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OKla. GOP officials express outrage over Whetsel, Courthouse Gang Ties

OKla. GOP officials express outrage over Whetsel, Courthouse Gang Ties

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For Immediate ReleaseOctober 15, 2012
Contact: Steve DicksonCell: 405-206-4041Email: steve@stevedickson.com 
GOP officials express outrage over Whetsel, Courthouse Gang Ties
More than three dozen members of the Oklahoma County Republican Party County Committeeare calling for the censure of Oklahoma County Commissioner Ray Vaughn, Oklahoma County TaxAssessor Leonard Sullivan, Oklahoma County Treasurer Butch Freeman, and Oklahoma County CourtClerk Carolyn Caudill. The Republicans in question were listed as Honorary Co-Hosts at a fundraiser heldon Wednesday, October 10
th
, 2012, for Democratic Sheriff John Whetsel at the Oklahoma City Zoo.Among the concerns of the more than three dozen Precinct Chairs and Vice Chairs are:Democratic Sheriff Whetsel is under investigation by both the OSBI and the FBI, according tolocal news reports(Fox 25 News). The investigation is centered on the use of inmates and county property to manufacture signs for the Democratic
Sheriff’s re
-election effort. This is obviously a seriousabuse of power at best, and the violation of numerous felonies at worst. Every sign for the DemocraticSheriff Whetsel should bring to mind forced inmate labor at county facilities, working on his campaign,against their will.Democratic Sheriff Whetsel has failed to fix the problems with the Oklahoma County Jail. After16 years of his leadership the problems have deteriorated to the point that the Federal Government hasremoved all prisoners(Daily Oklahoma,2008). The answer from the Democratic Sheriff 
 –
and thesemembers of the Courthouse Gang
 –
seems to be a $350 million replacement(OK Gazette)of a 21-year-
old jail whose chief problem is management. Here’s another Daily Oklahoman article(
2010)attemptingto blame the statistics, rather than admit the problem.The Republican Party has a strong, experienced nominee in Darrell Sorrels.He has 20 years of  experience in law enforcement and is currently a special Deputy for the U.S. Marshall Service in theWestern District of Oklahoma. Additionally, his strong advocacy of constitutional and conservative
principles would be a dramatic improvement in the Sheriff’s office. To counter the actions of the
Courthouse Gang, the Oklahoma County Republican Party should
immediately 
contribute the maximumallowable by law to Republican Nominee Sorrels.Finally, Rule 19 (G) 4 of the 
allows for the removal of 
any “officer, committee member or delegate of a
ny organization, committee, delegation or unit of the
Republican Party” for “Publicly supporting or endorsing an opponent of candidates of the RepublicanParty”.

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