Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: October 4, 2007
Sen. Brogdon says Oklahomans Should be Dismayed
Politically Motivated Indictment of Citizen Activists
In the wake of three grand jury indictments unsealed Monday in
Oklahoma City, State Sen. Randy
Brogdon condemned the indictments and called them “nothing
more than politically motivated.”
"Oklahomans should be outraged by the recent political attack
by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson on Paul Jacob, Susan
Johnson, and Rick Carpenter,” said Brogdon, R-Owasso. “These
individuals sought nothing more than to participate in their government
through the initiative process protected by Oklahoma’s Constitution”.
In 2006, the Secretary of State certified over 300,000 valid Oklahoma
signatures for SQ 726, the Stop Over Spending initiative. Brogdon
said the petition effort illustrated widespread support by hard-working
Oklahomans who wanted their government to live within its means.
Jacob, Johnson and Carpenter are charged with violating a state
statute requiring petition circulators to be residents of Oklahoma.
Jacob is the president of Citizens in Charge, which defends citizen
initiative rights, and a senior fellow with the Sam Adams Alliance.
Johnson is president of National Voter Outreach, a petition management
firm who has successfully completed several previous petition drives
in Oklahoma. Carpenter is president of Oklahomans in Action, which
promoted a 2005 initiative to cap state spending.
Brogdon said the indictments would have a chilling effect on citizen
participation and would make the average Oklahoman think twice before
challenging the political machine. He said the grand jury's action
essentially means that unless an individual is an elected official,
or a political insider, that person no longer has a voice in Oklahoma
"Everyone should be deeply concerned about this," Brogdon
said. "The Constitutional rights of every citizen of Oklahoma
are in jeopardy as well as the liberty of three good people who
face ten years in prison. If this shameful political assault succeeds,
everyone is at risk. It is an outrage!”
Brogdon said the only crime committed was the disenfranchisement
of over 300,000 Oklahoma voters who expressed their voice by exercising
their Constitutional rights.
“It appears Drew Edmondson is more concerned with protecting
his own political power than he is with preserving, protecting,
and defending the right of Oklahomans to free speech,” Brogdon
added. “This is nothing less than an attack on our Republican
form of government.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Brogdon's Office: (405) 521-5566