Recently I saw an ad for John Sullivan that says that Democrat Georgianna Oliver recently moved to Tulsa and only very recently registered to vote. So I thought I'd check those claims.
I accessed the voter registration records and found that the she registered to vote on Jan 8, 2008, and has only voted once (on Feb 5th, 2008). Sullivan's voter registration claim is correct.
As to when she moved here; I took the address from her voter registration and ran that through Zillow. According to Zillow her house was last sold on 08/02/2007, I confirmed this with the land records office at Tulsa County. So this claim seems to be correct as well.
Compare that with Sullivan.
I show that he last registered to vote on Jan 4th, 1988 and has voted 76 times. According to Zillow, he has owned his current home for over 10 years.
Another interesting comparison is to look at where their money is coming from. According to Opensecrets.org, not only does Oliver's out-of-state campaign contributions eclipse Sullivan's, but Oliver has received more money from outside Oklahoma than she has from within. What is really funny is the small section at the bottom of the graph in the above link explaining how understand the data.
As a general rule, incumbents get more out-of-state money than challengers, a reflection of their status as members of Congress and the wider circles in which they travel. Challengers and newcomers are rarely well known outside their state, so their ability to raise funds beyond their district is more limited.So why does this election buck the general rule of out-of-state donations? Why did Oliver just move to Tulsa, and why did she just register to vote? Because Oliver is clearly a carpetbagger.
John Sullivan has served us well in Congress. I get weekly updates on his votes in congress through congress.org. With one or two possible exceptions, I've never been upset with his votes in congress; and certainly, on the really important issues, I've never been disappointed with his votes.
On November 4th, I'm voting for Sullivan.
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