Saturday, July 9, 2011

Councilor Eagleton's Big Flop: AG Rejects Attempt to Oust Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett

Tulsa City Councilor John Eagleton keeps striking out.

Some months ago, Eagleton tried to get Governor Mary Fallin to order an investigation of Mayor Dewey Bartlett. Wisely, Fallin turned down that request.

Now Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has denied Eagleton's petition to begin proceedings against the mayor based on allegations of misconduct. 

Unsurprsingly, Bartlett is a happy man. The AG's opinion, Bartlett told the Tulsa World, "shoots down every allegation and statement the council made in opposition to my charter-given responsibilities…."

The AG's opinion found "legal defects" in Eagleton's petition. Pruitt also found that some of the allegations, such as a $16 expense to provide business cards for the mayor's wife, do "not show that the mayor violated his duty," as the World put it.

Reacting to the opinion, Eagleton told the newspaper that he was "going to chew on this over the weekend." Eagleton also rejected the idea of an apology, which Bartlett has suggested, claiming he was just doing what he thought was right.

Based on his track record, Eagleton might want to reconsider that notion. His batting average is exactly zero.

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