Jason Carter, the man with the familiar smile, on Georgia politics and his granddad

Jason Carter of Decatur, new occupant of one of the safest Democratic seats in the state Senate, on Monday was a featured interview on ABC’s “Top Line” segment – which included a discussion of political dynasties.

The grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, who won a special election this month, appears at the three-minute mark of this clip:

An interviewer noted that Jason Carter didn’t bring his grandfather into the campaign picture until the weekend before the vote. Said Carter:

“I decided to handle it the way I have my whole life, which was to introduce myself, and then when it comes up, say, ‘Yeah, absolutely. I’m Jimmy Carter’s grandson, and I’m really proud of it, and here’s how it’s impacted my life.’ But we didn’t want that to be the center of the campaign. The campaign had to be about the future and not about who we were related to.”

Jason Carter, an attorney, also had this assessment of the political climate for Democrats in Georgia:

“There really is an anti-incumbency feeling out there. Most people, even in my district, were very frustrated with how the system appears to be not working, both nationally and certainly in Georgia. The good thing about Georgia in an anti-incumbency year is that, right now, the Republicans have controlled the state.

“And locally, they’ve done such a poor job in a variety of contexts – transportation, water, education — that I think we have a good chance in Georgia of localizing the issues and talking about the leadership in this state, which is not articulating a really coherent vision of where they wanted to go, frankly.”

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10 comments Add your comment

Warbler

May 24th, 2010
5:35 pm

Pant, pant, pant….drool, drool, drool….slobber, slobber, slobber.

LWilson

May 24th, 2010
5:37 pm

I think Jim is getting a tingle up his leg.

Phil S

May 24th, 2010
5:45 pm

Excellent candidate… superb public servant long before he ran for anything. It ain’t bragging if it’s the truth!

Galloway is a BOOB!

May 24th, 2010
5:51 pm

From someone who knows it for a fact. Go home Galloway. Your slant against the GOP is a detriment to your work. The AJC should find a real reporter to cover the capitol.

Ricardo

May 24th, 2010
5:57 pm

It’s really simple: Just vote all incumbents out.

An observer

May 24th, 2010
6:00 pm

Let’s hope those last two sentences were taken completely out of context and were not what he said at all. If they are direct quotes (which follow each other), all I can say is that Jason may want to revise them a bit. The Dems had 137 years to get “transportation, water, education” right. Most people “even in [his] district” would probably say that expecting the GOP to straighten all those things out in 5 years is a little unreasonable.

hot dawg

May 24th, 2010
6:55 pm

Young cutie Jason does not realize that he is the incumbent now!

But that’s okey-dokey because I heard him say he is now the new face and voice of the Georgia Democratic Party!

Scoot over Jane Kidd.

Accurate oberver

May 24th, 2010
7:17 pm

To the earlier commentary from “An Observer,” please note that Sonny Perdue was elected in 2002 and along with party switchers brought the state senate into the GOP column. This is 2010 and you cannot blame Democrats for the multiple policy failures in education, transportation and water.

While I understand your point that Dems were in control before that, it is very unreasonable to let the GOP completely off the hook after two whole terms of doing nothing. You might have faith in those nuts at the state capitol, but you are in the minority. This state needs strong leadership, not some Republican rendition of Heehaw.

@ the Boob scared to write his name

May 24th, 2010
7:25 pm

You are wrong about Galloway’s slant. I’ve had to read this column when he was slobbering all over that loser Barry Fleming a few years back. Fleming was a Republican. Galloway just writes about what the political people in this state are yammering about. Period. That’s what makes this interesting to those of us who follow politics.

Brett

May 25th, 2010
12:21 pm

Would love to see him run statewide and get his tail handed to him. I would love nothing better than to see a Carter go down in defeat in Georgia.