GAMPAC Endorses Fleming

I just received this via email:

Harlem, GA – Yesterday GAMPAC, the Medical Association of Georgia’s political action committee, sent out a press release announcing their endorsement of State Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) in his bid for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District seat.

“The Medical Association of Georgia has been a leader in pursuing positive healthcare reform in both the state and federal governments,” said Fleming. “I am humbled that they have chosen me as the candidate who can effectively lead the fight for positive change to America’s healthcare system,” Fleming added.

17 comments

  1. kandrew says:

    I am surprised that a group of doctors didn’t endorse one of their own.

    Also that Barry stole Paul’s catchphrase of “positive change”

  2. rabuncountyman says:

    They fear Glen Richardson. These are not Doctors, they are bureacrats who represent doctors.

  3. I Am Jacks Post says:

    And GAMPAC wants the right to sue health plans.

    Cue slip-and-fall attorney Fleming’s entry . . .

  4. rabuncountyman says:

    To be more specific without naming names, the CEO of a regional hospital from our district was livid over GAMPAC’s support of Barry. He was told the state was stacked against Dr. Broun. They made their contribution to Barry a while back.

    I know our local hospital authority members as individuals are supporting Dr. Broun as they should. Why would any medical association support a trial lawyer? They fear retribution from the speaker of the house, Glen Richardson.

    I matters little. Dr. Broun will win in July and November.

  5. Goldwater Conservative says:

    Why would doctor’s back a Broun…a doctor that lowers the respect and intelligence that is typically associated with doctors.

    They made the right pick. Plain and simple.

  6. I Am Jacks Post says:

    They back Fleming for the same reason the AMA supports a “Patient’s Bill of Rights.” They want the right to sue health plans, pure and simple. And it’s not difficult to figure out why. Doctors prescribe treatment to which health plans routinely say “no.” If said treatment were permitted, Doctors would make more money and their patients would (presumably) be healthier. So the Docs interests are both selfish and benevolent.

  7. Bill Simon says:

    GAMPAC must have a lot of UGA friends in Florida who want an easier way to get a UGA branded license plate down there.

    If Barry gets elected, he can put forth legislation demanding nationwide acceptance of any UGA fan who wishes to get a branded license plate be allowed to do so, and that all state laws and regulations be changed to allow that.

    Anyone notice how much Barry Fleming resembles the UGA fan running down the Up escalator in the Atlanta airport a few years ago?

  8. Holly says:

    The major medical group in this state is scared of Glenn Richardson? I hate to even ask if that’s a serious statement.

    Obviously, Barry has been very helpful to the medical profession while in the Atlanta. Not only was he instrumental in passing tort reform legislation, he also worked for CON reform and pushed the expansion of MCG throughout the state, two of the really good accomplishments of the 2008 session that we often overlook in our zeal to criticize the legislators. Whether you like Barry or not, these are things he worked for and acheived. Why wouldn’t health care groups like him?

    On the other hand, what is it Broun has done to help health care? What is his plan to counter the plans of the Democrats, who want “universal coverage?” Of all the resolutions and bills he’s introduced, I can only think of one that was related to health care. Great, he’s a doctor. . . but that’s translated into very little of his work on the Hill. He’s had plenty of time to introduce legislation, as seen by the flurry of weird things coming out of his office in the past two months.

    I would say that between the two, Barry has been the more effective legislator on this issue, and that led to the decision. I think most rational people would come to the same conclusion and leave the irrationally raised specter of Glenn Richardson out of it.

  9. kandrew says:

    Keep in mind that Paul Broun is an “addictionologist” a field not recognized by the American Medical Association.

  10. Annoyed Dawg says:

    I certainly wouldn’t call so-called tort reform an accomplishment, but I would think that Barry Fleming the “trial lawyer” was a lot better pick than Broun the hyper-partisan extremist. If the doctors in Rabun County are rallying behind a guy who can’t keep his medical license up to date, remind me never to get sick up there. I no longer trust your healthcare system.

    Bill Simon, it must really kill you that no one in the 10th gives two hoots about the license plates. Keep it up, though. Your argument might gain traction… out of state where it doesn’t matter.

  11. bowersville says:

    In case no one is noticing in the Fleming camp.

    Since ’06 there has been a cynical mood growing across the country and against the GOP business as usual attitude. That cynical mood can be evidenced by the last 3 special elections where “safe” Republican CD’s were lost to Democrats with the most recent being MS-01 last Tuesday.

    Like it or not, Fleming is percieved as a typical GOP establishment “politics as usual” candidate. This endorsement re-enforces that perception.

    Broun certainly can’t be accused of being an orthodox politician. Fleming’s attacks on Broun is driving it home that Broun is not about politics as usual.

  12. Holly says:

    Honestly, I can tell you plenty of reasons the GOP is losing nationally, bowersville, and it has nothing to do with GA-10’s election. A Republican will win GA-10 regardless of who it is because the Democrat running has not done a good job of fundraising or making a good point as to why the district (which votes whoppingly Republican even in bad years) should support him over either candidate running in the primary.

    First of all, the GOP must realize all politics is local. You can’t tie everyone to big bad Nancy Pelosi, George Bush, John McCain, Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton, or fill in the blank as your major point of attack and expect it to be a winning strategy. Really, where’s the beef?

    Similarly, you can’t not have a plan on the big problems. You can’t rightfully say you’re for change unless you have a route to get to that change. Newt Gingrich has been saying this forever.

    Thirdly, you have to do something with the elective office for which you’ve been selected. If you’re up in Atlanta, DC, or on the local commission in your town or county, you can’t always been the contrarian or you’ll never accomplish anything. The people don’t elect you to be a contrarian. They elect you to solve problems. Sometimes this means working with members of your party, and sometimes this means working across the aisle. One thing I’ve learned from Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is that you can’t always get what you want, but try your hardest to advocate for as much as you can. Are you going to get critics that way? You bet, but at least you’re advancing (some/most of) your agenda.

    Finally, and this is a total shot at our leadership but they deserve it, Zell Miller once said something about the Democrats being the big tent that had shrunk to the size of a dunce hat. Well, guess who’s wearing the dunce hat now? Hint: it’s not the Democrats. The leadership must be willing to realize that not all districts are created equal, and we must allow members with “non-traditional” districts (i.e., not very conservative) to vote their districts rather than forcing them to take votes that cost them elections. The northeast is not like the south, and neither of those are like the west coast. We cannot subscribe to a hard-line, no execptions policy on voting. While we like to call it “discipline,” the Blue Dogs have freedom in their party to be independent, and so they now represent most of south Georgia.

  13. bowersville says:

    Holly, I am a patient person, here is your answer. Not from me but from that “liberal rag” that no neocon believes, the AJC Political Insider and Congressman Nathan Deal.

    Deal at the GaGOP Convention, “I’m concerned about the Mississippi election, because I think it could signal a reversal of the process that the South has been a part of–and that the power of the Republican party being swelled and invigorated by people who normally would have, in the past been Democrats–myself being one of them.”

    AJC P/I, “Broun may need every dime he can get. Fleming, too, for that matter. Last week’s win in Mississippi–and a bulging campaign coffer–has emboldened Democrats…

    One likely target is Georgia’s 10th district, where Bobby Saxon waits…If Broun hangs on, the primary will have assured that his financial situation is no better.

    If Fleming beats him in July, Democrats will consider the seat open.

    National Democrats didn’t make the call to engage in Mississippi until last month.”

    Now my words, It was not the time for Republicans to fight amongst themselves, Fleming didn’t recognize it and I’m mad as H#LL!

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