Unless you’re a candidate (or a consultant) you probably didn’t realize that there is an election happening in North Fulton and Cherokee Counties for the recently-vacated Senate Seat of Chip Rogers, who resigned to take a make-work job at Georgia Public Broadcasting. Vying to fill his shoes are Brandon Beach and Sean Jerguson, and it’s just not a Special Election at Christmas without some opposition research.
Daniel Malloy (who is filling in for Jim Galloway during the Holidays) outlines some of the fruits of that research here. Key bits include the fact that “Jerguson and his associates from Sapphire Pointe, LLC, owe more than $640,000 on a loan for a mobile home park in Polk County” and that “Jerguson’s gun shop, Hi Caliber, got a federal Small Business Administration loan in 2010 that Pro Publica identifies as funded by the 2009 stimulus — even though Jerguson is a critic of said stimulus.”
Jerguson’s side of the story is: “It’s a business dispute,” Jerguson said. “The property hasn’t been foreclosed on. We’re in a settlement process with them on the dispute.”
I don’t know which will matter more (to the two-dozen voters who will show up in that race on January 8, 2013): Taking an Obama stimulus loan or defaulting (allegedly, allegedly) on a regular loan. But I’m sure y’all will let me know.