Dorman said it is appropriate for a governor to tour storm-damaged areas. "It's another thing to get in the way during a rescue effort," he said.
Meanwhile, Dorman said his fundraising success in the most current reporting period is evidence that his message is resonating with voters.
Campaign contribution and expenditure reports filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission indicate Dorman raised slightly more money in his campaign than Fallin, who still maintains a huge fundraising lead.
The reports show Dorman raised $267,310 between June 10 and Aug. 11, more than $27,000 more than the $239,677 raised by Fallin during the same period.
"We've seen tremendous support financially during the past three weeks," Dorman said.
But the reports also indicate that Fallin has raised a total of almost $3.3 million for her campaign and had almost $1.14 million in funds remaining at the end of the reporting period. Dorman's campaign report indicates his campaign has raised a total of $654,026 and had $142,423 remaining at the end of the period.
"The determining factor in this race is who has a more appealing message," said Weintz, who described Dorman as "a professional mudslinger."