At Play In the Field of Jared

The Political Insider makes a very, very good point.

Let’s ponder on Towery’s contention that this race will be a 1,000-vote contest. If that’s so, then it won’t be over until Cobb, Cherokee and north Fulton counties weigh in.

Remember that it was Jared Thomas, as campaign manager for Tom Price, who pulled the upset of 2004 with a primary victory in the GOP race for the 6th Congressional District. Which covers exactly that territory. Thomas, of course, is now directing Reed’s campaign.


  1. Demonbeck says:

    My theory is that because of the large disparity in the Taylor-Cox race, enough discouraged Dem and Cox supporters will crossover to vote against Reed to negate any GOTV advantage Reed may have. This is going to be a close one folks, but Cagle still has the momentum. As of right now, I would have to say this is Cagle’s to lose.

    I am absolutely shocked that Reed didn’t pull a black baby today. His campaign must be reeling right now.

  2. Bull Moose says:

    This is not good news for Ralph… Congressman Davis, a Republican, is opening further probes into the Abramoff Scandal that Ralph Reed is at the center of. PLEASE GOD PEOPLE, don’t you realize this guy is a crook?

    Abramoff Lobbying of White House Probed

    By Susan Schmidt
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, July 15, 2006; Page A02

    The House Government Reform Committee has subpoenaed the former law firm of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff for records of any contacts he or members of his lobbying team had with the Bush White House.

    Chairman Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) authorized a subpoena weeks ago to Greenberg Traurig, according to several of the law firm’s former clients who have been notified that it is turning over billing records, e-mails, phone logs and other material that reflects efforts to lobby the White House.

    Representatives of four of Abramoff’s former tribal clients said they have been notified by Greenberg Traurig that the firm is turning over records. In some cases, there were scores of phone calls or other contacts with the White House. It is not known whether any of those contacts resulted in improper aid to Abramoff. Several tribal representatives said they believe many contacts were with staff members at the White House office of intergovernmental affairs.

    The subpoena — read to The Washington Post by a former client who received a copy from Greenberg Traurig — seeks all firm billing records “referring or relating to matters involving Jack Abramoff or any person working with Jack Abramoff,” as well as all records reflecting any contacts those lobbyists had with the White House. The subpoena seeks records from Jan. 1, 1998, to the present, though Abramoff did not begin work at Greenberg Traurig until early 2001.

    J. Keith Ausbrook, chief counsel to the Government Reform Committee, yesterday declined to discuss the scope of any investigation. “We’re not commenting at this point on the existence of a subpoena,” he said. The panel is charged with oversight of the executive branch.

    Abramoff has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe government officials. To date, most of those implicated in the wide-ranging criminal probe of his activities have been members of Congress and their aides. It is a group that has largely escaped scrutiny on Capitol Hill, though the House ethics committee announced in May that after many months of inactivity it was looking into bribery allegations involving two lawmakers, one of whom had dealings with Abramoff.

    A spokeswoman for Greenberg Traurig declined to discuss what the firm has turned over to the committee. But she said in a statement that “consistent with our ethical obligations to clients, our firm has cooperated fully with ongoing government investigations, and refrains from commenting on matters that are the subject of such investigations.”

    Abramoff, a major fundraiser for George W. Bush in the 2000 election, had a half-dozen appointments at the White House in the early months of the administration, according to logs released this month by the U.S. Secret Service. Some were social events, others were group events involving tribal officials. On one occasion, Abramoff unsuccessfully sought presidential adviser Karl Rove’s assistance in placing associates at the Interior Department.

    The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has already subpoenaed Greenberg Traurig for material relating to Abramoff’s dealings with Indian tribes. The firm produced a trove of embarrassing e-mails between Abramoff and his lobbying team that received wide attention in hearings in 2004 and 2005.

    Because of that panel’s limited jurisdiction, the committee largely steered clear of examining Abramoff’s dealings with the White House and Congress, although it spotlighted his lobbying team’s contacts with Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) on behalf of a Texas tribe.

    The Justice Department’s investigation is scrutinizing Ney and several other lawmakers. It has led to guilty pleas from three former congressional aides who went to work for Abramoff — two of them former aides to Tom DeLay (R), who stepped down as House majority leader and resigned from Congress this spring.

  3. Bull Moose says:

    If the GOP goes in the direction of Reed and Stephens it’s really going to be gut check time for me.

  4. Maurice Atkinson says:

    There are many in this party who are star struck. Who believe the ends justify the means. The hypocracy is discouraging and in my opinion, the effectiveness of their opinion and endorsements are minimized.

    Each person who is reading this has the greatest research tool ever invented at their fingertips. All they have to do is to truly let their fingers do the walking. I’ve spent literal hours reading senate oversight testimony, reading news accounts and talking with individuals who were either on the receiving end or in alliances with Reed. There is one clear answer from every single principle, they are disappointed. Brent Bozell said to me, “in the words of the late great Desi Arnez, Someones got some explainin to do”. He’s not explained a thing other than to duck and weave.

    In just a few days voters in Georgia will have an opportunity to select a candidate for Lt. Governor. A year ago I had signed on to support Ralph Reed. Having been a long time supporter of conservative Christian values, being involved in the Republican Party and formerly an active member of the Christian Coalition he seemed to be the natural choice. However, had I known then what I know now I would have never voiced support. I have taken the initiative to explore the facts that the candidates espouse and have drawn a different conclusion. Since then , I have endorsed and worked diligently for Casey Cagle and am asking you to look at the facts and on July 18th vote Casey Cagle for Georgia’s 1st Republican Lt. Governor.

    Politics can, often times, seem negative and frustrating. People that we once hold in high esteem can and do let us down. However, there are many who desire to serve and maintain their conservative core principles and hold their allegiances accordingly. That is what I have found to be true regarding Casey Cagle and the contrary in Ralph Reed.

    The facts concerning Casey Cagle are these:

    1. In 12 years in elected office he has NEVER voted for a tax increase

    2. Cosponsored the “Woman’s Right to Know” Act (SB 77)

    3. Strong supporter of the Constitutional Amendment protecting traditional marriage (SR 595)

    4. He has volunteered for and financially supported worthy organizations such as Teen Pact, help start a Crisis Pregnancy Center in Gainesville.

    5. Helped PASS Gov. Perdue’s tough restrictions on Eminent Domain abuse (HB 1313)

    6. Protected the HOPE Scholarship (HB 1324)

    7. Helped create ESPLOST to reduce classroom trailers (SR 20/125)

    8. Passed legislation dedicating more funding to classroom instruction (SB 390)

    9. Reduce class sizes (HR 1358)

    10. Cosponsored the toughest illegal immigration legislation in the country (SB 529)

    The list goes on. My point is that Casey Cagle not only talks conservative traditional values, he has worked effectively to make a strong proactive difference in the lives of Georgians. He knows the process and has a proven track record of achievement.

    His opponent in this election, Ralph Reed, has “talked” a lot about his history “building” the Republican Party. The reality is that Ralph has worked to achieve his status by dubious means. The facts appear to be, whoever the highest bidder was Ralph seemingly worked to support them. The facts are alarming and disturbing, they are:

    1. Ralph worked to defeat 10 Conservative Republican congressmen on behalf of his client E Lottery.

    2. While running a senatorial re-election campaign for a Republican senator he simultaneously waged a negative PR campaign on behalf of another client Channel One, against his own senatorial client.

    3. Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Ralph developed an elaborate scheme to bilk money from Indian tribes and laundered the money through various non-profit groups.

    4. Ralph vigorously worked for his client Mitch Skandalakis for Lt. Governor in 1998, who subsequently was convicted for public corruption and subsequently disbarred from practicing law by the Georgia Supreme Court.

    Now Ralph is using his best campaign asset, negativity and falsehood, to convince voters in the Republican Primary. My hope is that Georgians will recognize the deception and outright reject it.

    Casey Cagle has been endorsed by more than 300 elected officials statewide. Numerous legislators, County Commissioners, Mayors, City Councilmen, Sheriffs, and businessmen have publicly stood with Casey and have addressed audiences on his behalf.

    In this campaign Senator Cagle has laid out a specific agenda that will transform the office of Lt. Governor into a bold, conservative voice for our families – for better jobs, for lower taxes, a more efficient state government, and for excellence in our children’s education. In fact, in his Economic Opportunity Plan, he builds the link between State Government and Local Government to create efficiency and better performance. His proposals are solid and workable. He has the experience and the knowledge to move his agenda forward and if the voters approve on July 18th Georgia will be the better.

    Please join me in voting Casey Cagle, Georgia’s 1st Republican Lt. Governor, a leader we can trust.

    P.S. Perhaps the most concise synopsis of Ralph Reed was written by Sean Flynn, national correspondent for GQ Magazine. The Georgian pollster, Matt Towery has some frank words.

  5. Maurice Atkinson says:

    All indicators are saying this fall is not looking good for Republicans. Unless conservatives in DC unite and present an agenda that will fire up the conservative base it will be a Tsunami in November.

    In the Reed/Cagle race it is sad to see good people excuse Ralph. I’ve spent literal hours reading senate oversight testimony, reading news accounts, talking with people who were on the receiving end of his antics or in alliances with Ralph. All say the same thing. They are disappointed. We asked Brent Bozell what he thought of Ralph, he smiled and said “In the words of the late great Desi Arnez, someones got some explainin to do.” Ralph has explained nothing but continued to duck and weave.

    Enabling a fraud is as destructive as enabling a drug abuser or an alcoholic. Ralph calls it the politics of personal destruction. Exposing fraud and deceit is not popular or entertaining, especially in this case. However, the facts are the facts. Ralph has said in his stump speeches that the office of Lt. Gov. should not be decided in the smoke filled back rooms of political offices, but in the glorious sunlight of the day. I concur. However, it is evident that Ralph has spent too much time in the back smoke filled offices.

    I spent a couple of hours talking with Sean Flynn, national correspondent for GQ. He has spent four months doing even greater research.

    Is everyone lying and only Ralph correct? I don’t know of one writer, or any individual who has researched all the facts that comes up with a defense of Ralph. Not one.

  6. BahamaBoy says:

    Don’t let facts like those stop you from pulling the level for Ralphie-Boy, Debbie. Your conscience shouldn’t be bothered by any of that stuff. What’s important is that Ralph is a family values man that has been blessed by church leaders and is destined to become President of the United States in less than a decade.

    Yeah, Debbie. Keep drinking the Kool-Aid.

  7. Maurice Atkinson says:

    oops, didn’t think the first posted because I cut and pasted from another file. Oh well.

  8. BahamaBoy says:

    There’s nothing much left to say about these two candidates that hasn’t already been said. One will emerge Tuesday night to be the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor. The other will have put up a valiant effort that ended up being too little to overcome the enormous flaws of his character that have been paraded here, all over the state of Georgia, and throughout the land. Cagle will win and Reed will lose — because this is how it should be!

    There is no way that Georgia deserves Reed in the top chair of its Senate. No way! He has fooled a lot of people for a very long time, and he’s gotten away with things that would have sunk many a businessman long ago. But this time it has all caught up with him. No, it’s time for Ralph to exit. He won’t go gracefully though. He will fight to the bitter end, and will take as many lemmings with him as he can.

    Intelligent voters who are concerned about Georgia’s future will vote for Cagle on Tuesday to send a clear and convincing message to Reed and his ilk — go away! You may have done some good things in the past, but you obviously did some very bad things too. You don’t deserve the honor of representing us in the Legislature, or anywhere else for that matter.

  9. Erick says:

    Bull, that is not good news for Ralph. But Davis is a big spending liberal. Not a fan of his.

    And you know, I wonder how many crossovers there will be. That’s going to be interesting.

  10. BahamaBoy says:

    Great line Maurice: “I don’t know of one writer, or any individual who has researched all the facts that comes up with a defense of Ralph. Not one.”

    I would offer you Debbie, but we all know she doesn’t count.

    But your post brings up an important point: Where do journalists stand on Ralph Reed?

    Debbie, here’s an assignment for you. Please post citations or links to publications or editorials that support Ralph Reed. They must be fresh; say within the past 3 months. How’s that? The New York Times will be weighing into Sunday, so I won’t expect you to cite that one. But really: are there ANY? I’d like to read them, review the credentials of the writer or publication, and see if there’s something I’ve overlooked about Reed’s character.

    Frankly, I don’t know of a single journalist who would support Ralph Reed for dog catcher.

  11. NWGAgunguy says:

    Mastermind in 2004? You are kidding right? Please don’t give Thomas the credit for Price winning in 2004. He was merely the “yes” man for the real genius behind 2 congressional races in 2004. Chip Lake was the real genius behind Price and Westmoreland’s win. Give credit where credit is due on this one.

  12. Maurice Atkinson says:

    Bahamaboy, I am willing to bet (pardon the pun) an entire paycheck that Debbie or any of the apologist, have researched anything concerning Ralph’s alliances.

    In fact, another state committee member in January suggested to me that I stop looking into Ralph and look into my candidate. She then spew some drivel, similar to Debbie’s. I did look into Casey, and from all accounts he has done nothing but be a part of the Free Enterprise System. There is nothing that says anything contrary. Nothing, other than Ralph’s allegation. Would a prudent man consider the word of someone with so much ethical baggage?

  13. landman says:

    Guys,the bottom-line on this race will be two things,turnout by the Cagle Camp and how many people throw common sense and respect for ethical and moral behavior in the trash and vote for a guy who is void of both.

    I dont care what Ralph did in his past we are judged by who we are and not by what we were.It is understandable that some would overlook his many transgressions because there is no shortage of fools in this world,but for the life of me I cant understand some of these people that are blind to such Pompous Arrogant Greed,and feel like he is worthy of this position based on some percieved good done several years ago.

    Ralph has made it clear he wants low turnout and that should tell you somthing right there,but I gaurantee you there will not be low turnout by the Dems in November were he to advance.It is critical that you look at the Big Picture,Ralph will never be our Lt.Gov and could cost us the Governornship as well.


    This state deserves better than what REED offered up so dont get overconfident but work harder than you ever have for any candidate and lets get Georgia a Lt.Governor we can all be proud of!!!

    CAGLE ’06

  14. efstration says:

    The comments seem to have gotten off track from the intent of this thread.

    Thomas is the best campaign manager money can buy, and his ties to North Atlanta are the least of his qualities. In 2002, Thomas’s state senate campaign beat the well-funded Democrat incumbent in one of the most liberal Senate districts in the state, Athens. In 2004, his congressional campaign was successful although his candidate was from North Fulton and the district was 3/4 Cobb and Cherokee counties. Chip Lake is an excellent consultant, but there is no substituting the day-in, day out leadership from the General on the ground.

    Thomas brings leadership, policy knowledge, and hard work to each of his campaigns. No wonder he has managed so many tough campaigns and been victorious. If anyone ever asked my advice on staffing a campaign, Thomas would be my first choice (although I doubt many will be able to afford him after 2006).

  15. larry smith says:

    It should encourage team Cagle that Jared is up early, wearing his lime green polo, sipping a Tab and logging in as “efstration” to blow sunshine up his own butt.

    Morning, Jared!

    How’s it feel to be working for the next Georgia political figure to get indicted?

  16. Jack S says:

    Shouldn’t he be out tearing down cagle signs like they’ve been doing all over nw ga? Instead of posting on some blog about how great he is?

    From what I’ve seen the reed campaign has been horribly mismanaged. They’re fundraising is dead. And they’ve fallen like a rock from unquestionable frontrunner to barely alive.

    I don’t think I’d be bragging too much about this one.

  17. northside elephant says:

    Chuck Efstration,

    All of us in the 6th district know that Jared did not run the Price campaign. Tom Price and Chip Lake ran it, they made all of the decisions.

  18. GAWire says:

    Charles, I didn’t know Jared ran for Senate … “””In 2002, Thomas’s state senate campaign beat the well-funded Democrat incumbent in one of the most liberal Senate districts in the state, Athens”””

    He’s a campaign manager, folks. He is not a candidate, thus he shouldn’t even be in the discussion. Who cares if he drinks Tab, looks a little goofy, and wears silly shirts. WHO CARES!!!!! Further, it doesn’t matter if he was manager in Fulton, Cobb, etc. You had Marty Ryall on the other side who is a much more seasoned operative, but the cards were never in it for LaMutt … Tom Price beat LaMutt and that’s that. The numbers were against LaMutt, not to mention that Price proved to be a better candidate in the end. I will also remind you that LaMutt had Newt’s endorsement, which obviously didn’t win it for him like many Reed followers argue that Newt/Zell/Rudy endorsements are reason to vote for Ralph.

    Get over it. You UGA CR’s need to get some real experience and need something else to do besides thinking you are the next Karl Rove!!!!!

  19. Bull Moose says:

    Um, I worked for Tom Davis and he is very far from a big spending liberal. He’s a pragmatic conservative who knows how to get results. If more Republicans were like him, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in right now. I say Amen Tom Davis, finally someone’s getting some common sense on looking into this Abramoff/Reed mess up in DC.

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