Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett was invited to speak Monday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., but a schedule change prompted by Tropical Storm Isaac has left his talk in question.
Cornett was invited to speak in his capacity as president of the Republican Mayors and Local Officials subgroup of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
“I will be speaking on behalf of mayors and local government officials all across the country,” Cornett said Friday. “But we'll be able to talk about Oklahoma City, and our philosophies and my philosophies.”
Cornett said he was scheduled to speak for about five minutes late Monday afternoon. The speech has not yet been rescheduled.
The speech is a good chance to catch the attention of some of the most influential political leaders in the U.S., along with the civically active GOP delegates, Cornett said.
“It's a tremendous opportunity for us to draw attention to Oklahoma City and talk about Oklahoma City to an audience who may or may not hear about us very often,” Cornett said. “When you think about the people who will be in the audience, and the delegations that come from all over the country, it's a really good opportunity for us.”
Cornett said his speech will focus primarily on the broad national perspective of local municipalities, but he said there will be time to show off Oklahoma City as well.
“I think it's reflective of Oklahoma City's growing presence nationally,” he said of his invitation to speak. “More and more people are aware that there are good things going on in Oklahoma City, and more people are interested in it.”