The purpose of a trip to Brazil by the governor and mostly other attorneys was to fish and not to talk about lawsuit reform or other legislative issues, the organizer said Tuesday.
"there is not any business or politics or anything serious talked about on a fishing trip,” said Terry West, a Shawnee attorney and longtime family friend of Gov. Brad Henry.
West said he booked the trip more than a year ago — long before the governor vetoed a lawsuit reform bill in April.
"The trip would have gone forward, had there been no tort reform bill or if he had signed one,” he said. "It's just unrelated to legislative events.”
What was discussed?
West said the only time he recalled the subject of lawsuit reform coming up was late last week, when someone in the fishing party got an e-mail about news reports Henry was fishing on the Amazon with attorneys.
Most of the conversation on the trip was about Henry catching the biggest fish, West said.
"It got very tiresome because the governor caught the biggest fish early on and he mentioned it every night at dinner,” West said.
What do critics say?
Critics of the Democratic governor continued this week to question Henry's going on the trip.