April 12, 2005


Watts says he hasn't ruled out run for Oklahoma governor (AP, 4/10/05)

Former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts hasn't ruled out running for governor next year but he said he wasn't ready to make a decision.

''I have been encouraged to do it, and I pay attention to the people who are encouraging me to do it because they've been great friends of mine,'' Watts told The Oklahoman's Washington bureau during a telephone interview on Friday.

Watts, a Republican, served as 4th Congressional District representative from 1995 to 2003 in the U.S. House. He now runs the J.C. Watts Cos., which do government affairs and business consulting work in Washington.

He's still only 48.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 12, 2005 12:24 AM

That would set him up nicely to run for national office.

Posted by: kevin whited at April 12, 2005 8:55 AM

How many illegitimate children is he up to now?

Posted by: bart at April 12, 2005 11:14 AM

If he were a Democrat, that wouldn't matter, would it?

Posted by: Dave W. at April 12, 2005 3:50 PM

Wow, Bart, dredging up something from his high school days? At least Bush's drug use was in college. Dave, this doesn't come up because Watts is a Republican, but because he's black.

Posted by: Timothy at April 12, 2005 4:17 PM

It comes up because of the kind of campaign he will run. He is going to run as another Religious Right moral hectorer, so it matters regardless of when he did it. If he were running as a tax-cutting, get government off our backs, fiscal conservative it really wouldn't matter.

What does his race have to do with it?

Posted by: bart at April 12, 2005 4:44 PM

If he were white, you wouldn't have mentioned something that he did in high school.

Posted by: Timothy at April 12, 2005 5:39 PM

Not true. If he were White, nobody would be talking about him as a candidate for anything more than dog catcher in Broken Arrow. How many White candidates with illegitimate children who spent much of their time on public assistance are there?

Posted by: bart at April 12, 2005 6:25 PM

{Insert Clinton joke here}

Posted by: Timothy at April 12, 2005 7:53 PM


He owns up to it and supports all of his children openly. Having an illegitimate child isn't a disqualifier, abandoning one would be.

Posted by: The Other Brother at April 12, 2005 8:17 PM


Proof matters.

The Other Brother,

Has he ever paid back the taxpayers for the time his progeny spent on the dole? Is there a case of a White candidate, other than Grover Cleveland, with illegitimate children being elected to high office? The last case I remember was Arlen Stangeland, who when revelations came out about his mistress and her kids with him proceeded to lose his House seat to Collin Peterson in Minnesota. The Democrats had a pithy little slogan about him 'Stangeland is so pro-family, he has two of them.'

If JC Watts were not Black, no one would have ever heard of him.

Posted by: bart at April 13, 2005 7:29 AM