Andy Young endorses Hodges for AG

Former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young has endorsed Ken Hodges in the 2010 Democratic primary campaign for attorney general.

Young’s endorsement of the former Albany prosecutor is significant, because Young remains one of Georgia’s most influential Democrats, and because African-Americans could make up half of the electorate in July’s Democratic primary between Hodges and Rep. Rob Teilhet (D-Smyrna).

“It’s very important to me,” Hodges said Monday. “I’m very well known in southwest Georgia, but I’ve got to get my word out to 8 million people, several million voters and I need help doing that.”

Young’s stature will help.

“People trust him and hopefully trust his judgment,” he said.

In a statement, Young praised Hodges for “his commitment to equal rights and the fair application of justice during his years of service in Albany.”

Hodges, Young said, “developed successful diversionary programs that still today keep our at-risk young people in school and out of prison.”

Young’s endorsement is particularly key for Hodges as some still blame him for the failure to prosecute a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black motorist in Columbus. Hodges was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case of Kenneth Walker’s 2003 death. Walker, 39, was killed after the SUV he was riding in was pulled over. Walker was pulled out of the car and was shot.

The officer in the shooting, Deputy David Glisson, never faced trial after a grand jury refused to indict him.

But Hodges said Teilhet is generating criticism of him over the Walker case.

“My opponent, he can’t attack me on experience,” Hodges said. “So, he’s got to misrepresent and misconstrue other information in an effort to try and get people to look elsewhere.”

Teilhet declined to respond.

Walker, Hodges said, “should not have died that night. Of that, there is no question.”

But the case was not originally racially divisive. “There was no facts or circumstances that indicated in anyway that this was racially motivated or that the outcome was racially motivated by the grand jury.”

Still, he said the endorsement will help alleviate any legitimate concern.

“Ambassador Young’s endorsement of me and my candidacy is endorsing me collectively of everything I have done, including that,” Hodges said. “If he thought I did something wrong in that or anything else, he wouldn’t have endorsed me.”

Earlier this year, Teilhet received an endorsement from Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Atlanta), chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus.

13 comments Add your comment

Young Fan

August 17th, 2009
9:16 pm

I love Andrew Young. He’s such an amazing Georgian!

Albany Girl

August 17th, 2009
9:18 pm

Way to go for our Hometown Boy!

Georgia's Nifong

August 17th, 2009
11:09 pm

I don’t see how Ken Hodges will overcome the prosecutoral misconduct lawsuit pending in federal court against him. It is a lot like the Michael Nifong false prosecution matter in North Carolina involving the Duke University students. Nifong was eventually disbarred for his conduct. Will Georgia elect a man that falsely prosecuted 2 men, and did it with full knowledge? I don’t think so. I doubt poor Andy Young even knows about that matter yet. But he will, and so will the rest of Georgia before this election is over. And now that Max Wood is running, his experience as a federal prosecutor–unblemished–will trump Ken’s claim he is the only experienced prosecutor running. Bye bye, Ken!

Jack Smith

August 17th, 2009
11:39 pm

Andrew Young’s endorsement of Ken Hodges shows that Atlanta and South GA folks can get along!!! Everyone from South GA knows that Ken Hodges was a great D.A. who cared about the people he was elected by, all the people.

Mr. Sheinin, “some people” or Rob Teilhet’s campaign? What kind of idiot takes a Civil Rights Leader’s endorsement of a candidate and then claims racial impropriety in said candidate’s previous work? That is a slap in the face to Andrew Young and all his supporters.

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Melissa

August 18th, 2009
12:40 pm

So, which Young family member is working on the Hodges race? Has anyone seen the list of Young endorsements this year? They’re coming out fast and furious – and I love Andy Young as much as anyone, but there’s no way he’s personally looked at this race with what’s on his plate – and how amazing Rob Teilhet is. Smells fishy to me.

PoliticalGargoyle

August 18th, 2009
12:43 pm

I don’t care who Andrew Young endorses in this race – I’ve known Rep. Teilhet at the Gold Dome for years, and he’s head and shoulders above Hodges in all ways. My guess is that when Mr. Young sees what Mr. Hodges has done in his career he is going to be spitting mad that he got conned into this endorsement. Infidelity, firing a whistleblower at the hospital, racially motivated prosecutions – Ken Hodges is bad news all the way around.

Hodges is Now Officially an Obama Liberal!!!

August 18th, 2009
2:03 pm

Ken & Kasim – what a pair! The endorsement of Ken Hodges by Young is like being certified as an Obama liberal. This is a slick move to try to overcome the Kenneth Walker matter, but the likely result is it will end Ken Hodges ability to portray himself as a conservative republican politically forced to run as a Democrat. Ken Hodges is like Michael Jackson–neither white nor black, neither male nor femail! Politically, Ken is metro-man! I doubt the voters will buy it. In any respect, Teilhet is clearly the Democratic contender and Max Wood is the Republican.

Dose of Reality

August 19th, 2009
9:59 am

Rob Teilhet “head and shoulders” above Ken Hodges? You’ve got to be kidding me. What exactly has Teilhet done that shows he’s qualified to be the next AG, voted on a couple bills in the house and filed some Worker’s Comp claims? Compare Ken’s experience next to Teilhet’s and there’s absolutely no doubt who is actually “head and shoulders” above the other. Let’s get real here…

And this Nifong/Hodges comparison is an absolute joke and has been beaten to death in these ajc blogs. Could someone from the Teilhet camp be behind it? I wonder…

And the Kenneth Walker thing. So you’re saying that instead of actually doing his job as a prosecutor, Ken (who was assigned to the case by Thurbert Baker BTW) convinced the Grand Jury not to send the case to trial? Once again, let’s get real. Hodges presented all of the facts to the grand jury, and THEY decided not to send it to trial…not Ken.

Jack Smith

August 19th, 2009
10:36 pm

Ken Hodges is a disgrace. The Nifong comparison is exactly correct. The abusive prosecution case against Hodges now in federal court is taking place because Hodges instigated a criminal prosecution against a man for (among other things) burglary of a residence he’d never been to. Before the Hodges pumpers suck you in, make sure you examine this guy’s recent history. It isn’t pretty.

Dose of Reality

August 20th, 2009
9:50 am

Jack, you showed some clarity of thought by deducing Sheinin’s thinly veiled attempt at injecting the Teilhet campaign’s propaganda into what was supposed to be an extremely positive endorsement for Hodges.

However, that clarity of thought was lost in your second post when you began to spew imbacilic half truths and lies about the Phoebe case. Does anyone know who’s behind the Phoebe case? A now imprisoned Mississippi attorney who was looking to make a few million bucks off a non-profit hospital that treats thousands of patients free of charge each year. And the poor selfless “whistle blower” in the case, instead of sending threatening, harassing, and slanderous faxes, calls, etc, if he really had a whistle to blow and not a bone to pick he would have gone to the media, the police, or taken a variety of other avenues that real whistle blowers take. The fact of the matter is if I’m being threatened and harassed I would hope that my local DA’s office would take it seriously, and that’s what Hodges did.

R. U. Kidding?

August 28th, 2009
10:32 am

“Dose of Reality” must be Hodges or his mama. Let’s examine the truth:

The faxes were not threatening or defamatory – Phoebe sued Rehberg for $66 million dollars claiming that. Not only did Phoebe have to drop that suit because it was untrue, they instead had to pay Rehberg to settle his claims! The faxes were in fact correct and harmless, the outcome of that case is absolute proof of that.

Hodges was not investigating threats or harrassment – as per above, there were none, and the courts also ruled they were not harassment. The facts are in the public court records – read them.

Hodges threw the Constitution and the first amendment right to free speech out the window. Is that a quality you want in our A.G.? Hodges also broke long established state law by taking funds to further a private prosecution. Do you want an A.G. that does not even know the law he operates under? Hodges also violated his Oath of Office as a D.A. by showing favor in a prosecution to his friends at Phoebe. Is that a desirable quality in a attorney general?

Hodges condoned a prosecution of three men that did nothing wrong, and he knew it.

In my opinion, Ken Hodges is a disgrace as an attorney, prosecutor, and politician. I believe he is unfit to hold office.