Another Fiscally Irresponsible Republican?

Paulding County’s House District 19 is once again in the news and not for a good reason. The Republican nominee for the District 19 seat, Paulette Rakestraw Braddock, has a history of poor choices with fiscal issues.

  • In 1999, Braddock faced charges of insurance fraud. Accused of altering receipts of totaling more than $1700 to be included in an insurance claim, Braddock opted for the pretrial diversion process which involved a fine and some community service.
  • Braddock filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2007 for debts owed by her business, Atlanta Marketing Solutions. The 20 largest amounts listed on the bankruptcy petition were almost $225,000.
  • In January of this year, Xerox filed a complaint against Braddock (and filed suit in July) for $800,000 owed by Atlanta Marketing Solutions.

People make unwise decisions, like altering receipts for an insurance claim. Sometimes businesses incur insurmountable debt that results in a bankruptcy filing. Bad business decisions can cause people to find themselves in debt and in court. Separately, these things are bad choices and unfortunate personal issues. Combined they show a trend of fiscal irresponsibility on the part of a self-proclaimed fiscal conservative. By the way, I don’t think too highly of Will Avery, her Democratic opponent, either.

If she is elected, how should District 19 residents expect her to handle the state’s budget crises when she has a history of being unable to handle her own money problems? Braddock is yet another example of how a vote for the Republican on the ballot isn’t necessarily a vote for a fiscal conservative.


    • John Konop says:

      I would suggest she take some YOGA and chill-out. But that could be tricky with some of her supporters thinking YOGA is somehow subversive against God.

      AJC-Atlanta Christians who practice yoga are rejecting a pronouncement by a Southern Baptist leader who said the ancient meditative practice is inconsistent with their religion.
      Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions, and is not a Christian pathway to God.
      He said he objects to “the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine.”…..

    • rightofcenter says:

      Nice web site. The Democratic party of Georgia really is a joke isn’t it? Is there a race anywhere in the state where the Dems are actually debating policy or issues, or is EVERY SINGLE RACE reduced to a mudslinging contest?

      Not defending Paulette Braddock – don’t know her or anything about her. But that DPG would go to this much trouble and negativity for an obscure house race shows how desperate they have become.

        • KingWulfgar says:

          Yeah, the voters have a choice between bad and worse and I’m still not sure which is which. Sort of reminds me of the Deal/Handel runoff.

        • Erick's Mortal Enemy says:

          Sir, your post is erroneous at best. How many times have you spoken with Mr. Avery?

          I looked at his FULL disclosure, and the money donated by Unions is far eclipsed by those that donate to Republicans (look at who GILA, SAMPAC, & the Optometric Association have donated to). You, however, have tried to pidgeonhole a person as something, and then selected your evidence, while disregarding the truth. Kudos, sir.

      • “The Democratic party of Georgia really is a joke isn’t it?”

        The Republican party of Georgia really is a joke isn’t it? Are they intentionally running crooks for every office this year or is it just a coincidence?

        • It would be nice if you reserved the word “crook” for those who have actually been convicted of something.

          Also, I would put John Monds at the top of the list for “Fiscal Irresponsibility” for his lack of employment history.

          • According to – crook: 4. a dishonest person, esp. a sharper, swindler, or thief. Yes, Deal is dishonest. He’s used his political influence / position to gain personally. Doug Grammer might think that’s expected and okay. I don’t.

            ‘Also, I would put John Monds at the top of the list for “Fiscal Irresponsibility” for his lack of employment history.’

            There are dictionaries online. There’s no excuse for calling John Monds fiscally irresponsible just because he’s actively decided to homeschool his children while his wife works. Turn the situation around… are housewives who stay home and homeschool their children also fiscally irresponsible?

        • rightofcenter says:

          Uh, right on the bottom of the first page of the website it says…..”paid for by Georgia Leaders, a project of the Democratic Party of Georgia.” So who has a problem with reading or facts?

      • Erick's Mortal Enemy says:

        Why don’t you go to the Democrat’s website? I took a look at it, and he seems to have some substance there. Or his information on the LWV site.

        I’ve met Will a few times, and he’s been clear and articulate as to what he wants to do as a Representative. However, would you say that information like this is irrelevant? Damn, if a Democrat would have done all of this, you would be all over it–and frankly, so would I.

  1. Brave New World says:

    Rakestraw is a very well known name in Paulding County.

    Is Paulette’s middle name Rakestraw? Her maiden name is not Rakestraw, but she was married to a Rakestraw until her nasty divorce. But is she married to a Braddock now? She never mentions a husband on her website or any of her literature. So what happened to Braddock and Rakestraw, and why is she still using a previous married name after she was divorced, and isn’t it illegal to use two last names from previous marriages on a ballot?

    • Erick's Mortal Enemy says:

      The impression I have gotten from talking to people is that she was formerly married to a Rakestraw, divorced, and now wed to a Braddock.

    • KingWulfgar says:

      While I’ve been critical of her in other areas, I actually don’t have much of a problem with her using the name. It’s a little bizarre using an ex-husband’s name (especially one where there was such a messy divorce), but I can understand it. She was “Paulette Rakestraw” when she ran for and was on the BOE. Also, like you said, “Rakestraw” is a very well-known, connected family name in Paulding.

      There are certainly better reasons to call her out as a poor choice like her record when on the BOE (she never met a tax increase she didn’t like) and the above-mentioned financial/legal entanglements.

  2. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    She defeated the guy who slept with his mother-in-law, who replaced Glen Richardson. Wow, are there any decent people in Paulding County?

  3. Prince Albert says:


    State Representative and MARTOC Chair Jill Chambers has filed for bankruptcy in Dekalb County. Chambers, who constantly berates MARTA as being fiscally not responsible, has declared personal bankruptcy. A self -professed fiscal conservative, seems like Jill can’t keep her own house in order. Karma is finally catching up with Chambers and it does not end here, look for the next MAJOR news on Chambers to hit next week. She is in a desperate race to retain her seat, illustrated by the AJC piece here.

    Rates the rarely awarded “Pants on Fire” award for truthfulness.

    • B Balz says:

      Very Cute: Prince Albert. (PA)

      For those around the ATL, and especially in DeKalb that may not know, Rep. Chambers former husband is named Albert. It is, in fact a result of that trying and difficult disunion that Rep. Chambers was forced into this unfortunate circumstance.

      PA, though Rep. Chambers may have played hard ball with yours, there is no truth to inferring that Rep. Chambers is fiscally irresponsible. In fact I cannot think of many other reps that do not respect her work ethic, ability to scour financial statement like a forensic accountant, and ask the tough questions of the slippery MARTA Board.

      Rep. Chambers constituents value Jill’s pluck, and they know Jill goes to bat for them. I have heard many longtime House reps say “Jill is one of the good one’s”

  4. BluesHarp says:

    I found Will to be an enthusiastic young family man who is in this for the right reasons: The future for his child, as well as so many others who face a future for the first time, worse than their parents.
    He is not a professional politician, and I find that very much in his favor, personally, and he does not come into this loaded down with partisan baggage nor attachments to political bosses.
    Will is bright, dedicated and willing to work to improve the way we govern in this State, so his inferred inexperience by those above becomes an asset, when one looks at the abomination under the Gold dome for the last decade. Will IS the better choice, make no mistake of cynical snark or pessimistic whine.

  5. macho says:

    “People make unwise decisions, like altering receipts for an insurance claim.”

    Altering receipts for an insurance claim is an “unwise” decision, just like sneaking onto someone’s property and stealing their TV is an “unwise” decision.

  6. Atticus Grinch says:

    She’s the Republican. That’s all that matters to the vast majority of voters in Paulding County. It doesn’t matter what she has done in her past. It doesn’t matter if there is a stark divide between her political positions and her private life. It doesn’t matter that she used morality issues to beat the incumbent when it appears she was in no position to throw stones. She’s the Republican. That’s all that matters. Vote GOP. Now, let’s all say a prayer.

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