Bad Press for John Stone

He doesn’t live in the district. His campaign says he lives four blocks from the district, however.

Stone registered to vote in the adjacent 10th Congressional District in March, about four months after he filed to run.

Since 1997, he had been registered to vote in Warrenton, Va., where he lived when he was a congressional aide.

Ray McKinney of all people is the one to bring this up. Ray too, having abandoned his hopes to be the GOP nominee for President, is running against Stone and Ben Crystal.

Stone purchased his Augusta home in April 2006, while he was registered to vote in Warrenton. A federal income disclosure form he filed in July 2007 said he was renting the house out.

Stone was issued an absentee ballot to vote in Virginia’s November 2006 election.

26 comments

  1. drjay says:

    why wouldn’t ray be the one to bring this up–stone clearly wouldn’t–its not a dealbreaker (and i’m well aware its constitutional and all that) but its a legit issue to bring up and discuss–the current congressman certainly felt compelled to buy a house in sav’h after athens was removed from the district even though he “didn’t have to”…

  2. Harry says:

    Trivia question: Which Georgia congressional representatives don’t live their districts?

  3. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Gingrey didn’t, but he does now. When they redrew the lines, they included his house in the district.

  4. Bull Moose says:

    Yes, it’s me, Bull Moose, Ray’s Campaign Manager.

    What’s most troubling about this is that Stone apparently has told people that indeed he did live in the 12th District. In fact, he told Savannah Radio Host Bill Edwards he lived in the 12th District, when in fact, he lived in the 10th.

    As well, what I don’t understand, is why did Stone wait until March of 2008 to become a Georgia Registered Voter. It seems pretty audacious of someone to be a Registered Voter in another state and be going around accepting contributions, etc and not even be a registered voter of the state you’re running from, let alone not living in the district. Simply put, John Stone was a Virginia voter running for Congress in Georgia.

  5. Icarus says:

    “Yes, it’s me, Bull Moose…”

    When did you get free? And why aren’t you helping to free the ‘Peach?

  6. Bull Moose says:

    http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=cqmidday-000002719760

    The Savannah Morning News reports that Republican House candidate John Stone’s residency has become an issue in the race for the party’s nomination in Georgia’s 12th District. Stone has been registered to vote since 1997 in Warrenton, Va., where he lived while working as a congressional aide, and lives four blocks from the district line in Augusta, Ga. Stone’s GOP rival, Ray McKinney, raised the issue. The two men are vying for the right to challenge Rep. John Barrow , D-Ga.

  7. Holly says:

    When you go to DC to work in Congress, reciprocity is extended to you, but only if you live in DC. If you live in Virginia or Maryland, you must become a resident of that state. Does that mean Stone was any less of a servant to the folks of the 10th or 12th during that time? No. He worked for Charlie, then Max, then Charlie again, so he was always involved in Georgia offices during that time.

    I’m the absolute first to say a Congressperson should live in his or her district, but there is nothing wrong with his requesting an absentee ballot in 2006! I know exactly where John Stone was in November 2006: he was in Savannah, trying to help Max’s campaign. Anyone else who worked or volunteered for Max would tell you the same thing. What were Ray McKinney and Ben Crystal doing that day?

    Of course Ray McKinney and Ben Crystal are going to make an issue of residency, and the key reason to do that is to imply that the non-resident doesn’t know the district. However, the scary part about doing that with John Stone is that he does know the issues. I’m definitely not suggesting that McKinney and Crystal shouldn’t raise the issue, but I don’t know how effective it will be because he’ll be able to hold his own when questions about policy and area issues come up.

  8. drjay says:

    well i guess we’ll just have to see holly–as i recall residency was a big fat issue in your special last summer as well…its worth pointing out as info for the voters to decide whether its important to them or not…

  9. drjay says:

    also i recall in 06 max trying to call the 12th an “open seat” digging at barrows residency issues as well…so its not like this is a novel approach

  10. eburke says:

    It obviously doesn’t matter to folks in the 12th District where thier Congressman lives. They voted for a man from Athens to represent them now. Why not have someone else from the 10th district next time.

  11. Holly says:

    Dr. Jay, I well aware who cast the first stone about residency and made it an issue in the 10th. 🙂

    I didn’t say the issue shouldn’t be brought up. However, I pointed out the reasoning for a campaign doing it and why it’s normally effective. Then I pointed out why it may not work in this case.

    If I were Clint, of course I’d have brought it up. Ray McKinney and Ben Crystal don’t have political experience, so they’re going to have to use whatever means they can to attack a guy who’s been messaging eastern Georgia for over a decade.

  12. drjay says:

    well ray had enough political experience to convince the 12th district convention–to send him to the nat’l convention as a delegate, and ben was on the radio (and t.v. for a spell) in sav’h for several years doing a talk show similar to austin’s in augusta so experience is what it is…

  13. Bill Simon says:

    Holly,

    AND, do tell us WTF John Stone has done for anyone other than himself in his “time in public service”?

    Isn’t he one of the clowns who arrogantly started planning Jim Whitehead’s “victory party” and ignored any GOTV efforts in Augusta and Athens?

  14. Bull Moose says:

    Dear Lord Holly – you missed the point entirely. We all know that John Stone lived in Virginia and just recently moved back to the state. No one is taking issue with that.

    What is odd is that when he’s asked if he lives in the 12th, John Stone has been saying that yes indeed he does. When in fact, he does not live in the 12th, he lives in the 10th.

    Even more odd is the fact that he didn’t register to vote in Georgia until March of 2008, nearly six months AFTER the fact that he decided to run for Congress. It just seems odd to me that someone running for Congress in Georgia wouldn’t switch their voter registration before going around the district to raise money.

    Furthermore, didn’t Stone use the residency issue against Bill Greene when he ran in the primary against Whitehead? And didn’t Burns himself attack Barrow for MOVING to Savannah to STAY in the 12th District? Can you say HYPOCRITE!?! Good, I knew you could!

  15. celtic2 says:

    HOLLY! —BEN CRYSTAL OR HIS CAMPAIGN NEVER MADE AN ISSUE OF JOHN STONE NOT LIVING IN THE 12TH DISTRICT! THE LINES WERE CHANGED 3 TIMES SINCE 2000? SO WE DIDNT TOUCH IT! BUT BEN IS THE ONLY ONE WITH HIS CONSERVATIVE AGENDA ON RECORD! WHEN YOU ARE ON THE RADIO WITH THE #1 SHOW FOR 6 YEARS PEOPLE DIGEST AND REMEMBER WHERE YOU STAND. AS A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FRONT RUNNER!

  16. Holly says:

    And Bill, I’ll also take responsibility for the some of the failed GOTV efforts because it was my job to do walking lists.

    There were lots of things done wrong on that campaign, one of which was the GOTV efforts, though in retrospect, I think that was a small part of the problem. Darren did a great job with getting volunteers to do phone calls. I sent out the volunteers to do walk lists. In a special election, I should’ve focused on both Republicans and Democrats, and that is a lesson learned. How often will I need to worry about a special election in the future? I don’t know, but at least I come better prepared in the future.

    As for arrogant preparation of a victory party, Stone wrote the speeches for that night, which was his job. He made sure media was present. That was his job.

    Thomas, who did scheduling, was trying to prepare for a way for supporters to see Jim sworn in. While it may come across as arrogant, most campaigns do this. For example, Joe Wilson had a bus waiting outside his victory night party to drive folks immediately to Washington overnight to watch him be sworn in the next day.

    Will the Monday morning political quarterbacks have a lot to say about that race? Sure, everyone of them will tell those of us who worked the race (and anyone else who will listen) that they could’ve done such-and-such to win, and weren’t we stupid for not thinking of it ourselves? Well, maybe it’s so. . . but they didn’t. In hindsight, whatever tanning I get from working on that campaign is okay because I actually worked on that campaign. 🙂

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