Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Claudette Henry Faces Uphill Battle in Re-Election Bid

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Claudette Henry Faces Uphill Battle in Re-Election Bid

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Oklahoma Treasurer Claudette Henry appears ready to officially kick off an uphill bid for re-election after a stormy term marked by investigations and legal battles.

For several months, Henry has been crisscrossing the state, presenting her case to civic clubs from Idabel to the Panhandle, from Altus to Bartlesville.

"The reception I have had from the people at the clubs has allowed me to consider more seriously the fact that I want to run for re-election," she said last week in an interview.

"Once I can go talk to the individuals, meet with them, address any questions and also explain to them what all we've been doing in this office for the last 3 years, their perception is totally different.

"Without exception, they come up to me and say, `We had no idea you were doing so many things. We like the fact that you are willing to stand up there and do what you think is right.'

"They have really boosted my morale and they have helped encourage me to run for re-election."

Henry will officially disclose her plans at a news conference today at the state Republican Party.

But she had earlier indicated she planned to seek a second four-year term, despite negative publicity from lawsuits and investigations centering on questionable securities trading by her former top aide.

The state auditor alleges the state lost more than $6 million because of excessive, unnecessary fees paid to third-party brokers on the trades.

The case remains under investigation by federal authorities, but no charges have been filed.

Henry has contended the overall performance by her office overshadows any problems.

"She thinks she has done a pretty good job and she doesn't want to walk away from it," said Harold Hite, campaign committee chairman.

Henry's announcement will come one week after a challenge within her party was officially launched by Bob Keasler, a longtime Tulsa stockbroker who is backed by such political heavyweights as U. …

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