Oxendine to name new campaign manager

Updated at 3 p.m.:

We’ve learned that Republican candidate for governor John Oxendine will name a new campaign manager — Tim Echols, a conservative Christian organizer who helped U.S. Rep. Paul Broun of Athens win his seat.

This is the first staff shake-up by a candidate in the 2010 race, which has already been underway for more than a year.

“There are some similarities between Oxendine and Broun,” Echols said. “When a guy is willing to take on the establishment — I’m really drawn to people like that.”

Echols will replace Kathryn Ballou, who will shift to head a separate Oxendine support group, Transform Georgia. Her husband, Jeff Breedlove, will remain as a chief strategist for Oxendine.

Echols is the founder of TeenPact, an organization that introduces kids — often home-schooled — to the workings of government. He’ll remain as president of the TeenPact board, we understand.

Echols, who gave some thought to a run for the state Senate to replace Ralph Hudgens (R-Hull) this year, was a significant player in this year’s fight to defeat Sunday sales of beer and wine in the Legislature.

Echols said nothing should be read into his appointment. “As a campaign ramps up, you need to bring more people to the table. There’s nothing about their campaign plan that I’m changing,” Echols said.

Except for raising money. “I’m going to put a tremendous effort on fund-raising,” he said.

June 30 is the deadline for candidates to disclose their campaign contributions for the first six months of the year. And the amount raised often reflects on a candidate’s viability.

Oxendine also has been dealing with a state Ethics Commission investigation into $120,000 funneled by two connected insurance companies to his campaign through 10 Alabama political action committees. Oxendine returned the money but the investigation is ongoing.

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June 26th, 2009
1:02 pm

Why would a front runner break up a winning team?


June 26th, 2009
1:30 pm

Simple, Nathan Deal is in the race. Ox will not emerge victorious from the republican primary, nor will Thurbert Baker be able to overcome King Roy. The 2010 contest will pit King Roy against Nathan Deal and Libertarian John Monds will cause a run off. That’s how it’s gonna play kids. You can help turn Georgia upside down by voting Libertarian, Vote John Monds!

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Will Jones - Atlanta

June 27th, 2009
3:27 am

Let’s make Max Cleland Governor of Georgia! He’s not a sold-out wh*re, like the rest of them, has given us a righteous lead, to make all Georgians proud, while a young man as an Army Officer and most recently resigning from the 9/11 Commission cover-up. Let us reject the scammers and con-artists, the philistines and traitors who’ve so misled America and our greatest of the fifty states.

Forging a better future is the task at hand for all good and decent Georgians. There’s nothing to it but to do it and making men and women of proven integrity elect is a first step toward a better tomorrow for all of us.

Max Cleland is a Georgian of whom we can all be righteously proud. If we all pull for him together it won’t take any money to make it happen. Those who profited from Bush’s and Cheney’s treason will want someone else as governor.

Please help make Max elect: all parents who want to raise healthy honest children; all who have served honorably in Our Armed Forces; all who make an honest living; all who are good neighbors; all who fervently pray that Our Nation can be that “Shining City on a Hill.”

It is we, the Electorate, who is sovereign; but we must assert that sovereignty by making elect those who share the American Spirit – that Spirit upon Which Georgia helped create America from the start.

Georgia can move to the fore in the re-creation of Righteous America. President Obama needs our help and we can help him and ourselves, and our posterity, by electing Max Cleland our next governor.

Let’s make it happen!


June 27th, 2009
7:42 pm

This says a lot about the Ox… you go to sleep with dogs and and you wake up with fleas.

Will Jones - Atlanta

June 28th, 2009
5:22 am

Racing past the rest of us in traffic in a state car with his siren on and lights flashing, falsely, is all need be known of Oxendine. The Book says “flee from the things of youth:” he is no man. The overt corruption with the money and connection to the business he was elected to oversee as a guard dog just makes it that much more clear: he is not fit for public office in Georgia.


June 28th, 2009
4:49 pm

If the reps nom crazy Oxendine after sorry Sonny it says a lot.

Fulton Resident

June 29th, 2009
9:42 am

If Oxendine were the next governor, he would help put Georgia Republicans back another 4 years. He is a corrupt, untrustworthy joke of a candidate – and a panderer of the worst kind.

billy bob from cobb

June 29th, 2009
2:46 pm

Max Cleland is to busy having phone sex. Hes nothing more than an old government perv

Will Jones - Atlanta

June 29th, 2009
5:37 pm

It was two consenting adults, moron, and the woman betrayed him, just as you’ve betrayed every soldier or Marine who ever took the Oath to risk his life for your sorry @ss.

billy bob from cobb

June 30th, 2009
1:01 pm

I bet he makes Obama proud. Max has spent his life on the the government payroll. He should be the poster child for the democratic way of life. Who do you think pays for all our soldiers? People like me. I have paid over a million in taxes the last 2 years. I am sure that money goes to even dumb azz soldiers that cause their own injurys like your beloved max. So i guess i paid for his little phone play too. By the way how does phone sex work with only one hand, who holds the phone

Billy Bob from cobb

June 30th, 2009
6:04 pm

i guess he had a speaker phone

[...] around the time of the last two events, Breedlove’s wife, Kathryn Ballou, is FIRED as Ox’s campaign manager and replaced by Tim [...]

[...] Let’s start with Kathryn Ballou, Maria Sheffield’s campaign manager. Did you know she was John Oxendine’s campaign manager before Tim Echols took over? [...]