Republican Party Throws Wrench in Works of Vision 2 - KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather & Sports

Republican Party Throws Wrench in Works of Vision 2

Posted: Updated:

"It's being promoted as an economic engine to keep Tulsa's growth going, but to the Tulsa County Republican Party, Vision 2...

"It's just corporate welfare to the max," said Tulsa County Republican Party chairman J.B. Alexander, his party's committee passing a resolution opposing the proposal, which came as a stunner to Don Walker.

"I was very surprised, actually shocked that a group of Republicans would say that this is wrong," he said.

As the co-chair of Vision 2, and a republican himself, Walker sees the initiative as vital to keeping Tulsa competitive in the aerospace industry.

"If we don't invest in this infrastructure in keeping these aerospace jobs, I think, I think Tulsa's in trouble," he said.

"This is a competition in the airlines industry that's global, not just Tulsa, Ok, and if we invest all this money in here out at the airport, we're going to be like a lot of these other communities and a lot of it's going to be sitting empty," said Alexander.

Adding to the great divide, the party decided to censure Commissioners Fred Perry and John Smaligo for supporting it.

"It's just a public slap on the hand if you will," said Alexander.

"I think it's pretty weak that they haven't even, that they haven't even contacted me to let me know that they've taken this action," said Smaligo.

Smaligo takes great pride in his republican-ness, his office littered with elephants at every turn, as he works under the watchful eyes of the Gipper, Gingrich and Cheney.

"In my role as county commissioner, if I did what they did I could be facing criminal prosecution," he said.

The elephant in the room, if the pro-business party is against a pro-business initiative, how does Vision 2 tailor it's message?

"It's not about my party, its about jobs. Period," said Walker.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Sidewalk Plans Scrapped At Gathering Place

    Sidewalk Plans Scrapped At Gathering Place

    It's called The Gathering Place, but changes have been made to the way that some people would have gathered there."We were planning on putting a sidewalk that was gonna connect to this location run it all the way along here all the way up around the circle to 21st street and Veterans Park, get it all tied together," said Paul Zachary.An additional way to access the park, until residents in the neighborhood adjacent to the area said hold on a minute."The problem would be parking on our narrow ...More >>
    It's called The Gathering Place, but changes have been made to the way that some people would have gathered there."We were planning on putting a sidewalk that was gonna connect to this location run it all the way along here all the way up around the circle to 21st street and Veterans Park, get it all tied together," said Paul Zachary.An additional way to access the park, until residents in the neighborhood adjacent to the area said hold on a minute."The problem would be parking on our narrow ...More >>
  • EMSA Issues 4th Medical Heat Alert

    EMSA Issues 4th Medical Heat Alert

    EMSA medics responded to eight patients with suspected heat-related symptoms within a 20 hour period on Tuesday.More >>
    EMSA medics responded to eight patients with suspected heat-related symptoms within a 20 hour period on Tuesday.More >>
  • Video of Accused Shoplifter Goes Viral

    Video of Accused Shoplifter Goes Viral

    An accused shoplifter caught in the act. On another man's cell phone. That video is going viral! It happened outside the Walmart in Coweta.A man named Anthony Smith posted the video on his Facebook page on Sunday. More than 3,800 people shared the video as of Tuesday. According to comments on the social media website, Smith followed a possible shoplifter out of a Coweta Walmart and captured the man quickly throwing a shopping cart full of groceries into the back seat of a gold SUV. The video ...More >>
    An accused shoplifter caught in the act. On another man's cell phone. That video is going viral! It happened outside the Walmart in Coweta.A man named Anthony Smith posted the video on his Facebook page on Sunday. More than 3,800 people shared the video as of Tuesday. According to comments on the social media website, Smith followed a possible shoplifter out of a Coweta Walmart and captured the man quickly throwing a shopping cart full of groceries into the back seat of a gold SUV. The video ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

P.O. Box 8 Tulsa, OK 74101-0008

Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTUL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.