34 comments

  1. bowersville says:

    I haven’t been on line the last several days. But I’ll go ahead and tell you how I voted.

    Karen Handel

    Almost every state senator endorsed Bill Stephens for SOS. He lost. Karen is a grassroots campaigner, a get something done instead of squabble person. The grassroots wins every time and so will Karen if she decides to run.

    Handel it’s time.

  2. StevePerkins says:

    Despite being dead-last, I can’t believe that Richardson and Chambliss are doing as well here as they are. I CAN, however, believe that Chuck would outperform the Speaker in a statewide race even if we weren’t kidding.

  3. Bill Simon says:

    Frankly, I propose Senator David Shafer as a candidate. He has demonstrated over the last few years a certain maturity in thought, deed, and balance of ideas and I think he would make a very good chief executive officer for this state.

  4. Goldwater Conservative says:

    How can anybody vote for Handel?

    Obviously the Democratic candidate will have an determinate effect on the election…but Handel is by far the weakest of the above mentioned candidates.

    Kingston is an attractive pick though, a bit less so than Cagle. Why isn’t Chip Rogers on the list though?

    Saxby? He is about to win another term,…and GA could use some seniority in the Senate.

    The most interesting pick I can think of, for either party, would be Alan Powell.

  5. Icarus says:

    I can’t believe one of Jerry Keen’s minions hasn’t been on here pimping him yet. They must be having difficulty getting Richardson’s O.K. for that…

  6. bowersville says:

    How can anybody vote for Handel? Watch me, I know a winner.

    Now AuH2O, Alan Powell, my representative didn’t even have the guts, or he was too smart to jump into the 50th district Senate race, take your pick.

    Now if you decide to break wild on me, have at it. I voted for Alan Powell, I will continue to vote for Alan. But against Karen? You are joking I hope.

  7. I Am Jacks Post says:

    Wonder if the 15 people voting for Kingston know that, as Governor, he’d no longer be able to bring home the 200 bajillion dollars in federal pork that he’s become famous for. A real conservative, that one.

  8. I Am Jacks Post says:

    And for the record, Kingston is the problem. Westmoreland is the solution.

  9. StevePerkins says:

    I agree that David Shafer is bound for the governor’s mansion (or perhaps Washington), but not in 2010. I expect that he’ll be on deck for Lt. Gov. once Cagle moves on, or perhaps some other statewide office.

    Hell, with the direction Gwinnett County is heading, he may not have much choice but to move up before the bottom falls out from under him.

  10. bowersville says:

    Yes lets vote for a dumb*ss ten commandments Westmoreland. It’s not going to happen.

    Cagle is only LG because of the anti-RR. Now Cagle is looking at Governor? I want to cuss here because of the stupidity.

  11. Icarus says:

    Bowersville,

    Don’t count out Westmoreland. Colbert was a rookie mistake. (not to mention an unkind “edit”; the tape no longer appears on his website, btw).

    He has at least shown that he understands fiscal conservatism, and did so prior to the 2006 election fiasco (i.e., voted against Katrina relief because the single biggest line item was “other”.)

    I want to hear more of how he would expect to move the state forward on issues that haven’t moved at all the last 6 years (traffic, water, tax reform), but I’m sure his solutions won’t involve massive new taxes.

  12. Insider Mike says:

    It’s no coincidence the General Assembly has fallen apart for the GOP since Westmoreland left. We need someone with balls to get this state back on track.

    With Johnny out, don’t be surprised if those Atlanta business interests start pleading for Lynn.

  13. Insider Mike says:

    Also, why isn’t Phil Gingrey on this poll? It was well known that he wanted to run for Senate. Why wouldn’t he want to make the switch to Governor?

  14. Rick Day says:

    I can’t believe this many people only voted once. There must be more Democrats than Republicans as we all know they love to vote both early AND often!

    /ducking

  15. Icarus says:

    I didn’t vote at all, Rick, because these “free polls” usually try to attach spyware to my computer.

  16. bowersville says:

    Don’t be suprised if those Atlanta business interests start pleading for Lynn.

    Yes, yes Lynn please run.

    I’m pleading, I’m a poor dumb *ss from northeast Georgia. Please Lynn, Run, Run, Run.

    I’m looking forward to it.

  17. bowersville says:

    I-Mike, aren’t you the same dumb#ss begging us in the 10th CD to vote for Barry Fleming?

  18. I Am Jacks Post says:

    Bowersville, you pull the old character-for-a-vowel switcheroo like nobody’s business. Brilliant. I didn’t even notice the first time that you had dropped in a curse. I had to read your post twice to pick it up. [email protected] fine job.

  19. I Am Jacks Post says:

    I know this; if Handel ran, and Handel won, her office would have the best d*mn chairs. The best!

  20. Bill Simon says:

    Insider Mike,

    NOT that I have anything Lynn Westmoreland (and understand the Colbert mistake), but, really, THIS statement from you is hard to pass by:It’s no coincidence the General Assembly has fallen apart for the GOP since Westmoreland left.

    Right. As I recall, the GOP was in the minority in the House when Westmoreland left. So, what you’re saying is it would have been better if the Dems had maintained control of the House?

  21. Dave Bearse says:

    Icarus—I’d add public charity hospitals (Grady) to traffic, water, and tax reform. Government is central in these matters. Government being bad is a GOP principle, so the state party has merely been delivering its platform.

  22. Insider Mike says:

    Bill, as I recall, the GOP took over the House in the same election that Westmoreland won his Congressional race. Back then the House GOP stood on conservative principles. Now it stands on bickering with Sonny and Casey.

    And while I’m at it Bill, your latest Political Vine (which I very much enjoy), discounts Gingrey, Westmoreland, Kingston, and Price running for Gov because it’s a switch from the federal level to the state level. The current Governors from Alabama, Louisiana, South Carolina, etc would disagree with you. I’m hearing that at least one member of congress will run for Governor (probably Gingrey).

    And Bowersville, I’m a Paul Broun supporter, have helped raise money for his re-election, and will vote for him in July and November. However, Erick was spinning an issue on which he and I disagree.

  23. ProfG says:

    I agree with Bill Simon.

    Oh my Lord, I can’t believe I just said that. πŸ™‚

    But Shafer would be an excellent choice. (Even if he didn’t endorse *me* in *my* race.)

    BG

  24. Bill Simon says:

    Bill Greene,

    When you are with me, the Lord is on your side. πŸ™‚

    Insider Mike,

    I did give a note to Bob Riley of Alabama…but my intent was not to give short shrift to the good congressmen. It was to merely state an observation of Georgia history.

    (And, thnak you for your kudos on my recent PV)

  25. drjay says:

    well bo callaway did it in 66–but then got snookered out of the position by the dem legislature and the 50% +1 rule…

  26. drjay says:

    having noted that – i suppose its fair to say the overwhelming majority of ga guv’s were raised under the gold dome…

  27. DoubleDawg3 says:

    I’ll admit, Shafer’s probably one of the brightest guys in the state gov’t – he might make a fine Gov. or LG (but I’ll still take Chip over him at LG).

    As for Kingston, I honestly can’t see how he’s getting beat down so badly on here. Possibly b/c he’s been in DC for so long. Yes, I understand that he’s pulled in bucket loads of pork for Savannah, but you know – somebody in Congress was going to take that money, at least he got it for our state.

    Plus, the guy’s charismatic, he’s had an extremely solid conservative voting record (if I recall correctly, he might have had the most conservative voting record a few years that he’s been in Congress), and he should get credit for coming up with ideas that make sense.

    Plus, and this is the MOST IMPORTANT reason, Kingston should be getting some major credit for the being the ONLY Congressman to vote against the resolution honor the Florida Gayfers for winning the Nat’l Championship. No one else can take credit for that…only Jack Kingston! I love it!

  28. Bull Moose says:

    Okay, not trying to throw a wrench here, but what about Newt?

    I have a first, second, and third choice for Governor and a first and second choice for Lt. Governor.

    However, a note to all those pondering 2010. Make your impact felt in 2008. Work hard, help build the bench. Get REAL Republicans elected to the School Board and County Commission. Go out on a limb. Demonstrate that loyalty matters. Reward YOUR early supporters by supporting them now – early – in primaries. Trust me – they’ll never forget it.

    Focus too hard on 2010 now and you’re just another Mitt Romney. Remember, Romney left the RGA in a disaster and lost GOP races for Governor because he was too focused on his Presidential campaign.

    Don’t be stupid and make a similar mistake.

    Also, realize, that a lot of us out here are really getting tired of politics as usual and the stale rhetoric that goes along with the game. We’re looking for reform and results.

    And if you’ve been in Washington longer than 12 years, forget it. Don’t bother. Term limits meant something to those of us who believed in the Contract With America.

  29. bowersville says:

    I-Mike, I’m glad to hear that you support Paul Broun.

    I was out talking yesterday, but mostly listening. I mentioned several Congress persons that I thought might be interested in running for Governor.

    The most common answer I got was “Who is that?.” They knew Handel and Cagle and voiced why they supported one or the other.

    Now, you that I talked to yesterday that know me, don’t be mad at me. I tell it the way it is.

    I’m looking for a Governor for Georgia and if I had my choice today it would be Jindal or Sanford. But those options aren’t available.

  30. bowersville says:

    Bull Moose, this is for you.

    Jace Walden, I trusted you enough to reveal my identity. And of all people, you know my concerns about Iraq. My best friends have a son in the 101 airborne in Iraq for his 2nd tour. I have an only son headed to the 75th Rangers.

    Bull, those same people I talked to yesterday are saying “I’m going to vote for McCain, but…..” McCain has to get down and fight for this election. The people I know are saying, well he’s too old, he fought his fight when he was young.

    I voted for McCain in the primary, now he needs to get off his @ss and get in the fray. I understand the high ground approach. But does McCain remember those that are in the trenches?

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