Successful business leaders have long desired to try their hands at government service. Most of them fail to even win their initial race. Such was expected to be the fate of Kevin Stitt.
But a 'midnight miracle' happened on June 26th & he edged out the sitting lieutenant governor to enter the runoff election against the favorite, OKC 4-term mayor, Mick Cornett.
Sure, Stitt put a fortune of his own family wealth into the race. But he earned that wealth by succeeding in the mortgage financing industry... again, by marketing and serving the needs of American homeowners.
Stitt is not some carpetbagger or social media celebrity. He's a son of a central Oklahoma church pastor and lives a very common Oklahoman working class narrative. He is full of a willingness to push himself to excellence. He has shown a genuine skill at communicating to a broad range of social classes, lifestyles, generations, and ethnicities.
Stitt is true to the Republican message of government reform and productivity. He believes in lean and agile agencies which can adjust to a variety of economic conditions in the state. As a master in the service industry, he expects our state agencies to be service-oriented and focused on providing assistance to the state's residents.
Stitt is now locked in a close race against the last remaining icon of a nearly extinct species... the old Democrat machine which dominated Oklahoma's government for the last half of the 20th century. Drew Edmondson is from the family which dictated Democrat politics from Muskogee County. His dad(congressman) & his uncle(governor) controlled the old Democrats and his brother spent decades on the state's supreme court. Edmondson spent nearly 2 decades as our state's top cop, as the Attorney General for 16 years, he emboldened himself and used his office to pressure for cultural liberalism. He even inserted himself in an out-of-state lawsuit at the US Supreme Court. He actually sought to force the Boy Scouts of America to include Homosexuals in their troop leadership, by force of federal court edict.
Edmondson argued that states possess the power to tell private associations who they must include in their leadership. That precedence would have chilling repercussions for faith-based groups in Oklahoma, and Drew still insists that this should be our public policy!