Seth Harp, Ralph Hudgens and ‘another insurance commissioner plagued with ethical problems’

The Galloway household received a boatload of direct mail on Monday:

– A flyer from Lindsey Tippins, who’s challenging Republican incumbent John Wiles for his west Cobb County state senate seat, which shows that Tippins has Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren on his side. Warren’s chief deputy, Lynda Coker, has mounted a primary challenge to state Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta).

– Two flyers from Wiles.

– Something from Preston Smith, a state senator and GOP candidate for attorney general, who declared that he wouldn’t vote for a tax increase “even when leaders of my own party threatened to take away my chairmanship.”

– A mailer from Doug MacGinnitie declaring that he co-founded a company “that employes over 500 people.”

– A Karen Handel flyer with a back cover that names her GOP rivals Eric Johnson, John Oxendine and Nathan Deal as ethically challenged “good ole boys.”

– And three – count ‘em, three – flyers from Seth Harp, one of nine attention-starved GOP candidates for insurance commissioner.

Via e-mail rather than snail mail, Harp, a state senator from Midland, has this day released a statement calling on GOP rival and senate colleague Ralph Hudgens to prove that he has returned $100,000 improperly transferred from Hudgens’ senate campaign account.

It is this line in Harp’s release that catches the eye:

“The citizens of Georgia demand a commissioner of insurance who will run the office with ethics, integrity and transparency. The state of Georgia will not tolerate another insurance commissioner plagued with ethical problems.”

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11 comments Add your comment


July 13th, 2010
4:21 pm

EnteFulton board of elections votes 3-1 to reject Mary Norwood’s commission chairman bid. She will not be on ballot. RACIST!


July 13th, 2010
4:28 pm

Well we now know you are a Republican primary voter. Good to know at least one journalist that votes in a Republican primary.


July 13th, 2010
4:33 pm

I got that MacGinnitie mailer. He’s looks like a sharp businessman. Got to be better than they guy that’s in there now.

Maybe Harp was trying to cut through the fray by dropping his all at once. Seems like an odd strategy, but this year folks are trying odd things.


July 13th, 2010
4:36 pm

Gov – Johnson, Lt Gov – ??, Secretary of State – McGinnitie, Attorney General – Wood, Ins Commish – Harp, Labor – Everson.



July 13th, 2010
5:11 pm

PoliticalOutsider: All wonderful choices you have there…especially Everson/Labor. I had a chance to hear him recently and it really made an impression.

Jon Lester.

July 13th, 2010
5:32 pm

Anything to bring an end to the political career of Ralph Hudgens would be welcome.


July 13th, 2010
5:39 pm

Seth Harp had some smart-mouth things to say about white men from Georgia during the flag debate a few years ago before he voted to change the flag. I welcome the opportunity to vote for anyone else.

Disavantaged Insider

July 14th, 2010
11:19 am

I would have liked to know the name of the company the McG “co-founded”; what it does, and if it’s still in business. I thought that flyer was about as truthful as the one where he made up a soldier and gave him a problem. I don’t trust this guy.

As to Harp’s demand, why should we change course now on how the Insurance Commish behaves when it’s been working so well! (So much for the 11th Comandment…)

New Blood Please

July 14th, 2010
1:06 pm

Your “Disadvantage” is your lack of information:

As I understand it, CEO and Mac (COO) acquired a very small company called Beecher-Carlson that had been around about a decade. Kept the name but grew and expanded it (500+ employees in 24 cities). Still very much in business–their website tells you it’s the 29th largest and fastest-growing insurance broker in the US: He cashed out a few years ago and became COO of Grassroots Soccer which works through soccer programs to fights youth AIDS in Africa. Sure sounds like someone you could trust and believe in to me. Certainly more than someone sitting in Sonny’s back pocket.

And btw, he didn’t make up the soldier–the U.S. Military did. To quote Brigadier General Dennis Shortal: “This “hypothetical” story Mr. Kemp seems to take exception with comes from our MVAC between Captain Sam Wright and General William Basnett. The General was preparing remarks for a presentation to Department of Defense and other officials. This same hypothetical case was used to illustrate his point. If the example was good enough for these officers, it should be good enough for Mr. Kemp.”

The General

July 15th, 2010
11:16 am

@ PoliticalOutsider and PrimaryOnTheWay

I couldn’t agree with you more about Melvin Everson for Labor Commissioner. I’ve heard him speak several times. He’s knowledgeable about the needs of the Labor Department and is a principled man who is passionate about the position. He will make a great Labor Commish.


July 18th, 2010
2:24 pm

@ PoliticalOutsider- That’s a great ballot, pretty much exactly how I voted! I look forward to having great me like Harp and Everson in those posotions kicking butt and taking names. Eric Johnson has the most consise plan for Georgia, hopefully he makes the runoff.