Tulsa mayoral candidates battle over robocall

BY ZACK STOYCOFF World Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Mayoral candidate Bill Christiansen will continue pressing former Mayor Kathy Taylor over her handling of the city’s 2008 Great Plains Airlines lawsuit settlement despite her legal “intimidation” over a recent automated phone poll that claimed she broke the law, he said Monday.

“The citizens of Tulsa need to know these facts,” Christiansen told reporters at a news conference Monday. “This will be a campaign issue because … if you look at the past, sometimes you can predict the future.”

Taylor’s attorney warned Christiansen in a letter provided to the Tulsa World last week that “litigation is being considered” over potentially libelous statements in the recent “robocall” push poll.

Christiansen said he bought the poll from David Weston Research, a firm owned by recently elected state Republican Party Chairman David Weston. The company sent it to about 3,000 Tulsa phone numbers on or around April 7, a campaign official said.

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