Speaker JD McCarty A 1950s major scandal centered on the former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, J.D. McCarty. The speaker is normally a powerful figure, and McCarty was more so than usual because he happened to serve during the term of the state’s first Republican governor, Henry Bellman, elected in 1962.
McCarty, a skilled politician, emerged as a highly visible and dominant figure, leading Democrats against the Republican governor. Unfortunately for McCarty, he lost his reelection bid from his district in 1966, and the IRS descended upon him with tax evasion charges. His critics unkindly claimed that he failed to report his many bribes. In any event, he was convicted and sent to jail. Thus, in a few short years, leading state judges and the powerful former speaker had proven to be corrupt.
A retelling of the dubious escapades our past state leaders have been exposed for their role in.