A late jolt: Hugh Cleland, father of former U.S. senator, dies at 96

Hugh Cleland (left) and his son, former U.S. senator Max Cleland, fishing at a favorite spot in north Georgia.

Hugh Cleland (left) and his son, former U.S. senator Max Cleland, fishing at a favorite spot in north Georgia.

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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37 comments Add your comment

You Asked

May 13th, 2010
12:16 pm

Prayers and well wishes to the Cleland family. What a wonderful picture. Treasure the memories…

mark

May 13th, 2010
12:25 pm

You got to be kidding me. Surely this Sheriff has real criminals to pursue but just in case may God impede him in his mighty search for this young defenseless woman seeking life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

P'TREE

May 13th, 2010
12:52 pm

Cobb County is SICK! Leave that poor young woman alone!! This is a police state at its worst! Where are Cobb officials standing up for justice for this woman! I have not heard a word from any of the Democrats in Cobb – shame on you!

Tom

May 13th, 2010
1:10 pm

What a genuis this Jody Hice is. Argentinians may be Spanish speaking, but they are mostly of European origin and, thus, look nothing like the “Mexicans” he wishes to persecute.

Jon

May 13th, 2010
1:13 pm

Hice pulling the old “I can’t be racist, I have a ___ friend/relative!” comment.

Todd

May 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

What all voters need to know about Mitt Romney on the blog below… Mitt’s signs might need to be kept at the bottom of the river. Georgia people cannot be that gullible.

http://mittromney2012potus.blogspot.com/

Uncle Sam

May 13th, 2010
1:38 pm

If the so-called “illegals” obey the laws and can prove who they are and that they are working, there should be no problems. Unfortunately, our prisons and judicial systems are overrun with these people, not to mention the burden they place on our hospital emergency rooms and public schools, all paid for by the U.S. taxpayer.

Devildog

May 13th, 2010
1:39 pm

RE Coloti
She broke the law. She’s illegal. There are plenty of Mexicans here legally. We welcome them. We don’t appreciate them slipping in here illegally any more than Mexico appreciates us slipping over the border to that country. Do it right and we welcome you. You help us be better.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 13th, 2010
2:40 pm

What our prisons are NOT over run with is Republicans and Libertarians who routinely break the law and call other people out on it.

And while you might be highlighting this law, one wonders how many laws rich, white Cobb County inhabitants are breaking that said Sheriff doesn’t bother enforcing.

At this point, there are enough laws that if they WANT to get you for something, they can. Thus, the fact that said Sheriff chooses to enforce this proves that it is all for political theater.

As is almost all politics. Political theater for naive spoiled little brats that are unworthy of the sacrifices our ancestors have made.

Devildog

May 13th, 2010
3:02 pm

Uh, oh, Aaron, there you go with the race card. We were talking legal and illegal.
If you see a law being broken, call a cop.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 13th, 2010
3:11 pm

Yup. Race Card. In my hand. Playing it.

And the Blame Bush card too.

Just because Fox News decides that “Blame Bush” is some magic wand to make their accountability go away doesn’t mean that it will.

What you fail to grasp is that the cops enforce the law selectively based upon the political will of the community that hires them. Watch “The Wire” to get an idea of how a law enforcement unit actually works.

Said Sheriff is responding to people, such as yourself that are truly ‘outraged’ at the behavior of illegals whilst regularly purchasing products picked, made and shipped by said ‘illegal immigrants’ without demanding that said Sheriff drive around town and arrest the contractors, farmers and business owners that hire them.

Race card.

This is my playing it.

I have a Royal Flush. You just have the trade mark card and an IOU from your cousin Larry. This probably because you, and any other Republican/Libertarian isn’t playing with a full deck.

Uncle Sam

May 13th, 2010
3:46 pm

Aaron, I’ve been stopped in police roadblocks, and had my credentials checked & vehicle searched. I’m of European descent and vote Republican. As I obey the law and had nothing to hide, I was permitted to move on, without any hassle or altercation with law enforcement. I was glad to oblige.

Sounds like you and your ilk have got something to hide. We are a nation of laws. Obey them or get the hell outta here ! Try that BS in Cuba or China !

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 13th, 2010
3:56 pm

“Papers please citizen. Those who are innocent have nothing to hide.”

Gee, where have we heard that before?

(Here’s a hint, its Glenn Beck’s favorite touret’s syndrome.)

And here’s another hint. Why should *I* have to move because you’re a lunatic?

If you don’t like it here, YOU move. Oh wait, where would you move to? There are no racist frothing idiotic nation states full of pompous children that would match your ideology. I’d say France but that’d be insulting the French.

I’d say Australia because that’s where Ruprect Murdoch comes from but they actually have universal health care, which would make Jesus Cry and Kittens Die.

And, for the record tiny brained Republican idiot, the argument I made had nothing to do with whether or not you were obeying the law. I was merely pointing out that Republicans routinely break the law and then harp on and on about how much they care about it. I’d be willing to bet QUITE A LOT OF MONEY that you have cheated on your taxes, even if it was a little white lie. Republicans always do it, and they do it all the time.

My argument, oh short attentioned span one, is that this is about RACE (racecardracecardracecard!) because this particular action is only being taken at this particular time to satisfy tiny racist people like yourself that pretend to care about the law but actually don’t.

mike

May 13th, 2010
4:02 pm

Well what else do you expect out of the law in Cobb County. I assume they want to prove to all in the county how serious they take crime there. Lets deport this college student as the number one enemy of the citizens of Cobb.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 13th, 2010
4:09 pm

OK, Mike, let’s enter fantasy land.

Let’s pretend briefly that the inhabitants of Republican county are not hypocritical sociopathic troglodytes that will respond to whatever Fox news tell them.

A fascinating intellectual exercise.

So, under this idea, enforcing immigration law is important. Now, understanding that law enforcement can’t enforce all laws all the time (because it is simply impossible. Ask a cop. No, ask an honest cop. Technically they enforce all laws but in actuality they only enforce what matters.) So, making sure illegal immigration stops is as important as say….Drugs.

If this is the case, then, as in drugs, you go after the money. You go where the money is. That means, you don’t go wasting your time chasing all over the place rounding up a bunch of brown skinned people, you go to the people that HIRE them. And you shut them down. You make their lives a living hell until they shape up, finding even more laws to ‘enforce’ on them (like the Mafia) until they stop hiring illegal immigrants.

Immigrants come and go. You toss them over the border and they come right back again.

The people in your community violating the law don’t ever go away.

And yet strangely that’s not what we see happening.

Hmm…..

Devildog

May 13th, 2010
4:15 pm

Aaron is an immature malcontent, not worth the attention he craves.

W. Ray

May 13th, 2010
4:16 pm

It may be just politics to you, but God remembers it all!

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 13th, 2010
4:16 pm

Devildog used a word a day thesaurus and wanted to try it out!

And, as with all Republicans, uses an AD HOMINEM ATTACK (yes, we can use that term too…hmmm) when unable to provide an argument not provided by Fox News.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 13th, 2010
4:17 pm

Maybe God does remember it all, but no human being has the authority to act in his name.

There are many interpretations of the bible as there are people, and if one of them will be imposed on the populace at large, then it should be MINE not yours.

DMac

May 13th, 2010
4:24 pm

The young woman violated the law, both federal and state. Being arrested is exactly what she deserves. I only hope that her deportation is next. It would be a good start. One down, now only about 30 million illegal aliens to go.

DMac

May 13th, 2010
4:25 pm

By the way Aaron, you are a complete lunatic.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 13th, 2010
4:28 pm

So what’s the priority then?

Illegal Immigration or Tax Evasion?

If its Illegal Immigration then that’s fine but I think we should pass a law fining ANYONE (especially Republicans) who complains when the cost of food, transported good, housing and virtually every other aspect of society goes up because the cost pointless consumer based lifestyles suddenly goes up when they don’t have a cheap work force that their leaders (ie the business community) can exploit with wanton abandon anymore.

Also since Illegal Immigration is more important than Tax Evasion, let’s never hear another complaint about Timothy Geither (who is scum) from Republican Senators who probably all cheated on their taxes more than he did.

If Tax Evasion *IS* more important then why can’t we have said deputies looking for people who failed to pay their taxes and confiscate their property?

There aren’t enough law enforcement officials in Cobb county.

DMac

May 13th, 2010
4:29 pm

Thank you Aaron. You just proved my last post to be true.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 13th, 2010
4:30 pm

There is a book written by Douglas Adams called “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.” In said book, Wonko the Sane drew a circle on the beach called the Asylum, and stepped into it. The clear implication was that the rest of the world was the Asylum and he left it briefly by entering said circle.

I find your slur laughably tragic. (See Devil Dog, I can use a thesaurus too!)

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 13th, 2010
4:30 pm

As did you DMAC.

Fish Gilmore

May 13th, 2010
4:31 pm

Todays Trivia- (Said today) ” We will deploy our small dome.”
A) Spokesperson for B.P..
B) Space Aliens who showed up to mate in order to save their race.
C) Line from Coneheads movie.

DMac

May 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

Aaron you pathetic and ignorant little cretin. If you were capable of reason, I would engage you in conversation. However, it is obvious that you are not, so I will not waste my time and effort.

DMac

May 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

Adios muchacho!

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 13th, 2010
4:44 pm

YAY! DMac used another Ad Hominem attack on me. He played the Ad Hominem card! Uh oh spagetio!

Fortulately I consider your insults a badge of honor. Yes, I admit I am seeking attention, for there is nothing I love more than the pathetic attempts at insults from those who don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.

Trying to point out the flaws in your argument aren’t worth MY time or effort nor are they worth that of any rational person. You say *I’M* not capable of reason yet you think Sheriff Gidyup and his Hootenanny Posse out there are somehow enacting righteous vengeance on your behalf by chasing down someone who filled out paper work improperly whilst ignoring everything I said and responding without any substance whatsoever.

And then, to top it all off, you use a Mexican sign off. :)

Awesome. :)

Parkerized

May 13th, 2010
8:04 pm

NAFTA-Lets start trading even with Mexico. For every hard working illegal alien in the US we send them one lazy American welfare client for retraining.

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

May 14th, 2010
12:43 am

Yes. Tea Baggers living off welfare and unemployment while they protest ‘government run health car’ that is not government run should be at the top of the list.

Tracey

May 14th, 2010
12:27 pm

Honestly Jim, why place Mr. Cleland’s article with another one about an illegal immigrant? The two have nothing to do with each other and if the comments are any indication, people are more inclined to post disrespectful comments than to post about what a great man the senior Cleland seemed to be. That picture of him pulling his son says it all for me. May he rest in peace.

Michael

May 15th, 2010
8:04 pm

Probably all of my indigent clients give their momma’s address since that’s the place where they will get their mail. Better go re-arrest them on that new charge you great crime fighters, you.

Hice for Senate !!!

July 2nd, 2010
8:49 am

Having personally known Jody Hice for almost 16 years, I can tell you from firsthand knowledge is is NOT racist or biggoted (sp?). Unfortunately, there are those who have no problem or actually encourage illegal immigration and will play the race card as they have no valid argument with why aliens should be deported and our border with Mexico sealed. Screaming racism is all they have left. Would we hear the same morons screaming racism if Canadians were invading us instead of Mexico? Didn’t think so. IMO, immmigrants from Mexico, legal or not, are some of the hardest-working and freedom-loving people I know. I welcome them to our country, must they must abide by the law, like everyone else, INCLUDING legally immigrating here in the first place.

Big Spender

July 2nd, 2010
9:05 am

I’d be willing to bet QUITE A LOT OF MONEY that you have cheated on your taxes, even if it was a little white lie. Republicans always do it, and they do it all the time.

Aaron, I’m republican and can tell you I have paid every single dime of my taxes, so there goes your assumption, jerk. I HAVE to pay all of my taxes. Someone must support all of the government leeches out there in addition to all of Obama’s new spending programs.

Hey, it’s Friday! Isn’t it a great day to piss off a liberal? How, exactly do you do that? Simple. Work hard, be successful, be happy.

Socialism Stan

July 2nd, 2010
9:17 am

Gentlemen, Stop fighting amongst selves. America is great melting pot, all should be welcomed. Many more hard workers will be needed to build great new American order. A great nation, ruled by Obama, where all are treated equally and provided with equal resources. Problem will be traitors who will try to run away from responsibilities to mother America by attempting to leave. Letting hard workers in is good, letting them leave is bad. Anyone cought trying to leave must be reeducated as to their role in New America or disposed of. Long live USSA!

Big Spender

July 2nd, 2010
9:21 am

Another thing, Aaron. I’ll take your bet (quite a lot of money) about my cheating on my taxes. I could use some of your money. It would offset some of the money Uncle Sam has stolen from me and given to deadbeats for such a long time.