The dynamics of the first husband-wife ticket in Georgia politics

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If you want a look at one reason behind Carol Porter’s entry into the race for lieutenant governor, take a look at this quick snapshot of dueling reporter scrums.

DuBose Porter, who has had trouble making his mark on the Democratic race for governor until the last few weeks, is on the right.

“I say, if this thing is a gimmick and it’s going to get corruption out of Georgia’s government, than you can give me a dozen,” Carol Porter said.

Said her husband: “If you truly want family values in Georgia, elect a Georgia family.” Policy-wise, most of Carol Porter’s ideas reflected those already expressed by her husband — an emphasis on “corruption” in the House under Speaker Glenn Richardson, and a push for better collection of the state sales tax. She accused Republicans of protecting sales tax scofflaws at the expense of teacher furloughs.

The four Porter sons — Stephen, 24; Guyton, 21; twins Inman and Asa, 20 — said a final family decision to have their mom join the lieutenant governor’s contest came three days ago — although there really was never much doubt after their first musings went public.

Papers giving formal shape to Carol Porter’s campaign were to be filed this morning. Joan Martin, wife of 2008 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Martin, will serve as her campaign treasurer. Shannon Fickling, a middle Georgia architect, will act as chairman of the campaign.

Here’s what Carol Porter said about:

Casey Cagle, the Republican incumbent: “Casey Cagle has an agenda that I don’t think is in sync with the people of Georgia.” She mentioned Cagle’s budget-cutting talking points, in which he said that his Republican Senate had cut taxes in 2009. “We all know they repealed the homeowner’s tax relief grant…. Taxes were raised on our people,” she said.

Cagle’s office issued this welcome to the Democratic candidate:

“We welcome Carol Porter to the race and look forward to seeing her on the campaign trail. We anticipate a spirited contest and a thoughtful discussion of the issues.

“As Georgia faces unprecedented challenges, Lt. Governor Cagle has been a steady hand and principled leader. He is the candidate Georgians know and trust to confront the state’s most pressing issues at this crucial time…..

Michael Thurmond, the state labor commissioner often mention as a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor: “I have tried to encourage Michael Thurmond to get into this race several times. I have talked to him at length about it – not recently. You know, there are only so many days left at this point.

“And I felt if Michael were going to get in, he would have made that decision by now. There is nobody in this race on the Democratic side. I think we have around 146 days left. It’s time for somebody to get in. I had the opportunity, and I’m willing to step up.”

Thurmond’s response:

“This doesn’t change anything. I will continue to weigh my options, and at the appropriate time will make my decision.”

On the mood of voters and her qualifications (possibly her best line of the press conference): “I don’t think voters are apathetic. I think they’re exhausted. They’re trying to make ends meet. They’re both working parents, they come home, they have to get the children’s homework done, do the laundry, cook, clean. I love to research. And I love to get the bills and find out who snuck in at the last minute of the last night of the session. I enjoy that. And I don’t mind spending eight hours researching a bill. Most families don’t have that luxury.”

After dealing with reporters, the Porters went to Manuel’s Tavern for lunch, where their car was broken into. The fellow was caught, said (gubernatorial) campaign spokesman Matt Caseman.

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33 comments Add your comment

Keith

February 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

This thing is legit. By hiring the people metioned as treasurer & Shannon Fickling, who I’m familiar with down in these neck of the woods, this is no gimmick

BABY SAY

February 25th, 2010
12:09 pm

MISTUR DOOBO…….YUO AN MISS DOOBO IZ FUNY!!!

Danielle

February 25th, 2010
12:09 pm

has anyone see this: http://flagpole.com/Weekly/PubNotes ? This story posted yesterday on athens newspaper Flagpole’s website saying that Michael Thurmond is also running for LG…

so now what?

Aunt Pitty's Down To Her Last Mule. May Have It For Sunday Dinner At This Rate.

February 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

An earned media bonanza! At a time when even the rich folk iz broke. Gotta love it.

Keith

February 25th, 2010
12:23 pm

I saw that flagpole report. If that is true, then everything is a tossup!

Bill Orvis White

February 25th, 2010
12:46 pm

The woman should be at home educating the children in the neighborhood. If that happened everywhere, then there would be jobs for the men. Plus, we could do away with gov’t education/indoctrination.

what?

February 25th, 2010
12:55 pm

so Georgia family values = Nepotism?

pn

February 25th, 2010
12:55 pm

Bill Orvis White is a very weird guy. Is he a conservative Christian or a Muslim?

wondering

February 25th, 2010
1:08 pm

how did that old dude get that hot wife?

Red

February 25th, 2010
1:22 pm

Only in Georgia….keep it in the family.

Bring My Smelling Salts. Now!

February 25th, 2010
1:28 pm

The Porters don’t have that new Biblical parking permit at Manuel’s yet. Hell, even Tom Houck doesn’t have one.

Georgia Whig Party member

February 25th, 2010
1:29 pm

Economies of scale. Brilliant, and slightly weird. Can the kids run for house seats? Maybe the dog can be an appointed judge. Two woofs for yea one woof for nay. Probably as capible as any at this point…Gosh why wasn’t I born to power? Stupid genetic lineage.

Melissa

February 25th, 2010
1:32 pm

Porters for Georgia!!!!

JB

February 25th, 2010
1:33 pm

Lets not forget her kids all went to Stratford academy, not exactly for all those exhausted people trying to make ends meet.

Also, Niether can beat a Republican so who cares?

Base

February 25th, 2010
1:34 pm

She is better than what we have now!

NONSENSICAL

February 25th, 2010
1:48 pm

The Democrats of Georgia have lost their mind! No one is going to give both of them money. Where is this going? just because Dubose has no chance to win the gubernatorial nomination for Democrats; he throws his wife in the race. This will cost Democrats just like in 2006. We fight to the finish amongst ourselves and than have no steam for the general election. Do the Porters hate Georgia that much that they would sabotage any Democrats chance of winning the governor’s or the lt. governor’s race. Now Georgia will definitely be the laughing stock of the country. Thanks Dubose. I’ll make sure to remember this on primary day. Hopefully, you and your wifey will come to your senses before qualifying. I’m off to do some research on Ms Carol Porter and what’s she’s been doing other than running their rag of a newspaper.

whatever

February 25th, 2010
2:39 pm

This seem like a bad idea…….a very, very bad idea. What happens to the checks and balances system???

Keith (the real one)

February 25th, 2010
2:54 pm

This column nails the fallout from Carol Porter’s entry into the race. http://www.BackroomReport.com

OhMy

February 25th, 2010
5:21 pm

This will be very interesting!

BABY SAY

February 25th, 2010
6:25 pm

HE BEE LUKIN LIK TOM MURFY. DAT NOT BAD…..SHE BEE LIK DORIST DAY!!! DAY ONES DA PAPPER….

BABY SAY

February 25th, 2010
6:26 pm

BUTT DOOBO BEE SMARTT//

BABY SAY

February 25th, 2010
6:31 pm

HE BE GRINDIRON BOY BEEKER ASLO BEE IN GRINDIRON LIK ROY TO….HOO GRINDIRON GON SUPORT???? I THALT DAT GRINDIRN RUN GAWGA….IN DAY MIND DAY DDDDDDDOOO…..NOSTICKS../

Educator

February 25th, 2010
9:26 pm

It’s not nepotism if they are elected…nepotism would be if one hired the other. It’s obviously time Georgia has leaders who are educated, have raised four exemplary children, share the concerns of today’s business owner and don’t endorse social class division. If they can lead the state as successfully as they have raised their family and managed the budget of a business, I say it’s time we elect them and call them Mom & Dad!

Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again and becacuse he is a racist

February 25th, 2010
10:06 pm

Will she wear that odd hat all the time like he does.

Good Government

February 25th, 2010
11:35 pm

Here is one Republican that will be casting a General Election ballot for Carol Porter. I’m severly dissapointed with Casey Cagle, and that’s before the scandal comes out.

Middle GA Dem

February 26th, 2010
7:50 am

Carol and Dubose are nice people, but Georgia voters aren’t interested in political dynasties. Lord knows, as Democrats, we don’t need people bringing up the Clintons and Kennedys. If Carol is so passionate, maybe Dubose should stay in the state house rather than trying to put his wife in a position to take over should he have to step down as Governor.

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BABY SAY

February 26th, 2010
7:55 pm

DA NUNEST WORE OUT YET??? YU MITE AS WELL TURN DA RADIO ON WHIN DA CAR IS STUK IN DA MUDD..[

HH

February 26th, 2010
8:54 pm

Bill Orvis White-

I completly agree with you and I applaude you for having the guts to tell it like it is! Education is NOT the responsability of the government as it is mentioned no where in the constitution, allthough for generations we have been told that it is a right and that it should be provided to us by the govt. It is also true that women have srewed up the workforce taking jobs that unemployed men could use to support other family units. Stand firm Bill you are right on the money! (and yes I am a woman, I don’t feel the need to be independent and I’m not unhappy about it)

Bubba

February 27th, 2010
5:12 am

This could be game changer. I watched the video of Carol’s speech to the small business forum. The Porters’ one-two punch may overtake Barnes and beat any of the likely Republican nominees.

BABY SAY

February 27th, 2010
8:32 am

MISTUR DOOBO NO WWEN. HE NEED TO RU N FOR PREZ OF S AMFURD LAW OR GRINDIRONN (OOOOH ___ IT BE SEKRIT SOCITY)) !!! BABY SAY ASA INMIM FICKKIN BE RICH NAMS !!!// IT BEE MUNY IN CARUL FAMLY???

BABY SAY

February 27th, 2010
10:02 am

I BEE CH ANGING MY MINE……DOOBO KAN WINN WHIN PEEPLS NO HEM.. KARUL KAN WHEN 2…>>>

BABY SAY

February 27th, 2010
6:45 pm

BABY SAY ERL BARNS BE TUFF 2 BEET. GUV LENDR????>>