Around 300 members of the Republican party rallied together at the 2nd Congressional District Republican Committee meeting held at the McAlester Southeast Expo Center Saturday.

The 2nd Congressional District encompasses 25 counties in Oklahoma.

Robert Sullivan, Republican candidate for governor and former state secretary of energy, said he has big plans for Oklahoma.

“We’re going to take that blue seat and turn it red,” Sullivan said, in reference to the Oklahoma Governor’s office. “There’s no reason to have a democratic governor in this state.”

Sullivan said Oklahoma legislation needs his ideas and initiatives.

“When things go wrong I know how to fix them,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan said he’s a good candidate for the office because he has never run for political office before, and has the courage to be bold.

“I have ideas and initiatives that will be bold,” Sullivan said. “I can do these things because I have no political baggage or I owe yous.

“I have no expectations other than to go to Oklahoma City, fix it and go home. You will not be disappointed with my effort.”

The governor’s office wasn’t the only position on the minds of area Republicans. James Dunn, Republican candidate for attorney general, also spoke at the meeting.

Dunn is a defense attorney in Oklahoma City who has represented over 1,400 Oklahomans all across the state.

“If elected Attorney General, I’ll be out there working for you,” Dunn said. “I’m here to help you.”

Dunn said his primary focus will be fighting corruption.

“I don’t care what party you’re from,” Dunn said. “If you’re corrupt in office, I’ll come after you with the full force of the law.”

Dunn also advocates strong moral values for Oklahoma.

“I believe in standing up for our moral standards,” Dunn said. “I’ll stand up for godly principles. That’s what this nation and state are founded on.”

Mike Bush, of Stigler, also called for a revival of godly principles. Bush spearheaded a campaign to place a monument of the Ten Commandments on the lawn of the Haskell County Courthouse.

The American Civil Liberties Union, along with two Stigler residents, has since filed a suit to have the monument removed.

Bush asked the 2nd District Republicans for their support.

“I’m just here to get all the support I can get,” Bush said. “The Ten Commandments are part of what this country is founded on.”

Bush said the monument was never meant to promote religion, but strong moral values.

“It’s what our nation’s beliefs are based on to begin with,” Bush said. “I mean there’s a copy of the Mayflower Compact on the back side.”

Bush said a rally in support of keeping the monument on display is set for Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Haskell County Courthouse. He urged the 2nd District Republicans to attend.

“We need everyone’s support,” Bush said.



Contact Trevor Dunbar at tdunbar@mcalesternews.com

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