As a person who has been involved in small-time, but cut-throat politics myself, I’ve been watching BatesLine blog author, Michael Bates, and his deepening involvement in Tulsa’s murky political circles, with interest.
Quoting the Tulsa World:
LaFortune may recommend Michael Bates for the city’s planning commission, and he’s considering Chris Medlock and Terry Simonson for city hall jobs.
Bates, Medlock and Simonson, all Republicans, have lambasted LaFortune and his policies.
LaFortune said Friday afternoon that “no promises” had been made for the three men in exchange for their support.
Such a promise would violate state law.
Of course, legal or not, political favors are a strategical part of the game.
Medlock endorsed LaFortune after losing to him in a primary election, which created some stir among Medlock supporters. Bates defended Medlock’s decision. However …
I have not yet endorsed LaFortune for re-election. I won’t until I see him take the kinds of bold, tangible actions I mentioned above, to show that he is serious about a fresh start in a second term. But if he does what he needs to do, I won’t really need to make an endorsement; his actions will speak for themselves.
And in an update to his post, Bates announces a wise move:
Now I think I would make an excellent planning commissioner, which is an unpaid position. Fifteen years of civic involvement has prepared me for the job. I’d be committed to ensuring that our new Comprehensive Plan and a potential transition to form-based codes would be handled in a way that respects the investments that property owners have made under the current plan and use-based zoning code, while moving us to a system that helps us build the kind of quality of life we want for our city. But to avoid muddying the waters, I’ve taken my name off the table.
I happen to agree that Bates would be good for the job. Yet, timing is everything in politics, and the timing doesn’t seem right. Good call, Michael.
But like I said back on March 3rd:
It seems pretty obvious Bill LaFortune and OKC Mayor Mick Cornett will be slapping each other on the back by April, if they aren’t already. (Tulsa Republicans won’t turn on LaFortune when push comes to Taylor or McCorkell.)