Sooner Tea Party co-founder in Oklahoma calls blackmail charge against him ‘political persecution’

Al Gerhart, of Oklahoma City, faces a felony blackmail charge stemming from an email he sent to Oklahoma state Sen. Cliff Branan. Gerhart turned himself in over the weekend at Midwest City jail after returning from an overseas trip.

BY NOLAN CLAY Published: April 16, 2013
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The co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party on Monday called the blackmail charge against him “political persecution.”

“He’s paying us back,” Al Gerhart said of Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater. “It’s absolutely payback.”

Prater last week...

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