More On Preston Smith

An attorney tried to file an ethics complaint against Sen. Preston Smith but got caught in the bureaucratic maze. Dale Russel and his camera were there to observe.

Oh, the attorney is also upset about some interns who were rumored to be drinking on the Senate Floor a couple of years ago.

61 comments

  1. Chris says:

    I’m so glad our legislators are passing such well written laws that the staff can easily follow.

  2. birdfan says:

    Preston’s testimony in his divorce proceedings will hurt him.

    However, what is more disturbing is his record. He makes himself out to be a martyr and his strong stance against HB 307 – Hospital Fee http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/hb307.htm.

    He railed against it and leadership calling it a “Robin Hood’ scheme by the government, that is a nearly perfect example of socialism in action.”

    Interesting facts about Preston’s record is that he voted FOR almost the EXACT same legislation in 2003.

    See HB 526 – Nursing Home Provider Fee from 2003
    http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2003_04/fulltext/hb526.htm

    Also, See how Preston voted FOR it. Senate Vote on HB 526 – http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2003_04/votes/sv0416.htm

    There are a few differences in the 2003 legislation and the original version of HB 307 of 2010.

    First, the Nursing Home Provider Fee in 2003 (Preston Voted FOR) was a permanent fee increase vs. Hospital Provider Fee in 2010 (Preston Voted Against) was a temporary three year fee and hospitals could NOT pass it along to the customers.

    Second, Nursing Home Provider Fee in 2003 (Preston Voted FOR) did NOT include any off setting tax cuts vs. Hospital Provider Fee in 2010 the Senate version (Preston voted Against) included Eliminating Insurance State Premimun Tax.

    Third, Nursing Home Provider Fee in 2003 (Preston Voted FOR) – Preston did not work for the nursing homes vs. Hospital Provider Fee in 2010 (Preston voted Against) – Preston Smith works FOR the Hospitals … http://www.linkedin.com/in/prestonsmith
    Shouldn’t this have been a conflict of interest and he should of excused himself from the vote? Instead Preston voted on the measure and then proceeded to take time in the well speaking about an issue it.

    I think this story hurts his run-off chances, but if you look at what he is saying on the campaign trail and look at his vote from 2003…then his hypocrisy is the greatest reason not to support him…rather than his inappropriate and infidelity behaviors with a subordinate.

    • B Balz says:

      Cheat on the wife, ya’ think your issues matter? Nope.

      I know it goes on, and I know powerful men have a Svengali like hold on some women, but once you get caught, you are damaged goods in my book.

      Too stupid and inept to keep your personal affairs out of the spotlight, on top of being a cheat.

    • gagop23 says:

      This is simply not an accurate representation of Sen. Smith’s voting record. He has never voted for a tax increase. He voted against the increased taxes on tobacco products. He voted against eliminating the Homestead Tax Relief Grant. He voted against the Hospital Bed tax. He even voted “no” on Georgia Power’s heavily lobbied bill to bypass the PSC and increase the fees assessed to rate-payers to fund future construction projects.

      People who supported the hospital bed tax (HB 307) point to the nursing home bill (HB 526) to justify their vote. This is not accurate. There is a BIG difference. The nursing home bill from years ago (2003), delegated the authority to change the tax to the executive department overseen by the Governor. It simply did not impose an increased tax. This is a huge difference. Oftentimes, legislators will vote to delegate that power and allow others to make the decision. The most obvious example is any bill which creates a SPLOST where the power to tax is delegated to local governments with the consent of the voters. By contrast HB 307 imposed a new tax by the legislature and set the new tax rate. The nursing home bill did not.

      Why impugn Sen. Smith’s motives? He has voted against all of these taxes. And, if you recall, the hospital industry lobbied heavily for the passage of this bill. They all issued letters to the legislators trying to get HB 307 passed. If Sen. Smith was beholden to the hospitals, he would have gone along with their lobbying and voted for it, rather than voting against it.

      Try some real research for a change!

      • Lifetime367 says:

        “He voted against the increased taxes on tobacco products. ”

        wow!!! so he voted with the tobacco lobbyists!!! Thanks for sharing that!!! That makes him clean as a whistle and the perfect candidate for AG!

  3. Tiberius says:

    Drinking at the Capitol on sine die? God, what an earth shattering accusation! All the offcies on the food on the counters and the alcohol in the drawers.

    Unfortunately, the days of Culver Kidd who had his liquor out in the open on the side table are long gone.

    • bowersville says:

      And the old Grady hotel with cuban cigars, liquor, poker and cavorting. Those were the good ole days before the internet and running on family values and getting caught.

          • polisavvy says:

            I wouldn’t change the generation I grew up in for anything. Some of the greatest music ever written and the greatest musicians came from “our” generation. The 60’s and early to mid 70’s were pretty incredible, in my opinion.

  4. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    I like the I-Team, but this was pretty weak. Sure, the philandering will hurt Smith, but the drinking? Come on. The Capitol used to be an open carry zone on Sine Die until the Republicans came into power.

    • Tiberius says:

      Lessened under the GOP but still available. There were a lot of GOP aides who wet their whistle.

  5. Vote Nathan Deal says:

    Get rid of ol Sonny Perdue and things may get a little more fun. Nothing wrong with drinking as long as you keep brain on and your zipper up.

    • 5thGenerationGOP says:

      “Nothing wrong with drinking as long as you keep brain on and your zipper up.” Sure wish somebody had gotten through to my father on that 40 years ago. A lot of things might have turned out differently.

      Preston is a very young man. If he honestly repents and does appropriate penance for his sins against his wife, his children, that little college girl he laid, his God, and the people of Georgia, he has plenty of time for a second act in his political career.

      But for this year, he is toast.

  6. sethweathers says:

    Has anyone not thought that it was just a little odd that the i-Team just KNEW that this guy who is with no other candidate (other than Olens) wasn’t going to be able to get it submitted (because he obviously doesn’t know how the process works) so they decided to tag along? LOL

    I’ve never seen them tag alone for another other ethics filing.

      • 5thGenerationGOP says:

        The clown going around with the i-team adds nothing to the process. But Preston is still a dead man walking because he couldn’t keep his fly zipped.

    • Provocateur says:

      “Gee, Wally! You mean someone may have tipped-off the news media of an impending news event?”

      “Sure, Beaver. It happens ALL the time. Just go ask Dad about the time he got arrested with a street walker at the corner of 5th & Main Street, and the camera crew was right there when he posted bond.”

      “Hey, Wally…what’s a ‘street walker’?”

      “Gee, Beav…go ask Mom…she’s tell ya…”

      • sethweathers says:

        What was the tip off? “Hey, we are going to file an ethics complaint, which nobody ever has issue filing, but we know it’ll be difficult this time”?

        The story is what the ethics complaint entails, not the delivery of it.

        If you could mail these things maybe fox 5 would ride along with the mail truck? LOL

        Come on, you know that is a little funny 🙂

  7. Progressive Dem says:

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if Karen Handel was on a ticket with Casey Cagle and Preston Smith? She could put her logo on a package of condoms and distribute them along the trail.

    • Progressive Dem says:

      You know, if she bought the condom/trinkets from Bill Simon that ethics complaint might go away.

  8. Doug Deal says:

    What amazes me is that the very same people supporting Deal (a large number of them Olens people) have no problem about his very real ethics issues, are criticizing Preston because they want to pry into his personal life.

  9. 5thGenerationGOP says:

    How will Palin’s appearance for Handel the day before the primary affect turnout of those who are either for or against Preston’s infidelity and dishonesty?

    • gagop23 says:

      what was dishonest? i dont believe he lied at all, unlike sham olens. open records are meant to be transparent. He was legally seperated at the time, btw. and this has been available for years, so why is it just now coming out. the fact that olens and his incompetent tool faircloth shopped this around simply showed their dirty personal politics. the issues are what matter most in the AG office.

      • Progressive Dem says:

        When a certain president had a sexual affair with an intern, the GOP was outraged and indignant. Now when Preston Smith has an affair with an intern, its old news and irrelevant.

        • Doug Grammer says:

          That President looked right at the cameras to us, and said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” From there, he lied to congress about it and that’s what got him impeached.

          Sen. Smith isn’t lying about it after that fact. He owned up to it. Does that make me proud of him for doing that? No. However, he should have known that it was going to come up again when he decided to run for higher office.

          Technically, Sen. Smith’s affair IS old news, but it’s being trotted out again. It made the papers where I live, so I guess the media thinks it’s relevant. From some of the posts I’ve seen on here, it’s relevant to some voters as well.

          • polisavvy says:

            I noticed that some of the people who are posting on here about Senator Smith are the same people who felt we should give a “pass” to the guy who slept with his mother-in-law. I don’t get the double standard. This guy didn’t hide what he did — he couldn’t because it’s a matter of public records (from his divorce).

    • Provocateur says:

      Think I heard that Preston has a date with Sarah that night. Karen’s pepes set it up as part of the deal to get Sarah here.

      You know, young GOP stud muffin to service naughty GOP librarian. Hit that music: wakka-chikka-wakka-chikka-wa-waaaaaaaaa!

      • Lady Thinker says:

        Is it true that Deal beats his wife, Sandra Dunagan Deal, when he doesn’t get his way?

        • analogkid says:

          LT: Provocateur’s comment is crass, but it doesn’t warrant false accusations of spousal abuse in response.

            • Doug Grammer says:

              Accusing someone of spousal abuse is no laughing matter. You are off the deep end. You are making up BS out of thin air. “My bad,” isn’t a sufficient apology.

              If someone accused your father of beating your mother, your son-in-law of beating a daughter, would “my bad” be an acceptable apology to you?

              DO BETTER.

              • Lady Thinker says:

                Get lost jerk. I actually didn’t make that up about Deal beating his wife but because AK asked me not to respond like that, I deferred to him. That rumor is active.

                • Doug Grammer says:

                  And Lady thinker is a cross-dressing pygmy with two left feet. Do you own a goat? I just started that rumor. You are so pathetic.

                  • Lady Thinker says:

                    Whatever fartface. You aren’t hurting my feelings and I am laughing my a== off at how easy it is to get you into a rage. You are so predictible. But you won’t get anymore attention from me because I am putting you on ignore and refusing to read your posts. You are on ignore again ff (fartface).

                    • Doug Grammer says:

                      I’m not in a rage, but do you have to buy two pairs of shoes to get matching shoes for your two left feet? I show a little bit of humor; you show crassness, rudeness, vulgarity, and an overall lack of intelligence that you would expect from someone who teaches college.

                      Lemming.

                    • Lady Thinker says:

                      Stalking is against the law Doug, leave me alone. I am not going to date you no matter how much you stalk me.

  10. Not that Senator Smith or anyone else should be excused. But, none of this will fix what is wrong in Georgia….and whomever benefits from all of this will most likely not have the orientation it takes to fix our state problems. Consequently, we have another election where the resolution of our state issues will continue to be pushed to another election year or be left to the hope of good fortune that arises from time to time when the private economy recovers and another politician takes credit for something they had no role in producing. Then the cycle shall repeat itself again!

    Oh Well!

  11. Icarus says:

    I haven’t had time to read many of the comments this week, much less attempt to moderate them.

    I’ll have to say that most of the comments on this thread are an embarassment to just about all participants.

    As we’ve said here several times, we understand that tensions rise the closer to votes. But some of these comments go well beyond any sense of civil discussion, to include trading made up rumors about candidates and/or their spouses to prove your points.

    As I will continue to have very limited time to spend here over the next few weeks, the time I do spend will probably be heavy handed. Comments like the ones above will result in posters being put in time out until after August 10th, if not result in an outright ban.

    Do better.

    • Lady Thinker says:

      Icarus,

      I admit I got overzealous and went overboard so I apologize to the posters at large and will think before making any future posts, HOWEVER, I do ask that you get Doug Grammer to stop following my every comment and posting his personal attacks.

      It is not my goal to be offensive, but I won’t play dead or condone his behavior to admonish everything I say just because he disagrees with my comments and attacks me.

    • Kellie says:

      I heard from a friend of a friend that knows a guy, who worked with a cousin of Icky’s that Icky’s wings are fake. Pass it a long but you didn’t hear it from me. 😉

  12. 9thdistrictdagny says:

    I am new to posting in this forum and I am utterly amazed at some of the garble I hear on here…but I appreciate the passion and consideration of those that are very sincere in their concern and not use this as a place to sound off because they have had a bad day. I am very concerned about what is going on in the political arena on a daily basis…and quite disturbed at the fact that our conservative movement is belabored by individuals like Sen. Smith and many others these days. It is my personal philosophy that a conservative, a true conservative respects God, Family and Country—and that is the litmus test I will subject all candidates to—

    Hmmm….seems like a fairly simple concept but I am finding it more difficult to find those candidates, unfortunately, if I am hearing correctly that, if I may generalize a bit, that most candidates for our State appointed seats (Gov., AG, etc.) are walking with a little limp on the left? Correct? IF the people on this forum would just put half of your energy into backing the Party and hold some people accountable, then we probably wouldn’t need to digress like this would we? As far as I am concerned, voting is not enough these days—you have to get the right people to the rodeo before you can place a bet.

    • The Comma Guy says:

      And therein lies the rub. Most GOP folks are either RINO’s or GOP from the old days – back when being GOP in the South wasn’t a very popular choice. From what I have seen over the past 10 years or so, there isn’t a strong, central group that quietly vets the candidates that the party puts up. Thus you end up with the races filled with damaged goods like we have had this year. 8 years ago no one would have thought that Roy Barnes would ever be able to win office in Georgia, much less a state-wide race. Now it’s a virtual lock. That is how much of an opportunity the GOP has wasted. They aren’t going to get another chance like what they have. And instead of finding quality candidates to run against very beatable Democratic nominees, we’ve been treated to this theatre of the absurd.

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