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9:35 am
Wed May 20, 2009

Mayor Walks Out on Council

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa mayor abruptly walks out of council meeting

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor abruptly walked out of a city council meeting after a testy exchange with Councilor Bill Martinson.

Martinson interrupted Taylor to say something during yesterday's meeting while the mayor was discussing the Tulsa Stadium Improvement District. She told Martinson that she "would sure like to finish a sentence ... if you don't mind."

When Martinson replied that he did mind because he wanted to make sure of something, Taylor cut him off.

She said that when Martinson wanted to treat her office with respect and submit a question in writing, she would respond.

Then she picked up her belongings and left the room, as Martinson said that Taylor's office had dodged another issue.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com