The month of May signals new beginnings for the former Democrat Legislative leader. Scott Inman was just hired on at First Oklahoma Bank's OKC new branch. He also just ended his marriage to Dessa, the mother of his two kids.
What started a year ago as a wild ride in a race for Oklahoma's next governor, became a trainwreck in October when a marital crisis became an ugly confrontation in the capitol rotunda.
Inman eventually got Dessa to leave, but he immediately went to his capitol office to write his press statement, resigning his campaign for governor, immediately. He also announced his intention to resign from his legislative office. He immediately was replaced as Minority Leader by Steve Kouplen, who was slated to be his replacement in the 57th Legislature.
Inman was absent for weeks, but came back briefly to cast a vote against a special session tax increase package. Later last fall he announced that he would serve out the final of his 6 terms, in 2018.
Yes, there are rumors of moral failure, and they will one day be written with clarity. But Inman attempted to restore his broken marriage. In mid April his wife officially filed for divorce. Two weeks ago he and Dessa asked the judge to expedite the dissolution, forgoing the 90 statutory waiting period.
On Friday the judge granted the quick dissolution and the divorce is final.
One of Inman's dearest friends and political allies is Rep. Eric Proctor. Proctor has been a Senior vice president of commercial lending at First Oklahoma's Jenks headquarters. One would imagine that Proctor's good word went a long way toward securing Inman to the banking team.
Perhaps there are other announcements to come for Scott Inman? His political instincts and team-leading skills are well known in the area around 23rd & Lincoln Blvd. His craft for oratory and rhetoric are legendary. So is his showmanship.
The confines of corporate America are sometimes a challenge for a 'thoroughbred' like Inman. He is a natural at populist politics. We expect that we have not seen or heard the last of Inman or Proctor, even as they came into and leave from legislative service.