“I think it's really a misunderstanding on the superintendent's part of her role,” Thomsen said. “She's not supposed to rule the legislators.”
State Rep. Gus Blackwell, R-Laverne, said he is looking for a candidate who will listen.
“I would say that probably the people that are on that list that support Joy have a variety of reasons, but I do think there is disappointment in both the direction the department is heading, the way it has handled issues and just the day-to-day functioning of the office of the agency itself,” Blackwell said.
State Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Arcadia, said he's not happy with the amount of progress that has been made by Barresi, but said he may be expecting too much.
“I'm not sure if anybody can fix this thing,” he said.
Other Republican lawmakers identified by Hofmeister's campaign as having endorsed her included Sen. Patrick Anderson, of Enid; Rep. Don Armes, of Faxon; Sen. Don Barrington, of Lawton; Rep. Dennis Casey, of Morrison; Rep. David Derby, of Owasso; Rep. Dale DeWitt, of Braman; Sen. Eddie Fields, of Wynona; Sen. A.J. Griffin, of Guthrie; Rep. Katie Henke, of Tulsa; Rep. Arthur Hulbert, of Fort Gibson; Rep. Skye McNiel of Bristow; Rep. Glen Mulready, of Tulsa; Rep. Jadine Nollan, of Sand Springs; Rep. Charles Ortega, of Altus; Rep. Dustin Roberts, of Durant; and Sen. Frank Simpson, of Ardmore.
Stone said Barresi has her share of supporters within the Legislature, but the campaign isn't ready to release the names of her endorsers.