Max Wood begins to explain himself

Ran into Max Wood and his wife this afternoon – making the rounds at the state Capitol.

Wood is the Republican candidate for attorney general, who until last year was the U.S. attorney down in Macon. He’s facing Sam Olens, the Cobb County commission chairman in the GOP primary.

So far, the GOP side of the race for attorney general shows none of the spark of the Democratic race. No doubt that will change.

Though well known in middle Georgia, Wood is an unfamiliar character in metro Atlanta, despite the fact that he grew up here. (His dad, Jim Wood, ran the Jonesboro newspaper.)

Max Wood said he’ll try to fix his name-recognition problem with an autobiography that will come out late next month, focusing on his experiences in Iraq. Woods served in 2005 and 2006 in Iraq as an attaché (that’s French for lawyer) with the U.S. Department of Justice. He did another 30-days in the country as a colonel in the Air Force Reserve.

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24 comments Add your comment

frugal voter

February 9th, 2010
4:27 pm

Appears that Max would have the credentials over Sam.


February 9th, 2010
4:34 pm

It’s Max Wood. No “Woods.”


February 9th, 2010
4:51 pm

Lived in Jonesboro for 30 years..Loved Jim Woods..actually had a decent small town paper then..unlike now.

Jack from Sandy Springs

February 9th, 2010
4:52 pm

He doesn’t have a chance due to Olens’ Cobb County base which will propel him over Max in the primary. Great credentials and experience, just bad geography. Olens is no legal heavy weight but a good guy, so I am not concerned about him being AG.

Tom, once from Macon, now from Sandy Springs

February 9th, 2010
6:03 pm

The Cobb County base may be an advantage in Metro Atlanta – but may prove a disadvantage in the rest of the state. Look at this:
Sam says in the AJC that “Georgia is only as strong as Metro Atlanta.” Those can be perceived as fighting words outside the capital.

Tomato Sandwiches Rock

February 9th, 2010
6:45 pm

Max is a good guy. In Macon, he was tough on criminals while still upholding the laws of the state. Loved his Dad’s Tomato Sandwich Rallies, don’t think the apple fell far from the tree! Surprised he is a Republican, guess that’s what law school does for you.

Cobb Conservative

February 9th, 2010
8:08 pm

As a Cobb Conservative and long-time seated delegate in the County, District, and State GOP – I can say Sam Olens has been a fair county chairman and his wife is very nice. HOWEVER- I am with MAX WOOD. MAX will carry Cobb at the end of the day.

Randall M.

February 9th, 2010
9:39 pm

Max Wood and his family are the kind of people we would be proud to have in leadership in the state of Georgia. Max Wood is a gentleman in every sense of the word. I know him and his family and would be proud to have him as a leader in our state.

GA 12

February 9th, 2010
9:47 pm

Max and his family are hard working, honest people. Sam Olens has been a politician for the past 10 years. Max was serving his country and working while raising a family. He’s got my vote. There is more to Georgia than Cobb County, believe it or not.

Jim D

February 9th, 2010
9:49 pm

Max is as good a guy as we can get. His credentials are top notch. His military service is a plus. Sam is a good man as well but Max has my vote


February 10th, 2010
7:43 am

“an attaché (that’s French for lawyer) ” – actually, the French word for lawyer is “Avocat” (advocate). “Attaché” is simply “Attached,” in this case someone “attached” to a foreign embassy.

A Realist

February 10th, 2010
8:36 am

Political Insider……Is this an endorsement for Max Wood?

TW Crestline

February 10th, 2010
8:57 am

Max is a “salt of the earth” guy with a heartfelt desire to serve Georgia. His experience is unmatched.

The Snark

February 10th, 2010
11:23 am

GA 12:

So when a person gives up the opportunity to make serious money in the private sector and serve the public for a decade, the thanks he gets is “oh, he’s been a politician for the past 10 years”? Real nice. What a way to encourage good people to run for office.

Guy Davis

February 10th, 2010
12:15 pm

I revered Ronald Reagan and I have always tried to keep his 11th Commandment: “Speak no ill of a fellow Republican”. Sometimes I am compelled to do and say otherwise be it Democrat or Republican:

As to Hodges go here:

As to Max Wood go here:

We don’t want ever again either of these two in a position of power in Georgia.

Sherrie Gunther

February 11th, 2010
3:56 pm

My family is from Macon and we know that Max Wood is a great guy!

MAX WOOD FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sherrie Gunther

February 11th, 2010
4:00 pm

My family is from Macon and we know that Max Wood is a great guy!

MAX WOOD FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sherrie Gunther

February 11th, 2010
4:01 pm

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Middle GA Supporter

February 12th, 2010
7:37 pm

Max Wood is a man of integrity and dedicated family man. He has a brilliant legal mind serving as the GA Air National Guard’s Staff Judge Advocate, as well as US Attorney for the middle GA region. His impeccable service to our country proves him ready to take the office of Attorney General of GA.

Ricky Riggins

February 23rd, 2010
3:10 am

I support Max Wood 100%

Bob from Cobb

May 22nd, 2010
1:16 pm

Just got an e-mail from some of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners who are withdawing their endorsement for Olens… Seems Olens blew it last Summer when he appointed an atheist to stand up in front of a Boy Scout Troup and a Little League Baseball Team and blast an anti-God and anti-prayer speech…and call THAT and INVOACTION!!!! What the hell is that idiot thinking?

His “reason” for doing it was to not get personally sued by the ACLU. When are we going to get REAL MEN who can lead without caving to the liberal left. Olens is done!

Here is the link- you can see for youreself ( Click on “OPEN”)

Bob from Cobb

May 22nd, 2010
1:19 pm

Oh and by the way. Sam Olens has not practiced law in 10 LONG years! Yet he wants to be an Attorney General???? Is it me, or does it seem the guy just could be a little rusty?

Anti-Establishment Conservative Voter

May 22nd, 2010
1:21 pm

I am shocked! Sam Olens is not to be trusted. He appointed an atheist to tell the children there is no God! Wow! Stop Sam now!!


June 29th, 2010
4:52 pm

Ironically, prosecution experience is less relevant to the job of Attorney General in Georgia than is Sam Olens’ experience practicing law and running a large county government. The AG is not a prosecutor but administrator of what is essentially a large law firm representing and advising state agencies and officials primarily in civil matters. The criminal division handles some appeals and habeas corpus matters, but that is a small part of the job.