Brilliant Resigns

Cathy Cox’s campaign manager has resigned.

The campaign manager for Secretary of State Cathy Cox resigned on Wednesday amid allegations that he altered an online biography of her Democratic opponent to add a mention of his son’s arrest in a fatal drunk driving accident.
Cox said an internal investigation confirmed that the posting about her opponent, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor, on Wikipedia, a popular online encyclopedia, came from within her gubernatorial campaign.
“My campaign manager Morton Brilliant, who is responsible for all the work in my office, has offered me his resignation and I have accepted it,


  1. George Allen 08 says:

    This is the right move for both Brilliant and the Cox campaign. I’m not sure what exactly Cagle changed in Reed’s wikipedia page, but I doubt he accused Reed’s kids of driving drunk. Huge difference if you ask me.

  2. George Allen 08 says:

    I got curious and found that the following was added to Ralph Reed’s wikipedia page:

    “Ralph Reed has an extensive history of refusing to tell the truth, attacking his fellow Republicans, and working for virtually any corporate client willing to pay his fees. In addition to being a frequent liar, he is an exceptionally skilled one, earning large fees for his willingness to twist the truth into a pretzel.”

    Found this by clicking on the history tab on Reed’s page. It gives the IP address that changed it, but I don’t know enough about computers to find out anything else. Again, it’s not like whoever did this accused one of Reed’s kids of a felony, but it’s still unnecessary.

  3. ugadog says:

    I think this might be a turning point in the campaign. Cathy’s spent her whole campaign talking about how she’s the candidate of change. I think she has a serious credibility problem. Does she continue to talk about being the candidate of change and risk falling on deaf ears? or… Does she change course and reinvent herself.

    Cathy certainly can’t attack Mark again without looking foolish and I don’t think there’s going to be any way Cathy can gain traction with her “change platform.”

    I think it’s hard to play the I’m the only honest politician bit, especially if you’ve used government money to up her name ID, looked like a fool on a conference call and now has to fire hr Republican campaign manager.

    I just hope she doesn’t get more desperate.

  4. DoubleDawg3 says:

    Geez people — it’s just a freaking change to a Wikipedia bio — If you rely upon Wikipedia for FACTUAL info, you’ve got some serious problems (I’m also guessing THe Onion is your daily source of news?) — This isn’t going to wreck Cox’s campaign – but it might give Taylor a little bit of a boost (that and all the TV ads he’s running – I see Mark Taylor on everyday it seems like)

    On a side note – here’s some food for thought – maybe some others noticed it yesterday – on the AccessNorthGa website was a survey/poll (albeit, unscientific of course) of who voters liked for Governor — Cathy Cox was DOMINATING this thing – I mean, like 1200 people had voted at the time I was looking at it, and she had 750 or so — with Perdue comfortably ahead of Taylor (who had little support) — Not reading much into it – but think about AccessNorthGa’s daily readers — you’d think most of these people are GOP Friendly (Based upon my presumption that a lot of folks from Hall, Forsyth, Cherokee, Dawson, Gwinnett, Lumpkin, etc. are viewing it).

    Finally – the main point of my post — the most ‘BRILLIANT” thing that I’ve seen today, was Phil Gingrey’s appearance on the Stephen Colbert report! Hilarious, once again – showing that the GA Rep’s (or Senator and Colbert called Gingrey) have a serious sense of humor. If you missed, try to catch the repeat on tommorrow (err, today at this point).

  5. Briardawg says:

    I simply do not see an issue here. Was it unwise for a Cox campaign person to change it? sure, but was it false information? not that I am aware of. Fletcher’s incident was unfortunate, but it happened. Its the truth. The truth hurts.

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