Getting rough in the Democratic race for attorney general

The Democratic side of the race for attorney general has formally entered the let’s-you-and-him-fight stage.

This morning, state Rep. Rob Teilhet (D-Smyrna) was getting some decent ink – and more importantly, attention from four TV stations – for a bill that would require police to take DNA samples from anyone arrested on felony charges.

Teilhet’s rival is former Dougherty County district attorney Ken Hodges. His spokesman, Jonathan Williams, couldn’t resist throwing some sand in the works:

“Ken’s a prosecutor, and he’s long supported strong DNA databases. But it’s ironic that, during an election year and in the midst of budget cuts, our opponent would propose an unfunded mandate for law enforcement, when he opposed giving it the money it needed only nine months ago.”

Williams helpfully pointed out that Teilhet voted against last year’s budget bill, which included $24.2 million for Georgia Bureau Investigation crime labs. (Which many local law enforcement authorities say wasn’t nearly enough to process the evidence they send into the system.)

That prompted the following reply from Teilhet campaign manager Rebecca DeHart:

“Clearly that vote has nothing to do with collecting DNA samples upon arrest and Ken Hodges knows it. Maybe he would understand the issues and the legislative process a bit better if he wasn’t so busy having to defend himself against prosecutorial misconduct charges.”

DeHart’s sharp response has to do with this morning’s post on Georgia Public Broadcasting, the Pheobe Putney Health System down in Albany, and a federal lawsuit filed by one of two whistleblowers.

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28 comments Add your comment

donald

January 25th, 2010
5:32 pm

hodges campaign is doing great. way to dig up those votes!

Melissa

January 25th, 2010
5:34 pm

Ken Hodges is a great candidate for Attorney General. He has the backbone and moral character for the office – to quote Former Georgia Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears – and he has worked tirelessly defending Georgia’s families and putting criminals behind bars. The things his opponent only talks about doing, but never actually does. He has the support of Andrew Young because of the policies that as a Prosecutor in Dougherty County to reduce juvenile recidivism. His commitment to Georgia is strong, and we need a leader who can bring GA forward.

As for his opponent – I’ve see Teilhet in action for the past few years. I’ve never missed him at a party, social, or any other event where he has a chance to sit back, have a couple drinks and talk about politics. Hardly ever have I seen him do actual work or actually push legislation – until this past year when he is running for AG and trying to pander to the voters (and apparently Jim Galloway).

Also love the rational for Teilhet not funding GBI crime labs: if it is not enough money to fund them completely then I just won’t support giving them any money at all, but now that I am running for office I am going to propose legislation that panders to the public. The problem with his campaign is no follow through.

Jeff

January 25th, 2010
5:37 pm

Melissa:

You wouldn’t happen to be Melissa Hodges, would you?

Melissa

January 25th, 2010
5:41 pm

Actually, no, but thanks for playing.

Jeff

January 25th, 2010
5:44 pm

Given how far up Ken’s tail you seem to be, figured it was a decent guess.

rufus

January 25th, 2010
5:44 pm

It really doesn’t matter what these two morons say or do; Sam Olens wil win this election by 15 % points. These guys won’t get two votes north of Macon.

Melissa

January 25th, 2010
5:51 pm

Jeff,

Sorry if I offended you by wanting to vote for Ken Hodges and being informed of the best qualified candidate for Attorney General. Democracy is a hard pill to swallow for some.

rufus

January 25th, 2010
5:53 pm

Melissa, go cook dinner

Melissa

January 25th, 2010
5:55 pm

I guess a Sam Olens supporter would think a kitchen is the only place for a woman. Rufus, go back to the early 20th century.

donald

January 25th, 2010
5:55 pm

TEDK

January 25th, 2010
6:46 pm

As a Repub, I am happy to support Ken Hodges as he is the only candidate – Dem or Repub – who has been a prosecutor and who understands what the role requires. His character is beyond reproach.

Ted K. is Wrong

January 25th, 2010
6:56 pm

TEDK, You must not know that Republican candidate Max Wood was until recently the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. That is the chief federal prosecutor for a third of Georgia–more significant that a small town local D.A. Max Wood, by the way, is not having to defend himself in Federal court against prosecutorial misconduct charges that have made national news. The Hodges case is not just allegations, it has passed the sniff test in U.S. District Court in Albany. A vote for Ken Hodges might as well be a vote for Michael Nifong!

Landin Courte

January 25th, 2010
7:13 pm

I think that being appointed by the President of the United States to be the federal prosecutor for the Middle District of Georgia is a pretty good endorsement of Max Wood. If I were Ken Hodges, I think I would ask Andrew Young and Leah Ward Sears to keep their support on the down low. Being the pick of two huge liberals ain’t so good given the recent senate race in MA. That being said, Rob Teilhet is my choice for now. If I were to vote Republican, I would go with Max Wood. I could never support Ken Hodges knowing what he did prosecuting innocent people as a favor for his friends at Phoebe Putney Hospital. The Georgia A.G. needs to be above reproach.

AlbanyResident

January 25th, 2010
8:15 pm

Hodges is terrible. He’s stupid. He’s mean. As for corrupt, you decide… he issues Grand Jury subpeonas for private records that require the Grand Jury approval. He readily admits that there was no Grand Jury inpaneled at the time. Then, he gets his friends at Phoebe Putney Hospital to pay all costs for the subpeonas. He got caught. He resigned and moved to Atlanta. Who hired him? The lawyers for Phoebe Putney. Phoebe’s tax return shows they paid millions to Hodge’s new firm. He used the DA’s office for a civil matter. He got caught and now Phoebe is paying him back. Thug. Seriously. You can’t vote for this guy. He’s as bad as they come.

Joe

January 25th, 2010
9:00 pm

I have spent many days sitting in many courtrooms and quietly monitoring the total dishonesty lying prosecutors and lazy judges are guilty of and they aren’t going to enjoy reading the FACTS about themselves in my book, which is ready for publication! Until EVERY defendant in this nation receives 100% proper legal representation, I will refuse to honor ANY order issued by ANY court and I DARE the corrupt fools to attempt to force me to do ANYTHING! Place me on a jury and the defendant will NEVER be found guilty – NEVER! Ken Hodges AND Rob Teilhet want to be the chief butcher for the Georgia slaughterhouses commonly known as “criminal courts” (”line ‘em all up and plead ‘em all guilty so we can steal their money and control every facet of their lives!”). It’s certain that neither candidate cares about the Citizens of Georgia OR upholding the United States Constitution – they’re both typical greedy, freedom despising, childish, dictatorial judicial fools and they still have no clue why Citizens across this nation are turning against the courts – THERE IS NO “JUSTICE” TO BE HAD IN THE SORRY COURTS of GEORGIA or ANY OTHER STATE. COURTS ARE SIMPLY PERSONAL MONEY MACHINES FOR JUDGES, PRIVATELY OWNED PROBATION COMPANIES, and PROSECUTORS! When a politician says “we need a new law”, that statement literally translates to “we’re going to steal one more freedom from the Citizens”. In case the arrogant, lying, thieving politicians of every variety haven’t noticed, the vast majority of Citizens of this nation are TOTALLY FED-UP with ever increasing rules, regulations, charity for major corporations (ESPECIALLY BANKS!), wars, and taxes……..”I personally believe that we don’t need a lot more laws, I think we’ve got far too many laws on the books now, that’s part of the problem. … we don’t need more government, more laws; we need a lot less. I’m up there [in Washington, D.C.] trying to dismantle a lot of this giant government. … when you ‘pass a law’ with the current attitude in the Congress what do you get in a law today? You get either more spending, or more taxes, or more controls. … which do you want? Do you want more spending? I think we’ve got too much. Do you want more taxes? I think we’re taxed too heavily now. Do you want more controls over your life? Does anybody say ‘Hey look, I really believe the federal government needs to control me. I want to be a slave. Please tell me how to run every facet of my life.’ I don’t hear many people saying that. I think most people say ‘I think it’s time we get the government off our backs, and out of our pockets.” – Congressman Larry McDonald of Georgia.—- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIdEWAb8j9I&feature=related

Joe

January 25th, 2010
9:21 pm

Follow the link and discover what the courts are REALLY all about (it is not “justice”) and why so many people righfully DESPISE courts and judges! Ohhh, I know, “counselor”, it’s not that way in YOUR area, EVERYONE working in YOUR judicial district is concerned with justice, not M O N E Y. EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY IS SICK and TIRED of the for profit con games being operated by ALL the courts, they’re ALL useless thieves! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/plea/interviews/bright.html

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Mr. Grumpy

January 26th, 2010
9:39 am

Hey, Joe. Take a chill pill, dude.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 26th, 2010
11:06 am

If what he’s saying is right, there is no reason to ‘take a chill pill.’

We’ve had several thousand immigrants legalized in our country, immortal corporate vampires who can donate unlimited amounts of money to any cause they choose and which have the full rights of people.

And an entire political apparatus to support the idea.

“Chill pill” is probably not the right idea.

Joe

January 26th, 2010
12:52 pm

“We have four boxes with which to defend our freedom: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.” CONGRESSMAN LARRY McDONALD. Three of the four have been tried and they have proven to be miserable failures….

Marty McFly

January 26th, 2010
4:20 pm

Teilhet is a tool and I loved that he got totally embarassed today. He needs to be shown the door, he is nothing but a no good snake. I’m happy he will no longer be a representative of Georgia politics very soon.

Christie L.

January 26th, 2010
5:51 pm

what happened?

Ken in Eastman

January 26th, 2010
10:51 pm

Joe,

“We have four boxes with which to defend our freedom: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.” CONGRESSMAN LARRY McDONALD. Three of the four have been tried and they have proven to be miserable failures….

So, your book is about marksmanship? Because if you really believe that quote, there’s no point in a book that promotes reforming the legal system. I’m just saying . . .

AlbanyResident

January 27th, 2010
12:31 pm

I just looked up how much Phoebe Putney paid to the law firm that hired Ken Hodges, almost 9 million dollars last year. (to look at tax return go to http://www.guidestar.org) I think Hodges moved to Atlanta beacause he got so much bad PR locally. He gets a job with Phoebe’s law firm which was paid almost 9 million last year. It sounds to me like Joel Wernick (CEO of Phoebe Putney) and Ken Hodges weren’t just in bed together – I’d say they were spooning each other.

Melissa

February 2nd, 2010
1:09 am

For Rob and Josh:

Just wanted to clarify my comment about Rob Teilhet having a drink in his hand at every social event. I was not calling or implying that he is an alcoholic by any stretch of the imagination, just that he seems to be socializing a lot and talking a lot more than actual work – until this session.

Jimmy

February 2nd, 2010
8:24 pm

Perhaps Ken Hodges would use some of the millions in legal fees he’s receiving from Phoebe Putney to reimburse the Gorgia taxpayers for having to defend him at their expense in the prosecutorial misconduct case.

Jimmy

February 2nd, 2010
8:27 pm

Hodges for AG

March 6th, 2010
11:25 am

Yes people, Ken is sooooooo greedy that he chose to work as DA for 8 years making a petty salary when he could’ve been drawing a more lucrative paycheck defending criminals!

He is by far the man for the job. He left Albany for personal/family reasons. Which so far has been the only mistake we’ve seen him make.