From The Daily: Online Poll And U.S. Senate Rumor

May 29, 2013 8:30 am

by Buzz Brockway · 31 comments

From today’s Peach Pundit Daily (subscribe here).

Things That Make You Go Hmm…  Kelly Loeffler, business woman and co-owner of the Atlanta Dream WNBA franchise, was spotted at last night’s Walton County Republican Party BBQ. Loeffler joined almost every other candidate for Senate, Congress, and a bunch of other offices at the event. Perhaps there’s some truth to the rumor she’s thinking of running Senate after initially saying no.

Also, below is the unscientific online poll on the Senate race I posted on my Facebook page and Twitter feed yesterday and that was included in this morning’s Daily. The results from yesterday’s voting are:

Jack Kingston 145 30.27%
Karen Handel 139 29.02%
Derrick Grayson 86 17.95%
Paul Broun 60 12.53%
Phil Gingrey 16 3.34%
Undecided 21 4.38%
David Perdue 12 2.51%
Total votes: 479

I cleared the results at 11:30 PM last night. I wanted to get an unscientific snapshot of what my Facebook/Twitter friends were thinking and I’ve gotten that. Here is the poll, have fun.

ricstewart May 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

At this point, it would be foolish to join the GOP primary. Perhaps she should consider Lt. Governor or U.S. House?

davidfarrar May 29, 2013 at 10:43 am

Georgia has a rare chance to allow its citizens to speak louder than the special interests in Washington by simply not supporting any Congressional candidate who asks for, or receives, any outside-the-state political donations and/or endorsements during this up coming primary election cycle.

With the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010) decision behind us, it only make sense to allow the people of Georgia to speak first, before its Congressional seats are sold off to the highest bidder in Washington.

The Tea Party Exploratory Committee of Georgia will create a list of Congressional candidates who have already sold their seats to Washington insiders prior to the primary election so Georgians will not wast their votes on primary day.

ex animo

Charlie May 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

You’ve been warned to quit spamming us with this same comment.

Also, despite claiming you’re the Tea Party, no one has ever heard of you.

This was your last comment on Peach Pundit. You have contributed nothing, we award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

drjay May 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

aw man, if i don’t read that Georgia has a rare chance to allow its citizens to speak louder than the special interests in Washington by simply not supporting any Congressional candidate who asks for, or receives, any outside-the-state political donations and/or endorsements during this up coming primary election cycle…on at least one thread a day, i just don’t feel right.

Doug Deal May 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm

jay, isn’t it clear? Charlie wants the special interest in Washington to always speak louder than the citizens of Georgia. That’s because he is a RINO insider instead of being all grassroots and such.

TheEiger May 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

Is there a way to block people that SPAM the same message everyday? David, just a piece of advice. Coping the same message into multiply blogs (I have read this same message on the AJC, PP and the Marietta Daily Journal) is pointless. You are not winning anyone over by doing this. You are wasting your time. How many followers do you have? Do you have a facebook page or website that can assist folks in knowing more about your organization of one? Have you been to a county GOP breakfast collecting email address and support? This is how you start a grassroots campaign. You don’t do it by annoying the piss out of people. Right now you are like that mosquito in your ear while you are trying to sleep. You are annoying, but ultimately inconsequential.

TheEiger May 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

Charlie – you beat me to the punch.

John Vestal May 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

Who’s on this committee? Link?

TheEiger May 29, 2013 at 11:09 am

If you google the name all you get are this one guy’s comments on 10 different blogs.

John Vestal May 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

yeah….just did that. oh, boy. :-Þ

John Vestal May 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

#nevermind :>)

George Chidi May 29, 2013 at 11:25 am

I think Farrar may be the fellow who sued Barack Obama over the citizenship thing … in 2012, after Obama had released the actual birth certificate, on the basis of Obama’s Kenyan heritage. Grade-A lunatic.

George Chidi May 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

In fact … yes. Here it is. Him and Orly Taitz, in court.

Charlie May 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

So I guess we have heard of him.

And yet, his contributions here will still not be missed.

Ken May 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

+1 Philip Marlowe Detective Agency Award

Well done, George!

Baker May 29, 2013 at 11:52 am

Don’t know much about Derrick Grayson, but I checked out his page a bit, sounds like a good guy. Pretty strong showing in this lil poll.

Oec May 30, 2013 at 10:15 am

A good guy, perhaps, but poll-leading good?

(Hmm. I wonder if anyone’s figured out you can vote as many times as you want.)

gcp May 29, 2013 at 12:32 pm

On WDUN this morning Kingston said he is the candidate with “business” experience. Interesting statement from someone that has been in Congress for 20 years. His main military credential is that Ft. Stewart is in his district. He did not articulate anything significant on foreign policy. His budget cutting involved unspecified cuts to past farm bills and of course he talked about the Port of Savannah. Very disappointing interview but for those that worship seniority and time spent in Washington, Jackie is your man.

Al Gray May 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm


Al Gray May 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm

My question is this…IF you are glad to be rid of Saxby, WHY would you want Jack Kingston?

Ken June 1, 2013 at 11:49 am

Perhaps because they’re different.

ricstewart May 29, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Would it ever be possible for a businessperson with no political experience to have a serious shot at U.S. Senate or Governor in Georgia? It seems to happen in other states pretty frequently, but I don’t recall it ever happening in Georgia, and it seems unlikely to happen anytime soon.
But considering that there are three potential candidates with impressive backgrounds in business/nonprofit sector (albeit that they are all longshots this time), what makes GA different than other states in that regard?

TheEiger May 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Yes, they have a chance if they are willing to buy the seat like Bloomberg did in New York. I would say that to be serious a business person with no name ID would need to write their campaign a $10 million dollar check. Anything less than that they would just be throwing their money away.

drjay May 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

would you consider the shot cain had in ’04 to have been serious?? or cliff oxford?

David C May 30, 2013 at 9:25 am

I think the possibility is there, but it’s more likely on the Dem side, where there’s less of a bench of established elected officials to crowd out a run. Guy Millner was able to end up top of the ticket on the Republican side three elections in a row because their bench was relatively weak. Mark Warner was able to come from being a cell phone executive in Virginia to Governor the same way. There’s a way to run as an outsider but still serious and responsible, but that’s not Cain or Oxford.

Ken June 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Perhaps Jon Corzine will move down from New Jersey and run.

There are some problems with electing people who have no public track record and have not participated in open public discourse.

Sometimes you have to elect the person to know what’s in the person. No . . . wait . . . ummmm.

Thomas Waters May 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Am I the only one who thinks that Grayson’s “Minister of Truth” title sounds like an office from Orwell’s 1984?

drjay May 30, 2013 at 8:16 am

or just a member of public enemy…

Jane May 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm

If Grayson out polls Dr. Broun, will Paul Broun decide to run for re-election instead?

They both are going after the Ron Paul faction of the GOP. My guess is that there will be a fight within the Libertarian/Liberty caucus. Dr. Broun’s support for social conservative positions could lose him the support of the younger Ron Paul voters. Just waiting for the train wreck.

David Staples May 31, 2013 at 11:02 am

I’d like to see Broun drop from the US Senate race and keep his Congressional seat and Gingrey continue on… but only so he can be replaced altogether.

Vicki May 31, 2013 at 1:53 pm

My guess is that Grayson won’t have the thousands of dollars required to actually officially qualify for the Senate race by the time that day gets here. Broun will have that with no problem, and will then be able to unite the minority Tea Party and Liberty Caucus factions behind him into a combined majority, and win the GOP nomination.

Not sure about the general election. Depends on who the Dems scrape up as their nominee.

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