Qualifying Week Day 1 Open Thread

The SoS website has a page which will be updated throughout the day showing those who have dared to put their money down and run for office.

Feel free to discuss the deeper meaning in this Open Thread.


  1. NorthGAGOP says:

    As you know a lot more than money goes into it. It’s called public service for a reason 😉

      • rebelrepublican says:

        PAAALLLEEEAAASSSEEE…This “kid” is a joke! Have you read is FB page? He is a lackey…Ralston or any Rep tells him to jump and he asks “How High?” He has taken no stance on any issues…his “involvement” in the District is all political.

        Wake up…It is time we get away from these types of people, people who want to make politics a career…Up until last year when he became a “consultant” he was a political hack..working for politicians…Voters in the 37th have one heck of a lousy choice to make…a do nothing Democrat or a Repulican political prostitute… Honestly, as a Republican, I will either leave it blank or vote Johnson…and then wait for another GOOD candidate to oppose him..

          • rebelrepublican says:

            Certainly hope you are not referring to me….What I said is FACT… IF you disagree with anything I said I want you to back it up with fact! I do not like the this “boy wonder” of a candidate…I despise people who enter politics on the premise of making it a career….so I will await your response with baited breath

            • Doug Deal says:

              I do not like people that hide behind a pseudonymn to attack a person who is not. It is cowardly and is really slimey and why would anyone trust anyone who would behave that way.

              If you had used your own name, and were willing to stand behind your words, perhaps resonable people will listen to what you have to say. Instead, you look like you are harboring a personal grudge.

              • rebelrepublican says:

                No Douggie…not hidding a damn thing but I, unlike you, am not a rumpswab for any Republican that the party throws up. You attack me but not my points and that my dear, dear friend speaks volumes about you. You should have the ability to debate issues..attacking me personally says much more about the yourself.

                Your Republican is,,White, Prostestant, kissed the right ass and backs the Republican Party right or wrong…..My Republican is Diverse, any religion , and willing to buck the Party…

                As for a personal grudge…lol, I do not even know him or Johnson, just what I read. And honestly I was turned off immediately when he went after a former Johnson opponent Cindy Coates…then has the audacity to invoke Reagan’s 11th Commandment…this child is a walking contradiction.

                • Doug Grammer says:

                  Would you either mind giving us your real name or drop the claim that you aren’t hiding anything? It’s kind of hard for you to have it both ways. I’ve never had a problem telling others who I am when I was going by a screen name.

                  Just so we have our terms clear, at what age does one stop being a kid? Do you have any specific knowledge of any specific issue that the Speaker has bothered to talk to this candidate about, and can you prove it?

  2. Jeff says:

    Qualifying to have the taxpayers pay to select the Party’s nominee.

    So glad the Party that ACTUALLY believes in smaller government has already chosen their candidates WITHOUT taxpayer subsidy. 😀

  3. Icarus says:

    Hearing a rumor that former DeKalb GOP chair Jamie Siebold is looking at another run for the General Assembly. This time for the Senate.

        • ByteMe says:

          Millar already starts off with high name ID in the area, since he’s been serving it for years in the House. The “no tax list” thing is a non-starter. Should be an easy win for him.

          • B Balz says:

            Fran is one of the good guys, and if anyone follows his record, he is a fiscally conservative Rep.

            Plus, he is approachable, returns calls, has absolutely no ethical issues. Delightful family. Fran has an innate understanding of both House and Senate processes and proceedures. And he is not a lawyer.

            Finally, he is a pugilist; he fights, and he fights, and he fights. But with style and grace. I have watched this guy closely and he is truly a good Republican.

            Yeah, Fran has my vote, today,tomorrow and until otherwise notified, forever.

              • B Balz says:

                I’m hearing you Jason, not every vote Rep. Millar casts makes me happy. One made me mad, but the outcome has yet to be determined. One, in particular, turned out a lot better than I thought.

                Just knowing you can contact your Rep., be heard, is really important. As well, Rep. Millar is part of a team that can all work together, and does so.

  4. Georgia Judge says:

    Glad to hear Austin was smart to read the tea leaves correctly and stay in Gov’s race.It will prove to be a very wise decision on his part.

    • Lawton Sack says:

      I may be reading too much into it, but his Facebook event is pretty ambiguous:

      After fourteen years in office, a year on the campaign trail, and 1,068 miles walked around the state of Georgia, it’s time for Austin Scott to qualify to run for office as a Georgia Republican.

      Please join Austin & Vivien Scott, the Scott campaign team, and our volunteers and supporters for Austin’s Republican qualification proceedings. We will meet on the 2nd floor of the state Capitol, on the North steps, between the Governor’s and Lieutenant Governor’s offices.

      This event is open to the public and to the media, and you are encouraged to bring family and friends.

      Thank you for your support!

  5. drjay says:

    so according to the sos website, cagle has paid his fee, so now we wait to see if anyone steps up or not…of course even the worst case occurs and a dem wins, won’t the senate just strip the ltguv of all his power anyway…so isn’t any outcome kinda win win for the gop…also some lady from decatur has decided she has her finger on the pulse of ga’s coast and plans to run against kingston? alrighty then…

  6. Kellie says:

    I’d like to announce that I will be running for Lt. Gov. Please send donations directly to the Mall of GA. 😉

  7. drjay says:

    and vernon is official against guam johnson now…and butler for labor as well, i am open to a clever nickname for him, one that highlights his endorsement of emerson that apparently did not count for an open seat….

    • Icarus says:

      Why not a nickname that incorporates his statement that he wouldn’t date another lobbyist, the last time he was dating a lobbyist?

      • drjay says:

        i was trying to stay above the fray of the seedy stuff but i suppose “glen jr.” is an option if you want to lean that direction…

  8. In The Arena says:

    Didn’t Vernon Jones just get convicted of racial discrimination? Why was he even allowed to qualify? And who in their right mind would vote for someone convicted of racial discrimination?

  9. Debra says:

    The legislators have been working on nepotism within the local school systems for two sessions now. It just doesn’t seem right to potentially have a husband and wife Gov and Lt. Gov.

    • saltycracker says:

      Voters will remain apathetic unless the candidates can do a better job of differentiating themselves. When deciding on who to vote for I look for a platform (varies by office) that includes a few hot topics….. to name a few (#1 about eliminates all Republicans and Democrats save the possibility of a mayor in crisis):

      1. Fix the underfunded, overpaying, misrepresented public pension tsunami
      2. Replace income and property taxes with a simplified, managable system – fair tax, flat tax, something…..
      3. Address drugs as a medical issue – legalize, control and tax
      4. Stop illegal immigration, exercise 10th amendment rights
      5. Focus on education – teaching over civil servant programs
      6. Preserve the nature beauty of Georgia
      7. Address transportation
      8. Address natural resources
      9. Limit welfare for the able bodied and their dependents
      10. Discourage debt, leveraging, subsidies and fiscal irresponsibilities
      11. Reform ethics and control lobbyists….
      12. Teach our legislators the difference between a tax reduction and a redistribution handout

  10. Icarus says:

    I wish I was at the Depot having a Varsity Chili Dog with Isakson right now, but after two weeks on the road, my office desk needs me close by. However, received this from Isakson’s office just now:

    Isakson Qualifies for Re-Election to U.S. Senate

    ‘This election is about the future we will leave for our grandchildren’
    ATLANTA – Surrounded by his family and over 200 supporters, U.S. Senator and Senate candidate Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today officially qualified as a candidate for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010 at the Georgia State Capitol.

    “This election is about what direction we take this country. I have nine grandchildren, and this election is about the future we will leave for our grandchildren,” said Isakson, who was surrounded by seven of his nine grandchildren. “The United States is facing skyrocketing deficits, historic debt, out-of-control spending, tax increases on Middle America, regulatory overkill and a tragically flawed government takeover of health care. We are at a critical point in our nation’s history, and I want to return to Washington to fight for what’s right for Georgia’s families and businesses.”

    Isakson has been traveling the state for the past five-and-a-half years listening to the concerns of Georgia’s families and small businesses to ensure his votes in the Senate have reflected their conservative values. Isakson, who has been campaigning for over a year, has raised over $7 million for his re-election and expects to have about $5 million cash on hand at the end of April.

    Isakson has built his campaign infrastructure and grassroots support by organizing in all 159 Georgia counties over the past year. It is the same strategy he used in 2004 when he won the election to the U.S. Senate with more votes than any candidate had ever received up to that point in the state of Georgia.

    U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and former U.S. Senator and former Governor Zell Miller offered strong endorsements for Isakson’s re-election.

    “As you know, Johnny and I have been friends for many, many years,” said Chambliss. “Whether it comes to fighting for tax breaks for hardworking Americans, voting to help businesses create jobs or introducing legislation to balance the budget, he has proven to be a strong advocate for Georgia’s conservative values in Washington. I have the utmost respect for Johnny and can think of no one more qualified to represent Georgia in the United States Senate. I’m proud to support him through this process.”

    “Johnny has done an outstanding job serving Georgia as United States Senator. He has served with principle, focused on policy and has fought vigorously for our state’s interests in Washington,” said Perdue. “With questionable policies coming out of our nation’s capital and hints that more are on the way, it is vital that Johnny continues as our go to guy in Washington.”

    Miller, who appointed Isakson as chairman of the state school board in 1996, said, “We need to send Johnny Isakson back to the United States Senate in November. More than ever before, Georgia needs Johnny’s strong, conservative voice of reason to represent us up there.”

  11. Pine Knot says:

    I wish someone with truely conservative voice would qualify against Johnny, and then next time a true conservative would primary Saxby. Tired of being let down by people who say how conservative they are at election time, but their voting record has a lot of compromises, farm bills, and votes that show otherwise.

  12. Icarus says:

    From Eric Johnson:

    ATLANTA, GA. Senator Eric Johnson today qualified as a Republican candidate for Governor. Immediately prior to qualifying, he addressed a crowd of supporters in the North Wing of the State Capitol.

    “So many of you here today- and countless others across this state- have put your trust in our campaign. There isn’t a day that goes by that Kathryn and I don’t remember that and renew our pledge to never let you down,” said Johnson. “With the right leadership, we can put Georgia back to work and, folks, I’m just the guy to do it.”

    Johnson had a greater than $1 million cash on hand advantage over Karen Handel and Nathan Deal at the last disclosure report. The campaign continues to be on TV in markets across the state with an ad that emphasizes Johnson’s proven conservative record and plans to put Georgia back to work.

    “I want you to hear it from me- we are going to win this race,” continued Johnson. “I don’t ever want to turn back or be turned back by Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, MoveOn.Org, ACORN, or Roy Barnes!”

    An architect and a respected conservative leader, Eric Johnson served as President Pro Tempore of the Georgia State Senate. In that role, he passed legislation that cut taxes and spending, empowered small businesses, and protected doctors and businesses from frivolous lawsuits. He and his wife Kathryn have two grown children and live in Savannah. For more information please visit http://www.JohnsonForGeorgians.com.

  13. Icarus says:

    Not exactly a qualifying press release, but since it’s an open thread, I’ll add it here:


    Today, State Representative Melvin Everson has announced his appointment of Teresa Chappell, a former Bush Administration Appointee to a prominent leadership position in his campaign for Georgia Labor Commissioner.

    Ms. Chappell brings a vast knowledge of experience and enthusiasm to the campaign. The veteran political strategist has worked on various Republican campaigns in Georgia from Congressional, State and local races throughout the years. She will enhance and expand on the organizational structure already in place with her leadership and grassroots organizing skills.

    When vying for statewide office a candidate needs a strong organization in place in order to promote their campaign agenda. Teresa Chappell stated, “I am excited to be part of this historic and winning campaign for all of Georgia by working with a leader that can bring together educators, legislators and economic developers to connect a ready and able workforce for Georgians seeking employment.” Representative Everson has the leadership skills and the experience to move the Georgia Labor Commissioner’s Office to the next level during this time of economic un-certainty.

    Ms. Chappell responsibilities include all communication, event planning and coordination, team building, get-out-the vote (GOTV), and advising the candidate on campaign matters. The Everson for Georgia Campaign looks forward to getting our message out to the voters in the months ahead. For more information, please call us at (678) 429-1696.

  14. TigerLily says:

    Tom Crawford has posted that Sen. Preston Smith is not running for re-election to the Senate. He is going after the AG seat instead.

  15. saltycracker says:

    So Isakson “let me send you a check for $8,000” is running as a real estatic Republican ?

  16. saltycracker says:

    Wonder why blatant disregard for pledged conservative principals isn’t a textbook case for term limits or no votes for (i) ?

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