Winners & Losers

It’s that time again. Here are mine:

Winner: Senator David Shafer. After being exiled to the Senate’s Tecnology Committee, where he actually made something of the committee, he has gotten bumped up to a more prestigious committee. Regulators should watch out for this free marketer.

Loser: Former Senator Crotts. He’s been ruled not a resident of Senator Douglas’s senate district and given the current amount of anger gay voters have for Secretary of State Cathy Cox, I very seriously doubt she’s going to reverse the administrative law judge — though I’m sure that won’t be the only reason by any means, I bet that will play into her thinking. And thus ends a career that left no bridge unburned.


  1. Erick says:

    Rugby_fan, you have a point, but it was thoroughly an unconscious one. I did not set out to make her a loser. But her position does place her in some difficulty, but by standing behind the admin. law judge, she should have no worries.

  2. rugby_fan says:

    I understand it was not intentional, just odd how she manages to find her way into the losers section–either through actions or association–week after week.

    Which brings me to *my* winner. Mark Taylor. Cathy being so often associated with mistakes and having the past couple of months showin nothing but blunders puts Mark on the ballot against Sonny.

    My belief is that this will be a contentious race with SP and MT. Everyone here can say it will be a walkover forgetting MT has a good career with tough elections. Every vote will count and it will be about 50%-48% come November.

    And in keeping with my endorsement free comments, I will not say who I think will win. Partly because I think it will be so close that I have no idea.

    Here’s to a great election!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. betty says:

    Even though Morton Brilliant was silly wasting time with such foolishness as Wikipedia, when Cox let him go instead of defending the true comments he posted, she conceded the offensive to Taylor. She’s been on the defensive ever since.

  4. Bull Moose says:

    The real loser of the week is Ralph Reed. It just keeps getting worse for him. We find out that ol’ Jack Abramoff took Ralphie Poo on a $92,000 trip to Scotland and Ralph can’t even prove he paid his own way. Safavian is still on trial and Abramoff still has more beans to spill.

    Then there’s this little piece in the Washington Post that makes you think…

    Why would Ralph support this type of stuff? Why shouldn’t offshore “technically USA” mills abide by the same laws as mills located in Griffin, GA?

    This is just another example of the hypocicy of Ralph Reed…

    Another Stumble for Ralph Reed’s Beleaguered Campaign

    By Thomas B. Edsall
    Monday, May 29, 2006; Page A05

    In August 1999, political organizer Ralph Reed’s firm sent out a mailer to Alabama conservative Christians asking them to call then-Rep. Bob Riley (R-Ala.) and tell him to vote against legislation that would have made the U.S. commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands subject to federal wage and worker safety laws.

    Now those seven-year-old words are coming back to haunt Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition and a candidate for the Republican nomination to be Georgia’s lieutenant governor.

    “The radical left, the Big Labor Union Bosses, and Bill Clinton want to pass a law preventing Chinese from coming to work on the Marianas Islands,” the mailer from Reed’s firm said. The Chinese workers, it added, “are exposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ” while on the islands, and many “are converted to the Christian faith and return to China with Bibles in hand.”

    A year earlier, the Department of the Interior — which oversees federal policy toward the U.S. territory — presented a very different picture of life for Chinese workers on the islands. An Interior report found that Chinese women were subject to forced abortions and that women and children were subject to forced prostitution in the local sex-tourism industry.

    It also alleged that the garment industry and other businesses set up facilities on the Northern Marianas to produce products labeled “Made in the USA,” while importing workers from China and other Asian countries and paying them less than U.S. minimum wage under conditions not subject to federal safety standards.

    Lisa Baron, a spokeswoman for Reed’s campaign, said Millennium Marketing “was hired as a direct-mail subcontractor to assist in encouraging grass-roots citizens to promote the propagation of the gospel.”

    “As a defender of the unborn, Ralph was unaware of any allegations regarding inhumane or illegal treatment of workers, and he would strongly object to such practices, if true,” she added.

    Reed’s close friend and political ally, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, represented the commonwealth as a partner of Greenberg Traurig. The islands’ government paid Abramoff $4.04 million from 1998 to 2002. Greenberg Traurig hired Millennium Marketing to print the mailing.

    Reed is running for the GOP nomination against state Sen. Casey Cagle. The old mailing was brought to a reporter’s attention by former employees of Reed, who said the support on behalf of Northern Marinas leaves their former boss exposed as a hypocrite.

    The Mariana mailing adds another hurdle to Reed’s campaign, which already has been plagued by the disclosures that Abramoff paid Reed more than $4 million to conduct grass-roots lobbying on behalf of Indian casinos seeking to prevent potential competitors from getting approval to open new facilities.

  5. The Busdriver says:

    . . . and there are still some that choose to defend Ralph after each new revelation.

    This is all turning into something from “The Onion.” I keep waiting for the headline: “Senate Investigation Reveals Reed Did Legitimate, Lawful Work for Client”

  6. Bill Simon says:

    “Ralph Reed to Get Presidential Medal of Freedom”…actually, with this idiot of a President, he might just get that, right before the primary. Then Ralph can join the George (Tenet) and Paul (Wolfowitz) Club of People Who Get Awarded Medals for Doing Nothing.

  7. Mojo says:

    I think an honourable mention Winner should go to Bill Stephens. Starting to fix the label of flip flopper on Karen Handle and there isn’t anything Republicans hate more than a flip flopper. Rainbow bandaids, anyone?

    Loser would have to be Cathy Cox. Screws up and doesn’t use her politicospeak voice and, thereby, loses the gay vote in urban Georgia.

  8. Bill Simon says:

    Chris, as much as Dems wish/hope polls that show them having the possibility of defeating Sonny with Ralph on the November ticket, quite frankly, I have to ask, why would you rely on something so long-range a possibility?

    After you folks relied on the polls that showed Roy Barnes defeating Sonny Perdue in 2002, one would THINK that you would get a clue and re-examine Murphy’s Law: Whatever can go wrong, likely will.

    Meaning, you pin all your hopes on Reed winning the primary, and then, for a variety of reasons, you are unsuccessful in defeating either Sonny or Ralph come the fall elections.

    Better to take Ralph out when you have a better shot at tipping the scales in your favor with your voters crossing in the July primary. I would think that Ralph Reed getting elected to ANYTHING in Georgia government would be a worse result for you folks than Sonny possibly getting reelected.

  9. Bill, not sure I subscribe to the theory that Reed will take Perdue down. However, am interested in seeing a Dem win the Lt Gov’s race regardless of what happens on the top of the ticket. Casey’s got a bad voting record on a lot of issues, but it isn’t inconsistent with the record of a lot of Republicans who have won in Georgia lately. With Reed, if a Democrat can win the LG’s race I think it would be a lot easier against him.

    I mean, it’s one thing for a lobbyist to run, but Reed isn’t your average lobbyist. His line about Haley Barbour/Kathleen Blanco works pretty well in a Republican primary, but I think he’ll have to invent a more solid defense in a general. Key word: invent.

  10. jacewalden says:

    Winner: Bill Stephens for the same reasons mentioned by Mojo; I think he’ll be able to “handle” Handle in the primary.

    Loser: Law abiding citizens of Atlanta. Shirley Franklin and the Atlanta City Council aren’t willing to do anything to illegal aliens who commit crimes in the city unless the recieve more money…sorry guys.

  11. atlantaman says:


    Not sure if having Ralph Reed as LG really matters, for better or for worse. I doubt the Senators would concede much power to him. The problem is the LG position is another step in his plan for world domination.

  12. bowersville says:

    I am glad, you who are doing so, under-estimate Karen Handel. Please visit Stephens’ website and revieiw his events calender and click “more info.” Are these events so? Probably. Is Stephens actually there? Who knows, no one has come forward with an actual Stephens sighting.

  13. Mojo says:


    That is what faith is for.


    Does it really matter? You don’t have to be a flip flopper to be branded a flip flopper. Tsk tsk, silly one. Methinks thou must read the Prince…with a lyre…and a fair damsel…whilst trodding upon they peasants…medieval language sucks

  14. bowersville says:

    I much prefer the “Phantom of the Opera.” Are you a favorite of Carlotta or Christine?

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