OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – According to several sources Governor Mary Fallin has decided not to appoint Cathy Costello to fulfill her slain husband, Mark Costello’s, remaining term as Labor Commissioner.
Mark Costello, 59, was stabbed to death back in late August after meeting with his son at a Braum’s store in northwest Oklahoma City.
Mark Costello would have turned 60 Tuesday, November 10th.
Cathy Costello a few weeks after husband had been laid to rest sent a letter to Fallin requesting to take her late husbands place as Commissioner, saying, “According to Oklahoma Statute 51.12, ‘If any officer of the state, district, county, city, town or other governmental subdivision of this state shall die while in office, and shall leave a surviving spouse, the said surviving spouse shall be eligible (if otherwise qualified) to be appointed to and to hold said office during the term for which the said officer was elected…’. In the history of our nation, and as recently as 2006, the practice known as the Widow’s Mandate has allowed 48 wives to continue the work they started with their husbands as their successors.”
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