The fourth time this was submitted today, I finally clicked the link. Apparently, a candidate in a house runoff has taken a $5,000 campaign donation from La Vision de Georgia and another $2,000 from it’s founder.
The La Vision newspaper and its founder, Victoria Chacon, are vocal supporters of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Chacon, who by herself donated $2,000 to Carsten’s campaign, said in an interview to the Atlanta Journal Constitution that, “Mexicans who make illegal border crossings for job-rich cities like Atlanta, ‘have no choice’ but to break the law.” The remaining portions of La Vision’s contribution were made by Chacon’s husband and La Vision’s office Carsten’s run-off opponent, B.J. Pak — a former federal prosecutor who has actual experience prosecuting and deporting dangerous illegal immigrants — is calling on Linda Carsten to immediately return the $5,000.
Lest any of you think that multiple spamming me is the way to get your item posted on the front page, this is the hook that got this one elevated:
“The following Gwinnett Republican leaders and elected officials have joined Pak in demanding that Linda Carsten return these funds immediately: State Representative David Casas (R-Dist. 103), State Rep-Elect Josh Clark (R-Dist. 98), State Rep-Elect Buzz Brockway (R-Dist 101), Republican Nominee Brett Harrell (R-Dist 106), and also Butch (er, the quote actually ends there. I’m assuming “Butch” is sheriff Butch Conway, but my guess is he heard someone once had a beer and needed to undergo a field sobriety test, so he left before finishing his name.)
So, Long story short, Buzz says vote B.J. Pak.
One of our own is on a contested primary ballot today, and hopefully will be serving in the Georgia House of Representatives in January. Buzz Brockway has long been our adult in the room, and is frequently the one behind the scenes making sure we back away from the ledge when necessary.
A former chairman of the Gwinnett GOP, Buzz has long had the desire to serve in an elected capacity. Instead of climbing over those he supported as a grass roots and party activist, he did the unthinkable in modern political times. He bided his time and waited.
I think Buzz was as surprised as any when the time came during qualifying week, as his State Rep was tapped to become a judge. At the time, Buzz was working for another good friend, Josh Clark, as his campaign manager. Buzz had literally hours to decide if he would honor his commitment to Josh, or take the opportunity to run for the House. He did the unthinkable. He’s doing both.
I was struck by this facebook status from Buzz over the weekend, as ones like it have been common every weekend since Buzz qualified:
Buzz Brockway Going door to door today for Joshua Clark I came across this house which had one of my signs as well. Curious I knocked on the door and found that the man of the house was also named Buzz. Too bad he’s miles out of my district. I sure don’t want others to steal my signs, but I had to laugh.
Buzz just posted it as an amusing anecdote, as most of his status updates are. But it demonstrates a commitment that few people would have in today’s world, much less in today’s political environment. With his own contested primary today, Buzz spent his weekend going door to door for his friend in a different district.
I’m proud to call Buzz a friend, and look forward to him serving Gwinnett County and Georgia with honor in the General Assembly.
And I say all that as a proud Bulldog. Go Buzz, Sic ‘Em. Woof Woof Woof!