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06/26/06, 7:11am
Monday Morning Blog
Posted by Bob Sullivan
On Saturday, Jeanne and I visited the Cleveland County Republican Women’s Club Ice Cream Social & Grillfest. Over 200 people attended the event and we were able to visit with many of the good folks from the Norman area. 

The best news of the weekend was winning the the straw poll by 60 points. The Sullivan campaign received 73.4% of the Cleveland County vote compared to Istook’s 13.3% and Williamson’s 12%. I have enjoyed great support from Republicans in the Cleveland County area and look forward to winning the county on July 25th. Cleveland County is one of the largest concentration of Republicans in the state and is very important to our race. 

We are making great strides in grassroots support across the state. Our poll numbers are increasing while our opponent’s poll numbers are falling. Campaign fundraising is now at $1.1 million, and our ads are now on TV and cable (to view the ads, visit our media page). We are continuing to turn heads about our fresh, bold and innovative vision for Oklahoma. We can and will raise the standard of living for 3.5 million Oklahomans. With your continued help and support, we will win. 

Remember to vote on July 25th. If you will be traveling, be sure to vote by absentee ballot. 
 
 06/16/06, 4:14pm
Rural Community Concerns Example of State Spending Issues
Posted by Bob Sullivan
I have visited several communities this week as part of my rural media tour, and I have found each town has its own, unique issues related to government funding.  Piedmont, northwest of Oklahoma City is working to develop its public sanitation system.  Cushing is working to develop an oil refinery for the pipeline crossroads of America.Just this week, the state Legislature and our double-digit spending governor finally agreed on a budget weeks after the regular session adjourned in May.  Although many programs and services rely on a sound, efficient state budget, too many of our current political leaders are career politicians and they are growing the state budget and our government to the breaking point.  We must develop and stick to spending priorities and reduce the size government.  Otherwise, we’ll have more Oklahomans riding the wagon than pulling it.  As a businessman who has managed through good times and bad, I believe that it is harder to manage the budget process during successful times than when the economy forces us to county every penny. As Oklahomans, we must demand that our leaders count every penny and prioritize state spending.  Oklahoma isn’t a poor state, it is just a poorly managed state.  Our state deserves leaders that are worthy of its good citizens.
 
6/11/06, 7:00pm
Budget issues and the need for decisive leadership 
Posted By Bob Sullivan 

According to latest reports, the Oklahoma legislature is scheduled to convene Monday to discuss the status of the budget.  The Governor failed to provide adequate leadership in the one thing elected officials are supposed to do – set a budget for state government.  Now, 23rd and Lincoln Ave. politicians are wasting more taxpayers’ hard-earned money.  We’re paying our legislature more money to do what it should have accomplished during a regular session.  

Governor Henry has failed to provide our state with the leadership Oklahomans deserve.  It is shameful that we have to have a special session.  This is the same Governor who, in his first year in office, took four vacation trips to Mexico.  While the state struggled, Governor Henry enjoyed the sunny shores of Mexico with his family – at taxpayers’ expense.

Leadership requires sacrifice.  As a small business owner, I remember days when it was tough on our family – we had employees who depended upon us, and my family made sacrifices for the good of the whole company.  Today, those sacrifices have paid significant dividends.  My business is successful, and my leadership abilities are respected by all those that I work with in charitable and business endeavors. 

I believe that Oklahomans are ready for change – we’re ready for fresh, bold, innovative leadership to take this great state to where it needs to go.  I can and will provide that leadership, the same kind of leadership I have provided to three school boards, and the hospital board I have chaired and the businesses I run.  The decisions I will make as governor will not be based on what’s best for the next election but on what’s best for the next generation.  

Oklahoma needs a businessman to lead us to a higher standard of living.
 
6/12/06, 9:00PM
Publishers, editors share responsibility for Oklahoma’s future
Posted by Bob Sullivan
 I have had the opportunity to visit with several newspaper publishers and editors across the state as I campaign from town to town.   Even last week, I attended the Election & Campaigns Summit at the state Capitol where candidates for all statewide races were invited to speak to Oklahoma Press Association members.   Today, I met with Dave Story, publisher of the Claremore Daily Progress along with his editorial board, John Kerry and Joe Carter.   I appreciate these gentlemen for their time, questions and our lively discussion about education, government growth and spending, lawsuit reform and career politicians.   I enjoyed the timeless Will Rogers-style humor we shared while talking about the issues. Opinion leaders like Dave Story and other publishers and editors across the state are important to the campaign process.   Cindy Allen at the Enid News & Eagle was right when she said recently “Brad Henry and his campaign team better start circling the wagons ….”   Today, the Sullivan ads began airing in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and on cable.  These ads express my vision for Oklahoma and the message I believe publishers and editors should also share with their readers.   I will be visiting more newspapers across the state as the campaign continues.  I believe we can all work together to raise the standard of living for 3.5 million Oklahomans as we begin our second 100 years.
 
6/9/06, 2:14pm
About my father
Posted by Bill Sullivan

It wasn’t until I gave a short speech at the Stephens County Republican meeting that I truly understood what my father, Bob Sullivan, has been going through in his attempt to become the next governor of Oklahoma. I will be the first to admit that I was a little nervous prior to my talk simply because I had never spoken about politics in a public forum before, but fortunately for me, the people of Duncan who attended the meeting could not have been any nicer or more welcoming to me – their hospitality really put me at ease. The highlight of the night was talking to Republican activists both before and after the meeting. In the three weeks I have been volunteering with the campaign, my experience in Duncan was by far the most rewarding and enjoyable of the many activities I have participated in to date. When I think about all of the traveling my Dad has done around Oklahoma in recent months and all of the people he has met, I better appreciate how unique and fulfilling the campaign process can be.
 
6/09/06, 9:00pm
Hitting the $1 Million Threshold 
Posted By Bob Sullivan

As you already know, the Bob Sullivan for Governor campaign has surpassed the $1 million mark in fundraising.  Certainly no small feat in light of the large number of hotly contested races in the works right now.  I credit my family, my amazing staff, and my dedicated volunteers whose grassroots efforts have been an immeasurable blessing. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s going to get any easier.  Governor Henry has well over $2 million in his war chest, ready to make a fight out this race and I’m going to need your help in showing the voters of Oklahoma that I am the best qualified, the most eager, and the most likely to take on and defeat Governor Henry.Over the next few days and weeks, we’re going to get to spend more time together and I hope you make the decision to join the Sullivan Team.  We’re out canvassing, knocking doors all over the state, and I have been meeting with business leaders and members of Oklahoma’s strong Republican Party, discussing how my plans, my solutions to our state’s problems are far superior to my opposition.And obviously, people are responding.I look forward to seeing you out on the campaign trail, and thank you for your continued support. 
 
5/27/06, 6:30am
Memorial Day, 2006 – An open letter
Posted By Bob Sullivan

Memorial Day, 2006To All Who Care About America,In early 1971 I lost my best friend.  He was shot in Viet Nam.  We had been inseparable friends since first grade, and he died serving our country and serving all of us who enjoy the free and open society that is America.  I also lost a dozen college friends in the same war. As deep and lasting as those losses are, and always will be, my nature is to celebrate all the wonderful blessings that arose from the sacrifices of these fallen friends. They would insist on that attitude, and would chide us for doing anything less.  Memorial Day provides an annual public opportunity to do just that, as we privately do (or should do) every day of the year. But to me Memorial Day is about even more than that.  With quiet respect, I recall all of those who have gone before us – parents, friends, relatives, and millions whom we never knew – who simply worked hard every day and sacrificed so that we can enjoy an even better America than the one they enjoyed.  I especially think of my parents and grandparents, whose decades of backbreaking work were unrewardingly undertaken for my benefit.  To them, hard work had its own rewards. On this Memorial Day, I implore our loving Creator to continue to nurture our wonderfully generous forefathers in heaven.  Although we miss them dearly, we carry in us their greatest gift  – the drive to do what they did – to deliver to our children a better world than the one we inherited. I am energized by their memories, and I thrill to that challenge.Bob Sullivan
 
5/18/06, 8:00pm
It’s time to turn the government over to real fiscal conservatives.
Posted by Bob Sullivan

Today was an exercise in exactly why we need sweeping changes in our government.  With less than two weeks left in this legislative session, State Senators shot down a budget agreement.  As a citizen, as a taxpayer, I am frustrated that political posturing is once again taking the lead and the desires of Oklahoma taxpayers are being avoided by lawmakers.I challenged our state legislators and our Governor to adopt a fiscally responsible policy of developing their budget using the taxpayer bill of rights model, which would result in an aggregate savings for Oklahoma taxpayers of $900 million.  In every Oklahoma city and town I travel, I meet people just like you and me who are convinced that our government is too big and career politicians are too busy trying to be “all things to all people,” to truly understand what the average Oklahoman demands from his/her government.I support and signed the “Stop Over Spending” petition last year because as a businessman and not a politician, I understand a profit and loss statement.  Ernest Istook, when asked about the Taxpayer Bill of Rights by the Oklahoma Conservative Action Committee, performed a classic soft shoe around the issue because he has far too many IOU’s in the political realm. I know that you share in my frustration because as I am out knocking doors in your neighborhoods, you are more than willing to share your ideas and thoughts with me.  I thank you for your support. 
 
5/05/06, 7:29pm
Istook’s Fuzzy Math Only Works in Washington, D.C.
Posted by Headquarters

Bob Sullivan has never been a career politician and understands that a businessman’s math has to add up or the business doesn’t survive. In Congress, math doesn’t mean much because they get to play with taxpayers’ money, not their own.Either Istook has brought his overspending, fuzzy math calculations home from Washington or he’s not reading the same newspapers that the rest of us read.In a recent e-mail, Istook’s campaign claims “top GOP fundraising for the 2nd straight quarter”. Istook must have missed the headline reported in Tuesday’s Oklahoman that said “Istook trails Tulsa oilman in funds”. Even the Tulsa World claims that “Henry retains big lead in funds” – but Istook claims he has even outraised the incumbent. According to the latest financial reports, Sullivan has raised more money than Istook and spent less, but in Washington that doesn’t mean much because when Congress needs money they just borrow more.Istook even claims that his polling numbers are high. Based upon his own campaign’s poll in March, Istook reported that his favorability was at 67%. But an independent poll at KFOR television in Oklahoma City reported in April that Istook was at 21% favorability. (The poll is still online at KFOR’s website) Either Istook’s campaign is trying to fool voters into thinking he is popular or in less than a month, only a third of the Oklahomans that used to like him still do! Ouch, that hurts! But just do the math.There must be something about being in Washington too long that makes career politicians forget how to do math. That must be why Istook has been bragging about supporting “a balanced budget amendment” that failed, but has voted year after year to support budgets with record deficits and spending, that unfortunately passed. It’s only in Washington where 2+2=10.Bob Sullivan is a businessman who has never been in politics and is what Oklahoma needs for its second century. Oklahoma needs someone who does math just like other Oklahomans do around the kitchen table, not how career politicians do it in Washington.
 
5/01/06, 1:27pm
Bob Sullivan Announces Campaign for Governor
Posted by Headquarters Republican Businessman Shares Vision, Travels Oklahoma  

TULSA – Republican businessman Bob Sullivan kicked off his campaign for governor Monday. Sullivan is traveling the state sharing his vision for a better, more prosperous Oklahoma.“Oklahoma is blessed with talented, hard working, God-fearing, solid people but our state is missing leadership worthy of its people. Trial attorneys and career politicians have gripped our state long enough and we deserve fresh, bold, innovative leadership,” Bob Sullivan said. “Oklahoma has a great opportunity this year to enter its second century with a ‘we can do better’ determination. My personal vision for Oklahoma is to reduce government waste and spending, dramatically improve the state’s business climate with real lawsuit reform and develop a world-class education system. It just takes getting the right people into office, not replacing career politicians with more career politicians in the Governor’s Office.”“I have been campaigning across this great state for many months but have purposely waited to officially announce my candidacy until I knew Oklahomans would embrace my message of reducing the size of government, shrinking the tax burden, and spending dollars more wisely across government, particularly in education. I have the courage to tackle the problems that are holding Oklahoma back in everything that matters. The solutions aren’t easy but they are achievable. During this campaign, I have met with thousands of Oklahomans who believe we can and will do better. I stand before you today to say that there is no turning back, I am applying for the job, my candidacy is credible and I along with thousands across the state who have pledged their support for my candidacy believe we will win. We can and will raise the standard of living for 3.5 million Oklahomans.”“Four people are seeking to be governor in the State of Oklahoma this year. Three are career politicians – one is not. Three are lawyers and two of those are trial attorneys. One is a businessman. I have no political IOUs, no political ambitions outside of becoming governor and I have a vision for Oklahoma. That’s how I will beat Brad Henry,” Sullivan added.Bob Sullivan is a successful Oklahoma businessman. He is one of three GOP candidates seeking the Republican nomination against the incumbent governor in November and is the only candidate in the race who is not an attorney or a career politician.
 
 
 
4/27/06, 1:00am
Bob Sullivan envisions an Oklahoma with less government and stronger, healthier businesses
Posted By Bob Sullivan

Brad Henry and Ernest Istook are not bad people. They are just career politicians with a view of continuing what they have always done. The only growth they understand is the growth of government, Henry on the state level and Istook on the federal level.On February 17th, the Oklahoma State Board of Equalization, which Henry leads, certified $6.6 billion for the Legislature to spend in 2006. This is a 6.3 percent increase over the amount of money allocated last year. He now wants to increase the state budget to a record $7 billion.Increased state collections actually mean that Oklahomans are paying more than their fair share in taxes. The excess in these state collections will be spent by the state Legislature and Henry during the 2006 session. Henry and the public employee unions want more of our money to be spent on pay raises for bureaucrats. Since 2001, Henry has allowed over $1 billion in additional state spending.Istook believes “it is time for politicians to get serious about saving taxpayer dollars” but under Istook’s watch as a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, federal spending increased by 8% in 2005 and is up 33% overall since 2001. Istook was first elected to Congress in 1992.I have a different vision for Oklahoma. I see a state where we let the taxpayers use their money to grow our economy. Real economic prosperity comes from more industry and better jobs, not more government spending. Surpluses are not the government’s money anyway. Surpluses are just monies that did not need to be collected in the first place.Instead of doing the political thing and spreading our so-called “surplus tax dollars” over a wide range of popular government spending projects, why don’t we give it back by beginning to eliminate the state income tax? By giving the taxpayers their “change” back instead of “keeping the change” we can stimulate real economic growth. In the process we might just be able to attract new industry and that brings new and better jobs. Only by thinking “outside the box” of our usual tax-and-spend government agenda will we ever escape being almost dead last in every category.I have faith in Oklahomans. They know best how to spend their money, not career politicians in both parties. I’d trust Oklahoma taxpayers with their own money over career politicians in both parties any day.Join the Bob Sullivan for Governor Campaign today for fresh, bold and innovative leadership in Oklahoma government .
 
4/26/06, 4:01pm
Istook’s Polling Numbers Drop Rapidly
Posted by Headquarters

In a poll commissioned April 23, 2006, by Oklahoma City KFOR Channel 4, Ernest Istook’s poll numbers have dropped from 67% to 21% – a 46% drop since Istook commissioned a poll March 27, 2006.KFOR’s poll. 
 
4/24/06, 11:02am
Gaining Ground in Oklahoma!
Posted by Bob Sullivan

We had a great day on Saturday. The momentum continues to build for our effort to improve Oklahoma. Below is the news release that the campaign issued on Saturday regarding the straw poll at the state Republican Party convention – we tied with Ernest Istook, in his own backyard.Now is the time to multiply the buzz about the Sullivan for Governor campaign. We also need to accelerate fundraising, which has gone well so far, but it is important that we raise $600,000 in the last 90 days of the campaign before the primary. Please consider helping with a contribution today.We’re going to win,
 
4-22-06:5:39pm
Bob Sullivan and Istook a Dead Heat in Republican Poll
Posted by Headquarters

Sullivan shocks the establishment by tying Ernest Istook in his own backyardOKLAHOMA CITY – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Sullivan shocked the political world at the Republican Convention straw poll Saturday in Oklahoma City. This poll indicates that Republican activists believe Bob Sullivan is the candidate best positioned to beat the Democrat incumbent and take back the Governor’s office for Republicans.“This is great news for the Sullivan campaign. We are gaining momentum, and Oklahomans across the state are realizing there are distinguishable differences between the candidates for the Republican nomination,” Bob Sullivan said. “I believe Oklahomans want better for themselves and their government, and people are telling me that they want a better life for their children and grandchildren. We can help our state move in the right direction. It just takes getting the right people into office, not replacing career politicians with more career politicians.”During the Republican Convention, Sullivan addressed party activists and shared his vision for Oklahoma’s future. Sullivan said state government spending must be reduced for the state to surpass its geographic neighbors.“In the recent debate whether or not to reduce the tax rate, I have encouraged Oklahomans to consider abolishing the personal income tax altogether. We can wind down the spending side of state government and ultimately reduce the tax burden. This will keep more money in the homes across Oklahoma and keep state spending in check with the growth of private businesses,” Sullivan said. “I believe we need to have the courage to cut taxes now and reform the prevailing political mindset and expect Oklahoma to do better. I know we can do better.”Sullivan told convention goers that with his campaign platform, Oklahoma will have a better economy. He focused on several platform issues.“If we greatly improve education, cut taxes and government spending, and implement legitimate lawsuit reform, we can raise the standard of living for 3.5 million Oklahomans. With these changes, we would have a state with more industry and better paying jobs where our kids can get quality educations and stay in Oklahoma. Your families could keep more of the money they make,” Sullivan said. “Let’s stop exporting our children and begin importing opportunities to this state that will make Oklahoma’s economy hum with prosperity.”Bob Sullivan is a successful Oklahoma businessman. He is one of three GOP candidates seeking the Republican nomination against the incumbent governor in November and is the only candidate in the race who is not an attorney.
 
4/20/06, 8:05am
Commentary: Going for Gold in the Governor’s Race
Posted by Headquarters

By William O. Pitts, Journal Record, March 2006Observers of Oklahoma’s political scene, if they have been around long enough, know strange things can happen in election years, not the least of which is that relative unknowns sometimes upset the established political geography.Democrat Gov. Brad Henry and Republican gubernatorial nominee Steve Largent leap to mind as the most recent example. Four years ago at this time Largent, a popular 1st District congressman from Tulsa, was a shoo-in for governor, but Henry, a virtually unknown Democrat state senator, won with 43 percent of the vote.Bob Sullivan, prominent Tulsa independent oilman, is one of three candidates seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination. Considered somewhat of a dark horse, he appears to be emerging and having raised more than $600,000 at this point has the financing to make him a viable candidate, and certainly is exhibiting a lot of determination.Sullivan served as secretary of energy under then-Gov. Frank Keating and for 13 months with Henry but is the only non-politician businessman in the race. The others, 5th District U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook, R-Warr Acres, and state Sen. James E. Williamson, R-Tulsa, are both attorneys having long political backgrounds.Henry too is a lawyer with 12 years of service in the state Senate before becoming governor.Sullivan and his wife, Jeanne, who have six grown children and seven grandchildren, were raised in Oklahoma. They are deeply rooted in their strong faith and stress family values among other views. If elected, he would be the fourth catholic to serve as governor.A fiscal conservative, he envisions a state where taxpayers use their money in the private sector to grow the economy.Real economic prosperity comes from more industry and better jobs, not more government spending, Sullivan said. Instead of doing the political thing and spreading surplus tax dollars over a wide range of popular government spending projects why don’t we give it back by beginning to eliminate the state income tax?Sullivan’s views on common education include more competition in the system such as school choice with its many variations. Another is directing more education dollars into the classroom.Toward this end he donated $50,000 to an initiative petition effort to allot at least 65 percent of common education funds to the classroom. This action received statewide notice, helping him with name recognition, but quickly drew the ire of the Oklahoma Education Association.Reducing the size of government and tort reform are two other major parts of his campaign. He believes the size of state agencies in Oklahoma eventually could be reduced by 20 percent through attrition.On health care he admits he does not have an immediate answer.Who does?But he suggests the need for some basic level of health care for everyone.Sullivan’s first major hurdle is to win the Republican nomination. To do this he must overcome Istook’s name recognition as a longtime congressman serving a large part of Oklahoma City.Williamson probably has no more statewide identity, if as much as Sullivan and less money.Defeating Istook will not be easy but the Tulsa independent oilman could be a viable alternative among rank-and-file Republicans. There are persistent reports of dissatisfaction with Istook. Some believe key Republican leaders talked him into not running for re-election, believing he can not beat Henry, but getting him out of Congress.Their anointment, which certainly is not bestowed on Sullivan, has proven to be less than effective in recent years. Largent four years ago and former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys, who could not even get the Republican nomination two years ago in the U.S. Senate race won by Tom Coburn, are classic examples.While some Republicans may have given up on the gubernatorial race, obviously Sullivan has not.A determined non-politician businessman, with a self-admitted idealism about government and a vision for the state, who says he has no further political ambitions: That is a unique mix. Could it be enough to win?William O. Pitts, the former president and chief executive of Oklahoma Business News, was the president and chief lobbyist for the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association’s Oklahoma Division.
 
4/17/06, 2:20pm
Bob Sullivan to Eliminate Personal Income Tax
Posted by Headquarters
Republican Candidate for Governor Wants the Tax Man to Go AwayTULSA – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Sullivan announced in March that if elected, he would push for the complete elimination of the personal income tax.“While everyone rushes through this annual rite of paying the tax man, let’s think about what it would be like not to have to pay personal income taxes to the state of Oklahoma,” Bob Sullivan said. “The State Legislature is debating whether or not we should reduce the tax rate. I say, let’s abolish it altogether. Political spenders believe the state can’t afford to even cut taxes – I believe that Oklahoma can’t afford not to. It’s time to catch up to and pass our geographic neighbors.”The state House of Representatives voted along party lines earlier this week to reduce the state’s personal income tax rate from 6.25 percent to 4.9 percent. The Oklahoman reported that the legislation will cost $191 million in 2007, and once fully implemented, will reduce state revenue by $480 million.“Politicians seem to think that reducing state spending is a challenge. I believe it is an economic hindrance to not reduce spending. If we don’t eliminate taxes that are holding our state back, we will never move out of 46th place in everything that matters. Even the Wall Street Journal is watching Oklahoma to see if we will be courageous enough to move our state forward,” Sullivan said. “We can do better and we can believe bigger than the prevailing political thinking.”On Monday, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion focusing on the pending legislation to reduce the personal income tax rate. The Journal advocated that “Oklahoma’s punitive tax policy is one conspicuous inhibitor of growth. According to the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, the per capita tax burden hovers at 20.4% above the average of the six other states in the Southwest region.”“I encourage Oklahomans to join together and give themselves a 6.25% pay increase by supporting the Sullivan campaign for governor,” Sullivan said. “Together, we can make Oklahoma a more prosperous state for our children and grandchildren.”Bob Sullivan is a successful Oklahoma businessman. He is one of three GOP candidates seeking the Republican nomination against the incumbent governor in November. 
 
4/13/06, 6:47am
Gubernatorial candidate visits B’ville
Posted by Headquarters

Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise, Bartlesville, OK, March 27, 2006
By Orville Knight, E-E Staff Writer
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Sullivan visited Bartlesville this week. Sullivan was here to attend a fundraiser for his 2006 campaign to unseat incumbent Brad Henry, and his fast growing campaign war chest has surprised many political observers.In an interview with the Examiner-Enterprise, the first-time candidate outlined some of the issues he believes need to be addressed.”Oklahoma continues to lose its young people to other states with greater opportunity. We have no promise of real prosperity to offer our young people,” he said.Sullivan, a lifelong Oklahoman and second-generation oilman, said his administration would focus on three main points to improve the state’s economy and performance.”Number one is education,” he said. “I believe we must commit a greater percentage of educational dollars to the classroom. We lag behind in our commitment to the classroom, and I support committing 65 percent of every education dollar to direct education.”Sullivan is leading an initiative petition drive to pass the “percent rule.” The measure would ensure that 65 cents of every dollar will be spent in the classroom.Oklahoma also needs competition in the educational system, Sullivan said. Oklahoma students are not equipped to complete, according to Sullivan, and he suggested there needs to be more “rigor in the classroom.””The second issue that must be addressed is the state budget,” he said. “Our public workforce continues to grow at about 4 times the rate of the private sector, and I think that trend can be reversed without the disruption to individuals and the economy that comes with lay-offs and reductions-in-force. Most state agencies have a significant turnover, and I believe that attrition can shrink the state payroll by 20 percent in three or four years.”Sullivan says refraining from replacing employees who retire, resign or are otherwise terminated, and investing in training for remaining employees would result in a smaller workforce without reduction in services and efficiency.He also believes privatization in some state agencies would lead to more efficiency and lower cost to the taxpayer. Privatization and other reforms and streamlining he would implement would allow the state income tax to eventually be eliminated.The third point Sullivan will address as governor is lawsuit reform, including worker’s compensation.”Oklahoma is known as the state of ‘jackpot justice,'” he said. “I’m the only candidate who is not a lawyer. Brad Henry is a trial lawyer, and the other candidates are lawyers, as well. I believe adopting a ‘loser pay’ civic suit system would eliminate many frivolous lawsuits.”Sullivan said there are two routes to the governor’s office. One is through the legislature, negotiating and compromising. The other is the private sector route, the Ronald Reagan route, characterized by clarity, vision, goal setting and initiative. Oklahomans will be electing a chief executive officer for their state, a job that requires individual initiative. I am the only candidate running from the private sector.”Sullivan is a former Oklahoma secretary of energy, having served the final years of Frank Keating’s term, and was asked by Gov. Henry to remain at that post until he resigned in October 2003. He heads Sullivan and Company in Tulsa, a company founded by his father 47 years ago.
 
4/11/06, 9:02am
The article below was published in The Oklahoman March 16, 2006. 
Candidate for governor pledges to trim state government 
Posted by Headquarters

By Michael McNutt, The Oklahoman, 03/16/06EDMOND – A Republican gubernatorial candidate said Wednesday he would cut the state’s largest agencies by 20 percent in four years and eliminate Oklahoma’s personal income tax.”What I’m talking about is winding down both the income side and the expenditure side of the state ledger,” Bob Sullivan said.The state’s individual income tax rate is 6.25 percent. A bill this legislative session calls for reducing the rate to 4.9 percent; that cut would result in a $480 million loss of state revenue.Sullivan said the size of the largest agencies could be reduced by attrition.”I’m not going to lay people off,” he said of the state’s approximately 36,000 employees. “I’m talking about as people leave, don’t replace them.”Sullivan said some functions of agencies could be privatized.”Some people are going to say it’s pie in the sky, but I’ve done it in business; I can do it here,” said Sullivan, a Tulsa oilman.Efficiency experts would be consulted to see how to make state government more efficient, he said.Sullivan is opposed in the GOP primary by state Sen. James Williamson of Tulsa and U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook of Warr Acres. Democratic Gov. Brad Henry has not drawn a primary opponent.Sullivan said he is the only businessman in the race; the others are attorneys.”Why would we take a trial lawyer out of the governor’s office and put in another one?” Sullivan asked. “We’re electing the CEO (chief executive officer) of the state of Oklahoma. Why don’t we elect somebody who is a CEO?” 
 
4/10/06, 4:25pm
This Sullivan wants to lead state
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By Randy Krehbiel, World Staff Writer, Tulsa World; April 9, 2006His surname is often found in Oklahoma politics, but Bob Sullivan might be the candidate you don’t recognize.Who is Bob Sullivan?Once a question asked mostly by reporters and political junkies mystified by Sullivan’s entry into the governor’s race, the question is beginning to take on some urgency.With more than $500,000 in campaign donations at last report — more than his better-known Republican primary opponents — and rising recognition because of his association with a highly publicized school-funding reform initiative, Sullivan is moving from political unknown to viable statewide candidate.When he entered the race last spring, he was just another Tulsa Republican named Sullivan. But he had no discernable connection to any of the others — congressman John, state representative Dan or city councilor Randy — and had never run for public office or been particularly active in politics.His only stint in state government had been as state energy secretary the last year of Republican Gov. Frank Keating’s administration — and then he flew so far beneath the radar that it took Keating’s successor, Democrat Brad Henry, 11 months to notice that Sullivan was still waiting to be replaced.But Sullivan began appearing on television, pushing an initiative to force public schools to spend 65 percent of their state appropriated funds in classrooms. And he began raising money. Lots of it. In January, his campaign reported donations of $510,000, about $105,000 more than U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook and more than twice as much as state Sen. Jim Williamson, Sullivan’s two primary opponents.So then, who is Bob Sullivan?Sullivan is a 60-year-old businessman who says his short tenure in the Henry administration caused him to think “I could do better.”Sullivan said he is “tired of Oklahoma being 46th in everything. The only reason we’re 46th is because we haven’t had the right kind of leadership. We haven’t been attracting the right kind of people to state government.”The right kind, he thinks, are people with business experience.A third-generation oilman whose grandfather started out as a one-rig drilling contractor, Sullivan has been a member of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board and director of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. He still operates the company founded by his father, Robert Sullivan Sr.Sullivan also served 16 years on the St. John Medical Center board of directors, including four as chairman, was a director of Catholic Charities and has been chairman of three school boards. He also led fundraising for St. Francis Xavier Parish’s San Miguel School for high-risk students.But for now, Sullivan’s most visible public presence is his association with First Class Education, a national organization advocating what it calls the “65 percent solution” to school funding.First Class Education says Oklahoma now spends 57.9 percent of its state funding in the classroom, among the lowest in the nation. It says raising that to 65 percent would net $270 million.Opponents say the proposal is unrealistic and fails to account for differences among school districts.Although Sullivan’s participation in the First Class Education campaign might seem a logical springboard for his own gubernatorial aspirations, he said he wants the two kept separate. 
“I don’t want anyone thinking I’m using (the school-funding issue) for my own benefit,” he said.Instead, Sullivan said, he plans to soon begin campaigning on his own platform, which he said has three principal elements.Sullivan said he wants to “dramatically increase the quality of education” by introducing “competition,” getting more money into classrooms and “allowing administrators leeway to reward good teachers and discourage bad ones — or dismiss them.”Secondly, Sullivan said, “I am determined to shrink the size of state government.”To do that he would eliminate the state income tax and reduce the state payroll through attrition.”When I say I want to eliminate the state income tax, people ask what I’d replace it with. The answer is ‘nothing.'”We would introduce greater efficiency. I’ve done it in business, and I’ve done it in hospitals, and it works,” Sullivan said.His third primary goal, Sullivan said, is lawsuit reform.”We’ve been talking about it for decades and haven’t done anything,” he said, noting that his years in private business and on the St. John board have given him considerable experience with liability insurance rates.With the GOP primary four months away, Sullivan remains a long shot. An Oklahoma Poll conducted two months ago for the World and KOTV Channel 6 gave him just 6 percent of the Republican vote, compared to 44 percent for the front-running Istook.And, if Sullivan survives the primary, he faces an incumbent with approval ratings that have grown steadily since his narrow victory in 2002.But a whopping 43 percent of Republicans said they were undecided in that January poll, and as Henry’s unexpected 2002 victory proved, anything can happen in November.”My candidacy is unique,” said Sullivan. “I don’t need the job; I just want to fix it. I don’t have any political IOUs, and I have no political ambitions beyond being elected governor.”
 
4/03/06, 12:22am
Istook Lags Behind Sullivan in Money and Henry in the Polls
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Henry beats Istook in Tulsa poll though most Oklahomans know both menTulsa media reported in a poll Sunday that 58% would vote for incumbent Henry over challenger Istook. “If the election was held today, and Congressman Istook were challenging Brad Henry for governor most voters, 58 percent, say they’d go with Governor Brad Henry. 31 percent of likely voters chose Istook and another 11 percent were undecided”, according to a recent Tulsa World article.In a contribution report filed last month, Bob Sullivan raised $510,086 through the period December 31, 2005, with $470,724 in cash available. Most political experts were shocked that Bob Sullivan has more money on-hand than incumbent Congressman Istook raised in total, which adds momentum to Sullivan and deals a blow to the Istook campaign.Bob is delighted with the developing support around the state. “It is becoming clear to me that people in Oklahoma are looking for a new leadership in our state,” Sullivan recently said. Replacing a trial attorney supported incumbent with another trial attorney supported challenger does not move Oklahoma forward; rather, it maintains the current way of doing business.Bob Sullivan believes in a better Oklahoma for Oklahomans. Visit the campaign website at www.bobsullivanforgov.com to donate and volunteer for the campaign.It’s now time to increase the “buzz” about the Bob Sullivan campaign. Tell your friends, families and colleagues that Sullivan is the choice for Oklahomans in 2006 and please send this email to friends and colleagues using the email a friend feature below.
__________Sullivan raises more in GOP governor bid 
Nolan Clay and Michael McNutt, The Oklahoman, 02/01/06In a political surprise, Tulsa oilman Bob Sullivan has out-raised longtime U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook in the race for the Republican nomination for governor, their latest campaign reports show.Sullivan had $510,086 in contributions or written pledges last year. He had much of the money still left Dec. 31.Istook, of Warr Acres, reported Tuesday collecting $405,926 and spending more than a third of his donations.Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, raised $2,314,493, including $5,000 from Oklahoma country singer Toby Keith, his report shows.The other Republican in the race, state Sen. James Williamson of Tulsa had raised $165,246 by the end of last year. He had about half left.Istook is considered by many to be the front-runner in the GOP primary. Campaign manager Chip Englander said the campaign is not dismayed by the reports.He pointed out Istook has only been raising money since October and out-raised the other two Republicans in the last quarter of 2005. Sullivan began fund raising last April.”We’re very excited that we had such a great … quarter,” Englander said.Sullivan said he was delighted with his early support.”I’m running our campaign the same way I run my business,” Sullivan said in a statement.”I set clear goals, control spending and bring the best and brightest to be part of our team.””I realize that a campaign like this is a marathon and not a sprint,” he also said. “There are plenty of examples in Oklahoma where candidates get off to a fast start only to fade as the campaign wears on.”In the race for lieutenant governor, House Speaker Todd Hiett, R-Kellyville, had $807,292 on hand Dec. 31, his report shows. His campaign manager, Sara Beverage Pawelka, said, “This shows the speaker is well-positioned for the future and it’s just a credit to his leadership and the terrific support we have from all Oklahomans.”Another Republican seeking to be lieutenant governor, state Sen. Scott Pruitt, showed he can raise money quickly. Pruitt, of Broken Arrow, reported raising $312,750 even though he only entered the race in late October.Pruitt still had $283,175 available Dec. 31.”We’re excited about how well we’re being received,” said Matt Pinnell, Pruitt’s campaign manager. “And, I can tell you, our fund-raising success is continuing this year.”State Sen. Nancy Riley, R- Tulsa, reported having $6,530 available Dec. 31 in her lieutenant governor campaign.
 
3/31/06, 4:04pm
Bob Sullivan Receives Endorsement from Conservative Republicans
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Businessman in Republican Primary Emerging as Candidate to Beat Democrat IncumbentBob Sullivan, a Republican candidate for governor, received the endorsement from the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC) yesterday, March 29th. This official endorsement comes after Bob Sullivan spoke to OCPAC at its meeting on March 15th where Sullivan outlined his campaign platform.“I appreciate this endorsement but I have no intention of climbing any political ladders like other candidates in this race. I am determined to go to the Capitol, fix what needs fixing, and go home,” Sullivan recently told supporters. “I am a candidate with no political IOU’s and no political ambitions except to accomplish my goals before returning home. How can we expect any better result if we keep electing career politicians to lead our state?”OCPAC members voted more than 50% in its one and only vote to endorse Bob Sullivan as their choice to be the Republican nominee. Prior to Wednesday’s endorsement the three Republican candidates for governor, James Williamson, Earnest Istook and Bob Sullivan, each spent a Wednesday luncheon with the group to express their vision for Oklahoma and then answer questions from the organization’s members.“Sullivan connected with our members who liked his straight-forward answers to questions. I believe our members also liked Mr. Sullivan’s conservative ‘can-do’ business attitude toward eliminating government waste,” OCPAC Chairman Charlie Meadows said.
 
3/27/06, 1:26pm
Bob Sullivan Invites Ernest Istook to Keep Following His Lead
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TULSA – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Sullivan welcomed Ernest Istook into the ranks of tax-cutters following Sullivan’s call two weeks ago to eliminate the personal income tax in Oklahoma. Last week, Istook also called for the elimination of our state personal income tax. But, said Sullivan, Istook did not go far enough in failing to call for government spending cuts.“I appreciate Ernest’s new-found interest in joining those of us who have been advocating cutting our state taxes, but I know we can do better. We need to also cut wasteful government spending, something Ernest failed to do while in Congress,” said Sullivan. “If Ernest wants to continue using my positions as his new talking points, he needs to read them all and come out in favor of cutting government waste. It wouldn’t surprise me if he came out next for my 65% plan for education.”As reported in The Oklahoman on March 16, 2006, Sullivan “said Wednesday he would … eliminate Oklahoma’s personal income tax.” Sullivan announced at an Edmond luncheon March 15th that he envisions that the state budget can be reduced through privatization and attrition.“What I’m talking about is reducing both the income side and the expenditure side of the state ledger,” Bob Sullivan said. “I believe that less government is better government and Congressman Istook has had a long record of borrowing and spending and not cutting taxes AND reducing spending. I know that we can find savings in the current governor’s $7 billion proposed budget.”Bob Sullivan is a successful Tulsa businessman. He is one of three GOP candidates seeking the Republican nomination against the incumbent governor in November. Sullivan had raised the most money of three Republican candidates through reporting period December 31, 2005.
 
3/20/06, 9:06am
The article below was published in The Oklahoman March 16, 2006. 
Candidate for governor pledges to trim state government 
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By Michael McNutt, The Oklahoman, 03/16/06EDMOND , A Republican gubernatorial candidate said Wednesday he would cut the state’s largest agencies by 20 percent in four years and eliminate Oklahoma’s personal income tax.”What I’m talking about is winding down both the income side and the expenditure side of the state ledger,” Bob Sullivan said.The state’s individual income tax rate is 6.25 percent. A bill this legislative session calls for reducing the rate to 4.9 percent; that cut would result in a $480 million loss of state revenue.Sullivan said the size of the largest agencies could be reduced by attrition.”I’m not going to lay people off,” he said of the state’s approximately 36,000 employees. “I’m talking about as people leave, don’t replace them.”Sullivan said some functions of agencies could be privatized.”Some people are going to say it’s pie in the sky, but I’ve done it in business; I can do it here,” said Sullivan, a Tulsa oilman.Efficiency experts would be consulted to see how to make state government more efficient, he said.Sullivan is opposed in the GOP primary by state Sen. James Williamson of Tulsa and U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook of Warr Acres. Democratic Gov. Brad Henry has not drawn a primary opponent.Sullivan said he is the only businessman in the race; the others are attorneys.”Why would we take a trial lawyer out of the governor’s office and put in another one?” Sullivan asked. “We’re electing the CEO (chief executive officer) of the state of Oklahoma. Why don’t we elect somebody who is a CEO?” 
 
3/17/06, 9:55pmThe article below was published in the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Gazette March 15, 2006. Bob hope
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Wednesday, March 15, 2006 – Scott Cooper, Oklahoma Gazette
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Sullivan may not be the big name in the race, but he’s bringing in the big bucks.
___________It appears all bets are off on the Republican nomination for governor. The latest fund-raising figures show the favorite, Rep. Ernest Istook, may have more of a battle on his hands.Back in the fall when the GOP was looking for a strong candidate to take on popular Gov. Brad Henry, the big names like J.C. Watts and Mary Fallin kept saying no thanks. Then, out of nowhere, Istook called an October press conference to announce his intention to seek the job.Finally the state Republican party had a big name to challenge Henry.At the time, two other Republicans had announced as well — state Sen. James Williamson of Tulsa and oil executive Bob Sullivan also of Tulsa. But once Istook jumped in the race, the nomination appeared locked up.Not so fast.Sullivan has kept his stride intact amidst all of the Istook hoopla, and while most expect the oil man to trail when polling are numbers are released, he isn’t trailing in one key category — money.According to the latest figures, Sullivan actually out raised Istook in donations. By the end of December, Sullivan had amassed more than $510,000 while Istook pulled in just over $400,000. Williamson reported $165,000.A political shock to many, but state political watcher and Oklahoma Gazette contributing columnist Keith Gaddie says Sullivan is for real.”The reason is when it’s for real there’s money, and there’s money,” Gaddie said. “The guy’s been able to raise money; the guy has money.”The bulk of his contributions comes from his peers in the oil and gas industry. More than a third of Sullivan’s campaign money comes from that sector. He has also received a fair amount from the financial and real estate sector, records show.But Sullivan is coy about claiming his campaign has “the big mo.””I don’t know about that,” Sullivan told the Gazette. “It’s very early. I think steam is hard to measure five months out.”A father of six, Sullivan is president of the family oil company Sullivan and Company. He has helped his own cause by donating more than $7,000 to his campaign.In an earlier interview with the Gazette last summer, Sullivan described himself as a conservative Republican with a bleeding heart for the poor.”This isn’t just some amateur,” said Gaddie, a political science professor at the University of Oklahoma. “Bob Sullivan knows politics; he’s been around politics. He knows business; he’s been around business. He still has ties to the guy who was the best Republican vote-getter in the history of the state, Frank Keating.”Sullivan served in the Keating administration as secretary of energy and sees himself in the Keating mold of governance.But the question emerges: What is keeping Sullivan in pace with Istook? Does it have to do with Istook’s name being tied to Washington, D.C., lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has been indicted for charges of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials, or is Sullivan just an impressive candidate?Gaddie says this is not a good year to be linked to Washington, D.C., and there are many questions surrounding Istook’s method of campaigning so far. But Gaddie gives more credit to Sullivan: “Sullivan was real before Istook got in the race. One reason is he’s got that Tulsa vote going for him. That Tulsa vote tends to line behind whoever that Tulsa candidate is.”Gaddie also credits the booming year in the energy industry for Sullivan’s bulging campaign pockets. It’s easier to donate when a company is posting record profits.Whatever the reason, Sullivan will take what he can get.”You never know the reason that motivates people to write checks,” Sullivan said. “My guess is that when I explain what I’m trying to do and want to and what kind of governor I’ll be, they resonate with it and want to be a part of it.”While Sullivan’s campaign checkbook is filling up, the candidate still expects to trail Istook when polls start coming out by more than double digits. With enough money, Sullivan believes he will be in striking range.”I’m counting on having the resources in place to get my message out,” he said. “I’ve been getting my message out in front of people, face to face. What 
I’ve got to do now is get my message to a wider group. I’ve got to go on the airwaves, and I hate to say it, but that has a lot to do with money.”That phase is under way, but with a different campaign. Sullivan is state honorary chairman of First Class Education, a national organization aimed at keeping at least 65 percent of public school money in the classroom. He has donated $50,000 of his own money to the cause and is appearing in television commercials touting the organization.An effort is under way in Oklahoma, led by Sullivan, to start an initiative petition drive to bring the matter for a vote of the people.While the drive has nothing to do with the governor’s race, it does put Sullivan’s face out there using the organization’s money.As for whether Istook’s problems are fueling Sullivan’s campaign, the candidate just keeps his head down.”When I was in high school playing basketball in Tulsa, I had a coach who used to jump on us before every game and say, ‘I don’t want to see one of you guys when you’re warming up, I don’t want to see one of you guys looking at the other team. You pay attention to what you’re doing. You can’t control what they’re doing.’ I’ve taken that philosophy all the way through life. This is no exception.” 
 
3/13/06, 2:30pm
Bob Sullivan Wins Logan County Straw Poll Decisively
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A straw poll taken recently in Guthrie shows that Bob Sullivan is the choice among the grassroots activists for the Republican nomination for governor. The poll results announced that among Logan county Republican voters, Bob Sullivan carried a three-way race by 59%. This is great news for the Sullivan campaign as momentum for his candidacy continues to build.Support for Bob is growing among all Republicans across the state and party activists are excited about Bob’s visionary message for Oklahoma, and most importantly that he is the candidate best positioned to beat Brad Henry and take back the Governor’s chair for Republicans.First Quarter Fundraising
At the end of every quarter, campaigns are required by law to report contributions to the Ethics Commission. With two weeks left in the reporting period, we are working furiously to raise money and get committed contributions in the door. Many of you on this list have already helped my campaign financially and for that I am incredibly grateful. Please consider contributing again to show your support for how the campaign is progressing. We have tried not to solicit contributions on these emails except for times when dollars are truly needed to help meet deadlines.Your contribution of an additional $25, $50, $500, or $1,000 would be a strong vote of confidence that you like the message we are spreading and the progress you are seeing. Thank you for your support and please join us today for a better Oklahoma.
 
3/07/06, 8:30am
Bob Sullivan believes education is vital to Oklahoma’s future generations
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In order to get Oklahoma out of near last place in everything we must
develop a world-class education system. When we spend state tax dollars, those tax dollars must count.
Oklahoma cannot continue just throwing more money at education.We must demand better for our children’s education dollar. 
Nationally, 61% of every education dollar reaches the classroom. In Oklahoma, it is an embarrassing 57.9% – 46th in the nation. 
Oklahoma can do better.With a Sullivan administration, Oklahomans will get results in education. For our state’s education system to improve, we can no longer just increase education spending. We must ensure education spending counts in the classroom, where it really matters, and not in the education bureaucracy.
By requiring 65% of every dollar to be spent in the classroom, Oklahoma will have $270 million more for the classroom each year. And that’s with NO tax increase.If you believe it’s time to stop playing political games with our future, I invite you to join me in the effort to create a New Oklahoma built on genuine education reform. Let’s show courageous leadership together, and move our state upward.Our educational system should be about improving classrooms and making
students smarter, not about growing the education bureaucracy.Join us today.
 
3/04/06, 11:02am
Bob Sullivan Boosts Oklahoma Republican Party Statewide
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Candidate for Governor Says “Oklahoma must elect Republican leadership!”
OKLAHOMA CITY – The campaign of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Sullivan has donated $5,000 to the Oklahoma Republican Party in support of Republican efforts across Oklahoma.“I am committed to a successful year for Republican candidates and particularly for the Republican nominee for Governor,” said Sullivan. “Our party’s message of reducing government and protecting human life and individual freedoms is resonating with Oklahomans. My personal vision for Oklahoma is to reduce government waste and spending, dramatically improve the state’s business climate and develop a world-class education system.”Sullivan’s recent contribution to the state Republican Party will assist with grassroots work and other important party building activities such as get out the vote efforts and registration drives.“We must bring a business mindset to our campaign efforts. To be successful, we will set clear goals, control spending, and attract the best and brightest to our work,” added Sullivan. “When we win, we must bring that same kind of performance and efficiency to Oklahoma government – that’s what taxpayers expect from their elected officials. Our government should only spend taxpayer dollars where it counts.”Bob Sullivan is a successful Tulsa businessman. He is one of three GOP candidates seeking the Republican nomination against the incumbent governor in November. Sullivan had raised the most money of three Republican candidates through reporting period December 31, 2005.“Four people are seeking to be governor in the State of Oklahoma this year. Three are career politicians – one is not. Three are lawyers; two are trial attorneys. One is a businessman. I have no political IOUs, no political ambitions outside of governor and I have a vision for Oklahoma. That’s how I will beat Brad Henry,” Sullivan said.
 
3/01/06, 9:20pm
Bob Sullivan believes lawsuit reform is essential to Oklahoma’s future economic growth.
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In order to get Oklahoma out of near last place in everything we must create a business climate that encourages economic growth. We must have the best tax environment (which means eliminating the state’s income tax) and we must reduce the size of government by 20% over the next four years. Brad Henry is on a shopping spree, increasing spending by more than 18% this year alone.Equally important in growing our economy is reforming our legal system through lawsuit reform. For decades, we have been suppressing growth in existing Oklahoma small businesses with our stifling and punitive lawsuit and workers’ compensation climate. This must stop. We will never be successful in attracting businesses that provide jobs and real economic growth unless we create a less litigious Oklahoma.Ernest Istook voted against President Bush’s lawsuit reform efforts, including medical malpractice reform, which leads to higher health care costs for all of us. If our congressmen can’t support federal efforts for lawsuit reform, why should we trust them to push lawsuit reform at the state level?Both Brad Henry and Ernest Istook are trial lawyers who oppose real lawsuit reform. Being a business man and not a lawyer, I know we must not stop until we have the most business-friendly state in the country. That means bringing real, honest-to-goodness lawsuit reform where both plaintiffs and defendants are treated fairly. We cannot afford to do anything less if we want to get out of last place in almost every category that matters and build the future we all want for our children and grandchildren.If you believe it’s time to stop playing political games with our future, I invite you to join me in the effort to create a New Oklahoma built on real economic growth, not bigger government. The trial lawyers are formidable and have given both Brad Henry and Ernest Istook tens of thousands of dollars. No matter how big and powerful they are – if the rest of us work together, we can prevail.Join us today.
 
2/27/06, 7:49pm
Bob Sullivan envisions an Oklahoma with less government and stronger, healthier businesses 
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Brad Henry and Ernest Istook are not bad people. They are just career politicians with a view of continuing what they have always done. The only growth they understand is the growth of government, Henry on the state level and Istook on the federal level.On February 17th, the Oklahoma State Board of Equalization, which the Henry leads, certified $6.6 billion for the Legislature to spend in 2006. This is a 6.3 percent increase over the amount of money allocated last year.Increased state collections actually mean that Oklahomans are paying more than their fair share in taxes. The excess in these state collections will be spent by the state Legislature and Henry during the 2006 session. Henry and the public employee unions want more of our money to be spent on pay raises for bureaucrats. Since 2001, Henry has allowed over $1 billion in additional state spending.Istook believes “it is time for politicians to get serious about saving taxpayer dollars” but under Istook’s watch as a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, federal spending increased by 8% in 2005 and is up 33% overall since 2001. Istook was first elected to Congress in 1992.I have a different vision for Oklahoma. I see a state where we let the taxpayers use their money to grow our economy. Real economic prosperity comes from more industry and better jobs, not more government spending. Surpluses are not the government’s money anyway. Surpluses are just monies that did not need to be collected in the first place.Instead of doing the political thing and spreading our so-called “surplus tax dollars” over a wide range of popular government spending projects why don’t we give it back by beginning to eliminate the state income tax? By giving the taxpayers their “change” back instead of “keeping the change” we can stimulate real economic growth. In the process we might just be able to attract new industry and that brings new and better jobs. Only by thinking “outside the box” of our usual tax-and-spend government agenda will we ever escape being almost dead last in every category.I have faith in Oklahomans. They know best how to spend their money, not career politicians in both parties. I’d trust Oklahoma taxpayers with their own money over career politicians in both parties any day.
 
2/08/06, 4:43pm
ISTOOK LAGS BEHIND SULLIVAN IN MONEY AND HENRY IN THE POLLS 
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Henry beats Istook in Tulsa poll though most Oklahomans know both men
Tulsa media reported in a poll Sunday that 58% would vote for incumbent Henry over challenger Istook. “If the election was held today, and Congressman Istook were challenging Brad Henry for governor most voters, 58 percent, say they’d go with Governor Brad Henry. 31 percent of likely voters chose Istook and another 11 percent were undecided”, according to a recent Tulsa World article.In a contribution report filed last month, Bob Sullivan raised $510,086 through the period December 31, 2005, with $470,724 in cash available. Most political experts were shocked that Bob Sullivan has more money on-hand than incumbent Congressman Istook raised in total, which adds momentum to Sullivan and deals a blow to the Istook campaign.
Bob is delighted with the developing support around the state. “It is becoming clear to me that people in Oklahoma are looking for a new leadership in our state,” Sullivan recently said. Replacing a trial attorney supported incumbent with another trial attorney supported challenger does not move Oklahoma forward; rather, it maintains the current way of doing business.Bob Sullivan believes in a better Oklahoma for Oklahomans. Visit the campaign website at www.bobsullivanforgov.com to donate and volunteer for the campaign.It’s now time to increase the “buzz” about the Bob Sullivan campaign. Tell your friends, families and colleagues that Sullivan is the choice for Oklahomans in 2006 and please send this email to friends and colleagues using the email a friend feature below.For event scheduling or campaign information, contact campaign staff: Ben Harris, Campaign Manager, or Dale Archer, Deputy Campaign Manager. Contact Dale Archer for scheduling opportunities with Bob Sullivan._________
Sullivan raises more in GOP governor bid 
Nolan Clay and Michael McNutt, The Oklahoman, 02/01/06In a political surprise, Tulsa oilman Bob Sullivan has out-raised longtime U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook in the race for the Republican nomination for governor, their latest campaign reports show.Sullivan had $510,086 in contributions or written pledges last year. He had much of the money still left Dec. 31.Istook, of Warr Acres, reported Tuesday collecting $405,926 and spending more than a third of his donations.Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, raised $2,314,493, including $5,000 from Oklahoma country singer Toby Keith, his report shows.The other Republican in the race, state Sen. James Williamson of Tulsa had raised $165,246 by the end of last year. He had about half left.Istook is considered by many to be the front-runner in the GOP primary. Campaign manager Chip Englander said the campaign is not dismayed by the reports.He pointed out Istook has only been raising money since October and out-raised the other two Republicans in the last quarter of 2005. Sullivan began fund raising last April.”We’re very excited that we had such a great … quarter,” Englander said.Sullivan said he was delighted with his early support.”I’m running our campaign the same way I run my business,” Sullivan said in a statement.”I set clear goals, control spending and bring the best and brightest to be part of our team.””I realize that a campaign like this is a marathon and not a sprint,” he also said. “There are plenty of examples in Oklahoma where candidates get off to a fast start only to fade as the campaign wears on.”In the race for lieutenant governor, House Speaker Todd Hiett, R-Kellyville, had $807,292 on hand Dec. 31, his report shows. His campaign manager, Sara Beverage Pawelka, said, “This shows the speaker is well-positioned for the future and it’s just a credit to his leadership and the terrific support we have from all Oklahomans.”Another Republican seeking to be lieutenant governor, state Sen. Scott Pruitt, showed he can raise money quickly. Pruitt, of Broken Arrow, reported raising $312,750 even though he only entered the race in late October.Pruitt still had $283,175 available Dec. 31.”We’re excited about how well we’re being received,” said Matt Pinnell, Pruitt’s campaign manager. “And, I can tell you, our fund-raising success is continuing this year.”State Sen. Nancy Riley, R- Tulsa, reported having $6,530 available Dec. 31 in her lieutenant governor campaign.
 
1/25/06, 1:12am
Bob Sullivan Surprises Many with Campaign War Chest
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Tulsa Businessman Enjoys Early Support in Campaign for GovernorTULSA 
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Sullivan filed his campaign contribution report yesterday showing he has raised $510,086 through the period December 31, 2005.I am delighted with the early support I’m receiving throughout the state,” said Sullivan. “It is becoming clear to me that people in Oklahoma are looking for a new leadership in our state.”In that same report, Sullivan shows $470,724 in cash in his campaign coffer.I’m running our campaign the same way I run my business. I set clear goals, control spending, and bring the best and brightest to be part of our team,” added Sullivan. “That’s the kind of performance and efficiency tax payers expect from their government and their elected officials,” he went on to say.I realize that a campaign like this is a marathon and not a sprint. There are plenty of examples in Oklahoma where candidates get off to a fast start only to fade as the campaign wears on,” he added.I am in this race to win. Today we have taken the first important step to get there,” Sullivan concluded.Sullivan is one of three GOP candidates seeking the Republican nomination for governor to run against Democrat Governor Brad Henry.
 
1/24/06, 3:34pm
I am delighted and gratified to report to all of you who continue to support my campaign for a better Oklahoma that we are making strong progress on all aspects of the campaign, including fundraising, organization, and public awareness.
FUNDRAISING:
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Next week we will report our year end 2005 contribution numbers. We have received contributions exceeding $500,000 — our goal for year end. We are right on target. 
We have accomplished this with very low expenses. We will report less than $40,000 of expenses in achieving our goal.
Contributions continue to come in steadily in early and mid-January. 
ORGANIZATIONWe have the core of a top flight team already on board.As of January 1, we have three paid campaign workers and five volunteers contributing large amounts of time and effort.
The organization will grow over the next few months and will include a volunteer coordinator, who will be organizing an aggressive grassroots campaign to complement our ground and air war. 
PUBLIC AWARENESSStand by for a public announcement of our campaign in mid-February.
Also in mid-February, we will be announcing initiatives on key campaign issues at various times.
We will announce soon the location of our campaign headquarters office. 
Thanks to you and to some excellent work on our growing an effective organization, a “buzz” is taking place around the state about the Bob Sullivan candidacy as a strong and viable option to the rest of the field, which is dominated by career politicians. You can help us keep this going by:Contributing money up to the maximum of $5,000 per household.
Be sure and send this to your friends and associates and encourage them to do the same in order to spread the word about the progress of our campaign!
“Talking up” Bob Sullivan to your friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Things are progressing very well, and I am most grateful for your role in our success thus far. Let’s keep it going!
 
12/22/05, 2:14pm
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Posted by Bob Sullivan
Thank you so much for your generous support of my candidacy for Governor. Jeanne and I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from friends and strangers alike that are committed to a better Oklahoma. Our message of meaningful lawsuit reform, a significantly improved education system, and an agenda of pro-business policies that will explode job creation in Oklahoma is catching on with both voters and donors. People continue to tell me how disappointed they are in the current leadership of the state and that my primary opponents do not have what it takes to beat the current Governor and provide the leadership Oklahoma needs.Fundraising has gone very well to date, but we still have a long way to go to fully finance a winning campaign. We are at 90% of our goal for this reporting period with a week left. As we continue to exceed the public’s expectations we will soon be recognized as a force to be reckoned with in this race.If you can provide more financial support, please consider doing so now so that we can meet our fundraising target for year end. For your convenience we now have the capability of receiving credit card donations over the Internet (go to www.bobsullivanforgov.com). This website will also serve to update you on campaign news as this race ramps up in early 2006.Thank you again for your continuing support. May you and your family have a blessed and safe holiday season.