Carol Johnson stepped forward Wednesday, to tell her story of repeated harassment from Rep. Dan Kirby (R-Tulsa). The Oklahoman filed this report from her testimony before the House Rules special subcommittee, formed to respond to concerns about previous legislatures and the former Speaker of the House, Jeff Hickman.
"It made me feel terrible," Carol Johnson, 37, of Norman, told The Oklahoman on Wednesday. "You feel very ashamed. ... It makes you doubt your worth."
Johnson said Kirby, R-Tulsa, repeatedly asked her for nude photos of herself and made constant unwelcome remarks about her body and attire. She said, at his request, she once accompanied him and another man in 2013 to an Oklahoma City strip club.
Johnson spoke Wednesday afternoon for more than an hour to the special House committee that is investigating Kirby and Rep. Will Fourkiller, D-Stilwell.
Read the full report in the Oklahoman.
Pruitt Hearings Begin..
House Leaders Speak Openly On Social Media About Investigation, Answering Many Citizens' Questions..
Rep Kevin West responded to the concerns of Oklahomans regarding the high level of secrecy that the House Rules Committee Chairman, Josh Cockroft; is proposing to the committee charged with investigation recent sexual harassment scandals and cash settlements paid out. He posted the sentiments in a reply to Sooner Politics' Facebook post. Republican leaders have joined the conversation and weighed in with concerns for transparency and accountability to the citizens. Sooner Tea Party President, Al Gerhart weighed in; as well as Presidential Elector, David Oldham. We posted Gerhart's sentiments further into this report. Readers may join the conversation at SoonerPolitics Facebook Group.
Last night, Gov. Mary Fallin declared a winter weather emergency. Ice is now accumulating in the central and northern regions of the state. The following counties are now responding to their own specific public safety dangers:
Oklahoma City metro is now dealing with freezing rain threats. Road crews are doing their best to treat specific dangers on arterial streets. News 9 has full coverage on their website. Tulsa appears to be spared, so far. Only rain is expected, but Early Saturday morning could be dangerous, especially on neighborhood streets, where city road crews do not treat the surfaces.
The crisis will pass quickly, though. The southern front will eventually push the temps above freezing for most of the state by noon on saturday.
This is where voters truly get to see the fitness of elected officials in their communities, county, as well as the state as a whole.
After walking out of the organizational meeting of the House Rules Committee, Rep. David Perryman (D-Chickasha), responded formally to Chairman Josh Cockroft in an open letter. Here is the text of that protest letter and alternative proposal...
I am extremely disappointed in decisions that you have made regarding the special investigation requested by Speaker Charles McCall. Speaker McCall has pledged transparency and accountability during his leadership. Likewise, you stated last week that you had “complete confidence in this committee and that truth, due process, and the integrity of this body will prevail.” Unfortunately, your actions over the past few days do not indicate sincerity in that regard.
Rep. David Perryman
You have informed committee members that they:
A leading voice of the Democrats in the Oklahoma legislature, Rep. David Perryman, has refused to pledge a secrecy oath as required by the Rules Committee Chairman, Josh Cockroft.
The story in today's Tulsa World describes a showdown being played out in the state's media. Here's part of that dialogue:
Keating To Join OCPA Board
Former governor, Frank Keating, announced that he has agreed to help direct the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs.
He further elaborated that former US Senator, Tom Coburn will also be a new member of the board of directors at OCPA.
"We're the two new guys at OCPA".
The Democrat incumbent state Legislator is the latest politician to face scrutiny for his behavior..
Speaker McCall's spokesman, Jason Sutton, said; "a formal sexual harassment complaint against Fourkiller was made to the House Human Resources Department in April 2015. The House general counsel met with Fourkiller after the complaint was filed to discuss it," Sutton said.
Fourkiller's response came quickly;
This could become a poisonous new tool of political mud-throwing for the worst elements of partisan politics. If accusers are given total anonymity but the accused have no means of defending themselves in a political theater, the outcome could become toxic.
Read the breaking news at the Tulsa World.
Public Release for County & Precinct Chairmen, from Pam Pollard: