Capitol Report Notebook: Tulsa Metro Chamber PAC announces endorsements, contributions
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Sunday, June 17, 2012
6/17/12 at 2:47 AM
The Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce last week released the list of candidates its political action committee, OklahomaBizPac, is supporting.
Each of the candidates endorsed received a $1,000 contribution.
Incumbents endorsed were Rep. Glen Mulready, R, HD 68 (west Tulsa, Jenks and Glenpool); Rep. Weldon Watson, R, HD 79 (southeast Tulsa); Sen. Mike Mazzei, R, SD 25 (southeast Tulsa); Sen. Dan Newberry, R, SD 37 (west Tulsa and Sand Springs); Sen. Brian Crain, R, SD 39 (east, midtown and south Tulsa); and Sen. Clark Jolley, R, SD 41 (Edmond).
Endorsed candidates in open races were Terry O'Donnell, R, HD 23 (east Tulsa and Catoosa); Shane Saunders, R, HD 70 (midtown Tulsa); Jabar Shumate, D, SD 11 (north Tulsa); and Tim Wright, R, SD 33 (Broken Arrow).
Republican Katie Henke was previously endorsed in the open HD 71 (Brookside) race.
Air and Space Museum board rebuts Sullivan's charge against Bridenstine
First District Congressman John Sullivan's campaign has for some time quietly suggested that primary opponent Jim Bridenstine left his former job as executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum at the suggestion of the TASM board of directors.
Bridenstine has vehemently denied such is the case, and last week released a statement from Barbara Smallwood, the board's current chairman.
"While at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum," the statement reads in part, "Jim Bridenstine developed the QuikTrip Air and Rocket Racing Show and the Land the Shuttle Campaign, both of which garnered tremendous visibility for the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.
"While Mr. Bridenstine was executive director, attendance increased at the museum. In August 2010, Mr. Bridenstine voluntarily resigned from his position as Executive Director at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum in order to follow his orders in the Navy Reserves. Mr. Bridenstine was not terminated from the Tulsa Air and Space Museum."
Bridenstine headed the museum from December 2008 to August 2010.
TYPros to host 'meet-and-greet'
TYPros - Tulsa Young Professionals - will have a "meet-and-greet" with political candidates from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main St.
Absentee ballot requests due Wednesday
Absentee ballots for the June 26 primary elections must be requested by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Absentee ballots must be received by local election boards by 7 p.m. on election day.
In-person absentee voting at county election board offices will begin at 8 a.m. Friday and continue Saturday (8 a.m.-1 p.m.) and Monday, June 25 (8 a.m.-6 p.m.).
Wallace campaign announces endorsement by Julie Carson
Democratic Second District congressional candidate Rob Wallace's campaign said he has been endorsed by Julie Carson, wife of former Second District Congressman Brad Carson.
Brad Carson, as general counsel for the U.S. Army, is prohibited from partisan political activity.
Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre to speak at Creek County Democratic Party meeting
State Sen. Judy Eason McIntyre, D-Tulsa, will be the featured speaker at the Creek County Democratic Party's meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 28 at the Steak & Eggs, 122 W. 12th Ave., Bristow.