DEMOCRATS INVOLVED IN SEXUAL
MISCONDUCT AT STATE CAPITOL
Last week we told you the story involving the Republican Representative and his sexual harassment of his office staff at the capital. He was not the only Representative accused of such activity. There was also a member of the Democratic side of the House accused. Once again this too was reported to the appropriate people with no action taken. This indicates that there is not only corruption by individual members of the House, but also corruption in the Human Resources Department which hires the other employees that work for them. What a mess to start the new session with.
Now things don't appear to be going very well in the investigation of these incidents. We came to that opinion with this article "It's not going to accomplish anything," Problems arise first day of secret meetings to investigate sexual harassment at the c. If our politicians act in their normal pattern they are correct. Everything that has been leaked so far has been about the Republican, and very few people even knew a Democrat was involved. They'll have their secret investigation and make the decision. The Representatives will lose their Chairmanship or Vice-Chairmanship of a committee and the tax payers will still be out the expense for the payoff from the Republicans indiscretion.
It's time to introduce you to the Democrat involved. We went to his web site at the capital and this is what we found Representative William Fourkiller - Oklahoma House of Representatives. We found some good information on him. He's a Native American and represents Adair, Cherokee and Delaware counties in Eastern Oklahoma. In fact there is a lot of good information about him on his biography page here.
The next article of interest we found was this William T. Fourkiller - Ballotpedia. This actually shows that he has a nursing degree from Oklahoma University in Tulsa. Unfortunately this article only covers the period through the 2015 session. Here we are going into the 2017 session on Monday and there is a cloud of suspicion hanging over his head. The strangest part is we've not heard a word of support or denial from the Minority Leader in the House. Could he be a sacrificial lamb?
We next went to www.votesmart.org to see what information they had available on Representative Fourkiller. The first item we found was this William Fourkiller's Political Summary - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. We don't understand why, but we don't always find this particular item with all politicians. There wasn't a lot of information available here that we weren't already aware of.
We next looked at the biography page here William Fourkiller's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. There is no doubt that he is a well-educated man. If the current allegations are true, it could affect his future employment in the fields he holds degrees in and has worked in. How do you deal with that as a parent?
We next took a look at his voting record since he's been in office here William Fourkiller's Voting Records - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. From what we saw it appears that on subjects that were the least bit controversial he failed to vote. He did stray from the party line on some occasions, however the votes were not considered in controversial. We urge you to open the link and go through his voting record for yourself.
We next went to the Issue Positions (Political Courage Test) page here William Fourkiller's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test) - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. He failed to return the questionnaire so he failed. Why it is Politicians seem to have a severe lack of desire to let their constituents know where they stand on subjects. Politicians need to wake up to the fact that the people are tired of hearing them spew what they think they want to hear. We want to know the truth.
We next went to the Ratings and Endorsements page here William Fourkiller's Ratings and Endorsements - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. We were surprised at the age of some of these latest reports. Here are a few examples.
Agriculture and Food
Business and Consumer
- 2015 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Federation 66%
- 2013 Oklahoma Farm Bureau Federation 100%
- 2014 Research Institute for Economic Development 47%
- 2013 Oklahoma National Fed.of Independent Business 17%
- 2016 The Oklahoma Constitution 37%
- 2015 The Oklahoma Constitution 42%
We could go on, but it just gets repetitive. We don't understand how an individual can hold his head up with any pride as a Representative of the State of Oklahoma and know so little about the Oklahoma State Constitution. That is why we have so much corruption in this state now. Far too many of our elected officials have no idea what our State Constitution says.
- 2016 Sooner Tea Party 59%
- 2014 Sooner Tea Party 35%
- 2013 Sooner Tea Party 28%
We next looked at his campaign finance page here William Fourkiller's Campaign Finances - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. Since Mr. Fourkiller is a Democrat we expected and found contributions from many unions and major corporations. This is not unusual. We also found that some people did make individual donations to his campaign.
The next article of interest we found was this William Fourkiller - Oklahoma Legislature - Open States. Once again it's like the reporting has just stopped to this agency. The campaign finances only show the 2010 campaign estimates. The bills listed only indicate the ones that passed. They completely leave out those that failed. That would give voters a more accurate assessment of how their Representative is doing.
The next article of interest we found was this Fourkiller seeks to be principal chief of Cherokees | Local News | muskogeephoenix.com. At the time of this announcement he was the sitting Representative of House District 86. We will admit he had some admirable goals for the Cherokee Nation. Not being a Native American we won't dare delve into Tribal politics. We would like to see that after all the pain and suffering the tribes suffered that there were some places along the Trail of Tears placed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The next article of interest we found was this Private committee investigates sexual harassment allegations against state lawmakers | KFOR.com. It is the opinion of this staff that the investigation should be open to the public. Taxpayer dollars were used to pay off the attorneys and at least one victim. Tax payer dollars are being used to pay the bills incurred by the investigating committee. Those two facts alone make it a matter of public record and should have made it open to the public. Just because they are legislators doesn't 'mean they are above the law.
The next article of interest we found was this Oklahoma lawmaker accused of sexual harassment to testify. When you read the article you find it's only the Republican lawmaker that's going to testify. Where is the Democrat? He not only has his reputation at stake but also has his teaching credentials and nursing credentials on the line. It would appear that he would want to vigorously defend himself on this allegation against him.
Then we reach the end of this debacle at the capital in this article http://www.soonerpolitics.org/editorial/expulsion-of-kirby-called-for-fourkiller-sanctioned-hickman-untouched. The committee has recommended that Representative Kirby be expelled from the House. There was no mention of the repayment of tax payer dollars. The also recommended that Representative Fourkiller receive sensitivity training and is barred from the page program. No report was released regarding former Speaker Hickman. He thus escapes any political fallout.
Now what we find disturbing is this very same secret committee took it upon themselves to place themselves and all of the House of Representatives above the Law by finding that they had the authority to use tax payer funds to buy off witnesses. That smacks off cronyism if anything does. Who are they to determine to spend money to bribe a witness? Actions like this are why we are considered the most corrupt state in the nation.
We've said enough. Hang on to your wallets folks. They plan on taxing everything this year. It would be beneath their dignity to take a pay cut or lower the corporate welfare they give out each year.