The recriminations have started in the Whitehead campaign and one thing seems very clear despite assertions to the contrary now that certain folks are in CYA mode: as soon as the primary was over, the Charlie Norwood crew made their move and convinced Jim Whitehead to shove his in-state consultant, Joel McElhannon aside and rely instead on Norwood’s old hands.
In the process, they spent their time planning Whitehead’s swearing in ceremony and sending out bulk mail fundraising letters instead of campaign pieces. I wonder who took a commission off those?
A look at the record of this race will show that as soon as McElhannon was shoved aside by Charlie Norwood’s staffers, the campaign stopped spending money on campaign mail, television ads, phone calls, polling, and all other campaign tools except radio in the Augusta area.
In fact, despite the advice of a number of people, Whitehead was advised by the Norwood staff to write off Athens altogether. He was told that they could win without Athens.
Broun was successfully able to bank on this and made the case that Whitehead would ignore Athens. Whitehead failed to response, thus proving Broun’s case.
With Norwood’s staffers now having to do damage control to salvage their reputation, they’ll probably start throwing blame everywhere hoping something sticks to everyone, but them. To put this in perspective, given Whitehead’s lead going into the runoff, he had over an 80% chance of winning the runoff.
Instead and contrary to the advice of all of his non-Norwood advisers, he got to planning his swearing in ceremony.