Mayor’s race heats up

La Semana - - FRONT PAGE / PORTADA -


The race for the mayor’s of­fice heated up last week when in­cum­bent Dewey Bartlett ac­cused his main ri­val, Tulsa City Coun­cilor G.T. Bynum, of a con­flict of in­ter­est due to paid lob­by­ing work Bynum has done for a Wash­ing­ton, D.C. firm.


Coun­cilor Bynum’s si­mul­ta­ne­ous po­si­tion as both a lob­by­ist and a city coun­cilor is a gross con­flict-of-in­ter­est,” Bartlett said in a press re­lease. “The cit­i­zens of Tulsa elected Bynum as a city coun­cilor to rep­re­sent their in­ter­ests ex­clu­sively. When he goes to Wash­ing­ton D.C. rep­re­sent­ing the cit­i­zens of other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties like Clare­more, Bartlesville, or Mi­ami to bring fund­ing to their cities and not ours, I see that as a breach of the tax­pay­ers trust.”

Bartlett’s ac­cu­sa­tions against Bynum were voiced in a tele­vi­sion ad the mayor’s cam­paign be­gan air­ing last week.

A new ad from Bynum also ap­peared, in which the coun­cilor ap­peared to re­spond by tak­ing the high road.

“It’s time to stop tear­ing each other down and re­new that spirit of high ex­pec­ta­tions that founded this city,” Bynum says in the ad, which was ac­tu­ally recorded be­fore Bartlett made the al­le­ga­tion of a con­flict be­tween Bynum’s du­ties to the city and his work for the lob­by­ing firm Capi­tol Ven­tures Gov­ern­ment Re­la­tions.

“Yes­ter­day, the other side tried to drag the Mayor's race into the gut­ter with a typ­i­cal neg­a­tive ad,” Bynum said on his Face­book page. “We think Tulsa de­serves bet­ter.”

The may­oral pri­mary will be held on June 28, and the race could be de­cided that day if any can­di­date re­ceives more than 50% of the vote. (La Se­m­ana)



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