84 comments

  1. buzzbrockway says:

    What does happen if the check bounces?

    The candidate’s name is removed from the ballot and he/she cannot run for office. I suppose he/she could run as an independent, but that’s not easy.

  2. SouthernConservative says:

    The check cannot bounce. They qualify with a certified cashier’s check, therefore rubber checks are not an issue.

  3. debbie0040 says:

    I went down there for a while. There was a lot of talk about Cagle donating 1,000 to Mark Taylor. Grassroots people were not real happy about a elected Republican donating to a elected Democrat to appease him. Talk was also that Taylor did not list the contribution on his disclosure forms.

    Also people were discussing the infamous Mark Taylor ad in 1988. Cagle has been slamming Reed about it publicly, but Cagle’s own Campaign Manager (Joel) played the role of Taylor in that ad.

  4. Jackets over Dogs says:

    I have heard that Bill Stephens will qualify not for Secretary of State, but for his State Senate seat.

    Is this true? Has anyone else heard it?

    The people talking about filling in behind those open seats are apparently on edge waiting to see if there is a vacancy after all…

  5. Demonbeck says:

    “debbie0040
    Apr 24th, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    I went down there for a while. There was a lot of talk about Cagle donating 1,000 to Mark Taylor. Grassroots people were not real happy about a elected Republican donating to a elected Democrat to appease him. Talk was also that Taylor did not list the contribution on his disclosure forms.

    Also people were discussing the infamous Mark Taylor ad in 1988. Cagle has been slamming Reed about it publicly, but Cagle’s own Campaign Manager (Joel) played the role of Taylor in that ad. ”

    The Reed mudslinging machine has begun in earnest folks. Stay tuned next week when Casey Cagle fathers an illegitimate black baby!

  6. Demonbeck says:

    Mitch Skandalakis
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    Mitch Skandalakis was a Georgia politician who achieved brief national attention when he upset Martin Luther King III in a 1993 special election for Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. He had previously served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives.

    Skandalakis was re-elected to a full term in 1994, running as a moderate Republican and openly courting gay voters. In 1998, he hired former Christian Coalition executive director Ralph Reed as his campaign manager and ran for Lieutenant Governor as a right wing conservative. Reed appeared in advertisements for Skandalakis vouching for his social conservatism and personal integrity.

    Skandalakis placed first among five candidates in the Republican primary, then defeated conservative State Senator Clint Day, scion of the Days Inn motel family in a bitterly contested primary run-off. Although successful with Reed’s help in winning the Republican primary, Skandalakis’s strategy of negative campaigning backfired in the general election. He lost in a landslide to the Democratic candidate, State Senator Mark Taylor, who had served as Governor Zell Miller’s floor leader.

    Skandalakis and Reed were widely blamed for the defeat that year of Republican candidates for Georgia and Attorney General. Reed, who had months earlier appeared in advertisements vouching for Skandalakis’s integrity, immediately began distancing himself from Skandalakis, who settled a libel suit filed by Taylor over the truthfulness of his television advertisements.

    Skandalakis subsequently pled guilty to lying to federal investors in a public corruption investigation. He was sentenced to a six month prison term, effectively ending his political career. An attorney by profession, Skandalakis was disbarred from the practice of law by the Georgia Supreme Court.

  7. debbie0040 says:

    The mudslinging begun with Cagle. I see you think it is perfectly ok for a Republican elected official to donate money to a elected Democrat to appease him and kiss his rear.

    Nothing about the hypocrisy about Cagle slamming Reed when his own campaign manager appeared in the ad as Taylor? Nothing about the fact Reed did not know about the ad until it aired?
    From the AJC article:
    Four years ago, in an interview with the Journal-Constitution, media consultant Fred Davis of California, who created the Taylor spot, denied Reed had advance knowledge of it.

    Debbie, you’ve got to stop cutting and pasting articles into the comments. It violates copyright law. Sorry, I had to delete this one. Erick.

  8. Demonbeck says:

    So the question is, if Reed’s last LG campaign set Republicans in this state back 6 years, how much damage is he going to do this time? Also, we should note that Mitch Skandalakis went to jail, Jack Abramoff is going to go to jail and the Christian Coalition is in financial ruins. Where is Reed going to lead us if he wins?

  9. SouthernConservative says:

    How did I know this open thread was going to somehow find it’s way to a pissing match between Demonbeck and Debbie…”Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Demon and Debbie show, the variety show where you can hear, and perhaps see, any variety of insult, petty argument, sugar or vinegar coated rhetoric…” Harc. It won’t get real interesting until Brian Laurens gets into it.

  10. Three Jack says:

    mudslinging hasn’t even come close to beginning….hell water hasn’t even been sprayed onto the official dirt of Georgia. spreading unsubstantiated rumors about a campaign contribution amongst the ralphie myrmidons only serves to prove once again just how desperate that campaign has become. demonbeck is right, the proverbial race card is yet to be played by the master himself.

  11. The Busdriver says:

    Good grief, Debbie, you bloomin’ onion. You’re ripping Joel McLehennon (spelling?) about appearing as Mark Taylor in the Skandalakis ad? Who do you think Joel worked for at the time? Ralph Reed. Don’t you think Joel was in the ad because his boss told him to do it?

    Secondly, get your facts straight. Cagle’s campaign manager is Elizabeth Dewberry.

    Lastly, Fred Davis is very close friends with Ralph. Of course he’s going to say that Ralph didn’t see the ad, just like he says Ralph didn’t see the one with Mitch cursing Campbell.

    What would Monday be without another baying-at-the-moon comment from a woman who so clearly has her finger on the pulse of grassroots activists statewide.

  12. Jack S says:

    Let me get this straight.

    Ralph Reed runs the most despicable race in Georgia political history in 1998 and it takes down the entire GOP ticket.

    Eric Johnson, Casey Cagle and others have to clean up the mess that Ralph created.

    Now Ralph attacks Cagle for cleaning up Ralph’s trash.

    Unbelievable. If there is a justice in the world, Ralph Reed will not win and he will finally slither back under the rock he crawled out from under.

    Unbelievable hypocrisy.

  13. debbie0040 says:

    Cagle donated 1,000 to Taylor because Cagle is a wuss that just wanted to get along. That was his MO during the Barnes Regime.

    Joel IS part of Cagle’s campaign staff as a paid consultant. Cagle is very hypocritical to point the finger at Ralph when Joel portrayed Taylor in the ad. It is part of Cagle’s do as I say not as I do mentality.

    Let’s see, Cagle slams Ralph for the 1998 Lt. Governor’s race, yet Cagle hires the guy partially responsible for it. That says a lot about Cagle’s character or lack of character.

    I was hoping that when Cagle gets the tail whipping of his life in the primary he would slither back under a rock he crawled out from like the sleazy snake he is. Cagle won’t ever get my vote in any primary he is a candidate in.

    As far as anything I have mentioned about the contribution and the ad, I don’t recall Reed mentioning it and I receive his email newsletters. I saw it in Sunday’s AJC. Read it for yourselves.

    Yes, Reed supporters do think for ourselves.

  14. spaceygracey says:

    Debbie is Jason Blair in drag. Who knows where she was!

    And low and behold, I’ve got 20-bucks in my purse. But happy hour at The Rusty Nail started over an hour ago. Dang, I’m late.

  15. Philly says:

    Spaceygracey, I would figure the Otherside would be more your thing. $ 20.00 is all you charge for a trick? Must not be any good.

    You Cagle supporters really should lay off the crack. It has damaged your brain cells. All you want to do is insult people.

    You all must make Cagle so proud!!

  16. Philly says:

    I sure like the way Debbie infuriates you Cagle folks. She is very spirited and will not back down. I wonder if she is married?

  17. Jack S says:

    Debbie – RALPH RAN SKANDALAKIS’ CAMPAIGN!!!!!! HE WAS IN CHARGE!!!!! You wanna talk about some guy dressed up in an outfit, but RALPH WAS IN CHARGE!!!! RALPH DESTROYED ALL OF US IN 1998! Not to mention the filth he spread about Clint Day in that runoff. the guy is a disgrace.

  18. Bull Moose says:

    Debbie, please, come off the Ralph Reed kool-aid before you get so drunk you can’t think for yourself. Oh, wait, I read all of your posts, you’ve passed that point already.

    Listen Debbie, State Senator Eric Johnson, the President Pro Tem of the State Senate also donated $1000 to Mark Taylor after the 1998 election. Debbie do you think he’s scum too?

    Casey Cagle will lead our state with honor and integrity. Those are two words that Ralph Reed doesn’t know anything about these days. The man literally carries around his own little storm cloud wherever he goes.

    Cagle 06

  19. Groseclose says:

    I have and continue to reserve judgment on the Reed/Cagle race. However, I find it extremely hypocritical of those who mutually support Kemp and Cagle (i.e. Bill, Jack, Landman, Bull, and others) to falsely accuse Gary Black of being a Democrat, yet a candidate they support engaged in overt support of a Democrat. Without personally attacking me (remember I am still undecided on this race), someone please explain the double standard.

  20. Bill Simon says:

    Who knows what was in Casey Cagle’s and Eric Johnson’s head(s) back in December 1998 to decide it was better to give-in to an extortionist rather than just go ahead and suffer under his reign for 4 years until they had a chance to kick him out of office?

    Grose, I wouldn’t term a $1000 contribution AFTER the election to be “in support” of a Democrat. when it was basically “Republican guilt” for having a candidate like Skandalakis on the ticket who went overboard in his campaign.

  21. Bill Simon says:

    As far as Gary Black, from what I understand, he WAS a Democrat and WAS going to run against Tommy Irvin in the primary until he talked to some other people who suggested he switch parties and run as a Republican in order to face Irvin in a General Election.

    SO, Gary Black WAS a Democrat until switching ONLY because he figured he could not oust Tommy Irvin in a primary.

  22. Bill Simon says:

    Casey Cagle and Eric Johnson WERE Republicans and STILL ARE Republicans today, despite having given Mark Taylor hush-money so he wouldn’t put them on the Toilet Sanitation Committee.

    (The reason why thispost is broken-up is because I keep running into a “Precondition Failed crap” after posting.)

  23. Bill Simon says:

    Ralph’s statement of “If I knew then what I knew now, I wouldn’t have done it” actually refers to the fact that if he knew then that ALL THOSE E-MAILS between he and Abramoff would have been made public today as they have, then he wouldn’t have done it in that way. He would have still done it, but it would have all been via phone calls (which are not recorded) rather than e-mails.

    I’ll bet you he doesn’t e-mail on projects today for fear of them becoming public and exposing his hypocrisy yet again.

  24. Bill Simon says:

    And, not just once, mind you, but at least FOUR separate times?

    That is NOT a “failure of good judgement,” Grose. That is a failure of CHARACTER.

  25. Bill Simon says:

    Again, sorry for the broken-up posts…but it turns out Peach Pundit has a filter on “g-a-m-b-l-i-n-g” and it wouldn’t let me post the intact post. ARRGGGHHH!

  26. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Bill Moyers in a prepared speech delivered a salvo on Abramoff, Reed, Norquist and ask some pertinent questions Reed continues to refuse to answer. http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_bill_moy_060423_a_time_for_heresy.htm

    While some are concerned with a $1,000 donation from Casey Cagle and Eric Johnson, I am far more concerned with the manipulation, money laundering and Ralph’s politics of personal destruction to a solid Christian brother, Senator Clint Day. I am also far more concerned with Ralph’s orchestration of a perverted lie against Senator John McCain and race bating is lie to fan the flames of racial intolerence.

    My ADD self did not read the entire speech text, only the last half. The last 3 paragraphs are profound. One compelling statement is: It is the vast difference between the religion about Jesus and the religion of Jesus.

  27. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Man Bill, my ADD self APPRECIATES your short posts. They’re pithy and thought provoking.

  28. BernieT633 says:

    The only time Gary Black thought about challenging Tommy Irvin in a primary was 1986– he’s been a Republican as long as I’ve known him and its going on 15 years.

  29. Maurice Atkinson says:

    What I find is that most “politicos” have no clue how government works. They love the shell game of election year politics but have no inkling of governance.

    According to Debbie, Casey is a spineless wuss. So Debbie, are you saying that not everyone has the same rights?

  30. Maurice Atkinson says:

    I ran across a tremendous quote “Truth will be Truth, regardless of a closed mind, ignorance or the refusal to believe.

  31. Groseclose says:

    Sadly, Bill you were misinformed. In 2002, Saxby, a Republican, appointed him to a nine person panel to look at federal farm payment limitations. Arguably, this panel was the most important citizen led panel Farm legislators/USDA has put together in quite sometime. I don’t think Saxby would appoint a Democrat.

    In 2004, Gary was a leader for Bush’s Farm and Ranch Team here in Georgia. As early as September 2004, I heard (with my own two ears) State Rep. Bob Smith refer to Gary Black as the next Commissioner of Agriculture. It was then influential GOP statewide leaders (many of the same ones who asked Kemp to get out of the race) who asked Gary to run. So as far as I know, Gary IS a Republican and has ALWAYS been a Republican. The futile attempts to paint Gary as a Democrat are just simply unfounded and indicative of how far Kemp backers will stoop to spread slanderous rumors.

    Even if he was ever a Democrat, the effectiveness of your demonizing anyone who every pulled a lever for a Dem has been destroyed because your deliberate choice to blindly excuse similar behavior by a candidate that you happen to support. I wish people would recognize the hypocrisy and irrelevancy of such charges.

  32. Bull Moose says:

    Based on principle, I’m supporting Casey Cagle, Brian Kemp, Karen Handel, and Perry McGuire. They are all solid Republicans who will do an honorable job by our state.

    The other candidates running have people supporting them for various and sundry reasons. Some of the other candidates running, in my view, have some serious baggage that I do not think will help us in the General Election.

    Ralph Reed has a mess of a problem on his hands with the growing Abramoff scandal, his lack of candor in his business dealings, and his lack of experience. Gary Black is essentially a Democrat lobbyist running as a Republican. Bill Stephens faced one of the largest fines for campaign finance violations. And good ol Perry isn’t facing a primary thankfully.

    This cycle is pretty simple to me and I hope we put the right team up or we’re going to have problems come November.

  33. Jack S says:

    Grose, while Gary Black was wining and dining Tom Murphy, Roy Barnes, and every other Dem who used to run this state, Casey Cagle, Eric Johnson and others (like Brian Kemp) were running as proud Republicans and doing their best to enact common sense conservative reforms despite Democrat domination.

    Ralph Reed created a huge mess with his disgusting campaign against Taylor. Eric, Casey and others were left to pick up the pieces and try to be a part of governing. The difference is that neither Casey, Eric, or Kemp for that matter, have ever been for sale. Gary Black, and Ralph Reed, clearly have been.

    That’s the difference. It’s a reality you don’t want to face but it’s going to hit like a ton of bricks in a few months.

  34. Groseclose says:

    I am not necessarily big on endorsements, but you want to talk about Gary’s Republican credentials look at the four current Congressmen who have signed onto his campaign. The latest news I just read tonight is that Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has also endorsed Gary. You guys just look silly when you start a rumor that a man with Gary’s Republican credentials is a Democrat. I guess that is all ya’ll have got: you have to make stuff up or mischaracterize Gary’s record in order to attack him. We Black supporters don’t have make stuff up to criticize Kemp.

  35. Groseclose says:

    Disclaimer: I am not attacking Cagle or Johnson, just Jack’s logic.

    Jack, your attorney’s logic has created a trap. You suggest Eric, Casey, or Brian aren’t for sale, yet Eric and Casey contributed to Mark Taylor!! And Brian accepted tickets to the Sugar Bowl! Don’t you guys understand what a Double Standard is?!?! Though the behavior by the candidates is not necessarily excusable, it is the hypocrisy of the attacks on this site that rub me the wrong way.

  36. Bill Simon says:

    Well, Grose, then I stand corrected on my being misinformed on Gary being a Dem. Though he DID vote in the 2004 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary, I will take you at your word.

    However, one cannot discount the fact that both Gary and Ralph are trying to become an elected official after they’ve spent 5-10 years trying to buy-off and influence elected officials.

    Usually, the progression is elected official first, and then become a lobbyist.

    The problem now is that because they’ve spent their time influencing whomever they were paid to influence before this, whether Dem or Republican, we don’t know if they are running for good intentions (like, to serve the people), OR, to make it easier for their influential pals to gain access to the legislative process.

    Also, I hope Newt does endorse Gary Black. ‘Cause, Newt should invoke most people to feel rather…uncomfortable with Black. Why? ‘Cause Newt makes most people feel uncomfortable about him.

  37. Brian from Ellijay says:

    BTW, End of Day:

    GOP-145 qualifiers
    DEM-125 qualifiers

    thanks to Chrisishardcore for Dem numbers.

  38. Bill Simon says:

    Grose…I’m not entirely sure of the accuracy of your statement that in 1992, Saxby appointed Gary Black to a panel of anything.

    Saxby didn’t get elected to any office until the 1994 general election. He ran in 1992, but lost the primary. How can anyone “appoint” someone when they are in no position to do so?

    By the way, Grose, checkout this story regarding Saxby’s initial foray into politics: Georgia Trend Cover Story before you disagree with me.

  39. MrGOPJr says:

    Regarding all this talk about who used to be Democrat, etc., one should take into account that many, many conservative Georgians used to be Democrats, but have since “seen the light” and become Republicans. Just look at the House Republican caucus where a large number of members either served as Democrats at one time or were Democrats at some point in their lives.

    Being a Democrat once in a person’s life should not doom them after they have since seen the error of their ways. I, myself, used to be a Democrat and I am now as staunch a Republican as one can find out there.

    About Gary Black’s vote in the Democratic presidential preference primary in 2004, I don’t think that should be an issue in this campaign. While I did not vote in the Democratic Primary, I have many Republican friends who did vote in that primary in an attempt to influence the outcome, as it was still hotly contested between Kerry and Edwards. Others voted for Sharpton as a joke.

    Black and Kemp are both loyal Republicans. Let this race be decided on who is best qualified to serve as Commissioner of Agriculture and who would be best to face Irvin in November.

  40. Groseclose says:

    Bill, I never said anything about 1992. I referenced Gary’s appointment by Saxby from 2002.

  41. BernieT633 says:

    Good point, if it wasnt for Democrats who didn’t “see the light” we wouldnt have had a Senate majority in 2002.

    Mask in whatever you want, Blacks qualifications for the job are superior in all areas to Kemp, a State Senator who until we redistricted was going to lose his seat.

  42. SOUTHERNCOMFORT says:

    Debbie, you are dangerously ignorant for everyone’s sake I hope you are not in a profession of any influence….

  43. larry smith says:

    Profession of influence? Given that she posts about 200,000 stream of conciousness words a day online, I’d be surprised if she’s employed at all.

  44. debbie0040 says:

    AS a matter of fact I am employed. I am a network engineer. I design, build and maintain computer networks and network servers.

    Southerncomfort, I think you are ignorant-ignorant of the facts. Anytime you would like to match intelligence or IQ’s I will be more than happy to oblige.

    Larry Smith, I post no more than you or Southern Comfort, I guess that means neither of you are gainfully employed.

    I find it hard to believe that rumors attacking Black’s GOP credentials are being spread. Did he ever donate money to an elected Democrat?

  45. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Debbie, do you have a clue how government operates (local, state or national)?

    Debbie, do not all people have the same rights? Does government serve only one element of society?

  46. Bill B. says:

    The arguments here are quite funny. Let’s see if I have this correct:
    1)Casey Cagle is good because he’s not a lobbyist.
    2)Ralph Reed and Gary Black are bad because they have been lobbyists.
    3)Lobbyists try to influence politcians and should only do so by way of contibutions not by running for office.
    4)Politicians can always become lobbyists but lobbyists can never become politicians (ethical issues I believe is the “argument”)
    5)Giving to democrats is bad when lobbyists do it but both good and wise when Cagle does it.
    6)Receiving money from the evil lobbyists who are admittedly trying to influence legilators is good and acceptable for the only candidate that could be “bought/influenced” by their donations (Sen. Cagle)

    At least that’s what seems to be the “logic” in this thread!

  47. Former Cagle Guy says:

    Maurice is now taking his cues from Bill Moyers? Doesn’t he know that Moyers is a liberal Democrat? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Cagle’s mindless followers, the Cagle who supported Mark Taylor with a $1,000 campaign contribution, would be listening to someone like that.

    Here are my heros!!! Those Republican Senators who have not endorsed Cagle and who are not playing games, unlike the group who are now so afraid of Reed winning that they have to continue their publicity stunts.

    We need to support:

    Jack Hill
    Mitch Seabaugh
    Cecil Staton
    Dan Moody
    Ralph Hudgens
    Don Balfour
    Bill Stephens
    Jeff Chapman, who has had second thoughts

    who are not supporting Cagle. This is the real conservative group in the Senate. I bet the others are running scared because they know Reed is getting closer to the prize.

  48. Bill Simon says:

    Mitch Seabaugh needs his ass kicked-out of office for trying to interfere in Georgia marriages where people want to divorce their spouse. What part of the “less-government” principles does he not get? All of them, I believe.

    Please, someone run against that fool.

  49. Capt. says:

    Gary Black is nothing but a Democrat Special Interest Lobbyist.

    Black was working for Jimmy Carter in ’76 when we were working for Gerald Ford, Dukakis in ’88 when we were working to elect George Bush, Bill Clinton in ’92 and ’96 abd John Kerry in 2004!

    Gary Black is a liberal democrat who has been in bed with democrats like tommy irvin and tommy murphy for years.

    He deserves to be crushed in everyway. He will be an example of what happens when you use this party for your own gain. He will be crushed emotionally and professionally and socially. He will be a bigger loser in July than he is now

  50. Cotton Boll says:

    Capt…..read your own post and then tell us who is the loser. Come to south GA – we need fertilizer and you are full of it! Gary Black is a solidly republican and conservative. Anyone who knows him knows this to be true. Spare us your childish rhetoric.

  51. Capt. says:

    Oh talkin big huh? Gary Black is a Democrat lobbyist who voted for the Liberal John Kerry in the 2004 Democrat Presidential Primary and when July 18th gets here, he going to be running home to cry to his favorite pet cow, Betsy.

    As for you Cotton Fluff, suck on some cotton balls. You can take your childish LIES and shove ’em. If Gary Black is a Conservative or a Republican, I am Communist and a Terrorist (both are far from the truth).

    Your imagination is admirable.

  52. Bill Simon says:

    Yes, then he became a Republican Goveror who wanted to raise taxes on his very first year. I remember him giving a speech during the first President’s Day dinner where he talked about how every department had already “cut to the bone” and he was sorry but raising taxes was the way to go.

    I’m sorry, Demon, what was that you were saying…?

  53. Demonbeck says:

    I was saying that with all this talk about Gary Black’s party affiliation, we are forgetting that many of the GOPs leaders today are former Dems.

  54. Sandy Brothers says:

    True Demonbeck, but they are not of the character of Mark Taylor, or we would not have welcomed them to our party, would we? Of course Mark Taylor really has no character. He is at the top of the list of corrupt and useless Democrat politicians. But knowing Cagle, I am not surprised that he would support Taylor with a $1,000 contribution.

    I wonder which Republican donated that money to Cagle only to have it sent to Taylor? I’m sure all of us who have donated to Cagle in the past really appreciate our dollars being redirected to that particular Democrat.

    I can’t forgive that.

  55. Groseclose says:

    Capt, consider the following a piece of fatherly advice. I understand during the first few years of college some students might struggle in the transition between high school antics and the real world application of logic and discretion. Once in the real world, unlike high school, name calling and spreading outrageous lies about people you don’t know is neither convincing nor remotely respectable. Hopefully, during the next few years of your maturation process, you will learn to appreciate the value of professionalism and rational thinking. I am certain such qualities will serve you well in your chosen occupation.

  56. Beth says:

    This from Inside Advantage:

    State Sen. Bill Stephens, R-Canton, signed on the dotted line Tuesday for the unusually popular Secretary of State’s race. If everybody who’s said they are interested actually ponies up the qualifying fee, there will be seven Democrats and four Republicans seeking the position now held by Democrat Cathy Cox, a candidate for governor.
    Stephens and Fulton County Commission Chairman Karen Handel appear to be the best positioned candidates among Republicans and both have ties to Gov. Sonny Perdue, but Stephens said he doesn’t see the governor getting involved in the race.
    “I think in an election year governors have their own hides to worry about, and that’s what they do. I consider Gov. Perdue a former colleague and a great friend, and I think he likes Karen and he likes me,

  57. waterboy says:

    I guess the same way one thinks they are qualified to be Agriculture Commissioner after 4 whole years in the senate and no experience in the ag industry. It must be in the water! Go figure….

  58. HJ Bailey says:

    I don’t think it is a lie that Gary Black voted in the 2004 democrat presidential preference primary, nor is it a lie that he is a special interest lobbyist.

    Business leaders and normal georgians as myself, see who the most qualified candidate is to lead an 830 person department and that is Brian Kemp.

    These are not lies, you just scream lies because you have no ways to combat the facts.

  59. Beth says:

    HJB – According to Kemp’s website – he’s a small business man. How does that qualify him to run an 830 person department?

  60. Groseclose says:

    Even if Gary Black did vote in the presidential preference primary that hardly makes his solid Republican credentials naught and turns him into a “liberal democrat

  61. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Former Cagle Guy, I have little respect for someone who is willing to trash someone yet hide behind a moniker. To be frank, it’s cowardace. Your comments are minimized by the fact you are hardly willing to stand behind your words.

    You obviously did not read the Moyers piece. It is thought provoking. What amazes me is that some folks are fearful of reading competing thought. Could it be that your confidence in your own position is weak?

  62. HJ Bailey says:

    Gary Black is a democrat special interest lobbyist.

    I and others have worked too hard and donated too much money to see democrats high jack and use the republican party.

    These democrats are high jacking our party, the political terrorists will not succeed.

    Vote no to democrat lobbyists.

  63. Beth says:

    HJB,
    Just so I’m clear. Black isn’t qualified because he’s a former Dem. But you support Stephens, who campaigned for Clinton/Gore.

    I look at the job and the qualifications for the job. This election cycle it’s Cagle, Handel, Black.

  64. Beth says:

    Also for Inside Advantage Georgia:

    “Karen Handel paid her entrance fee into the GOP primary for Secretary of State, where her key opponent is state Sen. Bill Stephens of Canton. Both have ties to the Perdue administration. Handel is currently chairman of the Fulton County Commission.

    The two have been scrambling for weeks to prove each is the more conservative.

    Handel said voters should remember she was out campaigning for the Bush-Quayle ticket while Stephens, a former press secretary to Democratic Gov. Zell Miller, was campaigning for Bill Clinton.

    She also asserted she’s the candidate whose presence on the ticket would be most helpful to Perdue, saying pointedly, “I also don’t bring any ethical baggage into this race.

  65. MrGOPJr says:

    I hope I am the first one to post this. If not, I apologize. The Cordele Dispatch and Tom Crawford of The Georgia Report on CapitolImpact.com are reporting that State Rep. Johnny Floyd of Cordele has switched parties qualified to run for re-election as a Republican.

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