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Gov. Declines Request to Investigate Tulsa Mayor (Mar 11, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has declined a city councilman's request to investigate and remove Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett from office.

The allegations brought by Councilman John Eagleton claimed Bartlett illegally received more than $7,000 for trips he took to New York and Washington; lied to the council and used taxpayer funds to make business cards and set up e-mail accounts for his wife, among other complaints.

Bartlett, a Republican, has denied any wrongdoing, and says Eagleton had asked him several times to be appointed city attorney and wanted his endorsement when he ran in 2010 for a district judge position.

Since taking office in 2009, Bartlett and the Republican-dominated City Council have been locked in a bitter power struggle, resulting in investigations and lawsuits that have roiled Oklahoma's second-largest city.

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