Sunday, October 26, 2008

Potts Implicated in Phipps Scandal

H/T to McCarville:
Corrupt businessman Steve Phipps, the linchpin of a three-year FBI investigation, told a federal grand jury he could implicate more than 30 people--including Democratic Senate leader Mike Morgan--in "criminal activities and/or political corruption," a court document shows. That's the lead paragraph in a copyrighted Tony Thornton story in the Sunday editions of The Oklahoman.

Among others named: Former Agriculture Secretary Dennis Howard, former Auditor & Inspector Clifton Scott, Water Resources Board Director Duane Smith, District Judge Williard Driesel of southeastern Oklahoma, former Muskogee legislator Jeff Potts, former Jay legislator Jay Hutchison, Kiamichi Economic Development District of Oklahoma Director Chester Dennis, former McAlester Mayor Dale Covington and former McAlester City Manager Randy Green.
(emphasis mine)
Muskogee attorney Jeff Potts ran for State House District 14 in 2006, after long-time representative Barbara Staggs was term-limited. Potts beat former District Attorney Dianne Barker-Harrold in the Democratic primary 55%-45%. He was defeated in the general election by the Republican nominee, George Faught, by a margin of 54%-46%.

He was a state representative for one term in the early 1990's. It is not known at this time when the alleged "criminal activities and/or political corruption" took place.

Perhaps this is why Jeff Potts didn't try for a re-match with George Faught.


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