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Wildlife commissioner's appointment rescinded under Senate pressure

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Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Danny Robbins was only mildly surprised when Gov. Kevin Stitt rescinded his nomination for a second term, but he was scathingly angry.

By anyone’s recollection, no governor's appointment to the governing body over the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation ever has been denied or rescinded, much less the reappointment of a sitting commissioner. Five other commissioners contacted in the past week said they supported Robbins, were surprised at the announcement and noted that he did his job well.

Robbins, who lives in Altus, was appointed to represent the state’s 11 southwestern counties by Gov. Mary Fallin in 2011. He is one of eight commissioners who serve eight-year terms. Stitt nominated him for a second term March 14, but the governor rescinded that nomination April 17.

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