Seth Harp, a candidate in the GOP primary for insurance commissioner, got some free publicity thanks to John Oxendine, who responded to some recent criticism from the state senator during tonight’s debate.
Via the tipline, here are the comments referenced this evening:
Harp, a 67-year-old Republican state senator from Midland, has been critical of the man he is seeking to replace — Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine. Oxendine is eyeing the GOP gubernatorial nomination after serving in his current post for 16 years.
“My goal is to go in there and clean up that office because John Oxendine has pretty well used it for as a fundraising organization for about the last eight years,” Harp said during a Tuesday telephone interview.
It has been reported that Oxendine has accepted thousands of dollars in campaign donations from people his office regulates. He has vigorously denied any wrongdoing, but Harp isn’t buying it.
“Don’t get me wrong,” he said. “There are some very good, professional people in that office, but the front end has definitely been doing fundraising for Mr. Oxendine, and that is one area that will definitely change under a Harp administration.
“The fundraising thing is ethically horrible.”