…and the character’s Name is Will, apparently.
While much of our focus has been whether or not a primary challenger would ultimately fix the problem that is Senator Don Balfour, perhaps the highest profile primary will be between Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers and Fulton County Chamber executive Brandon Beach. It appears that Rogers will not only be running against Beach, and implicitly Casey Cagle from whom Rogers stripped much of his power, but against his business past.
David Michaels, a recent Emory Graduate now working under former AJC Editor Jim Walls over at Atlanta Unfiltered, has the results of a 9 month investigative report on Roger’s broadcasting past. The 9 months has ended within a couple of hours of qualifying for re-election. While some will cry foul over the timing, Wall’s publication has generally shown that is does exhaustive and thorough work. It’s not an opinion piece, so the reader is left to determine what the facts as presented mean.
Much of the article details Rogers’ work for John Edens, a man who he has worked with and for through many enterprises. Edens is most known within Atlanta political circles as the man who assumed ownership of a motel owned by Rogers and Congressman Tom Graves. Atlanta Unfiltered details quite a bit of Edens’ checkered business past. Readers, and more importantly voters, will have to decide for themselves if there is true guilt by association.
The most intriguing part of the article is the characterization that Chip Rogers work for Edens was mostly to do voice over work as a “Character” named “Will Rogers”, and is thus not responsible for the claims and advice given by the character. Chip’s legal name is William Rogers IV.
Is the timing of the article fair? Is the association of Rogers to the lengthy list of Edens’ business indiscretions fair?
As my Dad would say, “Nothing in this world is fair.” This is campaign season. Voters individually will decide what is fair.
Until then, read the article in its entirety and decide for yourself.
UPDATED: Dale Russell of Fox5 Atlanta is tweeting that Senator Rogers will discuss the article in an interview at 6pm.