Interim DeKalb CEO Honeymoon Over

So says State Senator Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, who has published the following op-ed today.


How ironic! Michele Obama comes to town and Chicago politics comes to DeKalb.

For the third time in recent months Governor Deal appointee Interim CEO Lee May has disappointed those of us that hoped he could help bring the county together.

First, he assembles a task force of 15 with no elected Republicans to review various aspects of county government. I called his hand and Representative Jacobs and I were asked to serve on the group. This seems like a good idea since legislation will be required for many changes.

Second, he schedules meetings throughout the county with Tucker being the only north location. Again, I called his hand and several north locations were added with little publicity.

Now we are to have Sunday voting at South DeKalb Mall just prior to the election. Per Jim Galloway of the AJC, this location is dominated by African American shoppers and it is near several large African American mega churches such as New Birth Missionary Baptist. Galloway also points out the Democratic Party thinks this is a wonderful idea – what a surprise. I’m sure Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter are delighted with this blatantly partisan move in DeKalb.

Is it possible church buses will be used to transport people directly to the mall since the poll will open when the mall opens? If this happens, so much for the accepted principle of separation of church and state.

Interim CEO May says this election decision is an administrative matter and he can unilaterally make this decision. I don’t think this is necessarily true and we are investigating if there is any way to stop this action. This may be another reason to eliminate the CEO position.

I have spoken with Representative Jacobs and we will try to eliminate this election law loophole in January. Galloway summed it up, “Democrats are showing their hand on how they might boost their numbers”. For this to be called a “non-partisan opportunity” by Interim CEO is an insult!

Another first for DeKalb! So much for being inclusive.

Senator Fran Millar
District #40

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  1. NoTeabagging says:

    Major pre-school tantrum in that. Some one missed their nap time.
    The total misuse of “Separation of Church and State” issue in the letter is so laughable. There is nothing on the “separation” concept that would prevent a church or any private institution from busing members to a voter registration event or polling place (it happens frequently on regular voting days). “Separation” was meant to avoid creating state approved religions that potentially become your rulers as your mayor, police force and legislators. We forget that “back in the day” churches did have authority over communities.

    I do agree that the Sunday voting is just another gerrymandering tactic. Just as redistricting is always based on presumed demographics to get the maximum votes for a particular party. Both parties are corrupt. That’s what happen when politics places party over people. The paranoia in the letter reaches it peak with the vision that one church has great multitudes of one party that will descend (preceded by blaring trumpets on high?) to the forbidden Sunday shopping venue. There will they cast their votes for the chosen ones, thus altering the course of human events until the next judgement day.

    • David C says:

      I can’t help but chortle about a Republican legislator bemoaning the separation of church and state and pastors encouraging their flocks to vote.

      • NoTeabagging says:

        SO logical. But that would take work, and sucking up. Besides, Fran’s crowd isn’t likely to give up Sunday brunch reservations and their regular table to vote with the masses.

        • The truth is even a mall in Cherokee county would probably turnout Democratic votes if it had Sunday voting. But this is just consistent with more opportunities to vote, more votes for Democrats no matter where.

  2. George Chidi says:

    Sen. Millar has been uncharacteristically vocal about attacking Jason Carter over the last few weeks. He’s been at it on Facebook, too. (Millar has one of the most active social media presences in the senate delegation, to his credit.)

    It would be easy to chalk it up to partisan politics, or perhaps Deal calling in a favor. But the implications of a Carter win weigh especially heavily on the north DeKalb Republican crew. Lakeside’s incorporation will be up for discussion again this round. The plan, it seems, is for Lakeside and Briarcliff to have their ducks in a row over the Northlake commercial property, shutting out Tucker.

    Tucker is about 50-50 Democrat to Republican, perhaps even majority Democrat. The area we’re thinking of as Lakeside is Republican by a two-to-one margin, perhaps more.

    (Fun fact: The voting precinct containing the mall is in Millar’s district, at the very edge. It also happens to be in house district 87, a gerrymandered monstrosity that contains the mall, the middle of Tucker, my house in Pine Lake and south down Hairston all the way through the Hidden Hills subdivision near Redan.)

    If Tucker gets Northlake — which should be in Tucker by all sense of history and economic viability — the tax profile for Lakeside becomes difficult to square with incorporation. And if Carter is governor, I bet he would veto incorporation bills that fail to place the mall in Tucker.

  3. Will Durant says:

    If anything, the Sunday voting day is a step toward separation of Church and State. Sunday should just be considered the first day of the week by the State. I’m fine with any means that gets more people participating in their government.

  4. Progressive Dem says:

    Jim Galloway should take a look at the people attending New Birth, those folks are no more likely to ride in a church bus to vote than Dunwoody Republicans. To fantasize about transporting massive numbers of black voters ignores the reality of the number of buses, the willingness of middle class voters to climb on a bus after church and the ability of ministers to direct their congregations.

  5. FranInAtlanta says:

    Am a Republican and have happily voted for Fran Millar every time he was on the ballot since he ran for the House, BUT I strongly support any thing that makes it easier for legitimate voters to vote WITH THE EXCEPTION that I support no more than two days for voting (but support 24 hours for those two days with one of them being the Sunday before the designated Tuesday).

    • Progressive Dem says:

      The honeymoon came shortly after Elaine Boyer began lining up Millar and Jacobs and Deal to have Lee May appointed as interim CEO.

  6. DAinGA says:

    It really isn’t fair to Dekalb to pull this after the state GOP went through so much trouble to cut down on the minority vote…

  7. tribeca says:

    Sen. Millar, might I propose a federal law that would require counties or state governments to get permission from a federal agency, let’s say the DOJ, before making any changes to voting practices?

    Looks like the GOP is realizing the unintended consequences of repealing Section 5 of the VRA.

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