Mayor’s race heats up
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)