Tulsa Conservative Civic clubs presented a debate of the announced GOP candidates for governor, last Tuesday night. The event drew a large audience and regional media coverage. Four leading candidates were on hand for the event. Brookside Baptist Church provided the venue.
Journalist Russell Mills of Cox Media Group moderated the event and presented more that 40 questions during the 90 minute event. In the last 30 minutes, audience members submitted about a dozen questions in topics not discussed earlier.
Every single candidate in attendance had a great night. The large auditorium was full and the crowd energy was expressive with applause for the answers they heard. There were no negative attacks by any of the candidates.
Tulsa citizens lived up to the expectations of the organizers. Tulsa Area Republican Assembly, Tulsa 912 Project, and Tulsa County Republican Mens Club produced the event and staffed the production.
Tulsa Mortgage Capitalist, Kevin Stitt showed a lot of energy & optimism. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb mixed his dead-pan humor with folksiness. Former Federal Prosecutor Gary Richardson connected to his hometown base with a conservative populism, while State Auditor Gary Jones drew upon his classic wit to decry the nonsense of the bad habits of current govt. practices.
Two additional candidates were invited but chose not to attend. The stage had two empty chairs with their names.
Ron Cross archives the Tulsa 912 Project events with his excellent videos. Here's his video of the event.