Right-Wing Shenanigans in Oklahoma

The Democratic Party doesn’t have a monopoly on shenanigans, as evident by a scandal that recently surfaced in the state of Oklahoma.

From Tulsa news station KOTV: “Allegations of scandal and a cover-up at the Oklahoma Capitol surfaced Wednesday after a published report said state Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, allegedly sexually harassed and then fired his legislative assistant in 2015 after she rebuffed his advances. According to the report, the legislative assistant was a woman named Hollie Bishop, 28. . . News 9 obtained records that show the payments were made last month. Bishop received a total $28,414.20 marked under “Legal Settlements.” Her lawyers received $16,085.80 filed under housekeeping and cleaning supplies. All of it done before a lawsuit was filed and behind closed doors.”

So, state tax dollars were used to pay the woman harassed by Kirby, and the situation was handled behind closed doors by the GOP-controlled Oklahoma House of Representatives. Thus, voters in Kirby’s district had no idea of what transpired when they reelected him in November of this year.

“”The House of Representatives had no right to pay that money out on behalf of an out of control member,” former Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City, said. . . Reynolds said his concern is over who signed the checks, alleging every payment must be approved by the Speaker of the House. It is still unclear who signed the payments. Former House Speaker Jeff Hickman did not return a call for comment.”

Jeff Hickman couldn’t be reelected this year because of term limits on members of the Oklahoma legislature. It remains to be seen if he experiences any negative consequences for his role in this scandal.

As for Dan Kirby . . .

From the Tulsa World: “State Rep. Dan Kirby resigned Friday night after three days of public outrage over the secretive settlement paid to a fired legislative assistant who had accused him of sexual harassment. The resignation is effective Dec. 31.”

In his resignation letter, Kirby writes, “Recent events have caused a situation where my continuing in office would be such a distraction that I could not serve my constituents in the manner they deserve.”

Recent events have caused a situation? If Kirby were a Democrat, then the Oklahoma GOP would be scolding him for refusing to accept responsibility for causing this scandal in the first place.

In a 01/25/16 letter to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Hollie Bishop’s attorney states, “Ms. Bishop was sexually harassed by Rep. Dan Kirby and wrongfully terminated in retaliation for reporting said harassment.”

The letter also states that Bishop was not told the reason for the termination of her employment.

Folks, this situation reeks with corruption.

Being that Oklahoma’s House of Representatives is under the control of the Oklahoma GOP, Ricky Ricardo would say to the latter . . .

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  • jim_m

    Incorrect and ignorant of reality (as are many of David’s articles).

    If Kirby were a dem, he would be holding on to his office until he were convicted and sentenced. The left is united on the position that if there is no conviction then nothing illegal or even unethical ever happened. Even our resident leftist, Bruce, clings to this lie as the ultimate proof that the left is pure and free from all scandal.

    If Kirby were a dem the media would hardly be reporting it and what little reportage there was would be saying, “This is just about sex”. Even though it is not about sex but about harassment and illegal/unethical use of public funds.

    What David fails to understand is that while there is no exemption for either party from immoral, unethical and illegal behavior, the response to that behavior, when revealed, is illustrative of the entire difference between left and right.

    Kirby resigned. How many lefties would have done so? You could probably count them on one hand and still have a couple of fingers to spare.

  • Wild_Willie

    I have no mercy for any man or woman that abuses their office and my tax money. He should be gone. She can sue but she already proved she is sex for hire. If she would have sued right at the beginning, different story.

    jim_m, I agree about your dem’s except Bill Clinton was convicted and he is still hailed by the dems. They have no core or moral center. ww

  • Wild_Willie

    Also, to my Wizbang friends and debaters, have a very Merry Christmas. Enjoy. Peace and love. ww

    • A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    • Scalia

      And a merry Christmas to you and your family, WW!

  • Vagabond661

    FYI since it wasn’t pasted in David’s post:

    Hickman said Thursday night that the benefit of settling in many instances is avoiding a lengthy trial and significant attorney fees that “would be far more expensive than a settlement might be.”

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/former-oklahoma-house-speaker-approved-settlement-in-dan-kirby-sexual/article_4303f685-a5ff-569d-96f7-b12c4837c2b2.html

  • Brucehenry

    I know Oklahoma is where you are from, David, but frankly, who cares about this petty, sad, and kinda icky little scandal?

    Why don’t you look into what the GOP is doing where I’M from, North Carolina? We just went through a month-long recount of the governor’s race, because, allegedly, Governor Pat McCrory was insistent that “the will of the voters be respected.” THEN, when it was proven that he indeed lost, he and his gerrymandered legislative majority stripped the incoming governor of much of the power that McCrory had held, and tried to pack the NC Supreme Court with Republicans to boot. (When THAT little gambit failed they just made it harder to get to the Supreme Court in the first place, instead keeping most cases in the GOP-dominated Court of Appeals.)

    And THEN the Republicans scuttled efforts to repeal HB2, the support of which had cost McCrory his governorship in the first place.

    • jim_m

      Um, the dems scuttled the repeal efforts because they are so short sighted that they cannot accept a 6 month cooling off period for new legislation. The patently bogus claim that any coolinng off period would result in another permanent ban is only believed by morons with room temp IQ’s, which is why you fell for it. Only a dumbass would believe it, only a dishonest jack ass would repeat it knowing that it is a lie. Take your pick. You are at least one, but I believe you are more than likely both.

      • Brucehenry

        Merry Christmas, you exemplar of Christian charity and forbearance!

        • Crampus has already visited you, we see…

        • jim_m

          The Jesus I believe in wasn’t afraid to call things as He saw them. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b92c69ccf4c2844dc96b7a765e95f3b561eb32d100faae789e6d957bc0dd47c5.jpg

          • Ayup. And few so richly deserved!

          • Brucehenry

            Yes I’m sure that is your favorite image of Jesus.

          • jim_m

            Actually, no. However, it was the most pertinent to the conversation. I know that you see God as some supernatural helicopter mom that forgives everything and only sees the good in everyone.

            Infinite mercy is only useful in a God that makes righteous judgement. One is meaningless without the other.

            God is not a pussy and He doesn’t demand that His followers be so either.

          • Brucehenry
          • jim_m

            What’s the difference between that and a Progressive Jesus?

            Barack 0bama gave to Wall Street, lied to the public and provided a lot of whine.

          • Stop feeding the troll.

          • Brucehenry

            The irony of you, a bitter, angry, bilious little fedora-sportin’ guttersnipe, good for nothing except ninth-grade level coprophiliac insults endlessly repeated, calling anyone else a “troll,” is not lost on anyone here, I’m sure.

            Have a Merry Christmas!

          • May Crampus deliver all that you deserve.

          • Brucehenry

            Anyway, whether you accept the Dem or the GOP version of what happened with HB2, there is still the matter of the naked power grab, which is what my comment to David was about.

            http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article122593759.html

          • jim_m

            Then you should have restricted it to the part of your point that was valid rather than obscuring it with left wing lies.

        • jim_m

          If you want to be wished a Merry Christmas the way to receive that is to wish it to others without accompanying it with an insult.

          So Merry Christmas you heathen hypocrite, who mocks the holiday by hiding your amoral pronouncements behind the pretense of wishing people a happy holiday. I hope you have a holiday in proportion to how well you meant it to me.

          [edit] and while I am so torn up that I don’t meet your standard for what a Christian should be, what you think on that matter doesn’t mean much.

          • Brucehenry

            Thanks for explaining things to me, Jim!

    • Vagabond661

      Who woke up Bruce?

      • Brucehenry

        Merry Christmas, Vagabond! You’re a nut but you’re not mean.

        • Vagabond661

          Merry Christmas, Bruce. You put too much faith in Big Government and not enough in our fellow man!

          • Brucehenry

            I come here to be reminded that such a viewpoint (that of small-government conservatives) has merit. Some of you guys are more persuasive than others, LOL!

          • There you had us convinced that you were here to distract and annoy. Intentions aside, that is indeed all you produce.

          • Brucehenry

            Well yeah that stuff too.

      • More like which rock did he crawl from under…