew for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” told him they have shot more footage of him than of other contestants for the next episode. “They said I have the busiest schedule of anyone this week,” Anderson told the Globe in a phone interview Friday. “There’s so many fun things you can do with B-roll as a strongman.”

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • AndraBryanStefanoni.jpg Andra Bryan Stefanoni: ‘Annie’ production is a family thing

    There’s a twist to this week’s production of “Annie” at Memorial Auditorium. The show, a beloved classic tale of an orphan girl in search of a family, is full of real-life family members.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072514 Band Box.jpg Jo Ellis: Carthage icon continues to play in local restaurant

    Chicago Coin’s Band-Box, also known as “Strike Up the Band,” has been a Carthage icon since the mid- to late 1950s. Any customer who frequented Red’s Diner, or Ray’s Cafe, and now the Pancake Hut is familiar with the pulsating rhythms and movements of this mechanical device.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SusanRedden.jpg Susan Redden: Gubernatorial hopefuls make area appearances

    Three potential candidates for Missouri governor in 2016 made stops in the Joplin area this past week.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Anti-landfill group seeks grand jury probe

    As more than 200 people filed into Riverton High School on Sunday to attend an anti-landfill group meeting, many stopped to sign a petition asking the Cherokee County District Court to summon a grand jury to investigate how land was acquired by the city of Galena for a proposed landfill.

    July 27, 2014

  • shoalcreekcleanup.jpg Wildcat Glades center puts on service day at Shoal Creek

    About 20 people on Saturday pulled trash out of Shoal Creek as they paddled in canoes and kayaks from Grand Falls to Zan’s Creekside Campground in Joplin.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearts & Hammers plans annual home repair event

    Since 2003, volunteers with Hearts & Hammers of Southwest Missouri have made free improvements to more than 170 homes owned by the elderly, physically disabled, and single parent or low-income families.

    July 26, 2014

  • Money clouds farm fight

    For much of the summer, while the campaign surrounding “right to farm” has been focused on its impact on “small, family farmers,” the bulk of the money pouring into the fight has come from big agriculture interests.

    July 26, 2014

  • jameswelbornupdate.jpg Local teen completes half of solo river trip

    James Welborn, a recent Webb City High School graduate, has reached the halfway point of his solo canoe trip down the Mississippi River — just in time to celebrate his 19th birthday with family.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Neosho police warn residents of phone scam

    The Neosho Police Department has received complaints from residents saying someone impersonating a lieutenant from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office warrants division has been calling them.

    July 26, 2014

Must Read


A new provision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows qualifying districts with high percentages of students on food assistance to allow all students to eat free breakfasts and lunches. Would you agree with this provision?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter