BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The guard continues changing in the Tulsa County Republican Party.
What might be called the anti-establishment wing was out in force at Saturday’s county convention, winning both state committee and both district committee positions and giving raucous receptions to young state Sen. Nathan Dahm, Tulsa mayoral candidate Bill Christiansen, County Commission candidate Ronda Vuillemont-Smith and County Assessor Ken Yazel.
The 300 registered delegates and 50 or so other attendees also gave two standing ovations to First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine, who drew a particular roar of approval when he said, “I think I’ve shown I am not controlled by the leadership of the Republican Party.”
The convention came off with little controversy. Michael McCutchin and Joanne Tyree were elected chairman and vice-chairman without opposition, and there was none of the parliamentary guerilla warfare of recent conventions.