The Hofmeister Party Switch: Conviction or Convenience? A Commentary

The Hofmeister Party Switch: Conviction or Convenience? A Commentary

Steve Fair On Thursday (October 7), State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Joy Hofmeister announced she was changing her political party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. She also announced she is running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2022. “ Governor Stitt is running the state into the ground.Though extremism, partisanship, ineffective leadership, he is hurting our education system, our health care and our infrastructure. Governor Stitt has hijacked the Republican Party in Oklahoma,” Hofmeister said. Hofmeister, 57, was elected in 2014 after defeating incumbent Janet Barresi and is termed out next year. She was a former public school teacher and was a member of the state board of education(appointed by Gov. Fallin) when she decided to seek the SSPI office. Hofmeister claims Gov. Stitt mishandled the COVID-19 response and has disrespected health care workers. She said he ignored expert advice and failed to set a good example to protect Oklahomans. She accused him of being too partisan and hasn’t worked with the tribes in the state. Three observations: First, political party affiliation is a citizen’s first vote. Registering and aligning with a party means they fundamentally agree with that party’s platform. The Republican and Democratic Party platforms differ on many issues. For example, Democrats favor gun control and abortion-on- demand. Republicans support the Second Amendment and are pro-life. Hofmeister claims she hasn’t changed so when she used the Republican brand to run in 2014, was she lying when she indicated she agreed with the GOP on those […]

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