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:
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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