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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Terry Sullivan, KBH manager
Wayne Slater profiles Terry Sullivan, Hutchison's campaign manager:
If U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison challenges Gov. Rick Perry in a bare-knuckle Republican primary, her new campaign manager will bring a valuable lesson from his last job: "Don't take a knife to a gunfight."

Terry Sullivan steered the winning side in last year's fractious U.S. Senate race in South Carolina, a state where hardball Republican strategist Lee Atwater got his start. Campaigns there can be "all-out brawls," Mr. Sullivan said.

Ms. Hutchison has not said whether she will seek re-election to the Senate or try to unseat Mr. Perry. But a flurry of Texas fund-raisers beginning this month and the formation of a battle-tested political team suggest she's preparing to take on the incumbent next year, analysts say.


Mr. Sullivan said he is not deterred by the possibility of strong Perry support among the GOP grass roots.

"When was his last real primary on a high level?" he said. "It's one thing to go after a Democrat in Texas. But primary battles are very different than a general election. Personality has much more to do with it."

Mr. Sullivan's task would be to present Ms. Hutchison as a conservative – opposed to gambling, higher taxes and Mr. Perry's multi-billion toll-road project – and as a leader able to expand the party's appeal.
He did a pretty good job for his last boss.

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