Agriculture Commissioner — The Peach Pick

ImageWhile there has been a lot of chatter on Peach Pundit about this race and the candidates therein, there was no contest for the Peach Pick in the Republican Primary (we didn’t look at the Democrats since there is really no contest over there). The GOP side of the front page may be split on the other races, but they were united here.

The Republican nomination for Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, the Peach Pick goes to Gary Black.

39 comments

  1. jackson says:

    Lame. Agreed. Its amazing how much disrespect a guy like Kemp gets on a site like this when he won a basically unwinnable State Senate race — twice. Wht the hell has Gary Black even done for Republicans?

  2. Pilot says:

    Good Point Jackson, Gary has not done anything for Republicans until he decided he wanted to run for office, what a shame, the blinders that people have on.

  3. nfire says:

    Gary Black is hands-down the most qualified nominee to serve as Ag Commissioner. Kudos to the PP for picking the right guy!

  4. Tammi Metzler says:

    I think this is kinda lame also. I will admit I don’t know that much about Gary Black.

  5. jackson says:

    That’s funny you say that Chris. Everyone on here was busting on Kemp for the leaving the seat (before the redistricting) that we were vulnerable to losing it to Democrats.

    Trust me, I was going to school in Athens at the time Kemp first ran. It was not a shoo in.

    But it does make me feel better that Peach Pundit voted for a Democrat for School Superintendant. they must be going with the more liberal candidates.

  6. Jackson the implication is that Republicans can only win legislative districts that are heavily stacked in their favor. Perdue and Bush both won the old SD 46. Kidd was favored to take the seat from the Republicans (and would still have to be at least a 50/50 bet with the new seat) but I would argue she is a better candidate than Doug Haines and although I thought Becky Vaughn (our ’04 nominee) was a good candidate, in ’06 there will not be the Bush wave like there was in ’04 plus the seat is open.

    Under your logic, actually, I would think Republicans would be pissed at Kemp for hanging them out to dry in his Senate district, especially since he’s vacating it to take on Irvin which is a real long shot race to begin with. Kemp could have held the Senate seat as long as he wanted it (I would guess) but now that’s a tossup and he’ll probably be out of elected office to boot.

  7. jackson says:

    “Under your logic, actually, I would think Republicans would be pissed at Kemp for hanging them out to dry in his Senate district,” Why?

    Why should Republican be mad that someone has sacrificied his time. sweat, toil and money for them? What the hell does he owe them? Republicans owe Kemp.

    I am not saything that is why he should be agriculture commissioner, but everyone knows that seat was not a given and Kemp was the big underdog. While I may not be a political junkie like you (not an insult), everyone knows that. To deny it is just plain silly.

  8. aggie says:

    GARY BLACK IS A NOBODY DEMOCRAT WITH A POCKET FULL OF AGRIBUSINESS MONEY ——–JUST LIKE HIS DADDY TOMMY IRVIN

    KEMP KNOWS NOTHING AND DOES NOT CARE

    DON’T COUNT BOB GREER OUT———–THE PEOPLE OF GA VOTE NOT THE BANK ACCOUNTS. HE HAS BEEN EVERYWHERE —NOT PUTTING UP SIGNS BUT MEETING VOTERS AND THE ONES I SAW IN SOUTH GA AND IN WALTON AND COBB COUNTIES LIKED WHAT THEY SAW.

    GARY BLACK NEEDS TO MOVE BACK TO THE LOSING TEAM OF DEMOCRATS WHERE HE BELONGS AND LEAVE GOOD PEOPLE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TO ACTUALLY VOTE BEFORE ANY DEMO LEANING PEACH FUZZ ———GIVES AWAY ELECTIONS.

    BOB GREER IS THE MAN FOR THIS JOB———–

    HE IS TOO GOOD TO SHAKE A FARMER’S HAND, TOO GOOD TO SHOW UP AT EVENTS AND TOOOOOOOOOOO BAD TO BE ANYTHING FOR GA

  9. landman says:

    Kemp will win this race and will do a great job once he is in office.Gary has the charisma of a turn plow and would be as lost as Marco Polo running an organization of this size.

    The bottom line is Black is a Democrat and he should be running in their Primary he will not win ours.

    The most qualified person in this race is Mr.Tommy hands down,but the best Candidate and Politician is by far Kemp.You guys missed this one bad.

    CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN SENATOR VS DEMOCRATIC LOBBYIST….its not hard fella’s

  10. Groseclose says:

    Peachpundit has proven its wisdom once again with this pick. Just as the state GOP leadership has been united behind Gary for over a year now, political activists on this site have reaffirmed that Gary is the right man to be Georgia’s next commissioner of agriculture. One needs little discernment to see through the Kemp superfluous rhetoric and conclude his blind ambition alone in no way qualifies him for this most important position.

    One must appreciate Landman’s and Jack’s defiant, yet naïve attitude. Time, not arrogance, will prove that Georgia voters are ready for renewed leadership at GADOA. Come July, I am certain that Gary will welcome all GOPers, despite previous allegiances, to his team on his march to defeating this entrenched incumbent.

  11. Jack S says:

    So grose, if kemp wins, or to be fair, if deanna or bob win, are you going to back them?

  12. Groseclose says:

    I will not back Bob or Deanna, but I would probably back Brian. If Brian were to be elected, I fully expect Kemp would reach out to Georgia agricultural leaders and try to mend fences. Kemp has higher political ambition and he knows that he will need agricultural leaders in his corner if he runs for statewide office again. If Brian is elected, best case scenario for agricultural leaders is that he becomes a puppet on a string. He will initially lack the knowledge and relationships to provide real leadership, but he is smart enough not to screw anything up.

    Bob, on the other hand, has no incentive to improve Georgia agriculture or build relationships with its leaders. He could screw a lot of things up, quickly. Deanna knows more than Brian and Bob about agriculture, but have you ever met her? She is no leadership material! Tommy needs to go because his ideas are stale and complacency with the status quo engulfs the department, but it could get worse if Bob or Deanna were elected. I don’t trust Bob, Deanna, or Brian with the department, but Brian is probably the only one competent enough not to screw something up. The fact is, Jack, my rationale for who I would support or not support should be moot. Republicans have a real agricultural leader with solution-based ideas in Gary Black. This is one of those down the ballot races that should be a no-brainer for us GOPers.

    Jack, will you support these other candidiates if they were nominated over Brian?

  13. Jack S says:

    Mend fences with ag leaders? What are you smoking, grose?

    The only ag leader brian has offended is irvin.

    You black supporters live in a fairytale world. And your ridiculous rants on some blog don’t make it a reality.

    Don’t lump me in with you when you say “us gopers”.

    Gary black is a democrat, johnny come lately cause the gop is in control. And I don’t like lobbyist running for anything because by definition they are for sale. If gary wins its a disgrace to all of us who actually were republicans before it was cool.

    But that said, unlike you grose because you’re apparently a whore like gary, I will back the gop ticket even if gary wins. Bad republicans are better than dems.
    And that applies to bob and deanna too.

    The only exception is ralph. I won’t vote for a dem but I won’t vote for ralph. He’s a crook. And I don’t vote for crooks of any party.

    Gary is a whore and a closet dem and frankly a dweeb. But I’ll concede he’s not a crook and will therefore cast my vote for him in the general should he win.

    I’ll hold my nose but he’s barely tolerable.

  14. UGAMatthew says:

    Black is a good choice.
    Kemp won’t beat Irvin.
    Who is Strickland? (making a point)
    Greer’s campaign is severely lacking gusto.

    Regardless of Black’s previous affiliation, so far, it looks as if he’s done more to energize the state to the necessity of this office, primarily the republican-rich counties of South Georgia, and I’d even hasten to call into question his imapct in North Georgia… Even though I still am not convinced that Irvin isn’t as big of a threat as he’s made out to be (he has NO incentive or bearing to change the direction of his office, it undoubtedly would be his last term and what I’d consider padding his record tenure).

    So, I’m with Black too guys, good pick PP.

  15. bowersville says:

    I am most troubled by the statement “what the h-ll does he(Kemp) owe them(republicans)? “Republicans owe Kemp.” I owe Kemp nor anybody else anything!!! UGAM, I agree with you up to a point which is, there is no need for Irvin to pursue a record tenure, he already has it.

  16. HJ Bailey says:

    You people at peach pundits may be political junkies but smart you are not.

    Gary black does not have a pray. He is a liberal democrat special interest lobbyist who has been giving blow jobs to liberals like Charles walker, tom Murphy, rot Barnes, Tyrone brooks and others for years.

    He is a Johnny come lately to the GOP and is doing nothing but using this party. He is an opportunistic whore. He doesn’t give a damn about Georgia, just himself.

    Did Tommy Irvin, your best friend, spank you when you got in the race Gary after all the favors he has done for you? That is not as bad as the beating you would get in November.

    Kemp will win.

    Aggie, you need to go see you psychiatrist today. You have issues. Poor bob won’t win. Great guy though.

    Conservative leader not liberal lobbyist.

  17. landman says:

    Kemp is the only Republican that stands a chance at beating Irvin and if he makes to the General which I feel strongly he will he will beat Irvin by double digits.

    I have been upfront that Im biased for Kemp and consider him a very good friend and have been active in his campaign on a voluntary basis.If anyone has seen Brian and Gary together and comeaway feeling that Gary is the better one to run an organization of this size,YOU ARE KIDDING YOURSELF.

    The question in this race is will Kemp win it without a runoff or not.I was thinking it would go to a runoff until the Dem Gov race got so close and now Im leaning to Kemp winning on July 18.The reason because Gary is a Dem and and many of his supporters will be voting in the Dem Primary and this will hurt him on 7/18.If it goes to a runoff those people still cant vote and Kemp will most likely pull all the supporters of Greer and Strickland.

    This was a poor pick on PP’S part.

    Conservative REPUBLICAN Senator vs DEMOCRAT LOBBYIST…NUFF SAID.

  18. waterboy says:

    Gary Balck is a class act and has dedicated his life to promoting agriculture. He will provide the qualities all Georgians should seek in someone holding public office. The childish rants on this blog by Kemp and Greer supporters are too absurd for comment. Gary is DEDICATED and PASSIONATE about agriculture. He has the knowledge and experience that makes him the best republican candidate to challenge Irvin. I join a host of others that are grateful the Peach Pundit has selected Gary Black. Great choice!

  19. jsm says:

    I saw Gary Black’s stump last Saturday in Gainesville. He is very charismatic. He gets his message across very well, and his one-on-one skills are excellent. His email blasts give the perception that he’s way ahead of other candidates in this race. Also, I was kinda surprised when a conservative legislator told me that he would vote for Black.

    I like Kemp, and I think he’ll do a good job. However, all I’ve seen or heard from him is one or two emails, one local appearance, and a phone call this week.

    It seems that this race is Black’s to lose.

  20. HJ Bailey says:

    Haha waterboy, are you looking for an agriculture commissioner and a leader or are you looking for a lover?

    You said Gary is passionate and dedicated. Who gives a flying flip?

    Passion and dedication do not make a leader or a good elected official, leadership does. That is what Kemp provides.

    Gary is a painsy and would not be a strong leader. He would be a weak kneed follower.

    My cleaning lady is passionate about keeping my house clean, but would she be a good commissioner of agriculture?

    When Gary was making gift baskets, he was passionate about that too. Hell, he might be a good lover for you waterboy.

    Kemp 06.

  21. Jack S says:

    Uhh, I don’t know what planet you black folks live on but not only have I seen the commercial repeatedly on fox news, but I got the phone call and a mailer yesterday and I’m seeing Kemp big signs everywhere. What’s really funny is seeing the little Gary yardsigns they put all around Kemp big signs. I think that sums up Gary and his campaign nicely.

  22. Ben says:

    First, Aggie you are crazy as hell.

    Second, “Chill Out”thought this was a blog, what happened to free speech?? I guess for liberals speech is only free in it is going your way. Gary folks stop crying!! And get a grip.

  23. HJ Bailey says:

    Cry me a river. What is Gary and his cronies complaining? Can they not handle the heat?

    This is precisely why Gary could never best Tommy Irvin and why we need a candidate who has political experience and can take the heat. That is why Brian Kemp is the pick.

    Come on Gary, get your boxing gloves out and fight back. Or if you aren’t man enough, find someone who is.

    What else can we expect from a democrat lobbyist?

  24. UGAMatthew says:

    “Passion and dedication do not make a leader or a good elected official…”

    No matter how you end that sentence, it’s woefully saddening. If this is the mindset of the Kemp supporters, that leads me to believe you’ve forgotten what public service is. This is above Republican and Democrat. I do not particularly care if Black was democratic lobbyist(again, card-holding, passiontate GOP member here) because he’s seems to be doing the best at getting his message across. And it’s a good message. Black really does have Kemp beat on platform issues and experience. He’s the better candidate and the folks at PP recognize that. I hate to sound like a candidtate-worshipping automoton (coughcoughdebbiecoughcough), but I really don’t see Kemp stepping up to the plate, like I know he can and have seen him in the past. He’s resting on his laurels. And they’re quickly wilting, which I hate to see, because he’s my Senator. And a very fine one at that. Don’t get me wrong. I think Kemp is a great guy…just not an Ag. Commissioner.

    Listen, (especially you HJ) I’d much more rather have a passionate and dedicated Gary Black than someone with “leadership”…leadership is more passion and dedication than it is anything else. And besides, Black has credulous leadership experience in the past as well. Being a Senator, with all due respect, doens’t mean auotmatically trump any opponent in leadership prowess.

  25. HJ Bailey says:

    Black has Kemp beat on the issues??? That is crzy Mathew. You think you are all knowing but you are ignorant on the facts. Go to Kemp’s website and take a look at his plans. He has 3 detailed plans which not only confront ag issues but also issues that matter to everyday issues. You read that plans and then you come back and tell me that Gary Black’s plan that a first grader could have developed is better than Kemp’s, it is crazy.

    Not only Kemp have the experience, both in policy and politics, not only does he have the Conservative credentials but also a better plan for Georgia’s future.

  26. UGAMatthew says:

    HJ, you’re ignorant if you believe or assume, rather, that I’ve not read all of the candidates plans. I wouldn’t be in any position defend or decry any candidate if I wasn’t versed on their platforms and issue-initiatives. And frankly, I’m offended that you assert otherwise.
    Nevertheless, I am staid on Black. It really is his race to lose.

  27. UGAMatthew says:

    Bowers…yeah, I meant he’d just be adding one more term, making it tougher for anyone to beat…

  28. landman says:

    Clayton,who are you guys getting complaints from?

    You have a tight primary race going here so set back and chill and let everyone make their case or start putting disclaimers on your blog.

    Tell Gary he should have thought about what politics entails,before he got into the race.If he cant take it to go run in the primary he should be running in anyway.

    KEMP’06

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