• lewthecaver says:

        What does it have to do with anything? Sheesh! It has to do with EVERYTHING! This is a man willing to go head to head with his own party because he recognizes that it is broken and practically indistinguishable from their ‘humble opponents’ the Demos. He is exactly what the party needs at the right time. Not since the Matt Mattingly debaucle has the Georgia Republican Party been so out of touch with it’s constituency. Chapman is the man to bring them back!

        • Fred Smulavich says:

          Hear, hear. I gotta say, the more time passes, the more I like Chapman. I hate that his refusal to play the game, resign office to raise money, and grandstand is hurting him with people here.

          I just pray he can generate enough cash right now to at least let the people of Georgia have an opportunity to hear his message.

        • MisterTwister says:

          What does it have to do with Austin Scott? Perhaps I’m just extraordinarily confused.

          • polisavvy says:

            Beats me! Perhaps they didn’t get the memo that Austin Scott is now running for Congress. Don’t worry, you aren’t extraordinarily confused — they are apparently.

    • B Balz says:

      I keep seeing OX signs at strategic intersections in N ATL.

      Cool video. I like Rep. Chapman’s candid, openness both in the video and when you speak to him. He puts distance between himself and the Party, stays on track with that message, “I was never picked as a Chair for Committee” because I spoke out against the GOP in GA.

      He is a good man and a good Georgian.

  1. KempforAg says:

    Yea too bad Ox’s signs are getting taken down just as fast as they are going up. Guess they don’t know you can’t put them on right a way’s.

    • B Balz says:

      It would be pretty funny to see images of OX signs in the Chapman Recycling video…

    • Provocateur says:

      You’ll see lots of Handel signs in right-of-ways as well. People can smell a fake when they see one.

  2. Tireless says:

    Let me see if I understand his message. The republican party sucks so vote for a lifelong republican that admits the party sucks.

    Did Barnes’ campaign staff write that narrative?

    • ByteMe says:

      If you can’t be the “status quo” candidate — like Deal or Ox — then you can try to be the “anti-status quo” candidate and see if that helps you get some visibility.

      In Georgia, status quo wins. There is no backlash locally so far.

    • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

      I see it differently. The Republican Party is broken; vote for the only guy who can/wants to fix the Republican Party.

      • Fred Smulavich says:

        That’s what I got too. It’s not that the Republican party sucks, it’s that the current establishment has botched up things and isn’t too conservative when it comes to fiscal or ethical measures.

        PP front-page posters blast Casey Cagle on a daily basis, but God forbid a candidate points out the need for new leadership in the party.

          • Tireless says:

            Why would he do that…..this place seems to have very few supporters of the republican party.

            Back to the ad. In this instance, Chapman is taking a massive dump on the republican party while hoping nobody will notice he is a member of said party. I think a normal reaction to this ad is “republicans suck…..it sucks so bad even a republican will admit it”. Shredding the brand you want to use to sell yourself to the public is a very stupid approach……..don’t believe me, ask Charlie Crist how it’s working out for him.

            I guess when candidates (Chapman, McNuts&Berry, OX, Handel) don’t have any legislative acomplishments to brag about, they attack their own. They can’t show anyone what they have done so they drag down everyone to their level. While a rising tide lifts all boats, a falling tide leaves everyone in the mud…….nice job Chapman.

            • AnyoneElse2010 says:

              I stopped reading after you called the Georgia GOP chair a man. That right there tells me everything that I need to know about how caught up you are on Georgia politics.

                • B Balz says:

                  Actually there are plenty of good , fiscall conservatives here, some social moderates, and a whole lotta GOP going on.

                  I think Ms. Everhart ought to come on by for a visit.

            • Game Fan says:

              “Shredding the brand you want to use to sell yourself to the public is a very stupid approach……..don’t believe me, ask Charlie Crist how it’s working out for him”.

              -Unless you think the last 20 years of Republican leadership is the Republican brand, which would place you in the “under 40” category. Now for the rest of us, Bush and co. is more of a re-branding to begin with and Reagan is the real deal. And for the “youngins” the “Reagan” brand represents “hope and change”. I always get a kick out of folks who are so sure of how things really are that they view any critics as meddlesome blowhards. Again, look in the mirror. There’s a whole slew of folks who don’t give a darn about the stuff under Bush OR Clinton OR Obama.

            • ByteMe says:

              Crist is leading the three-way race right now. Looks like it’s working better than sticking with the GOP.

              • Fred Smulavich says:

                I don’t think by any means Chapman is implying he wants to leave the GOP. It seems more like he wishes they holistically stuck closer to the principles they are supposed to espouse, which is something I can certainly agree with.

  3. ZazaPachulia says:

    I still like ‘The Ox v. The Rat’ better. Can we dig that one up and re-post it on the front page?

    (by the way, ‘Digital Lab’ just swallowed 2/3’s Chapman’s remaining budget with that video…)

    My new PAC, ‘Former Scott supporters for Otis Putnam’ will be launching a counter-video with scenes from a Wal-Mart dumpster in the coming week. Look for it on youtube.

    • ‘Former Scott supporters for Otis Putnam’

      That’s funny right there.

      Just don’t let this PAC interfere with you shutting down Dwight Howard this week.

    • Lady Thinker says:


      I don’t understand your behavior and anger, can you explain it to me?

      This is a thread for Jeff Chapman but you want to threadjack to show your disdain for Austin Scott. Why? What has Scott personally done to you?

      You were a strong supporter for Scott for governor, right? Then Scott and his wife made the difficult decision to drop out of the governor’s race so he could run as a candidate for CD-8. He is still helping those people and the State of Georgia, right? Now you want to destroy Scott’s campaign property paid for by supporters of Scott’s and property that could be used to push his congressional campaign, right? Why don’t you just return them? Have you considered you could possibly be arrested to destroying said property? Do you care? Are you someone who maybe had a crush on Scott and feel betrayed that he unknowingly chose not to live up to your fantasy by dropping out of the race and not discussing this with you personally? Are you related to Ray McBerry?

  4. Doug Grammer says:

    The video is very well done. I’m not sure that I would have went with the glass is half empty. He could have spent that same amount of time talking about what’s going well in Georgia and how he helped make it better.

    • MightyPencil says:

      America in general is “glass is half empty” right now. This puts him on common ground with a lot of people. Talking about what’s going well implies that he doesn’t relate and see that bad things going on.

      • B Balz says:

        Good point, speaks to ‘the GOP doesn’t suck’ angle and the fact that there must be a socially moderate, fiscally conservative breed of GOP candidates that will represent that majority.

        Finally. I would hope the GOP ‘recruitment and retention’ folks are hearing this, clearly.

  5. ricstewart says:

    Such a shame to spend all that money on a video and still use a lapel microphone. Couldn’t he have splurged on a boom mic?

  6. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    It does here were little squirrels trying to get a nut pic the specs out of the grits. 🙂

  7. Overall good, but only a B. What was lacking was the action component. He talked about what he wanted to do, but also accused others of just talking and not doing. It would have gotten an A or A+ if he had shown up in a hard hat ready to work and looked like he was standing in the junk yard. A+ would have been if he reached down and picked up the old radio with Reagan talking just before it was smashed.

    • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

      He would have looked like one of the Village People if he wore a hard hat.

      • Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

        Man, dont those pictures of politicians at a ground breaking with hard hats on and really no reason to wear them make you shake your head at how stupid they look? Politicians and hard hats are like Hillary and Bill in a black church.

  8. vtconservative says:

    Nice commercial! Were I a graphic designer I might sit and marvel; however, the commercial said nothing about what he plans to do in office and I after three minutes of video I no more informed about any course of action he plans to take than before I watched it.

  9. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    Jason…smoked a lot of weed? 🙂

    Hard Hat?

    All the Hand”el puppets would have laughed their ass off.

      • Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

        I was kidding David. But seriously, a politician in a hard hat? It kind of a oxymoron and a bad slam on people that have to actually wear them. Not that Jeff hasn’t worn one. But he had to.
        If I offended you, I am sorry.

  10. Game Fan says:

    Nice effects in the first part. Overall a pretty good video although seems more like 2 separate commercials. The end of the first part with Chapman’s voice would have made a good spot and the second half a separate ad IMHO. Chapman’s voice with the same TV sound as with Reagan in a rousing speech would have been better overall although it’s generally probably not that advisable to speak after “Reagan”. Maybe the ideal would be “Reagan” followed by a ten second message with a catchy slogan with a professional voice.

  11. I really like this video, and while I do find flaws in it overall – primarily length if it’s for airplay – I do see things in it that others perhaps don’t. My main criticism of Chapman thus far has been that he says good things, but is very soft-spoken. Watching this video that element is still present, but I can tell a difference between this and the last time I heard him speak.

    I think the overall message is great, in a less crowded field I’m sure more people would be supporting Chapman.

  12. Baker says:

    On a similar campaign ad themed note, has anyone notice that Lee Hawkins ad only identifies him as a “health care provider”? Maybe someone else has already commented on this possible anti-dentite behaviour and I missed it. If so, sorry for the repetition, but I just saw the ad again and thought I would throw that in.

  13. macho says:

    Nice Ad. Although I’m guessing, the main portions of it were a generic template available to candidates across the country. It was a very high-end production, for someone on such a low campaign budget. If you look at all the “template” shots, it never actually mentions the State of Georgia. The only time you see Georgia is the sign that says “GA Political Landscape,” which might be a changeable area. It’s not until Chapman’s clips, which are good, but a lower grade than the template, that you hear Georgia.

    I could be wrong, regardless, it’s still a good ad.

    • macho says:

      You know what, I take back everything I just said. I just watched it again and saw the Jekyll Island Newspaper in the dump. So that would have to be cut-in as well. I don’t know anymore, maybe it’s an original production.

      The King Rat video never actually aired on TV, but was a great piece, because everyone remembers it. The production quality was much lower grade than this Ad by Chapman. It would seem strange to spend that much money on an Ad that the candidate can’t afford to put up on television.

    • ByteMe says:

      I think your reading of it is correct. I could swear I’ve seen the same opening piece elsewhere, but can’t remember where.

      At least he didn’t try to re-subtitle the Hitler speech in “Downfall”. The producers of the movie aren’t so happy with those now.

  14. GAPoliticsisfun says:

    Chapman seems like a good credible person.

    It’s going to be very hard for him to be a factor in this race. He has a very small base, and has not show any ability to raise the capital necessary to run a statewide campaign.

  15. ZazaPachulia says:

    Macho, the King Rat video is not better, because everyone who remembers it has it on their long laundry list of reasons NOT to vote for ‘The Ox’

  16. Mae says:

    I think the Chapman video is right on target with its message that the current leadership of the Georgia GOP appears to be ethically challenged and ignores conservative principles whenever it is politically convenient to do so.
    As a campaign tactic, the video seems pretty good, as Johnson, Deal and Oxendine have had well-publicized ethical lapses, and Handel is tarnished by her close ties to Sonny Perdue. That leaves McBerry, whose morals remain in question, and Chapman, who has kept the conservative faith even when pressured to forget his convictions and follow the party line on some bad legislation.
    If Georgia is to get past the problems it now faces, I don’t think the establishment politics that helped get us into this mess will do the trick.
    I wonder, though, how the Chapman team will distribute the video to a broad audience. At last check, his campaign was cash-starved

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