OKLAHOMA CITY -- House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, issued the following statement in response to Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter advising the Stitt administration that releasing county COVID-19 data was not against state or federal law. House Democrats released a statement Tuesday criticizing the Stitt administration’s lack of transparency regarding COVID-19 data.
“I know that standing up to Governor Stitt probably puts Attorney General Hunter in a tough spot,” Virgin said. “Almost as soon as the news broke that the data was being shut off, our offices were flooded with constituents who were rightfully upset. Fortunately, their voices were heard, and we are able to move forward now with a more complete picture of how this pandemic is or isn’t affecting our state.
“Our caucus has disagreed with AG Hunter at times, but at this moment, we commend him and are thankful that his dedication to transparency is not just in words but in service.”