August 27, 2005
Bill Shapard

Istook weighing run for governor

Republican� U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook says he is seriously considering a run for governor� in 2006.

"For several months, a lot of people� have encouraged me to run for governor, and I've decided it's time for me� to discuss that possibility with people� across the state," he said Friday. "It's� a big decision, so� I'm not going to� rush into it."

Istook said he� thinks Oklahoma� needs a stronger� leadership voice.

"Governor Henry� seems focused on� shifting money� around inside the� state through taxes� and gambling for� the benefit of state� government," he� said. "But I'd rather focus on bringing� more into our state, like I've been doing as I've helped to improve our� transportation, medical research and� our schools in a way that has already,� through my work, brought more jobs� to Oklahoma."

Istook, who was first elected to the� U.S. House of Representatives in 1992,� said he is not concerned about Gov.� Brad Henry's popularity.

"For those who believe in polls, I� think it's important to note that his� numbers are broad but very shallow,"� he said. "People vote according to the� choices given to them. It's not just� whether someone is willing to vote� for a person but whether they would� prefer to vote for a different person."

A June Oklahoma Poll showed� Henry with a 72 percent approval rating statewide among those� who expect to vote in November� 2006. The survey is sponsored� by the Tulsa World and KOTV,� Channel 6, and conducted by

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Bill Shapard

Bill is the founder of and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004.