Jim Inhofe calls for investigation into Cherokee chief's endorsement of Brad Carson

Monday, November 1st 2004, 6:07 am
By: News On 6

The request for an investigation of the Cherokee Nation - over the endorsement of a candidate in the US Senate race has been made by US Senator Jim Inhofe.

Republican Jim Inhofe made the request - after the Cherokee Nation endorsed Democrat Brad Carson for US Senate.

News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says there is no doubt where Jim Inhofe stands when it comes to the Senate race.

He's campaigning full time for Republican Tom Coburn. But Inhofe says his concern over a tribe endorsing Coburn's opponent - is not motivated by politics. There is no doubt the Cherokee Nation supports the Democrat - Brad Carson.

In a break with tradition - the Cherokees spent $4,500 to support Carson - and the Chief personally endorsed him at a news conference. The Cherokee Nation's website says tribes have come under attack from Coburn.

And callers to the Cherokee Nations Headquarters hear this. Telephone Voice: "The Cherokee Nation encourages you to vote November 2nd. Press 'star' to hear Coburn's attack on the Cherokees.”

Inhofe believes the Cherokee's support of Carson is illegal. Chief Smith says only local tribal funds - profit from tribal businesses - are being used to support Carson.

The Brad Carson campaign called the investigation request "a ruthless attempt to influence the election.” The Cherokees say they look forward to an investigation - because there's nothing illegal to find.