- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 10, 2006

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The usually ho-hum race for Wisconsin secretary of state is being spiced up by one candidate’s naughty tell-all book about her exploits with Green Bay football legends during the team’s glory days under Vince Lombardi.

Sandy Sullivan, a 65-year-old Republican with no political experience, self-published a gushing memoir in 2004 titled “Green Bay Love Stories and Other Affairs” in which she says she was the girlfriend of Green Bay Packers Paul Hornung and Dan Currie and deflected a pass from former player and Hall of Famer Don Hutson in the 1960s.

In football-crazy Wisconsin, it is not clear whether the book will be a gain or a loss for Mrs. Sullivan, who is not given much of a chance of beating Secretary of State Doug La Follette, a 24-year incumbent and a member of one of Wisconsin’s most distinguished political families.

But the book is getting people talking.

In it, she confides that her goal was always to marry a pro football player, saying they are “fast, sleek and clean,” are built like “Greek gods” and love women.

Mrs. Sullivan, a widow who owns a marketing company that she says sets up autograph sessions and Packer appearances, is not hiding from her past. If anything, she is reveling in it.

To those offended by the notion that a Packers groupie wants to run for state office, Mrs. Sullivan said: “It tells a little bit about my youth, which was 50 years ago. If anybody has any problems with it, they ought to look in their own closet.”

Rick Wiley, executive director of the state Republican Party, downplayed any concerns that the book could hurt her campaign.

“Everyone has a past out there,” he said.

He described Mrs. Sullivan as a breath of fresh air and suggested that her candidacy has served a useful civic purpose.

“She’s been a fantastic candidate for an office that not many people take a long look at — at all.”

Mr. La Follette — a distant cousin of Robert M. La Follette Sr., a former governor, senator and one of the foremost figures of the clean-government progressive movement of the early 20th century — bemoans the attention the book is getting.

But “it’s sort of amusing, quite honestly,” the 66-year-old Democrat said. “She has a right to her life, and if she wants to put it in a book, it’s OK.”

Packers fans at Lambeau Field on Monday said her stand on the issues would determine whether they would vote for her.

Carol Williams, 78, of Menasha said she was surprised at Mrs. Sullivan’s openness but not her exploits.

“Who isn’t doing things like that these days?” she said.

Barb Hill, 65, of Luxemburg, said of Mrs. Sullivan’s love life: “I can’t see what that has to do with voting, why you’d need to know.”

Mrs. Sullivan wrote that her book could prove educational.

“Many of my football player friends tell me they have not read a book in years,” she wrote. “If they want to know what I’ve written about them, they will have to read the book. Consider this book my personal contribution to the literacy of some of the former Green Bay Packers.”

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