“Person of Interest” sought in Taylor fire.

A worker in Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor’s gubernatorial campaign is being sought as a “person of interest” in connection with Monday’s arson fire at the Peachtree Street office building housing the campaign’s offices, authorities said Thursday.

State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine said investigators want to talk to 28-year-old Joshua White, the director of research for Taylor For One Georgia, Inc.

While stopping short of calling White a suspect in the predawn blaze that damaged hallways in the John Hunsinger building at 1627 Peachtree Street, Atlanta fire Chief Dennis Rubin said investigators have “physical evidence” linking White to the fire.

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Anyone know this person? Anyone have other information about this?


  1. I happen to know Josh White and if he did this, it’s completely out of character for him.

    I believe that we need to be patient, let the investigation go forward, and not convict Josh in the court of public opinion before he’s even been charged with a crime (and as far as I know, Josh hasn’t been charged with anything).

    He’s innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

  2. GAWire says:

    Ok, no one was hurt – that is the most important point here.

    With that being said and established, can we move on to discuss the fact that a former staffer of the GA Dem Party and current staffer on Taylor’s campaign potentially set the HQ on fire, and is being widely pursued by authorities? Needless to say, that is a big deal and could have significant affects on the gobernatorial race in GA this y ear.

    “Person of Interest,” “Suspect,” – call this what you want, but in most cases, we would call this a … SCANDAL!

    If this happened in a GOP campaign, Harry Reid and the NY Times would have already called on President Bush to deploy the CIA, FBI, and NSA to investigate campaign scandals, and somehow Hillary Clinton would have already gotten her hands on evidence that somehow links Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay to the fire. Then Nancy Pelosi would write an op-ed piece in the Washington Post alleging that Duke Cunningham is also tied to the case, b/c he and some defense contractors once started a camp fire on a hunting trip with Dick Cheney, and his clothes still smelled like smoke.

    Sorry to be the one that brings politics into this, but we are all thinking it. And, since no one was hurt and the damage was minimal, I don’t think it is inappropriate at all to start discussing political factors.

  3. Decaturguy says:

    You were pretty quick, Andre, to suggest on Monday that maybe “an ‘over enthusiastic’ supporter of either Sonny Perdue or Cathy Cox did this. I mean some people will literally do anything to make sure that their candidate(s) wins the election; and when I say anything, I’m including stealing, killing, and destroying.”

    So when people speculate that Mark Taylor’s director of research may have done it, who has been missing since the fire on Monday, whom the authorities have called a “person of interest,” and that they have “physical evidence” linking him to the fire, I think that is entirely reasonable.

  4. As I said before, I know Josh White. He’s an extremely nice guy, so this is extremely out of character for him.

    I’m interested in learning how much pressure he was under over at Mark Taylor’s campaign.

  5. atlantaman says:

    Can’t believe anyone thought it was Sonny’s folks who set the fire. Give me a break like there would be any motive to get involved the Primary. Besides if they were going to torch anyone’s offices it would be Cathy Cox’s offices.

    If you are a big supporter of Sonny’s one of the best things you could do for him would be to send Mark Taylor a Primary check.

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