Former U.S. senator Max Cleland sends word that his father died last night. Hugh Cleland was 96, and had remained active until only recently.
Gardening and fishing – mostly for bream – were Hugh Cleland’s constant pastimes, as the above family photo indicates. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Henry Funeral Home in Lithonia.
We noted on Wednesday that the political action committee belonging to former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was dropping significant money on Republican candidates in Georgia.
We singled out Sam Olens, the GOP candidate for attorney general, as one of the few non-incumbents that benefitted from Romney’s largesse. But we missed one.
Romney also donated $500 to state Rep. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), who’s running for the senate Seat vacated by Dan Weber. Two other Republicans are in that race: 69-year-old real estate broker Jim Duffie and 53-year-old attorney James Sibold.
Sibold is the former chairman of the DeKalb GOP, and mightily ticked off that Romney would insert himself in a local primary. Sibold was also a volunteer for Romney’s 2008 rival, John McCain, in New Hampshire.
Said Sibold: “Now I don’t feel so bad about all the Mitt Romney signs that lie at the bottom of the Merrimac River in Manchester.”
We are about to see illegal immigration flare as a Republican primary issue in Georgia.
One sign in the 7th District congressional race is a press release issued by Jody Hice, a Republican and radio talk show host who says he’s started a petition drive in support of Arizona’s tough crackdown on undocumented residents.
It includes this strange bit of name-dropping:
“My wife’s great-great grandfather was the first president of Argentina, but I know that won’t insulate me from charges that my support for Arizona is somehow anti-Hispanic or racist. I see people as individuals, not racial or ethnic groups.”
Then there’s this press notice issued by Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, essentially issuing an all-points bulletin for a 21-year-old Kennesaw State University student:
On Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at the approximately 6:00 pm, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office obtained a warrant for the arrest of Ms. Jessica Colotl, 21, years of age, of Duluth, GA. Ms. Colotl was originally arrested on March 30, 2010 by Kennesaw University Police Department on charges of impeding the flow of traffic, no license and also had a hold placed on her by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She was released to ICE on April 1, 2010.
According to the warrant, Ms. Colotl was charged with violating O.C.G.A. Section 16-10-20, committing the offense of False Statement, which is a felony. When originally processed into the Cobb County Detention Facility on March 30, 2010, Ms. Colotl knowingly filled out and completed the official Cobb County Sheriff’s Office Immigration information with a false statement. She provided and stated she lived at 305 Preston Drive, Duluth GA 30096 when in fact she has never lived at this address.
“It is sad that Ms. Colotl’s parents chose to enter the United States illegally and ultimately put her in this position” stated Sheriff Neil Warren. “However, Ms. Colotl knew that she was in the United States without authority to be here and voluntarily chose to operate a vehicle without a driver’s license; which is a violation of Georgia law. She has further complicated her situation with her blatant disregard for Georgia Law by giving false information.”
Sheriff Warren further stated “some may think it is unfortunate that minor offenders are caught in the 287(g) net; but I value any tool that helps me enforce the law and remove violators from our community. Georgia law establishes legal criteria for every potential offender, from traffic violations thru capital felony murder. Often individuals have different perceptions or personal definitions of criminal activity. I follow the Georgia Code and enforce those statutes. That is my oath of office and duty to the citizens of Cobb County. “
The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office is actively pursuing Ms. Colotl and following every lead. If you have any information on Ms. Colotl, please contact the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office at 770-499-4652.
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