Gloria Tinubu’s Resignation Due To Planned Run For Congress…In South Carolina

December 27, 2011 10:37 am

by Charlie · 17 comments

Two weeks ago, we passed along word that State Rep Gloria Tinubu was resigning effective immediately and was moving out of state.  She had been representing parts of Fulton, DeKalb, and Clayton Counties in House District 60.

Today, via twitter (h/t Javier Brown), we learn that Rep Tinubu is runing for Congress.  In South Carolina. 

I guess we need to see what the cost of yet another special election will be, and see if South Carolina is willing to fund that as part of our ongoing port expansion negotiations.  

Speaking of which, as this was being typed, the Secretary of State’s office sent word of the special elections being set for both Tinubu’s seat, as well as that in House District 107. Distric 107 is vacant from Rep Len Walker’s resignation to become Chaplain at Big Canoe Chapel.  Doubtful that Big Canoe Chapel will be covering the cost of another special election either.

Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today announced receipt of Governor Nathan Deal’s Writs of Election setting Tuesday, February 7, 2012 as the date for the special elections to fill the vacancies in State House Districts 60 and 107. 

Secretary Kemp set candidate qualifying for Monday, January 9, 2012 through Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Qualifying on Monday will run from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; and on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Candidates will qualify in the Elections Division of the Office of Secretary of State, 802 West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30334. The qualifying fee is $400.

The election for State House District 60 will occur in portions of Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton Counties. The election for State House District 107 will occur in portions of Gwinnett and Walton Counties. The elections are non-partisan special elections with no party primaries. However, each candidate’s party affiliation, if any, will be listed on the ballot.

Run-off elections, if needed, will be held Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Voters can request an absentee ballot from their county registrar’s office through the close of business on Friday, February 3, 2012.

Absentee ballots must be returned to the county registrar’s office by the close of polls on Election Day. To download an absentee ballot request form, please visit: www.sos.ga.gov/elections. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Citizens must be registered to vote by Monday, January 9, 2012 to participate in the February 7, 2012 special election. Voter registration forms can be obtained at any county registrar’s office or from the Secretary of State’s website: sos.ga.gov/elections.

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January, 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives.

Charlie December 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

If Tinubu is running in the newly created 7th seat, then the WTF?!? theme of this race continues. The seat was drawn safely Republican, and is anchored in the Myrtle Beach area.

http://www.rollcall.com/news/DOJ-Approves-New-South-Carolina-Map-209888-1.html

Engineer December 27, 2011 at 11:11 am

interesting turn of events

Andre December 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

Gloria Tinubu is both mad and mental for such a blatantly opportunistic move.

Tinubu’s opponents in this South Carolina congressional campaign are likely to skin her alive, as well they should.

Engineer December 27, 2011 at 11:36 am

I can see ads involving the word carpetbagger showing up in S. Carolina.

Andre December 27, 2011 at 12:13 pm

The opposition research on Gloria Tinubu is a gold mine.

She ran for Mayor of Atlanta in 1997, and lost. She ran for Mayor of Atlanta again, in 2001, and lost. She moved to North Carolina in 2004, where she became President of Barber-Scotia College. After Tinubu took that job, Barber-Scotia College lost its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Tinubu quit the next year.

Tinubu moved back to Georgia.

Upon her return to the Peach State, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked Tinubu if she had any intentions of returning to politics, Tinubu said, in 2008, “No way. Not interested.”

“People keep asking me about it. I’m keeping my options open, but I have no immediate plans to run for any office.”

Tinubu changed her mind two years later, and ran for the Georgia House of Representatives.

Tinubu won. But much like she did at Barber-Scotia College, Tinubu quit the Georgia state House after one year.

All this information I pulled on Gloria Tinubu with a quick Google search. Just imagine what someone paid to do opposition research will gather on Tinubu.

If South Carolina Democrats nominate Gloria Tinubu for Congress, they will have made a safe Republican seat more safe.

[EPILOGUE]: In 2001, the Georgia Green Party endorsed Gloria Tinubu for Mayor of Atlanta saying, “We intend to bring the momentum of the Nader campaign into our work to elect Gloria the next Mayor of Atlanta.”

In a conservative Republican congressional district, that endorsement is sure to win scores of votes.

Ken December 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Wow. Just wow.

DemSign December 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

The bottom line is, the 7th is a safe GOP seat so Tinbu is just a warm body for the Dems to use a protest vote or in case the GOP candidate is found in bed with a live boy or dead girl.

Better a kook on the ballot than no one at all.

Andre December 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Two words.

Alvin. Greene.

Also known as the Democrats’ warm body to use a protest vote; the Democrat kook on the South Carolina ballot last election cycle in case Jim DeMint was found in bed with a live boy or dead girl.

Is that the new persuasion tool for the Democrats?

Don’t vote for our ideas. Vote for our candidates because our candidates weren’t caught in bed with a live boy or dead girl.

benevolus December 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

There is so much wrong this I hardly know where to start .

We have a tweet and then a speculative comment on a blog, and from that you jump to a national Dem Party strategy? You REALLY want to be critical of Dems I guess. That is a ridiculous reach.

You are the one posting gossipy garbage, and then you treat your garbage as received wisdom and draw conclusions from your own invented crap.

Commenting on a blog is pretty low on the totem of where to find ‘integrity in writing” but you manage to cheapen even that.

Andre December 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm

How fortunate am I to be lectured on integrity in writing by a coward lacking the conviction to sign their name to their opinions and views.

benevolus December 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

My anonymous writing has nothing to do with cowardice. My business bears my name and I prefer not to mix the two. And also I do not trust everyone to handle that information responsibly so I manage it carefully. Kinda like ID theft. Do I trust you? No.

Andre December 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Seems like you’re afraid that people might attack you or your business the way liberals savagely attacked both Kelly Clarkson and Michelle Branch for publicly expressing their support for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

As I’ve said so many times before, it takes courage and conviction to state one’s opinion, then put one’s name behind it. It’s the equivalent of a person saying, “This is who I am. This is what I believe. I’m putting my name behind it.”

Two entertainers, Michelle Branch and Kelly Clarkson, have courage and conviction.

You don’t.

griftdrift December 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

You’re so courageous, Andre.

benevolus December 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm

OK, I have a couple of questions.

Corporate people jump jobs all the time looking for a better opportunity. Why is that OK and this is not? If she can convince the citizens of whatever jurisdiction she wants to run in that she can be effective, what’s the big deal? I mean let’s face it, there are probably only a very few Dems in this state who have a chance to “move up” any time soon. I know there is a lot of anti-professional-politician sentiment, but not everybody feels that way. If someone feels that is their milieu then shouldn’t they pursue it?

Secondly, shouldn’t the question be asked- is she (or can she be) an effective legislator? Granted, there isn’t much to go on apparently, but still, that is the measure of capability, not her campaign batting average or her time in residence.

Also, my quick Google search reveals that the college she was president of lost it’s accreditation one week after she was hired, so this is not a reflection on her administration, despite the yellow “journalism” practiced by some around here.

Romegaguy December 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm

few use the word “journalism” and Andre together in the same sentence despite his “media credentials”

Harry December 28, 2011 at 11:41 pm

You guys wish he was still on your side.

benevolus December 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm

He was pretty handy with Robert’s Rules of Order.

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