Okla. lawmaker disavows 'militia' comments

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Associated Press

Posted on April 15, 2010 at 5:31 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A darling of the tea party movement who's supported the idea of a volunteer militia says he expects to win the Oklahoma governor's race despite fallout from his warning that citizens may need to protect themselves against an overreaching federal government.

State Sen. Randy Brogdon is seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

Brogdon and some local tea party leaders indicated in an AP story earlier this week that a militia could be used to stop federal encroachment into state's rights.

Brogdon has since said he spoke only of a new National Guard-type unit to aid the state during civil emergencies. He's also said he never used the term "militia" in his AP interview.

He used the term five times, including saying: "Is a state militia a good idea? It probably is."

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