Saturday, January 29, 2005

Coalition Envy?

Many thanks to the Republican officers and elected officials that participated in the Anti-Recall press conference yesterday. I was somewhat surprised, after noting at least four TV cameras present for the event, that only KTUL-Channel 8 appeared to have included the event in either of their three January 28th broadcasts (KTUL did about a 15 second spot on their 10 PM broadcast, only).

However, the Tulsa World ran the story on the front page of the Saturday edition (albeit their lowest readership of the week, once again). The coverage was pretty comprehensive, with quotes from most of the elected officials that were present.

It's hard to say why there was so little television coverage. Perhaps we were bumped by the snowy weather or the extensive coverage of the serial rapist that is terrorizing Sand Springs. However, I think it had more to do with a "we've already done the Mayor coming out against the recall story," rationalization. If this is the case, that is a shame.

The real story was the resounding support that we are receiving from the GOP officials from Tulsa's legislative caucus. The list of party and elected officials speaking out against recall is becoming a very impressive one. As it stands today, we have permission to use the names of six state senators and nine state representatives. Most impressive of all, the list includes Senators Randy Brogdon (Owasso), Scott Pruitt (Broken Arrow), Mike Mazzei (South Tulsa & Bixby) & Nancy Riley (W. Tulsa & Jenks) as well as Representatives John Trebilcock (Broken Arrow), Fred Perry (S. Tulsa & Jenks), John Wright (Broken Arrow) and John Smaligo (Owasso). This should go a long way in stating the case that the recall effort being lodged against Jim Mautino and me, is an ill conceived and selfish attempt to disrupt the integrity of our election process.

I can't begin to thank all of these legislators for their courageous and ethical stands. It is humbling indeed to know that they are willing to stand on principle, even though we are city officials and many in their own communities might question their support.

When you couple this latest round of support with such diverse groups as the Tulsa Metro League of Women Voters, the NAACP and the Tulsa County Republican Executive Committee, you start to realize that our coalition will more than trump CfRG2004's cadre of like minded development interests.

And we've only just begun to fight!


Anonymous said...

This goes to show us that the "recall" is a lesson in life, for ALL OF US!! Doesn't really matter where we live, we all have been taught RIGHT FROM, whether we value that in our lives, is a choice we each make. For those backing the recall, they have chosen the WRONG path on this issue.

Obviously, the majority of elected officials, community leaders and citizens are supporting Councilors Medlock and Mautino on this and speaking up AGAINST THE RECALL!!
WE ARE AMERICANS and hold ourselves accountable and responsible! As was stated Friday, by our elected officials....this is "SELFISH AND DESTRUCTIVE" and "those behind it, need to stop immediately"!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Chris, sh-- happens when it comes to news coverage. If you want everything that involves you to be front page or lead newscast, maybe you ought to do something really tawdry or scandalous.

Then again, maybe not.

Anonymous said...

To previous comments by "Kane".....

1)"The Tulsa Tribunal is doing a good job among the people I talk with"......
Our Response:
This is SIMPLY YOUR OPINION and we suggest you watch who you run around with. Once again, it is selfish and destructive from the core!

2)"If it were legal they possibly would suggest tar and feathers with a ride on a rail out of town"......
Our response:
Let's see, that would be for Mr. Poe, Mr. Davidson, Mr. Haschke, Mr. Bill (LaFortune)and others supporting the recall! Ummmm.....would this be for you, also, Kane?

Sounds good to we citizens of Tulsa! Enough of your intimidating comments! Take them somewhere else and spin your web! WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!


Anonymous said...

I liked Kane's comment on the resignation requiring a new election as a means to dead end the recall. Then, register as a candidate for the vacant seat. That would surely wreck havoc on the well laid plans of the recall quacks.

Then, they'd also have to come up with a candidate, AND, support them (all above board)! HA!

Certainly, I'd consider it a last resort over a very damaging recall vote. As long as we're set to go to the polls....let us decide who gets the seat while we're at it, not just vote for removal/not and leave it to the quacks to pick a replacement. And, it's a cost neutral move as long as they're dragging us to the polls anyway.

Good deal.