A "frivolous” lawsuit is how a former worker in the state auditor’s office describes an attempt by Gary Jones to get monetary damages on claims he was cheated twice from being elected state auditor and inspector.
"When you’re talking about an election, short of actually tampering with the ballot box, anything else that could happen in any election in any campaign, it would be impossible to ever prove that actually directly affected the outcome of the election,” Tim Arbaugh said. "There’s no question in my mind that it (Jones’s lawsuit) is frivolous and it’s not going to get anywhere.”
Arbaugh is named in the lawsuit. Jones, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, filed the lawsuit last week seeking reimbursement for what he spent on his election bids, or about $250,000, and compensation for mental anguish.
Arbaugh regulated the abstract industry for the auditor’s office until he was fired by then-state Auditor Jeff McMahan in 2007.