The decision by state Democratic party chairman Jane Kidd to jump into the Atlanta mayor’s race against front-runner Mary Norwood is drawing mixed reviews this morning.
Kidd declared that Norwood was a “duplicitous” Republican, and Atlanta was a Democratic town. Mailers saying so could be in the hands of voters as early as today.
We’d appreciate a PDF of the flyer, if someone with a scanner would be so kind.
Amy Morton of Georgia Women Vote, a Democratic activist armed with a blog, took Kidd’s side, with her headline: “No More Mrs. Nice Party.”
But Blog for Democracy has taken the opposite tack:
The Mayor of Atlanta is a term limited position – so the DPG has known for 8 years that Shirley Franklin, one of the highest ranking Democrats in the state and most visible in the nation, would be replaced. For 8 years, the DPG did diddly, or not much visibly, to build a farm team in order to have a viable Democratic candidate run for this seat….
The DPG wants Atlanta Democrats to believe that we can’t fare well under Mary Norwood’s leadership because Norwood isn’t a strong enough Democrat. Norwood consistently “describes herself as neither red nor blue, but short and purple”. When you examine the Votebuilder system, the system that the Democratic Party of Georgia and the Democratic National Committee uses to identify likely Democratic voters, it lists Mary Norwood as a “Leaning Democrat”.
The DNC uses a proprietary algorithm to allot “partisan” points to every registered voter. According to the Votebuilder system, Mary Norwood has a total of 150 points – Democratic points = 100 (66.7%) and Republican points = 50 (33.3%). Hmmm, not a strong enough Democrat or not a strong enough Republican?
Then there’s this from Sid Cottingham, a Democratic blogger down in Coffee County:
I just don’t understand the motive, the role, the reason for the party feeling it had to get involved, and I don’t feel as if I am missing anything because I live in the Other Georgia 210 miles south of Atlanta.
Roman Levit, Norwood’s campaign manager, served two years as a staffer for the state Democratic party, from 2000 to 2002. Irony of ironies, Levit says he was one of the first to approach Kidd about running for party chairman.
Getting less attention is another decision by Democrats to target a self-declared independent in a downstate House race: Rusty Kidd of Milledgeville, son of the flamboyant state senator, Culver Kidd. (Not sure if there’s any relation between the Milledgeville Kidds and Jane Kidd, the party chairman.)
This is a special election to fill the House seat of Bobby Parham, now a member of the state DOT board.
Travis Fain of the Macon Telegraph’s Lucid Idiocy has the full-color flyers that are paid for by the House caucus. Labeling declares them to be “a project of the Democratic Party of Georgia.”
One set of mailers take aim at Kidd’s business, Quick Loans, Fain writes:
and obviously cast him as a payday lender. Kidd says he charges 5 percent interest on a 30 day loan, not 600 percent like some of the payday lenders “that we ran out of Georgia.”
It’s actually the other fliers that are more fun, though. They focus on Kidd’s role in a classic Georgia political scandal: The Daufuskie 5.
In 1995 five state legislators and a handful of lobbyists headed to the South Carolina island for a golf junket, and someone paid four strippers to tag along.
The following, as described by the New York Times, is what happens when your current job doesn’t allow you to blow things up:
In an apparent effort to infuse the dry work of government with a dash of manly brio, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently issued aveto statement that contained a message — and not a nice message — that some interpret as a put-down of the bill’s author.
The message can be seen only by a careful reading of the printed version of the veto statement. By taking the first letter of each line, beginning with the third line, two words emerge: The first is obscene; the second is “you.”
While you ponder that, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
Congressmen urge governors to work faster on tri-state water feud. State defends plan to improve psychiatric hospitals. DOT board adds former Lumpkin commissioner. Atlanta’s vacant office space could take years to fill. With finish line near, ATL mayoral race gets rough. Borders charges former rival with shakedown. Norwood ads to dominate before mayoral election. Maynard Jackson’s daughter endorses Reed in mayor’s race. Sandy Springs mayoral race has crowded field. Bond votes splits Marietta council. Gwinnett DA mulling charges against court reporters. Atlanta city council may seek changes in Delta lease. Gays divided over APD’s inclusion in pride parade. John Lewis and ex-segregationist to get award. King historic district gets new parcel.
Kyle Wingfield says that, in close call, Mary Norwood will get his vote. While Jay Bookman leans toward Kasim Reed. GI Bill beginning to look like an IOU to many vets.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
Southern Political Report: Any political machine can come to an end.
NYT: U.S. speeds aid to Pakistan to fight Taliban. WSJ: Note to self: Order lots of coffee N.J. governor’s race. WP: Obama in Dover as fallen troops arrive home.
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