Too much Coffee for DemsMarch 31st, 2009
I’m really getting tired of hearing Democrats harp about Oklahoma Senate leader Glenn Coffee. OK, so he failed to pay some traffic tickets from 8 or 9 years ago.
… one for speeding and another for operating a motor vehicle without a current license plate.
But, just like anyone else who fails to pay their fines, unless there was some kind of a computer glitch, he took his chances and risked arrest and incarceration.
Officials said a computer glitch …
OK, so he got lucky. But now the state Democratic Party accuses Sen. Coffee of spending too much on his expense account.
According to filings from Senator Glenn Coffee’s campaign account with the Oklahoma State Ethics Commission, Senator Coffee has spent over $125,000 in the last three years on a line item termed by his treasurer as “Travel, Meals, Lodging” including over $58,000 in 2008.
“Senator Coffee claims he could not pay his taxes even though he was reimbursing himself more than the average Oklahoman makes in a year in meals and travel,” said Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Ivan Holmes.
I guess Mr. Holmes has never seen Sen. Coffee. At food and fuel prices these days, $58,000 doesn’t go far in feeding and transporting a big guy like him. Leave it to Dems to pick on the handicapped.
And as if that wasn’t enough, some self-righteous taxpayers think the senate leader should step down for not paying his taxes until the government placed a lien on his home.
It is apparent Coffee is of the opinion he is above the law. This should not be the case. He should resign his leadership role.
But former House Speaker Lance Cargill already resigned for tax problems just last year. Shouldn’t that cover all elected Republican tax delinquents for awhile? And besides, you never hear of Republicans demanding Democrats resign for failing to pay taxes.
Rep. Tom Cole says Treasury boss Timothy Geithner must go
“He didn’t pay his taxes but was confirmed anyway, when only weeks later other administration nominees were toppled by similar tax delinquincies [sic].”
Well OK, maybe one Republican. But then again, Cole probably feels Sen. Coffee must go too.