Gov. Mary Fallin’s Tulsa critics are in an uproar because Oklahoma City residents represent a disproportionate share of her appointees. The fact that Fallin has received more applications from people in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area is apparently irrelevant, as is the fact that appointments by Fallin’s Democratic predecessor, Brad Henry, showed the same pattern.
Critics also complain that women are underrepresented, although that also seems tied to fewer women applying for jobs. We hope Fallin make appointments based on merit, not arbitrary quotas, but know that won’t stop the yipping from some quarters.
No doubt future dog-bites-mailman analysis of Fallin appointments will find similarly “shocking” patterns, such as the fact Republicans are disproportionately appointed by a GOP governor, that Christians make up the overwhelming share of Oklahoma appointees, and that transgender black Republicans from Gotebo are continuing their century-plus streak of non-representation.