More on Whitehead

Just got a call from a source in DC who said people should be laying off John Walker. After the Whitehead campaign shoved Joel to the side, Walker had to leave the campaign altogether due to a family illness. So, you had Whitehead with no rudder and the people on the ground helping him had no ability to call shots.

I have a novel idea — let’s blame Jim Whitehead for his sorry ass campaign.

You know, Ralph Hudgens and Barry Fleming have got to be kicking themselves today.


  1. IndyInjun says:

    Barry Fleming looked around and saw that the Columbia County heavyweights were already in the Whitehead camp.

    He is not kicking himself.

  2. Tommy_a2b says:

    I have heard the rumors that the Whitehead campaign shoved Joel to the side. Is this a fact or rumor? If it is a fact does anyone know why?

  3. AlanR says:

    People like McElhannon don’t move away three weeks before a runoff unless they’re invited to get lost. And hard as nails professionals like Stoneridge and Anthem don’t go missing in the heat of a campaign unless they’re told to buzz off.

    Someone made it happen, and it wasn’t the driver or the volunteer answering the phones.

    Bottom line: Whitehead either made a big mistake on his own, or got sold a bill of goods. Either way it doesn’t say much about his judgment. Either way its on him.

  4. debbie0040 says:

    Whitehead may have been over confident and thought he did not need Joel and wanted to save money. Huge mistake!!

  5. Tommy_a2b says:

    Alan and Debbie, those are good thoughts BUT does anyone have the real story? Come on PP readers, where is the scoop? I need facts or at least people who think they got there info from a reliable source.

  6. debbie0040 says:

    Tommy, consider this. Have you ever known Joel to take a nap and not campaign the last three weeks?

    He runs an agressive campaign to the end, and that is where the speculation comes in.

    The only ones that can deny or confirm is either Joel or Jim Whitehead

  7. Tommy_a2b says:

    Debbie, I am not laying blame on Joel. No way not me. What I am looking for is why the split happened. I am asking for a very specific reason. That reason is I am starting to hear rumors that Lt Gov Cagle accually let Joel go right at the end of his campaign. I am also hearing that Joel has spoken with another major candidate in regards to a potential run for Gov in 2010. I am trying to put puzzle pieces together. If the rumors I hear are factual why would Joel’s 2 BIGGEST clients ever cut him loose right at the end? Were they just trying to save money? Did someone in the campaign not get along with Joel? What is the deal? I have also been told in the Cagle situation that Joel was kicked out by a high ranking member of the campaign but I got no reason as to why.

    Again I am just trying to understand why anyone would do what they do.

  8. Tommy_a2b says:

    Now Alan what does that mean? I finally stated why I was asking. I also stated this to be rumors. If I am wrong someone just say so.

  9. Holly says:

    Look folks, I was in the thick of this one, and I’m the one who’s willing to come on here and defend the ones who I was working with who tried their hardest. There were good people on this campaign, and it breaks my heart to see them drug through the mud when they were the ones doing their jobs to the best of their ability – and actually doing their parts well.

    The truth has a way of eventually becoming apparent in the end, so I know that eventually, people will figure out what really happened.

  10. Holly says:

    Might as well, Indy. I was part of it, right?

    I actually sat up last night and wondered what would’ve happened if I’d included D voters in my walking canvasses of Columbia and Richmond Counties. It seriously kept me awake, but what if it could’ve turned out an extra 400 folks? Stuff like that will bother me for awhile.

  11. Bill Simon says:


    Tommy isn’t even ahead. He just thinks its cool to throw-up every rumor he’s heard (whether from someone or from his own mind) out in the open and demand that someone answer him.

  12. Icarus says:


    Holly is beating up herself over something that was the result of decisions she didn’t make. That’s why I wasn’t going to bring up the cookies.

    Now, if it had been about a 50 vote difference…

  13. GOPeach says:

    Whitehead lost because if all the ELITE ENORSEMENTS – They were saying …

    ” Hey all you stupid voters who can not think for yourselves … just follow us – we are the BIG SHOTS!”

    It was an insult to most people… live and LEARN! Please LEARN!

  14. bowersville says:

    Holly, quit beating yourself up. Had JW got out in the entire district and worked everyday for votes during the runoff, he could have swayed enough votes to win. He didn’t, and he lost, not his supporters, volunteers, or campaign staff.

    Joel M & J Walker weren’t there at the end, for whatever reason. So,

    I’ll repeat Erick’s words from the original post, “blame Jim Whitehead for his sorry ass campaign.”

    The buck stops with the candidate.

  15. IndyInjun says:

    Peach –

    If there was rejection of Whitehead on the basis of leadership endorsements, how do you explain Bill Jackson’s landslide over Whitehead lieutenant McGuire in June?

    The endorsements for Jackson were at least as impressive if not more so, yet he won!

  16. Holly says:

    Wait, wait, Jim did not endorse Brett McGuire, even though Brett kept trying to imply he had.

    Secondly, Bill Jackson was elected because everyone knew him already in CoCo and the surrounding area because he’d been in the state house for 9,000 years. People not only knew him, but they knew he was a good legislator and a fair-minded person. That is why he won, not because of his endorsements.

    Endorsements are nice, but they don’t win elections on their own.

    Thanks, Bowersville. I’m still hoping to meet you someday, you know.

  17. Lee Benedict says:

    Holly: You… you did all that you could so go to bed knowing that. Jim was not present for the May 10th Grovetown Stump Meeting because, according to his campaign, he was in Washington. In short, you camapign your butt off, and then go to DC. Paul was at just about every gathering. The Islamic Society of Augusta invited the candidates for the 24th (Brett McGuire, Scott Nichols, and I were there) and the 10th. Only 4/10 of the 10th’s candidates appeared; Broun, Sendlebach, Underwood, and I forget #4, but it was’t Whitehead.
    Team Whitehead, as I saw it, just went through the motions with the knowledge that Jim was going to win. Again, that’s how I saw it, and many I have spoken with agree. I have emailed the campaign several times and received NO response. At every event where Jim’s campaign higher-ups were, they were arrogant and gave the impression that they didn’t know where to draw the line separating confidence and cockiness. You did all that you could…I saw you doing it and the truth be told, should I ever run for office again, I would love to have you on my team (if I can afford you).
    Now, I do not have a warm-and-fuzzy about Paul Broun, but it appears as though he will be declared the winner. As such, we need to give him credit for being where the people were and personally reaching out to all which led him to apparent victory. Oh yeah, we need to give him a chance and if he does not give strong evidence that he represents the entire 10th, primary season will soon be upon us. Perhaps I shouldn’t say this…but I will: roughly 6 people at Jim’s party Tuesday suggested that I challenge Broun in a primary. My reply was that we are not 100%-certain that Broun won, and if he does indeed win, let’s stand behind him and see what he does. We do not have to like it, just accept it. If he does a good job, let’s back him next year.

  18. bowersville says:

    Lee, I don’t know you as I am not from Columbia County, but when I read your comment, my 1st impression is that you supported Broun in the 1st go around and in the run off.

    So, I’ll view your comments through those glasses.

  19. modcon says:

    For those of you who think Whitehead lost because of the way he ran his campaign, you’re right.
    Jim lost because he stood unwaveringly on his platform no matter what part of the district he was in. He didn’t wave a Constitution at Columbia County and then drive to Athens to explain to the liberals why he was more like Denise Majette than his opponent.
    He backed his platform with his previous accomplishments and personal achievements. his record as a commissioner is congruent with his record as a state senator. He didn’t alter his belief system from campaign to campaign suite the electorate. He never ran as a Pro-Choice Democrat.
    He was honest about his personal background. All of it. He didn’t conceal the less pleasant parts because he thought the citizens of the 10th district would be too stupid to find out about.
    He insisted that his campaign should be run based on the issues and not character assassination. Even when his opponent was making vicious attacks on him misrepresenting Mr. Whitehead’s position on issues and twisting the truth, rather than returning fire and broadcasting that Dr. Broun had been married 5 times, filed for bankruptcy twice and lost his admitting privileges at all the hospitals he had been associated with, Mr. Whitehead persevered by simply restating his beliefs and positions on the issues in an unfailingly gentlemanly manner.
    Had, Mr. Whitehead been able to turn loose of all of his quaint hang-ups he would have been able to win this election. But Mr. Whitehead is not willing to do ANYTHING to get what he wants.
    The man who was won.

  20. debbie0040 says:

    Holly, you and other staffers and volunteers worked your tail off and should be proud of your hard work.

    The issue is the campaign was a ship sailing without a captain the last three weeks. The ship had a hard working crew but without a captain to steer it, it went no where. Whitehead had the mistaken belief that he had the election in the bag and did not campaign the last few weeks. It seemed he just began to plan his swearing in.

    If ever there was a case for, “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings”, this was it.

    Voters were upset because Whitehead did not appear to seek their vote and some saw this as arrogance. Voters don’t like being taken for granted.

    Some voters , still upset about the RNC support of the Immigration Bill, rebeled against the GOP establishment hand picked candidate.

    The ultimate blame for the defeat rests squarely on Jim Whitehead . The statement he made about Athens and UGA just motivated voters in that area to turn out and vote against him.

  21. Lee Benedict says:

    I did not support Broun. There were 5 candidates I could “live with” and in alphabetical order they are; Greene, Pulliam, Sendlebach, Underwood, and Whitehead. Who I supported came from this list.

  22. Holly says:

    You know, I really did like Mark Myers, too, even though it was a little bizarre that he had his followers hoist the picture of Reagan while he spoke in forums. He had some great points. What did you have against him, Lee?

  23. Lee Benedict says:

    I have nothing against Mark Myers. Had he been elected, I do not believe that he has the people skills necessary to “get things done”. Meaning, I know that he is not a politician, but at times one must play politics and I do not believe that he can; i.e., “this is what I want…” I hope I made that clear. I know what I want to say…just don’t know if I really said it.

  24. Holly says:

    Ah, that makes sense. I think Mark would’ve been okay with the right people behind him. I had met him at events, but I didn’t really talk to him until after the June 19th election. He’s perhaps one of the top five nicest people I’ve ever met.

    That, and, well. . . Mark doesn’t know this, but I’ll share a short, fond memory from the room I sat in at WFC. I was in a room with five guys. During the last two weeks, we were there from 7:30 AM to well after 11 PM each day. When you work that long, you get tired and sometimes frustrated.

    Well, whenever our spirits got weak, one of the guys would look around and ask, “do you know what we need?” and we’d all ask what, though we knew the answer was always “we need Jesus now more than ever!”, at which point one of us would pull up Mark’s version of “We Need Jesus Now More than Ever” and we’d all sing along at the top of our lungs.

    Mark lifted our spirits routinely. 🙂

  25. GOPeach says:

    CONGRESSMAN BROUN will do us all proud.
    To know him is to truly love him.

    He grew up in politics and knows how to stay connected to the people. He loves people.
    He is a kind and caring doctor!

    He will vote as conservative as anyone with a thermostat m.o. and not a thermometer m.o.

    Please know that people ALL over the state helped get Dr. Broun in. People who wanted to see a drastic change Washington.

    Several people in Cobb & Gwinette helped him-
    We saw the big picture and this race mattered to Georgia and this nation.

  26. Donkey Kong says:


    PLEASE proof read your posts. I really am not a stickler for this, because this is a blog and misspellings happen. But you misspell words religiously in every post, and it annoys the hell out of me. Please be a good peach, not one of those rotten, mushy ones, and proof. 😉

  27. IndyInjun says:


    My response was to Peach’s comments that there was a backlash against endorsements by the establishment GOP when Jackson had more and won.

    Also, McGuire managed Jim’s campaigns and is closely allied with him. It was widely rumored that McGuire would go to DC if Jim won and he lost. I suspect that Jim was already committed to either support Bill or be hands off before Brett announced.

    So, no Whitehead did not endorse McGuire. I did not mean to imply that at all.

  28. Romegaguy says:

    I think it is humorous to see someone that espouses the benefits of homeschooling to totally f-up their posts with spelling and grammar mistakes.

  29. GOPeach says:

    Sorry guys.

    I shouldn’t blog and talk with grandkids all at the same time…. it makes me fuzzy.

    I should have been homeschooled – I would be smarter! My kids are MUCH smarter than me because I taught the HOW to think not WHAT to think.

    Romegaguy – It’s shouldn’t 🙂

  30. Camper says:

    It amazes me how Lee Benedict can bad mouth Whitehead, but he was definitely at Whitehead’s victory party eating and drinking… explain that one Benedict.

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