Tag: Mike Keown

John Barrow Is All Things To All People

The Augusta Chronicle has an article online outlining some double-speak coming from the campaign of Georgia’s 12th District Congressman John Barrow.   Democratic Households are being told that he “Works Hand in Hand with Obama”, while Republican leaning households receive mailers touting Barrow’s work against major Obama administration initiatives.

The first mailing has a cover with a picture of the Democratic president next to a headline, “NOW more than ever.”

“John Barrow,” it says, “is working hand in hand with President Obama to create jobs and turn the economy around.”

The other mailing has a headline that proclaims the 12th Congressional District representative as “not another rubber stamp.”

It says he “stood up to (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Washington.” It also notes his vote against Obama’s energy bill and “the Wall Street bail-out.”

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Boehner Promises GA Republicans Committee Posts if GOP Take House

Politico reports on Minority Leader John Boehner’s appearances in South Georgia this week.

House Minority Leader John Boehner promised two Republican candidates choice committee spots this week.

Boehner, speaking Tuesday in Centerville, Ga., said he would commit “to do everything I can to make sure” Austin Scott, the Republican running against Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.), gets a spot on the Armed Services committee, according to a video posted on a local news source’s website.

Mike Keown, the Republican running against Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), said Tuesday that the Ohio Republican committed to him a seat on the Agriculture committee.

“We will have a seat at the table and with a Republican majority, we’ll have a strong voice as we address farm issues,” Keown said, according to the local Fox affiliate.

Much like money for CBC scholarships, Sanford Bishop’s lead has dried up

Sanford, Sanford, Sanford. It’s okay. Don’t cry.

Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop’s once-safe hold on his southwest Georgia district has slipped away less than a month before Election Day, and the contest is now a statistical tie, according to a new survey from the campaign of state Rep. Mike Keown (R).

Bishop led Keown 47 percent to 46 percent with 7 percent undecided. The 1-point difference was well within the survey’s 4.9-point margin of error. Keown’s poll, which was conducted by the GOP firm Public Opinion Strategies, was in the field Sept. 27 and 28 and surveyed 400 likely 2nd district voters.

The new poll came four weeks after another POS survey showed Bishop ahead 50 percent to 44 percent.

Keown, Bishop debate in SW Georgia

Last evening, Mike Keown and Sanford Bishop hunkered down for a debate. Bishop’s main point is that he’s a political insider.

Bishop, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, said he’s helped secure money locally for agriculture research and for new roads and sewers that allow local chicken processing plants to operate in the district. He said he helped shield local military bases from closure.

“I’m in a position not only to have a seat at the table, but to help slice that pie into portions worthy of the needs of the people of the 2nd Congressional District,” Bishop said.

Keown’s main point, especially during his closing remarks, was decidedly different, noting that Bishop votes with Nancy Pelosi 97.7% of the time…among other things:

The Republican Ethics Problem In GA-2

I didn’t read much on Facebook during my fishing trip, but one of the few times I did glance at the status updates, I was sincerely amused by the postings of one of my friends who is a very vocal Nathan Deal supporter.   She was aghast that a Congressman had used the power of his Congressional office for his family’s financial gain.   She didn’t appear to have any appreciation/acknowledgement of the irony of the situation.

Sanford Bishop, the Democrat representing Georgia’s 2nd District, is under a bit of fire for steering scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to various relatives.   It’s a bit unseemly, and does appear that he used his position to make sure his family was taken care of during this program.  

Yet, we have a Republican candidate for Governor who also is accused of using the power of his office to protect a no-bid “arrangement” of which the profits seem to have been diverted to family members who later freed them back in to the wild outdoors.

Deal’s supporters in the primary, joined by others now in the general, have taken great pains to excuse this behavior.   A small sampling of those who wish to stick their head in the sand and pretend this didn’t happen have used various excuses including:

1)      Nobody’s perfect. Read more

Just looked up hypocrisy in the dictionary and was greeted by Sanford Bishop’s photo

Earlier this week, man of the people Sanford Bishop (D-Scholarships for Friends, Family) gave his definition of ‘politics’ to the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County:

“Politics is all about who gets what, when and how[.]”

How…inspiring. Too bad in his definition he didn’t include anything about protecting freedom and liberty and ensuring that government is kept as minimalist as possible so that Americans can live their life without fear of a burdensome, intrusive government. Oh, well. But then he said this about his opponent, Mike Keown:

“My opponent has been the mayor of a town of 550 people, been on a county school board and has served two terms in the state Legislature. He does not have the tools or the background to do this job. His record doesn’t compare to person who has a strong record of delivering to the district.”

Right, that must be why Bishop was co-chair of Obama For Georgia in 2008…because of all of the experience Obama had under his belt to be elected POTUS.

Anyway, evidently Bishop feels that being Mayor of Coolidge really isn’t a real job. And helping manage a school district responsible for education of the young…posh, that isn’t as important as being a Congressman in Washington, you simpletons! Bishop has much more important things to do…like hand out more scholarships to his friends and employees. Yes, there are seven more under the microscope:

• Jonathan Alston – a former employee of Bishop’s office who has presumably never lived in or attended college in Bishop’s district – in clear violation of scholarship rules
• Tiffany N. Tisdale – the niece of Bishop’s Field Rep Elaine Gillespie
• Robin Foster – the niece of Bishop’s $8,000 donor, Calvin Smyre
• Bonica T. Smith – the daughter of one of Bishop’s wife’s employees
• Lemeka S. Jacobs – the daughter of one of Bishop’s wife’s employees
• Aubrey Smith – the nephew of one of Bishop’s wife’s employees
• Kelli J. Blair – the daughter of one of Bishop’s wife’s employees

It’s a sheer coincidence the most worthy of these scholarships just happened to have a connection to him, I’m sure.

Sanford Bishop: it’s all about the Benjamins, baby!
Mike Keown: it’s all about responsibility.

GACR to Help Keown

The Georgia Association of College Republicans will be hosting an Express Trip this weekend (Friday 9/17-Sunday 9/19) in Albany to help Mike Keown in his campaign for Congress.  Lodging is included! For more details contact Matt Fuentez, GACR Executive Director.  His email is [email protected].  GACR helped Bob McDonnell in his bid for governor of Virginia and are sure to make a splash in Georgia during the 2010 elections.