You may recall that a day or so ago, Erick made a post entitled “Ox, McLagan, and Reed” that used a quote from Karen Handel’s spokesman as a starting point.
This is the quote in question: “John Oxendine is the most corrupt politician in Georgia’s history and is far more likely to serve a term in prison than he is to serve as Governor.”
I am no Oxendine apologist. I would like to make that very clear. I do not think he would make a good Governor. Let me also say that I haven’t seen “The Ox Binder” either – no more than you all have. But for the purposes of this post, let’s assume all of that content is true. Let’s assume everything about all of the candidates is true – and I mean everything that has been alleged by various parties over the past few months.
I’m not sure any of these candidates could ever be properly labeled as “the most corrupt politician in Georgia’s history.” More corrupt than Sam Caldwell? More corrupt than the powerful Talmadge Political Machine?
Do I think some of the candidates for state-wide offices are ethically challenged? Emphatically yes. But to quote a good friend of mine, “They ain’t nothin’ but watered down ‘Gene Talmadge wannabees.” Corrupt – yes. Most corrupt – not quite. We have a long history of colorful and corrupt politicians here in Georgia, I suggest everyone dig a little deeper into Georgia History before throwing around titles like “Most Corrupt.”