Category: Campaign Pr0n

Wrestler Will Know Today If He’s Legally Qualified To Run For Mayor Of Ringgold

Local wrestler Paul Lee is running for Ringgold mayor after long-time mayor Joe Barger decided against running for re-election.  However, four people, including the current mayor, have raised concern over the residency of Mr. Lee.  Vice Mayor Nick Millwood apparently discovered that Lee resides in Catoosa County, but outside of the city limits of Ringgold.  From Northwest Georgia News:

After a little digging, current vice mayor Nick Millwood, Barger, and other mayoral candidates Tony Hullender and Jerry Payne, are claiming Lee doesn’t meet the qualifications to run for the office because he resides in Catoosa County, but not inside the Ringgold city limits.

Formal challenges have been submitted to the Ringgold elections superintendent and a hearing will be held today to determine Lee’s eligibility.  He does explain his residency situation in the same article:

“I have two residences — one in the city and one in the county,” Lee said. “My city residence I have owned for several years, but have been letting my mother-in-law live in it. But for the last year and a half, my family and I have made it our primary residence while my county home is being updated. …. We’re getting it ready to sell in the spring.”

Literal cage match? Probably not, but certainly a political cage match in a small town here in northwest Georgia.

Post-Electoral Legal Fight May Be On The Horizon

It’s crunch time for candidates, but the US Senate election here in the Peach State is getting attention from national media outlets. It’s a neck-and-neck race that could potentially break either way or be forced into a run-off that would take place in January 2015 (#moarcampaigncommercialsinyourstocking). Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Democratic Georgia House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams have been sparring back and forth over accusations of fraudulent voter registrations collected by the New Georgia Project and Third Sector Development.

The Hill has an article that outlines some potential legal battles that both sides may launch due to 40,000 of the 80,000 registrations that the New Georgia Project filed haven’t shown up on the voter rolls. Secretary Kemp has stated that all valid registrations filed through his office or the respective county elections office has been processed and will be able to vote on Tuesday (or today, 10/31, since the last day of early voting ends today).

A legal challenge could erupt from this in the event the US Senate race ends up being a tight race and breaks for Perdue, but it would be complex at best:

Nunn and Perdue have been deadlocked in public polling, while Carter has been within reach of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) too. In both races, if neither candidate reaches 50 percent outright because of third parties they will go to a runoff, further complicating the potential for legal action as fights over provisional ballots would eat into the month allotted for the governor’s race and nine weeks for the Senate race.

“Provisional ballots are just wrought with peril,” one Georgia Democrat told The Hill.

Republicans are also keeping a close eye on the court wrangling, though it’ll likely be Democrats and civil rights groups who have to do the heavy lifting to get their voters counted.

You can guarantee that both the Georgia Republican Party and Democratic Party of Georgia are starting to silently lawyer up in the event things get hairy on Tuesday night. Thankfully, we don’t have chads.

Just a Dollar

Yesterday, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter sent this email to supporters:

Jason Carter EmailSubject: Just a dollar (I mean it)


Just one dollar. That’s all I’m asking for.

Gov. Deal has stockpiled millions, and outside special interest groups have already spent a million dollars attacking us on TV and in the mail.

We’re running a different kind of campaign. Instead of counting on special interests in Washington, we are depending on real people like you.

June 30 is the deadline for us to report our fundraising totals. I want to show how many people have joined this campaign.

One dollar is all it takes to add your name to our list of grassroots supporters. Please consider contributing now:

Thanks for all you do.


The plea to chip in a dollar to counteract the efforts of the Republican incumbent reminded me of a very similar email from Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, who’s running to become Florida’s governor:

Charlie Crist EmailSubject: Place a buck on the table

Friend —

I’m asking you to do something very easy:

Donate just $1 before our deadline at midnight tonight.

$1 might seem like nothing. But what shows our strength is the number of people who decide to place a buck on the table and say “I’m in.”

Rick Scott thinks $100 million in special-interest money can drown out the voice of the people.

You and I know better.

Take one minute and please, give just $1 before midnight tonight:

God bless you,


Ignore for the moment that according to recent campaign reports, Carter has raised $1.9 million, much of it undoubtedly from special interests in Washington, or that the Crist campaign raised over $925,000 in April alone.

Both Carter and Crist have adopted the tactic of getting supporters to donate a buck to their campaigns. Obviously, a dollar doesn’t go very far to fund ads and other campaign expenses.

What it does do, though, is get individual donors to put a little skin into the game. Visiting the campaign website to make that small donation is also a part of the voter targeting efforts of each campaign. Those that visit to make that small donation will likely see more of the candidate’s ads as they travel the Internet, and they may get additional targeted email as well. Finally, it lets each campaign claim the support of hundreds or thousands of small donors — a fact that could come up in later campaign messaging comparing the challenger’s support to that if the incumbent.

H/T Blake

We Have A Winner in the Negative Campaigning Sweepstakes

It’s a question that’s asked every election: How low can the negative campaigning go? We think we have found this cycle’s winner, at least as far as the Georgia primaries go. The Political Insider has the story, but subscribers to the Peach Pundit Daily saw this in today’s edition (You do subscribe, don’t you?)

Robocall Shenanigans, Jim Galloway reports on an exceptionally late and exceptionally dirty hit via robocall. The victim was Bert Reeves, who was the “beneficiary” of a phony-sounding endorsement from Global Action for Trans Equality, a group that doesn’t normally take any interest in Republican primaries for State House seats in Georgia. There is no evidence that his opponent, State Rep. Charles Gregory, sent the call, but he would probably fail the cui bono test if one could be applied. If anyone wonders why the Republican party has a problem attracting new and younger members in Georgia, it’s because dirty politics like this might still work. Thanks a lot, “Liberty” movement.

Gregory denies responsibility for the call.

Most of what we call negative campaigning takes a candidate’s own words and amplifies them to remind voters of the misstep, or takes a statement by the candidate and repeats it out of context to make it seem like something it’s not. This is the tactic used by the Senate candidates attacking David Perdue for his statement to the Macon Telegraph about revenue increases. We also saw it in this negative mailer from the American Jobs Council attacking First District candidate Bob Johnson for his inopportune comments about the Transportation Security Agency.

The other form of negative campaigning takes inconvenient facts about a candidate and amplifies them for the recipient. That’s what we saw in the mailer slamming State Senator Don Balfour for possible ethics violations, or in this mailer, which targets First District candidate Buddy Carter for alleged ethics violations and tax payment issues.

These types of negative hit pieces are a time honored tradition in political campaigns. But, when a robocall apparently makes up facts out of whole cloth, it, and the person who had it sent out should be condemned.

A Look at Georgia’s 12th District Congressional Candidates

Here at Peach Pundit, we’re serious about politics. For years, we’ve done our best to bring readers the information they need to know in order to make a decision about whom to vote for in elections. With early voting for Georgia’s May Primary starting on Monday, we want to make sure our readers in Georgia’s 12th district are well informed.

Just as cable channels redefined the news reporting of the big 3 TV networks and blogs like Peach Pundit began producing the content formerly found in print newspapers and magazines, so has social media, and especially Twitter, become a dominant force in distributing information to potential voters.

Therefore, rather than attempting to analyze the nuances of the Georgia 12 congressional race, we’re going to refer you to the Twitter accounts of Rick Allen, John Barrow, Delvis Dutton, John Stone, Diane Vann and Eugene Yu. By examining their tweets, we’re confident our readers will be able to make wise choices when they enter the voting booth.

To make things easier, we’ve assembled some of the best of their tweets below the fold….
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Seplling is hard

bellMaybe it’s a curse that afflicts school superintendents and candidates for school superintendent. After current State School Superintendent couldn’t figure out how to spell the name of the office he decided to run for, now we have one of the newest candidates to replace him having a spelling problem.

After officially announcing his run for state school superintendent earlier this week, Ashley Bell’s website is up and running, and there’s a spelling error in the logo.

We hope he has not yet ordered yard signs, push cards, bumper stickers, etc. with the errant spelling.

Of course, it’s possible the new spelling will catch on.


643,193 Voters on TSplost Day, July 31. Who Were They?

There were 643,193 voters who voted in the July 31 primaries in the 10 Metro Atlanta Counties — aka the “Atlanta T-Splost Region.”  Here’s a quick review of the demographic and political composition of the voters that day.


50.6% of voters voted in the Republican Primary

43.9% of voters voted in the Democratic Primary

5.6% voters voted a Non-Partisan ballot


63.2% of voters were white

29.3% of voters were black

Among White Voters

73.6% of white voters voted in the Republican Primary

20% of white voters voted in the Democratic Primary

Among Black Voters

3% of black votes voted in the Republican Primary

94.2% voted in the Democratic Primary


In Case You Missed It…

There’s an election today for a lot of Georgians. I’m sure the vast majority of y’all knew that, but you can never tell who lives under a rock these days. Anyway, most of the eyes will be focused on the Republican congressional races in the 9th and 12th. I know we have one state house race that will be interesting in Walker County. Dade County has a very heated sheriff’s race. Feel free to talk about the 2012 Georgia General Primary Runoff election today in this thread. Polls are open from now until 7 PM this evening, so get out and vote if you have a race in your area.

Taking issue with PolitiFact Georgia

Earlier today, I came across an article from PolitiFact Georgia about a statement made by Michael Opitz, who is running in the Republican primary in GA-11 against Rep. Phil Gingrey. Opitz’s campaign apparently released a YouTube video (which I might add is terribly produced) pointing out that Gingrey voted in favor of Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and, by way of voting for the Federal Aviation Administration re-authorization bill, supports allowing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) over domestic skies.
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Political bonehead move of the day

This image was used in an email by Swapna Bhave, a candidate for Johns Creek City Council. From all accounts, she is a good candidate with solid community credentials, and I have heard from several sources that a majority of the incumbent city council is quietly rooting for her.

But this photo is a demonstration of what not to do in campaign photography.

The Johns Creek Dog Park is spectacular. I was at the grand opening and it’s a combination Six Flags and White Water for our furry family members. It’s wildly popular for families, and I suspect it will develop into the singles’ hot spot for North Fulton. It’s a great place for campaign photography.

Just mind your misé en scene and ensure that you’re not unwittingly writing a punchline at your candidate’s expense.

About That Mutiny On The Gingrich

The other shoe may be about to drop.

According to Matt Lewis at The Daily Caller:

Two separate and reliable sources in Texas tell me serious preparations are being made for Governor Rick Perry, 61, to seek the Republican nomination for president.

Dave Carney and Rob Johnson — the former top Perry aides who on Thursday left Newt Gingrich’s floundering campaign — are said to be heading to Texas soon to join in on preparations for the run. I am told this is now “ninety percent likely to occur.” Additionally, Perry allies have begun holding meetings in the state and have been instructed to quietly reach out to contacts in early primary states.

The stars may have finally aligned for Perry, who, until recently, said he had no intentions of seeking the nomination. With no clear front runner emerging, and with Gingrich’s campaign dissolving, Perry could enter the field as a top-tier candidate, surrounded by the same team that helped him defeat Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison last year in the Texas gubernatorial primary. And because Texas leads the nation in job creation, the recent national economic numbers provide an instant rationale for his candidacy.

Like all candidates there are issues to overcome. But are bright spots as well: real executive experience (experience? what’s that?) as the longest serving governor in the U.S., enough personality and confidence to fill a ten gallon hat, a seasoned staff (Thanks, Newt!) and a populace hungry for solutions, not slogans.

According to the Dark Lord Rush Limbaugh, on Perry’s possible run,”“it’s a brand-new day, and it starts all over again.”

Gingrich posted a message regarding the staff changes on his Facebook page that included this prescient nugget, “I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles.

This entire election cycle suddenly got more interesting. A lot more interesting.

Dinner With Doug McKillip

The Representative from Athens is a crass opportunist. A crass opportunist when it comes to providing the best possible representation for his constituents.

You certainly can’t call him a political opportunist. Representing part of a county that voted overwhelmingly voted for President Obama (he won 22 of 24 precincts in 08) is risky business for someone who has now switched from Democrat to Republican. It is in all-likelihood that in 2012 his seat will be the most hotly contested one in Georgia.

However, I would challenge the constituents of GA-115 to look deeper. Read more

The Best Thing For the DPG…..

What the DPG Really Needs Right Now…..

            … a new President. Maybe I’m just stating the obvious but I have yet to see anything written about the matter. Yes, I realize that candidate recruitment has been lacking and that credible candidate’s are the first priority for a political party. Yes, I realize how high the turnout was two years ago for President Obama’s first election. Yes I realize how Georgia suddenly became a battleground state and that the one-time invincible Saxby Chambliss was forced into a runoff. However, how many Democrats won in Georgia in 2008? How did the results go on November 2nd, 2010 for Democrats? Exactly.  Read more

Fulton County GOP takes on County Commission Dems with new ad

H/T to Scott Henry at Creative Loafing.

Meanwhile, another day passes with no formal investigation into the allegations concerning malfeasance with certain Fulton County Commissioners and their successful efforts to shutter the Office of Professional Standards days after it was discovered that some of their friends were under investigation.

I wonder if John Eaves still thinks our…very…lives depend on his reelection?