Oklahoma Governor Stitt and tribes fight for public support Janelle Stecklein, CNHI State Reporter · December 9, 2019 at 7:53 pm Amid compact negotiations, Oklahoma’s governor is wagering residents are too smart to be influenced by a decade of philanthropic giving and an aggressive advertising campaigned aimed at swaying public sentiment. Gaming compact negotiations are heating up ahead of Jan. 1. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said Oklahomans have likely noticed the tribes started airing a multi-million dollar media blitz touting all their good works. “If you’ve got to run advertisements that tell us how great you are, that’s a little disingenuous,” Stitt said. “Obviously, they’re trying to get control of public opinion because they have the sweetest deal in the country for running and operating casinos, and they don’t want anything to change. I don’t begrudge people for trying to advocate for the best position for them.” Stitt believes the compacts expire Jan. 1. The tribes disagree and discussions over compact renewal and rates remain largely at an impasse since tribal leaders kicked the state’s negotiators out of an October meeting.