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.
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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.”
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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.
[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.
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.