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A2 Stillwater News Press State/Local Friday, October 19, 2018

GOP pulls out big guns for Stitt
AROUND
OKLAHOMA
Police officer
accused of sexually
By D.E. Smoot Group is the “kind of
assaulting women CNHI Oklahoma leader we need today.”
MCLOUD – An The vice president,
Oklahoma police TULSA – Republicans drawing some parallels
officer is accused of dialed up the heavy ar- to Trump’s business
sexually assaulting tillery Thursday, calling background, said, “Stitt
at least five women on Vice President Mike reminds me of a guy I
while he was on duty Pence to rally support for spend a lot of time with.”
and in uniform. the party’s gubernatorial “The truth of the
Justin Rahlf, who nominee in Oklahoma. matter is what Presi-
resigned Sept. 21 Pence was joined by dent Donald Trump has
after several years U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe demonstrated in the
with the McLoud and James Lankford, White House, Kevin Stitt
Police Department, and U.S. Rep. Mark- is going to demonstrate
was booked into Pot- wayne Mullin to rally in in the statehouse, and
tawatomie County’s support of gubernatorial that is that leadership
jail on Tuesday on nominee Kevin Stitt, a matters,” Pence said.
preliminary charges Tulsa businessman who “You have a leader in
of forcible oral sodomy is making his first foray Kevin Stitt who will put
and indecent expo- into politics. The vice Oklahoma first.”
sure. Rahlf, 35, posted president played the top Pence then turned to
a $25,000 bond and hits, hitting on familiar criticize Stitt’s Demo-
was released. Court themes voters might cratic opponent, compar-
records don’t list an expect at a rally featur- ing Edmondson to some
AP PHOTO
attorney for him yet. ing President Donald popular GOP punching
Trump. Vice President Mike Pence claps as he arrives at a rally for gubernatorial can- bags, former Secretary
Authorities allege didate Kevin Stitt at the Mabee Center in Tulsa on Thursday.
that since June of 2016, He touched on the of State Hillary Clinton
Rahlf had forced one booming economy, Amer- and California liberals.
woman to have inter- ica first and protecting “Lock her up,” the ap- mondson in a tight race the state of Oklahoma,” The vice president, like
course, forced another the borders from illegal propriate response to the that pollsters consider Pence said. “And we’re earlier speakers, remind-
to perform oral sex on immigrants. And those right prompt. competitive but leaning going to make it happen ed those who attended
him and had inappro- who showed up Thurs- The vice president also toward the Republican right here and right the rally about the im-
priate sexual contact day afternoon at the recited phrases familiar candidate. Libertarian now.” portance of turning out
with at least three Mabee Center on the to those who had been Chris Powell is a third After touting the to vote.
other women. They also Oral Roberts University following Stitt’s cam- candidate. successes of a Trump “Let’s decide right
say he urinated in front campus – reportedly the paign since he won the “I am here for one administration – tax here, right now,” Pence
of women and made largest crowd assembled Republican nomination reason and one reason cuts, low unemployment said. “When they start
inappropriate and un- for a rally featuring in August against former only, and that is Okla- and judicial nominees – thinking about sending
wanted sexual advanc- Pence – responded with Oklahoma City Mayor homa, and America Pence made his pitch for that blue wave, we’re
es toward women. enthusiasm, chanting at Mick Cornett. Stitt faces needs Kevin Stitt to be Stitt, saying the founder going to build a red wall
Police Chief Tom various times, “USA,” or Democrat Drew Ed- the next governor of of Gateway Mortgage right here in Oklahoma.”
Pringle said the depart-
ment received credible Property of OPS News Tracker and members of the Oklahoma Press Association. exemption rate at 4.7
information last month