OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two state senators intervened with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation after the agency's prequalification committee left a Muskogee highway contractor off its approved bidders list.
The Oklahoman is reporting Sunday that the intervention by Sen. Kenneth Corn, D-Poteau, and Sen. Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee, occurred in October 2007.
The senators have acknowledged intervening on behalf of Glover and Associates, which since has been awarded more than $35 million in Oklahoma road contracts. ODOT officials say the company has done good work.
Documents obtained through open records laws indicate ODOT officials scrutinized Craig Glover's prequalification application to make sure he wasn't acting as a front for his father, George Paul Glover.
The elder Glover pleaded no contest in early 2007 to conspiring to use prohibited road material and intimidating a state grand jury witness.