According to Sadie Fields, Hypocricy Is No Sin

Remember when Sadie Fields fired Dave Johnson, the Christian Coalition’s Middle Georgia chief? Sadie fired him because Johnson had endorsed Casey Cagle for Lt. Governor. She said that the termination was not because of his endorsement of Cagle, but because he had tried to endorse Cagle on behalf of the Christian Coalition, not personally endorsed him, like she had done Ralph Reed.

Now, on the heels of Speaker of the House, Glen Richardson’s, endorsement of Mark Williams over Christian Coalition darling, Kay Godwin, in the HD 178 race, word is that Fields has cut a radio commercial for Godwin. I’d like to get my hands on that commercial, but is Field’s endorsement of Godwin in that commercial her personal endorsement or that of the Christian Coalition? Does she mention the Christian Coalition in the ad, because if she does, I think under Field’s interpretation of Federal tax laws regarding the Johnson firing, she is in violation of those laws. If anyone can get a copy of that tape or transcript, that would be great.

Field’s endorsement of Godwin also comes on the heels of Field’s most recent “Keeping the Faith” email that she sends to CC supporters. In this email (which is official Christian Coalition correspondence), sent Monday, July 3rd, she speaks glowingly of Ralph Reed’s appearance at a church in Cumming, Georgia the day before stating (even calling Reed “Ralph”):

Dr. Richard Lee, Senior Pastor of First Redeemer, introduced Ralph Reed, candidate for Lt. Governor. Here a few of Ralph’s remarks: “America, unique among all nations in the history of Western civilization, was founded on faith in God. The Founders believed that God ordained government for the sole purpose of safeguarding and guaranteeing the rights as outlined in the Declaration of Independence, and if any government failed to protect our God-given rights, the people have a duty and obligation to replace it with one that does. Our Founders understood that faith in God is not a threat to democracy, it is essential to democracy.”

Ralph then introduced Senator Zell Miller who delivered a wonderfully inspiring message about our Founding Fathers talking about the sacrifices they made to give us a Declaration of Independence like no other country had ever had – or will ever have. He talked about the financial sacrifices those brave men made – some suffering financial ruin — some losing their lives. He talked about how the 13 colonies were not united in how to proceed – and how signer Benjamin Rush stepped in and asked for an adjournment so that they could all retire and pray to Almighty God as how to best move forward.

I think intent matters.  What other intent does Field’s mention of Reed in the “Keeping the Faith” email or the radio commercial for Godwin have other than that Sadie Fields, leader of the Georgia Christian Coalition, endorses them?  How is that any different than what Johnson did for Cagle? 

Such rank hypocrisy!  I guess in a theocracy, dissent is not allowed!

Cross posted at Atlanta Public Affairs.

35 comments

  1. debbie0040 says:

    Cool your heels guys. Sadie knows the rules and law and follows them.

    Trying to take Sadie down is futile.

  2. Briardawg says:

    I don’t think DecaturGuy is trying to take Sadie down, but calling out the spade is quite fair.

  3. debbie0040 says:

    She is not being a hypocrite. You can personally endorse someone but not use Christian Coalition’s name. That is what Johnson did.

  4. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Wrong Debbie. Dave Johnston said nothing about the CC endorsing Cagle. Dave said he was a husband, a father and Chairman of the Middle Georgia CC. The call was obvious that it was his preference. It is no different than Ralph’s own advertisements or Sadie speaking to the media prior to the January event, promoting Ralph. That was pure sour grapes on Sadie’s part because the organization here was not bowing to her wishes to promote Reed.

    Dave is a good an honest man a hard and effective worker.

  5. HSC Republican says:

    Debbie,
    What about prasing Ralph in the email? Is that not offical CC? It is no wonder she likes Ralph, they both think they are above the rules!

  6. debbie0040 says:

    Sadie does not mention her association with the CC in the ads. That is how it is different. Sadie made the right decision in canning Johnston. He should not have mentioned his position with the CC.

  7. debbie0040 says:

    The email is acceptible as long as she doesn’t tell people to vote for Ralph.

    For what is acceptible for churches and non partisans :

    POLITICAL AND LEGISLATIVE GUIDELINES FOR PASTORS AND CHURCHES
    by Mathew D. Staver, Esq.
    Copyright © 2000-2004

    Supporting or Opposing Candidates

    Endorsing or opposing political candidates

    Church – No
    Pastor – Yes

    Contributions to political candidate

    Church – No
    Pastor – Yes

    In-kind and independent expenditures for or against political candidates

    Church – No
    Pastor – Yes

    Contributions to Political Action Committees

    Church – No
    Pastor -Yes

    Appearance of political candidate at church meeting or service

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – N/A

    Introduction of political candidates at church

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – Yes

    Political candidate to preach or read scripture (contributions should not be solicited & message should not urge people to vote for the candidate)

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – N/A

    Voter registration programs and campaigns (non-partisan)

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – Yes

    Distribution of candidate surveys and incumbent voting records (avoid editorial opinions)

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – Yes

    Distribution in church parking lot of political statements and opinions on political issues (so long as no church endorsement)

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – N/A

    Rent or loan church mailing lists to political candidates (list must be made available to all candidates on similar terms and prices)

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – N/A

    Church bulletin political ads at regular price and news stories

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – N/A

    Church bulletin editorial where the pastor or staff member endorses or opposes a candidate

    Church – No
    Pastor – No

    Church bulletin editorial regarding political issues or two different church members take opposing views on a candidate

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – N/A

    Use of church facilities by political candidates (as long as all other candidates are allowed or invited)

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – N/A

    Fund-raising for candidates

    Church – No
    Pastor – Yes

    Campaigning for candidates

    Church – No
    Pastor – Yes

    Educate members of the public about viewpoints of candidates

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – Yes

    Discuss church doctrine pertaining to candidate views such as abortion

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – Yes

    Granting use of name to support a political candidate

    Church – No*
    Pastor – Yes*

    Support or oppose judicial, department or cabinet appointments

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – Yes

    Support or oppose judicial candidates

    Church – No
    Pastor – Yes

    Support or oppose other political appointments of nonelected officials

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – Yes

    Supporting or Opposing Legislation

    Use of church facilities by lobbying groups to discuss social issues

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – N/A

    Rent or loan church mailing list to lobbying groups

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – N/A

    Preach sermons on social issues and political issues and activism

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – Yes

    Educate on political process and political/social/legislative issues

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – Yes

    Petition drives supporting or opposing legislation

    Church – Yes
    Pastor – Yes

    Support or oppose legislation unrelated to the church organization

    Church – Yes**
    Pastor – Yes

    Support or oppose legislation that directly relates to the organization

    Church – Yes***
    Pastor – Yes

    Encourage members to voice their opinions in favor or in opposition to certain legislation

    Church – Yes**
    Pastor – Yes

    Lobby candidates to support or oppose legislation

    Church – Yes**
    Pastor – Yes

    Distribute position papers supporting or opposing legislation

    Church – Yes**
    Pastor – Yes

    ——————————————————————————–

    *A pastor may include title and church affiliation in a personal endorsement along with the following notation: “Title and affiliation for identification purposes.

  8. Demonbeck says:

    But didn’t Dave Johnston say he was supporting Cagle? Did it say, “The Christian Coalition of Middle Georgia urges you to Vote for Cagle?”

  9. HSC Republican says:

    So why is it not right for Johnson to say he works for the CC? I think if she sends an email about Reed out, she should send one about Cagle. Equal time!

  10. debbie0040 says:

    By using his title, he was trying to imply the CC had endorsed Cagle. Just an example of trying to mislead voters by the Cagle campaign.

  11. Demonbeck says:

    Instead, using her title to promote Ralph Reed is ok? Any way you look at it Debbie, it is Hypocrisadie.

  12. HSC Republican says:

    So she uses a offical CC email list to praise Reed, and that is ok????? Debbie, let us use logic here. Johnoson mentions he works for the CC, Sadi sends out a email prasing Reed. Johnson fired! Sadi did nothing wrong? I think you should take your rose colored glasses off!

  13. LINDA says:

    Oh my how times change for Republican activists, I remember when Phil Lacosta (sp?) told me that he could not address the Republican Women of Bibb County’s monthly meeting back in 2004 becaus it would be offensive to some members of the party. Flip floppers on when the CC is beneficial I suppose!

  14. LINDA says:

    And, some people that may be confused by my postings: Yes, I am a real Republican but I am from the old school philosophy of limited government and individual rights. That is why I pray that Tom Tancredo runs for President in 2008.

  15. jacewalden says:

    Debbie,

    You have had WAY too much Kool-aid this morning if you think that ANYONE took the time to read the dissertation you posted. 😉

  16. northside elephant says:

    Sadie has squandered her political capital and credibility and on what? Ralph Reed and Kay Godwin?

    Sadie and the GA CC have become a divisive and disruptive influence in the GAGOP. They should learn to pick their battles and stay out of primaries!! It took Sonny Perdue his entire first term to learn that lesson.

  17. debbie0040 says:

    Jace, I know but I posted it anyway. Someone might read it.

    Johnston endorsed Cagle and used his title.
    Sadie did not endorse RR in that email/letter.

  18. northside elephant says:

    While I am at it let me throw a fire bomb into this thread.

    Sadie could have done Ralph a lot more good if she had at least acted impartial and thrown all of her help behind the scenes.

    That is what Ralph did as GAGOP Chair in the 2002 primary. He helped Cecil Staton for Congress (lost), Bob Barr for Congress (lost) Barbara Dooley for Congress (lost) and Vernadette Ramirez Broyles for SOS (lost).

    All the while he acted impartial and hid his connections.

  19. debbie0040 says:

    Northside elephant, if they stay out of the primaries then they should stay out of the general as well. You are so hypocritical. You want their help once the nominee is chosen but you don’t want them to help choose the nominee.

  20. debbie0040 says:

    Northside, what do you think would happen if Christian conservatives did not vote? The GOP would lose and lose big.

  21. northside elephant says:

    There is nothing hypocritical about it. Many organizations do not get involved in primaries (or at least highly contested ones) for good reason.

    You have been in this game for 30 years?

    Somehow I don’t believe that.

  22. debbie0040 says:

    He also supported Perdue, Chambliss, GOP State Senate Candidates, GOP State House Candidates, GOP Congressional Candidates. They all won, but you just want to concentrate on the ones that were lost.

    W must have thought he could win races. Reed was the Bush-Cheney Southeastern Regional Chairman in 2004.

  23. debbie0040 says:

    I most certainly have. Even have a photo taken with Ford in 1976 while I was in high school.

  24. HSC Republican says:

    Sadie endorses Reed, then sends out email prasing him to all CC members? I think even a 3 year old could do the math on this one! Sadie wants her man to win, and will run over whoever it takes to get him elected. It is not What Would Jesus do, it is What Can Ralph do for Sadie!

  25. northside elephant says:

    “Northside, what do you think would happen if Christian conservatives did not vote? The GOP would lose and lose big.”

    You really buy into that crap? The CC sends me a bad black and white voters guide once per election that one of Reed’s cronies over-charged for. You think that is what keeps the GOP in power?

    The CC really helped Judge Roy Moore run for governor in Alabama didn’t they? He got his rear end spanked -really hard!

  26. northside elephant says:

    “He also supported Perdue, Chambliss, GOP State Senate Candidates, GOP State House Candidates, GOP Congressional Candidates. They all won…”

    I AM TALKING ABOUT PRIMARIES! As party chair he had his tentacles in the primaries!

  27. debbie0040 says:

    Riley had a lot of support from Christian Conservatives. You don’t have to belong to the Christian Coalition to be a Christian Conservative.

  28. Bull Moose says:

    The hypocrisy is deafening… I sure hope everyone can see through the types of Sadie Fields. She’s a sad relic of a bygone era in our political history.

    Remember, the CC was against Johnny Isakson when he ran and what did it get us? Senator Max Cleland.

    There logic and motivations are flawed.

  29. jsm says:

    W knew anyone could carry the South for Bush-Cheney, even if they were gagged and blindfolded with hands tied behind their back. That was a fluff job for Ralph. He was the slick suit with the charismatic smile that they wanted for an attractive front man.

    I wonder if W would make him SE chairman if he were running now. Not likely.

  30. larry smith says:

    Actually, Debbie, Sadie played all three sides in the Senate race until Johnny pulled ahead. At that point, she couldn’t suck up fast enough.

    Kind of like you, come to think of it. No wonder you two like each other.

  31. Michael C says:

    jsm, Florida is a different matter when it comes to the South. Granted Jeb Bush had more to do with the 04 victory than Ralph, but at least Ralph did not screw it up/ That is the extent of a compliment I can give to Ralph.

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