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Dorman Joins Gubernatorial Race, Harshly Criticizes Fallin

Matt Trotter

Gov. Mary Fallin has a new, Democratic challenger in the gubernatorial race.

State Rep. Joe Dorman decried Fallin's "divisive manner" and "failed policies" as he announced Tuesday he will run for governor. 

During a speech at the Tulsa Press Club, Dorman blasted Fallin on everything from infrastructure to crime, and the lawmaker says he's not going to hold back on criticizing her.

"I'm going to do what it takes to point out the truth, and I don't think I was very hard on her today," Dorman said. "I actually think I could have been a lot harder on some of the policies that she's tried to push through the legislature in the past three years."

Dorman's speech, which questioned the governor's ethics as well as her policies, seemed designed to clearly show he's Fallin's opposite. After his announcement, he took it a step further.

"The first executive order I will issue as the governor of Oklahoma is to accept the federal dollars that would come in for healthcare and help get our hospitals the necessary resources they need to keep them funded and keep them open," Dorman said.

Dorman also said he'd find a way to make the Affordable Care Act work to the benefit of Oklahomans. 

He plans to visit all 77 of Oklahoma's counties during his campaign.