Ferguson Plans to File Impeachment Resolution

By Jenkins, Ron | THE JOURNAL RECORD, November 20, 1993 | Go to article overview

Ferguson Plans to File Impeachment Resolution


Jenkins, Ron, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Republican state Rep. Larry Ferguson said Friday he will file a resolution next week calling for an impeachment inquiry of Gov. David Walters.

Ferguson, House minority leader from Cleveland, announced his plans a day after Walters won a legal battle with GOP Senate Leader Howard Hendrick, who filed a Supreme Court lawsuit seeking to disqualify Walters from holding office.

Ferguson's resolution says events of the past several months show Walters may have committed impeachable offenses stemming from his campaign for governor three years ago.

"Honest and faithful conduct of the executive branch and the confidence of the citizens in the office of the governor is of paramount importance" to all Oklahomans, the resolution said.

It said lawmakers have a duty to assure the people that "their public officials are performing their constitutional and statutory duties and obligations."

There was no immediate reaction from the governor's office on Ferguson's resolution.

Walters was indicted by a grand jury that probed his 1990 campaign. He pleaded guilty Oct. 21 to one misdemeanor count of accepting excessive contributions from attorney Richard Bell of Norman. Eight felony charges were dropped, most of them linked to Walters signing campaign reports.

Ferguson claimed considerable Democratic support for a special session to consider impeachment.

He predicted House leaders would eventually go along with an extra meeting of the Legislature, rather than sticking with a plan that would, in effect, delay any action until the regular session in February.

If Ferguson's resolution is backed by 51 House members, it would lead to creation of a special investigative committee to look at whether impeachment is warranted.

It takes a majority vote in the 101-member House for impeachment articles to be approved. …

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