TULSA - Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett picked up another big-name endorsement for his re-election campaign Friday, as US Senator Tom Coburn made his backing official.
In an email to KRMG, Sen. Coburn said “When Dewey Bartlett took office, he made the tough decisions necessary to balance the City of Tulsa's budget and start moving Tulsa forward to a brighter future."
He added that Bartlett, in his opinion, " has focused on capital investments rather than frivolous spending. He has operated the city like a business and addressed the issues that are important to the citizens of Tulsa.”
Bartlett told KRMG Friday he's pleased to get Coburn's endorsement.
"He's been a good friend and very strong supporter. Idealogically, we're in line with each other, as all of us are. We're very, very fortunate to have such great leaders in Washington, D.C. and Tom Coburn's a great example."
Asked for his response to the formation of an organization called "Republicans for Taylor," GOP voters who say they'll back former Mayor Kathy Taylor in her bid to unseat Bartlett, the sitting mayor says they have that right.
"Everyone has the right to make the decision (as to) who they want to support or not support," he said.
Bartlett added "I'm more than happy to show my Republican credentials. I know that Kathy Taylor's trying to reinvent herself as maybe being a Republican. She's a Democrat."