In the 9th District, Evans fills his cup on water issue

Perhaps because one of them may soon be saddled with the problem, the 2010 candidates for governor have been relatively cautious in their reactions to last month’s ruling by a federal judge denying metro Atlanta’s access to Lake Lanier for drinking water.

But in the 9th District race to replace U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, Republican Mike Evans — one of nine GOP candidates — thinks the issue might be worth a sharper discussion.

He’s got a mailer on the topic topped by this headline:

Here’s a sampling of the text:

The federal government is planning to shut off our water in Forsyth County. We must act now!

…The judicial ruling is very clear and very simple. Congress has three years to change the law governing Lake Lanier and allow us to use it for drinking water or else…

Forsyth County will have its water completely shut off.

Evans also uses the issue to take an early shot at GOP rival Tom Graves, who on his Facebook page last month said he was “troubled” by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson’s ruling. (Graves also said the decision “could be one of the largest takings of state’s rights in modern history.”)

Writes Evans:

As incredible as it sounds, one of my opponents called this ruling merely “troubling.”

Statements like these show how ridiculously out of touch he is with the everyday needs of our families.

Like you, I live here. My family drinks this water every day. I understand how serious this situation truly is.

In case you’re wondering, Forsyth County supplied more votes in 2008 — 21 percent — than any of the other 14 counties wrapped into the 9th District.

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15 comments Add your comment

Frank Cetapani

August 25th, 2009
3:04 pm

were there really all those grammatical errors in the mailing or is that just what happened in rewriting it?

Congress has three years change the law

My family water drinks this water every day

Either way, it sounds like Mr. Evans is the one a bit out of touch if he truly thinks a judge issued a very simple and clear ruling that when Forsyth County folks go to the faucet it’s suddenly dry. Did he include a picture of a baby being dehydrated hanging from the judge’s bench? That would have made a nice touch.

Dalton Tea Partier

August 25th, 2009
3:24 pm

As usual Mike Evans goes on the attack to try and distract the voters from the continuing problems at DOT. Mike was asleep at the wheel while the Department, led by his now bride, squandered tax-payers money, and committed outright fraud in their accounting practices.

Mike needs to get a good lawyer, drop out of this race, and stop attacking everything that moves with his negative campaign attacks.

Have you no shame Mike!


August 25th, 2009
3:26 pm

Think of the money that can be saved on sewage treatment plants if there’s no water.

The Real Mike Evans

August 25th, 2009
3:28 pm

I will never quit my quest to expose the lies and liberal values of all of my opponents in this race! Everyone needs to get with the program, join my campaign, and deal with the fact that I have earned this seat.

Forsyth Forever

August 25th, 2009
3:35 pm

What does Mike Evans know about the everyday needs of families? He’s a lobbyist for federal stimulus funds, and he wants us to send him to Washington to represent families?

Maybe if he’s elected, he can work a deal so his wife is hired as a lobbyist (she’s also currently one) for water issues! That would bring in some extra income to cover the payments on his Hummer.

cletus T. rockafella

August 25th, 2009
3:50 pm

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cletus T. rockafella

August 25th, 2009
3:56 pm

Evans, like many (most?) other politicians continue to wave the rag depending on the flow. They do NOT have constituents interests in mind, merely they’re own. That is different how? Politicians today are liars, crooks and thieves. They care for you and about you when YOUR vote is necessary, after that you’re gone. Please remember, most people who run for political office today FAILED in the private sector. They couldn’t hack it due to the fact they couldn’t BS their way out of a problem or an issue. Ultimately, we wind up with the sludge that has circled the drain and waiting for the flush. The sickest part is we tolerate this. In increase in pay will do nothing. What we need is a strict set of standards before ANYONE can run for office.

I wear Bowties ...and I VOTE

August 25th, 2009
4:11 pm

I’m with Mike. I think we should secede, again.

Jeremy Jones

August 25th, 2009
8:35 pm

Mike Evans is a liberal, RINO, lobbyist who needs to drop out of this race! Mike has been divorced, and been implicated in numerous cases of marital infidelity, and had to resign in shame from the DOT after it came out that he had placed his own personal interests above his constituents.

Mike Evans has no business calling himself a Republican, and I’m sorry to have to be so direct in these comments.

To learn more about a true conservative, please visit my website –

Thank you for your consideration.


August 25th, 2009
10:54 pm

The sooner we close the loop and start dumping all of that nice clean treated water into a reservoir we can pull from, the beter

Jim Callihan

August 26th, 2009
12:20 am

Mike Evans – if you were the only one on the ballot, I’d write in “Mickey Mouse”. And btw, relying on Congress is EXACTLY what brought us the lake/reservoir mess and he has the GALL to try and pull this? If nothing else, it shows he really is out of touch (and/or ideas) with the 9th CD – most of which will not be effected by the Lake Lanier Ruling – not one bit.

What a poser?

The Snark

August 26th, 2009
7:07 am

Methinks Mike is too timid to claim the True Conservative mantle. In order to qualify as a true disciple of Rovespeak, and to “talk like Newt!” as per the infamous GOPAC memo (go ahead, look it up!) he should have added “and take away yer guns and cram a healthcare plan down your throat that will force your daughters to have abortions!”

Eleanor Adams

August 26th, 2009
1:08 pm

I live in the 9th district and received a copy of Mike’e mailer. Whatever Mike’s experience, the overriiding factor is his complete lack of judgement and character in the whole Gena “thing” discredits him. I do not know either of them and frankly, based upon what I have read in the media, heard first hand of people here that know him and his family, I dont’ want to meet them. This is a man who while head of the Georgia Department of Transportation was carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. Then thought marrying this woman made it all right. Then we, the public, get the pleasure of hearing about Mrs. Evans’ additional inappropriate and unethical behavior by using state property to send “sex” emails to her boyfriend on state taxpayer time. What does all this say about Mike’s judgement? If this is the type of judgement calls he makes then I most defintely do NOT want him and his consort (Ms. Evans) representing me in Congress. By the way, would she be allowed to send Mike’s sex emails on US property (i.e. computers) and get away with it as he is husband? hm….Mike and Gena Evans are not the same calibre of person as Nathan Deal and his wife. I do not want those two representing me in Congress. I don’t know who I will vote but it will not be Mike Evans. I have seen enough of his judgement on issues.


August 26th, 2009
9:39 pm

I agree with Ms. Adams. It is unfortunate that we receive a mailer that uses a scare tactic to get our attention. Is this a smart political approach? Then to turn around and bash Graves in the same mailer? The same man who stood by his side? Is he a man that has the voter’s interests at the top of his priority list or his own agenda? This fight isn’t over and I’m sure we are certain to see many questionable tactics before too long.


August 27th, 2009
10:14 am

Plain to see Mike is is the frontrunner in the race in Georgia’s 9th District. Why else would all these shadowy political operatives be taking such cheap shots this early in the campaign.

Keep goin’ Mike and remember the words of ol’ Sachel Page: Don’t look back somebody might be gaining on you. Doubtful though!