Well, today, a Saturday, I received two different mail pieces from Bill Stephens.
I have nothing personal against Bill Stephens, I just think it’s rather hypocritical for someone who has received the largest ethics violation fine in the history of the Georgia State Senate and then to be fined again for not paying the original fine on time to then turn around and run for a position that sits over elections in Georgia. The chief elections officer of the state should have ethics beyond reproach.
Anyway, this mail piece, which I believe was only targeted to Chatham County, includes the endorsement of Ron Stephens and Eric Johnson. Ron says that, “Bill has consistently taken principled stands on issues affecting families and our way of life. You will find no better leader to fight our shared conservative principles.” Eric says, “I have worked side by side with Bill in the Senate for years and I know that if you want a real conservative for Secretary of State, Bill is your choice.” Oh, on the cover is a picture with Eric Johnson, Bill Stephens, and Governor Sonny Perdue. [UPDATE] The mail piece was paid for by Ron Stephens and Eric Johnson, not the Bill Stephens campaign. [UPDATE II] For better endorsements see this http://www.votedavid.com/mail/archive/update/060731_runoff.htm
Okay, Karen Handel is also a REAL conservative. I’d submit that Karen Handel is more of a conservative than Bill Stephens. Karen Handel worked on behalf of the Bush/Quayle team while Bill Stephens worked on behalf of the Clinton/Gore team. Karen Handel’s personal life speaks to her values.
My second piece of mail indicates that Karen Handel is trying to destroy Bill Stephens family. Funny, it’s Bill Stephens and his campaign that are attacking Karen Handel and her husband. What a hypocrite. You could say that it is Bill Stephens who is trying to destroy Karen Handel’s family.
What’s most concerning about these mail pieces though is the fact that none of them really have to do with the office of Secretary of State. There’s nothing about improving elections, continuing the progress in streamlining business licenses or anything else really to do with the office.
If experience, values, moral fortitude, and commitment mean anything, turn out and vote for Karen Handel on August 8.