Elect Sandy Sullivan Wisconsin Secretary of State

The official blog of the Friends of Sandy Sullivan, candidate for Wisconsin Secretary of State in 2006. "My name is Sandy Sullivan -- I am your candidate for Wisconsin Secretary of State. I am a teacher, a business woman, a mother, and of course a Packer fan. I can win this race -- but I need your help. I hope to speak with each one of you as I travel this great state of ours." People have asked how to buy my book, "Green Bay Love Stories..." - Visit: www.greenbaylovestories.biz

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Good bye!

Election Day - Tuesday, November 7, 2006

There isn’t a whole lot to do on Election Day other than clip your toenails and wash your brush and your comb. You wait around all day not knowing what is going to happen and there are no results reported until the polls begin to close at 8:00 P.M.

Towards evening, my friend Carmen Clark came down from Madison to spend the evening with me, and my daughter Kerry came from Madison, also. We met at a friend’s house and we all went to Racine to say hello to Congressman Paul Ryan, who we knew would be victorious. His party was at the Marriot in Racine.

Then we went to visit Perfecto Rivera, who was up against Gwen Moore, Congresswoman from the 5th District, at Desperados Restaurant in Milwaukee. He had some wonderful Mexican food for all the guests. We were hoping for Perfecto to win but he didn’t have a very good chance with Gwen because she is very hard to beat. At least he was in there trying.

Then we went to Flannery’s in downtown Milwaukee to visit Sheriff David Clarke and his friends in the Democratic race—I just wanted to say hello. Sheriff Clarke walked away with over 200, 000 votes. That is amazing! I was so thrilled that almost everyone in that room—and they were all Democrats—said they had voted for me, even Sheriff Clark and his whole family. What an honor!

So, by the time we got to the GOP Waukesha victory party, I didn’t realize that the AP had already named Mark Green the loser and Jim Doyle the winner. And the writing was on the wall that I would lose, also. They suddenly asked me to come up to speak and I didn’t realize the results were almost all in so I talked as though we were winning and I am sure many felt that I was out of my mind.

I will always recall the sick feeling I had in the pit of my stomach when the results came. However, it was another hour before they called my race and said that LaFollette had won. I kept thinking that some great miracle was going to happen and the tides would change--I would win! I guess that is called never giving up hope.

Eventually I made the obligatory phone call to Mr. Lafollette, to wish him well. I hope I did it graciously. I pray that he does well and that he is mindful that he needs to be more visible to the people and try to extend himself to them. I hope he realizes that he was elected because of a tremendous Democratic turnout protesting the war and not because of him.

I received almost 800,000 votes, which equals about 20 percent of the population voted for me. I am honored. I was thrilled to receive 38% of the vote for the first time out, and against a 28-year incumbent. Everybody said my showing was really good, especially considering the media smears.

So I experienced a loss, but it was truly a win because I learned so much from the campaign.

I also want to point out that so much goes into electioneering, so much hard work. Yet, when you look at the overall picture, all the candidates—-no matter what party-—they all work very hard trying to get elected. When it’s over, we all look at each other, we shake hands, we say “OK, all the mud has been slung, all the arrows have been shot,” but we remain Americans. Then we sit down and say, “Now, where do we go from here? Let’s move on; let’s get busy; let’s go to work.” I think that’s the greatest part of this country—we realize our differences, we acknowledge that the people have spoken, we agree in part that we must work together, so we roll up our sleeves and go to work. We are Americans! God bless us all!

So this is almost the end of my campaign blog. I was defeated by about 300,000 votes. I am rather proud of those numbers. Though I was defeated for the office of Secretary of State, I think I am a winner. I was brave, I fought the good fight and I’m still here.

Tomorrow is filled with possibilities. There’s always another election if I should choose to run. But for now I can truly say that I am victorious and have gained so much in this effort. I won because I exercised my rights as a citizen to join in and go through this marvelous process. I realize that few people have the stamina, desire or will to run for office and I have developed a new-found respect for all who take on the challenge. God bless them! The public has little idea of the sacrifice that is made on their behalf.

Though I do not relish the defeat, I am rejuvenated by the lessons I have learned and can not wait to try another endeavor where I can put this learning to use. So, it’s time to say adieu and it’s time for me to now figure out (Hello, Sandy!) what I am going to do with the rest of my life. Any ideas?

Tomorrow I will name and thank the wonderful people who played such a great part in this adventure as each need to be recognized. But forgive me please if I put this off until tomorrow. Right now this weary candidate needs to rest.

“What’s that you just said? You say I’m a winner?” Oh yes, my friends--I know!
Thank you!

-Sandy Sullivan

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Monday, November 06, 2006

With Jean Hundertmark, Wisconsin's next Lt. Governor!

Food and festivities on the campaign trail

Monday, Nov. 6 - I’ve didn’t sleep very well last night because most of yesterday I went without food and when I got home I was so hungry I sat down to a wonderful, wonderful dinner with chicken and noodles and ate too much. So I went to bed and didn’t sleep well.

I’ve got to tell you, my friends, about the campaign trail and eating. It is so funny that you can go all day long and think you are going to go to a fundraiser toward evening and they will have good food. So, the day you didn’t get anything to eat, you end up at a fundraiser that is only serving cheese and crackers.

Well, the next day you say “Oh my goodness, I can’t do that again,” so you make it a point to eat all day and then they have this gorgeous repast and you can’t eat it because you are so stuffed. So you don’t eat much the next day and it just cycles around.

Because I had eaten that delicious food late last night, I had the craziest dream. I dreamed my old boss gave me a job and took it away from someone else. They were very upset about it, but I did great work at the new job. I’m sure there is a connection between that and the election—the boss being the people of Wisconsin and the job being the secretary of state office.

It’s funny how the unconscious mind can transform events, or what you are thinking, and weave them into new scenarios.

Sandy poised to snatch voters' food in Manitowoc

Anyhow, today we got into the car and we made it to Kimberly by 11:00 this morning. We went to a place called the Lincoln Inn. Mark Green had a big Republican rally and there were 200-300 people there. It was just great!

Jack Voight, our state treasurer, was the master of ceremonies and there were a couple of other fellows officiating who I didn’t know.

I was asked to come up and speak. Jack forgot I was in the room again and I felt like saying, “Well, gee Jack. You’ve got to remember me because my job is going to be almost as important as your job is,” but I didn’t say that.

At Green Rally in Kimberly, WI

Then when I spoke to the audience and got half way through my speech, they thought Mark Green was coming and cut me off right in the middle of my speech. Mark didn’t show up for a long time, so we got out the back door and went to the next place, which was Manitowoc at the Perkins Restaurant.

There again it was jammed full of people! Our wonderful Senator Joe Liebham was there—that’s his district, of course—and he is such a charming young man.

I got to meet a lot of people—businessmen, manufacturers—a lot of people, and it was a wonderful, wonderful day. I got a phone call tonight from my friend Mr. McDonald, who is called Bubba, and Bubba said everybody really liked me and he was glad I came. So I was grateful for that.

Then we came back to Milwaukee. Remember, we’re staying ahead of Mark Green wherever he is going and we leave when he arrives. So we got down to the Milwaukee County Republican headquarters, and it was jammed way out onto Greenfield Avenue! We waited and waited and everyone talked and cheered.

Congressman Sensenbrenner was there and Jean Hundertmark was there, Scott Walker, Alberta Darling—a stage full of people who are either trying to be elected or already elected officials. Rick Bass was there, along with Perfecto Rivera.

Everybody was hugging and kissing and everybody was very excited. I understand that when a rally is very pumped up and fired up and when that many people show up it is a very, very good sign for an election. Everybody has the vibes that Mark Green is going to win this—we know he will.

There was a blind man right in the front row, and I kind of pointed him out to Mark Green and he came down and said hello to the man. He was very concerned that his blind vote, which is done by audio when you go in, was not correct when he went and did the test on this particular machine. So we arranged for someone to go to the polling place with him tomorrow in Cudahy to make sure his vote is done properly and that it counts. Apparently when he did a test, he put some words in and named certain people, but when the test came back it was not at all what he had said. So there is a discrepancy and we are going to look into that in the morning. The man’s name is Vern Lind and he lives in Cudahy. He was so enthused and so grateful that we were going to help him get his vote in.

So the very important message of this story—of Vern, of all the candidates, and all the happy and charged up and excited people we’ve seen while stumping in the last 48 hours—the message is that every single vote is important. It reminds me of what my amazing and wonderful campaign chair, Mark Block, said his mentor used to tell him—That the way to win an election is to get lots of votes in the cities, lots of votes in the rural areas, and lots of votes in the small towns. It’s been a long trek around the state going after those votes, but if today is any indication, we have really connected with the wonderful, wonderful people of Wisconsin.

So, everybody, I’m going to say goodnight. I’m very tired—and this is my last blog before election day!

You are going to vote tomorrow, and whoever you vote for, it’s your choice. That’s what it’s all about. We live in America.

Thanks everybody! Call all your family and friends and neighbors—get everyone out to vote tomorrow. Don’t forget the college students, who seem to have the lowest voter turnout of all. The weather is supposed to be beautiful and each and every one of our votes counts.


- Sandy

Kids for Sandy Sullivan campaign chairman

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Stumping by caravan

Greeting the people at Mark Green Rally in Pewaukee

Sunday, Nov. 5 – Ben Saunier, my campaign manager, picked us up at 1:00. We went to the Birchwood Grill in Kenosha, off Route 50. That was really fun because Mark Green followed us. Our plan was that we would go to all of these rallies just before Mark Green got there and pass out brochures and stickers. From there we went to Racine, to the Charcoal Grill on Washington Avenue, and we did the same thing and met a lot of people.

This was all transpiring while the Packer game was going on.

The Charcoal Grill was just packed with Republicans. I didn’t know there were so many Republicans. It was fun going around talking to each person, shaking their hand, putting a sticker on them, and giving them a brochure. That happened at each and every place, of course—and we went to several establishments.

It was great to meet the people, to talk to the people, and to put a Sullivan sticker on them—everybody was so friendly. I had a wonderful time!

When we left Racine, we traveled up Highway 94 to Greenfield to stop at Kopps Custard Stand, put a lot of stickers on a lot of people, and had a nice talk with Representative Mark Honadel and his lovely wife Gail. Representative Jeff Stone treated everyone to ice cream, which was fabulous. (Stumping all day, I don't always get much to eat!)

In Greenfield with the Honadels

Then on to Pewaukee for the rally for Mark Green. It was held at a place called the Bucks Rub. It’s a sportsmen’s building where they obviously sell guns—I think they have archery target practice—it’s a really unique place. I’ve seen it many times from the highway but I didn’t know what it was.

It was a fantastic rally with many, many people--I would say a couple hundred people. I got to speak, which was really fun for me because sometimes I don’t get to talk. I had prepared a little speech, which everyone seemed to like. And then the elected officials spoke. And then of course J.B. Van Hollen came and James Sensenbrenner and then Mr. Sensenbrenner, our Congressman, introduced Mark Green—our next governor!

From Bucks Rub we went to the town of West Bend, where we had an outdoor rally near the Washington County Republican Party headquarters. The people who spoke went up on the steps outside a lovely old brick building. I was asked to speak and it was so fortunate that I had just spoken at Waukesha because just a few minutes later I was able to give the same speech and even improve on it. I am beginning to realize what a difference being a capable public speaker makes for a public official. Our current secretary of state simply can’t do this level of political activity—or at least he hasn’t in 28 years!

As Mark Green approached we kind of snuck around, got in the car, and went to the next rally, which was in Ozaukee County, at Nisleit’s Country Inn in Port Washington. There was a packed house. It was indoors. And it was wonderful—as always. The people are just great. And they waited for Mark Green with such anticipation. I told them that in a few minutes a great treat was going to come down the road and they would be so happy about it. I gave my speech again and everyone seemed to like it. So now we’re on the road—we’ve been at this now for about 12 hours straight through.

We did get ice cream and a hot dog and so I suppose we will live until another day.

One more day! One more day!

- Sandy

Sandy's election night schedule

6:30 P.M. Racine Marriott with Congressman Paul Ryan

7:30 P.M. Milwaukee, Desparado with Perfecto Rivera.

8:00 P.M. Flannery's with Sheriff David Clarke.

8:30 P.M. Country Springs,

Interviews call: 262-617-2716


W-House and the Badger game

Saturday, Nov. 4 I got up early in the morning, and knew that I wanted to get to the Wisconsin Badger football game where we could pass out brochures and stickers and talk to the people before the game. So I got ready and jumped into my car, but when I got into Madison, the traffic on Johnson Drive slowed down to a crawl. So we started late.

It probably wouldn’t have mattered when we got started because of the traffic jam. We had a hard time coordinating, although thank God for cell phones. We all met at one spot and we had a driver who carried us into the mob, dropped us off, and then when we were finished, we called up and that driver picked us up again.

I want to thank my friend Carmen Clark, who was with me through this entire day and also my daughter Kerry, who helped.

It was really fun.

When we got outside the W-house where my daughter had lived, many of her friends still lived there. The porch was full of people. Someone came up to ask me for a brochure and then asked for a sticker. She wanted to know more about me, and when she and her friend found out I was Kerry’s mom, it was pandemonium. They grabbed brochures and they grabbed stickers--and the whole bunch of about 20 people on the porch was ready to help me. That was fun. Of course a lot of people had a little to drink, so I told some of them, “Please don’t read the brochure until tomorrow so you can see it for sure.”

- Sandy

Meeting wonderful young people at Whitewater

Saturday, Nov. 4 - On Friday I journeyed to Whitewater. There I met up with Greg Torres and many of his volunteers at the Drumlin Cafeteria on the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater campus.

I gave out brochures and talked to a lot of students, and was very pleased with the way I was treated and with the enthusiasm of these students. You know, they are very bright! They want to know what’s going on. Again I repeat as I have at other times on this blog, how excited I am that the world will be left to these young people who are so enthusiastic, not only about their lives, but also about their country and their politics. They want good people to run and they want good people to serve as leaders. They want good people they can look up to and admire, and I hope I fill that bill.

I’m on my way right now to Madison to hand out brochures and stickers at the Badger game! On Wisconsin! It’s Saturday. Go, Wisconsin, go!


Youth, government, and elective office

Thursday – Nov. 2 - Well, my friends, I guess it was bound to happen that I had a little illness. I was sick part of the night and I’m sure it was just from too much running around and campaigning.

Anyhow, I felt better this morning and got up rather early, started doing e-mail, started calling people, and doing follow-up as usual.

I am very proud to have so many people—the true “good people of Wisconsin”—sending donations and cheering me on. Thank you! We need every nickel, but we can do this! As a grass-roots candidate running against a 28-year incumbent, it’s important to get my name out. People all around the state have been going to sandysullivan.org and donating whatever they can, which is so important for publicity as election day approaches. Thank you so very much, everyone!

Now isn’t that ironic--that a few people want to abolish the secretary of state office, while the rest of us are thinking there needs to be more democracy, more participation, more discussion of important issues in our state and more input to state government? Grass-roots campaigns need to be funded so we can even the playing field, but those funds are already there from the income tax checkoff. It’s a voluntary dollar donation—the change we need is to make it more possible for new candidates to qualify.

Anyway, Thursday evening I was invited to be part of “Meet the Candidates” at Chadbourne Hall on the UW campus, so I went there. Several candidates attended, including Doug LaFollette. We exchanged phone numbers so we could make the obligatory call on election night. (I understand that is customary.) It was a very lovely evening. The students put on a great spread of food and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

After that, I was setting up to be on the Jessica McBride radio show on WTMJ, still on the road, shortly before 9 p.m. when someone called and said Ms. McBride would not be able to have me on. We were very disappointed with her second last-minute cancellation. It takes some planning to find a quiet place on the road, get set up with a decent phone, and prepare to talk. I have a lot of respect for Ms. McBride and felt honored by her invitation to be on the show.

Next, I went out to visit my daughter briefly and now I’m trekking back to Milwaukee so I can start right up again at the campaign office in the morning.

I want to share one more thought on elected office. When the people have a say, candidates come to ask for their votes. But when candidates come to voters to listen and to ask for their input, government is bound to get better. I have learned so much about issues and people’s concerns and needs from crossing the state and spending time with the real people in our towns and cities. After all, it’s the people who experience daily life in Wisconsin--from the Republican women of Brown County and other party groups, to elected officers in the court houses. Entrepreneurs, senior citizens, paper workers, farmers, students and teachers--that’s a pipeline our appointed officers don’t tap into as they walk around the capitol. They deal with lobbyists or professional politicians and other administrators. They don’t have to talk to or answer to anyone outside their world. (I don’t think editors talk to the real people much, either. J )

Anyhow, tomorrow’s another day and we’re on the countdown, folks!


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Meeting the people at WPS - Madison

Monday, Nov. 1 – I left home at 6:30 a.m., headed to Madison for an 11:00 meeting and then to WPS insurance company on West Broadway in Madison for “Meet the Candidates.” Most of the candidates were there, giving out information and answering questions. I had a lot of fun talking with the people.

After “Meet the Candidates” I was interviewed by a reporter from the Wisconsin State Journal, Susan Lampert Smith. Some pictures were taken and from there I went to Monroe. We went to the chamber, to the newspaper, and to the court house. We then journeyed to Darlington and returned to the campaign office after dark.

These days are long and stressful because the election is so close and we are trying to get out the word in whatever way we can. But it still is a great experience to be able to go directly to the people to ask them to vote me into office. I am fully qualified to carry out the secretary of state duties and eager to develop the office to its full capacity after all these years.


A candid moment at the Green rally, Mitchell Field.
Mark Green (left) and Tommy Thompson (right).

Tuesday, Oct. 31 - This afternoon, after I worked most of the day in the office, we headed down to the airport, to Mitchell Field, for a rally for Mark Green, who will be our next governor. Thank God they had a private room inside because it was so cold and windy out! We all convened at the private terminal.

There was a big crowd assembled and all the Milwaukee TV stations were covering the rally. Scott Walker, the Milwaukee County Executive, introduced Mark Green. Mark Green spoke and then he introduced Tommy Thompson. Tommy Thompson was in rare form. He looked great; he sounded great; he had a great message. The rally was not long, but it was energizing.

Hello, my dear faithful friends! Thank you for following my trail through this interesting part of life—the candidacy for secretary of state. I again had a very busy day but I am doing different things now. I’m staying closer to the office, contacting people who I think may help me at the last minute, still trying to raise funds, and sending thank-you notes, of course.

After the Green rally, we went to downtown Waukesha, to a birthday party for the executive director of Waukesha County, Dan Vrakas. What a delightful time! His mom was there, they had Greek food, and it was held in The Rotunda, which is one of the older buildings in downtown Waukesha—an absolutely beautiful building. It was built as a post office, then it became a bank, and now it can be used for private functions. It was a beautiful party.

Then I went back to the office and back to work again. I sent out a lot of e-mails and did a lot of catch-up work. I tried to go to bed early because I was up early this morning—but it was a delightful day.


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Money and the power of the press


Tuesday, Oct. 31 - WOW! I said about half way through this ride down the campaign trail that it is a shame more funds are not set aside to help grass-roots candidates, since they can be seriously under-funded.

So, this is what grass roots campaigning is all about—money? Amazing!

I was fooled. I thought grass roots meant political ideas and leaders coming from the regular people—refreshing the political order for the greater good. Is that something I dreamed?

How does one get the word out without money? Duh!

I did not realize grassroots really means starting with no seed money and operating with little or no money at all.

Mr.LaFollette, my opponent, has a famous last name and years of incumbency. He is famous for spending little money on his campaign, but he has a different kind of currency.

I have even heard that the media, especially television, gouges the candidates with increased rates for campaign commercials. Shameful! It is difficult enough to run a statewide campaign without having additional expenses.

There are very good reasons to retire Doug LaFollette now—not later. And it is frustrating to know I am the most suited and by far the most ambitious and energetic person for the job, but not budgeted to let the world know about it. I can succeed at changes where Douglas has failed because I am more able to gain the cooperation of people in and out of government. He is marginalized and ineffectual—and has been for decades.

I don’t have war chest, but I have received name recognition for my book. Yet, the inaccuracy of that publicity has fooled some of the public into false ideas about me. In striking up a bandwagon of criticism, most of the media and their “educated” audiences forgot that truth, proof, and documentation are what voters need. Many members of the press never read my book and never knew the difference when it was billed as a “tell all” sex story—but that ignorance didn’t stop their tongues from wagging. For shame! Not very intelligent for those who profess to be educated or to educate others!

For example, I was asked to be on Fox News (“The Big Story”). They asked me to send the book to them overnight so they could peruse it. It cost me a small fortune to get it to the airport to for overnight delivery. The Fox producers had told me I would have 3-4 minutes on the air (probably long enough to paint me as a Jezebel) but when they received the book and found no scandalous account of “sexual trysts,” they cut me to 1 minute. They saw it was a tastefully worded and dignified account of a woman’s life struggle and ultimate triumph. What does this incident say about the mentality of the media--let alone their audience?

Mr. La Follette holds a Ph.D., which ought to make him a scholar and conscientious about what he says. Yet in an October 27 candidate interview on Channel 3000, he said, “She certainly got a lot of notoriety, but I am quite sure that the good people of Wisconsin understand that having sexual trysts with professional football players doesn't really qualify a person for a constitutional office.”

La Follette said that he hadn't read the book and didn't plan to—but that didn’t stop him from ignoring my real qualifications and deliberately distorting my bid for office.

The good people of Wisconsin are not ignorant. The shameful outcome would be if the good people of Wisconsin were stuck for four more years with a career politician with no ability or desire to upgrade his office and a 28-year record of featherbedding and throwing away his legitimate leadership duties.

- Sandy


Monday, October 30, 2006

Will any other SOS candidates please come forward?

Sunday, Oct. 29 - Hello, campaign watchers! This is your highly qualified, candidate :) reporting in to tell you what I did today.

Today is Sunday and I journeyed into the inner city of Milwaukee where I was a guest at the Metropolitan Baptist Church. I came at about 10:30 in the morning to meet the people, and then we started the service, which lasted until 1:30. It was inspiring--it brought me to tears! There were young people singing and babies—2 and 3 years old—all were part of the service. They had an excellent preacher and lovely people.

They asked all the visitors to stand, so I stood up with the others and then they let me come to the front. I told my story just briefly after saying who I was. Then they thanked me—everyone clapped after I spoke because I was a little bit emotional telling them that I was so grateful to be there.

This was so cute--after I sat down the preacher said, “Thank you, Sandy" and then he said, “Now we are obligated to do this. Is there anyone else in the church who is running for Secretary of State? Will you please come forward?”

And of course the whole congregation laughed.

It was such a nice service and it was a gorgeous day outside, so after church I got into my car, turned on the Packer game, and just took a ride down to the lakefront. Then I made my way back to New Berlin and went to work on some of the campaign projects that need to be done—sending e-mails, asking for donations and what have you.

And I’m tired again tonight!


Looking forward to helping Kim

Saturday, Oct. 28 - Saturday morning I woke up at 3:30 in the morning and couldn’t sleep, so I went over to the computer and spent three hours working in the middle of the night. Then I thought I'd lie down for a few minutes. At 6:30 the phone rang to tell me I needed to get ready to go to Community Brainstorming, an excellent public affairs gathering in Milwaukee. Yikes!

Well, Kathleen Falk was there, along with Barb Lawton and Sheriff David Clarke. I had the thrill of telling the people what Barry Orton said on former Madison Mayor Paul Soglin’s blog that I was the first Republican they were endorsing (see the actual words in the blog comment on my Oct. 26 blog).

After the meeting, some people came up to me and asked, “What can we do to help you?”

I was invited to two African-American churches tomorrow in the heart of the city. I can’t wait to meet the people Sunday, and I met super, super people today. One was named Kim. She has a home where she has helped, to this point, 480 pregnant teenage girls and their babies establish a new life for themselves and have a chance in this world. I promised her that I will go in to her home and help her with those girls, as often as I can. I want to help teach them and do whatever I can do to build their self-esteem and self-confidence.

So I came home and didn’t realize how tired I was. I slept and then went out and tried to buy a few things I would need, since I expect to be very busy the week before the election.


Friday, October 27, 2006

Thank you, Deborah Ann Speckmann!

Folks, I tried to find this on the madison.com pages so I could refer you via link, but apparently the State Journal doesn't publish letters to the editor on the web. I hope it's OK to type it up and show you below this important letter in the Wisconsin State Journal from Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Deborah Speckmann brings up such an important point. Doug LaFollette seems to feel entitled to a paycheck and was more than willing to give away responsibilities of the office over the years to make the check easier to get. Who else gets paid to do less and less? Our state needs more and more from its leaders, as everyone feels the crunch of the economy and rising demands on government and its people.

What if this ineffectual and bureaucratic man became governor??? But--worse than that at the moment-- what if he became secretary of state again? What a waste of taxpayer dollars. And the tragedy: people think the office is outdated and impotent when it's really the man who's held it down for so long.

My blogs often tell about my experience, but the important thing is that each resident of the state of Wisconsin has a stake in having Sandy Sullivan in office. You know I will work hard to promote the state, to raise important public issues, and to use my talents to create and carry out a vision of what the office and government can do better through my contributions. I ask you--what has Doug LaFollette contributed that his staff could not have done on their own (and possibly did on their own)?

Here is what Ms. Speckmann had to say. So when I say "thanks," it's really thanks for her valuing of this office and what it should be doing. -Sandy

***********Headline: Time for Change to Sullivan
Wisconsin's secretary of state is third in line for succession to the governor's office. It's been relegated to a highly-paid clerk's position, and the current office holder has a "right to hold office because it's mine" attitude, which has nothing to do with the caliber of the performance. Riding on the name of a true state hero is not entitlement to the office.

People seem to accept this state of affairs for politicians, yet they will subject themselves to a different standard in the workplace. Aren't all working people of Wisconsin to be judged by like measures in order to maintain their own jobs? Will Douglas LaFollette, the current job-holder, be a viable governor if it becomes necessary?

Sandy Sullivan has an expanded vision for the office. She stands for cooperation with other units of governmnet to re-establish ethics and integrity by reviewing the work of those responsible for the maintenance of ethics, integrity and elections and ultimately to oversee these functions. Consider voting for Sullivan for secretary of state. We deserve action, not the status quo.
-Deborah Ann Speckmann, Madison

Sandy on Channel 3 - Madison 6 p.m. tonight


Look for Sandy on the 6 p.m. news tonight (Friday, Oct. 27)

Channel 3 - WISC TV

Joel DeSpain interview