Max Wood’s Campaign

As many of you know, my neighbor and friend Max Wood, the former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, is running for Attorney General. Sam Olens has gotten a lot of attention and been early out of the gate, but keep your eye on Max.

Max’s campaign had a bit of setback back in August. He is a Colonel in the Air National Guard and right after making his announcement back in August, got called up to Washington, D.C. for six weeks.

While in the U.S. Attorney’s office, he spent time in Iraq helping the Iraqis set up their judicial system. Tenure wise, he’s the longest serving U.S. Attorney in his district since the Johnson administration.

Max has prosecuted a number of politicians in his career, both Democrats and Republicans. He also grew rather infamous a few years ago by taking down the Nuwabian cult’s leader, Malachi York. Our street was one of the safest in Macon for a while due to all the death threats he was getting.

Max is good people. I hope you’ll check out his campaign along the way.

39 comments

  1. Captain_Phatbeard says:

    I have heard both Olens and Wood speak and I have to say Wood seems like a better candidate for the position of AG. When Olens speaks I like lots of his policies, but they are better suited for a governor than an AG. Wood has ideas about the AG office that I have never heard out of Olens.

    • TidePrideGA says:

      There’s way too much of that going around in this election cycle. Far too many of the candidates are jumping on the “hate the librals” bandwagon and spouting platitudes that are perhaps relevant on the Federal level – or the Gubernatorial – but not for the other executive office positions. Tell us why you are qualified for the position you’re running for, please, not why you’re qualified as the next hothead on FoxNews.

      I’ve been leaning to Olens, primarily because he’s the only one I’ve met on the campaign trail, but y’all have me intrigued. I’ll certainly look more closely at this race.

    • Mozart says:

      Policies are quite important to have in the successful management of the AG’s office is. It’s not all about criminal prosecutions and drug enforcement like you see on TV.

  2. Jack Smith says:

    This race needs to be taken seriously. In more and more situations, AGs are starting to use their offices to lead personal crusades (think Spitzer).

  3. Doug Deal says:

    I have been in communication with Max and have seen him on local television handling questions from McBerry extremists. What he had to say about the duties of the AG and how he handled himself in front of a belligerent crowd really impressed me. My wife, a prosecutor also liked him a lot.

    I wish him luck in the primary and he has my vote.

  4. Max is a wonderful human being with a passion for law. I have been impressed with his integrity, ability and deliberateness. He is truly qualified for the seat he is seeking. What I like best about Max is his LACK of arrogance. He connects well with people and is probably one of the most competent people seeking public office. He’ll be a huge asset to the ticket in the fall elections.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Max-Wood/138892428873?ref=search

  5. oompaloompa says:

    Max and his wife Suzanne are indeed good people. Thank you Erick for those kind words about him. Max is total above board and on the straight and narrow. Suzanne is a political junkie and absorbs all things political like a sponge.

    I heard Sam speak recently and was impressed with his career in politics. He seems to be a fine man and I wish him well.

    Max is not a politician and I find that refreshing. His mind is on the law, as it should be with an AG candidate. He has my vote.

  6. hewhoone says:

    I know nothing about Max and may eventually vote for him but let us be realistic.

    Sam Olens chairs the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). ARC determines which metro Atlanta developers will get land improvements near their projects. Developers will fund Olens’ campaign.

    Who will fund Max’s campaign?

    • Doug Deal says:

      Why even vote. How about we just tally the donations and let the highest bidder have the seats.

      Senator Michael Huffington from California and Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia would have loved to have that system.

    • ByteMe says:

      Sam Olens chairs the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). ARC determines which metro Atlanta developers will get land improvements near their projects. Developers will fund Olens’ campaign.

      hewhoone, your logic is appalling.

      Starting from the beginning, being the chair of ARC still means you are just one of 39 people on the board. With that big a board, you somehow think he controls all the giveaways to developers. It defies belief.

      And then you jump from the idea that his current position will somehow be similar to the one he’s running for and that the same people will want to fund it. ARC (and the Cobb Cty Commission, which he also chairs) are very different from the AG position and have very different constituents. Developers could care less if he wins that position, because it takes him out of that mythical place you created where he controls all the giveaways to them.

  7. hewhoone says:

    Consider me admonished for my cynicism but here is my feeble defense:

    Doug: Attorney General is alot different than Senator or Governor. Most Georgians don’t pay much attention to this race and as a result it will be more difficult for a candidate to overcome a well heeled base of support. Do I like it? No. Should I have just kept my mouth shut? Perhaps.

    ByteMe: Your characterization of my statements are “appalling”. I stated three things:
    1) Olens chairs ARC
    2) ARC makes determinations worth millions to developers
    3) Developers will fund Olens’ campaign

    The first two statements are verifiable facts and the third is a personal assumption based on the first two facts.

    Perhaps the assumption is wrong but I am willing to bet a bucket of pride that a review of Mr. Olens’ campaign disclosure will prove otherwise. First chance I get I’ll check and let you know.

    I never said, “he controls all the giveaways to developers”. You did.

    The quote “Lighten up Francis” from Stripes comes to mind.

    • ByteMe says:

      Perhaps the assumption is wrong but I am willing to bet a bucket of pride that a review of Mr. Olens’ campaign disclosure will prove otherwise.

      Pride goeth before the fall.

      Your assumption is wrong. The most obvious thing that jumps out from his latest disclosure report is that it’s a lot of attorneys. Exactly as a reasonable person would expect for someone running for AG.

  8. hewhoone says:

    Byte:
    You are right. Upon review Mr. Olens’ $247,000 in contributions come primarily from attorneys.

    I would also note that the (approx.) $40,000 Mr. Olens received from the development community is almost as much as Mr. Wood has raised altogether.

    I wish Mr. Wood all the best for putting himself on the line and stepping up to serve but my original question remains unanswered.

  9. Max’s campaign had a bit of setback back in August. He is a Colonel in the Air National Guard and right after making his announcement back in August, got called up to Washington, D.C.

    Would he still be in the National Guard after taking office? I know there is a state legislator or two in the Guard, but the A.G. job is a bit more full-time and serious than a rep’s 40 days per year. I know this kind of question draws boos and hisses from some quarters, but it is a legitimate question.

  10. DoubleDawg3 says:

    Captian Phatbeard hit the nail on the head – Olens is a very good candidate, but his campaign speeches focus on issues that are more relevant to a Governor or member of Congress than to an AG. Max understands the needs of the AG’s office and the area of law, far, far better than Sam does.

    But, as several others have mentioned, I do agree with the point that Olens will raise a lot more money and have access to far more large speaking events (due to his Cobb Co. and ARC connections) – which goes pretty far considering that most voters aren’t going to have a very strong opinion or interest in the AG’s race.

    • Mozart says:

      DDawg,

      Ever think that maybe you do not know what you are talking about?

      What do you think the majority of the cases that the AG’s office handles is involved with: Criminal or Civil cases?

  11. Olens is a good guy and I like him a lot.

    But especially in the present situation where we are finding out about ethical issues in our legislature, I want someone who has been a Prosecutor in the AG position. Olens, from what I can tell, has mostly done civil litigation – nothing wrong with that, just the wrong experience for the job. Olens would be a good AG, but this is about the best candidate; I think that is Max Wood.

    • I’m honestly interested in what the hell you’re talking about. If you sincerely think that prosecutors are more ethical than any other type of attorney… then I highly encourage you to pursue internships or externships in the criminal law area, my 1L friend.

      • Doug Deal says:

        I don’t think he said that, Steve, he said it was the wrong kind of experience. I.e. someone who is going after ethical lapses would need a prosecutorial bent, not a civil litigation or transactional one.

        • This is what I was going for.

          I don’t think Prosecutors or Civil Attorneys are inherently more skewed to be unethical, that is a person to person basis.

          At the same time, I recognize that someone with years of experience as a Prosecutor might be the better option to handle a, well for lack of better term, prosecution. And hopefully they are not a Nancy Grace-esque type so we don’t see half of them reversed on appeal.

          I really don’t know where you inferred the ethical character of types of lawyers from my comment, but it was certainly not meant to be there. I don’t know of an ethical problem with either of these candidates for that matter . . a certain AG candidate from South Georgia however . . . .

          • Jack Smith says:

            “I don’t know of an ethical problem with either of these candidates for that matter . . a certain AG candidate from South Georgia however . . . .”

            Well, this is true, Ronald. I like both Olens and Wood and, while I’ve not personally met Max Wood, I know Erick Erickson quite well and his personal endorsement carries weight with me. The bottom line is that I think both Sam and Max would serve well. In the race for my individual vote, this might be a coin toss with Max having a slight edge, thanks to Erick.

            On the other hand, this may not matter, because I may feel compelled to vote in the Democratic primary for Teilhet because the other Democratic candidate is truly vile, as Ronald implies. I think with either Max or Sam, you get a good, honest and hardworking public servant, but in the Democratic race, you have a 50/50 chance of getting an AG that is truly awful and dangerous.

            If you liked Mike Nifong and Eliot Spitzer….you’ll love Ken Hodges.

          • Ken in Eastman says:

            Ron,

            I thought you wanted someone with experience to better prosecute some of our legislators. 🙂

          • I do Ken, that is why I like Max. But I won’t say Olens is a bad candidate for the job – just that Max is more experienced in prosecuting. 🙂

            And Jack Smith hit the nail on the head about Hodges.

          • Mozart says:

            Ummm (hand waving in the background)…Mr. Daniels?

            Um, um…what if the AG’s office currently has corrupt people working for it? I mean, you know…hypothetically?

  12. Making Sense says:

    I have concerns over who Max Wood has chosen to associate himself with in his campaign. I’ve heard word that he’s hired that lobbyist/fundraiser Dave Simons.

    If that’s who he associates with in running for office, then he doesn’t deserve to win.

    Sam Olens all the way. He’ll get things done.

    • That’s just plain stupid. I’ve never met Simon’s but he’s a political consultant like most anyone else. He’s run a bunch of races in Middle Georgia, Rep. Allen Peake being the most recent that comes to mind. According to the financials it looks like he’s made a whopping couple of grand. The competitor has a consultant that he’s paying thousands per month. What’s the big deal?

      • Doug Deal says:

        Yeah, that was ridiculous. What do you expect from an anonymous poster? It is saying something when the folks backing Wood put their name behind it, while those backing Oleans are people throwing out unattributed pot shots.

    • AthensRepublican says:

      I would agree about Dave Simons. I have met and spoke with him and and found him repulsive. But, he is not the only political consultant I am repulsed by. There are very few I actually like. Mark Rountree may be the only one.

      That said, I would not choose which candidate to support based on who their political consultant is. If that consultant gives them bad advice that they follow against their own better judgment then that candidate will suffer the consequences.

  13. Reality Check says:

    Max Wood is a great person and prosecutor. He will make a great AG if he gets a chance but he has to be better candidate if he wants to win. As of now he has my vote.

  14. GOPGeorgia says:

    Sam was in Catoosa County this morning. I’d like to see Max come up this way. He’s called me, but I don’t think I have ever met him.

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