We’re told that Eric Johnson will become the first Republican in the race for governor to go up on TV, with a small but targeted ad buy on cable outlets in Atlanta, Savannah, Macon and Augusta.
Johnson, the former leader of the state Senate, will be focus his message on Fox, the Weather Channel, HGTV, the History Channel, ESPN, and the Golf Channel.
The ads are to start Tuesday. Next week is the start of the Masters.
Johnson, who hails from Savannah – a relatively small media market, has been finishing in the middle of the pelaton in statewide polls. But the purchase of TV time so early may also be an indication that Johnson has done relatively well in raising money.
Campaign disclosures, which will measure the amounts raised by candidates in the period that ended on March 31, should be out starting next week.
The price of fame: Having those Tweets you sent out, while your judgment was at the dry cleaners, aired again and again and again.
Last night, Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart skewered CNN and its new conservative commentator, Erick Erickson of Macon, who runs Redstate.com.
The same Erickson whose Twitter account includes this:
Is Obama shagging hookers behind the media’s back?…I assume that Obama’s Marxist harpy wife would go Lorena Bobbit on him should he even think about it.
Watch it here:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|CNN Hires Erick Erickson|
One of the general rules of campaigning is that, when you’re in a hole, stop digging. Change the topic. But Nathan Deal, the former congressman and current Republican candidate for governor, has felt it necessary to become the exception.
A report by the Office of Congressional Ethics, released Monday, alleges that Deal involved his office and staff in an effort to lobby state Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham and preserve a business he owned in north Georgia.
On Tuesday, Deal held a press conference. On Wednesday, he sent out video links of his session with reporters to potential contributors. On Thursday, he was on WGKA (920AM) in Atlanta, with conservative talk host Denny Schaffer.
Listen to the entire conversation here. But there was this exchange:
Schaffer: So does the AJC have it wrong in the big story, front page, says, “Deal and his business partner Ken Cronan for 20 years had an agreement with the state that earned the company $1.5 million from 2004 to 2008.”?
Deal: Well, they have it wrong in that we never had an agreement. It was always a discretionary program subject to the commissioner of the Department of Revenue. And many other companies across the state had the same arrangements. We allowed our facilities to be used, free of charge, by the state of Georgia. The state charged fees. Those who chose to come to our facility, like every other facility in the state, paid a user fee. No contract, no state money. That was the arrangement.
Deal and the OCE have been the topic of editorials by both the Washington Post and the New York Times this week.
Mr. Deal’s conduct is troubling, but even more troubling is the thought that his actions could have remained hidden from Georgia voters if the OCE hadn’t taken the unusual step of releasing the report post-resignation. The probe was exposed last year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but the OCE report adds details and, more important, the imprimatur of an official review. It underscores the importance of an outside investigative body and the limitations imposed on the body: Without subpoena power, the OCE was unable to interview the Georgia lieutenant governor, who had attended one of the meetings, and to obtain other information from state officials.
The office served notice on lawmakers that someone new is indeed watching — and with a professional eye. The secrecy surrounding the standing ethics committee’s operations too often shields and delays resolution, as in the case of the tangled affairs of Representative Charles Rangel. Members may grumble that the Office of Congressional Ethics amounts to a grand jury. The fact is that Congress refused to give it subpoena power, yet the office is not only managing to do good work but is telling the public what it is entitled to know.
AARP Georgia told its membership that SB 57, a bill known as the Georgia Fair Lending Act, was stripped of many consumer protections by the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
The House diluted provisions outlawing broker kickbacks that cost Georgians hundreds of thousands of dollar in extra interest payments each year. For example, if a Georgia resident asks a broker to find him or her the best rate on a mortgage, the broker may discover that the person qualified for, say, a 5.5 percent rate. But, instead, the broker steers the customer to a mortgage costing 6 percent. The broker receives a kickback, called a yield spread premium, from the lender as a result.
Georgia has one of the highest mortgage foreclosure rates in the nation.
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