A co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party was charged Tuesday with blackmail over an email that he admits sending to a state senator.
Al Gerhart, 54, of Oklahoma City, also was charged with violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.
Both counts are felonies.
Gerhart, a carpenter, denied any wrongdoing after coming under investigation last week. He had not been arrested yet Tuesday evening.
Gerhart sent the email March 26 to Sen. Cliff Branan, promising to make the senator a laughing stock unless the Senate Energy and Environment Committee passed a bill dealing with a United Nations plan.
Branan, R-Oklahoma City, is chairman of the committee. The senator turned the email over to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Misspelling one word, Gerhart wrote: “Branan, Get that bill heard or I will make sure you regret not doing it. I will make you the laughing stock of the Senate if I don't hear that this bill will be heard and passed. We will dig into your past, yoru family, your associates and once we start on you there will be no end to it. This is a promise.”
Yeah, that's how the FREEDOM and LIBERTY party rolls, yo. You do their bidding or they destroy you and move on to the next state lawmaker. And hell, this guy was going to crush him over some tinfoil nonsense dealing with sustainability.
We'll crush all dissent unless you stop this bill that might mean the end of our ability to dissent, if you squint at it just right!
Idiots...but dangerous. And increasingly, they're running YOUR state government.