Olens to be headline speaker at GOP convention

Early support of your party’s eventual presidential nominee has its privileges: Sam Olens, Georgia’s attorney general and one of Mitt Romney’s earliest supporters among our state-level elected officials, will be one of the headline speakers at this month’s Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Said Olens, in a statement on the convention website:

We can do better as a country. We must empower Americans to make their own choices across the board. The jobs-killing, unconstitutional policies coming out of Washington, D.C. must be undone. Elections do have consequences and we will start to put our country back on track at the Republican National Convention when we nominate Mitt Romney.

No word yet on which day or time Olens will address the convention, but he was announced today in a group that includes a couple of nationally known tea-party favorites — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ted Cruz, Texas’ newly nominated GOP choice for the U.S. Senate — as well as Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. This was the third group of speakers announced: Previous groups included South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Sen. and 2008 nominee John McCain, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, and former U.S. Sen. and presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

At this point, Olens is the only Georgian named to speak at the convention. Of course, Gov. Nathan Deal and many other Georgia Republicans supported Newt Gingrich.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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112 comments Add your comment

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 8th, 2012
9:56 am

Well, hasn’t he gotten too big for his britches?

Seriously, if Romney can do for the United States what Olens and his predecessor did for Cobb County, we got some economic boom times ahead of us.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 8th, 2012
9:58 am

Maybe he can challenge Chris Matthews to a duel.

Another fine moment in Georgia politics.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 8th, 2012
10:01 am

Cobb County is one of the best places on Earth to do business, they are fair and they like, pay their bills on time.

Atlanta, not so much.

You wouldn’t believe the surcharges that the people of Atlanta have to pay for the ineptitude, ignorance and most of all, belligerence of their city government.

SlickRick

August 8th, 2012
10:01 am

Great. And so begins the parade of mindless sheep spouting the same old mind-numbing platitudes that got us in this mess. Great job, O elephantine ones.

Do y’all think Mrs. Palin will be wearing a lighter or darker shade of lipstick this time around? It matters not, I suppose, for lipstick on a pig doesn’t change the taste of its bacon.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

August 8th, 2012
10:08 am

I dont know about Palin’s lipstick but she will be winking at the boys in the crowd.

And a whole bunch of ” you betcha’s ”

What a circus the Republican party has become.

md

August 8th, 2012
10:19 am

“And so begins the parade of mindless sheep spouting the same old mind-numbing platitudes that got us in this mess.”

Care to elaborate on what actually got us into this mess so we can determine if you are just spouting the same old mind-numbing platitudes……..

Bob

August 8th, 2012
10:21 am

Slick rick, so you are saying Olens will be spouting the word that we should force banks to loan money to people that can’t afford them ? How much you want to bet on that one ? And you bash Palin because you hate women or just women with a better career than yourself ?

JDW

August 8th, 2012
10:22 am

Yes indeed committing hari-kiri on the sword of ACA constitutionality does have its benefits, small as they may be.

What I find more interesting is the Republican push to purity illustrated by that lineup and of course Mourdock, Cruz and now Akin. In the case of Mourdock and Akin that takes two sure Republican wins and turns them into very close races. Haven’t seen how Cruz fares statewide yet but you never know.

Win those two and it may well turn out that the Dems win the Presidency, add to the Senate majority and slice off a few House Teanuts…

ahh purity ain’t it grand!

Bob

August 8th, 2012
10:24 am

Cheesy grits, at least repubs could run a circus. If the left were as smart as they want us to think then they would not need to look to the right to pay for their great society.

Bob

August 8th, 2012
10:25 am

JDW, we heard that in 2010, what happened ?

JDW

August 8th, 2012
10:27 am

@Bob…”we heard that in 2010, what happened ?”

Not from me you didn’t…I did mention it in 2008 however and that turned out ok.

Stonethrower

August 8th, 2012
10:27 am

If the current administration is what got us in this mess, then why is the GOP steering clear of President George W. and VP Cheney? This will make the 2nd convention they have been (un)invited to.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 8th, 2012
10:28 am

Convention?

Rearranging chairs on the Titanic….just saying.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

August 8th, 2012
10:31 am

we got some economic boom times ahead of us.

Always looking for that silver bullet….

You Cons should add “Hope” to your mottos.

JDW

August 8th, 2012
10:31 am

@Flynn…”Rearranging chairs on the Titanic”

Indeed…did you catch Romney’s new “favorables”. YOWCH

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/aug/8/poll-obama-holds-13-point-edge-over-romney-favorab/

Hard to win when 60% of the electorate has a negative view of you.

Just saying..

August 8th, 2012
10:33 am

“You wouldn’t believe the surcharges that the people of Atlanta have to pay for the ineptitude, ignorance and most of all, belligerence of their city government.”

Uh, yes I can…

Just saying..

August 8th, 2012
10:34 am

But, apparently NOT the President
Who Shall Not Be Mentioned.

stands for decibels

August 8th, 2012
10:36 am

Of course, Gov. Nathan Deal and many other Georgia Republicans supported Newt Gingrich.

I’d actually forgotten that. (but Team Romney certainly wouldn’t have…)

Interested Observer

August 8th, 2012
10:40 am

RE: “…jobs-killing, unconstitutional policies…”

If he’s talking about Obamacare, then Olens is lying…making him a perfect candidate for a headline speaking spot at the Republican National Convention.

“The ACA is unlikely to have major aggregate effects on the U.S. economy and on employment primarily because the changes in spending and taxes are very small relative to the size of the economy”

http://www.rwjf.org/files/research/72041.pdf

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August 8th, 2012
10:51 am

Early support of your party’s eventual presidential nominee has its privileges: Sam Olens, Georgia’s attorney general and one of Mitt Romney’s earliest supporters among our state-level elected officials, will be one of the headline speakers at this month’s Republican National Convention in Tampa.

And it’ll be Carter at the dem’s convention. Well…not actually Carter, it’ll be his head that’s talkin’…empty though it may be.

Schnirt!

SlickRick

August 8th, 2012
10:54 am

Interested Observer – I believe that’s the sound of a hammer hitting the nail squarely on its head. A liar is perfectly suited to telling lies to other liars. The GOP really put the “liar” in “liar’s convention”, don’t they?

SlickRick

August 8th, 2012
10:55 am

@@ – ‘dat makes no sense. @ all.

Schn@rt!

Up Up and Away

August 8th, 2012
10:59 am

Slick Rick

Consider the source. It was the same way at Bookman’s. @@ will be providing little to no substance to any given debate.

Probably a nice person, but it is what it is.

shnirt

On topic: Not sure if Olsen will be tipping any elections scales, however it is good to have someone from GA speaking

southpaw

August 8th, 2012
10:59 am

Finn @10:31
If we can “Change” the leadership in the White House and Senate, we WILL add “Hope” to our mottos.
Rick @10:01 – Men who show contempt for women (known as male chauvinists, back in the day) have been called pigs. Know anybody like that? And if you’re paying attention to Sarah Palin’s lipstick, not to her remarks, don’t try to tell me that your contempt is for her alone.
How about leaving the “pig” label for chauvinists and such?

Too bad Gov./Sen. Miller is happily retired. I wouldn’t mind seeing him address a third convention.

stands for decibels

August 8th, 2012
11:03 am

And it’ll be Carter at the dem’s convention.

…and that other Democratic President, who has been known to give a halfway decent speech, live and in person.

SlickRick

August 8th, 2012
11:05 am

@ southpaw – I’m a ‘libral. I welcome all shapes, sizes, colors, creeds, etc. What I have no tolerance for are ignorant, self-serving, lying blowhards. I’d feel the same way about Mrs. Palin if she was a man with the first name “Rush” and the last name “Limbaugh.”

@@

August 8th, 2012
11:07 am

Slick/Up:

Consider the source. It was the same way at Bookman’s. @@ will be providing little to no substance to any given debate.

I suggest you see your own contributions before wagging your…………finger? in my face.

What color lipstick am I wearing?

Weirdo!

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

August 8th, 2012
11:10 am

“What I have no tolerance for are ignorant, self-serving, lying blowhards.”

You have no tolerance for your own kind? ;)

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

August 8th, 2012
11:11 am

btw, I’m no fan of Olens, and kinda wondering why he’s on the docket for the convention.

Jefferson

August 8th, 2012
11:13 am

Will he talk about the last time the GOP had the white house and all the “job killing” that went on then, or has everyone forgot ?

SlickRick

August 8th, 2012
11:13 am

@@ – given your conservative creds and hubby, dare I say you are (a) wearing whatever color lipstick he wanted you to wear today or (b) to the extent those conservative creds also include a dollop of wacky religiosity, wearing no lipstick @ all, given the place of women in the religious conservative’s minds eye.

If th@t’s way off b@se, I do @pologize, most sincerely.

Schn@rt!

Jack

August 8th, 2012
11:14 am

The big problem for the GOP is that Democratic voters will vote for Obama for the same reasons they voted for Hill in Clayton.

LovingIt

August 8th, 2012
11:17 am

Looks like the Bookmanites have nothing going on today…..shouldn’t you gals be down at Chick-Fil-A kissing or buying yourself a cup of Joe at Starbuck’s?

md

August 8th, 2012
11:17 am

“Will he talk about the last time the GOP had the white house and all the “job killing” that went on then, or has everyone forgot ?”

Can you give us some examples of policies that led to “job killing”? Thanks in advance…..

md

August 8th, 2012
11:18 am

And I guess I’m going to have to get a new dictionary……the one I have defines tolerance totally different than the one some on here seem to be using…………

stands for decibels

August 8th, 2012
11:21 am

va va voom–check out the convention spokesbabe, in the RNC convention site Kyle linked.

(seriously, with a filename like “person9.png”, is there any way she’s *not* a stock photo image?)

“Learn. Engage. Be part of history.”

@@

August 8th, 2012
11:24 am

Slick:

W-a-a-a-a-ay off base on the religious conservative
part. Cusses like a sailor and gambles with reckless abandon. He does, as a core principle, help those who are truly in need…widows, children, and the disabled. He does it with HIS money, not yours.

ragnar danneskjold

August 8th, 2012
11:31 am

Nice touch for Mr. Romney to reach out to Southern Conservatives. Not that there is any real risk that he will lose anything in the South.

Chalk Talk

August 8th, 2012
11:31 am

LAW-ABIDING AMERICAN TAXPAYER = Trusting, Naive 8-year-old Boy

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND “SECURITY” = Jerry Sandusky

POTUS 43 / POTUS 44 = Coach Joe Paterno

@@

August 8th, 2012
11:34 am

Should’ve said truly disabled.

As disabilities explore new highs, the labor force participation rate (the labor force divided by the working age population) plumbs new lows. Under Obama, an incredible 8.6 million have dropped out of the labor force, 1.5 million of them due to disability. Making disability “the new normal” has contributed almost twenty percent of the declining percentage of Americans available for work.

Why have disabilities increased by 20 percent under the Obama administration?–Forbes

Because Obama is UNABLE to drive the economy anywhere but off the cliff.

southpaw

August 8th, 2012
11:36 am

Slick Rick @11:05
That explains the fascination with Ms. Palin’s lipstick. And I though liberals considered intolerance to be bad. Shows how much I know.

southpaw

August 8th, 2012
11:37 am

thought, not though–need to proofread.

@@

August 8th, 2012
11:40 am

Slick:

For your reading pleasure:

Add Disability to Obama’s Anti-Jobs Policies

The share of awards for mental illness rose from 16 percent in 1983 to one third in 2010, while the share of back pain rose from 13 percent in 1983 to 28 percent. Together they account for more than half of disabilities. Of the 2.7 million workers on disability for mental disorders, 1.7 million have “intellectual and mood disorders.” Even young people can be declared disabled if they get nervous at work or school, have attention deficit disorders, or are not very intelligent.

I place you among the mentally ill or not very intelligent.

Up Up and Away

August 8th, 2012
11:42 am

Slick

Again, consider the source.

And move on

@@

August 8th, 2012
11:46 am

With the exceptions of John McCain, Jeb Bush, Condi Rice & Rick Santorum, what I like about the GOP’s choices are the fresh new faces.

Bill Clinton, though I like him, is yesterday’s news.

@@

August 8th, 2012
11:48 am

And move on

Retreat would be better advice.

@@

August 8th, 2012
11:49 am

So much for the sockpuppet.

Jefferson

August 8th, 2012
12:10 pm

md, the results are there, you name the policies that Romney would change to obtain different results. All I see is more of the same.

yuzeyurbrane

August 8th, 2012
12:20 pm

Sam was a pretty good county CEO. And he has that lean and hungry look and ability to be “flexible” in his positions which have obviously served him well with the Romney crowd.

getalife

August 8th, 2012
12:20 pm

So, speakers will spew nothing but lies.

What kind of economy did you expect after you collapsed the global economy?

Do you want another collapse?

Do you expect a different result from the gop?

I don’t and I will stock up for another collapse if the gop win.

I suggest all Americans to do the same.