Joy is an Oklahoma mom that showed up to protest Gov. Fallin’s campaign. As a Republican, she decided that since she had an invitation to this gig, she should go inside to talk to Mary Fallin, and explain to her that she could not support her as long as she is implementing Common Core. This is how the encounter went, from Joy’s Facebook page:
“(March 7) about 30 of us demonstrated in front of Governor Mary Fallin’s campaign kickoff in front of her Tulsa headquarters…I decided to go inside and speak to her. I greeted her with a hand shake. Almost in tears I let her know that I pray for her, that I’m a registered Republican who would love to vote for her, but I can’t as long as she continues to support Common Core.Her response was, ‘You’d be happy to know that is why I signed an executive order that ended common core in Oklahoma.’ My dear friend Karen Cook Cuellar chimed in to remind her that her executive order did not end Common Core in our state. I let her know that she has the opportunity to rise up and be heralded as the leader who saved public education, and that other states are watching and her decision would cause a ripple effect throughout the nation.Again, I strongly urged her to end Common Core. Then I did what any person in their right mind would do…I asked to have my picture taken with her. Just when the pic was almost taken, one of her campaign assistants swoops in front of us in a true SNL fashion and rips a sign of the wall and attempts to get me to hold it, specifically in front of my t-shirt. I attempted to give her back her sign; it was an awkward moment. In that moment, Gov Fallin asks,’Well you are here too support me aren’t you’, I responded with…’I’m here to tell you I’d like to support you, but I can’t as long as you continue to support Common Core.’Then she says well I’ll hold the sign, again her campaign person attempts to position it in front of my t-shirt, and again I told her that is not going to happen. So Mary moved the sign and the pic was taken. I shook her hand and thanked her and reminded her I’d continue praying for her…As I’m walking off she grabs my hand and gently pulls me closer and looks me in the eyes and says, ‘I want you too know I’m a Christian’. I told her, ‘I know, and I’ll keep praying for you’ and that the Lord would give you wisdom and discernment.From my perspective, what I saw and felt, there is a place in her that is not at peace with her position on Common Core. And I encourage you…that as you continue to bring awareness and demonstrate, don’t forget to stop and pray. We need to lift her up and ask that the Lord would surround her with people who are willing to bring truth, as she is surrounded with people who only agree with her. That she’d would have the boldness to repeal Common Core. Pray for her protection because I don’t doubt it would come at a cost.