By Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World

Mary Fallin may have scored a sweeping victory in November, but on the eve of her inauguration as the state’s 27th governor, it appears she is still an unknown entity to many Oklahomans.

Fallin, a Republican, received 60 percent of the vote to win the Nov. 2 general election against Democrat Jari Askins.

In an Oklahoma Poll conducted last week, however, only 52 percent gave her a positive rating.

A third had no opinion.

“She’s kind of unknown to me, really,” said poll respondent Jane Baker of Tulsa. “I know her name, of course, but I have not really studied decisions she has made.”

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  1. maybe the next time Mary sees or hears of a news story on the radio, television or in print, she’ll just cite the story instead of fabricating a personal connection to it. For example, instead of saying “Years ago, I had the opportunity to meet a man named Ed Vezey and hear his story,” instead say, “Last week, I learned about a man named Ed Vezey on the local radio.”

    If she does this, instead of coming off as a lying politician trying to sheepishly associate herself with an a honored wartime veteran, she’ll come off a bit more genuine. And if she does that, maybe people across the state will warm up to her a bit. Perhaps her approval rating will improve and her original supporters will forgive her for selling out to big corporate interests.

  2. I believe if the Democrats or Independents had run a different person Mary Fallin would not have her job in my opinion.