Gov. Mary Fallin hits Democrats in Charlotte, but some Oklahomans shrug her off

The Oklahoma governor countered Democratic National Convention speeches mostly at the expense of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign
by Chris Casteel Published: September 5, 2012

Gov. Mary Fallin flew behind enemy lines to help Republicans counter the messages at the Democratic National Convention here, but some Oklahoma Democrats shrugged her off Wednesday as an ineffective tool for the GOP.

Fallin came here Tuesday night and went down on the floor of the Time Warner Cable Arena during the opening night speeches.

Wednesday, she participated in a news conference with a small-business owner and other elected Republican officials who criticized President Barack Obama and Democrats on a number of fronts.

If the president is re-elected, Fallin said at the news conference, “What we will see is another four years of the same policies that haven't worked for America. And it is time for a change.”

Wallace Collins, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said, “I personally think she ought to be back in Oklahoma earning her salary.”

Collins said the state is paying her salary as governor while paying Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb to be governor in her absence.

Moreover, he said, the state is paying for her security detail, which travels with the governor.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the presidential campaign of Republican Mitt Romney paid for the commercial airfare for the governor and Weintz, who accompanied the governor.

The campaign also paid for lodging for the governor, Weintz and her security detail. Oklahoma taxpayers paid for the travel for the security officers.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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