Oklahoma Attorney General Announces Resignation After Filing for Divorce from His Wife of 39 Years Amid Allegations of Affair With State Employee

FILE – In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma Attorney Gen. Mike Hunter speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. Hunter has announced his resignation, citing “certain personal matters that are becoming public.” In a statement released by his office Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Hunter said he plans to step down June 1. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Attorney General Mike Hunter announced his resignation on Wednesday, less than a week after filing for divorce from his wife, Cheryl.

The Oklahoman submitted questions to Hunter on Tuesday night about an extramarital affair that the newspaper confirmed through people familiar with the situation. The sources said the affair was with a state employee, who did not work in the attorney general’s office.

In a statement, Hunter said, “It has been a distinct and absolute privilege of a lifetime to serve as the state’s attorney general. Regrettably, certain personal matters that are becoming public will become a distraction for this office. The office of attorney general is one of the most important positions in state government. I cannot allow a personal issue to overshadow the vital work the attorneys, agents and support staff do on behalf of Oklahomans.

“I thank those who entrusted me to fulfill this role and I am very sorry that I will no longer be here. I also extend a very heartfelt appreciation for those employees who chose public service and to work for the office. The employees in the Attorney General’s Office are dedicated, driven and go to bed every night and wake up every morning with the safety of Oklahomans as their magnetic north. I truly appreciate everything they do.”

His last day will be Tuesday, according to the statement. Gov. Kevin Stitt will appoint a replacement, who may serve until after voters choose the next attorney general in November 2022. It is unclear whom Stitt will choose as Hunter’s replacement.

Stitt said Hunter told him about the resignation Wednesday morning.

“I respect his decision to do what he thinks is best for his office and the state of Oklahoma. I know he is going through a difficult time and I wish him, his family, and the employees of his office well,” Stitt said.

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SOURCE: The Oklahoman, Nolan Clay and Chris Casteel