This statement was issued by Senate President Pro Tempore Sen. Glenn Coffee after Laster’s letter to the full Senate calling for Republicans to replace Coffee.
Senator Laster and his colleagues are getting desperate. Today’s latest “demand” is raw, unvarnished partisanship.
Senator Laster knows full well that campaign funds can be appropriately be used for campaign expenses, including travel and lodging. His assertion that I’ve had no opponent since my first campaign is — while technically true — irrelevant. However, I have traveled this state and indeed the nation successfully campaigning for fellow Republican candidates, and he knows this all too well.
Much to the frustration of senators Laster, Corn, Lerblance and their colleagues, I spent the past ten years focused on recruiting candidates and raising money to defeat Democrat candidates and put Republicans in the majority. Such work comes at a great expense. And, as Senator Laster knows, such expenses are allowed by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.
Clearly, Democrats in the Senate are frustrated in their minority status, and even more frustrated that their efforts to change the subject are not working. Republicans in the Senate are passing legislation to their benefit of all Oklahomans, and they have proven unable to stop it.
Finally, it was predictable that the trial lawyers in the Democrat caucus would parse worlds of the respected businessman when he issues a statement in my defense. Their pretzel logic has me funneling four years worth of campaign expenses into my personal account in the past six months. This charge is intentional misrepresentation of the facts. My suggestion to Senator Laster and his friends is to quit hiding behind sensational news releases and state concentrating on passing something positive for the citizens of Oklahoma.