Senate Democrats on Tuesday asked for additional information from Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Glenn Coffee regarding his taxes and finances and then called for his resignation if he didn’t provide it.
Here’s the text of the letter the 22-Senate Democrats sent to Coffee on Senate letterhead:
April 28, 2009
Dear Senator Coffee:
One month ago, the Democratic Caucus Chair asked, that you release information to the Senate and Public to clear up questions about your income tax problems.
Despite significant public pressure, you have refused to answer some basic questions about this matter.
We believe you owe it to the people of Oklahoma to clear the air. Your refusal to answer questions and release information has caused the people to wonder:
From what source did you earn enough outside income to incur a $29,000 tax liability?
Who gave or loaned you the money to pay the IRS and on what terms?
What was the collateral, if any, for the loan?
Where did you get the money to pay on the loan and when did you pay on it?
Why did you withdraw large sums of money from your campaign account in round numbers and state it was for “Travel, Meals & Lodging” ?
Your continued refusal to answer questions and provide documentation has been a distraction from the Senate, and calls into question your leadership. Less than a month remains in this legislative session. Education was not funded by the April 1st deadline and there is no budget agreement in sight. A costly special session looms.
We, therefore, again ask that you answer the questions posed about your tax problems, and provide suitable documentation. Should you refuse to do so immediately, we respectfully ask that you step down as President Pro Tempore of the Senate and that there be an immediate election to fill the post with another member of your caucus.
We recognize that this is asking you to provide documents that a normal citizen would not have to disclose. But, you are not just any citizen. You are the leader of the State Senate, and second in succession to the Governor.
Please heed our request.
– Julie Bisbee, Capitol Bureau