May 26—Attorney General
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
His last day will be Tuesday, according to the statement. Gov.
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
Hunter, 64, filed for divorce Friday in
His wife, Cheryl, also is an attorney. The couple have been married for 39 years.
Hunter, a Republican, has been attorney general since 2017, when he was appointed by former Gov.
He served as former
Hunter returned to
Hunter already has raised more than
Hunter made his marriage a part of his 2018 race.
"Mike is most proud of his accomplishments as a husband and a father," one campaign flyer stated. "He and his wife Cheryl have been married for 35 years."
Hunter's departure comes as his office is deeply involved in at least a couple of major efforts: the reshaping of criminal jurisdiction in eastern
Also asked about the affair, the state employee told The
The employee, who now works at the state
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