Online Ads In SD 21 – Brandon Beach

January 7, 2013 10:45 am

by Mike Hassinger · 20 comments

As the competitive ugly no-holds-barred race to replace Chip Rogers draws to a close, Brandon Beach has released two web ads. One is a short that seems aimed at the entire district, while  the other emphasizes Brandon’s ties to Cherokee County.  Both Cherokee’s Sheriff Roger Garrison and Chairman Buzz Ahrens are endorsing Beach, and not the “hometown” guy.  Interesting. Also interesting is Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle’s endorsement of Beach.



Discuss. Bonus points if you spot a famous former Atlanta Brave.

2 Down 1 To Go January 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I find this topic related to the emphasis of “hometown” interesting to say the least.

When Jerguson and the Chipster were comfortably entrenched back in 2010 they each sat on their respective redistricting committees. The Chipster (as sitting Majority leader) surely had the power to define his home district just the way he wanted it, including crossing county lines to scoop up Milton.

Is this suddenly the law of unintended consequences rearing it’s ugly head? Seems to me this is a problem that was made by the sitting delegation for Cherokee county at the time, including Jerguson.

It pleases me immensely when the backroom scheming and shenanigans come back to bite those who are involved with them.

LeeAlpharetta January 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Beach seems to be an establishment guy to me, especially considering his seat on the GDOT board. It’s funny that he campaigns like he will take on Atlanta.

I think this new district has its population center firmly in Cherokee County, not north Fulton. I could be wrong about that (perhaps someone can confirm). I know in the primary there were more votes cast in Cherokee than in Fulton. This gives Beach a good bit of headwind. It also might explain why there is a Cherokee campaign and a Fulton campaign. Two different messages brought to the voters.

2 Down 1 To Go January 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

All that said…it’s a problem of their own making. Yes, the population of the district is skewed to Cherokee. It might have been “just enough” when the Chipster had a lock on the seat to ensure it was “owned” by Cherokee but could still milk it for whatever purposes desired (read leverage). With the seat suddenly in jeopardy the flip side of the coin doesn’t look so good and suddenly becomes an issue. Don’t recall hearing too much of it in the primary, even when the key debate took place right in beautiful Milton.

BTW, I am a Cherokee county voter in Senate District 21. I don’t consider a county line anywhere near the importance that it is suddenly getting, which adds in the raised eyebrow.

saltycracker January 7, 2013 at 2:00 pm

The establishment guy promises to bring home the pork bought by OPM and the gun shop guy says he is going to shoot the pig.

John Konop January 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I live in Cherokee and the issue should be about who would represent us best not their address. Brandon is a bright guy, with a wealth of business knowledge, and has demonstrated his ability to get things done without alienating people. We need someone with a vision for the future, that can work with people from all parts of the district. Most of us all work, shop, activities…….between the district no matter their address. Also Sheriff Rodger Garrison has a great reputation about not only doing a very good job, but as being a real straight shooter, and a great judge of Character. His endorsement of Brandon Beach will ring home with a lot us!

2 Down 1 To Go January 7, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I agree John. Do I like his stance on TSPLOST? Not one bit. Do I love the fact that he took a stance, stood by it and attempted to explain why he thought it was the best solution to a horrible situation? Absolutely. I’d prefer someone that takes a stand and defends why they are doing it then the alternative, which was on display for all to see after the Chipster (and Jerguson for that matter) raised their fingers to the wind and reversed tide on a bill that they helped pass.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 7, 2013 at 7:13 pm

+10,000,000…The T-SPLOST that Rogers and Jerguson helped pass was a bill should have never been passed. If they wouldn’t have voted to pass the bill in the first place then wouldn’t have had to had run from it like their hair was on fire.

hmmm January 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

So, as long as a principled approach is taken when fleecing the public, you respect that? When it became apparent that the project list had been hijacked and many projects would require additional taxes for maintenance or large amounts of additional funding to complete, it took courage to do the right thing and act in the public interests. The T-Splost vote shows the public shared in that perspective. I haven’t heard Mr. Beach back off of his support for any part of the TSPLOST. If you like that BIG TAX vision, Beach is the man for you. I appreciate Jerguson acting in the public’s interest. Beach’s “principle” was going to run us into that iceberg, Jerguson’s judgement helped save us from a financial black hole.

John Konop January 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Nice spin, are you paid or just have nothing better to do?

2 Down 1 To Go January 7, 2013 at 11:07 pm

As opposed to the poison pill that Jerguson voted to slip into the bill that triples the amount of local road expansion projects by requiring local governments to pay a 30% match to state funds instead of the 10% that they now provide. If that’s his version of public interest…I’m not buying it.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 7, 2013 at 11:56 pm

You mean the 10% match that they used to provide…That 30% match is now state law as of January 1.

Dave Bearse January 8, 2013 at 5:06 am

It’s not statewide—i0’s a 10% match in three RDC regions.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 8, 2013 at 7:13 am

I know…It’s a poison pill that we are all too aware that exists, unfortunately.

Harry January 8, 2013 at 6:07 am

The 30% match is good policy – encourages more local constraint and accountability.

The Last Democrat in Georgia January 8, 2013 at 7:22 am

Harry, you may have a point there. But unfortunately, to the majority of Georgians that voted against the T-SPLOST, the 30% match looks more like a petty, backhanded and vengeful penalty for voting against bad transportation legislation than it does a vehicle of greater government accountability. Because its not like we were joyfully rolling around in an overabundance of transportation funding before the puzzling 30% match policy took effect.

Lawton Sack (GATA Eagles!) January 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Since nobody else claimed the bonus points: John Smoltz

John Konop January 8, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Lol, I win because I came out early and got baseball signed be the BEST money pitcher ever!

Lawton Sack (GATA Eagles!) January 8, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Mariano Rivera was there?

John Konop January 9, 2013 at 6:06 am

Yes he also ask for an autograph from the best money pitcher john smolts 😉

2 Down 1 To Go January 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

…and to put a period on it, Beach won Cherokee county.

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