Vernon Jones a ’spectator in the stands’

Former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones has been the subject of much speculation of late over whether he will make another stab at statewide election in 2010. 

Jones, who lost a runoff bid for the 2008 Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, has been rumored to be considering a bid for either governor, lieutenant governor or secretary of state next year, depending on which particular brand of rumor you hear or believe. 

Efforts to reach Jones himself have been — completely — unsuccessful. But his spokeswoman from his Senate campaign, Camille Kesler, took a question from the AJC and got an answer (sort of) back from Jones. 

The question: Are you running for office in 2010 and if so, which office? Also, we asked: What have you been up to? 

Here’s the response, from Kesler: 

“As you know, Vernon Jones is well aware and still concerned about the challenges facing Georgia and the country we all love. He shares the same disappointment as many others that Georgia’s elected leadership has failed to address critical issues like transportation, helping small businesses and putting Georgians back to work. Although he’s a spectator in the stands, he’s still watching the political game.”

Read into that what you will, but it’s difficult to find an actual answer there.

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[...] Vernon Jones declares himself merely a “spectator in the stands.” [...]


April 27th, 2009
1:49 pm

I think VJ should run for office. The Republican Party in GA is split down the middle…now if the time for the Dems to focus (for once) and select candidates who can win in GA (with their full support). I think Jones did a great work in DeKalb…can’t the rest of GA see his leadership!

Old Dawg

May 4th, 2009
5:02 pm

Vernon Jones is not qualified to be an elected official of the State of Georgia. He got elected in Dekalb before anyone really knew who and what he was. Like most politicians, Vernon Jones is strickly for Vernon Jones. He doesn’t give a rat’s ass about anyone but himself. No way he gets elected to a statewide office.

Name One

May 4th, 2009
6:01 pm

If you live in DeKalb, paid attention to county gov’t, and attended BOC meetings, you know that Vernon Jones is an ego-maniac of epic proportions. He luckily avoided investigation from the Feds, but he and his administration was flat out dirty; he just didn’t get caught.


May 5th, 2009
2:15 pm

Liberal from Dekalb here who can’t stand Vernon Jones. The guy was a joke and an embarrassment to the county. No thanks Vernon, you’ve done enough.


June 17th, 2009
12:54 pm

Vernon, don’t go away mad. Vernon, just go away!!!!