1. Demonbeck says:

    The more Lynn Westmoreland endorses in primaries, the less I like him. Congressmen should know better than to get involved with contested primaries.

  2. Erick says:

    Demonbeck, I disagree. While we may or may not agree with a particular choice of a particular congressman, I’m glad Lynn has the balls to be willing to endorse in a primary.

    It’s good to see them taking stands instead of just siding with “the Republican.”

  3. str8tfromtheheart says:

    I dont see it really helping Becky anyways. Its still a Horne and Peake race by a long shot.

  4. pathfinder says:

    I posted a similar inquiry earlier under the Crotts story. While Erik has kept us well informed as to what is going on in Macon, I was hoping to get some information on GOP races north of the gnat line.

    There are two primary races in Gwinnett County against two freshman incumbents that have apparently drawn some interest — 1. Rep. Bobby Reese v. Wayne Hill; and 2. Rep. Clay Cox v. Woody Woodruff. Reece is running against the former long time County Commission Chairman. I heard recently that Cox’s opponent has picked up help from the Gwinnett County School Superintendent who is upset with Cox voting for the Governor’s 65% rule on classroom spending.

    For those of you in the area, how are these races looking? Are these two incumbents in trouble? For the rest, are there any other GOP incumbents around the state in trouble in their primary?

  5. The Busdriver says:

    I don’t think Clay is in any trouble. He had a very succesful first term, he’s got a sizeable campaign warchest, he’s a nice guy, and his constituents have no reason to throw him out.

    I got one of Woody’s mailers (he made it in his basement using a Commodore 64). He’s going around telling everybody that Clay doesn’t live in the district, which is a load of crap. As far as I can tell, Woody is ticked off because Clay voted to . . wait for it . . . require school districts to spend money on classroom instruction. God forbid.

    Single issue candidates running on spite are so uninspiring. And Woody is not even a Republican.

  6. Booray says:

    Mr. straightfromtheheart,

    I am not from Macon but have some friends who are. They completely disagree with your “Peake-Horne” thing. They say Burgess has picked up some serious steam in the last couple weeks.

    I remember you really cracking on her recently. You seem pretty harsh for no reason.

  7. Romegaguy says:

    Bigger news is Speaker Richardson’s endorsement of Mark Williams instead of Kay Goodwin. Debbie, give us your thoughts on this one will you?

  8. Bull Moose says:

    I agree Demon, the more I see and hear about Lynn Westmoreland, the more I don’t like him… I think he thinks his SH*T doesn’t stink…

    I mean, how do you explain someone who endorses Ralph Reed even after all the information that is out there about the scum bag…

    I picked this up from a British paper…

    “…Reed`s firm Millennium Marketing sent out a mailer to Alabama conservative Christians in 1999 asking them to urge their congressional representative to vote against legislation that would have made the U.S. commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands subject to federal wage and worker safety laws, The Washington Post reported.

    A year earlier, the Department of the Interior reported that Chinese women working on the islands were subject to forced abortions and that women and children were subject to forced prostitution.”

    Also, if you believe the whole, “If I knew then what I know now” defense, then I’ve got ocean front property in Macon to sell you…

  9. str8tfromtheheart says:

    Booray, I have been following the election closely for a while, and I honestly am not really biased really to anyone in the race. In fact, if i had a vote(I live right outside the disctrict) I would probably vote for Washburn. This race will 100% without a doubt end in a runoff. Burgess has picked up some steam, but I really believe she just wont be able to catch Horne or Peake. I think Becky will pick up alot of votes, but fall short in the end. If she catches anybody, I think it will be Peake. The way I see it right now i think 40% goes to Horne, 35% to Peake, 20% to Burgess and 5% to Washburn. Its just my opinion.

  10. Bull Moose says:

    I agree, Richardson’s endorsement of Mark is big news in that area… Most people I know that live in that area think that Kay is a little too extreme for their taste… And yeah, her blind support of Ralph has got to be hurting her…

  11. Booray says:

    straight – like I said, don’t live down there and going on what some friends say. They just say Burgess is suddenly everywhere and doing a lot of good things. Suppose we’ll see…

  12. Jimbo says:

    Landman and Bullmoose, your hatred of Reed has cost you objectivity. You both seem to have forgotten that Westmoreland has endorsed Ralph Reed. Not every race or endorsement has anything to do with the Lt. Governor’s race.

  13. MountainDawg says:

    Why would a conservative like Westmoreland endorse Burgess? A lot of people like Westmoreland, but will this endorsement make a difference? A lot of people have been keeping up with this race since it’s considered one of the top 3 or 4 competitive house seats in the state. She can promise to freeze property taxes and attack groups that won’t cater to her moderate leanings, but this probably won’t make a difference. Now that Republicans are the majority, they need to be conservative as well. This is a critical race in the future of the Republican party. There are good solid conservatives in this race. The Georgia House is SO much more moderate than the Senate. Why in the world would you want another moderate Republican in Atlanta? That district is SO Republican-I hope they can put a strong one in there. We have enough politicians like Burgess that will say whatever it takes to get elected and only talk a good game.

  14. Demonbeck says:

    “I’ve got ocean front property in Macon to sell you… ”

    Subtract your cut from the deal and I may have a buyer for you.

  15. Meg says:

    Burgess has been the only candidate who has the true balls to get in front of the public and put her money where her mouth is when it come to wrongful doing with in our existing government. I don’t know about everyone else but I don’t agree with a 40% tax hike on my house and if Burgess can change that “get screwed” government that Macon has than she has my vote! Peake tried to follow behind her but he was passed to the side. Horne just sat their and dreamed of the day of being a trac star. Burgess has the brains and tenacity to get the job done in Atlanta!

  16. Briardawg says:

    Query for MountainDawg: Are you assuming that Miss Burgess is a moderate because of her gender? What is the criteria you use to determine “good solid conservative?”

  17. str8tfromtheheart says:

    Burgess might have the brains and tenacity but it doesnt look like she has the votes as of right now. In fact, I believe Washburn, Horne, and Peake all have just as much “balls” as Burgess. I would also look at Hornes track record on council and you most certainly see that he can change that “get screwed” attitude with the Macon government. Lets just see if he has what it takes to go to the next level. Its an intersting race…no doubt. I still claim its a Horne vs Peake showdown in a runoff in the end. Also, IMO Washburn is the best candidate BUT he just doesnt have the backing to even have a chance in this election.

  18. MountainDawg says:

    No, gender has nothing to do with it. In fact, Republicans desparately need more females in office. Friends in the Macon area have reported that she is continually needing to redefine her position. I have heard she is gaining momentum, but she is continually needing to explain her positions (true conservatives know what they believe without sticking their finger to the wind). The ones I’ve talked to in Macon believe theirs a general consensus that she’s peaking too early and will fade out as people zero in on the next couple weeks. In addition, I’ve not heard of a single conservative group that has endorsed her, yet. It just sounds like Horne and Peake are the two that won’t break when the pressure turns up.

  19. Booray says:

    My buddy in Macon told me the only problem she had was the media attacked her for wanting a property tax assessment freeze and she had to explain why it was legal because media claimed it could not be done legally.

    Of course that’s dead wrong because we have had it here in Forsyth for six years. Besides, from what I hear that Macon paper is almost as liberal as the ATlanta paper so I don’t think that proves she or anyone else is a liberal.

    Meanwhile, back at the gov’s race. Anyone seen how bad Taylor is whipping Cox…

  20. leftymacon says:

    Re: str8tfromtheheart’s assessment of the race earlier. Interesting how things can change in a few weeks. The talk at the ol’ barbershop on Wimbish is that Washburn is going to surprise quite a few people…….especially given Stebin Horne’s “revelation” of being a moderate Republican.

    All I hear about Burgess is the tax assessment freeze, but not much else. Have been bombarded with mailers for this campaign – mostly feel-good pieces, not much solid information.

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