Governor supports resolution to oust state GOP political directorRick M. Green, Oklahoman Capitol Bureau
Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma’s first female governor, is lending her voice to those calling for the ouster of T.C. Ryan, the embattled political director of the state Republican Party, who once pleaded guilty to charges related to domestic abuse.
Alex Weintz, the governor’s spokesman, said Wednesday she supports a resolution that will be considered at a meeting Saturday of the state party’s governing body to “permanently terminate the employment of Mr. T.C. Ryan as an employee or holder of any appointment of any kind, paid or unpaid, on the staff of the Oklahoma Republican party.”
Randy Brogdon, chairman of the state GOP, has defended Ryan, saying he was deserving of forgiveness and serves as a valuable asset to party leadership.
The resolution says Ryan’s actions should disqualify him from a party staff position.
“Though members of the Oklahoma Republican Party believe in grace and forgiveness, we also believe in personal responsibility, recognize that actions have consequences, and that some crimes disqualify the perpetrators from holding party positions that represent all Republicans,” the resolution states.