Norman Transcript grades Stitt’s first year in office…after six months in office

Kevin Stitt’s only been in office for six months, but that hasn’t stopped the Norman Transcript – which is hiring a new editor  – to eagerly proclaim Gov. Stitt’s first year in office a great success.

Grading the governor: Accessibility, outsider persona key to Stitt’s first year

For the first time, Jacob Rosecrants found himself invited to the Governor’s mansion to meet with the state’s top executive.

The Democratic state representative, who was first elected in 2017, said as a member of the minority party, he’d never been invited before.

“There’s a big difference between what we had and what we have now, and that’s accessibility,” said Rosecrants, D-Norman. “He’s disarming. He’s just a regular dude and that’s what I really like about him the most.”

He’s the type of guy Rosecrants would like to sit down with and have a beer.

Yep, he’s just a regular dude…who’s worth millions and millions of dollars and banned from being a banker in Georgia. Also, I wonder what type of beer he drinks? I’m going to go with Corona, Heineken or whatever crappy import they serve at corporate receptions.

Naturally, the people in his own party think he’s doing great:

“I think what he was able to accomplish was just tremendous,” said State Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher.

Sanders said people were initially unsure about Stitt, a CEO with no state governing experience. But Stitt quickly surrounded himself with good staff and worked to bring the House and Senate leadership together, Sanders said.

He’d give Stitt’s performance so far a “solid A.”

“I absolutely liked his leadership style,” Sanders said. “Very engaging. Unlike other leaders that I’ve worked with (who) have kind of let their staff control the narrative, he was right in the middle of everything.”

The oil and gas guys love him, too.

Chad Warmington, president of the Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma, said he’s impressed Stitt was able to convince the Legislature to save the extra $200 million to help weather the next economic downturn.

“He does not think like a career bureaucrat or public official,” Warmington said. “He’s the ultimate insider in that he’s governor of the state, but he’s got the ultimate outsider viewpoint, meaning that his frame of reference is from a business perspective. He’s bringing a really solid understanding of how our businesses operate, and he’s bringing a really strong sense of fiscal discipline to state government.”

He said he’d give Stitt’s overall performance an “A-plus.”

I actually think Kevin Stitt has done a pretty decent job so far as a Republican governor. I’d probably give him a “B.” Sure, he was dealt a solid hand and hasn’t had to address any major crisis, but he’s brought his fractured party together, not deviated from his fluffy and optimistic Top 10 messaging, and ⁠— most importantly ⁠— has avoided the major gaffes, blunders and general incompetence that marred his predecessor’s reign. Well, at least for now. We know how Oklahoma politricans operate.

For what it’s worth, Gov. Stitt thinks he’s doing a pretty good job:

Stitt said he’d give his first session performance an “A” because there’s always room for improvement.

“I don’t want to get overconfident, but we feel like we had a really successful freshman season, and now we’re getting prepared for next session, and we expect to have as much success next year,” he said.

He gave himself an A because “there’s always room for improvement?” Does that mean in six months, when the Norman Transcript grades his first four years in office, he’ll give himself an A+?

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13 Responses


  1. You’d think that in the home of the University of Oklahoma, they could count to 12.


  2. Fine article…Thanks for sharing


  3. In the world of finance and credit A is below AA and AAA, and each of A and AA have +/-, so maybe he’s using that scale? 😉


  4. He’s better than we had, which was honestly the only bar I had for the first post-Fallin administration.


    1. What Krakatoa said. At least he’s an improvement over Fallin.

      I’m withholding judgment on Stitt until I see how hard he fights to block the initiative petition that would force the dummies at the Capitol to accept Medicaid expansion at long last. That will show whether he’s a practical man… or just another crazy ideologue.


  5. Do you like anyone? Wanna go back to Mary Failing? Btw, Stitt doesn’t drink, period.

    He deserves an A for his first session, and a AAA+ for stepping up to the plate, working his tail off to get elected and now following through on numerous issues we have needed to address for a long time.

    Stop jeering from the cheap seats.


    1. Because being critical of our elected officials is un-American, right? Granted, he is better than Fallin in his first six months of a four year term. Whoopity doo, like that’s a real accomplishment.

      “Son, never trust a man who doesn’t drink because he’s probably a self-righteous sort, a man who thinks he knows right from wrong all the time. Some of them are good men, but in the name of goodness, they cause most of the suffering in the world. They’re the judges, the meddlers…” James Crumley


  6. Is everything okay, Patrick?


    1. grin


  7. i didn’t vote for him but I think he is doing a great job and using common sense to make decisions. I don’t agree with him 100 Percent but if I could chose, I would pick him over the POTUS any day for leadership. Finally have someone who isn’t an embarrassment representing Oklahoma.


    1. I am questioning the common sense with his immediate signing of the permitless gun carry bill.


      1. +1


    2. I was pretty embarrassed for our state when the first bill that Stitt signed was that awful gun bill. And that’s still embarrassing.

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