Your morning jolt: AG candidates don crime-fighting capes

The Democratic race for attorney general has kicked into gear, with both candidates donning their crime-fighting capes in a post-Fourth rush to the July 20 primary.

State Rep. Rob Teilhet was first on Monday with a 30-second TV spot trading on a quote that calls him the state’s “most forward-thinking crime fighter.” He emphasizes a proposal to expand the state’s DNA data base to include all those arrested on felony charges, and promised to established a unit aimed at prosecuting crimes against children.

See it here:

Former Dougherty County district attorney Ken Hodges continues to draw attention to his experience as a prosecutor – and Teilhet’s lack of same. Says his ad, which begins today: “You might want to choose the only Democratic candidate who’s ever prosecuted anyone. It’s a tough job, and it helps if you know how.”

See it here:

The Democratic TV ads could have repercussions on the Republican side with its three candidates – former Cobb County Commission chairman Sam Olens, state Sen. Preston Smith of Rome, and former federal prosecutor Max Wood of Macon.

Wood supporters, in their Facebook chatter, presume a Hodges victory in the Democratic primary – and are pointing to Hodges’ TV ad as evidence that their candidate, as a former prosecutor, would be a better match.

Ray Boyd, the erstwhile independent candidate for governor, has lent his name to the GOP campaign of Jeff Chapman, the state senator from coastal Brunswick. Click here to read the entire e-mail Boyd has sent to supporters.

A taste:

[Chapman] is definitely not afraid to take on the big boys in his own party. I believe that he is as committed to cleaning out the trash we have in Georgia government as I am. From his record as an elected official and what I see in his character, I know that he will put We the People first.

Chapman is also touting an endorsement Georgia Independent Voters this morning.

It’s not news that Mark DeMoss, the Buckhead public relations specialist who served as Mitt Romney’s liaison to evangelicals for 2008 GOP presidencial candidate Mitt Romney, has been promoting the strange concept of civil discourse in American politics.

In May, DeMoss and his Democratic partner, Lanny Davis, sent letters to 585 elected officials, asking them to sign a play-nice pledge. Response has been less than overwhelming.

From The Caucus blog of the New York Times:

More than a month later, only one lawmaker — Representative Frank R. Wolf, Republican of Virginia — has signed.
Only two others have even acknowledged the request, including one candidate for a House seat in Florida who signed the pledge online.

The office of Gov. David A. Paterson of New York responded with a letter saying it would “seriously study the issues.”

“It was almost as if I’d written about the plight of turtles in upstate New York,” Mr. DeMoss said Monday. “Almost as if they didn’t read what I had written. And that’s it so far.”

One of the most uncivil issues in American politics is the topic of illegal immigration, and it’s about to get hotter. From this morning’s Washington Post:

The Justice Department has decided to file suit against Arizona on the grounds that the state’s new immigration law illegally intrudes on federal prerogatives, law enforcement sources said Monday.

The lawsuit, which three sources said could be filed as early as Tuesday, will invoke for its main argument the legal doctrine of “preemption,” which is based on the Constitution’s supremacy clause and says that federal law trumps state statutes. Justice Department officials believe that enforcing immigration laws is a federal responsibility, the sources said.

A federal lawsuit will dramatically escalate the legal and political battle over the Arizona law, which gives police the power to question anyone if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that the person is an illegal immigrant.

In the Galloway household, the weekend included a basement cleaning and a trip to the dump for an old family cabinet that had been lined with the Sunday, Sept. 27, 1964 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In addition to a Davison’s sale on $19 suits, and a notice that Democratic presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey would make a quick appearance in Moultrie, there was this time capsule of a news story:

Georgia Gov. Carl E. Sanders told a North Carolina audience Saturday night the “Grand Old Party” has passed away, stricken with a disease he called “Barry-Barry.”

Sanders also called Republican vice presidential nominee William Miller a “missile” which, “whenever it hits, it doesn’t explode, it just smears.”

Sanders addressed 350 North Carolina Young Democrats at their convention at Raleigh.

In his prepared text, he said the Republican convention “nominated and launched one of the strangest weapons of all. The weapon can best be thought of as a misguided missile – you just aim him, push the proper button, and off he shoots.”

Sanders, without mentioning Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater by name, said he is an “abolitionist who calls himself a conservative.”

“In reality, the junior senator from Arizona opposes conserving most of the major governmental programs of our entire generation. He is not in favor of the status quo, he is out to dismantle the modern state,” he said.

Sanders said Goldwater wants to sell the Tennessee Valley Authority, destroy the Social Security system, kill federal aid to education, withdraw from international responsibilities, [and] make farmers give up farming for lack of governmental assistance.

Most jarring was this last sentence from a time in which neither party wanted to be painted as an ally of that Martin Luther King fellow:

The Georgia governor, who is campaigning for President Johnson, declared that Goldwater in 1957 was co-sponsor of the civil rights bill and in 1960 voted in favor of the civil rights law.

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July 6th, 2010
9:57 am

I don’t know much about Teilhet, but I know I can’t vote for Ken Hodges. I think he acted at the least irresponsibly in the Phoebe Putney Hospital controversy. It shows that he is willing to side with power against the powerless even when the evidence points otherwise.


July 6th, 2010
10:09 am

Ken Hodges would have been a great candidate for the GOP.

Georgia Voter

July 6th, 2010
10:18 am

Max Wood out of Macon was US Attorney for Middle GA from 2001 to 2009. Tough, experienced prosecutor, without the well documented history of ethical lapses of Hodges.


July 6th, 2010
10:29 am

It gets old that the same message is always touted by these types. Some variation of, “Elect me and I will get tougher on crime”.

100 years of people getting “tougher” yet little progress is ever made. I’d love to hear someone who, instead, touted Prison Reform.

I think this country is in desperate need to re-evaluate what we do with criminals. I think that Prison is probably an appropriate punishment only a small percentage of the time it is given.

We need to investigate other punishments and corrective measures. The answer to every crime should not be a cage.


July 6th, 2010
10:45 am

Just curious if you still have the $19 suit from Davidsons.

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July 6th, 2010
11:14 am

interesting that Hodges couldn’t find a more recent compliment than 1998 (DA with Guts).

Down in Albany

July 6th, 2010
11:36 am

Imno: You are being kind saying he, “…acted at least irresponsibly…” Hopefully, Charles Rehberg will one day get his day in court to prove it is much more than that. Political enemies of Hodges and his cronies often find themselves on the wrong side of justice. Just to refresh everyone’s memory, when Phoebe Putney was feeling the heat of some local whistle-blowers, Hodges misused his subpeona power to get his hands on phone records (including those of U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop), recused himself, got his DA buddy up in Houston Co to indict the two on trumped up charges (not once, not twice, but, three times). Phoebe, in the meantime, hired Hodges wife to some overpaid PR position. Phoebe, also, paid the Baudino Law Firm (Hodges’ current employer) right at $9 million in legal fees during 2008. If you want to make an informed decision about what Hodges is capable of, you owe it to yourself to get your hands on a copy of “Do No Harm.”

Down in Albany

July 6th, 2010
11:37 am

Brett: it’s been a while since 2002, also (”DA of the year).

The AG is NOT a Prosecutor

July 6th, 2010
12:55 pm

Hodges is trying to take advantage of the general ignorance of the population about exactly what an Attorney General does in Georgia. The AG does not even prosecute crimes, that is left to the various local District Attorneys. At most, the AG will appoint a special prosecutor when a local DA recuses him/herself. Even then, the appointed prosecutor will be another local DA, not someone from the AGs office. The office of AG does represent the state in civil matters, which Hodges has virtually no experience in, and which Teilhet is very experienced. The press has done a very poor job of defining the AGs office when this topic comes up. Teilhet wants to do more in the area of consumer protection, which is within the role of AG, but one which ahs traditionally been ignored in Georgia. Hodges has the “protect the corporation, the heck with consumers” attitude.


July 6th, 2010
1:55 pm

Heated AG debate? Smells like staffers on parade!

Hamilton Burger

July 6th, 2010
2:06 pm

The next AG will have to sue Big Oil when the Loop Current gets a hold of all that BP crude, drags it around Florida up to St. Simons, Tybee, Savannah…and Hodges wouldn’t know where to start.

Ironic. Rob winds out saving Republican vacation homes.


July 6th, 2010
2:19 pm

Jim you forgot to post any pictures of the AG candidates in their crime fighting gear:

Experience Matters.. right?

July 6th, 2010
4:37 pm

I researched both candidates.. okay, so Teilhet and Hodges are both attorneys.. great. But how many criminal cases did Teilhet actually try? Isn’t that the entire point of an Attorney General? For me, I don’t see this as Democratic/Republican issue either– it is who is clearly qualified to represent the state of Georgia as the state’s top prosecutor. If Olens wins the Republican primary, he’s at a disadvantage as well since he’s only tried civil cases.

To me, it is an easy decision to vote for Hodges– he has the experience and multiple sheriff/DA endorsements from across the state. That speaks volumes about his potential as an effective attorney general.

And NO, I do not work for the Hodges campaign. I am just an informed voter.


July 6th, 2010
7:53 pm

who is pander posse?

July 7th, 2010
7:44 am

just clicked on the youtube video link… wow.

who is pander posse?

July 7th, 2010
10:35 am

Felix, do you have any warrants to support your claims? Seems like you just took that video out of no where and posted it on this blog. Furthermore, how can you demonstrate that Hodges “bungled this prosecution and lied to the victim’s family?”

No offense, this seems like poor staffer’s attempt to get back at an experienced prosecutor.

Down in Albany

July 7th, 2010
11:59 am

who is pander posse?: Go to the Columbus Ledger website and search for Hodges. The story is there about the bungled prosecution. He failed to swear in the officer, so his testimony was inadmissable.

who is pander posse?

July 7th, 2010
3:20 pm

The only two articles I found were postdated four years after trial. 1, clearly all of this is being brought up because of the election, and two.. I found this quote from the 6/18/2009 story:

Ken Hodges, the special prosecutor who presented the Kenneth Walker case in November 2004, said in an interview Wednesday he expected the grand jury to indict the deputy sheriff who shot and killed Walker.

When the Muscogee County grand jury returned the “no bill” indicating former deputy David Glisson would not face charges, Hodges said he was “surprised.”

In fact, at the time the grand jury returned the no bill, Hodges was in a Government Center office with Glisson’s attorney, Richard Hagler, working out details for Glisson to post bond, Hodges said.

Read more:

It seems clear that if you read the entire article, the grand jury decided not to indict him, not Hodges.