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Fallin's office on rumor: Barresi not being considered for secretary of education

BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World Published: July 16, 2014
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photo - Gov. Mary Fallin looks on as State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi shows a bookmark to students from James L. Dennis Elementary School at the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library in Oklahoma City Friday, May 3, 2013. The governor and superintendent were kicking off the State Department of Education's 2013 Summer Reading Program called Read 5 for Summer by reading to the students. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
Gov. Mary Fallin looks on as State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi shows a bookmark to students from James L. Dennis Elementary School at the Patience S. Latting Northwest Library in Oklahoma City Friday, May 3, 2013. The governor and superintendent were kicking off the State Department of Education's 2013 Summer Reading Program called Read 5 for Summer by reading to the students. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

State Rep. Joe Dorman issued a news release Wednesday evening slamming Gov. Mary Fallin on her education policies and accusing her of considering the appointment of outgoing State Superintendent Janet Barresi as secretary of education.

But Fallin's spokesman dismissed Dorman's press release as "baseless and silly" and he accused the Democratic nominee for governor for starting the rumor about Barresi himself as a way to trump up publicity for his campaign.

"Superintendent Barresi has never asked to be considered nor has she ever been considered for secretary of education," said Alex Weintz, Fallin's spokesman. "We actually said that before he put out his press release, so all he would ever have needed to do was pick up the phone and call."

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