Towery backs Wilson

Former Georgia Legislator Matt Towery is supporting SB 37, sponsored by Senator Emanuel Jones (D-10), and Genarlow Wilson:

Matt Towery, a Republican House member from 1993 to 1997, said Tuesday it was never his intent to lock up teenagers involved in consensual sex acts when he pushed the Child Protection Act in 1995.

The bill was intended to crack down on child molesters, but it was amended to raise the age of consent from 14 to 16 — meaning consensual sex acts with a 15-year-old could result in prison terms usually reserved for armed robbers and kidnappers.


Towery said he was inspired to speak out after reading about the case of Genarlow Wilson, a 17-year-old Douglasville high school student sentenced to 10 years in prison for aggravated child molestation for receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl.

“It did not even dawn on me at that time that this punishment was going to apply to these young adults, and those who are under the age of 18 … who engaged in consensual sex with the new age of consent,” said Towery, who now owns a political polling and Internet media company.

Towery endorsed Senate Bill 37, a proposal by Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Atlanta) that would allow judges to modify sentences in certain sex crimes involving consensual acts between teenagers that occurred prior to July 1, 2006 when state laws were relaxed.


  1. Rpolitic says:

    Towery should worry about other things like how bad is polling is before he tries to fix legislations he screwed up to begin with.

  2. Bill Simon says:

    Who’s the bigger fool? You folks who are starving for “poll results” or pollsters who don’t always get things right every time?

    I mean, really, we are talking about a poll like it’s the most exact thing in the world when, in fact, all we are dealing with is a bunch of humans we “think” represent the population.

  3. Rpolitic says:

    Hi Bill glad you are back. You know as well as I that he that towery had Ralph and casey is a dead heat and that he had Roy up big 5 years ago. You like I know this is not an exact science and usually end up specualtion. When Towery decides and crowned himself the pollster for the state of Georgia and advances himself as knowing politics then he opens himself to this type of criticism. Would you be surprised to know that he thinks this issue will beat conservatives in Cobb County? At least that is what he said last night.

  4. Bill Simon says:

    Yeah, I know about his polling on Casey v. Ralph… had more to do with a personal friendship he had, NOT with Ralph, but with a supporter of Ralph’s.

    However, if he is the one who sponsored this legislation, I kinda think he DOES know what he’s talking about with regards to the intent of the law.

    AND, no one can doubt this if they merely look at the actions last year BY the Legislature to amend the law to change the offense to a misdemeanor if it is between kids.

  5. Rpolitic says:

    If you knew they drugged the girls would that make a difference?
    And if he skewed a poll for friendship no matter who the friend is then he should hang up the polling and stick to running his mouth about politics instead. Why would that type of crap polling get a pass?

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