David Shafer in the Running

Word on the street is that David Shafer is getting lots of encouragement to run for Lt. Governor. His long time funders have done the math and know (A) it will take several million to sustain a long primary and (B) Shafer knows how to raise money.

Likewise, it surely must be an advantage to be representing that district right in the heart of the metro Atlanta GOP corridor.


  1. Chris says:

    David is one of the few who doesn’t wear his religion on his sleeve.

    He is one of the few to ask “Should government be doing this” before proposing a new program, and tries private funding for programs where possible ( the coord blood bank).

  2. Shakin the bush boss says:

    As one of the founding members of the Liberty Caucus, it has been interesting to see Shafer continue to oppose allowing voters a local option to vote on Sunday Sales, a position supported by the Caucus.

  3. JayB says:

    Senator Shafer held two days of hearings on Sunday sales. He created a subcommittee that re-wrote the bill, perfecting dozens of errors. He then scheduled a vote of the full committee, and the bill passed out. Sunday sales died in the rules committee, which refused to send it to the floor, not Shafer’s committee.

    David Shafer is a great champion of liberty and one of the most thorough and conscientious members of the legislature. His handling of the Sunday sales issue is an example of his attention to detail, his respect for all viewpoints and his strong leadership.

    The truth is that Sunday sales was bungled by the overpaid, two-faced lobbyists who did a poor job preparing the bill and even worse job lobbying it.

  4. A Typical White Person says:

    As I recall, Shafer allowed a vote to be taken, it was passed out of his committee, and it was Cagle who didn’t allow it to go to Rules.

  5. Dave Bearse says:

    The last entry on the General Assembly website indicates SB137 was recommitted 1/14/2008.

  6. Chris says:

    My understanding was that someone (not necessarly Shafer) did the vote count and realized it wouldn’t get out of the house Senate. Therefore the pro-sunday-sales forces decided to try and push the same bill in the house, where it also got attached to a different bill.

  7. Bill Simon says:

    “My understanding was that someone (not necessarly Shafer) did the vote count and realized it wouldn’t get out of the house. ”

    Out of the “house?” Chris…when we are talking about specific bodies of people who are designated as a “state house” and a “state senate”, it would be better if you didn’t use layman’s shorthand to refer to any committee as the “house.”

    The bill had already passed out of the State House and, even if it hadn’t, it would have with no problem. It was the Senate (and Casey Cagle) who were the obstacles on allowing people to make-up their own minds on this issue.

  8. JayB says:

    The Sunday sales bill did not go to the floor in either house. On the Senate side, Shafer’s committee held hearings and voted it out, but it died in the rules committee. On the House side, they never even hearings on their version of the Sunday sales bill. Instead, in committee, they attached Sunday sales as a rider to the Gwinnett stadium bill, but the combined bill died in rules and never came to the floor. They did not have the votes in either house to pass it, let alone override the Governor’s threatened veto.

  9. Chris says:

    My apologies – I mistyped in my last post. JayB is correct. It didn’t have the votes in the Senate (int he 2008 session) so the proponents tried to push it in the House. They tried to attach it as a rider to the Gwinnett Braves bill in the hopes that the Gov wouldn’t veto the Gwinnett Braves.

  10. SugarHillDad says:

    David is one of the sharpest political minds at the Gold Dome. I really hope he makes the leap. If so he can depend on me.

  11. BubbaRich says:

    Sen. Shafer is still on the edge of my bad-guy list. He made a very, very big deal about Murtagh’s lawsuit against Emory/Grady last year, and insinuated that there would be huge revelations from the trial records that had, in his opinion, wrongly been sealed originally. Those records were opened up to him 7 months ago, but maybe he’s saving the outrageous revelations for his next campaign.

    I haven’t had a chance to discuss his silly opposition to stem cell research, so I’ll give him a chance on that issue. His position on global warming is on the edge of scientifically reasonable opinions, which makes him practically a real scientist compared to other Georgia politicians.

    “Sharpest political mind” is not the primary requirement for my support, he needs to have a sharp reality mind to earn that. Either revealing the horrible things he learned in the lawsuit files, or retracting some of his implications on the subject, would be good from my perspective. At worst, he could admit that he was doing all of that as an underhanded religious campaign against Grady’s abortion clinic, which is a possibility, and he might get some points for the admission.

  12. Greg says:

    David has been a stronger supporter of adult stem cell research, and his views on the subject have largely been vindicated by the advances involving cellular reprogramming. Many top embryonic researchers like Ian Smith and James Thompson have abandoned embryo destructive research for the precise reasons that he predicted — that the nondestructive route was better scientifically and medically.

    David has done more than any other Georgia politician to advance stem cell research, creating the umbilical cord blood bank and boosting state investments in MCG’s adult stem cell research efforts.

    He has also done an outstanding job on Grady, exposing Emory’s billing practices and putting an end to Grady’s use of secret lawsuit settlements to cover up reports of wrongdoing.

    David is one of the best and brightest. I do not know about his views on global warming, but I am sure they are well reasoned. I wish we had more like him in the General Assembly.

  13. FinanceBuzz says:

    Sorry, but I cannot support someone who went on national television and made Georgia look like a laughingstock. I recall seeing Sen. Shafer on an NBC news video some months seriously complaining that Tennessee was not taking his effort to move the state line seriously. That was just one of the several shenanigans that the state legislature manages to do each year to embarass this state. If this effort is indicative of Sen. Shafer’s governing, then not only should he not be Lt. Governor, I question whether he should still be in office period.

  14. GabrielSterling says:

    David has been working on bringing us the Republican majority we now have for as long as I have known him. Which is to say, scarily enough, nearly 2 decades.

    Whether you agree with him or not, you can’t say he shies away from big issues. More importantly, he sees big issues where others don’t. On stem cells he led the charge to bring ethical research to Georgia. Before most, he saw that the long range benefits came, not from embryonic stem cells (which have yet to yield anything beyond growing tumors) but from non-embryonic pluripotent (sp.?) cells that can be genetically matched to the individual who needs help. This was not a sexy issue, but David tackled it and applied conservative principles to it.

    The Sunday Sales thing is difficult to tag on David. At its base is the fact that there are many members of the Senate and House who simply don’t want to have to answer to a percentage of their constituents on the issue. If the votes aren’t there…the votes aren’t there.

    As far as Lt. Governor goes, David represents a large Republican base covering the Duluth section of Gwinnett and a large portion of N., Fulton. The media market that David receives good coverage in is even larger. He’s got a large contributor base and has a great network of grassroots organizers from the both the business wing of the party and the conservative wing (two groups that have an uneasy alliance in good years).

    David would be formidable candidate, among what I am sure will be many formidable candidates.

    Frankly I want to get through 2008 and hold our numbers here in Georgia, before we spend too much energy on 2010 primary races.

  15. BubbaRich says:


    “You” could hold on to a Republican majority in Georgia by doing smart things that are good for the state and the people of the state. I have a Republican State Representative who does a GREAT job at honestly and intelligently approaching every issue I’ve followed.

    That’s probably too hard to use as an electoral strategy, though, so keep up what you’re working on. I’m uncomfortable enough voting on a Republican anyway.

  16. BobG says:

    FinanceBuzz, on the TN-GA border Shafer is right. You should read “Tapping the Tennessee,” which was a confidential water policy memorandum written in Feb 2008. I can send it to you if you like; it constitutes the basis of Shafer’s effort.

    The report details how the border IS in the wrong place and how, if the error was corrected, Georgia would have actual access to the Tennessee River. The border should be the 35th Parallel, a fact that Tennessee insisted on in a dispute with Mississippi, but refuses to this date to recognize regarding Georgia… because it wouldn’t be to Tennessee’s benefit.

    The report notes, however, that moving the border isn’t really necessary. An Interbasin Transfer, customarily granted by the Tennessee Valley Authority (a federal agency), would serve the same purpose, which is to provide much needed water to the region.

    In fact, over 6% of the water flowing in that part of the Tennessee River ORIGINATED in Georgia!

    Moving a border seems ludicrous to you because it rarely happens…. but it HAS happened.

    I helped Shafer get elected to the State Senate in 2002. (I used to live in his district and still live in Gwinnett.) He manages to draw support from many different areas; both the homeower activists and the business community, among others. He would do very well in Gwinnett and very well statewide.

    Make no mistake, Shafer is a politician– he knows how to play the game. But he does so from a foundation of honesty and integrity, which (for a politician) has always impressed me. Also, (like Chip Rogers) he seems to focus on issues and legislation that actually have substance.

  17. Jane says:

    Shafer is a great candidate, but I would rather he run for insurance commission or secretary of state. He is stronger behind the scenes working with policy than shaking hands up front. That said, I would definately vote for him regardless of which office he runs for.

  18. shep1975 says:

    I agree with Jane. I almost think Lt. Gov would be a waste of Shafer’s talents, but he obviously knows his strenghens and weaknesses and what he wants to accomplish in state government better than I do. Shafer has been a good friend for more than a decade I’ll be with him regardless.

  19. HankRearden says:

    I’ld vote for anyone over Chip Rogers. Thank goodness I have the opportunity to vote for someone as smart and qualified as Senator Shafer. With Chip’s nose stuck up so far in the air how will he be able to go door to door and see any one? Oh wait he is probably to good for door to door.

  20. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Hank, it is obvious that you do not know Chairman Rogers.

    He won his primary race the first time over a Mckenna Long Aldridge attorney 81-19 percent. You do not get that by sitting on your fanny.

    Senator Rogers has knocked on every single republican door in his district. And is currently walking door to door with Rep. Jerguson in his reelection bid.

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