Tag: Hank Johnson

Ray McKinney Now On The Radar Screen; Democrats In Congress Adopt Defensive Strategy

A few items to note regarding Georgia’s role in the dynamic Congressional races:

1) Sarah Palin has added Ray McKinney to her list of Congressional endorsements, sending a possible signal that John Barrow’s seat may be within reach, and/or that additional resources from outside the district may give McKinney an additional push.

2)  The New York Times  (subscription required) indicates that the  DNC is now moving money to races where they still have a chance, and away from those they now feel are out of reach.   They mention Georgia as a state that will be receiving additional help, presumably to fortify the  campaign coffers of Sanford Bishop and Jim Marshall.

3)  Last week when listening to  The Regular Guys on Rock 100.5 in Atlanta, they mentioned an internal poll that Liz Carter had reported to them on her race for the 4th CD.  I’m going to assume they had the numbers wrong, because they said she had 53% of the vote, with 30% undecided.  Or perhaps I heard it wrong.  Regardless, Liz Carter continues to profess that she will win, and surprise “everyone at Peach Pundit” as she told a table of folks we had dinner with last week.   I’ll admit, I would be surprised.

But I did promise Mrs. Carter that I would write about the fact that Hank Johnson will not debate her, and as such, I’m including her latest press release below the jump. Read more

Shafer Slams Hank Johnson in Letter to Governor

In a letter urging the Governor to sign SB 291, an NRA backed bill that would allow holders of Georgia firearms permits to carry weapons in non-secure areas of the airport (parking lot, pick up and drop off lane, baggage claim, etc.), Senator David Shafer blasts Congressman Hank Johnson and other critics of the bill. Letter below:

Allow me to address the outlandish criticism offered by Senator Frank Lautenberg, Congressman Hank Johnson and President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder, among others.  With regard to the airport, Senate Bill 291 applies only to holders of Georgia firearms licenses, and only to areas of the airport where firearms are not prohibited or regulated by the federal government.  The suggestion that Islamic terrorists might obtain Georgia firearms licenses in order to brandish weapons at baggage claim is as ridiculous as Congressman Johnson’s worry that the island of Guam might tip over because of the deployment of additional American soldiers.  Please do not be deterred or cowed by the absurd claims of those who want Americans to be dependent on the government for everything from their health care to their personal safety.

Jim Galloway has the full story and a copy of Shafer’s letter.

Liz Carter responds to Newsmakers Journal and their overt bigotry

From Carter’s Facebook account minutes ago, in response to the Newsmakers Journal press release Jason posted earlier this afternoon after my original post on this topic:

“This response is sad and twisted. Never have I been combative or mad, I was told I could participate and then told I could not. This could have easily been fixed and has been poorly handled. I’m not interested in cheap publicity, I am interested in making our district a shining jewel again.”

Emphasis mine. Liz Carter is being excluded from this debate, which includes black Democrats and black Republicans, only because she is white. That is what this matter is all about. Not being mad, not being angry. That truth seems to be missed by some. All that is needed is fairness and equality. But, yet again, those who profess a color-blind society as their goal seem to not be able to follow through on their own rhetoric.

I want a society where people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Why don’t they?

Bigotry 2010 style: white women need not apply for 4th CD debate

Later tonight at 6 p.m., The Newsmakers Journal will be hosting a debate of candidates running for the 4th Congressional District. Among those participating will be Democrats Hank “Guam” Johnson, Connie Stokes, Vernon “Snuggles” Jones and Republican Cory Ruth.

One candidate for the 4th CD, it should be noted, was also invited to join the debate but, curiously, was later uninvited. That candidate: Liz Carter.

The reason for her being barred from participating? Liz Carter, you see, is white. And that fact isn’t acceptable, it would seem, to the hosts of the debate and the event moderator, Maynard Eaton (Facebook | LinkedIn).

I’m told that Maynard Eaton allegedly at first invited Carter to tonight’s debate and discussion but later rescinded the offer based solely, not on the content of her character, but the color of her skin. This debate, evidently, is for black candidates only.

Now, three Democrats and one Republican will tonight debate the pressing issues facing the 4th Congressional District. Only one problem: it would seem that whites need not apply for the job in the eyes of Maynard Eaton and James H. Welcome, publisher of The Newsmakers Journal. They’d rather embrace bigotry and dislike for those that don’t look like them.

And what would these “journalists” say if the roles were reversed? If, say, four white candidates were going to a debate and uninvited a black candidate? Why, they would scream to the rooftops about the unfairness and the bigotry! When they practice what they profess to hate…well, never mind.

Simply shameful. Those candidates who are scheduled to participate tonight should not agree to attend until all of the candidates are allowed to join in the event…even the white ones.

[UPDATE] Liz Carter is confirming, via Twitter this afternoon, she was denied attendance at tonight’s event because of the color of her skin. Earlier in the week on Facebook, she noted that she had been planning to attend.

Vernon Jones Found Guilty Of Reverse Discrimination; Dick Williams Life Now Complete

The jury has spoken, and found Snuggles guilty of reverse discrimination. So says Jeffry Scott of the AJC:

A federal jury on Thursday found in favor of some of the plaintiffs in the long-running DeKalb County discrimination case, awarding damages of $174,000 to at least two of the former parks department workers who filed suit six years ago.

On the losing side were former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones and his one-time executive assistant, Richard Stogner.

The jury came in Thursday afternoon; Jones, who is running for Congress in the 4th District, was silent and stony-faced as the verdict was read.

No word yet on whether this verdict will help or hurt Jones in his primary against Captain Capsize Hank Johnson. But I’m sure the DeKalb County segment of the Georgia Gang may run long this week.

Hank Johnson (D-Fulcrum) explains his comments about Guam & U.S. Marines

It was all a metaphor, you see.

In an e-mail to 11Alive News, Johnson’s office said the statement was a metaphor to describe Guam’s ecosystem.

“I wasn’t suggesting that the island of Guam would literally tip over,” Johnson said in the e-mailed statement. “I was using a metaphor to say that with the addition of 8,000 Marines and their dependents – an additional 80,000 people during peak construction on the tiny island with a population of 180,000 – could be a tipping point which could adversely affect the island’s fragile ecosystem and could overburden its overstressed infrastructure.”

“Having traveled to Guam last year, I saw firsthand how this beautiful – but vulnerable island – could easily become overburdened, and I was simply voicing my concerns that the addition of that many people could tip the delicate balance and do permanent harm to Guam,” Johnson said.

Johnson then presented gripping video evidence he had recently personally filmed of how “climate change” can adversely affect humanity.

Republican in the hunt for Hank Johnson’s seat in Georgia’s 4th CD

Liz Carter (Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook), a Republican who was incensed at Congressman Hank Johnson’s (D-GA) dullardly comments following the House vote to censure U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), is running against Johnson for the Republican nomination in Georgia’s 4th Congressional District.

Johnson (Website | Twitter | Facebook) is already facing at least one challenger from within his own party: Vernon “Snuggles” Jones (Website | Twitter | Facebook). Additional challenges to Johnson may also possibly come from Connie Stokes and Lee May.

And just when you thought it was safe for Georgia’s women to be out late at night…

Snuggles is looking at dipping a toe into the race for the 4th Congressional District, a seat currently held by Hank Johnson, who has been suffering from Hepatitis C.

According to B. Camille Kesler, a Jones spokeswoman, Jones has indicated that he has been approached by many people to run and that he is currently “contemplating all his options.”

In a Christmas e-mail to supporters, Jones also wrote that “[a] decision will be made soon as I continue to listen to you and your ideas as to how I can best serve Georgia and the American people[.] I intend to make my plans clear in the near future.”

Those already considering entering the race are DeKalb County Commissioners Connie Stokes and Lee May.

More from The Crossroads News of DeKalb County.

Good Will Hinton Interviews U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-4th)

Good Will Hinton interviews U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-4th) in a broad ranging conversation covering the current energy crisis, real estate foreclosures, the War on Terror, and Barack Obama.

Part 1 – Energy Crisis
Part 2 – Real Estate & Foreclosures
Part 3 – War on Terrorism
Part 4 – Byrne/JAG & Arbitration Fairness Act
Part 5 – Barack Obama & Election season