For Immediate Release
November 8, 2020

Media Contact:
Angela Allmond, Communications Director
Oklahoma Democratic Party
[email protected]

GOP Leader Plays Partisan Politics at Expense of Oklahoma Children

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Democratic Party issued the following statement on Gov. Kevin Stitt’s blasting citizens and groups advocating for Oklahoma children’s safety and voicing their concerns over his anti-masker choice for the Oklahoma State Board of Education:

“It is incomprehensible for me to understand how any so-called leader can disregard the health and safety of our children and the teachers trying to protect students, their families, and themselves. Stitt accused concerned citizens and child advocacy groups of pushing a ‘political agenda’ on Monday. Protecting children is absolutely not a ‘political agenda.’ The data and experts have proven that masks work to save lives. The citizens and groups expressing their outrage against Stitt were not acting on behalf of any political party. Instead, sadly, it is our own state GOP leadership playing games for political gain,” said Alicia Andrews, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair.

“As our state continues to experience surges and cases and hospitalizations are at record highs, Stitt should be focused on curbing the COVID virus in our state versus picking petty partisan battles. This goes far beyond politics. It involves compassion and empathy, or, sadly, our Governor’s lack thereof when it comes to the lives of Oklahoma children and their families.

“We are calling on Stitt to honor his oath to protect all the people of our state. Oklahomans care deeply about our children and the people will no longer tolerate the Governor’s game-playing that will only serve to jeopardize the lives of our children, teachers, and their families. We will all remember in 2022 how Stitt put party politics before protecting the constituents he swore to serve,” concluded Andrews.

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