Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
April 10, 2008
Sen. Harry Coates addresses media on Thursday at the
Capitol about his stolen documents.
Sen. Coates says Small Group of Fanatics
Has Stooped to New Lows
State Sen. Harry Coates said he was outraged that his private correspondences
had been taken and used online without permission. Coates, R-Seminole,
said he has also been the target of blogs posted fraudulently using
his name, as well as numerous phone calls to his office, home and
to other relatives, of an abusive and sometimes obscene nature.
“I know there are those who favor HB 1804 who sincerely believe
their efforts will protect American jobs. They are frustrated with
the federal government for failing to address illegal immigration,”
Coates said. “However, recent events have shown a handful
of fanatical supporters are willing to do anything they can to intimidate
those who speak out against a bad law. That right, to question or
even criticize our government, is the very basis of our democracy.”
Coates said after he came out in opposition to HB 1804, he started
receiving hateful and even obscene anonymous phone calls at his
Senate office and his home. Other family members were also targeted.
Last Friday, someone using Coates’ name blogged on a newspaper
website in response to a Tulsa County District Judge’s denial
to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the immigration law.
Within the last two days, someone has been posting private emails
from Sen. Coates online, after a file containing those messages
disappeared from his office.
“Again, this is an overt attempt to embarrass and intimidate
anyone who does not agree with the immigration law,” Coates
said. “The Senate is currently conducting an internal investigation
in an attempt to discover who is behind this. Once we learn their
identity, that information will be turned over to law enforcement,
and we would expect it to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of
For more information contact:
Sen. Coates' Office: (405) 521-5547