Oklahomans were not happy to discover this week that Gov. Mary Fallin’s (R) daughter has been living in a trailer on the grounds of the governor’s mansion for months.
“Is it true that Mary Fallin’s daughter is living in a trailer on the Governor’s mansion property?” one concerned resident wrote local TV station KFOR. “That is state property! Who is paying her bills? Oklahoma taxpayers?”
In this July 27, 2015, frame from video provided by KFOR-TV, a trailer sits on the grounds of the governor’s mansion in Oklahoma City. (KFOR-TV via AP)
The governor’s office told KFOR that Christina Fallin, 28, has been living in an RV on the property since April. The trailer was hooked up to the governor’s mansion for utilities, according to the news station.
Mary Fallin herself appeared Tuesday on KFOR to explain her daughter’s living situation. She said she had directed her staff to look into whether having the trailer on mansion grounds violated any codes. It turned out that the Capitol Medical Center Improvement Zoning Commission forbids having a trailer on state property in an area that includes the governor’s mansion, according to KFOR.
“It never dawned on me that a mansion, a governor’s mansion, might be on a Capitol medical zone, so we’re gonna remove the trailer by this Sunday and she’s going to make other living arrangements,” Fallin told the news station.
The governor also disputed the notion that having her daughter’s trailer parked on mansion grounds was wasting taxpayer dollars.
“She would be using that electricity if she lived in the house, or if she got a drink of water out of the faucet, or if she flushed the toilet in the house,” Fallin said.
Christina Fallin, who sings in a band called Pink Pony, had been staying on mansion grounds because she was between living arrangements, her mother told KFOR. The singer previously made headlines in 2014 when she caused a social media firestorm for posting an image of herself wearing a Native American headdress to Facebook.