- Madeline Hancock
By far, the most exciting thing to come out of Oklahomas first 2014 gubernatorial debate was a T-shirt.
After Gov. Mary Fallin and challenger Joe Dorman finished exchanging their pillowy jabs, resident badass Rico Smith delivered a brutal undercut to Fallins pride.
Smith, a Dorman supporter, local businessman and associate justice of the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, caught up with Fallin for a seemingly innocuous photo op, which she kindly obliged.
There was one problem: Smiths shirt altered Fallins campaign logo to read Mary Failin Oklahoma.
Fallin did a double take before realizing just what in Sam Hell was going on. But, alas, it was too late. A second photo had been snapped of her priceless, side-eyed reaction.
Never one to squander a smear opportunity, Fallins camp tried to paint Smith as a member of the Dorman campaign.
I thought it was petty and the kind of stunt that weve come to expect from Joe Dorman, who is running a very negative campaign, Fallin spokesperson Alex Weintz said.
Naturally, Dorman spokesperson Adrienne Covington-Graham denied, denied, denied.
He comes to events, Covington-Graham said. But he has not done our volunteer events... Hes just a Joe Dorman fan.
That might be true. But in our book, Smith is Dorman Fan of the Year.