Poor Nick

Continuing the coverage of Governor Perdue appointing Nick Ayers to be E.D. of the Republican Governors Association, comes this email to my inbox:

When will the madness stop? Are Republicans nationwide bent on suicide? To say Nick Ayers ran the governor’s campaign is like saying Pinocchio pulled Geppetto’s strings.

That’s rather bold.


  1. rugby_fan says:

    Bold but, more or less apt.

    Even if Ayers had some sort of pull in the campaign, a statewide race is far different than running a national organisation where he will have to do a significant amount of work.

  2. Bulldog Politik says:

    How can you seriously consider putting an inexperienced college student into this position? I might be wrong but I don’t believe for one minute that Ayers has the experience, maturity or seasoned judgement for this.

  3. JRM2016 says:

    I think Nick Ayers has done a great job for Sonny and by extension our Party, but Adam, do you really think there is a comparison to be made with Alexander the Great?

  4. GAWire says:

    I’ve been otu of town for a few days and after hearing this news upon my return, I can only say that I am utterly speechless by the changes that were made.

    Well … I’m speechless, except to say: HOLY S&%T – you gotta be kidding me!!!!

  5. DutchDawg says:

    How much work will this actually entail? Not being a smart aleck, I am genuinely curious. While some people might not like Ayers, everyone whom I’ve spoken with who has experience working with him, believe him to be talented and competent. Lots of times people just don’t like others who are more successful than they are. Just the sad truth.

  6. GAWire says:

    Dutch, I think Ayers is a good kid and he certainly has a lot of potential. But, running a national organization that requires an extensive amount of experience and more importantly contacts is completely different from running a campaign for a candidate that never was going to lose.

  7. The reason Republican Governors no longer have a majority of states is that there are all of these states with uninterrupted Democratic streaks of 135 years with a Democratic administration that has upset a lot of constituencies, inflamed racial fires with a flag change, upset local officials with an egregious redistricting and gotten into a huge traffic related controversy by proposing a massive new interstate through the fast growing suburbs that no one really wants. And the problem in those states is that the Republican candidates for Governor do not know how to win.

    Thankfully, Nick and Sonny can now show them the way.

  8. Adam Fogle says:

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever run a winning campaign for governor.

    Ugadog? Bull Moose? Romegaguy? GAWire? Bulldog Politik?


    That’s what I thought.

  9. rugby_fan says:

    Mr. Fogle, there was never much work required on Mr. Ayers’ part to win that campaign (which SP was running on his own).

    Put Mr. Ayers in a position like this where we will see if he is made of the stuff required for victory.

  10. Bull Moose says:

    Marty ran a winning reelection for the US Senate.

    Fogle, you need to not be so blind and biased. It will not serve you well in the long run…

  11. GAWire says:

    Hold on there, Fogle, not so fast … you must have missed my hand being up.

    Doesn’t mean I’m fit to run the RGA.

  12. In 2007, Louisiana, Mississippi and Kentucky are up. Louisiana at this point held by a Democrat probably leans Republican, but Kentucky (held by a Republican) is probably Democrat favored at this point (a little more than lean Republican).

    Mississippi is held by a Republican, but I am hearing that popular Democratic ex-governors are thinking of taking a shot.

    So, 2007 is likely to be a wash at best for Republicans (trade Kentucky for Louisiana) at best, at worst they lose Kentucky, we hold Louisiana (stranger things have happened) and there is an outside shot they lose Mississippi as well.

    What about 2008 for young Ayers? Democrats hold Washington, Montana, North Carolina and New Hampshire. We are favored in Montana, probably North Carolina, definitely New Hampshire and are probably slightly favored in Washington, where Gregoire has seen her approval steadily rise since her initial controversial election win.

    Republican held states: North Dakota, Utah (doubt we’ll seriously compete here), Vermont, Indiana and Missouri. Indiana and Missouri have Republican governors whose approval is currently upside down, and Vermont will elect a Democrat again eventually.

    In 2008, like 2007, breaking even will be a good result on the Governor level for Republicans. I guess Nick likes a good challenge, but did you see the resume of the outgoing ED of the RGA? I mean, it’s like comparing apples to oranges.

  13. Bill Simon says:


    By that reckoning, any UGA fan out there is qualified to coach the UGA football squad.

    Just because Nick paddled his canoe well within the convoy of Sonny Perdue does not mean that he isdirectly or indirectly responsible for the “winning victory.” Reminds me of the “Shake-and-Bake” commercial… “And WE hailped!”

    But, hey, perhaps had you blogged better, Max Burns would have won, eh?

  14. gatormathis says:

    How many people on here even knew there was such a thing as a Republican Gov’s association before this news broke?

    After being in the news for a day now,who yet knows what it is or what it does?

    Based on that, you can only “suppose” whether Nick can “handle” the task or not. Nationwide or not, it shouldn’t be that hard of a job.

    Whatever it involves it will mostly be reports and information circulation amongst the Governor’s keeping them abreast of situations that affect them.

    Sonny ran a play by play campaign. What I mean by this is every “Sonny” function I attended or helped with, he never failed to keep his eyes on the surroundings.

    When you took pictures of him with other people or groups of people, he would kind of be checking, looking around hoping to get the best shot for his constituents. This instead of just standing in the middle looking pompous.

    If a suggestion for a little change was made on something during the event, he would weigh it carefully, decide yea or nay, and proceed on. It never took a “committee” meeting.

    He had a scripted play at every function, and would only stray from it when the situation waranted. Usually he picked the right move, but sometimes it backfired, as in the “Get elected Governor” blip.
    And usually one time was enough for that type mistake.

    So, here we go with the “Sonny” national connection experiment. This is something he has “achieved” and hopefully it will benefiet Georgia as well as the rest of the nation. I don’t think there is anyway he could have “strongarmed” his way into this position.

    Sonny was elected by his peers to serve, and has appointed his trusted assistant, Nick, to help him keep an eye on things while he is here in Georgia tending to “our” business.

    Nick, the power hungry maniac youngster rich Republican pundit from Georgia. Is he “infatuated” with going nationwide? Maybe.

    But I still think about the last time I saw him. It was the nite of the election, on up in the wee hours of the morning. We shared a few jovial congratulatory comments, laughed and I had to be on my way.

    As we got in our truck outside, I told my friend I was with, I’m going to pull up here and get a photo, that’s a great bunch of “kids”.

    I pulled up beside the building, tooted the horn and held up my camera. Nick and the rest of the group all looked through the windows, gave a big wave and smiled for me to snap a shot.

    One thing about the Waffle House around the corner from the Westin, with all those big plate glass windows, you can shoot a picture right through em.

  15. Bull Moose says:

    Well, comparing Phil Musser to Nick Ayers isn’t even fair to Nick.

    I’d say that the Governor has chosen to have people loyal to him personally over having the best qualified people. That’s not to say Nick isn’t capable, but I wouldn’t say that he’s the most qualified to lead this organization.

  16. Bull Moose says:

    Marty ran Paul Coverdell’s reelection campaign in 1998 – first time a Republican had been reelected statewide in Georgia!

  17. Donkey Kong says:

    You guys talk as if a young guy has never had great success in running a national organization. Your favorite whipping boy, Ralph Reed, took over Christian Coalition at the age of 28 and expediently brought the organization to national prominence. Ok, a lot can happen in their four year age difference (i.e. Ralph’s Ph.D. from Emory), but the energy and optimism that young guys can bring to organizations like this can prove valuable. Ayers doesn’t have to know everything, he just has to be smart enough to surround himself with people who know more than he does (i.e. Paul Bennecke).

  18. northside elephant says:

    Bull Moose,
    You are confusing Marty Klein with Marty Ryall -they are both good guys though.

    And campaign experience is not neccesary in order to have a valid opinion on this matter. I’ve worked on big campaigns but I hardly see how that is relevant here. As far as Nick is concerned all I can say is that I wish him all the best.

  19. DutchDawg says:

    Brian – do you really want to discuss reasons people were fired from campaigns? Didn’t think so…

  20. GAWire says:

    >>”””How many people on here even knew there was such a thing as a Republican Gov’s association before this news broke?”””

    I had b/c this is an organization that works closely with Gov campaigns across the nation and I’ve worked with them numerous times. I’ve worked with them enough to know what kind of people this requires.

    Sonny made a great decision by appointing someone with real world experience and knowledge as his CoS. I’ll just leave it at that …

  21. Now that I think about it, this is a logical move for Sonny and Nick. What’s one more pardon for Fletcher if Nick gets in trouble and needs to be bailed out?

    If Nick manages to get in trouble and gets bailed out by Fletcher, Ernie would complete a gubernatorial bailout hat trick for Ayers. Of course, Sonny was the second governor with the DUI incident. You’ll have to ask Nick who the first Georgia governor to bail him out of trouble was…

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