Full Disclosure: Tyler Edition

I voted today. Here’s my ballot. Bolded to allow for easier read:

Governor: Karen Handel
Secretary of State: Doug MacGinnitie
Attorney General: Preston Smith
Insurance Commissioner: Gerry Purcell
Labor Commissioner: Melvin Everson
Agriculture Commissioner: Gary Black
School Superintendent: John Barge
PSC: John Douglas


  1. Glen Ross says:

    Pretty standard fare. I am interested in the PSC choice, though. All I have down for my “Full Disclosure: Glen Ross” list in that spot is “No Tim Echols” Care to offer an explaination, Tyler?

  2. KingWulfgar says:

    Still can’t understand what all you FP’ers love about Handel, but to each their own. At the very least, she’s better than Ox and Deal.

  3. I Am Jacks Post says:

    Full disclosure: None of your choices surprise me. However, good of you to be honest.

  4. GARepublican2010 says:

    I have to admit I’m surprised about your votes for Preston Smith and Gerry Purcell. Both Olens and Wood seem to have a lot more experience to me. Haven’t decided between the two of those personally. As for Insurance Commissioner, there are a number of qualified candidates, and Gerry Purcell is not one of them. I admit I’m voting for Seth Harp, but even if you disagree with him, I don’t see what you see in Purcell.

    • ECSnob says:

      I finally got to talking with Gerry about his background and what exactly his experience in government/healthcare were and things got blurry real quick. Not sure if he is being consulted to act this way but he basically acted like I was offending him or cornering him or something and he avoided me the rest of the meeting. It only added to my suspicions as far as how much bs this guy spits.

  5. Straight Talking Jim says:

    Who I’m voting for:

    Governor: John Oxendine
    Secretary of State: Brian Kemp
    Attorney General: Max Wood
    Insurance Commissioner: Gerry Purcell
    Labor Commissioner: Melvin Everson
    Agriculture Commissioner: Darwin Carter
    School Superintendent: John Barge
    PSC: Tim Echols
    CD-09: Bobby Reese

    • GOPwits says:

      I’d have to say Tarver in the 9th… Graves and Rogers have some questions they need to answer about that shady hotel deal…

      I mean, if getting out of your debt was as easy as signing a quit claim deed, there would be a lot of people in real estate with a lot more money right now…

        • polisavvy says:

          You saw that story, too, huh? I was totally amazed. Things like that are never part of a settlement agreement.

        • bowersville says:

          Let me beat Doug Grammer to it.

          Was an ethics complaint filed? Was there a finding of fact? Tell me something new, that was twenty years ago and has nothing to do with his performance as Governor.

          Besides it was only a Superior court judge that said Oxendine was an abomination. Was that Superior judge a friend of Sonny Perdue 20 years ago? You know Sonny is backing Karen don’t you?

          Besides Ox had only been practicing law for 2 years. You know that’s not enough time to develope ethical behavior. Give the man benefit of the doubt.

  6. GOPwits says:

    Okay, at this point, with so much corruption known and who knows what’s not known, someone is just going to have to explain to me why they are voting for Oxendine and for that matter Nathan Deal.

    Both of them are really unelectable in a general election given their corruption and ethical shortcomings. I mean, most people will tolerate a lot of things, but getting rich off of taxpayers and living lavishly on the public doll aren’t things that voters are looking for these days…

    Oh wait, I forgot, Eric Johnson got over a $1 million in business for his company and didn’t disclose it…

    Seriously – these will be issues in the fall…

    • In The Arena says:

      I think what voters are really looking for is a woman who knows how to scream the f-word at the top of her lungs, verbally abuse her staff, and throw all the chairs in her office. I mean, thats just how you get things done these days. As an added bonus, voters are looking for a woman who does all of those things so they can be captured on video tape and given to the democratic party for use in the general election. Barnes 65% Handel 35%.

  7. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    Tyler voted for Handel…..well isn’t that special ?

    Do you squat to pee also?

      • Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

        No Dweeb

        Get use to politics and try to stand when you pee. No one really cares how you literary giants votes… we basically know all of you are in the can for Karen anyway and waited for the high priest to post who he is voting for so all you lemmings can follow, so enjoy the barbs, Francis !

        And don’t play that , raised by women Femi-Nazi card on me 🙂

        • Icarus says:

          Perhaps if you had a bit more respect for women, then the one woman you met here wouldn’t now be referring to you as a stalker because of your interactions with her off these pages.

          • Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

            LOL Oh really..So she’s the litmus test? By her own admission her life was in turmoil . I never stalked her and have plenty of facebook communications FROM her.

            BTW speaking of stalking …..she really didn’t have anything nice to say about you either, Icky .

            Perhaps you may want to go back into your bag with something else and not go there.

  8. just left of center says:

    If I were voting in the republican primary:

    Governor: John Oxendine
    Secretary of State: Doug MacGinnitie
    Attorney General: Preston Smith
    Insurance Commissioner: Marie Sheffield
    Labor Commissioner: Melvin Everson
    Agriculture Commissioner: Gary Black
    School Superintendent: John Barge
    PSC: John Douglas

    I cant understand why this cites caters so much to Handel….Handel clearly is who Barnes would vote for.

  9. strident_hack says:

    I voted today, also. Guess I cancelled you out on a few of the races. Sorry!

    Governor: Eric Johnson
    Secretary of State: Brian Kemp
    Attorney General: Sam Olens
    PSC: Jeff May

  10. ECSnob says:

    I didn’t realize you were old enough to vote big boy, congrats. Are you popping your GOP Primary cherry with these names?!?!?!

  11. Sarah Scott says:

    Several of my picks are “Anyone but….” Insurance Commissioner and PSC are races that I can’t tell you who I will vote for, but I can certainly tell you who I won’t be casting my ballot for.

    This primary season someone could make a fortune selling fill in the blank bumper stickers…”Anyone but_______ for Insurance Commissioner” or “Anyone but_______ for PSC”

  12. GaConservative23 says:

    I feel like your choices for Governor and Secretary of State reflect a litmus test imposed on all Peach Pundit bloggers.

    But hey, at least you guys don’t pretend otherwise.

      • Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

        Oh my God… a flogging he will get. Only one lash with a pink feather duster because he is in the can for Handel. :}

    • Jace Walden says:

      Not really, I’m voting Libertarian in the General. And in the Republican Primary, I’m voting for Jeff Chapman. Although I will agree that the front page leans heavily toward Handel.

  13. GAPoliticsisfun says:

    I am amused about all the comments on the vast Handel Pundit conspiracy. Yes, most of the FPP do support Karen.

    I bet that the FPP get bombarded from all candidates (with the exception of the OX). Do you think they sat in some smoke filled room with cigars and bourbon, took a vote and said we’re all for Handel. They are all very opinionated with the ability to make up their own minds. Most of them decided on Handel.

    • Jace Walden says:

      It’s more like a Skull and Bones ritual. All of us FPPs stood in a dark room, wearing cloaks and chanting in Latin. We made each Gubernatorial candidate pledge his/her allegiance to The Order and then make an offering. You wouldn’t believe what Oxendine was willing to offer. And he still didn’t recieve The Order’s endorsement.

    • Icarus says:


      It was Gin, actually. Bombay Sapphire as I recall.

      And the Cigars were Macaneudo Tudors. Except for Tyler. He buys his crappy cigars at Quik Trip.

      I’ll be discussing how I came to support Handel at some point in the next week (sock puppets, remain on alert). Those that followed as the race developed may remember that I spent a good bit of time trying to get Westmoreland in the race. Not something a great Handel co-conspirator probably would have done. But since then, she’s earned my support, and I continue to hope she’ll earn the support of the others too.

      • B Balz says:

        Let me guess, I hate suspense:

        The consensus among the Tanalach Media confab was that the Ox has more luggage than a Samsonite salesman, cannot win. Thus, Roy would win. Cannot have that, what is the Plan, Stan?

        Deal was not announced at the time, so he was not a playa. Post-Speaker-who-shall-not-be-named ethics became the issue du jour. The world markets had not yet collapsed, so who was clean, fresh, and ethically electable?

        Enter Team Handel. Whoopee! Political intrigue unmasked.

        There will probably be a runoff between Ms. Handel and Mr. Deal against current poll leader. Yawn, who can beat Roy?

        If massive quantities of crow are consumed on a likely Ox nomination, can he still beat Roy?

        I predict the wagons will circle….the real question is are there enough of them?

        • GAPoliticsisfun says:

          It will be interesting to see how much cash flows to the second place candidate in the runoff against Ox. He is sitting on a lot of cash.

          Handel is the only one that can beat Barnes. Imagine the ad’s with Johnson draped in the flag, the ads with Deal listed as the top 5 most corrupt congressman, the ads with Deal’s and Johnson’s companies revenues being significantly enhanced with tax payers money.

          • B Balz says:

            Good point on the cash, we’ll see.

            We hear Ms. Handel has a lot of ‘pushback’ below the gnat line. Seems like Rep. Scott worked mighty hard not to be labeled a ‘moderate.’

            Being very conservative seems to be the area under he Bell Curve. I cannot imagine how GA-9 would vote if she was the gubernatorial nominee. They would prefer Ox, I would guess. So too, more conservatives in So. GA.

            In light of the projected 2011-12 budget, Roy’s ads are absurd. I hope he keeps making them! Teachers are smarter than his ads portray them.

            It is an insult, really, since teachers stand to lose future healthcare benefits if the State doesn’t start funding them. (Per Pew study)

            • NorthGAGOP says:

              Didn’t she pick up Mayor Fretti’s and Senator Staton’s endorsements? Doesn’t that help below of the gnat line?

              • B Balz says:

                Valdosta Mayor Fretti and Macon area Sen. Staton’s endorsements cannot hurt, of course.

                I just don’t think the Ox’s peccadilloes are going to be heard over the ads he can afford to buy. My opinion, not my preference.

  14. TPNoGa says:

    I noticed both Robespierre and Tyler agree on most candidates. I have not had time to research the down ballot candidates. So I am looking for why they agree on Insurance Comm., Labor Comm., Ag Comm., and school Super. Is there agreement with most people on these candidates? I am looking for helpful info so I can make some reasoned decision.


    • Icarus says:

      Labor commissioner should be the easiest. It’s between Melvin Everson, who is universally respected in the House Caucus and among Republican grassroots (and was even endorsed by his opponant until it became clear that Michael Thurmond, the incumbent, wouldn’t be running for re-election), and Mark Butler, who dated a lobbyist (legally – he’s single) but then threatened West Georgia College when they fired her after he made sure they got a $10 Million building on her behalf. Asked at the time, he said it wasnt’ a good idea to date a lobbyist and he wouldn’t do it again. As of qualifying, he was dating a different lobbyist.

      People who think it’s OK as a legislator to date a lobbyist and grant legislation in their favor do not need to be promoted to down ballot positions which receive so little voter scrutiny that they can create another Oxendine-like fiefdom.

      Melvin Everson is the only choice for that race.

  15. GAPoliticsisfun says:

    Black for Ag. Great family man, farmer, and well respected in the Ag community.

    Purcell for Insurance commissioner, he and Maria are working the hardest in the race. He is bright, understands the issues, and not associated with the Ox team.

    • Ambernappe says:

      Maria is an excellent candidate – she is not a duplication of Ox in any way – very independent woman with a lot of practical knowledge about everyday insurance issues.

  16. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    One should have the wisdom not to vote too early in the event of an October Surprise. In light of the scandal ridden republican leadership that has doubled the budget in the last 8 years it is probably a given a few of these candidates have some goat pictures out there floating around.

    Roy and Oxy has a lot of money to dig with so step up and put your choices on the big screen. We all can use a laugh.

    Icky, make sure you read my response to you above. Frankly knowing what I know, that was a good laugh.

  17. bluedogdem says:

    John Douglas…are you serious?? Make sure he has his snake registered before July 20.

    Gary Black…..most of his contributions have come from company’s he is suppose to regulate.


  18. AthensRepublican says:

    My picks, though there are still a few weeks left to change my mind:
    Governor-Eric Johnson
    Secretary of State-Brian Kemp
    Attorney General-Max Wood
    Insurance Commissioner-Ralph Hudgens
    Labor Commissioner-Melvin Everson
    Ag Commissioner-Darwin Carter
    PSC-John Douglas
    School Superintendent-No clue yet.

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