69 comments

  1. Glen Ross says:

    Good introductory spot. If he’s on air already, then he may just have the resources to knock out the incumbent.

  2. PaulRevere says:

    Eric Johnson is up. That’s all I know of. This is a good ad. Judging from the results last night, this is a year a sharp outsider candidate like McGinnittie can make some waves. He looks well positioned to do so.

  3. Part-Time Atlanta says:

    I assume Barnes and Johnson are the only others on TV right now. That’s impressive for a down ballot to be going up this early. Solid ad as well. I give it a 9. I only give out a 10 when two big dump trucks are in the background.

  4. SouthernGent says:

    Great ad. The more I see and hear from MacGinnitie the more I like. He is a sharp guy and will do a great job as SOS.

  5. I Am Jacks Post says:

    MacGinnitie’s ad just eliminated my joint pain and cured me of my seasonal allergies! Thanks MacGinnitie!

  6. Who all is running in the SOS race? I can’t remember if it was MacGinnitie or someone else, but yesterday I received what might have been the dumbest piece of direct-mail ever. The front side had dark, pixelated photos of Pelosi, Reid, Obama, and Biden… and the back side was all about how Georgia needs a Secretary of State who will stand up to these four guys’ spending.

    I just stared at the flyer in shock for a few moments… wondering what on earth the Georgia Secretary of State has to do with Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. The flyer might as well have said, “I think you’re a tea party kool-aid drinker, and are thus a complete moron. Vote for me!”

    • Jimbo says:

      Here is an excerpt of his mailer:
      “Every time he [MacGinnitie] looks at them [his children], his commitment to put government back in the hand of its people grows.”
      So, every time he looks at his kids, he thinks about politics!
      LOL that’s funny, but sad at the same time.

      • PoliticalOutsider says:

        You’re sad in that you have nothing positive to offer, you just sit behind a screen and snark at good honest men who want to give back to their state. It’s obvious from Mr. MacGinnitie’s success he doesn’t have to run. I’m sure he could make more money in the business world. Maybe he really does want to give back to the state. I’m sure he does worry about his kids futures. Who are you to judge someone else’s motivations?

        • Jimbo says:

          I am not trying to be snarky or judge his motivations, I was merely concurring with Steve Perkins that this was one silly piece of political literature. Half of the mailer is spent talking about his personal life, and the other half talks about opposing taxes, which the SoS doesn’t have any control over, so far as I know. I don’t have any children, but I don’t think about politics every time that I look at my nephews.

  7. macho says:

    So Kemp is a career politician now?

    If I were McGinnity I wouldn’t make any references to my service on the Sandy Springs City Council, since after only two years on the council, the Mayor and the majority of the council are endorsing your opponent. This is truly remarkable. The people who have worked with you, understand your work ethic, etc…, are not only choosing to stay silent, but hold your performance in such low regard, after only two years, that they’ve chosen to endorse your opponent.

    • BuckheadConservative says:

      I wouldn’t like the guy either if he kept pointing out to the voters how much money of theirs I wanted to waste on a dog parks, paying almost twice what a piece of property is worth, etc. If sacrificing my conservative principles is what it takes to get those jokers endorsements, I’d say no thank you as well.

  8. redrock says:

    That ad is terrible.

    “I interned under Ronald Reagan”. That is what he is touting? Having that in the bio is fine – but in the TV spot?

    I like MacGinnitie – but that ad is a little too much like the “let’s just hit the main key words and hope they’re retarded” pandering Oxendine.

    • ACCmoderate says:

      It sounds a lot better than saying: “I made a cup of coffee for the President. He then promptly forgot my name.”

  9. Jimbo says:

    A good ad, except for the Reagan bit. That was over 20 yrs ago, and for all we know “interning for Reagan” could mean that he was responsible for providing donuts and coffee for cabinet meetings.
    I’m disappointed with both candidates for SoS. MacGinnitie has no respect for private property rights or religious liberty, and Brian Kemp is inept.
    http://swgapolitics.com/index/2009/12/27/doug-macginnitie-religious-freedom-and-property-rights/

    http://swgapolitics.com/index/2010/05/18/kemp-means-stealing-business/
    If MacGinnitie were smart, he would hit Kemp over the head with this issue and never let up.

    • Jimbo says:

      According to his mailer, he started his Reagan internship in the summer of 1988, so he almost didn’t make it onto the Reagan Revolution bandwagon.

    • Granted, this MacGinnitie guy hasn’t made a stellar impression on me… see the comments above out his direct mail piece. However, in the SWGApolitics link you just pasted, Jeff wrote that story without having the first clue what he was talking about (Shocking! That never happens!).

      When a church wants to expand the size of its building, without expanding its parking capacity in equal measure, then it’s basically setting up infringement of the neighbors’ property rights. Enforcing zoning laws, and rejecting such a variance, is not “disrespecting religious liberty”. It’s not disrespecting a property right, either… it’s called a “variance” in the first place because you’re seeking something that varies from your normal property rights.

      • In all fairness, the property that the Scientologist church owns is at the corner of Roswell Rd at Glenridge Rd according to the article I read. If it’s the building I’m thinking of, it faces Roswell Road – 2 lanes in each direction with a turn lane in the middle. This isn’t in a residential neighborhood. It’s U.S. 19. I’m not sure if their request was reasonable or not, but I’m not real sure what property rights of the neighbors would have been infringed. (Other than a possible parking issue. In which case, I agree… but you can just ticket the people that park in surrounding neighborhoods, right?)

        • Other side of GA-400… it’s on the corner of Chamble-Dunwoody and Mt. Vernon. I used to drive past it every day when I worked in Dunwoody. If I recall correctly, it was in a small commercial strip with a drug store or video store or something like that. There was probably enough parking to support a couple of normal businesses with normal traffic flows… but I could see the church easily tying up the full parking lot (and then some) on Sundays or whenever it is that Scientologists do their thing. Really weird place to locate a church in the first place.

          • analogkid says:

            The Church of Scientology was discriminated against by Mr. MacGinnitie. My thetan cries out for justice!

          • Admittedly, it’s been probably a year since I’ve driven through that particular intersection. But from what I remember and from looking at Google Maps, it does appear that there’s plenty of other businesses at that intersection. (There’s even a J Christophers there… yum!) And actually, looking at street view, I don’t see any 3 story buildings at that intersection… are they the brick buildings that are a few hundred yards further down Mount Vernon?

    • redrock says:

      Both of those “stories” are jokes.

      There was a security flaw on a website that was subsequently fixed. This doesn’t make Kemp “inept”.

      And Steve is correct below. Denying a zoning variance is not disregarding private property rights. Flip the coin and MacGinnitie was protecting the neighboring property rights.

      • Jeff says:

        redrock and Steve:

        In the Scientology case with Doug, he supported denying BOTH religious liberty AND private property rights. It should have been allowed, and had it happened in Leesburg with me on the Council, I would have voted to allow it.

        With the Kemp thing, “the buck stops here” is a phrase every executive needs to own.YES, it originated under Cox. YES, Handel did NOTHING about it for 3 years. I note BOTH of those factors in at least one of the articles I did on the issue.

        But at the end of the day, Kemp also did NOTHING to fix the issue until it hit the news media, and then the politician’s survival mode kicked in. Even now, if I remember the reports of his “fix” correctly, it is not truly fixed.

        • Jimbo says:

          The video from Dale Russell has Kemp saying that they fixed the problem. However, the only correction he made was to email any updates about your company on the SoS website to ALL email addresses they have on file. Correct me if I am wrong, but nowhere have I been able to find that he now has companies’ records PASSWORD protected at the very least, which even people who run their own political blogs have enough sense to do.

        • redrock says:

          You sure know a copious amount of facts regarding this small variance request 200 miles north of where you live.

          Please provide some logical argument for how MacGinnitie was denying “religious liberty AND private property rights” other than just saying he did.

          I seriously doubt Kemp knew about the issue and just said, “well screw it – hopefully no one will exploit it”.

          Security flaws happen – At&t just leaked every 3G iPad user’s email and ICC-ID – and they are in essence a data management company. They too had to fix the situation once they learned of it. Kemp is not a black hat security expert. He handled the situation great.

        • Well gee… if you’re going to counter my reasoning by repeating the original statement in ALL CAPS… then clearly you “win”. I didn’t know you really meant business!

  10. BuckheadConservative says:

    I think the ad is an effective intro. You all can nit and pick all you like, but Doug’s track record in the business world and dedication to his conservative principles is undeniable. You all know it, and now the rest of the state is about to find out as well.

    • macho says:

      Hopefully this dedication will transfer to his first vote in a Georgia Primary election.

      • BuckheadConservative says:

        You could dedicate an entire episode of Mythbusters to the Brian Kemp campaign. That little attack in the first segment: BUSTED.

            • macho says:

              I didn’t know about that one. I’ve always thought it’s an interesting contradiction for candidates with a less than stellar voting record to urge others to vote. I guess if the people of Sandy Springs were dumb enough to vote for someone for City Council who was too lazy to vote in the creation of the actual city, it would have the tendency to embolden that person to pursue even higher office, “Attention peons, I’m too important to ever do something as lowly as voting in a state election primary. But now that I’ve chosen to grace this state with my magnificent name on the ballot, I urge you to take time out of your busy schedule so that you may be so fortunate to have me.”

              • ACCmoderate says:

                I don’t respect anyone from Sandy Springs… they only live there because they’re scared of black people.

    • I Am Jacks Post says:

      “I think the ad is an effective intro.”

      Color me surprised. I was on pins and needles awaiting your verdict.

      • BuckheadConservative says:

        That’s cRaZy, bro. I was waiting for your opinion also!! I saw this ad and thought, “Damn, I sure hope Jack’s Post like this. He’s so objective and all. I’m gonna refresh my browser until I find out what that unbiased, level headed, thoughtful gentleman has to say about Doug’s new ad”

        Weird.

  11. HowardRoark says:

    I can’t wait for Brian Kemp to reply by telling us all how he’ll fight to keep Osama bin Laden out of our sandwich bread.

  12. PoliticalOutsider says:

    Doug MacGinnitie has been a breath of fresh air into this GOP primary season. He’s a very accomplished entreprenuer and executive and he proved his conservative credentials as a councilman in Sandy Springs. He’s a man of the upmost integrity, running against a man who could not have less. I hope he wins to encourage more candidates like him to get involved.

  13. JSBarrington says:

    A friend who is the media consultant for a major statewide campaign says this ad is not actually running anywhere in GA.

    So, he’s got an ad, but its not running on tv anywhere. More bs and hype from the macginnitie campaign.

    • BuckheadConservative says:

      Really? Because MY made-up friend who is a media consultant for a major statewide campaign said it’s running statewide. Looks like our fake friends cancel each other out.

  14. GOPwits says:

    Good ad except for the Reagan part… He even looked awkward saying it – as if he knew it didn’t work…

    Other than that, I was REALLY impressed with the clarity and quality of the ad. I’d rank it ahead of Johnson’s ad…

    The question is where is it running and how much $ is behind it…

    • I Am Jacks Post says:

      “’I’d rank it ahead of Johnson’s ad…”

      I’d put that video of that kid saying he likes turtles ahead of Johnson’s ad.

    • macho says:

      Bit of an ironic statement, knowing it’s McGinnity who can’t even finish out a single term on the Sandy Springs City Council before he bolts for another office.

      • gopgal says:

        Macho, Don’t know what malcontent is feeding you your information but MacGinnitie finished out his term on the city council.

  15. South Fulton Guy says:

    Folks ate up Obama’s “great ads” to and you see where that got us.

    Pundits making a decision based on one ad is as nauseous as the unwashed masses who couldn’t name their state representative.

  16. South Fulton Guy says:

    Folks ate up Obama’s “great ads” to[o] and you see where that got us.

    Pundits making a decision based on one ad is as nauseous as the unwashed masses who couldn’t name their state representative.

  17. I think it is excellent. Quite a contrast to most of the slash and burn campaigning that is happening. Doug is a great guy who is running for the right reasons. I’m impressed with his resume and his desire to serve and problem solve. GOOD JOB DOUG! Hope the voters respond well.

  18. B Balz says:

    Question for somebody really smart:

    How many other States have a SoS that is an elected position?

    Follow-up: Why is this an elected position?

    • Jimbo says:

      If Perdue had his way, he would get to appoint the SoS.
      According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_of_State_(U.S._state_government)
      35 states elect their SoS
      Utah, Alaska, and Hawaii do not have a SoS
      I can understand why we should elect a Secretary of State, since the alternatives are to either 1) allow the governor or General Assembly to appoint/elect one or 2) the duties would be handed over to some other unelected bureaucrat. At least this way, intelligent voters have a say in who gets to carry out the duties.
      What I want to know instead is why the heck we need to elect a Labor Commissioner. After reading their website, I can’t think of any reason why we need to elect someone to that position.

      • B Balz says:

        Thanks Jimbo.

        Other than being a guardian of the sanctity of the vote, SoS Office seems redundant to State/Local Chamber of Commerce. Having a career professional run the SoS website might have eliminated the gaffe that occurred recently.

        Back to the sanctity of the vote. I have always been uncomfortable that our votes do not have a paper trail. Perhaps the Diebold machines are infallible, and cannot be tampered with, but I do not believe that.

        I am going to refrain from the obvious jab at the SoS office that governed this decision, in lieu of asking why vote veracity cannot be made a function of State office? The State audits banks, collects revenue, and many other tasks that require complete objectivity, professionalism, and expertise.

        As it is now, the SoS office is pol stepping stone.

        Ditto for Education Commish, BTW

  19. Walton County Boy says:

    Kemp is better candidate… Regardless of distracting TV ads or misleading mail-outs…

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