County Commissioner Mike Helm:
“We’ll follow the law. Whatever the law says, we’ll do it. My main thing is to go back to Mr. Haynes and ask him what the law is and how to uphold it. My thing is to protect the county and the county people. It’s not everyday the FBI looks at a county commissioner. He is innocent until proven guilty.”
County Commissioner Gerry Payne:
“Randy’s problem will be decided in the court system, however that may be. We’ll work through it. County government will continue right on like it should.”
Jim Blouch, newly elected vice chair of the Democrat Party:
The Party’s official statement to the press is “no comment.” However, “We still have a presumption of innocence in this country. Yes, we are still behind Randy. He’s a Democrat, and like I said I have a presumption of innocence.”
County Commissioner Randy Baldridge:
“When they came to get me — I don’t know how else to say it — I was shocked,” Baldridge said of his arrest and trip to the Federal Court Building in downtown Tulsa Tuesday.
Baldridge spoke in a telephone interview as a meeting of the Democrat Party wound down at the County Building on South Brady around 7:30 p.m.
“We thought they (federal agents) would make arrangements and I would turn myself in,” Baldridge said.
Baldridge said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, Dana Ward, accompanied by a second federal agent and two Claremore Police officers, approached him in the Courthouse hallway following a birthday celebration for another county employee around 11:15 a.m.
“I was surprised. I’m not normally in the courthouse at that time. I don’t know how they knew I was there.
“They motioned for me to my office,” Baldridge said. When asked why he had not been given the opportunity to turn himself in, Baldridge said, “They said they thought I had had enough time.”
Gary Johnson, spokesman for the FBI, refused to identify the second agent and Claremore Police officers who assisted with the arrest.
The sealed indictment was not opened until Baldridge appeared in U.S. District Court in Tulsa at 2 p.m.