Shyam Reddy

I was talking to a Republican senator a while back and he was talking about how Reddy is a very credible candidate. But he made the statement that Georgia probably will not elect a guy with the first name “Shyam.


  1. GAWire says:

    Kind of like Louisiana electing a guy named, “Jindal”. It might not happen right away, but it can happen eventually.

  2. Tommy_a2b says:

    Especially if they see his picture. This is still GA and we unfortunately are not there yet.

  3. Decaturguy says:

    Jindal won a congressional seat. He lost statewide to an incompetant named Governor Blanco.

    Big difference between a statewide election and a congressional seat.

  4. GAWire says:

    Indeed, but I’m not talking about the past … who do you think is the frontrunner for ’07?

    Either way, you proved my point … a guy with a middle eastern name and appearance lost statewide, but won federal, and will potentially win statewide next year.

  5. JRM2016 says:

    So if you have a J.D. and a M.P.H. and have practiced law for a handful of years, you are more qualified to be Secretary of State than someone who has held executive posts in the public and private sectors, who has a demonstrated record of eliminating corruption and saving taxpayers millions of dollars?

    I’m not buying.

    Handel ’06

  6. Dawgsrock says:

    Like I said in the previous thread:

    Handel is running on combo of business and political experience

    Stephens is running on senate experience

    Reddy is running on his legal experience and number of degrees

    The SoS department has a couple of hundred people, and a budget of over $30MM. How is Reddy qualified?

  7. elaine says:

    I don’t think it’s a matter of this state being ready for Shyam Reddy because his name sounds foreign. I think it’s going to get down to qualifications for the job (which heavily managerial) and the difference in political philosophy. Though there have been stinks over Photo ID, I think the majority of people in the state agree with it. Of course there are some provisions that will have to come into play to make sure that everyone has the fair opportunity vote, but that’s where managerial and real executive experience comes in. Reddy doesn’t have it. Handel does. That’s what sets her apart in the Republican primary and that’s what’s going to set her apart in the General Election.

  8. Tammi Metzler says:

    I don’t think Reddy’s name will be a hindrance in the Democratic primary, but I also don’t see how he is the most qualified candidate like some Republican out there. He seems like a pretty nice and intelligent guy, though.

    Stephens is the candidate that has the right amount of both business and governmental experience that is need for the job.

  9. atlantaman says:

    I think the fact that Reddy doesn’t have much of a chance will be due to the fact he’ll have a “D” by his name in a statewide election for an open seat in a State that is heavily trending Republican.

    If he is the nominee, and loses, it will be a conveinant excuse for the Democrats and the AJC – “poor Shyam just couldn’t get elected because of his name.” Just like the reason Barnes lost was due to his brave stand on the flag.

    As far as qualifications, I’m not sure if an attorney with lots of book knowledge, very little “real world” experience, no elected experience, no management experience (except possible a legal secretary or a few junior lawyers), is somehow “qualified” to manage a major statewide office with hundreds of employees. I certainly wouldn’t consider him more experienced then Handel or Stephens.

  10. Kate says:

    Reddy may understand the legal issues, but there is a big difference between understanding the legal issues, and being able to execute a vision/plan and run a large organization.

    Stephens faces a similar issue, he maybe good at writing laws, but he doesn’t have any background in running a large organization.

    To Reddy’s credit he does have some idea of what his plan is, I still trying to figure out what Stephen’s plan is.

    I do like Reddy’s website though.

  11. bowersville says:

    Get your name & positions out to the people, nobody outside 285 knows who you are. My psuedonym should give you an indicator that I am from rural Georgia. Actually I don’t live in Bowersville, but on the outskirts.

  12. McCain-Rice\'08 says:

    The only similarity I can see in Congressman Jindal and Shyam Reddy, is theyre name souds like they are of Indian heritage.

    They are very different people, in very different circumstances. Jindal was a Republican, and his district is Republican…and his name may have cost him the Governors election in’03…but Im sure alot of people wish they could have changed their vote, because Kathleen Blanco is a disgrace.

    Shyam Reddy is a partisan Democrat, running in Republican Georgia..he has 0 political expirence and outside the political activist, few know his name. Im not sure how his name would effect him in the election, but Id have to say that if you just vote on the names…he would most likley loose. Despite the fact that he is a very Americanized young man. He should have started out running for State Senate, with his networking skills he could have won in such a race (although Im unsure where he is Im not positive he would win)

  13. McCain-Rice\'08 says:

    I agree with Elaine, I personally don’t take into account race or ethnicity when I vote…however I can’t speak for fellow Georgian’s, but I have faith most of us are beyond such prjudice ways of voting.

    He is simply not qualified for the job, and I think the Democrats have done a horrible job of fielding candidates for Lt. Governor and Secretary of State. There are plenty of well known Democrats out there that are qualified to run, why rally behind amatures?

    They seem to be putting all their eggs in one basket, the race for Governor…and they wont win that one.

  14. Demonbeck says:

    Voter in Sylvania: “Shyam? I hain’t votin’ fer no Gawdamn terrist”

    Sorry, it took Dixiecrats this long to start voting Republican even though the National Democratic party left them in the 70s.

    It’ll be a while.

  15. Demonbeck says:

    Thanks, I was going to add:

    Atlanta Dem:”Shyam Reddy, but I don’t know if the rest of the state is.”

    But I didn’t think people would get the pun. Plus, puns have a tendency to run otherwise good jokes.

  16. Mojo says:

    In south Georgia, right after 9/11, there were many who looked upon the Indian-American shop owners as terrorists, unable to differentiate b/w an Indian and an Arab terrorist. I doubt these people have learned anything since.

  17. Mojo says:

    What, a slur against white cracker redneck counsinloving confederate separatists? Certainly not.

  18. atlantaman says:

    The irony is the Indians and the Arabs hate each other and the poor Indians here in the states were stuck being associated with the terrorists.

  19. Demonbeck says:

    “white cracker redneck counsinloving confederate separatists”

    OK, just don’t call us something we are not.

  20. IntheArena says:

    Name and skin color will not be the reason Shyam is defeated, for those saying defeat is inevitable. If anything, it will be the (D) attached to his name. Tommy, yes, this is georgia, and fortunately, we are there. We’ve elected previously unrepresented groups in government — we’ve elected women and African-Americans to state offices.

    If victory were truly a function of the best, most ‘qualified’ candidate, rather than a down-ticket election, Shyam would be our state’s next SoS — and I’m a devout Republican. Other republicans are supporting his campaign as well.

    In truth, I think this race is one that the democrats are most confident in their chances of winning. I have heard republicans and democrats alike, south georgians and north georgians, businessmen and lawyers alike, acknowledge that Reddy is one of the most dynamic candidates of ANY race and of ANY party in this upcoming eleciton. Handel isn’t taken seriously; Stephens is your average, run-of-the-mill, conventional politician. We’ve had too many of them.

    Legislative experience is overrated in this instance, as it is in many races. Our nation would be without many great leaders if our best and brighest ‘played the game from the ground up’ and didn’t take the bold step of running for a higher office first. Yes, although this (playing the system and following the leader) commands respect and patience, it is not necessary. Qualified individuals don’t need lesser offices as confidence boosters or stepping stones. A first big step doesnt scare them — it enlarges them.

    To be certain, Reddy will win the democratic primary.

    If he can get his face out there — yes, his face and name — and citizens dont blindly vote down the ticket, he very well could win next fall and shock many throughout the South. He will have the money to do this, the question is will he have the time to get to the many corners of our state for necessary exposure?

    His career, professional and personal, has proven him to be an effective communicator, manager, and builder of networks and alliances. This is a combination for a strong leader. His interpersonal skills alone will suffice for managing the office of SoS — which people, for some reason, tend to view as some Fortune 500 Complex Corporation. It’s not so complicated that it requires time in the house/senate or commission chairwomanship.

  21. atlantaman says:


    You wrote a lot about Shayem, but didn’t really say anything. I read a bunch of ambiguous statements such as, “His career, professional and personal, has proven him to be an effective communicator, manager, and builder of networks and alliances.”

    I’d like to specifically know what management experience he has to run a departement of hundreds of people. Give me a break, he’s just some attorney with very little real world experience.

  22. IntheArena says:

    Atlantaman, you’re either from Atlanta or live in Atlanta, so I assume you’re educated enough to read between the lines. It takes a mere five minutes to read someone’s biography and infer what their managerial capabilities might be. Or perhaps being a businessman myself, I have an eye for talent. Yes, I say this with a bit of sarcasm.

    Starting an organization such as red clay democrats, serving on boards of directors, and having a successful career in a top law firm says a lot about someone’s managerial record or potential. His education shows he has mental capacity. His personal involvement demonstrates his organizational skills and the wisdom he contributes to teams. Building a law career seems self evident. It does not take a genius to manage.

    My initial point is simple: Reddy needs to be taken seriously. If not, it is to another’s peril.

  23. CuriousGeorgia says:

    There’s been some talk about experience and whether or not Shyam Reddy has the right experience for SoS. I just took a look at his website and have to say, for every duty of SoS, Reddy has an “experience” answer. Take a look: 1) elections division – he practices election and campaign finance law; 2) corporations division – he’s a corporate attorney; 3) securities division – he deals with the SoS office regularly on investment matters in his current job; 4) licensed professionals – he has a masters in public health.

    Perhaps the only thing he is not qualified for by either education or career experience is the archives division – I can live with that.

    He’s a great candidate and I think Georgian’s will see that. I give them more credit than ya’ll. Reddy can win in November and should win the primary in July – because he’s the most qualified candidate in the race.

    One more point, legislative experience or prior public service can be overrated. We don’t need another career politician.

  24. McCain-Rice\'08 says:


    If the Liberal members of the Democratic party keep making their party look bad by sterotyping and making fun of rural southerers (or in your case South Georgians)…they will never win state wide office around here again, let alone win the south in Presidential Elections. You have got to understand that no 2 people are the same, and you cant assume all South Georgians are racist. Did you know that the South West Rural Counties here in Georgia are predominatly black?.

  25. CuriousGeorgia says:

    AtlantaMan and McCain-Rice,

    You seem to be forgetting one thing – Republicans and Democrats alike agree that Cathy Cox did a great job as Georgia’s Secretary of State. She didn’t have experience managing hundreds of employees but she did have the right legal background.

    Not to mention, no other Democratic (or Republican) candidate for SoS has experience managing 300 people either, so why are you singling out Reddy?

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