|Updated: 10/25 6:31 pm
||Published: 10/24 8:28 pm
Mayor Dewey Bartlett got some powerful political backing from Washington Thursday night.
Senator Jim Inhofe, former presidential candidate, Rick Santorum and Congressman, Jim Bridenstine all stopped by the Tulsa Press Club to throw their weight behind Bartlett in his campaign for re-election.
Packing the inside of the press club, 23 Oklahoma legislatures gathered together along with them with one goal in mind.
"You want a hard job then you become a mayor of a city. There's no hiding place,” says Senator Jim Inhofe.
Inhofe took the podium to remind Tulsans what kind of job the mayor had and to remind Bartlett supporters about who his opponent supports.
“We have a president of the United States that has a disdain for every institution that made America great. Kathy Taylor is probably his strongest supporter in the state of Oklahoma and I'm talking about the thousands of dollars that she has given,” says Inhofe.
Next, it was former presidential candidate, Rick Santorum’s turn.
“I’m happy to be here and to support Mayor Bartlett and do whatever I can to support the effort across this country to make sure we stand by the principals that made this country great,” says Santorum.
Congressman Jim Bridenstine took his own shots at Taylor.
“On one hand you have a candidate who has supported candidates in the beltway who have advanced Obamacare, and you have a candidate who has given money to Emily's List whose sole purpose is to fund pro-abortion candidates,” says Bridenstine.
Kathy Taylor’s campaign manager responded to Thursday’s gathering by sending FOX23 this statement:
Saying that Dewey Bartlett once again has turned a deaf ear to Tulsa citizens who voted for non-partisan local elections, Kathy Taylor Campaign Manager Monroe Nichols today blasted what he called Dewey Bartlett’s “latest effort to create a partisan divide in Tulsa instead of standing on his record.” Nichols responded to a planned visit by former presidential candidate Rick Santorum in support of Bartlett, by saying, “At a time when rape is up in Tulsa, it is shocking that Dewey Bartlett would bring a DC politician with an abysmal record on women’s issues here to try to tell Tulsans what is important to them.”
“We are headed toward a record year for rape, and homicide is up 46% and instead of talking about what Tulsa can do together to address that, the mayor is simply spending his time on the kind of partisan politics that have divided citizens, run up the national debt and shut down our country,” Nichols said. “We need a mayor to speak to Tulsa issues and not a mayor who misses meetings constantly but finds time for political cocktail parties and press conferences.”
“Today, a group of career politicians will stand next to a mayor who has spent our city into a fiscal crisis, stood back and watched as violent crime has gotten out of control, and fraudulently collected an estimated $1 million in fees from taxpayers in Tulsa for a green waste service they never got. Those might be their conservative values, but they are not the values of Tulsa. I challenge Mayor Bartlett to show up and do his job tonight by attending the City Council meeting. At tonight’s meeting Dewey Bartlett needs to come clean about the financial health of the city and let citizens hear from him, not his city manager, about what he is going to do to fix it.”
Nichols said that at the end of the day, “this race needs to be and will be decided on Tulsa issues.” He said that more significant than who will be at the press conference “is who will NOT be there. No current or former city councilor who has worked with Dewey Bartlett has endorsed him or openly supports his candidacy. The people who know his record best choose not to stand with him in this race. We don’t need Washington politicians telling us what to do. There is only one candidate in the race who is standing on her record and her plan for the future. With this act, Dewey Bartlett further demonstrates that he is an irresponsible candidate, just as he has been an irresponsible mayor.”