I blame Gay Marriage

State Sen. Preston Smith, a Republican candidate for attorney general, hired a woman with whom he was having an affair to work in his senate office in 2003 and 2004, according to transcripts of Smith’s testimony in his 2009 divorce. The woman, who also worked on his senate election campaigns, no longer works in Georgia.

You can read the rest of the sordid details at the AJC.

The AJC had another puff piece on how the Aug 10th Runoff is the Battle Royale between the North Metro and rural Georgia, and how the suburbs will rise again or some such malarky.


  1. Jeff says:

    yeah, this is the stuff the Olens camp has been passing around for a while trying to get someone to bite.

    Aug 10 is a battle between a guy who is known to quote Orwell in defense of liberty and a guy who thinks the ARC should dictate where people live.

    Choose wisely.

    • Jeff says:

      Note: I WILL give credit to Olens for having some good ideas on ethics. Indeed, my current proposal ($10 per registered voter affected per day per infraction) is based on an idea he first discussed with me when I interviewed him last December.

    • Chris says:

      Sam Olens caused Sen. Smith to have an affair 4 years ago?

      That’s an impressive super power. Imagine what a benefit it will be to the Water Wars and Fighting ObamaCare if he could cause the Governor of Alabama to go Hiking the Appalachian Trail, or cause AG Holder to get freaky in a DC Brothel.

    • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

      Well it was one of the worst kept secrets under the Gold Dome.

      How is Olens a sleaze though? It seemed ok to expose this kind of crap when it was Richardson.

  2. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    “Smith, an attorney and former head of the Senate Judiciary committee, has run as a family-values, pro-Christian candidate since his first successful run for state senator in 2002. ”

    You guys fall for that line every time. That’s why we have who we have running this sad state.

  3. Doug Grammer says:

    I can’t believe this is even being discussed. Wait. I am reading peach pundit. Never mind. Two quick points: It will be up to the average voter to decide if an affair and a failed marriage will affect Sen. Smith’s ability to do the job of Attorney General. Com. Olens didn’t make him do it.

      • Doug Grammer says:

        I didn’t say I didn’t want it discussed, I just don’t think it’s what we should be discussing. Surely, there are more important differences between these two candidates other than who has a good marriage. Some people may want to look at that, but I guess because I’ve known he was divorced for some time now, I am somewhat bored with it. Who cheated on who first is usually a “he said, she said” situation. I’m not one of those people who like looking at divorce decrees and assume everything they read is a fact.

  4. Harry says:

    At least Olens is evidently not so dumb that he would make a run for attorney general with a sordid, discoverable background. Sure changed my vote.

  5. In The Arena says:

    Senator Smith, screwed up and paid the price. I repeat, Smith has paid the price. Olens must be running scared if he had to resort to this.

      • Glen Ross says:

        So just because there isn’t a letter with a return address to Marietta signed “Sam Olens”, he must not have been behind it? Doug Grammer, you consistently take a very narrow and naive view campaign politics. I know you dont like to think this kind of stuff goes down, because it makes it really hard to unite after the primaries, but it does. All the time. Like, every day. Several PP folks have already said the Olens camp has been running around with this for a while waiting for someone to bite. Why do you argue technicalities when you dont like the information?

        • Doug Grammer says:


          My problem is that you discount that a reporter could find this without Com. Olens support. My problem is that you try to blame the news of this at Com. Olens feet without a shred of evidence to prove your claim other than “rumors say.”

            • Doug Grammer says:

              What is it like to live in a world where somone thinks something happened, means it did?

              • Glen Ross says:

                Jeff and Doug Deal said they got the same information from Olens’ tools. I’m not making this up. You have to be intentionally trolling. No way you’re this dense. :::reads back over your long history of posts::: nevermind, you are that dense.

                • Doug Grammer says:

                  Are Jeff and Doug Deal objective in this race? I have no doubts that others (E.E.) would say anything to help their candidates. If Com. Olens sent it out, fine. He should say so if he did, but don’t expect me to take YOUR word on it.

                  • Doug Deal says:

                    Doug, I can’t wait until we can vote out you clowns in the next state con.

                    So are you saying I made it up? I have the envelop on my desk at home awaiting your forensic analysis.

                    In the mean time, stop being such an obvious shill for the party insiders.

                    • Doug Grammer says:

                      I didn’t say you made it up. I didn’t even know for a fact that you have anything. Just out of curiosity, where is the postmark from? Rome? I asked if you are objective. I might take YOUR word for something because you are posting under your own name. Glenn Ross, not so much.

                      If you knew how the GOP works, you would know that District Chairs are elected at District Conventions, not at the state convention.

                      Who is the party insider? I known Preston Smith much longer than I have known Sam Olens.

                    • Doug Deal says:

                      I posted a picture of it on my Facebook page seconds after I opened it and before I read it.

                      The postmark was Macon, written with the wrong hand (shakey) and all lower case. It was likely dropped in the mail the same night as the forum in Warner Robbins and post marked the next morning.

                    • Doug Grammer says:

                      Not being sent from Rome does seem to imply it didn’t come from anyone in Rome. However, I’m sure Sen. Smith has many people who aren’t happy with him. Without proof, it could be argued that it came from the Lt. Gov. or just a supporter of Com. Olens. Campaigns have a hard time controlling what volunteers do.

                  • Glen Ross says:

                    I think there is a science blog somewhere where you can argue against gravity. Ya know, since it can’t be proven and all. The scientist who study it are very biased toward gravity since it keeps their asses from floating into oblivion, so don’t take their word for it.

                    Even if someone produced a manilla envelope address to the AJC from Sam Olens home, with a letter in his script, signed by Sam Olens and two witnesses, you would still say “Could be a fake.”

                    • Doug Grammer says:

                      Well to start with, as far as I know, you aren’t a scientist, so let’s dispense with that all together. Second, do you have an envelope? It seems as if Mr. Deal does. Third, I don’t know you from Adam’s housecat so why should I take your word for anything?

  6. Atticus Grinch says:

    1) I wonder what Preston Smith had to say about Bill Clinton in 1998.
    2) I wonder if Preston Smith has ever acknowledged his hypocrisy in his private life when he presented himself as the bedrock of conservative Christian family values?
    3) I wonder if Preston Smith has learned anything about human frailty and weakness and if his own shortcomings have made him more compassionate and empathetic when other people fail and have made him question his own self-righteousness in his public life?
    4) Does the fact that he cheated on his wife disqualify him from public office? Certainly not. Does this episode offer insight into what kind of man Preston Smith is? Certainly so.
    5) Is it sleazy to expose the truth about someone that is part of a public record?

  7. BuckheadConservative says:

    Well, at least the guy pimping the story out didn’t say the only reason he was running for Attorney General was because he didn’t think he could win Governor.

  8. 5thGenerationGOP says:

    Preston’s infidelity and hypocrisy had been well known around Rome and the Capitol for years. He billed himself as a paragon virtue when he was living a lie, having sex with a college intern while his wife was home taking care of the kids. He couldn’t make it practicing law in his hometown so took a job in the industry for which he had been carrying water at the legislator.

    Preston is no better than Bill Clinton, John Edwards or Eliot Spitzer. Purely arrogant hubris of a politician who assumes he is above morality and law.

    I doubt that Sam Olens had anything to do with the story coming out. There are plenty of folks in Rome who detest Preston and would have outed him no matter who his opponent might have been.

    And certainly Olens had nothing to do with Preston’s proven decision to cheat on his wife and have sex with an intern.

    • Glen Ross says:

      Bill Clinton, John Edwards or Eliot Spitzer? Sounds like a list of folks Sam supported in the past. That is until it became detrimental to his political future to be a Dem in CobbCo.

      Olens had everything to do with this coming out. His surrogates have been pushing this for a while. What Smith did was wrong. But airing out a guys ugly divorce is pretty low. That’s a very personal and painful thing between Smith and his wife. Olens has some sort of Napoleonic complex where he HAS TO HAVE POWER and he’ll do anything to get it. Arrogant, petty child that he is. He doesn’t want to do anything with the AG office. He just wants the stepping stone.

    • Doug Deal says:

      5th Generation Sock Puppet,

      Sam did not force Preston to make a mistake, but his campaign was certainly behind peddling this smut. I got an anonymous package in the mail with this crap back when Max was still in the race. I asked the Wood campaign about it and they said they got the same thing the moment Preston anounced. It’s obvious that this has been shopped around with someone friendly to Olens. It was obviously not Max, who refused to use it.

      Funny, how the moment it is down to Preston and Sam, the AJC, found it was time to publish this.

  9. 9thdistrictdagny says:

    Be it known that the Senators MULTIPLE Past indisgressions are no secret. His reputation precedes his politics…which is cause for concern. We need an AG that will fight a monumental fight for all of “us” and not use his office to advance hidden agendas.

    • BuckheadConservative says:

      I agree. At least Sam’s agenda isn’t hidden. He’s very overt about the fact this job is just a quick stop in his acendency to the Governor’s mansion. His self serving agenda is anything but hidden.

  10. GayOldParty says:

    This has nothing to do with an affair. It has everything to do with hypocrisy and honesty, and it’s very relevant to a campaign. These Republican legislators get in the well, holding a Bible, to decry gay marriage and any other number of “immoral” acts. Yet, here we go again with their own sins – chasing congressional pages, playing footsie in airport bathrooms and – yes – bangin’ their own employees at the Capitol. Hell, Democrats are pigs, too. But at least they’re not the ones trying to shove all this “moral” crap down our throats. They have enough sense to cheat on their wives and let me do whatever the hell I want. Hopefully you Christian right-wingers will take care of this sinner at the polls! Ha ha ha.

  11. gagop23 says:

    How can anyone overlook the fact that Sam Olens was once the chairman of the Cobb Democratic Party? And that he has recieved numerous contributions from Roy Barnes? He and Barnes are good buddies. Does anyone thing he will really stand up against King Roy is they are both elected? He helped Roy and Clinton get elected! That is the worse thing I have heard this campaign season!

    • 5thGenerationGOP says:

      Since when is it a crime to get along with colleagues on a bipartisan basis around the courthouse square in Marietta? Cobb County has grown tremendously but the folks who work around the square still get together for around the same lunch table as they have since the days when the Georgia Republican Party could meet in a phone booth and all elections were decided in the Democrat Primary.

      Some of them had the wisdom to become Republicans when the Democrat Party went off and left them. Others didn’t. It speaks well of both elements of Cobb County leaders that they didn’t become spiteful toward each other because of differing party labels.

      The silliest attack of this political season was Max Wood’s accusation that some of Olens’ donors had also donated to Democrats. That would include 95% of the business community in Georgia.

      • gagop23 says:

        5th Generation, the bad part about the Olens situation is that he lied about his past (democratic treasurer & helping Clinton and Barnes get elected) on live TV and has still not come out with the truth. If you’re fine with a liar as our AG, rather than someone who dated people after he was legally separated, then you, sir, are part of the problem. People who worry more about personal matters rather than how the candidate will handle the issues are ignorant.

        • 5thGenerationGOP says:

          My understanding is that Preston was not “legally separated” until after his wife discovered the affair. He was attracted to this young college girl intern, and with premeditation designed to begin an illicit extramarital affair with her after she went off his payroll. This was not a matter of being suddenly swept up in some uncontrollable passion. It was deliberate, intentional infidelity, cheating on his wife while she was home caring for their four children. All the while he was holding himself out as the paragon of virtue and conservative Christian values. How can anyone possibly trust this hypocritical, opportunistic, unfaithful sleazeball?

    • Doug Grammer says:

      Was he the Chairman or Secretary of the Cobb Dem Party? How many years ago was that? Can people change? If it were last year, that may make a difference. Having to go back almost 20 years to connect dots is a little thin.

      • gagop23 says:

        So you support liars? Just what our AG should be. Oh, and you must also support Roy, bc Sam sure does. Not thin at all.

        • Doug Grammer says:


          Lies are great when they are used well. Honey, does this make my butt look big? No dog house because of a white lie.

          I am not endorsing anyone, but trying to expose the slants and lies that I see coming out. Now what lies are you talking about?

          • gagop23 says:

            Doug Grammer,

            Are you really this thick-headed? He lied during the last live debate about not being the treasurer of the Democratic Party, even after Preston produces an article from the MDJ stating so. He lied on TV bc he doesnt have the stones to man up. You go ahead and support a liar, and please dont be so ignorant next time. I suggest doing a little homework next time. And if you want an AG that will go along with everything Roy says, please go ahead and vote for Sham.

            • Doug Grammer says:

              Ok we have established that you don’t keep you facts straight because you DID say Chairman even if you meant/knew/didn’t know/or forgot that he was Treasurer.

              Next point: Com. Olens didn’t say he wasn’t the Cobb Dem party Treasurer. Sen. Smith said a variety of things including Treasurer and part of candidate Clinton’s Cobb County steering committee (I believe that was the title used.) Com Olens said it didn’t happen. I have been waiting for a member of the Cobb Dem party to say: “yes, I remember that.” So far, that hasn’t happened. I think the paper got it wrong, but it’s almost 20 years ago too.

              I think it’s been established that YOU don’t do YOUR homework. Now that we know that YOU aren’t good with facts, don’t you feel a little silly about calling other people liars?

        • Doug Grammer says:

          Speaking of lies, was he the chairman or the secretary? He could have been, I don’t know, but I’d bet you don’t know what you are talking about first.

          • Doug Deal says:


            Despite your attempts to play ignorant, you clearly know Sam was the Treasurer of the Cobb Democratic party.

            Not only was he trusted enough to be an officer, he was trusted enough to handle their money.

            • Doug Grammer says:

              Mr. Deal,

              Gagop23 said that Com. Olens was Chairman of the Dem. Party of Cobb County. I know he was Treasurer at one point, but it’s also possible that he was later elected Chairman.

              I was giving him a chance to prove his claim, and/or I am exposing that he doesn’t know what he is talking about. I gave him the option of Secretary to see if he would bite.

              Please don’t blame me for asking for clarification on what gagop23 said.

  12. 5thGenerationGOP says:

    Preston didn’t do anything my father didn’t do, and I hated him for it for many years. To my father’s credit, however, he at least had the good sense not to seek high political office afterward, although he had the opportunity. This reveals extremely poor judgment and delusional hubris in Preston Smith’s character if he thought he could just go on portraying himself as the paragon of Christian family values, assuming that his rank hypocrisy would not come out in a campaign for AG.

  13. Holly says:

    Here’s what disturbs me: I’ve said before that I am a life-long Republican who grew up with Republican parents and grandparents, and even in the late 1990s, that was a lonely island. In order to become a majority, we had to be a big tent that welcomed people who grew up Democrats. I don’t fault them for it. I think it’s a good thing when we have people who used to be Democrats who now want to be Republicans because we’ve won them over. Remember, without recognizing that people’s views can change, we’d never had Ronald Reagan as president.

    I want more people to choose my party, and it’s always a good feeling when someone joins. Why isn’t it that way for the rest of you? Why should it be an unforgivable sin to have been a Democrat 10 years ago? Though many of you won’t admit it, it probably applies to more than half the folks on this board, too.

    On the other hand, I’m going to vote for some Democrats this fall. Why? Because the simple rule of thumb that my grandfather (who was a minister) used to tell me: you vote for the person before the party. If his (or her) morals are good and his house is in order, he’ll (or she’ll) lead from his (or her) conscience. Never trust someone who says all the right things but can’t keep his (or her) affairs in order. He’ll (or she’ll) always end up disappointing you in the end.

    What do you know? Granddad’s wisdom has held over and over and over… So, yes. Expect me to pick the Democrats in any election where there’s a known adulterer. If your spouse can’t trust you to do right by him or her, why should anyone else? Yeah, that means I’m going to vote against people who I’ve supported in the past and even against some friends. But I feel very strongly that it’s the right thing to do.

    I voted for Max Woods in the primary and hadn’t made a decision as to who to vote for in the runoff until now. Looks like Olens is my guy.

      • gagop23 says:

        Why would you vote for Sham Olens, who blatently lied on live TV about his past. You will vote for a liar? Just what Georgia needs. On the issues, which is really what matters as AG, Preston Smith is stronger.

    • Doug Deal says:

      I voted for Max and volunteered for him for easily over 100 hours and likely 200 or more. If you indeed did support Max, you would not be casting your ballot for sleazy Olens. All of us were attacked for being anti-semetic, liars, and every other unfounded claim by Olens and his minions.

      Olens is a creep who gets surrogates to do his diurty work. I am not a big fan of adulterers, but I am even less of a fan of floks like Olens who natural instinct when confronted with truth is to claim the honest person is a liar. Plus, what is so different between the Clinton heath care plan and Obama care that he supported the first and supposedly opposes the last?

      Like a former candidate for President, he was obviously for it before he was against it.

      Sham Olens. No thanks.

  14. 5thGenerationGOP says:

    My hunch is that anyone could have been secretary or treasurer of the Cobb Democrat party 20 years ago just by being a pleasant young lawyer who didn’t show up at a meeting in order to turn it down. They tried to make me chair of the Democrat party in my home county years ago, more or less in absentia, just because I looked like a good prospect but luckily I caught on in time to put a stop to it.

  15. Rome gal says:

    Yes, some folks in Rome know about Preston’s cheating on his foolish and devoted wife and leaving her to make her way with their four children on just $500/month.
    What remains disgusting is the number of people, once again, willing to look the other way in order to further their political agenda.
    Some of you were bold enough to call for Glenn Richardson’s head a few months ago – why is Preston getting a free pass to commit adultery with someone on his Senate payroll?
    Folks on this blog have blamed Sam Olens – did he pay this college girl to sleep with Preston six years ago?
    If you think Olens is just trying to climb his way to the Governor’s mansion via the AG’s office, have you met Preston Smith? When he finished law school – he looked at the legislative map to find a district to move to in order to start his climb to greatness.
    Preston Smith is a hypocrite, claiming to be a man of integrity and “family values.”
    He won his first election by playing up racial tensions around the state flag, and he was a puppet of the GOP leadership until it served his interests to no longer play along. He may want to call himself a “maverick,” but he’s nothing but another politician looking to feed at the public trough.
    He couldn’t talk Sonny into giving him a judicial appointment when word of his adultery started to spread in Rome, and he has failed to make a successful living as an attorney.
    Why on earth should be choose him to be our lawyer?
    Stay strong – keep calling the trash in the Party “trash” and throw them out!

  16. 5thGenerationGOP says:

    I can’t help viewing this from my perspective as the father of a somewhat naive, inexperienced, culturally conservative Christian college girl. If she went to work as a student intern for a public official who held himself out as the embodiment of Christian virtue, and then he seduced her into an affair while his wife was home with his four kids,I would want to shoot him. We have had enough of philandering hypocritical politicians misbehaving sexually with interns who are “barely legal.” If they can’t be faithful to their marital vows, why should we trust them with the people’s business?

  17. rightofcenter says:

    Anybody who would criticize Olens or his campaign for this are way off base, even if he hand delivered it to the AJC. Because it is not rumor or rumor mongering, it is public record from a court proceeding. Better to come out now than a week after the runoff when the Democrats would have had no problem at all widely spreading the word. This needed to be out in the open before the runoff so that the public can make a rational decision of what is and isn’t important.

  18. Atticus Grinch says:

    With respect to Preston (and Glenn Richardson), we have proof that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Without “Senator” in front of his name, I can’t imagine there would be too many 22 year old co-eds willing to play around in the dark with him.

  19. Romegaguy says:

    I find it hard to believe that politically ambitious people forget to get their divorce proceedings sealed like Richardson and Austin Scott did

  20. Magaroni says:

    Yuk, somebody got with Sen. Smith? She must’ve been a pretty idealistic little greenhorn republican.

  21. 5thGenerationGOP says:

    Preston used his position as the rising star of the Christian right to get in a college girl’s pants, while his wife was home taking care of the children. Now he cries foul when the truth of his hypocrisy comes out. Poor, poor, pitiful Preston. At least it is out in time to save the GOP from nominating a candidate who is clearly damaged goods.

  22. Atticus Grinch says:

    “Without a doubt, I fell short in my personal life by getting a divorce … ” Preston Smith, 7/28/10

    I am intrigued by certain political leaders in our state who publicly place a premium on personal accountability, yet seem unable to accept personal responsibility in their daily life. Exhibit 1: Tom Graves (never did you hear him say “I owe money to the Bank, times got tough, my plans didn’t work, I am doing the best I can to meet my obligations” ; instead, he blames the Bank and comes up with numerous excuses as to why he can not and should not pay his debt); Exhibit 2: Preston Smith … he says I failed because I got divorced .. sort of like “Mistakes were made” .. He should say I am sorry I had affairs and caused my divorce. According to the AJC, his wife did not want the divorce, even with his infidelity. Nevertheless, he chose to place his own urges and feelings above that of his wife and more importantly his 4 kids. Some people are stuck in rotten marriages and are married to miserable wretches; maybe Mrs. Smith is such a person, maybe Preston Smith had no choice but to get out of the marriage. I don’t know. What is certain is that he has engaged in conduct that he would bitterly condemn in a political opponent. I will be interested to see if the social conservatives turn their back on “one of their own” and hold him accountable for his shortcomings, like they would if he were gay or liberal or Democrat … or if they will make an exception for him and show the forgiveness they would withhold from others they don’t agree with.

  23. c_murrayiii says:

    ….If i had to base my choices on what is said on these pages with regards to AG or Gov, or any other race for that matter, I’d just stay home on election day, from what goes on here every candidate is a liar, gay basher and gay lover, abortionist, religious kook, and adulterer. What I don’t read much is how they plan to execute the duties of their constitutional offices.

  24. Willhemakeit says:

    I am amazed at the right and the GOP. Here is a guy who is suppose to be held to a higher standard–period. No ifs, ands, or buts. Call it a “mistake, lack of judgment, going for a sandwich, its not what u think….” but lets call this for what it is. Infidelity and a lack of character and judgment. He is a hypocrite. Because he is a republican and a nice guy, we “wink” at his infidelity. This was not an one time affair with a person in the bar. This was a series of affairs with different people justified by an in home separation, marriage going bad, etc. We went after Bill Clintons head and job with his cigar actions with Monica requesting that he be held accountable for his actions. Now, because it is a GOP senator, many including the christian right and die hard supporters of smith, are making excuses for a philanderer. No matter what, at the end of the day, Senator Smith is a hypocrite along with those in the senate, friends, and supporters who are supporting him. I believe in forgiveness but we have to hold our elected officials accountable!!! BTW, my father and GF are democrats who have voted republican for years and yes, Reagan was a democrat as well who campaigned for democrats in the past.

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