Your morning jolt: She quit last month, but Kathy Cox will still be on July primary ballot

Gov. Sonny Perdue has scheduled a 10 a.m. presser today to announce that he’ll appoint Brad Bryant, a member of the state Board of Education, to succeed state School Superintendent Kathy Cox.

The governor intends to bypass two Republicans already on the July 20 primary ballot. Bryant is expected to immediately begin to campaign as an independent.

(His first hurdle: Bryant will have to collect 44,071 signatures by July 13, in order to win a place on the November ballot.)

But those two GOP primary candidates for state school superintendent – John Barge of Rome and Richard Woods of Tifton — have more to be angry about than an uncooperative governor.

They also have to worry about the ghost of Kathy Cox.

Cox announced on May 17, two weeks after the candidate qualifying period ended, that she would be taking a job in Washington.

But she didn’t send in her formal notice of withdrawal as a candidate until May 26, said Matt Carrothers, spokesman for Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

“That was too late to have her dropped from the ballot,” he said.

In other words, Cox – despite her departure from the state – will be listed as a candidate for re-election in the July 20 Republican primary.

After eight years on the job, she’s likely to get more than a few votes from those not up on the news. Carrothers said any ballots cast for Cox won’t be counted.

Counties will have notices placed at early voting sites, and at all July 20 polling locations.

Many thanks to the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce for letting me moderate their forum for state and local candidates last night. You can get a fine education at events like that.

For instance, the real estate downturn has left Paulding County with 10,000 vacant or partially developed lots. And 75 percent of its residents work outside the county. The figures were a major part of the Tuesday discussion.

Details of an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics into the activities of eight lawmakers, including one from Georgia, are quickly coming into focus.

At issue are a series of fund-raisers held within 48 hours of a House vote on a Wall Street reform bill, according to the Washington Post:

Seven of the eight members held fundraisers for their reelection campaigns on Dec. 9 or Dec. 10 — just before the House voted Dec. 11 in favor of a bill to make broad changes in how Wall Street and financial firms are regulated, according to a Washington Post analysis. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) held a “Finance Services luncheon” at the Capitol Hill Club on Dec. 10.

On the same day, a lobby firm with financial clients, Davis & Harman, hosted a fundraising breakfast for Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) at its Pennsylvania Avenue offices….

The House ethics manual instructs members to steer away from accepting campaign donations if the timing creates an unacceptable appearance of a conflict of interest.

Price has denied any breech in House rules.

Up in Roswell, The Beacon newspaper has been checking out the resume of John Albers, a candidate to replace state Sen. Dan Moody, who decided not to seek another term:

During a Chattahoochee Republican Women’s Club candidate forum in Roswell in March, Albers said he once ran a $5 billion division of AT&T. Seated in the audience was Dick Anderson of Roswell, who happened to have been the Group President of Global Business Services of AT&T.

Anderson said he never heard of Albers, in either AT&T or in the community, and doubted the validity of his claims.

“I have talked to several present and former executives of AT&T, BellSouth, Nortel and other telecom companies, and they had not heard of John Albers either,” Anderson said.

When questioned about his AT&T claim at a subsequent candidates’ debate sponsored by The Beacon in April, Albers back-pedaled and said he had been responsible for “large parts of a $5 billion organization.” He noted that AT&T is a huge conglomerate and that it‘s no surprise he and Anderson were not acquainted.

Anderson scoffed at the notion. He said he would have known any executive in Atlanta running a $5 billion telecom division or business.

Chip Koplin of Macon wrote a letter to his congressman, U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, earlier this month.

A strong supporter of Israel, Koplin was concerned about the global condemnation showered on Israel following a raid by its commandos on a ship headed for Gaza.

“I would certainly hope that the U.S. Navy would have done the same if this flotilla attempted to reach Georgia via Jekyll or St. Simons island[s],” he wrote.

He asked Marshall to voice his support for Israel. But his congressman’s reply fell a little short. Instead of sending him Form Letter A, Marshall’s office sent the Macon resident Form Letter B:

Thank you for contacting me with your condemnation of Israel’s actions against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and your demand that it be held accountable.

Humanitarian aid should be allowed to reach Gaza. The United States itself has provided a great deal of humanitarian funding and aid for Gaza. I have strongly supported that despite some criticism from supporters of Israel. Weapons, ammunition, other military supplies and fighters do not have humanitarian purposes.

I assume Israel’s intervention was designed to deter such non-humanitarian support. I’m told that Israeli soldiers were armed with only paintball guns and side arms in the event of an emergency[,] and that six of the boats in the flotilla were detoured to Israel without incident. So the question is what happened on the sixth ship?

Doug Moore, spokesman for Marshall, acknowledged what he called an “embarrassing” error. “It was just miscoded,” he said. Marshall personally called Koplin to apologize.

As far as the reply letter goes, Moore said it is identical to the pro-Israeli letter, except for the first sentence. Here’s the version that Koplin should have gotten.

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15 comments Add your comment

The Snark

June 16th, 2010
9:44 am

Give Rep. Marchall some credit for writing a letter with some substance in it, with an actual expression of opinion, instead of a meaningless form letter.


June 16th, 2010
9:54 am

Looks like Sonny is playing games over the Superintendents job and to support an independent because he supports Obama’s RTTT and the two Republicans do not. I smell a rat and this time it is Sonny. I will be so glad when this RINO is gone and forgotten.


June 16th, 2010
10:20 am

Before anyone votes they should be required to take a quiz to determine their level of understanding of what is going on. If you fail you then have to watch a 30 minute video to bring you up to speed before you are allowed to vote. No one will be prevented from voting but hopefully stupid voters will learn something before casting a vote. You know like how actually still lives in the state.


June 16th, 2010
10:34 am

Someone needs to check the Beacon’s credentials, or at least the editor’s cred. The Beacon’s webpage of the article you posted shows a pic of Albers and list him as a “D” instead of an “R”. I’m sure it was an honest mistake for a Roswell newspaper?!


June 16th, 2010
11:01 am

AH – I think there are laws against testing a person before allowing them to vote.

jim Chamber of Commerce on line 3

June 16th, 2010
11:24 am

Jim thanks for leading with the non-story of Kathy Cox on the ballot. You’re doing a great job of suppressing any information that may have gotten out about alleged criminal activity at APS during the latest E-Rate scandal. And people still call you “the insider”? Too funny.

We are in a meeting now, talking about bringing the World Cup to Atlanta, if you can call sitting around brunch watching the game a meeting. So be a good boy jim, and go pick up our dry cleaning.


June 16th, 2010
11:29 am

Wow, I could have SWORN that when I early voted last Friday that Kathy Cox was NOT on the Republican Primary Ballot. I only recall Barge & Woods being on it. Maybe I just overlooked her name, because I knew she was no longer running, but I’m almost positive that her name was not on there.

If her name were on there, I would have been tempted to vote for her, not because I think she is worthy of keeping her job, but only because I don’t like either of the current GOP options and having her as the “Republican Nominee,” when she’s no longer running, would have made it easier for an Independent to beat the Democratic nominee in November. As it is, the Independent is going to have to fend off an Dem and an “actually running for it” Republican.

Anyway to check with local elections officers to ensure that Cox’s anme is on the balot in early voting? Maybe I was just too eager to get through the ballot.


June 16th, 2010
11:49 am

Paulding County voters considered about transportation to the outside is a joke,let fly from their new airport.


June 16th, 2010
12:11 pm

Base you are so wrong to beat up the airport. It is the main asset Paulding has to pull out of this recession. Also it is a very important tool to equal the tax burden between business and the residence of Paulding.


June 16th, 2010
12:23 pm

His karma name is Puredoo.


June 16th, 2010
2:24 pm

State Superintendant of Schools brings only one name to my mind: Beth Farokhi. Time for a real education professional to confront and remedy the huge problems in this state.
Kathy Cox was a terrible Superintendant and I cannot imagine what the “think tank’ was thinking when they hired her. Our loss is so welcome in her case.


June 16th, 2010
2:26 pm

The Beacon in Roswell is 100% Republican news all the time so it would be a surprise to see a “D” listed anywhere in the paper or on their website.

Ted from Macon

June 16th, 2010
2:29 pm

I don’t like Marshall but I’ll be voting for him. Scott is just another Saxby, Big Spendor, Big Government RINO. How can you say you opposed TARP when your 2 main backers took the Bankers money & voted for TARP.

When will the Republican get a Conservative to run against Marshall?

Reagan Conservative

June 16th, 2010
6:51 pm

Scott is Conservative, Ted. Even if you don’t like him and disagree with him, a vote for Jim Marshall is a vote for Nancy Pelosi. Do yourself and all of us in Middle Georgia a favor and vote for Austin Scott.

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