Shirley Franklin sides with Hank Johnson in re-elect bid

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson says he’s landed the support of former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin in a re-election bid that has drawn two challengers in the Democratic primary: DeKalb County Commissioner Connie Stokes, and former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones.

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Franklin made it official at a “Women for Hank” rally on Saturday. We wouldn’t normally include a campaign-generated photo of something that routine, but the event seems to have also marked the return of Jeff Hullinger, now with WXIA-TV, to Atlanta television.

The former sports specialist will find that, as in baseball, political reporting is simply a matter of calling balls and strikes. Except there is no strike zone, spitballs are permitted, and we umps sometimes can’t see a darned thing.

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Old DeKalb Hand

June 14th, 2010
2:19 pm

Way to go Hank. It can’t feel good to be Vernon Jones these days…

Hmmmmmm

June 14th, 2010
2:21 pm

Atl Law

June 14th, 2010
2:32 pm

Hank’s got my vote

Dave

June 14th, 2010
2:43 pm

Who else will fight to keep Guam from tipping over and sinking?

AngryVoter

June 14th, 2010
3:14 pm

I totally get and believe that Hank’s comment about Guam was meant to be sarcastic humor, but even if Hank was 100% worried about Guam tipping over, he would still be the most rational candidate in this race. At least he was never wacky enough to hire Bolton, a mistake that keeps haunting us to this day.

Wilda

June 14th, 2010
3:22 pm

Shirley Franklin supporting Hank the Guam Tipper?
Amazing! Stop the presses!

Simone Smith

June 14th, 2010
3:24 pm

I love the former mayor but Jones is still my candidate.

30 yr Dekalb resident

June 14th, 2010
3:24 pm

Wow!! Funny how none of these people stood up for her including Hank when she was being ripped at the end of her term. I think the both need a head check.

gomer

June 14th, 2010
3:26 pm

AngryVoter….. You have got to be kidding me, “Sarcastic humor”….give me a break. I’ve seen the video, he was as serious as a heart attack! And if he was being sarcastic, as you so lamely believe, he should be smacked around for wasting the time (and tax dollars) of all those in attendance. If he was being sarcastically humorous, it just shows his level of intellegence! Shirley, Shirley, Shirley…I thought you were smarter than that!!!

4th District Voter

June 14th, 2010
3:27 pm

Shirley Franklin hired her girlfriend that can’t add and Hank Johnson hasn’t done anything for the 4th District except sit on committees in DC. Just what the 4th District needs.

Derrick Mendez

June 14th, 2010
3:31 pm

Vernon Jones accomplishments and record still outweigh this endorsement. Didn’t care for his personal record but at least my services weren’t cut like now and people are still working because of his projects in Dekalb. Vernon Jones for Congress.

Lois Jordan

June 14th, 2010
3:36 pm

Can anyone explain to me the purpose of Hank Johnson riding Marta with Beverly Scott and now weeks later Marta still can’t afford to keep the bathrooms open?? I thought that meant he was going to help. I guess not and it was just a photo-op. Just like this.

KS

June 14th, 2010
3:44 pm

Vernon Jones will have my vote because with all these endorsements and press releases I still haven’t heard the congressman’s comprehensive plan on bringing jobs to the 4th district. As we speak, residents are losing their homes and no plan from the sitting congressman. I didn’t vote for him to gain endorsements, I voted for him to improve the 4th district community. This “endorsement” still won’t get my vote. I won’t make that mistake again. The last forum I attended the only candidate (Hank didn’t show up) that gave a real plan to put people back to work was Vernon Jones. Still undecided. No one is really sticking out in this race.

KS

June 14th, 2010
3:46 pm

Vernon Jones gets my vote if he can roll out those plans of creating jobs and I believe he will.

Old DeKalb Hand

June 14th, 2010
3:48 pm

Lois,

Johnson is appointed to the Transportation Committee a few weeks ago, and you expect MARTA’s budget woes to be fixed instantly? You evidently don’t understand how Congress, MARTA, or just about anything work.

Any reasonable observer would applaud the Congressman for seeking appointment to a Committee where he will be well positioned to get desperately needed funds for MARTA.

You may not like Hank, and I have my differences with him, but attacking him for getting appointed to the Transportation Committee is going to backfire on Vernon’s lackeys.

Lois Jordan

June 14th, 2010
3:56 pm

Well I do understand Marta’s budget woes didn’t start overnight and if Johnson was truly concerned he had at least eight years to meet with Marta to assist. He is in a HIGHLY contested race and it does cause one ask why now, Old DeKalb Hand. Vernon Jones will still have my vote.

Lois Jordan

June 14th, 2010
3:58 pm

Correction–four years to assist Marta.

Dekalb County Native

June 14th, 2010
4:22 pm

These issues are all very vital to our future. I just cannot trust Vernon. Please don’t waste your vote on this unethical man.

Old DeKalb Hand

June 14th, 2010
4:32 pm

Lois,

I follow DeKalb politics very closely and I am a mass transit enthusiast. Johnson has already gotten money appropriated for MARTA multiple times and it was well publicized at the time. Furthermore, very few freshman or second term legislators are going to get a seat on the Transportation Committee. That’s one of the most coveted committees in Congress.

I understand you support Vernon, but your line of attack on Johnson just doesn’t ring true to me.

Amosley

June 14th, 2010
4:32 pm

When did Atlanta become a Major part of the 4th district? South Dekalb Rockdale South Gwinett isn’t Atlanta in in the 5th district? But what do I know….I know hank was a Comissioner and did nothing to help Marta, he has been in Congress and has done nothing for Marta… He got appointed to the Transportation Committee because Vernon Jones has suggested extending the Marta rail line to Stonecrest Mall. I want to ask Congressman Johnson about his plan for Marta and Jobs but I can’t seem to find him. I go to his office and they say he is in Washington but then I get a email inviting me to a fundraiser

Amosley

June 14th, 2010
4:42 pm

Isn’t it amazing that Jim Galloway and channel 11 can find him but the citizens in the 4th district like myslf can’t…

Viewer

June 14th, 2010
4:49 pm

Looking forward to seeing Hullinger

Ramzad

June 14th, 2010
4:49 pm

Black people have never seen a dictator they did not like; Marion Barry, Bill Campbell, Idi Amin Dada, Papa Doc, Kwame Kilpatrick, et al. No matter how crooked. No matter how arrogant. No matter how many indictments. No matter how many convictions. No matter how ineffective. Vernon Jones is more deja vu again. he just needs to be able to bleat out how wicked and terrible white people are.

Dolts Unite

June 14th, 2010
4:49 pm

I guess two brain cells are better than one. Maybe Hank will be the first to sink Atlanta, not from overpopulation but from his ineptitude. Please don’t allow any more public speaking engagements for this obtuse congressperson…so ashamed.

13 yr old who is behind Vernon Jones

June 14th, 2010
5:25 pm

Vernon is a very positive, outgoing, and confident man. He is the only person capable of having the congressional seat and giving it purpose. The other candidates are very nice people but are simple not the best for the job. i would love to see them conquer other goals in the political realm but not this time. Vernon is the only candidate who is giving 200% every single day to be sure that he wins what he deserves. As a citizen in the 4th district, i have not seen any positive things happen in the area because our current congressman had something to do with it. I have seen nothing but Vernon’s projects bringing this district to life. He is by far a phenominal person and has inspired me to pursue politics when I am older!

~Inspired young lady

Cutty

June 14th, 2010
5:39 pm

“Vernon is the only candidate who is giving 200% every single day to be sure that he wins what HE deserves.” You got that right. Vernon cares about Vernon.

AngryVoter

June 14th, 2010
5:45 pm

Do you people not realize how many lawsuits were left in the wake of Vernon Jones’ reign in DeKalb? Do you not realize how much money was wasted because Vernon is incompetent? Fortunately, the last time Vernon ran for office, he lost DeKalb County, so the voters must remember.

13 yr old who is also a cheerleader

June 14th, 2010
6:03 pm

V-E-R-N-O-N vernon is the man to win!!!
knock Hank down pass him around, vote for vernon jones!
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A Vernon Jones Supporter

June 14th, 2010
10:04 pm

Hello Folks. Mr. Vernon Jones, has past performance. He has proven himself as a ‘policital’ powerhouse. Because of Mr. Vernon Jones, DeKalb county has more sidewalks, better playgrounds for children, more trails, a senior citizen center, an arts center, better roads on wesley chapel & memorial drive and many more community-wide advancements in DeKalb County. Let’s remember his past performance—what he has done and what he will continue to do. Mr. Vernon Jones is for all the things that matter: jobs and better commnunities. I remember when he was DeKalb CEO, Mr. Vernon Jones would organize and attend 4-5 Town Hall Meetings during this term; to stay in touch with the people and find out their concerns. He has always given 200% in office or out of office/campaigning.

bainab

June 14th, 2010
10:51 pm

This is what happens when people don’t read and listen to what they are told and don’t do any real research…the think they should vote for VJ. Those supporters are missing the big picture, VJ gets into office it will be a win for the republicans, because they know he a man who they can pay off to vote in their direction. But let’s forget about that, because if sadly VJ wins the primaries get will get wiped out his republican opponents because he is a walking scandal. This man who voted twice for bush who sunk out economy is a favorite for the republicans because they know they can beat him.

Hank has always voted in favor the people and has been all around DeKalb for those who have not seen him and if only fault is that he made a bad comment that so many of us have in our lives that doesn’t make him incompetent. He is the best man for the job.

Dekalb Voter

June 14th, 2010
11:50 pm

Thank you to all of the naysayers. These comments will only make Mr. Jones stronger and more determined to win this election. I’m bet that those of you who have these negative and harsh comments to make have never sat down and had one conversation with the man, so for you to attack his character and his record or better yet, not even give him credit for his many contributions to Dekalb county is a sad commentary.

My question is what have “you” done to help better Dekalb County and add to it’s bottom line?

The truth is that none of his critics or opponents in the race can hold a candle to him on their best day. That’s why on Tuesday, July 20th the voters of the 4th district will go to the polls and put the hardest working, best qualified, most experienced candidate in office – Vernon Jones, Vernon Jones, Vernon Jones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ms. Taylor

June 15th, 2010
12:02 am

I had the chance to meet Mr. Jones personaly this past weekend. He was walking The mall at Stonecrest he shook my hand and told me of his vision and record of acomplishments in Dekalb county, I admired his realness and I felt he was sincere he is the only candidate for congress that has taken his place down in the trenches with the citizens of the fourth district and has made himself very accessible, every evening on my way home from work I can look to see Mr. Jones out there in the blazing sun waving and smiling and the car horns and yells from people show him so much love! I have been so inspired by him I made a phone call to his office today, to find out how I could become a volunteer because with that much positive energy I have GOT to be part of this campaign! Others should call as well or go to vernonjones4congress

[...] CD-4: Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin (D) has endorsed Incumbent U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (D). Johnson is being challenged in the Democratic primary by former DeKalb County Executive Vernon Jones (D) and DeKalb County Commissioner Connie Stokes (D). [...]

GA D4 Voter

June 15th, 2010
8:03 am

Hank, Vernon, Connie, will be more of the same; downhill! There are 4 candidates running for Georgia’s 4th congressional district who care passionate about representing us all, turning the tide toward a path that will actually help restore the district to fiscal soundness, making it a good place to live once again, and stand for our country as a whole in D.C., not only special interest groups! Please visit Facebook: Georgia District 4 Conservatives, email: GAdistrict4@gmail.com. The 4 candidates, (none are career politicians looking to play politics for personal gain)! LizCarterfor Congress.com & CoryRuth.com & Gauseforcongress.com & Victorforcongress.com

Born In DeKalb

June 15th, 2010
10:08 am

To angry voter and bainab evidently you do not live in DeKalb for you to say those things about the only person that has ever made a difference in DeKalb for the people. Vernon Jones is the only CEO that you even heard of when he was in office. I never heard of anything the two CEO’s prior to him has done.In response to the angry voter comment about law suits it happened because he gave a person like myself a job whom is black and didnt look over the best qualified people because of the color of their skin which the government has being doing for years. Nobody never asked white adminstrations with all the qualified minorities why do they still hire 97% whites. But those lawsuits never make it to court. Vernon is not for himself he sacrifice his whole political career to help people and get things done that others said South DeKalb doesnt deserve such as sidewalks, nice parks, state of the art, senior center, performing art center and dont forget that death trap with the roads on Wesley Chapel things that the previous adminstration or the present adminstration doesnt feel the people live in South DeKalb deserve. To all the christians that feel like voting for a budehist is correct, you cant believe in God who stated thou shall have no other God before me! You are the same people that wondered why prayer is out of schools, Same sex marriages is being approved, America has left it foundation in which it was built upon and that is worshiping God the creator of Jesus, simply because you are the ones keep voting these people in office that dont believe in the same God you say you believe in. Your comment is Vernon has no ethics, the fact of the matter is that he believe in a God that says we are covered by the blood of Jesus, because he knew that ” We All Fall Down But We Get Up” praying asking God not Budha for forgiveness of all our sins. If your walls could talk you would realize you cant throw a stone @ Vernon Jones either but pray that God keep him.

[...] U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson says he’s landed the support of former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin in a re-election bid that has drawn two challengers in the Democratic primary: DeKalb County Commissioner Connie Stokes, and former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones. Read the complete story. [...]

john

June 15th, 2010
12:10 pm

http://www.yankhank.com

Simple enough to understand.

john

June 15th, 2010
12:24 pm

> Can anyone explain to me the purpose of Hank Johnson riding Marta with Beverly Scott

He is seeing how much more of our children’s future he can waste locally with TIGGER grants. Check out http://www.obamasucks.tv if you do not know what they are.

Decatur Gal

June 15th, 2010
2:44 pm

-Hank was interviewed in the APN last week and admitted he HAS TO HAVE 8 Hours of sleep or he can’t function. With what is going on in our country, I don’t want someone who fumbles and has to have 8 hours of sleep. Maybe that’s why he thinks Guam will capsize.
-Vernon didn’t carry DeKalb in his Senate race – why? No one will forget his record and no one in their right mind will vote for all that “stuff” to go to DC and embarrass us again.
-Connie is part of the current DeKalb county over spending poor management system.
-Victor A – running on who his dad is, because he has no real world experience. JOKE.
-Larry G – angry white guy who thinks he can work from home 70% of the time even though his colleagues will be in DC getting it done. Wants government to give girls birth control and only talks about the VA because he’s had a bad experience. JOKE.
-Corey R – financial disaster, actually sued by Citifinancial in 2004, just got divorced from wife while living with girlfriend for past year, no real world executive experience. JOKE.
-Liz Carter – Our only hope -a REAL business leader who has not been part of the problem, solid ideas, understands the issues and has ideas – Liz Carter – http://www.lizcarterforcongress.com She’s a moderate republican who will fight for the people in the district and the only one who can beat Hank or Vernon.

Disappointed with Candidates

June 15th, 2010
5:07 pm

What’s sad is that candidates choices for the 4th District are atrocious. Hank Johnson is a joke. Those of us on the “north side” of the 4th District are invisible to him. The mailer I received from him about 6 weeks ago was merely a campaign piece with a tiny mention of a job fair (in Lithonia) – it was all about how Hank helped ‘prevent the 2nd Great Depression’ and all that he’s done for the district – compliments of we, the taxpayers.

And Vernon – the man is slimy. I will not support a politician whose personal integrity/character are consistently reprehensible. It’s easy to run a county when things are good – but the corruption and lack of leadership are not what we need to represent us in Congress. Vernon is not one that will be effective to be one of 435. He’s desperate to ‘move up’ politically – hopefully, he’ll crawl back under the rock he came from after this defeat.

And Liz Carter, lovely to use negative commentary on your competition – you’ve ensured I will not vote for you. I bet if people want to do some digging on you, we’ll find some rather ’spinnable’ things that you’d rather not be public.

Born In DeKalb

June 15th, 2010
8:35 pm

Disappointed with candidates you doing the same thing with Vernon that you are scolding Liz Carter for doing, judging a persons integrity/ character. The government is never good it takes a good leader such as Vernon Jones to make it look like things were good such as getting two bond referendum pass to be able to avoid layoffs and provide jobs/ where was the corruption because he gave people jobs and provided the things that was neglected in the county for so long. You are the type of person that would have said Martin Luther King Jr. caused corruption and lack of leadership because he held a boycott to end segregation. Does your personal integrity/ character stop you from doing a great job in what ever career you are in? All the positive things he done for DeKalb people like you can only see the negative and make a mountain out of it.

Decatur Gal

June 15th, 2010
11:10 pm

Disappointed with candidates – My name is Jill, not Liz. My opinions are my own. You’d have to ask Liz how she feels about her lack luster competitors. And give me a break – I was a Vernon supporter until I found the laundry list of claims against him and his recent “guilty” verdict for discrimination. BTW, she probably wouldn’t be happy at me calling her a moderate republican, but that is how I view her and maybe that’s what this district needs.

Born In DeKalb

June 15th, 2010
11:56 pm

Decatur Gal you were never a true Vernon supporter because you wouldnt report things that is not true,such as being found guilty for a discrimination suit he was found guilty of allowing a hostile work environment.Simply because he exercised equal employment opportunity which very few people of other races exercise for example: how many people of other races work for the Judge that heard the discrimination case? 0, enough said!

Decatur Gal

June 16th, 2010
10:50 am

Born In DeKalb – hostile work environment or discrimination? Spin away – the county paid for Vernons behavior whether it was being a poor manager to allow a hostile environment or if it was discrimination. http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb-discrimination-suit-jones-426095.html Enough corruption and bad leadership in DeKalb…

Decatur Gal

June 16th, 2010
10:57 am

Born In DeKalb

June 16th, 2010
7:43 pm

Come on Decatur Gal I gave you more credit than that…..anyone that read the article you referenced from the cross road written by Jerry Wyatt would be able to see that this is a man that drunk a gallon of hater juice on Mr. Vernon Jones/ If I recalled he has ran for several public offices and did not win one… anybody read this can see the jealousy flowing out of this man. the bible says Jealousy is as cruel as the grave.

Gail in Rockdale

June 19th, 2010
1:16 pm

If you can get past her race, Liz Carter is the best candidate, head and shoulders above the rest.

If Hank ever had it, it’s gone now. Maybe it’s medication. Whatever it is he is as much an embarrassment as Cynthia McKinney, which nobody thought possible.

Sally B

June 21st, 2010
9:00 pm

Liz Carter is an unethical, lying, manipulative, sleeze who tries to manipulate people because she is borderline crazy. Of course this should make her perfect for political office. Especially her experience in adultery and homewrecking.

Hank Supporter

July 19th, 2010
7:37 pm

What about the 1,000 teaching job Hank saved (500 in Dekalb County), the infrastructure projects that created countless jobs, and the Suniva solar panel plant in Norcross (1200 jobs)….? Vernon didn’t get the funding for that…Congressman Johnson did! While Vernon Jones was in court defending himself (poorly), Congressman Johnson was in Washington working hard for his constituents. Vernon Jones can pack his bags and head straight….

mark isenhower

August 11th, 2010
7:53 pm

DUMBER THAN A BAG OF ROCKS.
A CERTAIN VERIFICATION THAT DARWIN WAS RIGHT…AT LEAST FOR
THIS MORON.
ANYONE WHO WOULD VOTE FOR THIS IDIOT MUST HAVE ABOUT THE
SAME I.Q. …80, MAYBE?