Porter: Georgia tired of ‘apologies, games and empty claims’

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful DuBose Porter said Tuesday that Georgia needs a governor who will put his full effort behind education reforms, not candidates who offer “apologies, games and empty claims.”

Speaking at a Capitol news conference and rally, Porter welcomed Marie Hooks, the principal at Saxon Heights Elementary School in his hometown of Dublin.

Saxon is a Title 1 school where more than 90 percent of the students live below the poverty line. Hooks said that shortly after becoming principal, Porter called her and offered to help raise the school’s test scores.

“DuBose didn’t tell us what we needed to do but instead asked what we needed from him,” Hooks said. “With help from state agencies, DuBose Porter delivered. He made a difference in our community.”

Since then, the school has met the annual yearly progress requirements of the state .

Porter said his goal as governor will be for every student to read at grade level before completing the third grade and to allow joint enrollment for juniors and seniors at technical and community colleges, “so our young people will graduate high school and be trained for a job.”

“Georgians are tired of apologies, games and empty claims,” he said, a direct shot at his two main opponents in the July 20 primary, former Gov. Roy Barnes and Attorney General Thurbert Baker.

Barnes has apologized — several times — in this campaign for failing to listen to teachers when he was governor from 1999 to 2003. Baker has advocated creating a video bingo game through the Georgia Lottery to boost education spending.

“Georgia classroom teachers haven’t had the support of the governor’s office in 12 years,” Porter said, alluding to the end of former Gov. Zell Miller’s term. “when I am governor, I’ll give teachers the tools they need to succeed.”

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June 29th, 2010
2:37 pm

Hey, Porter, what empty claim has Baker made? crickets crickets crickets

And don’t tell me what I’m tired of, Dubose. Yeah, barnes made mistakes, but at least he can own up to them. You still have never made a mistake in your life, Porter. Everythign that went wrong in Georgia was some Republicans fault. To err is human, to blame it on Republicans is Porter.

Wendy D

June 29th, 2010
4:51 pm

DuBose…which private school in Macon did your 4 boys attend? Give us some more of your ‘”empty claims” about how you support public education and public school teachers?

Bibb County teacher

June 29th, 2010
4:53 pm

I’m interested in supporting a candidate who can actually win in November – sorry DuBose, since your wife isn’t running for Governor I’m supporting Roy


June 29th, 2010
5:01 pm

If we are going to talk about a candidate making empty claims, why don’t we talk about Poythress’ lame attempt to win votes by saying he won’t take a salary until unemployment drops. Is the General going to give up his pensions as well?


June 29th, 2010
5:01 pm

If we are going to talk about a candidate making empty claims, why don’t we talk about Poythress’ lame attempt to win votes by saying he won’t take a salary until unemployment drops. Is the General going to give up his pensions as well?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

June 29th, 2010
10:03 pm

If the People seek G-d’s grace – “Annuit Coeptis” – the righteous aren’t going to stumble, and making elect those who dwell in grace, proven to their neighbors and fellow citizens, is more than half the battle.

The lottery is run by a company in Mob-run Rhode Island (the state is 99% Roman Catholic) whose CEO was convicted of felony bribery in England. How many Mob-connected “big game” winners can you remember? Five by my count. Thurbert Baker wants more of the same when the skim has led to teacher furloughs and closed schools. Wasn’t the lottery about helping education in Georgia?

Roy Barnes is a Vietnam draft-dodger who never lifted a finger to bring to justice the traitors who killed John and Martin to send 58,000 of us to die for the pope in Indochina…who have now committed 9/11 to send us to more false war to make the same treasonous faction richer. Now his weak-eyed vanity wants us to believe he’s a man because he “got into bed” with the same forces whose bi-partisan corruption is selling the People “down the river” while Roy Barnes gets fatter.

Wasn’t Glenn Richardson enough of a fake for Georgia? Can’t you look at and listen to Roy Barnes and know his “Ephramitic” fraud?

DuBose Porter and his blessed bride is the way to go in Georgia this time. Listening to Carol Porter, it makes sense that DuBose is a good and righteous man…we aren’t “unequally yoked.”


June 29th, 2010
10:49 pm

Barnes: insulted teachers and having to apologize for first term,will not get three votes outside of metro Atlanta
Baker: kept Genarlow Wilson locked up and was basically Sonny Perdue’s Attorney General, will not get any votes outside of Dekalb
Poythress: collects two government pensions but says he won’t take a salary as Georgia Gov until unemployment goes below 7 percent, also, should get out of the banking business

Porter: Steller record on education and someone who will actually deliver. Unlike the other candidates, he has proven this because he helped turn around a school back in his district
* Former Chairman of the GA House Education and Higher Education Committees
* Sponsored HB1397, The Salary Protection Act, in 2010 session to stop teacher furloughs and put a firewall around teacher salaries
* Sponsored HB1136 in 2010 session to restore National Board Certification for teachers
* Sponsored post-secondary options legislation so students can learn valuable skills at technical colleges while still in high school
* Voted against increasing class sizes
* Fought against $3 billion in cuts to public education since 2003
* Voted against private school vouchers
* Sponsored the legislation creating the HOPE Scholarship, the HOPE Grant, and the Pre-Kindergarten Program in Georgia
* Spoke out against elimination of school nurses

Common Sense

June 30th, 2010
5:49 pm

Whether you like DuBose Porter or not, Roy Barnes will not win in November. Most democrats, especially outside of Atlanta, can’t stand him. He won’t pull enough of his own base to have a shot. I don’t think Porter is perfect by any means, but I do think it says something that he’s been in the legislature for 28 years and no one really has anything negative of substance to say about him. He seems like the only candidate that’s running for the people of Georgia. He’s down to earth, he knows real people and their concerns. I’d rather chance my vote on the best candidate than think I “need” to vote Roy Barnes because people think he’s the King of the Democrats. The Republicans will have 10 tons of ammo to fire at him if he does make it to the general election because of his shady past and lackluster 1st term. The only people that dislike Roy more than Republicans and most Democrats (not to mention many educators).
DuBose can pull most Democrats and could pull many Republicans who don’t want to fall in line with the nut jobs running their party now. DuBose can actually win against a Republican. Roy can’t.

And, by the way, his proven record of actually helping schools in Georgia (two of only 22 Nationally Distinguished schools in GA are in his district) says a lot more to me about his support for public education than where his boys went. That’s irrelevant when he’s still done great things for public schools too.

His record speaks loudly enough to win my vote.