The Politicus

OK-Gov: The Daily Beast, “Oklahoma’s GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Stitt Is an Anti-Vaxxer”


Kudos to The Daily Beast for highlighting this about GOP gubernatorial candidate, Kevin Stitt (R. OK):

The Republican nominee for Governor in Oklahoma expressed skepticism of childhood vaccinations in a speech earlier this year, aligning himself with a fringe movement that equates immunization with government overreach.

At an appearance before a conservative political forum this past February, Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt said he personally did not vaccinate some his own kids and opposed legislation that would require vaccinations for children if they wanted to attend public schools.

“I believe in choice,” Stitt said, “And we’ve got six children and we don’t vaccinate, we don’t do vaccinations on all of our children. So we definitely pick and choose which ones we’re gonna do. It’s gotta be up to the parents, we can never mandate that. I think there’s legislation right now that are trying to mandate that to go to public schools, it’s absolutely wrong. My wife was home schooled , I went to public schools, our kids go to Christian school, and that’s back to a parent’s choice.”
Stitt’s comments raise the specter that Oklahoma could water down immunization laws should he be elected the state’s governor this fall. They also place him within a growing fringe of politicians who have, in recent years, expressed skepticism over the prevalence of childhood vaccinations—a group that includes President Donald Trump himself.

Polling conducted before the GOP runoff showed that Stitt’s extremism makes this a prime pick up opportunity for former Attorney General Drew Edmondson (D. OK). Keep your eyes on this race and let’s get ready to pick up this seat. Click here to donate and get involved with Edmondson’s campaign.