GRTL dips into AG’s Race

While I am not the biggest fan of Georgia Right to Life, I do realize they carry significant influence in some circles. I really question their endorsements in some races that could have no bearing on their goals, but that is a story for a different day. The Attorney General post is one that I feel GRTL has some business in getting involved in. If Georgia is going to tighten up abortion laws, the Attorney General will be the one fighting to uphold the law in the courts – so you can see how the position is related. Of course an AG could argue to uphold a law they may disagree with, but I digress.

I’ve received a press release from the Max Wood campaign indicating he has been certified as ProLife by GRTL. I’m unsure of the other candidates. I have been told that Preston may have also received the certification. If any of the other campaigns would like to clarify, I’ll edit the post accordingly. Press Releases below the fold.

Max Wood:

Georgia Right to Life has certified that Max Wood, Republican candidate for Georgia Attorney General, is a supporter of Pro-Life initiatives.

Georgia Right to Life officials sent out a questionnaire detailing specific stands on abortion. The officials determined from Wood’s answers that he follows the philosophies of Georgia Right to Life.

“As a Conservative and as a Christian, I will work to protect the rights of all Georgians, including the unborn,” Wood said. “The state Attorney General is at the forefront of the abortion fight and I’m glad Georgians know where I stand in that fight.”

Wood served eight years as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, an area that covers 70 counties. He was appointed to the position by President George W. Bush.

Wood believes his courtroom experience in private practice, in the military and as a prosecutor in state and federal courts makes him the only candidate in the Attorney General’s race with the background needed to guide us through these tough times.


  1. In The Arena says:

    Congrats to Max on this huge endorsement. We need more good people like him in our government fighting for our values.

    If we can get enough of them, Roe v. Wade could someday be overturned.

  2. TidePrideGA says:

    The only Republican they haven’t certified in ANY race (that I’m aware) is Handel. There is a veritable blizzard of press releases on this right now (and yes, guilty as charged).

  3. GOPwits says:

    The fact that these three candidate are our choices for Attorney General only confirms my decision to vote for Rob Telheit if he makes it to the General Election…

  4. JDW says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Sam Olens did not get an endorsement from Georgia Right to Life, so not all three Republican candidates were endorsed by GRTL.

    Congrats to Max Wood on such an honorable endorsement.

  5. Jane says:

    Certification just means a candidates meets the acceptable standards by the PAC even if more than 1 person also meets the same standard. Many if not most of the endorsements and certification of acceptability have not been released yet. There will be few surprised to those who care about such things.

  6. The Comma Guy says:

    When Max Wood recently announced he was going to lobby the General Assembly to change the abortion law in Georgia, I lost all respect and support for him. We need an Attorney General who will work for the citizens of Georgia without an agenda. We don’t need someone who will increase the workload of the office in a time where the state budget forces furlough days on state employees while increasing the filing fees for lawsuits and appeals. The Attorney General needs to follow and defend the laws as enacted by the General Assembly even if he personally disagrees with them.

    As is often suggested, if you want to change the law, run for a seat under the Gold Dome.

    • B Balz says:

      Thank YOU!

      What use is an argument against activist judges if it is inconsistent? Pander Bear Wood buys votes with false words.


  7. JDW says:

    Comma Guy and B Balz,

    All the candidates have mentioned they have an agenda. It was in the Daily Report on the story regarding the Chamber of Commerce debate at Ritz Carlton Lodge.

    Max Wood makes no apologies for where he stands on issues. No one wonders what Max stands on Obamacare, the water wars case, gun control, states’ rights or abortion. Olens, on the other hand, prides himself on being a “moderate” which means kinda conservative but kinda liberal, generally wish-washy. This is no time for wish-washiness. We need an Attorney General who talks straight, says what he means and means what he says.

    • JDW says:


      What does that even mean?

      Max Wood is the best option as Republican candidate for Attorney General. Compare Max’s experience to Preston Smith’s or Sam Olens’. Max blows them both out of the water when it comes to relevant experience for the Office of Attorney General. Sam has only practiced entertainment law, personal injury, and medical malpractice, and has served as a County Chairman.

      Max has experience in supervising criminal & restitution cases, civil asset forfeiture cases, tort cases (including but not limited to medical malpractice and personal injury), bankruptcy cases, property cases and (as a catchall) other matters against government agencies for 70 counties. What kind of cases do you think our Attorney General deals with, Mozart? Here’s a hint: not entertainment.

      Max is running for AG so he can finish his law career as Georgia’s Attorney General. He is dedicated to public service as his experience demonstrates. Max served for 8 years as Bush’s pick for United States Attorney, which has very similar responsibilities to the Attorney General. He’s an Iraq war veteran as well.

      Sam Olens wants to be Attorney General because he thinks that’s a good step toward running for Governor in 2014 or 2018. Sam Olens is whatever he thinks people want him to be. I can relay article after article with him admitting he wanted to run for Governor but he didn’t think he would get the votes to do it.

      Our Attorney General should not have his eyes set on another office for the future, and base decisions as Attorney General on looking good for a Governor race down the road.

      Nice try.

      • JDW says:

        … I hear crickets instead of critics…

        Silence is the only reaction from Sam Olens’ supporters after Max Wood’s experience has been discussed.

        • Mozart says:


          Based on some new information someone sent me links to, I was wrong. Dead wrong. Perry McGuire is nothing like Max Wood. Wanna know why?

          Because I think Perry McGuire would have the character and fortitude to not carry out a 2-year vendetta against someone by fabricating evidence and cutting deals with drug dealers to give them reduced sentences, in exchange for them lying to a jury.

          Guess what? Max Wood lost his case, and the target of his vendetta was acquitted of all charges.

          Max Wood is as crooked as they come. And, this guy should be our next Attorney General?

          Go back and read the Fulton County Daily Report in late 2009. It’s all there. Max Wood is baaaaad news for Georgia.

          • JDW says:


            Again you failed to be thorough in doing your homework. That article is from December 2009. Max resigned from being United States Attorney in July 2009. Judge Land was frustrated with criminal AUSAs because they were cutting corners to get convictions. It is no secret that the Middle District’s criminal division has been criticized. I can show you article after article about that too. I’m glad to see you are doing your own work rather than asking someone to do it for you. The bottom line is Max had nothing to do with the activity in that article. It occurred after he resigned.

            Again, Nice try.

            • Mozart says:


              Max Wood started the investigation and then recused himself and his office about 3/4 of the way through the investigation, but was still guiding the case and helping the Southern District prosecute it.

              His fingerprints are all over this case. You are wrong.

          • JDW says:

            Also, notice the Southern District was involved in that case and it was while both the Middle and Southern Districts were working on that case that it went sour. That case is complicated and convoluted. What is easily explained and what you’ll hate to hear is Max Wood was not responsible for the failure of the AUSAs on that case. When you see top management was blamed, that would have been the First U.S. Attorneys and Criminal Chiefs. Max was gone for about 5 months at that point.

              • JDW says:

                Max is not crooked. He’s a straight shooter. He tells it like it is and doesn’t acre what others think. He stands for what he believes in.

                That article does not demonstrate that Ma xis crooked. I encourage anyone to read that article and reahc the erroneous conclusion that Max is a crooked. Max is a refreshing relief from “politics-as-usual.” Now, you are correct in saying he started the investigation, but Max is not responsible for the failure. I agree federal proseutors should not cut corners. Sometimes federal prosecutors forget they ahve a special role as government attorneys and play the game as if they were in private practice.

                Your attempt at throwing mud on Max is futile. I can see you are upset that Sam is beginning to understand that a victory is not inevitable for him and Max is a progressing threat to Sam’s hope of being AG, but don’t make baseless allegations about convoluted matters and presume to know all the ins and outs.

                • JDW says:


                  I apologize for all the misspellings. I was exhausted last night. Now I want you to notice something, don’t you find it somewhat hypocritical to latch onto this story as Gospel truth when about a month ago you were telling Ms. Myers that the Marietta Daily Journal was telling maybe 2% of the whole story regarding Olens’ arm-twisting to get a vote? Also, in the article you presented, it is only Shelnut criticizing Wood, not the article.

                  But addressing your point, the problem with the case was subordinates (AUSAs) in the Middle and Southern Districts who went over the line to convict according to Judge Land. Now, Wood initiated the investigation. There is nothing wrong with beginning an investigation when wrongdoing is suspected. In fact, that’s the U.S. Attorney’s job.

                  You relaying this article is a feeble attempt to cast Max in a bad light. Max had nothing to do with the AUSAs’ impermissible conduct. Shelnut thinks Max was ordering the impermissible conduct. Consider the source. Also, the case was not thrown out by the jury. The jury acquitted Shelnutt. That means they did not find him guilty beyond the shadow of a reasonable doubt. Same thing happened for O.J. Simpson.

                  You completely mischaracterized Max’s role and the point of the article in a way much like Obama mischaracterized the Citizens United case before Congress during the state of the Union. Bottom-line is there is no dirt on Max and that makes Sam nervous. I am behind Max because he is a man of integrity and dedicated to public service. He served in Iraq to assist the Iraqis in setting up their judicial system in 2005-2006. I’d hardly call that crooked, and in order to become a U.S. Attorney, one must go through an arduous and thorough background search. Max checked out, which shows Max has nothing in his background that would lend to a hint of impropriety.

  8. B Balz says:


    I may not be for your choice for AG, but thank you for calling a spade a shovel.

    “You relaying this article is a feeble attempt to ….”
    “You completely mischaracterized…”

    Remember: Only YOU can prevent pol operatives.

    I may not be for your choice for AG, but thank you for calling a spade a shovel.

  9. JDW says:

    Sam Olens had the General Assembly increase his salary to be inordinately more than his commissioner colleagues at the expense of the taxpayer. In addition, Sam also had taxlpayers paying for his mileage, expensive meals, expensive hotel visits and his secretary’s salary.

    How and why the General Assembly approved that is a mystery, but what is easy to see is Sam is greedy. Now there is direct evidence of crooked, Mozart.

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