Impeach Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

Impeach Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

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SECTION VIII-1
Officers subject to impeachment - Grounds - Suspension from office upon felony conviction - Reinstatement - Temporary judges.

The Governor and other elective state officers, including the Justices of the Supreme Court, shall be liable and subject to impeachment for willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, habitual drunkenness, incompetency, or any offense involving moral turpitude committed while in office.

Why is this important?

To whom it may concern:

We, the people of Oklahoma, are requesting that Governor Kevin Stitt face Impeachment on the many levels and facets that Kevin Stitt has failed Oklahoma.

Kevin Stitt has exhibited corruption, willful neglect of duty, and incompetence while acting as a leader for all of Oklahoma.

A Resolution calling for impeachment of Governor Kevin Stitt to SECTION VIII-1 of the Oklahoma Constitution states the following:

The Governor and other elective state officers, including the Justices of the Supreme Court, shall be liable and subject to impeachment for willful neglect of duty, corruption in office, habitual drunkenness, incompetency or any offense involving moral turpitude committed while in office.

We bring you the following reasons to consider:

A. Gov. Kevin Stitt exceeded his authority when he signed gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe that included provisions for sports betting not allowed by state law. The compacts were overturned by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Source: Treat v. Stitt

B. Gov. Kevin Stitt is currently in additional litigation regarding the validity of the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribes. It comes three weeks after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling that the compacts were invalid. The Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribes announced they would adhere to the legal portions of the compacts, omitting the unauthorized elements, citing the Oklahoma Supreme Court as having no jurisdiction. However, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Citizen Potawatomi Nation are all asking for a ruling by a federal court, stating it damages the integrity of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act by allowing the compacts to remain in any capacity.

Source: KOTV

C. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed 15-year gaming compacts with the Kialegee Tribal Town and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians for locations outside of their tribal jurisdictions while under litigation for exceeding his authority in signing gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribes.

Source: Cherokee Phoenix

D. Gov. Kevin Stitt erroneously pressured tribal leaders into renegotiating terms in their gaming compacts on the basis that the original compacts were set to expire in an attempt to increase percentages withheld by the state for gaming revenue. The original tribal compacts were upheld by the Supreme Court and renewed for another 15 years.

Source: The Cherokee Nation et al v. Stitt

E. Gov. Kevin Stitt used funds generated by tribal gaming fees to pay a law firm to defend him in the lawsuit brought about in response to erroneously pressuring tribal leaders into renegotiating terms in their gaming compacts. Stitt spokeswoman stated the law firm was to be paid up to $300,000 using funds generated from those compacts.

Source: Tulsa World

F. In April 2020, lawmakers passed three budget stabilization bills during the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Kevin Stitt expressed concerns that the package cut one of his projects, the digital transformation fund, and did not sign one of the bills. The measures took effect absent his signature, but could not be triggered without a revenue failure declaration by the Board of Equalization. The Board had a meeting scheduled for such a declaration. That same day, as the chair for the Board of Equalization, Gov. Kevin Stitt used his position to abruptly cancel the meeting. Legislators filed a lawsuit and, within hours after a Supreme Court order was released, a notice was posted saying a special meeting of the board had been scheduled the following Monday.

Source: KWTV News 9

G. In April 2020, Gov. Kevin Stitt procured $2 million worth of hydroxychloroquine using state funds from a private company. The drug's effectiveness on COVID-19 had not yet been peer reviewed and both the US Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health had issued warnings about its use for coronavirus patients, citing serious side effects and potential for death. Furthermore, the expenditure was unnecessary, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency distributed donated hydroxychloroquine to states free of charge. This decision was subjected to a state audit.

Source: KOKH Fox 25

Source: Courthouse News

Source: US Food and Drug Administration

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: Pharmaceutical Technology

H. Gov. Kevin Stitt pandered to the Trump administration for political gain by hurriedly reopening the economy during the coronavirus pandemic and inviting the Trump administration to hold a political rally in Tulsa. The rally was widely criticized as a super-spreader event. Gov. Kevin Stitt failed to communicate about the rally with Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum, who was not informed until the BOK Center's management reached out for police support.

Source: Tulsa World

I. Gov. Kevin Stitt, who refused to follow CDC guidelines of wearing a mask, contracted COVID-19 roughly two weeks (the incubation period of COVID-19) after attending the Trump rally becoming the first governor to contract the virus. Photographs at the Trump rally of Gov. Kevin Stitt sitting next to former presidential candidate Herman Cain, who shortly thereafter died from COVID-19, are widely circulated. There are multiple reports of the removal of any attempts to adhere to CDC guidelines at the event.

Source: The New York Times

Source: The Washington Post

Source: Billboard

J. A White House document recommending that the Tulsa metropolitan area and other municipalities take stricter steps to combat the coronavirus was uncovered. This document was later discovered online by Tulsa's Mayor GT Bynum, who stated in a press briefing that he had not heard anything about the recommendations from the Stitt administration and that the "breakdown of communication is deeply concerning."

Source: The Center for Public Integrity

Source: Public Radio Tulsa

K. Gov. Kevin Stitt was accused by U.S. House Rep. James Clyburn, leader of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, of ignoring recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force to stop the spread of the virus. Gov. Stitt refused to adhere to the House Subcommittee deadline.

Source: U.S. House of Representatives

Source: KTUL

L. Gov. Kevin Stitt implemented a color coded risk map for counties to assess the status of their county during the coronavirus pandemic. This system was loosely based off a color coded map recommended at a Federal level, however it was tailored by his administration and virtually impossible for any county to reach the red, or high risk, level unless the whole state was at that level. This color coded risk map has been lambasted by local health officials, such as Tulsa Health Department's Executive Director Dr. Bruce Dart, stating the state’s alert system “isn’t going to be real helpful to us” unless it uses a regional concept for hospitalizations rather than statewide metrics.

Source: Tulsa World

M. Gov. Kevin Stitt continuously lied to or misled the general public and media throughout the coronavirus pandemic. During increased spikes, with health officials claiming increases at hospitals were unsustainable, Gov. Kevin Stitt exaggerated hospital capacity, manipulated data to justify a lack of rolling back to previous reopening phases, failed to set an example for the population by not wearing mask in public, and misled the public into believing Oklahoma was plateauing and handling the pandemic better than any other state. These actions and statements exacerbated an already perilous situation, resulting in innumerable sick and dead Oklahomans through a false sense of security during a time when Oklahoma's infection rate was one of the highest in the world.

Source: Harvard Politics

Source: Tulsa World (1)

Source: Tulsa World (2)

Source: Oklahoma City Free Press

N. In August 2020, The White House Coronavirus Task Force dispatched Dr. Deborah Birx to multiple states, including Oklahoma, which had alarming increases in coronavirus cases to provide those states with recommendations on how to control the pandemic. While visiting other states, Dr. Birx publically made numerous recommendations including closing bars, restricting indoor dining, decreasing social gatherings, and ensuring a mask mandate, among others. Upon visiting Oklahoma, Gov. Kevin Stitt held the meeting behind closed doors and allowed no media presence. Furthermore, local health officials were not granted entry. After the meeting, Gov. Kevin Stitt claimed Dr. Birx had praised Oklahoma and had no recommendations. Others in attendance have stated otherwise, specifically encouraging a mask mandate.

Source: KCTV

Source: Tulsa World

O. After Dr. Birx's visit, it came to light that Gov. Kevin Stitt was not only withholding the one report sent by the White House Coronavirus Task Force (See J.), but had been receiving weekly reports. Eight or more reports, recommending multiple municipalities across the state enact much more stringent policies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, were ignored and withheld from local governments and health officials. The most recent report, before this information came to the public, was dated the same day as Dr. Birx's visit. Only after the public was made aware of these documents did Gov. Kevin Stitt decide to begin sharing them with local authorities.

Source: Tulsa World

P. Gov. Kevin Stitt nominated Brandt Vawter to head the Commissioners of the Land Office, which manages portfolio of oil and gas assets, agricultural land, and commercial property. Vawter lacked the advanced degree needed under state law to hold the position. In addition, Vawter's company had been sued over discrepancies in oil and gas leases. Vawter later resigned.

Source: Oklahoma Watch

Q. After Vawter's resignation, Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed Elliot Chambers to the position in a special meeting held with only three of the five members. Chambers is former CEO of White Star Petroleum LLC, which filed for bankruptcy in May 2019 and owed the Land Office more than $207,000 in underpayments and interest for oil and gas deductions and valuations on its leases. Chambers was also formerly vice-president of Chesapeake Energy, which was involved in an $18 million settlement with the Land Office over underpayment of natural gas royalties from hundreds of wells in Roger Mills County during his tenure.

Source: OK Energy Today

Source: Oklahoma Watch

 

Our unified mission:

For these reasons and others, we, the people of Oklahoma, are requesting that Governor Kevin Stitt face Impeachment on the grounds of corruption, willful neglect of duty, and incompetence.

In addition, we are also requesting legislation be introduced and passed that allows for the people of Oklahoma to petition the state and recall elected state officials, including the governor.

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