Hijinks at the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner

About to head over to the Georgia Democrats’ annual fund-raiser, to listen to national chairman Tim Kaine talk about the implications of Sunday’s health care victory.

But hardcore politicking will be happening there, too. Already we’ve picked up two examples.

On Friday, in an interview with WGAU (1340 AM) in Athens, state Democratic party chairman Jane Kidd was asked whether it was time to winnow the field of gubernatorial candidates. She replied:

“Well, yes. As a matter of fact, I do think – anytime before qualifying, you have to hope that your candidates are looking at everything that’s going on in their races, and for the good of the party, let’s keep the competition down to as few candidates as possible.”

Apparently, former National Guard commander David Poythress thought Kidd was talking about him. He sent out this bit of sarcasm this afternoon:

I hope Kidd can convince Barnes to not destroy the Party for the second time in less than a decade. With so many critical issues facing the state and reapportionment looming, the stakes are too high for the Party to take a chance on him again. And he’s brought no new energy or ideas to the campaign so far.

Another bit of intrigue at the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner. Rob Teilhet, one of two Democratic candidates for attorney general, made sure that this flyer was on every seat in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom:

teilhethodges

The flyer notes campaign contributions that his primary rival, former Doughterty County prosecutor Ken Hodges, made to Saxby Chambliss in 2000, 2002 and 2007.

(”Elephant in the room” is the same phrase the state Democratic party used in those attacks on Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood last year.)

To underline the message for the crowd, Teilhet planned to have former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland at his dinner table. And Jim Martin, who pushed Chambliss into a runoff in 2008.

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29 comments Add your comment

Mack

March 22nd, 2010
7:23 pm

Ken Hodges is the Michael Jackson of candidates. Michael Jackson was neither male nor female, neither black nor white. Likewise, I can’t quite figure out what Ken Hodges is, with one exception–the LOSER.

Kris

March 22nd, 2010
9:47 pm

I thought the Georgia Democratic Party went out of business in 2004.

BPJ

March 22nd, 2010
10:01 pm

Georgia Democrats are clearly “back in business”, thanks in part to Perdue & co’s mismanagement of the state.

Paul From Milton

March 22nd, 2010
10:49 pm

Roy Barnes for Governor – the Republican’s best campaign tool.

Brian

March 22nd, 2010
10:56 pm

Is Jane Kidd going to call the Governor’s race like she did the last senate race? Jane you are out of touch!

Democrat

March 22nd, 2010
11:08 pm

I was at the JJ and while I got that little black mail piece, I also saw that Ken Hodges had a ton of supporters holding signs and showing their support. They seemed really enthusiastic and had a lot of energy. Hodges supporters had by far the most support for their candidate than all others – black, white, male, and female.

After that I saw lots of Roy supporters. They had some great homemade signs as you entered the door and were passing out stickers, but those two (Hodges and Roy) were it.

sick of it

March 22nd, 2010
11:13 pm

Teilhet has nothing to offer the state of Georgia, but negative attacks. I have seen NOTHING from that campaign except attack attack attack. Personally, its a turn off for a campaign to do nothing, but to go negative.

Bill

March 22nd, 2010
11:17 pm

Sounds like Tielhet ran out of positive things to say about himself. That didn’t take too long.

Fred

March 22nd, 2010
11:32 pm

It’s actually quite funny, the two evil things Roy Barnes did to lose his re-election bid was to get rid of that vile racist flag and try to hold sorry teachers accountable for their piss poor performance. The teachers who were merely adequate, not to mention the competent, and good teachers, had nothing to fear, yet they all banded together with the flag idiots to give us good old Sonny.

So teachers, how’s that working out for you?

Yeah, EVIL Roy Barnes. Just damn………..

whatever

March 23rd, 2010
1:28 am

I think the hit piece on Hodges was a great idea for the people in the room. Only the most liberal and party loyal attend the event. Not so much for a statewide mailer. In fact, statewide, it may help Hodges to have some republican support.

As for having supporters in the room; just because someone buses in people to hold up signs does not mean they have real support. Just like the tea party crowd has to bus in supporters to make themselves look like they have larger crowds. We will see the proof on election day. Also, having people hold up signs in support at the JJ is, in my opinion, kinda trashy. The event is not the most formal of affairs, but still, holding up signs?

Poythress is the runty kid on the playground who is always taunting kids with nothing to back it up. He will get his butt kicked in the primary and that fool of a campaign manager of his, who thinks the way to make friends is to alienate everyone., will hopefully go away.

Melissa

March 23rd, 2010
1:37 am

First, the flyers were just being passed out at the wrong entrance and were not “on every seat.” – kind of hilarious.

Second, Hodges didn’t bus people in, they were volunteers that wanted to come, I know, I was one of them and we got a lot of great responses from the people there. It was a lot of fun and exciting to be around the Democratic powerhouses and campaigns.

Finally, the flyers were not even acurrate and blatantly lied about some of the facts. Check the FEC filings if you don’t believe me. I mean if your campaign is going to only go negative, at least do it properly.

Tyrone

March 23rd, 2010
6:58 am

i be backing ole king roy

bring back Roy

March 23rd, 2010
7:06 am

Dr. Mr. Poythress: Of course, you have a right to stay in the race. But if you talk about who brings “new energy” and “new ideas,” you need to rise above sarcasm. If you are wondering why you remain anchored at 2 % in the polls, perhaps you might find the answer in the constant bitterness of your attacks on Mr. Barnes.

Eddie Gurley

March 23rd, 2010
7:48 am

When is Jane Kidd going to announce that Comm. Michael Thurmond will run for Lt. Gov? He will make a good one.

Noggin

March 23rd, 2010
8:07 am

Eddie…..what up Man??? Doesn’t your wife work for Thurmond? Are you making points for her or trying to get rid of him as Labor Com.?

lmno

March 23rd, 2010
8:44 am

David Poythress is clearly the most qualified candidate from either side. However, the electorate is not intellegent enough to do any research on their own.

We have an opportunity to elect one of the most qualified governors in our history, yet we won’t even give him a chance.

Democracy simply does not work.

Mike Brown

March 23rd, 2010
8:47 am

Poor Rob Teilhet…he has no experience to be Attorney General, has barely appeared in a courtroom let alone argued any appeals, and has tied his whole campaign to Bobby “killed the Democratic Party” Kahn. Ken Hodges, on the other hand, is a former prosecutor and, unlike most Democrats in this state, can actually win a general election. Teilhet going negative in March tells you all you need to know about who is the better candidate for the Dems–it’s Hodges in a rout. Oh, and by the way, Teilhet is married to a Republican — Gov. Perdue’s former press secretary! So I guess it’s OK for there to be an elephant in the bedroom!!

????

March 23rd, 2010
8:56 am

When will a Democratic candidate for US Senate be announced?

Bludgeon & Skewer

March 23rd, 2010
10:12 am

Greetings All,

The run off in the 2008 US Senate race was caused by Libertarian Allen Buckley’s presence in that contest. Democrat Jim Martin got a reprieve but was unable to close the gap in the run off and so Saxby got another turn at the trough up on the hill. The big question right now is are the democrats going to field a candidate against Senator Isakson? RJ Hadley is working hard but does not seem to be getting any love from the state party. Our guy Chuck Donovan is running and is looking forward to the fall. Will this be a two man contest?

SuzyQ

March 23rd, 2010
10:32 am

Poythress is just reminding our forgetful electorate what Barnes did to lose the state house for us Democrats. David is a qualified candidate, an excellent leader, & a man of integrity.

Eddie is full of it, if he thinks Michael Thurmond will be a good Lt. Gov.

mp

March 23rd, 2010
11:07 am

David Poythress, DuBose Porter and Jeff Chapman. Not being bankrolled by the bigwigs–just the common folk who don’t have much money. Which shows they are probably more honest and hopefully can’t be bought. But alas, as is normally the case, we will end up having the best government PAC money and brokered campaign money can buy. And Georgia will continue it’s slide to becoming a plutocracy and failed state.

Democrat

March 23rd, 2010
11:18 am

DuBose & Carol Porter 2010!

I Get It

March 23rd, 2010
12:49 pm

What are you people talking about? None of it makes sense. Yes, David Poythress has a stellar resume and is an honest man. He just can’t raise the money to get his message out–therefore, no traction. Ken Hodges, folks please ask Dougherty County voters about his record. He is a wolf in sheeps clothing. He runs as a Democrat all the while cozying up to Republicans. His D.A. record makes you wanna cringe–it borders on Jim Crow laws. Mike Thurmond doesn’t need anyone to tell him what to do. He will make his mind up when he decides to run. Personally, I think he should run for Governor.or U.S. Senate. He has won statewide three times without first being appointed to office. His statewide i.d. can’t be challenged and he has won support from Dems and Republicans. Why try to relegate him to Lt. Governor? There’s no power and no budget. Why should he leave as Labor Commissioner when he is doing a stellar job for labor. I don’t work for the guy, my significant other doesn’t work for the guy–I just follow politics–and oh yeah–I read!

Really

March 23rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Rob Teihlet has no experience for attorney general but is a better choice than Hodges. Hodges is being run by Mark and Fred Taylor and they are pimping black folks to talk him up. I am very scared of Ken Hodges. If you think Thurbert Baker was hard on genarlow wilson–ken hodges would have thrown away the key! As I understand it, some dems are holding their powder for Sam Olens (A republican)..

Amanda

March 23rd, 2010
7:56 pm

Melissa: Thanks for the tip to look up Ken Hodges multiple contributions to Republicans. I hadn’t heard that before the JJ, and I saw the piece. But based on your comments I DID look them up, and contrary to what you said they WERE all there on the FEC site – three contributions to Saxby Chambliss alone – 2000, 2002 and 2007. Way to go, Ken, and way to go “Democrats” working for someone you KNOW funded those awful attack ads against Max Cleland and Jim Martin. Booooo!

Melissa

March 24th, 2010
3:40 am

Teilhet is the only one using Chambliss’s playbook! In fact, he hired the same marketing firm that did all those nasty attacks on Jim Martin in the primary for Lt. Governor.

Also he was noticeably absent yesterday when the House took significant steps to get the anti-racial profiling bill out of the Judiciary committee. It passed, no thanks to him – even though he promised supportors he would help try to get the bill passed – he didn’t even show up to the meeting and didn’t vote on the bill. In fact, I have been to the past two committee meetings and he wasn’t present at either. This is arguably his only qualification for AG and he doesn’t even show up!

EmoryDawg

March 27th, 2010
7:50 pm

Amanda, sounds like Ken Hodges financed Saxby’s campaign. You guys are really on to something. Keep making these earth shaking announcements, please. I suggest you send the information down to Warner Robins, Savannah, Cordele, Valdosta, Moultrie, Thomasville, Dawson, Columbus, Thomaston, Rome, Calhoun, Athens, Jesup, Remerton and points between and beyond. If you need some names of newspapers or media outlets, just say so. Keep up the good work! Please remind Rob Teilhet to sign the announcements in large hand writing.

Melissa

March 31st, 2010
12:30 am

Teilhet is the only one using Chambliss’s playbook! In fact, he hired the same marketing firm that did all those nasty attacks on Jim Martin in the primary for Lt. Governor.

Also he was noticeably absent yesterday when the House took significant steps to get the anti-racial profiling bill out of the Judiciary committee. It passed, no thanks to him – even though he promised supportors he would help try to get the bill passed – he didn’t even show up to the meeting and didn’t vote on the bill. In fact, I have been to the past two committee meetings and he wasn’t present at either. This is arguably his only qualification for AG and he doesn’t even show up!

Melissa

March 31st, 2010
12:30 am

Teilhet is the only one using Chambliss’s playbook! In fact, he hired the same marketing firm that did all those nasty attacks on Jim Martin in the primary for Lt. Governor.

Also he was noticeably absent yesterday when the House took significant steps to get the anti-racial profiling bill out of the Judiciary committee. It passed, no thanks to him – even though he promised supportors he would help try to get the bill passed – he didn’t even show up to the meeting and didn’t vote on the bill. In fact, I have been to the past two committee meetings and he wasn’t present at either. This is arguably his only qualification for AG and he doesn’t even show up!