1. GOPeach says:


    How does being and offensive lineman over 45 years qualify you to go to Washington???

    I am just trying to understand the ad.

  2. Holly says:

    I’m glad to explain:

    One of the major themes of the campaign is “protection” – protecting the taxpayers, protecting the borders, etc. A lineman’s job is to protect the quarterback.

    Jim was a lineman for the Georgia Bulldogs from 1960 – 1962. It’s something in his past that ties into the protection theme, and at the same time, it’s appealing to the 10th district voters. Most of us are UGA grads or supporters.

    Make sense? 🙂

  3. Lee Benedict says:

    I received a mailing from Team Whitehead; it was quite disturbing. No mention of his record in the GA Senate, what was mentioned ad nauseum was that 6 candidates do not live in the district followed by “This is ridiculous!” Look, so what? Under GA law, you do not have to live in the district. Plus, as a legislator Jim could have proposed changing this requirement. Knocking where opponents live is a major turn-off, especially since he should be using resources to say, “Look what I did in the Senate…vote for me because…” BTW, Bill Green did live in the district, then when the lines were redrawn he lived 5 SECONDS outside of it. Another candidate lives 18 miles outside of CD 10. If you want people to vote FOR you, tell us why! Who cares where candidates live or where they played football 45 years ago? Neither have anything whatsoever to do with how one would use the Office and leads one to believe that you have nothing of substance to offer; otherwise, we would be discussing facts. This is ridiculous!

  4. I Am Jacks Post says:

    Lee, if you’re still waiting for Jim to tell you what he’s accomplished during his tenure on the county commission and in the state senate, you’ve not been paying attention.

    BTW, as Holly points out, state legislators aren’t really allowed to tinker with federal campaign finance law. The fact that you didn’t know that is (if I may borrow a couple of adjectives from your post) A. ridiculous and B. disturbing.

  5. bowersville says:

    What’s disturbing is “I’m working on my EdS at UGA” and didn’t know that.

  6. Holly says:

    Lee is a candidate for Jim’s state Senate seat.

    Also, there’s far more to the ad than the linebacker comment. Plus, if you get one letter from Team Whitehead, you get them all. I’m on the list, so I can attest to that. I’ve gotten quite a few issue mailers. Perhaps Lee is too busy with his campaign to read them.

  7. Lee Benedict says:

    I received 1…1 letter from Jim’s campaign (2 from Broun, 1 from Green) which arrived Saturday and it slammed 6 candidates. Paul Broun does the same thing – he says that a Republican is going to win the seat, and only 2 live in the district and therefore we are all to vote for Jim or Paul even though 10 people are on the ballot. As Holly points out, I am running for SD 24 and on my website and in campaign literature, I state why I believe you should vote FOR me and give as much information, links…as humanly possible. Having been a visitor of this site for 2 months now, I believe that an overwhelming majority of viewers favor this approach.
    Are you telling me that there is NOTHING a GAlegislator can do to bring about a change in election law regarding GA? In other states, in order to seek the US House, a candidate must reside in the district. This begs the question of, if each state is following FEDERAL election law, why the varying qualifying requirements from state to state for federal office? I know that the US Constitution states that you must be 25, a resident of the state at the time of election, and have been a citizen of the US for 7 years. The point is, if this is an issue, obviously someone in GA can make the attempt to bring about the change. THAT is the point I was trying to make. Perhaps I incorrectly thought that you would have made the connection…I was trying to use as few words as possible.

  8. Holly says:

    Which states are these?

    It’s customary for a Representative to live in the district he or she is seeking to represent, but I’ve not heard of any states adding restrictions to running for a federal House seat. I wouldn’t think they have that power, as federal law takes precedent over state laws.

  9. Lee Benedict says:

    In 1994, US Rep Hamilton Fish (R-NY) was stepping aside. There were, if memory serves me correctly, 3 candidates in a hurry to establish residency because of election law. Which one(s) I really couldn’t say. I have “heard” that California or Colorado has a similar “law”, but it is only hearsay at this point since I have no first-hand knowledge. The NY election I remember quite well since I was working on George Pataki’s (and Oliver North’s)campaign at that time.
    You’re right, federal law take precedent…but somewhere there probably are loopholes or some such thing. Then again, consider where it happened…NY.
    On a side note, are you from the Augusta area? From some previous postings I gathered as much.

  10. Holly says:

    There is a federal residency requirement for the U. S. House of Representatives. You have to live in the state of the district you’re running for, but not in the district itself.

    People generally move to the district so that people cannot point out that they aren’t from the district.

    I live in Evans.

  11. Lee Benedict says:

    Does it really matter? Meaning, if someone were to move into CD10 in March and then declare candidacy and qualify in April, the voters, or the ones it matters to, would certainly see it for what it is. I would rather the candidate stay where s/he is and then if elected, move into the district.
    I won’t ask about my race (although you and anyone else are welcome), but are you on the campaign staff of 1 of the Congressional candidates?

  12. JayHanley says:

    Great ad! Heard it a couple of times today on WNGC 106.1-Athens. Go Big Jim and Go Dawgs!

  13. bowersville says:

    Living 5 seconds outside the district, is like saying a little bit pregnant. It is important to voters that their representative to Congress live inside the district.

    It is smart to point out the candidates that do not reside in the district. Irregardless of redistricting, that is a fact.

    Whether or not the law requires the representative to live in the district or not is irrelevant, the voters will reject those candidates that do not live in the district.

  14. Holly says:

    No, I’m not on any of the staffs. I am a volunteer, though I know other candidates have tried to suggest that I work for Jim. I guess I do work for Jim in a sense, but he’s not paid me for my dedication.

    Yes, I want a representative who lives in my district, and so do most voters that I’ve ever spoken with. I’d prefer one who’s lived here long enough to know what’s going on, but definitely one who actually votes in this district now.

    I didn’t immediately sign on with Jim, but I will admit that Amelia Brown, Thomas Worthy, and Brendan Belair had an influence on it (all Team Whitehead, former Norwood staffers, and personal friends).

    All I knew when I started looking at the candidates was that I wanted someone who represented me, someone who knew the issues of our area. I strongly suspect you’ll see on Wednesday night at the debate why residency is so important in my book, Lee. There are national issues that face any given Congressman, but each district is different, and local matters come into play on the federal level frequently – meaning you really have to know the area to represent it. I strongly urge you to attend the 10th district debate at ASU if you weren’t planning to already.

  15. Lee Benedict says:

    I’m not disputing anything you (bowersville) say. But for purposes of discussion, what do you say to the person who has lived in a district much of his whole life, only to be knocked 5 seconds outside of it via redistricting? Again, for purposes of discussion and intellectual conversation, isn’t the intent of an election to select the BEST candidate to represent you? Some people demand that the person they vote for reside in the district, while others want the best person on the ballot. Since we’re discussing it, any ideas how we can go about petitioning to require that Congressional candidates live in the district for at least 1-2 years prior to the election? I can tell you that if I win my election, I will make every effort to do something.

  16. Lee Benedict says:

    Holly – I agree and I responded to bowersville before yours posted for me to see. Personally, I want my Rep. to have lived in the district for a while.

  17. bowersville says:

    Jim Whitehead has a proven track record in the Ga Senate and as County Commissioner. Knowing anything about politics, all politics is local. Your local city council, Board of Commissioners, catch all the flack. That Jim Whitehead could relate to locals as a commissioner and then be elected to the state Senate tells me he is in touch with the locals and their concerns.

    I’ve heard B/S from Greene that voters are tired of the same old same old, well tell me how does that apply? It doesn’t, we are electing someone to carry on the legacy and tradition of Charlie Norwood. Charlie never met a stranger and understood our concerns.

    Though I have not met nor heard Greene, I have well respected friends that are supporting Greene, but not me.

    I’m looking for someone that can immediately step up to the plate and promote my beliefs in DC. Whitehead has proved that he understands and is successful with the political process. No one, including Greene, has any first hand experience in passing legislation. Yes others have lobbied, others have interned, others have influenced, but Jim Whitehead has carried the water.

    So maybe what you think is the best candidate is okay with you, but not me.

    And I repeat, I represent no candidate, only my own vote.

    If you are worried about congressional candidates being required to live in the district 1-2 years prior, forget it. Some candidates were wise enough to understand the dynamics of this race and back off, but not Greene.

  18. Holly says:


    I wasn’t going to bring this up, but you asked, so here’s what I can say to that last question of yours.

    Bill apparently lives in Gwinnett County. Now, I wasn’t sure that he did, but he’s not said anything to make us believe otherwise. I would think if he didn’t, he’d have said so quickly, and my reasoning for this follows.

    If Bill lives in Gwinnett, he couldn’t have been cut out of the district. I’ve worked in politics in this state since 1996, and as far back as I can remember, Gwinnett has never been in the 10th.

    Once I was told that Bill Greene lived in Toccoa for many years with his family and then moved to Braselton, and yes, Toccoa and Stephens County are certainly in the 10th. And moving from Stephens County to Gwinnett County is certainly an understandable move for a family to make these days. There are more opportunities in the Atlanta area.

    However, if you’re “cut out” of the district because you move, that’s quite different than the lines changing because of redistricting.

    Oddly, if Bill lives in Barrow County, he very well could have been cut out of the new maps because that county was moved from the 10th to the 7th for the 2004 election. I always assumed that he lived there when he started telling the story about being cut out, but then it’s been said – and he’s not disputed – that he lives in Gwinnett, so now who knows?

  19. Holly says:

    I stand corrected!

    Michael Shaffer, Charlie Norwood’s District Director, tells me that yes, in fact, Gwinnett County was in the 10th District. . . for the 1994 election. By the time the 1996 election rolled around, it was moved out of the 10th.

  20. Lee Benedict says:

    OK – thanks everyone for the input. There are 10 candidates on the ballot and 5-6 of them stand out. Certainly Jim has passed legislation and knows the 10th…entire 10th well. Bill has done a lot of grass roots legislative activism. Ronald Reagan endorsed Mark for this seat back in 1988. I guess what I am trying to say, some candidates are not residents of the 10th and they will be branded as outsiders, Hillaries…all that aside, SOME may serve the 10th quite well; I would just like to look at all 10 (5 I have already ruled out) and decide based upon track records and views and integrity. Not to keep beating this, but some candidates at the Grovetown stump meeting made some fairly good points about residency. In any event, thanks for the cordial dialogue and I respect all of you for your convictions.
    I have to ask; Jim Whitehead has lived in the district for a long long time – just suppose that the lines were redrawn and he was no longer in the district – the seat became vacant and he declared – would he still have all of this support? I realize that this is not germane to June 19th, I’m just asking the question.

  21. Holly says:

    Would he have all the support? Doubtful. The 10th would’ve lost it’s largest county by population, presumably, if Columbia weren’t in it. You’ll note that’s where the greatest concentration of Jim’s support is, mostly because we know him best.

    Though if Jim were redistricted, I have to assume I would be, too. We don’t live very far apart.

    My best suspicion for this “what if” situation would be that Jim would’ve run for the new district that contained Columbia County, given that he’s been here forever, rather than run for the 10th were we “cut out”.

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