Teilhet And Hodges Spar Over Need For Voting Rights Act

This primary, on the Democratic side, intrigues me. Mainly because Hodges seems to be running as a Republican at times – and not just because of his seemingly insurmountable ethics issues.

The following is a press release from Rob Teilhet. I’m sure a Hodges sock puppet or two can come along and tell his side of the story:

Greensboro, GA—Sharp differences emerged yesterday afternoon between the two Democratic Attorney General Candidates, State Representative Rob Teilhet and Ken Hodges, over the need to protect voting rights in Georgia. Teilhet supports the continued enforcement of the Voting Rights Act to protect minority voters, while Hodges surprised many observers by publicly questioning the ongoing need for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

At a question and answer forum hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Hodges stated, as recorded by Andy Peters with the Fulton County Daily Report, “Certainly there was a need for [the law] originally. If there is evidence of discrimination [it should still be enforced], but I have not looked at that [law] to give an opinion on that now.”

Rob Teilhet, Democratic candidate for Attorney General, provided a much different answer. In his closing remarks, Teilhet stated there was no “if” about it—discrimination still occurs every day in Georgia. The people of Georgia deserve an Attorney General who stands up against discrimination and who is willing to protect voting rights.

“This is not some obscure law. The Voting Rights Act was landmark legislation designed to protect every American’s right to fully participate in the electoral process,” said Teilhet. “Georgia needs an Attorney General that understands that we still need this law, and will fight to see it enforced.

We’ve come a long way since 1965 but the work is not done. The Voting Rights Act ensures that our progress is maintained and it protects the right to vote for all Georgians.”

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was landmark legislation that outlawed
discriminatory practices meant to disenfranchise African American voters. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was renewed by Congress several times, the last time being 2006 when it was signed into law by President Georgia W. Bush, and it remains effective for 25 years. Several congressional representatives from southern states, including Georgia, have challenged the need of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 stating that discrimination no longer exists.

Currently, there are two cases challenging the Voting Rights Act of 1965 pending in federal court. One or both of these cases may end up at the United States Supreme Court. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled narrowly on a challenge, allowing a Texas town to be exempted from the Section 5 requirements of the Act that require preclearance from the U.S. Justice Department without addressing the constitutionality of Section 5. Georgia’s own Legislative Black
Caucus—the largest in the nation—submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the protection and preservation of the Voting Rights Act.

Rob Teilhet (pronounced tuh-lay) has represented Smyrna and Marietta in the Georgia House of Representatives since his election in 2002 at the age of 28. He is the Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and serves on the Judiciary, Education, and Industrial Relations Committees. He is a partner in the Marietta law firm of Rogers, Strimban & Teilhet.

Teilhet’s campaign for Attorney General has been endorsed by the current and the immediate past President of the Legislative Black Caucus, Senator Emanuel Jones and Representative Al Williams, the IBEW Local 613, Solicitor General Robert James of DeKalb County, former legislator and U.S. Senate candidate Jim Martin, Marshal Greg Countryman, and dozens of other civil rights leaders, faith leaders, political leaders and elected officials. More information about his campaign can be found at his website, www.robforgeorgia.com .

12 comments

  1. JDW says:

    I guess we know who Icarus supports for Attorney General.

    Don’t know enough about the ethical issues, so I can’t respond to those, but a positive point for Hodges is he has criminal prosecution experience which is a responsibility of our Attorney General.

      • JDW says:

        I meant I don’t know enough to say anything in Hodges’ defense other than he is a former District Attorney… based on Pete’s February link, Hodges does not come off well.

    • analogkid says:

      I believe his point is that Hodges’s position is out of step with the Georgia Democratic party on this issue, which is curious unless he believes he’s going to skate through the primary. An easy primary seems unlikely though, given the large African American vote in the Dem primary. They are likely to disagree vehemently with this position.

  2. ZazaPachulia says:

    Have we completely ruled out the possibility that Ken Hodges is somehow related to the devil?

    Do Ken and John Oxendine spend a lot of time together? I haven’t seen this many scary corrupt candidates on the ballot since Pappy O’Daniel ran against Homer Stokes…

  3. Hodges is moving to the right. Don’t forget that many in the African American community are upset with Hodges over that DEA/Deputy incident. I’m not sure how they will react to this, but it certainly isn’t going to make things better for Hodges.

    Having said that, Hodges isn’t the first person in Georgia to say this – I wonder if he thinks he has the primary sewn up and is looking ahead to facing Wood/Smith/Olens in the fall.

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