Ox Won’t Debate

A while back a Mercer professor scheduled a debate, locked in the time and day, then notified all the candidates of the day of the debate asking them to attend.

Unfortunately, all the candidates except Ox had events that day and they weren’t going to drop everything just to drive to Macon to attend a debate none of them knew anything about.

Ox did and made sure we all knew the others were chicken.

Talk about turn about.

The Athens-Clarke County GOP is having a debate that all the candidates are attending. Except Ox.

Why won’t Ox attend? No, it’s not because he’s out that day abusing the powers of his office to force insurance agents throughout the state to contribute to his campaign, a fact we’ll let the big dogs in Atlanta deal with soon enough, it is because all of the GOP candidates are attending, including those polling less than five percent. Ox is too good for them.


      • Doug Deal says:

        Part of your mesage was cut off and left in the message queue, as a public service I will continue it here:


      • Game Fan says:

        All we can really do is make suggestions. We can’t force them to do anything. For example, I’ve got the perfect campaign song for the Ox. But sadly, I don’t have editing skills. Anyhoooo, just insert the words yourself. (HARD ROCK OXENDINE)

  1. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    I contacted his office and they said he was scheduled to wreck his state vehicle that day.

  2. bartsimpsonisdaman says:

    Dudes y’all are the schitz. Man, I’ve got to get some of that ATL water….. Perhaps Family Guy has an issue going on.

    Why don’t ya good republicans invite Barnes and get it over with.

    A chicken in every pot and viagra with every donation. I leave out the sausage

  3. macho says:

    The only reason the media hasn’t taken Ox down, believe it or not they’ve been very light on him, is they want to see him go down in flames in the General. Why should the AJC do the GOP’s dirty work, if the Party is stupid enough to nominate the guy, then it will have to lie in the bed it makes.

    I know Ox thinks the media has been tough on him, but some things they do are so incredibly blatant, it would be irresponsible not to cover. Like consolidating $120,000 in campaign contributions from one man. It’s hard for them to say they didn’t know it was coming from one man when a cursory glance at his disclosures revealed the information; it was over 10% of the campaign revenue for Pete’s sake. There will be other stories trust me; I just pray they come out during the Primary.

    If he ends up the GOP nominee, it will be an amazing opportunity to make the most solid of red states blue. All the other GOP candidates, including McBerry, would probably be able to hold off Barnes, but Ox would be a joke. The media would have a field day with the guy.

  4. AthensRepublican says:

    Oxendine probably figures he has little support around the Athens area and does not want to lose any more.

  5. Jeremy Jones says:

    I am a little torn on this one.

    I agree, there might need to be a cutoff. For instance, in my race, there have been 10 or 11 candidates announce. Only 7 have filed with the FEC, and 9 are campaigning. Should all 11 be invited to a debate? Just the 9 campaigning, or the 7 who have filed?

    Personally, I think only those that have filed the paperwork with the FEC (in my race) should do so. It does not cost money to do so, maybe $20 in postage, paper, time, etc. To me, it is a discredit to the voters that come to the events. Recently there was an event in Gilmer County where 9 candidates were present, only 4 or 5, at that time, had filed with the FEC. In the two hour event, the citizens got to ask 3 or 4 questions total. Once each politician gives their allotted 2 minute answer, plus the three that always go over their time by at least double, it took almost 30 minutes to answer one question. Consider the 4 minute opening speeches, 3 or 4 minute closing remarks, the citizens really learn very little about a candidate’s views after over 2 hours of hot air.

    Now, I disagree with Ox’s barameter, (I expect a phone call any minute now telling me to stop bashing Mr. Oxendine). If a candidate has followed basic campaign law, filed the proper paperwork, then I don’t think low polling numbers should be a reason to omit him from the debate.

    Any thoughts about what rules or customs SHOULD be used to determine which “candidates,” pre-qualifying date, should be invited to such debates?

    • Lawton Sack says:

      I would not use the FEC filing, though, for the reason that you stated. It takes nothing but a few stamps and some paper to file with the FEC. Eventually some nut job would figure out that he/she can file with the FEC and get invited to a debate. No qualifying fees or anything.

      I think the only way to do it, while still imperfect, is have a pre-screening process by the host of the debate. Call and talk with the candidate one on one. Do some research.

      Poll numbers, financial numbers, etc. are not a good litmus test. Too many variables.

    • ByteMe says:

      1. Elimintate the 2-minute answer. These guys are adept at wasting time, so stick to a 45-second answer. Make sure the people in the audience don’t get more than 30 seconds to ask their question. Opening statements should be 2 minutes tops.

      2. Have a really really loud buzzer and keep it going until the offender looks like they have been cowed into submission when they go over their 45 seconds. That’s entertainment for YouTube right there. Dignity? What’s that?

      3. I agree that you should only invite those who have filed their paperwork. Low polling numbers is often at this stage just a lack of name recognition, so it’s important to include those people with low polling numbers to make sure they get some name recognition.

      4. Ratchet up the knob as we get closer to the primaries, so that low polling pols get dropped from the debates if they haven’t met certain numbers. In other words, right now, it should be open to anyone who filed, but in a month, increase it to 3% polling, then 6% polling and so on, topping out at 15%. That gets everyone to put some skin in the game if they want to stay in the game.

      Of course, I’m not in charge. 🙂

  6. Lawton Sack says:

    I can speak from experience that the buzzer works. We used it in 2008 for the 12th District Congressional GOP primary debate. They get shell shocked the first time they get buzzed. They start answering rapidly when the next question is posed and quit talking at the warning signal.

        • NorthGeorgiaGirl says:

          Even more fun in a GOP debate is an elephant trumpeting…played continuously until the candidate stops. I saw it done once during a “meet the candidates” event where everyone was allowed to give a stump speech, with strict time limits. Once the first person was embarrassed by the elephant, most of the rest of them wrapped it up as soon as they got the warning, to avoid the elephant.

      • GOPGeorgia says:

        Send me the buzzer. I will use it if it’s a Ninth District event. If it’s a county event, that’s up to the county.

  7. ksuowls81 says:

    For candidates like McBerry or Scott or even Chapman and Johnson the debates are the perfect chance to move up the poll. All the candidates so far have done what they needed to do to be guarenteed a spot in the debates. Ox is bullying organizations by threatening not to be there. If they have any backbone they will just tell him OK and move on with the debates. It’s his choice not to attend not theirs. More then anything I think it is an infringment of 1st amendment rights.

    • macho says:

      Don’t know if any of you have seen the movie Old School, but Ox’s perception of his lead reminds a little of the scene when Will Ferrel is naked and “leading” the streak across campus. He finally turns around and nobody is following him. Let’s wait and see when the actual campaign season starts up with campaign advertising and media scrutiny.

      • Icarus says:

        I thank you for that visual. I thank you so much you’re lucky to still be allowed to post here.

        Excuse me while I find something to gouge my eyes out.

        • macho says:

          It’s all a matter of perception. I sure from Ox’s perspective, the more people that envision him naked, the better his chances of winning.

        • Lawful Money says:


          Mr. Oxendine is a shallow, rudderless, unqualified career hack who has now morphed into a gross & distasteful caricature of himself.

          After plagiarizing every line his opponents have invented, and glomming onto positions even his own team of paid sycophants couldn’t grasp if they spent the next 30 years in remedial classes on Constitutional Law – this rodeo clown is about to flame out all on his own.

          Rumor has it that a Sheriff’s assembly in south Georgia simply told this bozo to sit down & be quiet because he had nothing to say and nothing they wanted to hear.

          Then, a couple of weeks ago an attendee at a public candidate forum reportedly asked the fake a direct question about the so-called “FairTax” and Johnny Boy didn’t have a clue.

          Macho is right – NOBODY is following this hack. He’s got nothing to offer, but has spent a pile proving it.

          The establishment wants Handel because she’ll broker the surrender of Georgia’s liberty to the federal leviathan

          The people want McBerry because he won’t.

          Oxyclean is just a sick and sad diversion in tight pants.

  8. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    People, when you hear his girly man voice you will see why he is avoiding the debates.

    Adam Lambert comes to mind.

    I can see him right now with a glass of wine , his manicured nails and legs crossed at the hips asking the guys at the tablen drinking Buds if they coon hunt.

  9. Technocrat says:

    Unfortunately for many on PP, he will win both the Primary and General.
    I love it, it will be so sweet, and he is not my candidate, but all the others are worse.

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