Paycom official criticizes state voters for GOP victory

Paycom official criticizes state voters for GOP victory

In an election night tweet, a senior Paycom official suggested that voters who live outside of Oklahoma City and Tulsa are retrograde thinkers holding the state back.

aj faucetPaycom’s director of government and community affairs, issued the tweet after Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt easily won re-election without winning Oklahoma and Tulsa counties.

This week, Stitt received more than 55 percent of the votes cast for governor compared to nearly 42 percent cast by Democratic candidate Joy Hofmeister. Stitt carried 74 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties and carried the majority of those counties with between 60 and 87 percent of the vote.

The only three counties Stitt did not win were Oklahoma, Cleveland and Tulsa counties, with Tulsa a narrow loss. (Stitt still received more than 229,000 combined votes from the three counties he lost.)

That led one Twitter user to write“Well, it looks like Oklahoma doesn’t want to get out of the Bottom 10. Maybe in another 40 years…”

Within minutes, Griffin responded by tweeting a meme of an individual (labeled “voters in OKC and Tulsa”) physically dragging another individual (labeled the “rest of Oklahoma”) into a car that was labeled the “21st Century “.

Griffin subsequently deleted the tweet.

Public records show that multiple people who work for Paycom or share an address with a Paycom employee, including Griffin, Paycom CEO Chad Richison and Charis Richison, were financial backers of Hofmeister’s campaign.

Campaign reports show that the other Paycom employees or employee associates who donated to Hofmeister’s campaign include Paycom executive Dickens Aubourg; Jason Bodin, who works in public relations and marketing for Paycom; Paycom CFO Craig Boelte and Paula Boelte; Paycom Sales Director Holly Faurot and Paycom Manager Seth Faurot; Paycom CEO Amy Fisher and Jonathan Fisher; Paycom Senior Manager Christie McKeon and Kelly McKeon; Paycom executive Christopher Thomas; and Paycom executive Jeff York.

Additionally, former US Rep. JC Watts, who is now on the Paycom board of directors Board of Directors, made an ad endorsing Hofmeister during the campaign. A recent filing from the US Securities and Exchange Commission shows that Paycom has provided Watts with $311,720 in total annual compensation, including $86,750 paid in cash and $224,970 in stock awards.

During the campaign, nebulous special interest organizations spent tens of millions of dollars on ads attacking Stitt. Many of those groups are not required to disclose their donors, and it is not known whether Paycom officials helped finance the attack ads.

Richison has clashed with Stitt over various issues. Among other things, Richison wanted Stitt to impose increased COVID restrictions on Oklahomans in 2020.

in a public letter Released in March 2020, Richison called for the temporary closure of a variety of businesses, “including but not limited to hair salons, nail salons, spas, and massage parlors.” He also backed requiring grocery stores to provide “drive-through pickup or delivery for all customers” and demanded that undefined “critical” businesses be required to coordinate “with state government.” richison too I call on state government to mandate how “food preparation and other critical parts of the supply chain” are handled under undefined “newly established uniform standards” to prevent transmission of the virus. Richison also called for the postponement of so-called “elective surgeries” and backed the government collecting “all essential medical supplies” normally used for such surgeries or by “med spas and other medical organizations.” And Richison called for a ban on “non-essential” travel from Oklahoma airports.

In August 2021, Richison released a statement calling for the repeal of Senate Bill 658that allowed parents to choose whether or not their children wore a mask at school.

in a 2021 earnings callRichison said the COVID-19 pandemic had benefited his company financially by forcing more companies to use providers like Paycom.

This is not the first time Griffin, a former Republican state senator, has fired at Stitt or his supporters.

In 2021, the Oklahoma City School District fired six teachers who refused to wear masks to school. The teachers pointed out that the mandate was not legal under state law in effect at the time, and Stitt came out in defense of the teachers.

On a November 5, 2021, cheepStitt wrote: “In the midst of a teacher shortage, Oklahoma City Public Schools fired six talented teachers because they did not follow an illegal order. These are the kinds of wrong decisions that are leaving many parents across the country so frustrated with their local schools!”

Faucet answered via a tweet, “I keep wondering how you know these are talented teachers.”

The Oklahoma Public Affairs Council has contacted Paycom for comment. As of publication, the company had not provided any response.

On the same day he tweeted disparaging Oklahoma voters outside of metro areas, Griffin also tweeted, “Your actions reveal your character. Your words reveal your wisdom. The way you treat others reveals your TRUE self.”

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