On Monday, the US Senate confirmed President Trump's nomination to the Federal District Court for western Oklahoma. This now creates the 2nd vacancy on Oklahoma's high court. Justice Reif is also stepping down at the end of this month. All of these developments are enabling Gov. Stitt to leave more legacy on Oklahoma govt. than Gov. Fallin had in her full 8 years in the governor's mansion. Wyrick was Fallin's last Supreme Court appointment.
Patrick Wyrick had been Fallin's Solicitor and had previously worked under then AG Scott Pruitt. Democrat senators exploited that Pruitt connection to disparage Wyrick and oppose his appointment. He was also disparaged for his young age. The 38 year old has fast-tracked through the hierarchy of state judicial appointments. He's noted as one of the best communicators and thinkers on the current Oklahoma Supreme Court. His fellow justices have let him write most of the significant majority opinions during his short 2 years as a justice.
The Oklahoma Republican Party reloaded with brand new leaders at the top of the organization.
The former chair of Tulsa County Republicans, David McLain, received overwhelming support on the first ballot in a field of 3 candidates.
The convention body of nearly 1000 delegates gave 70% support to McLain, followed by 22% for Oklahoma County former Chair, Daren Ward; and 8% for Darren Gantz of the Tulsa County Republican Mens Club.
Vice Chair Michael Turner is a former state legislator who also worked several states for the Trump 2016 campaign. He led the first round balloting, followed by Kyletta Ray, then John Roberts. In the final balloting, Turner enjoyed 53% support, to Ray's 47%.
They take office immediately and plan to be at the state party headquarters on Monday morning.
David Van Risseghem is the Publisher of SoonerPolitics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...