RE: Army Corps Declares Victory After Filling Lanier; Opens Floodgates To Celebrate

Apparently, Sen Lee Hawkins sees no humor in this story.

From his press release:

Sen. Lee Hawkins Denounces Corps For Release of Lanier Water
(Gainesville)—State Sen. Lee Hawkins today blasted the Army Corps of Engineers as “shortsighted” and for their plan to drain as much as 18 inches from Lake Lanier.

“The Army Corps of Engineers has mismanaged this lake for years. We are all concerned about downstream flooding, but we all know that winter releases of water have often left us with a lake unable to recover during normal spring and summer months.”

“This is another ridiculous decision by the Army Corps,” he added. “The Corps is shortsighted for releasing Lake Lanier water at such at time as this.”

In the State Senate, Hawkins was a strong voice for Lake Lanier water level preservation. He sponsored legislation that would have made it possible to re-evaluate “full pool” levels and retain the lake’s water level to 1073.”

“The Corps should have studied raising the level of water in Lake Lanier. We simply need more water for more people.”

“We are obviously missing some accountability,” Hawkins said.

“I have made it clear that I will work harder than anyone in Congress to preserve Lake Lanier and to keep these water releases in check,” Hawkins added. “We cannot afford to squander water in the hope that rainfalls will make up the difference. It is important for this district that we have a congressman who knows this issue.”

33 comments

  1. GOPGrassroots says:

    I’ll go out on a limb here and say that all of the candidates are aware of the importance of the water issue to the 9th District and to the state. Lee’s claim that he’s “made it clear that he will work harder than anyone” on this issue is laughable…shooting out a press release patting yourself on the back is not the kind of action the good people of the 9th are looking for.

    The bigger issue here for Mr. Hawkins is his short record in the State Senate (where he just arrived), and his long record of supporting liberal democrats like his good buddy Max Cleland. He cannot hide from his own record, regardless of how are he tries or how hard his team tries to hide the facts from the public.

    • macho says:

      “He sponsored legislation that would have made it possible to re-evaluate “full pool” levels and retain the lake’s water level to 1073.”

      I don’t know why we have been arguing about state boundaries with TN, levels with the Army Corps or water flow with AL and FL. Seems as if the solution to our problems is simply to pass a statute that won’t allow the lake level to go below 1073.

      I can’t believe nobody has thought of this idea before Lee. Either he’s a genius or an idiot.

  2. appachtrail70 says:

    Is someone pulling my leg or is this an actual press release??? Its like one of that jokes where you don’t know whether to laugh or not because you don’t know if the person is actually joking.

  3. provisional says:

    Well, he believes in it so much that he is bankrolling his campaign and putting in $145 K of his own money (minus PACs, and he put in more than total all individual contributions raised) to take his great ideas like these to Washington.

    • provisional says:

      His latest post on Twitter says:
      “Lee, Realizes North Georgians need more water in Lake Lanier, not less.”
      With such Intellectual insight as this, I don’t know how the others in the race can compete with him.

        • macho says:

          Perhaps Hawkins can sponsor a law in the State Legislature requiring companies to add more jobs in North GA, it would have the same effect as passing a state law requiring more water be kept in Lanier.

          • provisional says:

            Well as he points out at on everything the campaign sends out, he is the ONLY Candidate in the 9th District Congressional Race who has voted for the Fair Tax???? Since the State Legislature has so much influence and power, it is a wonder he wants to give it up to settle for the Congress.

  4. GOPGrassroots says:

    LOL, he also believes in his own campaign more than all of the donors combined who contributed to his campaign.

    This Hawkins guy has renamed himself a Republican, hired folks who have run races against Casey Cagle, Nathan Deal and even one who even works for liberal (GA Equality endorsed) Lisa Borders down in Atlanta – great quotes on her behalf this morning!

    Hawkins will go as far into debt as he thinks he needs to create the illusion that he is conservative Republican.

    • steelfist says:

      Well that’s not voting FOR the FairTax which is what Hawkins has said on numerous occasions. This guy will say anything.

      • macho says:

        No question that there is a major distinction between voting on something that actually impacts your constituents and voting in support of somebody who will actually vote for the impact. This appears to be a distinction that is lost on Hawkins. It’s no different than Ox , in his role as Insurance Commissioner, issuing a formal decree in support of the FairTax, in support of tougher illegal immigration enforcement or insupport of higher lake levels. If Ox hasn’t already done this, then I’ve probably given him a really great idea; that way he can say he’s voted for all these issues.

  5. Joshua Morris says:

    Some facts for you Graves minions:

    – Senator Hawkins proposed raising Lanier’s full pool level to 1073 in February 2007. The resolution passed the Senate unanimously.
    – In February of this year, Hawkins sponsored another successful Senate resolution urging the U.S. Congress to remove obstacles to the construction of reservoirs in the Chattahoochee National Forest, upstream of Lanier.
    – This summer, Hawkins joined a delegation from Ga, including Congressman Deal, Senators Chambliss and Isakson, and a few other Ga Gen Assy members, which met with the Asst Secretary of the Army to urge that Lanier’s full pool level be increased. Lt. Gov. Cagle applauded the meeting and is now calling for the Corps of Engineers to increase the level as well.

    So, Senator Hawkins proposes increasing the capacity of Lake Lanier by 25 billion gallons (supported by other key leaders in this state) and proposes allowing additional reservoirs to be built upstream of Lanier, and you all want to attack him for it.

    Please give us all a break.

    “I think some folks need to simmer down here with all these charges and accusations.” – Justin Tomczak

    • steelfist says:

      Joshua maybe you can answer this, since Lee has been so closely involved with the discussions and the fight for the lake like you say he has, why put out a release that says Congressman Deal doesn’t understand the issue, has been an ineffective in keeping the ACOE in check and not working the water issue that hard?

      “I have made it clear that I will work harder than anyone in Congress to preserve Lake Lanier and to keep these water releases in check,” Hawkins added. “We cannot afford to squander water in the hope that rainfalls will make up the difference. It is important for this district that we have a congressman who knows this issue.”

      After hearing the candidates speak at several forums, I think they understand how important the water issue is and will continue to be a strong voice in Washington.

    • macho says:

      We all know every single North GA politician and statewide politician is for keeping the lake levels up. That’s no secret and I don’t fault anyone for supporting higher lake levels. But Lee goes much, much further, implying that he and the GA legislature have the authority to change the lake levels and they’ve just chosen not to act on the matter.

      Here is the exact quote from Hawkin’s press release, “He sponsored legislation that would have made it possible to re-evaluate “full pool” levels and retain the lake’s water level to 1073.”

      There is no mention of the word “resolution,” but it clearly implies the state can mandate lake levels.

      Maybe his grammar is incorrect, but the use of “would have made it possible” implies that the legislation he sponsored in the Senate did not pass, but if it had passed, then the lake level never would drop below 1073 and all of our water problems would be solved. Now either he’s being disingenuous or he doesn’t understand his role as a state senator.

      I don’t think the Deal campaign is going to be very happy with the press release either, makes Deal seem ineffective – which I would agree with. Never accomplished anything on the lake levels or illegal immigration.

  6. Joshua Morris says:

    What a stretch, steel. Lee has neither said nor implied that “Congressman Deal doesn’t understand the issue.” You try really hard.

    The key here is that Lee is the only person in this race that has been actively working on this issue for over 2 years. He has an acute understanding of the concepts surrounding this concern, because he has met with and worked with lake residents and issue groups as well as with those who control lake levels and who can make a difference on the federal level.

    • steelfist says:

      No stretch, just read straight from Lee’s press release:

      “We are obviously missing some accountability,” Hawkins said.

      “It is important for this district that we have a congressman who knows this issue.”

  7. provisional says:

    I agree with Steelfist, I think Hawkins Press Release is insulting to Congressman Deal. It’s saying that the 9th District hasn’t had a Congressman who was fighting for the Lake issues and that Deal has allowed for the water to be “squandered”. When he says “We are obviously missing some accountability,” in his press release, one can only assume he is meaning that Deal hasn’t kept the Core accountable but that Hawkins will.
    Read the press release that is clearly what is being implied, and no spin from you can change that. It is quite arrogant.

      • provisional says:

        I think I will call and tell them that Senator Hawkins has implied in a press release that the reason water is being “squandered” from Lake Lanier is because the Congressman has failed to keep the Corp accountable and has not fought hard, but that if Hawkins is elected we will finally have a Congressman who is fighting hard and has knowledge of the issue. Being from his hometown, I would think Lee would have thought about the harm he could to the Deal campaign for Governor by putting a press release like this out.

  8. GeorgiaConservative says:

    These truly are some baseless and severley misconstrued attacks. Hawkins and Nathan are pretty close and I don’t see how Senator Hawkis could’ve thrown Nathan under the bus.

    From reading previous threads about Hakwins/Graves I can tell that some of these people on here will say just about anything to attack someone else. It’s quite unfortunate.

    • macho says:

      “I don’t see how Senator Hawkis could’ve thrown Nathan under the bus.”

      Just read his press release at the top of the page. Handle, Johnson, Scott, McBerry and Ox are thankful for the comments.

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