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OK Superintendent Joy Hofmeister Leaves GOP, Will Run For Governor As A Democrat

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Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced that she is leaving the Republican Party to run for governor as a Democrat.

During an interview on CNN, the far-left network gave Hofmeister plenty of air-time to smear Republicans and touted her switching parties as some sort of a rebuke of Donald Trump.

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Hofmeister will be running against incumbent GOP Gov. Kevin Stitt, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump.

 

“It’s been a process of many months,” Hofmeister said.

She then slammed Stitt for going after local school boards for their mask mandates.

HOST BRIANNA KEILAR: What about — I know masks were a big issue for you. As the top education official, you know, you’ve been advocating that there shouldn’t be rules against mask mandates. How big of a factor was his COVID response?

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HOFMEISTER: Well, I would not have signed a law that hamstrung the local school board’s ability to mitigate COVID outbreaks in their community as we start a school year — now our third school year where children are facing disruption due to the pandemic. And it could have been avoided — 10,000 Oklahoma lives have been lost due to the pandemic and the management by the governor and his toothless health policy.

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Oklahoma’s state GOP responded by saying they were glad to see her go.

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“I’m glad that Joy Hofmeister is actually admitting to what many so-called Republicans, including some that are currently serving as elected Republican officials, are proving they aren’t really Republicans but in fact, they tricked the voters by simply changing their party affiliation just to get elected,” said party chair John Bennett.

“Thank you, Joy Hofmeister, for proving my point,” Bennett said. “The R behind our names must mean something, and we must adhere to our binding and unifying document that is our party platform,” which he said includes things like opposing teachers’ unions that Hofmeister supported since being elected superintendent as a Republican.

Steve Fair, the Chairman of the Republican Party in Oklahoma’s Fourth Congressional District, also slammed Hofmeister.

“When an elected official (at whatever level of government) change their political party affiliation, they should be questioned as to why. In most cases, they changed because the Party they flipped to is in the majority and they fear getting defeated in the next election. They change party affiliation because they are more interested in staying in office than what a political party stands for,” Fair said.

“Hofmeister’s flipping parties to run was not done out of conviction, but out of convenience. It is like a mug of insipid coffee. It has no taste,” he added.

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