Naming their offshoot restaurant chain after what could easily be construed as a euphemism for a fart isn’t the biggest problem that a popular barbecue joint is facing after the contract got the attention of lawmakers.
Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen might not be getting as sweet of a deal as originally thought after the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced an investigation into the contract, which was set to serve six of the nicer Oklahoma state parks. They are: Beavers Bend, Lake Murray. Quartz Mountain, Robbers Cave State Park, Roman Nose and Sequoyah.
And it’s not just “liberal activists from the coast” challenging the Stitt administration's awarding of the contract. Even his own right-hand man is getting his hands dirty.
Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell said that the contract with the restaurants will soon be amended, according to NonDoc, after legislators discovered a myriad of issues like overpaying for items, excessive fees and reimbursement for liquor licenses that aren’t in daily use.
“You’re telling me that this offer was made to all kinds of different restaurants and vendors, saying, ‘Hey, open this operation. It doesn’t matter how you perform, how much food you sell, you’re going to have your losses covered,’ and people weren’t lining up to take that deal?” House Appropriations and Budget Vice Chairman Ryan Martinez (R-Edmond) said during the March 31 meeting of the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency.
Surely it’s just a coincidence that Swadley’s was brought in to cater a fundraising event in 2020 for Georgia U.S. Senate candidates hosted by the likes of Kevin, Sen. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe. And even though Foggy Bottom Kitchen has a burger named “The Winchester,” that certainly couldn’t have anything to do with Kevin’s appointment of an executive director named Jerry Winchester to the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department.
Sure sounds like the Oklahoma Sampler isn’t the only thing reeking of pork on the menu.