Your morning jolt: Cherokee tea party leader makes Time list of ‘most influential’

Time magazine today released its annual list of 100 most influential leaders, artists, thinkers, and heroes in the world.

No. 15, under the category of “Leaders,” behind Barack Obama (No. 4) and Sarah Palin (No. 9), is the name of Cherokee County’s own Jenny Beth Martin, tea party organizer extraordinaire:

Every revolution needs icons. The Tea Party movement may have mushroomed because of its reluctance to anoint a leader, but leaders have emerged nonetheless. In February 2009, Jenny Beth Martin was one of about 20 people who took part in the original conference call (convened via Twitter hashtag) in response to Rick Santelli’s now famous rant.

Her commitment to building the burgeoning movement has made her one of its breakout stars. Martin, 39, is a co-founder and the national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, an umbrella organization that claims 1,800 local affiliates with some 15 million members. She serves as co-chair of her hometown Tea Party in Atlanta, and she helped lead the 9/12 movement’s march on Washington in September.

“I have a tendency to raise my hand to volunteer too often,” she’s quoted as saying.

A certain giddiness swept over the Nathan Deal campaign for governor on Wednesday, as a Rasmussen Reports (automated) poll showed that in a slew of hypothetical match-ups against Democrat Roy Barnes, the former north Georgia congressman did better against the former governor than any other Republican.

It was Deal at 46 percent, Barnes at 39 percent. And John Oxendine, 45 percent, and Barnes, 43 percent. And Handel, 42 percent, and Barnes, 41 percent. And Eric Johnson 37 percent, and Barnes, 42 percent.

The Rassmussen poll for the first time extended its hypotheticals to Democrat Thurbert Baker, who polled best (at 36 percent) against Karen Handel (44 percent).

A pair of points from the Deal campaign in a press release:

One, it shows for the second month in a row that Deal is the strongest candidate in a general election and that lead is growing. Two, Nathan is the only Republican beating Barnes beyond the poll’s margin of error – in fact, it shows Barnes beating Eric Johnson and it shows Karen Handel and John Oxendine’s margins over Barnes shrinking.

Perhaps more important, the poll of 500 voters (4.5 percent MOE) was taken April 22 — before the dust-up in Arizona really took hold.

Gov. Sonny Perdue’s approval rating stands at 55 percent, according to the same survey.

On Wednesday, Democrats Roy Barnes and David Poythress wrote their qualifying checks to be placed on the Democratic primary ballot as candidates for governor.

Republicans Karen Handel and Ray McBerry, in the same race, wrote their checks for $4,180.18, too. McBerry’s request to have his name on the ballot listed as Ray “States’ Rights” McBerry was denied by GOP officials.

Republican John Oxendine is expected at the Capitol this morning. Democrat Thurbert Baker has a formal kick-off this morning at the DeKalb County courthouse in Decatur. But when he will drop by the Capitol is unclear.

Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson has signed up for re-election to the U.S. Senate, as has Democrat R.J. Hadley. But state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond has yet to present his check.

All this to say that one of the great superstitions in Georgia politics appears to be disappearing. It used to be that any candidate within driving distance of the Capitol would make every effort to sign up the first day available – in order to demonstrate his commitment and enthusiasm.

We’ve no solid evidence, but word is filtering through that state Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton), currently a gubernatorial candidate, may indeed be responding to high-level GOP pressure to avoid a primary confrontation with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle – dropping into the 8th District congressional race against U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall instead. He’s got until noon Friday to decide.

According to Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office, real estate executive Ray Boyd will have to collect 44,071 valid signatures in order to be placed on the November ballot as an independent candidate for governor. That’s 1 percent of the total number of registered voters in 2006. His deadline July 13, at high noon.

The game of musical chairs – powered by both natural gas and electricity – continues. State Rep. Jeff May (R-Monroe) has qualified for the District 2 seat on the Public Service Commission being vacated by Bobby Baker. And former Athens mayor Doc Eldridge has decided against the race.

Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) is also a candidate for that PSC seat. State Rep. John Lunsford (R-McDonough) announced this morning that he’ll attempt to fill Douglas’ Senate seat.

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29 comments Add your comment


April 29th, 2010
11:18 am

The leading Democrat for the governorship is a proven loser; so much for Georgia having a strong Democratic Party.

Just Nasty & Mean

April 29th, 2010
11:24 am

Austin Scott might as well run for Congress, because he KILLED his chances at being governor by not supporting Milton County and the 55,000 unified block of votes that goes with it.

..he shot himself in the foot.

Whacks Eloquent

April 29th, 2010
11:42 am

Anybody But Barnes!

Karl Marx

April 29th, 2010
11:44 am

15 most corrupt Congressmen, Make that 14. Murtha is explaining himself to a higher authority.


April 29th, 2010
11:48 am

Good for Roy. He hasn’t campaigned at all or spent money and he is still polling at 40%. That is a great place to be as the Republicans go through an ugly primary. Cash + staying quiet + little competition + polling at 40% = great recipe for success.


April 29th, 2010
11:50 am

If Deal gets the Republican nomination and he becomes governor, the voters will reap all the benefits of this remarkable Georgian who’s motto is, “Have I got a Deal for you?” Get your buggies out because he will take us back to the way it (never) was.


April 29th, 2010
11:58 am

The only thing that could accurately be described as a ‘loser’ for Roy was that he allowed the DINO Cathy Cox to cut a deal with Diebold to ‘trial’ their ‘election-stealing machine’ just in time to allow Saxby to scuttle Max and the goober Perdue to ride in on his, Saxby’s stolen victory. Did she know what she was doing when she cut that deal? We’ll probably never know, at least until somebody writes their book on the ‘02 election theft, or we get the complete financial records for Cathy and her Repug husband.

Roy’s gonna ‘whomp’ whatever Repug that he goes against -not because Dems are in a majority but because when faced with the damning evidence of Republican rule here, they’ll be too embarrassed to vote ‘R’ again – of course that assumes Repugs are capable of ever being embarrassed.

Byron Mathison Kerr

April 29th, 2010
12:01 pm

Roy Barnes took a bullet for Georgia in helping get rid of that controversial, nationally-embarrassing, pro-segregationist 1956 state flag — will always be grateful for that!

East Lake Ira

April 29th, 2010
12:11 pm

Jenny Beth Martin is 39??!!?

Are you kidding me??

Maybe 10 years ago she was 39…

Step away from the pork rinds lady.

no way.....

April 29th, 2010
12:13 pm

i found the poll numbers interesting until you mention that sonny has a 55% approval rating……now i know the numbers can’t be valid. must have been a cobb county only poll.


April 29th, 2010
12:19 pm

Looks like the voters will have a choice between Larry, Curly and Moe!

Byron Mathison Kerr

April 29th, 2010
12:21 pm

To no way….. @ 12:13 pm:

That is hard to believe, especially considering how unpopular he is on the AJC blogs — with almost everybody.

Byron Mathison Kerr

April 29th, 2010
12:23 pm

To Boots @ 12:19 pm:

The Three Stooges would be a step up from what we have now.


April 29th, 2010
12:34 pm

I hate to tell all you dems on here but who ever the repubs nominate will be the next Governor. The northern suburbs republican vote will cancel out the City, Dekalb and Clayton county vote. All of north Georgia is solid conservative and hates Obama and as soon as the republican nominee puts out that first add linking Barnes to Obama then I would be surprised if he receives more than 30% of the vote. South Georgia leans Conservative and those commercials of him in the well of the state house yelling about removing the flag will guarantee the Republican victory. Mark my words right now that Barnes will not receive more that 43% of the total vote right now and may get less if the tea party whips, some of these suburban women and rural whites, up enough to get them to the polls.


April 29th, 2010
12:41 pm

Byron Mathison Kerr @ 12:21. These blogs are skewed because the paper is only in the metro Atlanta area and most of the posters are also form te area. If you only take the vote from metro Atlanta then it would be close to 50/50 or even a slight advantage to the dems. When you go to Paulding, Bartow, Cherokee, Forsyth and Hall county and north then the vote totals are going to be 60 plus percent for the republican candidate.


April 29th, 2010
12:43 pm

David Poythress is by far and away the most qualified choice for Governor. Its not even close.

But he won’t win. Mostly because the average voter is not very smart.


April 29th, 2010
1:05 pm

The reason Rasmussen’s numbers are skewed is they poll “likely” voters which is a highly subjective term that usually tilts in republicans favor because historically republicans are more likely to vote. Also the sampling was only 500 voters which is even more likely to be suspect. The fact that they are polling Barnes so close should be great news for him since he has yet to really begin his campaign


April 29th, 2010
1:30 pm

Well if Deal is leading, it just goes to show that Georgians really DON’T care about ethics. Its about ‘me first’.


April 29th, 2010
2:36 pm

POYTHRESS for governor!


April 29th, 2010
3:05 pm

How does one go about singing the petition for Ray Boyd’s inclusion on the general election ballot?

T Knight

April 29th, 2010
3:14 pm

Karen Handel is the only candidate who has proven business experience. We don’t need another lawyer or career politician. While Mr. Deal is a nice man, he’s a big part of the problem. Karen Handel for Governor 2010.

Ron N' Mexico

April 29th, 2010
3:20 pm

Bye bye Roy, for a second time. You wont get elected. We remember how you shoved the flag down our throat. As much as you pansy libs want Roy boy in there, it isnt going to happen. Sonny is a converted democrap so its time for a real conservative in there, not any more of these convert RINO’s.


April 29th, 2010
3:33 pm

Im hoping Poythress puts together a good campaign…i really think he would be good for the State, dont think he’ll win but I hope he does good… Roy Barnes would be my second choice, Im concerned with Barnes’ connections to the political establishment…we need new blood and ideas.
Someone said the North GA crowd hates Obama..we know..we (ppl of color and ppl outside the miopic prism of conservative interests) dont care..You are called the ‘party of No’ for a reason as far as we are concerned the republicans are the ugly old Uncle we’re waiting on to die..and when they do we will spit on their grave, anyway to them..the Uncle Sukits…theres a wonderful documentary out…its called 9500 Liberty…watch it and imagine when all the ppl of color that you have alienated, attacked and belittled all these years come together and realize that the conservatives are clearly our enemies and that they will not cease in their hate. When we all join together the Mexicans, the Blacks, the Gays the women…who will be the Minority then….we’ve already put Obama in office, watch what we do the next time around…..
All the best
Dear Uncle Sukit:)


April 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

… @ TD and other “race” wingers:

So it sounds like you’re admitting that the base of the GA repub party is in Jim Crow racial hatred (hence Jim Crow flag, pres Obama hatred, Tea Party).

I’m looking forward to the movement that will be launched on July 4th by real Americans that will represent ALL Americans and what America is truly meant to be… a united “land of the free, home of the brave”!!!!


April 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

I have heard that Nathan Deal not only supports the racial profiling law in Arizona, he may propose an additional section to the law once he is governor of Georgia.

Seems like republicans in Georgia are concerned with how to identify illegals for the purpose of arresting them. Their solution? Maybe some sort of identification number tatooed on each non-white citizen of Georgia or possibly some sort of star to be worn on all clothing by non-whites in public.


April 29th, 2010
4:03 pm

Funny how you “homers for Roy” forgot that the clown funneled money away from GA400 toll to build his empire known as Atlantic Station. At the same time, the clown was opposed to shutting the toll down simply because he used it as a slush fund. Also, the teachers in the state turned against Roy the Rat. What Democrat candidate anywhere loses one of their most loyal bases in teachers??? Barnes was also against Milton County, etc., etc. He was/is a loser & will not win.

Alabama Communist

April 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

Anytime some white women from Cherokee County makes the Times 100! You better believe that she is bought lock, stock and barrel by the establishment!

You Asked

April 29th, 2010
5:20 pm

Tea Parties are a temporary movement caused by dissatisfaction with the current administration policies (very progressive/liberal) as well as dissatisfaction with the GOP for getting stomped so badly in the 2008 election.

There are still a lot of us center-right conservatives who yearn for fiscal responsibility and a safe nation but who are not racist, reactionary or redneck (as some of the hangers on to the fringes of the Tea Party are – sadly). If the movement doesn’t kick out the radicals on the fringe they will pay the price at the polls. The last thing conservatives need to do is act like the loony left.

In short what is on the most influencial list in 2010 is likely to be as long lasting as who is on the best dressed list for 2010.


April 30th, 2010
9:00 pm

None of these nut cases will get my organization’s vote. It’s unbelievable that you want to reelect ALL Republicans when they certainly haven’t done anything for Georgia. Our schools are the pits, no transit, no new do you think you will attract new businesses to Georgia? Understand the Republican party is about to implode.