Bridenstine breakfast attracts GOP supporters
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Friday, August 10, 2012
8/10/12 at 12:40 PM
Oklahoma Republicans put on a display of unified support Friday for 1st District congressional nominee Jim Bridenstine, with about 170 people showing up for a hastily organized fund-raiser breakfast at the Southern Hills Hilton.
The event featured U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, who was introduced by current 1st District Rep. John Sullivan -- the five-term incumbent who was defeated by Bridenstine in the June 26 primary.
3rd District Rep. Frank Lucas and 4th District Rep. Tom Cole also attended, as did Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, City Councilor G.T. Bynum and former Mayor Robert LaFortune.
Kathy LaFortune, wife of former Mayor Bill LaFortune, served as a greeter.
Cantor, who supported Sullivan in the primary, said he thought it was important to come to Tulsa to meet Bridenstine and to demonstrate the party's support of him.
"It is a testament to the Oklahoma delegation and John Sullivan himself that all of us were here today in support of Jim's candidacy," Cantor said.
Bridenstine's Democratric opponent in the general election, John Olson, also tried to capitalize on Cantor's visit. His campaign sent out an e-mail noting that tickets to Bridenstine's breakfast cost a minimum of $250 and promising doughnuts and coffee with Olson for everyone giving at least $30 by midnight Friday.
Bridenstine will meet Olson and independent Craig Allen in the Nov. 6 general election.
Republican congressional nominee Jim Bridenstine (left) shakes hands with house majority floor leader Eric Cantor after they met with media at Hilton Southern Hills, Friday in Tulsa. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World