Georgia Dems Party Down

The Georgia Democratic Party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson party last night was a blast, especially with Presidential hopeful, pretty boy John Edwards offering rock star, red carpet glitz to the evening. (And yes, he is adorable in person, but Jon Flack is right, the hair is overrated.)

Heck, Edwards had TWO drum lines to give him that big ‘ole ATL welcome. And 1,700 gushing fans crushing on him, quite literally, to get the money shot with their camera phones. Working the crowds, Edwards’ charming, tanned face would reveal a flicker of tiredness, then in the blink of an eye, it was gone. You wondered if you’d just imagined such a thing. 

Edwards worked the crowd like the champion show-jumper of a lawyer he is. He’s no Bill Clinton; he’s just “too white” to get on that one-of-a-kind wavelength, but Edwards is quite charismatic in his own right, and a beautiful, engaging orator.

Besides Edwards, the entire evening was a Georgia politico and media Who’s Who. I was at the dinner table alongside Jim Galloway of AJC’s Political Insider; bless their hearts, they were live blogging! (Guess I can’t call ’em old farts now.) Galloway was a seasoned journalist on a mission… to unearth just WHO produced that anti-Whitehead YouTube offering! Blogger Jon Flack of the new Tondee’s Tavern blog sat next to Galloway and fed him tantalizing tidbits, but no names, all night long.

I shot loads of great video myself, asked a question at Edwards’ presser alongside the Big Broadcasting TV guys, and hope to package some of the DV goodies over the weekend for you folks.

My personal highlight? Interviewing Vernon Jones about blogging! Heck, Vernon had more signage there than Edwards. All in all, a fabulous time was had by many Georgia Dems, despite the icky, remora fish lobbyista swarmin’ over the place too. Lordy, do they EVER go away?

Look for good things to come all around with GDP, especially with Martin Matheny running some new communications operations and strategies for them. Their website is really heating-up under his guidance, with blogging too!


  1. Bill Simon says:

    I read that the JJ Dinner raised $600,000.

    I remember in their heyday that they raised over a million.

    I wonder if it is only because they are out of power, OR the fact that their Mistress of Fundraising, Kristen Oblander, is no longer in charge of it for the DPOG, OR a combination of both.

  2. Cracker says:

    From what I hear the Dems smell blood and are emotionally up for the challenge in Presidential politics here in GA.

    Compared to last year’s JJ event the tempo and excitement was huge. Momentum adjustment.

    Last year the Dems had two so so governor candidates and the atmosphere was ho hum compared to last night. The Dems see the change in the congress and smell change in the oval office and last night’s event had that feel.

    The GA GOP convention is this weekend, it will be interesting to see the turnout compared to previous conventions.

  3. Holly says:

    You know, I disagree with your assessment of your 2006 gubernatorial candidates, Cracker, and I’m a Republican. I think Cathy Cox would’ve been a good governor, and I think she’d have picked up a lot of moderate Republican and independent voters against Perdue had she been the nominee.

    Ah well. Primaries are to put forth what each party believes is the stronger candidate, so perhaps I’m wrong, but it’s my gut feeling on her.

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