Max Wood emerges from GOP primary defeat with Perdue appointment

The Associated Press is reporting that Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed former U.S. Attorney Max Wood as chief  judge of the Office of State Administrative Hearings.

Wood came in third to Republican opponents Preston Smith and Sam Olens in the attorney general primary race. Olens, the former Cobb County commission chairman, later won the runoff with former state Sen. Smith of Rome. (This clarifies an earlier reference to Wood’s primary loss as noted by Charlene at 4:54 p.m.)

Wood was an assistant prosecutor and judge advocate general before he became federal prosecutor Georgia’s middle district in 2001.

He is a graduate of LaGrange College and the University of Georgia School of Law.

He is replacing Judge Lois Oakley, who retired.

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August 27th, 2010
4:45 pm

Good for him. Max Wood is a class act and would make an excellent judge regardless of the position.


August 27th, 2010
4:54 pm

Chris, Max came in third in a three-way race in the primary. Preston Smith and Mr. Olens were in the August 10 run-off. Your story is misleading.


August 27th, 2010
5:10 pm

I met Mr. Wood on the campaign trail and was impressed with his credentials. The state of GA will be served well.

dan deloach

August 27th, 2010
5:14 pm

Sonny Perdue owes Max Wood BIG TIME for not indicting him over the Oakey Woods land deal that stunk to high heaven.


August 27th, 2010
6:21 pm

The Governor shouldn’t have so much power to appoint so many people who control our lives — that is autocratic — this is akin to kings and queens bestowing rewards on people whom they favor; this is not democracy.

Dr. Cindye Coates

August 27th, 2010
7:08 pm

Col. Max Wood has paid the price for this wonderful honor. I am so proud of our governor for having the keen sense to appoint Max to this position. This news makes me smile with tears in my eyes. How graciously redemptive for Georgia to have Max Wood in such a high position of leadership.

Mike in Columbus, GA

August 27th, 2010
7:27 pm

It’s really nice to see good things happen to honorable people.

Darryl O

August 27th, 2010
7:31 pm

Max Wood is a veteran of high distinction and honor and is a credible asset in any judicial arena.
While the concept of too many appointments is duly noted, this specific instance does not rise to the same level and category of scrutiny. Max would do well to continue his public immersion as he takes his new duties, we hope that this is not his last “long walk” of justice.


August 27th, 2010
7:44 pm

Hey Dan…I guess you have some evidence that Mr. Wood didn’t have or the dozens of reporters who tried aimlessly to get the goods on the Gov. about the land deal. Maybe you can indict the Gov. yourself since you seem to be smarter than every prosecutor and reporter in the state of GA.


August 27th, 2010
9:06 pm

If Perdue was Governor in Illinois or New York he would have been indicted. Their US Attorneys are publicity and political hounds and love chasing public corruption.

greg best

August 27th, 2010
9:29 pm

So another crook gets appointed to a cushy job by a crook that owed him a favor. No surprise here.


August 27th, 2010
11:10 pm

Still mad at Preston Smith for running–Max Wood could have won, I believe, in a two way race. He is a fine man and has the right judicial philosophy and credentials.


August 27th, 2010
11:19 pm

Prove Max Wood is a crook Greg Best (I’m sure that is not your real name). I have seen Mr. Wood’s resume and it is quite impressive, including spending a year in Iraq. You must be a very bored and sad person to call this man a crook.


August 27th, 2010
11:58 pm

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12:46 am

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August 28th, 2010
1:24 am

Just because some “saw” someone’s resume, what does that mean? In my opinion 99% of politicians are ALL crooks, that’s why they become politicians the sole purpose is to gain power for their own and their interest group’s benefit. Nothing has to do with being American and looking out for their own citizen’s. The current line up of ALL politicians has me worried about my country ESPECIALLY with the GOP line up and what they stand for, actually it literally scares the bejeezies out of me!

Papa Grizzly

August 28th, 2010
8:53 am

Another RINO taking a cushy political job.

Max Wood has always lived off government checks.

Max is only for smaller government that includes a paycheck for Max Wood.

Mad Dog

August 28th, 2010
9:27 am

David Nahmias, US Atty for N Ga, gives Sonny a free pass on his corrupt self-dealing…One appointment to the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Max Wood, US Atty in Macon, looks the other way, too….A second judicial appointment. Republicans promise to root out corruption while nominating Nathan Deal for next Governor?! PRICELESS.

Roy Barnes

August 28th, 2010
2:51 pm

Elect ole Roy…I will root our corruption.
Remember, I can and will out promise all other candidates!

granny godzilla

August 28th, 2010
2:53 pm

socialism is the answer…capitalism cannot work

Atlanta 1

August 28th, 2010
4:27 pm

Personally know Mr. Wood. There is nothing crooked about this guy. He is honest and a straight shooter.

You might not agree with all of his positions, but he is upfront about it. If you want to takes shots at his politics fine. But to make statements that you know ‘nothing about’ or have no facts to back it up, is typical of both Democrats and Republicans.

Mr. Best you are no worst than the rest, but proving to be no better as well.

greg best

August 28th, 2010
7:17 pm

Hi there you GOP sheep. Greg Best is my real name…how about you guys giving your real names, or are they just Max Woods’ various personal email addresses? Max Wood ignored Sonny’s crimes including his Disney World land swap, the Oakey Woods slimy land deal, and the weird $20 million loan from a federally-chartered bank in Warner Robins under terms no other living human could wish for…good ol” lap dog Max didn’t raise a ruckus, did he? After all, Sonny asked Pres. Bush to appoint him to be Federal prosecutor in Middle Georgia, with one stipulation….don’t go after Sonny. If Roy Barnes had done the same for a friendly Democrat, you jerks would be foaming at the mouth, wouldn’t you?? Admit it….

greg best is gay

August 28th, 2010
7:48 pm

hey greg why don’t you go back to sucking that tit that gave you that worthless information. Max Wood was the best candidate available for the attorney general’s position. People like you who don’t know how to anything except take directions need to realize that sam olens being appointed to the us attorney position was the worst thing for the gop cause people like you are just idiots

greg best

August 28th, 2010
8:02 pm

To all you IDIOTS who are afraid and scared to come out and announce your true identities… Max Wood is a CROOK and Sonny Perdue is a CROOK…both are un-indicted at this time but perhaps they will be prosecuted and jailed before the statute of limitations has expired. So, please announce your true identities when you respond here to this factual statement.


August 29th, 2010
8:44 am

Let’s just concentrate on the real issue—Sam Olens is the Man !!


August 29th, 2010
9:25 am

During President Obama’s recent visit to Georgia, Roy Barnes and many of his supporters couldn’t find time to meet with him. The others were serving it.

John Galt

August 29th, 2010
10:41 am

Mr. Best above knows his stuff. Don’t know anything about Max Woods knowledge or involvement in George “Sonny” Perdue’s land deals, but I know for sure that George and his alleged “Revenue Commissioner” Black Bart changed the law to benefit George. That’s crooked for sure.


August 29th, 2010
12:21 pm

Are you a Nuwaubian Greg Best?

Caleb Banks

August 29th, 2010
4:58 pm

Cicero: Let me tell you something you probably know, but I’ll tell you anyway. Cicero the Orator had a speech defect caused by the string like thing on the bottom of the tongue being too short. In boot camp, we had a guy named Radwan… who pronounced it Wadwan…, sounding for all the world like Elmer Fudd. Our Senior Drill Instructor, A dumass Geechee from Savannah like me,made the man carry 4 small whtite pebbles under his tongue and would from time to time order him to “Orate Cicero”. .By the time we graduated, the man had no speech impediment, the “string”, whose name I forget, having been stretched by working around the pebbles. Now tell this dumass Geechee what a Nuwaubian is and I’ll know two things.
Caleb Banks, my real name and “Caleb” wasn’t taken from some P&G TV character.


August 30th, 2010
12:07 pm

The employees of the Office of State Administrative Hearings are relieved and grateful. The tyranny will now end.