I’ve got a big and busy morning. Have an open thread.
I would like to talk about consultants. Who is the least liked political consultant and why? Who is the best and why?
I think the greatest endorsement ever is Don King on the Daily Show.
On vacation, I have been checking up on the political news. Anybody else read these stories?
This can’t be good for Cagle. He as admitted to two of the charges against him.
With respect to his committee service on banking while being in banking he says “everybody does it.” What a shame and disgrace.
And with respect to the 1K donation to Taylor he now flips and says Taylor did not intimidate him.
Stumbling to the finish line?
Just want to point out that in reading the article it is clear that Cagle didn’t say “everybody does it”. The title of the article would have you believe that is the case but it is the author who asserts this, not Cagle or his spokesman.
Quote: Instead, Alexander essentially uses the “everybody-does-it” defense.
That is the author’s viewpoint and it is shameful reporting IMO to imply that your opinion is an actual quote.
LOBBYGA, you clowns wish we were “stumbling to the finish line” get a life and enjoy your vacation, and by the way get a real canidate too…
Wouldn’t mind getting something going about Momentum with only 5 weeks left:
Cagle seems to be moving positively, though not full bore the way it seemed for about three months around the session.
Ralph seems ominously quiet right now. Perhaps waiting for the right push to the finish line? Not moving the way he did this time last year when he was about a 2,000 lb gorilla, but certainly not faltering.
Secretary of State
Stephens hasn’t recovered from the initial surge he saw leading up to his challenge of Jesse Jackson over Voter ID. Money has really hurt him as he has very little. Seems to be losing momentum at a bad time.
Handel seems to be moving along well, but not making any of her own waves. She’s the only high-profile woman on the Republican side, so I’ve got to assume there is a TON of quiet support waiting to be tapped, but they’ve yet to go on the offensive. As for momentum I’d say “idling forward” which is just a little better than “idle”.
Kemp hit TV first, and has all that personal money, but I really think he has resigned himself to getting some publicity and then taking Charlie Norwood’s place. Idling backward for this one, but trending towards really slipping.
Black has what appears to be a grassroots network that rivals Cagle or Reed which is a huge score for their campaign. Not sure where he stands on money, but should be out in front of the field…? Not exactly aggressive right now, but I’d have to say his momentum is headed in the right direction.
Does anyone think a specific candidate is “surging” or for that matter “sinking”?
Erick, front page material? or too early?
Lg race is so high profile while the other downtickets are not because folks won’t care a lick about them till the final week.
I have to disagree with assessment of kemp. I get regualr updates and his signs are everywhere. Drove thru cherokee and forsyth and was overwhelmed this week.
How in the world did they pull that off?
The Newnan Times-Herald annouced this weekend that Tim Antrim, the Republican Challenger to Mitch Seabaugh, has withdrawn from the race. This means that folks in Coweta will only have one race outside of the statwide races that is contested at the primary level.
Now, I didn’t think that Mr. Antrim had much of a chance, but I do think this is a sad state of affairs. Unfortunately, this has been a trend as of late and I think it does not bode well to have such little public involvement in the process. I think that we are all better off when there is more interest and hotly contested races for all positions.
You forgot to mention the additional momentum that winning the coveted Peach Pick award creates for:
Oops that should have been RJF not RJH.
RJF I think you are fatally flawed in your analysis. Honestly, it’s like you lack any knowledge or experience with Georgia politics.
For starters, Georgia isn’t about to elect a man with ties to multiple convicted felons and who himself may or may not be under investigation. Ralph Reed is running a desperate effort of lies and distortion, hoping to drive turnout so low and basically burn the earth so that no one has a prayer. It’s sad and stunning that people still hold him in esteem. If I lied that much, I wouldn’t be living in reality.
Cagle is clearly connecting with voters through nothing but sure determination. People can sense the authenticity in which Cagle is approaching his campaign and it’s very refreshing. While some still say this race will be close, I think Cagle wins 60/40.
As for Secretary of State, here we have another flawed candidate that the status quo continues to push and that candidate is Bill Stephens. How in the world can someone who is on file with record level ethics fines be entrusted in the position of Secretary of State? For me, it doesn’t add up.
Karen Handel is an accomplished leader on many fronts and will do well in this position. She’s level headed, experienced, and has the drive and determination. Again, it’s about authenticity.
And finally, the Agriculture Commissioner’s race. I am strongly for Brian Kemp for this position for a number of reasons, mainly because he has the desire to want to improve the position, experience in business and government to lead, and he’s not already bought and paid for by special interest groups.
As for Brian Kemp’s opponents, I get a very sickening feeling from Gary Black. He reminds me of a used car salesman. I’m waiting for him to make me a deal or something. He just doesn’t seem trustworthy or honest.
I really like Bob Greer and the women seems nice too, but not quite up to the task. She should consider running for the State House.
Those are some of my random political thoughts…
Mr. Roosevelt —
I mean, Bull Moose. The one thing that plays in Reed’s favor is that the vast majority of voters pay little attention to political matters. Ralph Reed will be able to grab a significant number of votes through his grass roots efforts that are focused more on Christian Coalition matters than on other matters. Trust me, Ralph speaks the Christian Coalition talk in an extremely convincing matter. He talks so well, (perceptions about) his walk may not matter.
From what I hear, Ralph Reed has only three pockets of support… a very small part of Gwinnett County, Houston County, and a very loud group of about 15 supporters in Chatham County.
Ralph Reed has a grass roots meeting and he has about 50 people or so. That’s some army… Oh, I’m scared! What are they going to do, go all out and be a hypocrite?
The CC has no credibility and it’s sad that they continue to be such hate mongers of intolerance in our society.
Bull Moose, it is my understanding that every elected official in Houston County is on board with Cagle. I could be wrong, but that’s what I hear. Sen. Tolleson and Rep. O’neal have spoken on behalf of Cagle. In Bibb County (our Republican numbers are meager) but it is a similar scenario. I know that most, if not all, are on board as well.
The last 4 weeks will be quite telling, obviously, but I think Cagle can only continue to grow.
I’m sorry, but did Bull Moose really just predict that Cagle will win by 20 points? If that’s your honest expectation and not just some wild wishful thinking, then you’re going to be extremely shocked come July 18th. I’m going to go ahead and quote you here: “Honestly, it’s like you lack any knowledge or experience with Georgia politics.” Even the polls that Cagle’s been touting have only shown a 6 point lead–where on Earth do you get 20?
By the way, I’m still convinced that Bull Moose is either Joel McElhannon or Brad Alexander.
I doubt that seriously. Mcelhanney would just tell you you’re a moron and to shove it. He wouldn’t feel the need to explain anything. Brad, who I greatly respect and who is smarter than just about anyone in ga politics, would give you a five page mini dissertation complete with citations documenting that you’re wrong. Then he’d tell you you’re a moron and tell you to shove it.
You’re right. Bull Moose isn’t that smart. Maybe it’s Sign Boy Brian posting under an alias… or Cagle himself?
Bull Moose is none of these people. He is a Republican activist who has good sphere of influence. And, a really good person.
Allen, quit showing your ignorance.
Rumor has it you should be out covering right of ways with signs right now. Hate to see you slacking.
Josh – LOL
Maurice, thanks for the clarification on Houston County.
George Allen 08, I’m being “over the top”, of course I don’t think that Casey’s going to win by 20 points, but I sure as heck can hope he wins by 20.
It just seems odd to me that people would vote for someone like Ralph Reed. I mean for goodness sake, he’s a duplicitous lobbyist who has used and abused good Christian people for the benefit of his own pocket.
Now, I feel like I have to stake out my conservatism because I have been brutal on the Christian Coalition. I don’t like groups that are hypocritical like this one.
I believe in the 2nd amendment. I believe that the best way to control spending is to revolutionalize state government and cut positions through attrition and technology upgrades. Where there is spending, it should be prioritized based on return of investment. I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but that gay couples should be allowed to form a civil union. I believe that we need more community based smaller schools versus large mega schools. And finally, I think abortion is horrible and wrong, but that it should be an option in cases of rape, incest, and the life of the mother.
Finally, I despise political campaigns that seek to divide us as a society and add to the cyniscm of our society, which in turns creates low turnout elections controlled by the extreme factions of both parties.
No I’m not Joel, Brad, Bill, Sam, Casey, Ralph, Tom, or anyone else… I am the Bull Moose…
You’re NOT “Ralph???”
And here I thought that would be the ultimate guerrilla campaign…
You rock. I agree with everything you said in the 5th and 6th paragraphs. Nothing like common sense.
We need a gene pool cleansing of our great party and it will come on July 18th. RR and his band of blind followers will be sent packing, along with thier circle of influence, and we get back to the business of public service not self service.It will be fun at the next convention…CASEY CAGLE 06 RACING TO THE FINISH LINE
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