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VIDEO: Mayoral debate interrupted with outburst

Posted at 9:50 PM, Jun 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-02 23:29:17-04

Two candidates running in the Tulsa mayoral election were prepared for hard hitting questions during a live debate Wednesday night but something more unexpected occurred.

RSU-TV was streaming the debate that initially was intended to include current Tulsa mayor Dewey Bartlett and City Councilor GT Bynum but another candidate jumped into the picture. Mayoral candidate Paul Tay stepped in front of the camera and started talking.

"Hi. My name is Paul Tay and I'm also running for mayor."

It took a while for television crews to convince Tay to step out from under the lime light.

"You are blocking other voices. We have other voices, sir," said Tay.

Tay said he felt like the other mayoral candidates were not getting enough coverage. Other candidates include not only Tay but Lawrence Kirkpatrick and Tom E. McCay. 

According to RSU, the criteria Tay did not match the criteria set for the debate.

A spokesperson said “The parameters for participation in the debate required a candidate to garner at least 10 percent of the 373 respondents' votes. Tay received six votes.”

They went on to say that the poll was taken through SoonerPoll.com.

The primary election is June 28 and June 3 is the last day to register to vote.

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