Quixotic Campaign Releases Quixotic Ad

April 30, 2014 7:30 am

by Charlie · 25 comments

The “Georgia Integrity Project” – my friends from Atlanta that are working to beat House Speaker David Ralston in Blue Ridge, have released an ad on YouTube.  I don’t have a press release, so I have no idea if this will air anywhere as of yet.

That said, despite Ralston’s House passing a gun bill, a bill blocking the expansion of Medicaid, a bill making it illegal for the State to assist with implementing Obamacare, a bill blocking abortion coverage in Georgia employees’ health care plans, etc, etc, etc, these good folks have been calling the Speaker everything but a Republican during the lead up to their campaign.

So, for their first ad ever, they choose to highlight that….Ralston is an attorney.

Honestly….I don’t get it.

Jas April 30, 2014 at 7:40 am

Should there be filings with the Ethics commission for this group? Because if so, they ain’t there.

General Jack D. Ripper April 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Probably should. I think they would claim that they don’t because they are not advocating for or against the election of defeat of a candidate (all they say is there is something wrong with David Ralston).

However, the Commission says and independent committee that must file is one which, “expends such funds either for the purpose of affecting the outcome of an election for any elected office or to advocate the election or defeat of any particular candidate.”

debbie0040 May 1, 2014 at 7:54 am

http://ethics.ga.gov/2011/03/advisory-opinion-no-2010-02/

Whether expenditures not made with the cooperation or consent of, or in consultation with, or at
the request or suggestion of any candidate or any of his or her agents or authorized committee
and that do not expressly advocate the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate, that is,
that do not use “magic words,” are reportable as independent expenditures.

If an expenditure does not expressly advocate the election or defeat of a clearly indentified
candidate, then it is not by definition campaign related and is not reportable under the Act as an
independent expenditure (See Georgia Regulation 189-3-.01(5)(f)).

Will Durant May 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

Again from the Tea Party Patriots site:

“The tax code’s enormity and complexity are a threat to your freedom and your rights because it can easily be used by the IRS to selectively persecute certain groups and individuals, as it did with Tea Party and conservative groups.”

Hair splitting, manipulation of the code, and wallowing in its complexity as you are doing here gives them a perfectly valid reason to do so.

John Konop April 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

I have said this numerous times on this blog……anyone who supports attacks like this really does not understand our constitution and bill of rights. Funding father and president John Adams represented British solders. The job of a lawyer is to represent their client….our funding fathers left countries that made legal representation political….this is a cornerstone pillar…..

I feel for this mother….but do we really want to live in a country that lawyers are in fear for political reasons of representing clients? That is what happens in places like the Middle East……

The irony….you have the God given right in America to protest your own legal rights…..God help us if representation becomes about a popularity contest….

Michael Silver April 30, 2014 at 8:06 am

The gun-rights folks have no greater friend in state government than Speaker Ralston. The gun-rights bills that passed this year were because of him and his impressive and brilliant leadership team, including Representatives Meadows and Powell.

Speaker Ralston and team, fought against significant opposition from the Senate Republicans, the Lt. Governor, and the Governor. Each of them sought to either kill the House passed pro-gun bills or significantly weaken them. The House passed at least 4 versions of big gun bills.

The Governor even promised a Judgeship to Senator Stone to water down the pro-gun bill the House passed. Senator Stone is the chairman of the Senate committee that all gun bills flow through. Senator Stone in fact amended the House passed bill in such a way that in doing so he converted it into a GUN CONTROL bill that shredded nearly all of our Constitutional Rights for everyone, not just gun-owners.

Of all of the Republicans in the Legislature, I’m dumbfounded that the Tea Party would target Speaker Ralston. * He has an impressive CONSERVATIVE record, more so than the Lt. Gov., the Governor, and nearly all Senate Republicans. To slime him as if he is some sort of evil Democrat trial lawyer, isjust appalling to me.

Something is wrong with the Tea Party, perhaps they are not what they claim to be.

* my reference to the Tea Party is based on the AJC’s Political Insider Column : http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2014/04/23/a-house-speaker-under-seige-by-tea-party-forces/

The Last Democrat in Georgia April 30, 2014 at 8:33 am

I find it to be very-odd that Lt. Governor Casey Cagle did not appear at the signing of the Gun Rights Expansion bill with Governor Deal and Speaker Ralston last week in Ellijay.

It seems that with Cagle supposedly having aspirations and intentions of running for governor in 2018, he would have been in attendance front and center for the signing of such a supposedly historic expansion of Second Amendment rights in a state where Second Amendment rights mean so much to the electorate.

The fact that Lt. Governor was nowhere to be seen during such a supposed historic occasion for Second Amendment rights says a lot about Cagle’s commitment (or total lack there of) to protecting our Second Amendment rights from the onslaught of those rights from the gun-grabbing far-left.

The absence of many a Georgia politician from the NRA Convention this past weekend in Indianapolis also speaks volumes about the commitment of supposedly Conservative Georgia politicians’ to protecting our Second Amendment rights from domestic enemies.

Eric The Younger April 30, 2014 at 9:39 am

I’m not sure that failure to attend a convention in another state is really indicative of a failure to support gun rights. Seems to me like you’re grasping at straws.

The Last Democrat in Georgia April 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm

It’s not just “a convention in another state”, it’s the NRA Convention.

Any politician who wants to prove his or her credibility on the critically-important issue of protecting Second Amendment rights with the voting public in areas dominated by a Conservative electorate should be there, particularly if said politician is struggling for their political survival (I’m looking at you Governor Deal) or wants to make a lasting positive impression on a Conservative electorate (I’m looking at you so-called “NRA Democrats” Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn).

When it comes to protecting our Second Amendment rights, many politicians will gladly ‘talk-the-talk’ but don’t care to ‘walk-the-walk’.

The failure of politicians in crucial contests like Nathan Deal, Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn to appear at such an important event in a crucial statewide election year speaks volumes about what those politicians REALLY think of Second Amendment and Constitutional rights and how those politicians REALLY feel about us as voters and our God-given rights as American citizens.

Ellynn April 30, 2014 at 4:14 pm

What showing up at “a convention in another state” tells me is that politician wants to be seen and flash his crediblity for some out of state PAC cash instead of spending the weekend in his home state (less then 4 weeks before a primary) with his potental voters convincing them to vote for him instead of the other 2nd ammendment loving canidates.

Talking to people in Indiana instead of people in Georgia 25 days before an election tells me how these politician REALLY fell about us as G E O R G I A voters.

The Last Democrat in Georgia April 30, 2014 at 7:27 pm

When one speaks at the NRA Convention they are not speaking to voters in the state where the convention is being held.

When one speaks at the NRA Convention they are speaking on behalf of showing a commitment to protecting the Second Amendment Constitutional rights of ALL Americans, including GEORGIANS.

Ellynn May 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

I already know these people are pro gun, what I don’t know are their stances on education, road construction, saving the forest area so people can shot their guns, permit fees, water testing standards and so on… Whats the point of having the best NRA candidate out there if they has no clue how to pass a bill to make sure hunting permits don’t cost more then the gun?

Michael Silver April 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Cagle probably heard that there was BBQ and he didn’t have an appetite for that.

Oh, that’s right. The only thing Cagle doesn’t have an appetite for is restoring our 2nd amendment rights. https://www.accessnorthga.com/detail-pf.php?n=216538

The Last Democrat in Georgia April 30, 2014 at 1:52 pm

It’s stuff like that that makes people think that the rumors of Casey Cagle being a not-so-secret liberal are true.

I personally like the guy, but Cagle basically saying that he does “not like the idea” of protecting and expanding Second Amendment rights by loosening Jim Crow-era concealed weapons laws does not help the public’s perception of him as some kind of not-so-secret liberal and Democrat sympathizer.

It’s a good thing that Cagle has no primary challenger or he would likely be in very-deep trouble for not only opposing the important effort to advance Second Amendment rights, but also being somewhat very-uncooperative about advancing such an important effort and legislation.

Politicians need to be put on notice that opposing and/or obstructing the will of the Second Amendment and/or the U.S. Constitution will not be tolerated by the voters both here in Georgia and outside of Georgia.

Ken April 30, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Casey Cagle will never successfully run for Georgia Governor. Never. And it has nothing to do with shoelaces.

xdog April 30, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Well, that’s coded enough I guess.

debbie0040 April 30, 2014 at 10:31 am

You can go here to keep up with our education effort and see this ad, phone call recording and future ads..

http://gaintegrityproject.nationbuilder.com/

Romegaguy May 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm

How much are you paying yourself for “consulting” for this?

Three Jack April 30, 2014 at 10:32 am

About what you would expect from Debbie Dooley.

Will Durant April 30, 2014 at 11:14 am

The next tv spot will likely show him heinously wielding his MARTA Breeze card.

Ken April 30, 2014 at 3:50 pm

When former-Speaker Glenn Richardson was laying waste to the Georgia house – and destroying the reputation of the Republican Party in this state – David Ralston stood up to Richardson. Ralston lost and suffered the consequences, but he did the right thing even though it endangered his political life.

Where were all of these people when Ralston did what had to be done? I don’t seem to remember them standing beside David and the small handful of people who supported him.

Nathan April 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Good point.

The Last Democrat in Georgia April 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

+1

…Even though I think that if his head had been screwed on straight (the one on his shoulders, not in his pants), Richardson could have completely destroyed and totally annihilated the Democratic opposition in this state with his ‘take-no-prisoners’ style of governing as Speaker.

Speaker Ralston, Lt. Governor Cagle and even Governor Deal are a bunch of really nice guys who are entirely too-soft on opposing liberal Democrats and dissenting moderate (read: liberal) Republicans.

Occasionally being nice to opposing Democrats is okay, but playing kissy-face political games with urban liberals in a state where Democrats are starting to regain hope and confidence and look to be in the very-early stages of a comeback isn’t going to do anything for Republicans but have them well out-of-power and looking up from the short-end of a permanent minority in about a decade or so.

His fatal political faults notwithstanding, that’s what I liked about Glenn Richardson…that he did not play political kissing games with liberals and dissenting Republicans, Richardson put Democrats and dissenting squishy GOPers in their place. If you crossed Richardson, he cut your throat from ear-to-ear and did it with a smile.

ryanhawk April 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

I once felt the same about Richardson/Ralston. Now? Ralston saw a weak spot, made a power play, and won in a second round KO. Not sure “ethics” have improved on his watch and Georgia lags behind other GOP led states in terms of implementing Republican policy. On improving choice in education, for example, GA is very much a follower and the House EDU committee is a big part of the problem.

Jas April 30, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I guess the $100,000 grant from your Tea Party overlords can’t buy decent web or video production.

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