In an announcement on Thursday, former mayoral candidate Bill Christiansen said he will not endorse Dewey Bartlett in the mayoral election.
Christiansen, a former Tulsa City Councilor, said Bartlett is not a true conservative and he cannot endorse him.
Bartlett released this statement about Thursday's announcement:
"While we are disappointed by former Councilors Christiansen’s decision, we are very happy with the support we’ve received since the primary from renowned conservatives such as U.S. Congressman Jim Bridenstine, Governor Mary Fallin and former Tulsa Mayor and now-U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe.
Congressman Bridenstine feels so passionately about Mayor Bartlett that he has been on his own time and with his own money leading a charge to re-elect Mayor Bartlett. As a man of principle, Congressman Bridenstine, who is renowned as a conservative champion, has been pointing out that Kathy Taylor actually campaigned for President Obama and nearly bankrupted our city. Senator Inhofe understands the type of conservative management it takes to make Tulsa successful. As the leader of the state, Governor Fallin knows how much those additional 9,000 jobs mean. We are proud to stand with a united Republican party to keep Tulsa headed in the right direction."Christiansen also did not endorse Bartlett's opponent, former Tulsa mayor, Kathy Taylor.
Taylor released this statement:
"Earlier this year I joined former Councilor Christiansen in this race because we both believe Tulsa needs leadership. Through the years we have agreed on core principals such as the need for an accountable and open government. Bill and I also agree with some two-thirds of voters in the last election who voted for a new mayor.
We must be able to trust our government and currently that trust is fading with every revelation - like suddenly withholding 911 tapes and more than a month's delay to answer requests for Open Records. Tulsans have the right to ask questions of our government and we have the right to information.
Citizens understand this race is about accountability in the Mayor's Office. They want a leader in City Hall who will get back to the basics and make it clear that redundancy, lack of communication, and wasting time and tax dollars, won't be tolerated.
I admire anyone willing to put his or her name on a ballot especially when a candidate must withstand the type of vicious, negative personal attacks like Bartlett made against Christiansen in the first election this summer."
The election is on November 12th.