Kevin Stitt adds to ass-kisser cabinet…

After eight years of seeing our Governor fill her cabinet with establishment handlers, it’s nice to see Kevin Stitt going the corporate executive route and surrounding himself with a bunch of ass-kissers, brown-nosers and yes-men.

Last week, select members of Kevin Stitt’s cabinet stopped by a Tulsa Chamber of Commerce event to answer some questions and talk about the amazing job their boss is doing.

Via The Tulsa World:

Gov. Kevin Stitt is an “apolitical” chief of state who is more interested in bottom lines than elections, three members of his Cabinet told the Tulsa Regional Chamber on Friday.

“Gov. Stitt is completely apolitical. I mean completely,” said Sean Kouplen, the Bixby banker Stitt tapped as an unpaid secretary of commerce and workforce development. “It is all about the ideas. … There have been so many times our political advisers have said, ‘Don’t do this. Don’t bring them in.’ It is irrelevant to him. He is all about trying to figure out the best way to get us to top 10.”

As a certified ass-kisser who was able to use my charm and brown-nosing skills to overcome general laziness and rise all the way to corporate middle management by age 27, I respect what Kouplen is doing here. The fact that he’s not getting paid to kiss so much ass should really pay off for him down the road.

Here’s more:

Secretary of State Michael Rogers, a former state representative from Broken Arrow, said, “If he sees something that doesn’t make sense, he calls it out and says, ‘That’s stupid. We’re not doing that.’ ”

“That would be a direct quote,” interjected Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell.

Kevin Stitt says in meetings “That’s stupid. We’re not doing that”? Great to hear! There’s nothing more reassuring than someone bragging about their boss shooting down their stupid ideas. If only there was a non-asskisser around to tell Kevin Stitt those same words when his company was violating the Georgia Residential Mortgage Act in 2009.

Pinnell, Rogers and Kouplen all spoke Friday morning during a chamber breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Unsurprisingly, they had nothing but good to say about Stitt’s first six weeks in office, but they did offer some insights into the new administration’s workings.

Rogers, who had decided to leave the Legislature last year, said he was leery about getting back in.

“When the governor called me in November, … the first question I asked him was, ‘Are you going to get stuff done? … I don’t need a ceremonial position. … Are you really sincere about being top 10 in all of these areas?’ He said, ‘Absolutely.’ ”

That’s hysterical. I’m sure he was real leery to accept a “ceremonial” $140,000 a year job working directly for the governor of Oklahoma. He had to make sure Stitt was “really sincere” about making Oklahoma a top 10 state before accepting that high-salaried, door-opening government job that any local unemployed politician would be foolish to turn down.

Pinnell, Rogers and Kouplen aren’t the only people who will drop on their knees to serve in Stitt’s cabinet. Now our Governor is tapping into the fertile political nepotism ranks to find loyal yes-man:

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has filled two positions in his executive cabinet, including Chip Keating as secretary of public safety and Brian Brurud as secretary of veterans affairs and the military…

Keating, the son of former GOP Gov. Frank Keating, served as an Oklahoma state trooper between 2001 and 2004 and is a director of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System. He is a principal with an Oklahoma City-based real estate and oil and gas investment company.

I’m sure that was a fun interview:

“Hi Chip. Why do you think you should be my Secretary of Public Safety?”

“Well, I was a highway patrolman 15 years ago. Also, my dad is a friend of yours and a former Governor.”

“Anything else?”

“I think you’re doing a great job and I want to help you make Oklahoma a Top 10 State.”

“You’re hired.”

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24 Responses

  1. How soon until Stitt’s cabinet starts leaving and getting indicted like Trumpy’s?

  2. Huh, whadda ya know. Seems at least one person read Art of the Deal and treats it as a “how to” manual. Next four years are gonna be a Lost Ogle bonanza.

  3. You could at least give the guy a chance before you started throwing rocks…

    1. Typical left wing mantra from a “really” lost Ogle.

      I’m still shocked that Patrick didn’t pick up a week or two ago on the attorney who had bed bugs hopping off his neck and crawling on his jacket as he shook them off. They had to close down the Rogers County courthouse in Claremore in order to fumigate the place. Would have made for a field day on the Lost Ogle.

      Very likely the attorney was a high ranking democrat or it would have been on here!

      1. Aww, Mikey got triggered. Run to your safe place, cuck.

      2. It’s a vast left-wing conspiracy, Mike.

        1. Triggered? Conspiracy? You guys wouldn’t recognize sarcastic humor if it bit you in your liberal arses! Looking forward to both of your future lib rants while looking down your proverbial noses at the masses.

          1. Just like there is no story about a black kid in Edmond showing his liberal tolerance towards a younger white kid wearing a maga hat…

          2. Mike must mean the masses of farmers and farm businesses that his Agent Orange in Washington has driven out of business. Right Mike? Bet you wear that really “big” cowboy hat. You know, Mike, the one that means you don’t know a cow from a bull? But you do recognize bull nuts cause you’ve got them hanging from the hitch on that jacked up 96 diesel dually?
            Other than Harold Hamm, Mike, I’m not sure if there’s an Oklahoman left that can look down at anyone. Fairly sure we’re all pretty much the “masses” around here.

    2. He just allowed anyone over the age of 21 to carry firearms in public with no training or background check. He just used up all of his chances with me…asshole.

      1. Constitution 101. Read it, learn it, love it.

    3. Exactly. I don’t think they like ANYONE!

  4. Great photo!
    I see our legislators are turning their attention to our great outdoors! There’s still a lot to mess up there.

  5. Signing the permitless gun carry bill will put Oklahoma as a top 10 state with least common sense and top 10 most dangerous to live so he is well on his way in his promises.

    1. Since you won’t need a permit for a gun soon, does this mean you can be kosher with having a weed card and carrying a gun? Asking for a friend…

    2. It’s a done deal as of 5:30 this day the Bill was signed by the Governor ( pertimless gun carry bill) but doesn’t take effect till Nov 1 … Only leaves one to wonder why if this was so urgent why wasn’t the Emergency Clause attached and be effective in 90 Days ?

  6. I happen to agree – scary, ain’t it?

  7. God, I hope he proves us wrong but it ain’t looking that way.

  8. From the Tulsa World:

    “(Chip) Keating, 39, is a principal with Keating Investments, a real estate and oil and gas investment company. He served as an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper from May 2001 to August 2004.”

    In other words, he cashes checks from his father’s basket of assets inherited from Granddad. His father Frank was briefly an FBI agent during the Hoover Era. The OK Highway Patrol may not look as good on a future politician’s resumé as the FBI, but I guess it’s better than nothing. Which is what he has otherwise.

  9. Immediate reminder of Trump’s famous/infamous cabinet meeting/circle jerk/ring kissing: “Kiss the ring or get the kiss of death. Cabinet members, many whom are billionaires, kowtowed in abject obedience; not to the people and Constitution of the United States but to the Capo d’Capo Donald J. Trump.” “Like a boardroom meeting straight out of The Apprentice, cabinet members were then asked to take turns fawning over Trump. First, Trump set the bar very high, reviewing his list of alleged accomplishments since taking office: “Never has there been a president, with few exceptions…who has passed more legislation, who has done more things than I have,” Trump said, modestly.”

    Videos included. It’s got its own meme. Google Trump Circle Jerk.

  10. Given the fact the best candidate the all-knowing, super intelligent Oklahoma Democrat party could field was a 70 something, has been politician, its hard to be very moved by superficial criticism and amazing insight. However, its good to hear Drew has re-entered the legal profession for a firm that has made millions off of the State of Oklahoma. He and Mike Turpen will no doubt Make Oklahoma Great Again. Maybe next election the Dems can run George Nigh for Governor.

    1. Knee jerk conservatives bashing knee jerk liberals and vice versa – this site starts to resemble a big ol’ Irish step dancing convention, with all the knees flying. Would somebody take a surprising, unscripted position every once in a while?

      1. Is it knee jerk to observe that after 8 long years of a disaster of a Republican Governor, the best option available was Drew? 8 years of bitching and moaning and complaining about how another person, presumably a Democrat, would be better. Yet, when the time comes to propose a candidate to serve Oklahoma, no truly viable candidate is supported by the Dems. It would be easy to simply say superficial critics of Stitt (at least this early) are sour grapes, but the reality is the Democrat Party of Oklahoma is a disaster, and there aren’t any prospects of a turnaround anytime soon. That is not knee jerk. That is a sad indictment of the absence of a two party system in Oklahoma.

        1. No, you’re right, the Democratic Party is a corporatist schmuck pit for the most part. Both parties are generally run by sloganeers. But then again, most people here, and across these states, do not want, and are too busy and stressed out just living, to delve very deep into policy, and are ignorant of even the basic functions of government. They want slogans, and then they want to go back to watching the game or Netflix series.

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