But Doerflinger has also robbed from our state's 'Rainy Day' fund without the state treasurer's authorization. Last winter, Doerflinger paid out operational bills by taking millions out of the protected funds. Not even the legislature was informed. Past state officials have been removed from office for this type of behavior.
Hunter is now claiming that Doerflinger has the constitutional authority to do this 'money juggling'. But a study of the constitution reveals that the very agency of OMES appears to usurp constitutional authority reserved for other agencies and officials. None of this could have happened without the consent of a power-grabbing governor. Mary Fallin hired Doerflinger without the legislature's agreement. She must be held accountable for all his actions.
Now the state is being sued by several taxpayers because of the collusion of the legislative leaders and the governor. So far, 3 separate legal actions have been announced. Hunter is recruiting interns and law school students to help. Several others may either file separate suits or add their support to the current suits. Lawmakers from the Platform Caucus and the Democrat leadership are already declaring strong support for the litigation. Many legislators are being pressured by their own constituents to state their own positions on the constitutional matters.
Some lawmakers have gone very quiet. So has the Oklahoma Republican Party leadership. Despite the clear position of the OKGOP platform which stands for constitutional integrity and against runaway spending increases. The State Committee meets at least quarterly, and any committee member can initiate a motion to stand with the taxpayer plaintiff groups. This will be a serious test of the integrity and leadership of the OKGOP on a key matter. We Republicans will be watching...
Opinion of the Editor
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...