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  1. That ad is pretty doggone effective, using both Cathy Cox’s commercial and words against her.

    I wonder if she’s got another editor or reporter who’s going to come out and say her words were taken out of context.

  2. bowersville says:

    If it’s not a knock out blow, Cox is down for the count. In light of the past 30 days, if the three knock down rule was in effect, this contest would be over by TKO!

  3. UGAMatthew says:

    Thats rather cutting. Sort of reminiscent of the “I wouldn’t trade growing up in Bainbridge for anything” bit; she really swings the flood gates wide open for this sort of stuff.

  4. jsm says:

    Does anyone else find any irony in Taylor focusing this ad on food? Removing the state tax on food could possibly be a conflict of interest for him.

  5. Decaturguy says:

    That’s a great ad for Taylor.

    But I’m sure that Cathy will say she was misquoted and that, in fact, she was in favor of eliminating the sales tax on food.

  6. Tuckertown says:

    Is it just me or are there a bunch of zombies logged in saying “Cathy couldn’t debate herself….” Is Carl Rove issuing talking points for Taylor. No that’s Rick Dent blogging fast and furious. Wonder how many aliases Dent has? Don’t believe the imaginary “momentum” the Taylor folks are claiming to have.

  7. Decaturguy says:

    Whatever Tuckertown. Carl Rove? Taylor is the one actually taking the liberal position here by supporting not taxing food purchases.

  8. rugby_fan says:

    So is Tuckertown claiming CC has momentum? All her ads have been done at a time/in a way to keep from losing momentum. In fact in the past few months thats all her campaign has done.

  9. truerblue says:

    Here’s is an editorial from Bainbridge’s bi-weekly paper. After reading this I’m sure many of you will say “what’dya expect from her hometown paper”. I can tell you the editor of this paper is beholding to NO ONE! Sometime its hard to swallow his bluntness and perspective but..if you can’t run with the big dog–get under the porch! Read on.

    Sam Griffin, Jr. June 21, 2006 Editorial

    There is nothing wrong with politics—even the old-fashioned hard-nosed, ear-chawing, hide-skinning, ground-tussling, hot-supper fight variety—if it’s honest. It’s never been a game for the timid or thin-skinned. Even though today’s self-proclaimed ethical authorities give a politically correct sniff of disdain for “negative politics,

  10. justin says:

    Wow. Cathy’s response to Mark Taylor’s dishonest attacks is powerful. Here’s the transcript:

    “A political fabrication. He’s grasping at straws. That’s what the media calls Mark Taylor’s deceitful attack on Cathy Cox. Cathy has always supported HOPE Scholarships. Always will.

    And Big Guy Mark Taylor? He’s a top executive at one of Georgia’s largest trucking companies. And as Lt. Governor, Mark Taylor used his power to get free prison labor for a company project; costing hard-working, law-abiding Georgians their jobs. Mark Taylor: He lies and just looks out for the other big guys. Georgia, we deserve better.”

    Beyond that, Rick Dent was on the defensive tonight on FOX 5. His only response was “Mark Taylor firmly believes that our prison inmates should be forced to work.” I guess he doesn’t think that the rest of us should.

  11. RiverRat says:

    Insider Advantage auotes Dent – Taylor’s family business had no connection with this. Can Cox provide any proof whatsoever of this? Otherwise, I’m inclined to believe that this is more fabrication by the Cox crew. It wouldn’t surprise me if her attack ads are as false as the rest of what she spews.

  12. justin says:

    The AJC has already taken a look at it and the Cox Campaign’s case is pretty strong. From this AJC article:

    “To make its case, the Cox campaign cites a 1999 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about Taylor acting as an intermediary between the Georgia Department of Corrections and Crisp County officials to help out a struggling South Georgia recycling plant.

    Workers hired off welfare were fired and replaced by free convict labor. The story does not say Taylor’s family trucking company was involved, as the ad states.

    However, one of the family’s businesses — Trans Waste — had a contract to haul waste to the recycling plant. Taylor’s campaign said his family sold the business in September 1998, but Cox’s campaign said his family remained connected to the business.

    Taylor’s father, Fred, was listed as secretary of Trans Waste Services Inc. in the company’s most recent corporate filing with the secretary of state’s office. Rick Dent, Taylor’s spokesman, said the listing is inaccurate.

    The company that bought Trans Waste in 1998 issued common stock to the Taylor family’s MML Limited Partnership that year, according to documents obtained by Cox’s campaign. Dent said that the Taylor family did not benefit from the plant’s replacement of paid workers with inmate labor, although that move could have kept the plant in business and the hauling contract intact.”

    Looks like the ad is on YouTube, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA1-c0FeloM

  13. RiverRat says:

    So Taylor’s dad owns common stock in a company that owns a company that has a contract with the company which has a contract with a county authority that benefits from the deal?

    That is a far cry from helping a “company project”, and they still haven’t proved how Taylor’s company benefitted. How exactly does Taylor’s company benefit from this?

  14. justin says:

    You can mock the money trail, but it’s clear that the business which the Taylor’s “sold” benefitted and Georgians lost. Taylor’s daddy has yet to sever ties with the company. The Taylor family business even has stock in it. It’s clear: when it came time to cut the little guy out to help out the family stock, Mark Taylor will every time. This is clearly one case where The Big Guy wasn’t looking out for the “Little Guy”.

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