The Democratic race for AG down to a pair of attack ads

The Democratic contest for attorney general is likely to come down to a pair of TV ads.

As of June 30, former Dougherty County prosecutor Ken Hodges reported that he had $252,133 left to finish out his Democratic primary campaign for attorney general.

Which means that Hodges can afford a modest broadcast of this attack ad, released on Monday:

His rival, state Rep. Rob Teilhet of Smyrna, reported $38,260 on hand. But his campaign reports today that Teilhet had already laid down $210,000 on a TV buy by June 30 – presumably to air the Kenneth Walker video he displayed last week.

On Monday, the Teilhet campaign alerted reporters that Emily Walker, mother of the black man slain by a sheriff’s deputy – in the ad, she condemns Hodges for not bringing charges against the white officer – would be interviewed this morning on WAOK (1380 AM), a radio station aimed at African-Americans.

But if you don’t own the time, you don’t call the shots.

The Teilhet campaign this morning sent a note to reporters, letting them know that the drive-time interview with Emily Walker had been postponed until Thursday morning.

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57 comments Add your comment

Jim

July 13th, 2010
10:22 am

This references ‘race for Governor’ and should be ‘Attorney General’. Perhaps a recognition of the ambition of both of these candidates.

don

July 13th, 2010
10:26 am

the hodges campaign is running a clean campaign on good hits against teilhet. teilhet’s campaign is justmanipuling mothers and spreading rumors and lies

Skyler Akins

July 13th, 2010
10:30 am

The TEILHET (NOT HODGES) campaign this morning sent a note to reporters, letting them know that the drive-time interview with Emily Walker had been postponed until Thursday morning.

Frank

July 13th, 2010
10:42 am

Poor Ken all that’s left for him is, well this spot. The Walker case as well as the hospital case not to mention the divorce case in Forsyth are a bit to much to hide from.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 13th, 2010
10:47 am

SWGA has a good thread on Ken Hodges: http://swgapolitics.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/ken-hodges-for-ag-lets-hope-not/

From Sunday’s debate it was clear Grace was not on the side of Phoebe Putney’s stammering and stumbling hit man.

Kenneth Walker was innocent, murdered by a uniformed, sworn law enforcement officer and Ken Hodges let him walk.

G-d and Righteousness is not on the side of Ken Hodges, nor should be the good and decent People of Georgia.

Tony

July 13th, 2010
10:58 am

There’s a reason Hodges left Albany.

Tony

July 13th, 2010
11:00 am

In the Walker case, a police officer shoots and kills an unarmed man on the ground > no indictment.

In the Phoebe-Putnam Hospital case, an accountant discovers a multi-million dollar fraud at the hospital where Ken Hodges gets his meal ticket, and the accountant get indicted….not once, not twice, but three times. All charges were dismissed,

http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/ag-candidate-in-federal-285004.html

Sarah

July 13th, 2010
11:01 am

Tony: Is that the one they made that documentary film about?

Tony

July 13th, 2010
11:02 am

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
11:05 am

Frank: what divorce case in Forsyth?

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
11:13 am

Don: what rumors and lies have the the Teilhet campaign told?

Emily Walker said:
“You are seeing the last minute of my son’s life,” Walker says. “He was in a car that was pulled over by mistake. He was lying on the ground unarmed when a police officer shot him twice, in the head. But the officer got off, because the prosecutor, Ken Hodges, forgot to swear him in, tried to hide the video, and then refused to reopen the case. I could never get an answer why. “Mr. Hodges should not be our next attorney general.”

Facts:
1) Hodges DID forget to swear Deputy Glisson in, and a new law was passed as a result.

2) The videotape was the subject of a Georgia Supreme court case to get it released, which Hodges fought tooth-and-nail. He did not want anyone to see that tape after he showed it to the grand jury.

3) Hodge refused to empanel a second grand jury, citing the requirement for ‘new evidence’. There is no such legal requirement, as it is sufficient to claim that there were flaws with the the initial proceedings hearing, such as inappropriate venue, or that critical mistakes were made (see #1 above).

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 13th, 2010
11:22 am

Hodges is a “statist.” A bootlicking “good buddy” of the Police State…a fascist.

The Goobernator

July 13th, 2010
11:41 am

Both candidates should switch to the Republican side, where nasty slurs against fellow party politicians is the norm.

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
11:45 am

Wow, anybody heard of (Former) Forsyth County Solicitor Leslie Abernathy?

Mr. Hodges and her had the most tawdry of affairs, much of the alcohol, motel and plane fares paid for by Forsyth County.

See this document:
aboutforsyth.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4890

You gotta hand it to Hodges, this makes the whole Glenn Richardson thing seem kinda tame.

Leslie Abernathy sounds like an interesting person: she faked her law degree, had affairs with dozens of men, had a ‘hit’ list of her enemies, was high on drugs half the time, and served her husband with divorce papers when her daughters were in the hospital for surgery. Wow,

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
12:10 pm

correction: Current Forsyth County Solicitor Leslie Abernathy…OMG, she still is in office.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 13th, 2010
12:16 pm

…and yet she’s still Forsyth County’s Solicitor General.

Look’s like trouble in River City.

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
12:21 pm

whoops, I am now on the hit list. Better drive slow and make sure the tail-lights are working up in Forsyth….

Christina

July 13th, 2010
12:33 pm

THE AD IS A COMPLETE LIE!

1. THE GRAND JURY WAS SHOWN THE TAPES MULTIPLE TIMES, HODGES DID NOT “HIDE” THE VIDEO. AFTER THE GJ HEARING THERE WAS STILL AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION AND IT WAS IMPORTANT TO LET THAT FINISH.

2. WHILE HODGES DID NOT SWEAR IN THE DEPUTY, HE HAD WRITTEN SWORN TESTIMONY AND HIS ORAL TESTIMONY WAS CONSISTENT WITH THE WRITTEN SWORN TESTIMONY THE GRAND JURY HAD.

3. 5 POLICE OFFICERS TESTIFIED AND THERE WERE OVER 900 PAGES OF DOCUMENTS

4. 23 PEOPLE FROM MUSCOGEE COUNTY DECIDED NOT TO INDICT.

5. HODGES MET WITH THE FAMILY MULTIPLE TIMES AFTER THE GJ DECIDED NOT TO INDICT

6. MRS. WALKER (the 39 y.o. victim’s wife and daughter) WERE PAID $525,000 BY MUSCOGEE CO. FOR THEIR OFFICERS ACTION TO SETTLE A CIVIL SUIT, WHICH HAS A LESSER STANDARD FOR CONVICTION THAN A CRIMINAL SUIT.

7. HODGES DID NOT REFUSE TO IMPANEL A NEW GJ, HE TOLD MS. WALKER THAT IF NEW EVIDENCE CAME OUT HE WOULD RE-IMPANEL, BUT THERE WAS NEVER ANY NEW EVIDENCE.

TEILHET HAS NO EXPERIENCE THEREFORE HE HAS TO LIE.

Christina

July 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

@Georgiadawg – If all the Teilhet campaign has to do this last week is lie on blogs than they are in for some real trouble.

Smith

July 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

Hodges’ ad is right on the money. Teilhet has wasted taxpayer funds and has been a party boy his entire time at the Capitol. He likes to go out, but when it comes to the hardwork – he let the republicans do whatever they wanted and did nothing to stop it. I will be glad when he is out of Cobb for good!!!

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
12:48 pm

Is it really relevant that the mother of the man killed got paid $525,000?

If somebody shot and killed your child, would that make you feel better?

Christina

July 13th, 2010
12:51 pm

It wasn’t the mother – it was Mr. Walker’s wife and child. The mother got no money.

It is relevant – civil suits and money are how our justice system compensates those for a wrongful death. It is very relevant.

Christina

July 13th, 2010
12:53 pm

And it is also important that Muscogee county released that what happened was wrong, but it wasn’t done on purpose by the police officer and that is why it was not criminal.

Christina

July 13th, 2010
12:54 pm

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

Watch the video yourself:

Do a google search on: youtube justice4ken

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
12:57 pm

Christina: You need to go back to law school.

If you kill somebody accidentally, it is a crime, it’s called Involuntary Manslaughter.

If Glisson did it intentionally, it would be murder. I don’t think he did it intentionally.

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
12:58 pm

“involuntary manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought. It is distinguished from voluntary manslaughter by the absence of intention.”

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:00 pm

Walker was face-down on the pavement. On top of him were not one, not two, but THREE deputies.

The only issue is that his right hand was trapped under his body, therefore the deputies could not get a hold of it. Glisson saw the right hand and opened fire.

Christina

July 13th, 2010
1:02 pm

The thing is, this race isn’t coming down to this ad or Hodges ad. Teilhet has not built a good campaign and thought that if he threw enough mud the last week that he could pull it off. However, his ad is being rejected as a hit piece that crossed a line – something he did not anticipate.

People of the state of Georgia want to know why they should vote for someone. Hodges has done that – he has brought his experience and qualifications and talked about the issues. Teilhet hasn’t done anything in his life, but socialize and pander and that is why people are rejecting him and his negative ads.

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

Politics is a dirty business, and using a police shooting as part of an ad is, well, wrong.

However, Ken Walker, a Blue Cross Blue Shield employee and family man who was out with his friends going to Applebees for dinner, is dead.

Walker had no criminal record, he was unarmed, and there were no drugs found. He did not deserve to die.

Was there any justice in this case? No

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:07 pm

Okay, what about the Rehberg case?

Hodges indicted an accountant three times for burglary and assault….all without any police involvement.

This accountant exposed fraud at the hospital that Hodges represented, and his wife gets a six-figure job there. Where is the integrity??

Christina

July 13th, 2010
1:08 pm

I agree wholeheartedly, Ken Walker did not deserve to die, but that is not what Teilhet’s ad is saying.

Teilhet has used the grief of this woman’s son’s death for political gain and it is disgusting.

Hodges prosecuted the case and the grand jury decided not to indict – as I laid out in the facts above. Teilhet has blantantly lied.

Christina

July 13th, 2010
1:10 pm

Hodges did NOT prosecute that case 3 times – get your facts straight – Hodges got a subpoena to find out if there was a public safey issue or not. After he did that, Rehberg complained that b/c Hodge’s wife had a 35k a year job doing media work for Phoebe that he should not be involved in the case – so he had to remove himself completely.

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:11 pm

Throw mud? But Hodges is muddy. His name should be Muds McMud.

After his affair with the very-married Forsyth County Solicitor, he had the Phoebe-Putnam hospital case which led to a Federal lawsuit and a documentary film, then the Walker case, which created protests, Federal Civil Rights cases, etc, etc.

This guy has more emotional baggage than the number of state vehicles John Oxendine has wrecked.

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:13 pm

OK, so the bribe-job was only $35,000 a year, not $100,000. Sorry.

The subpoenas were fake. A subpoena is a document to require you to appear or present evidence before a grand jury…there was no grand jury.

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:14 pm

Charles Rehberg was indicted three times, was he not?

Christina

July 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

The only mud Hodges has to deal with is Teilhet. He has run a negative campaign and has given the voters no reason to vote for him. He is not qualified and that is why Hodges is going to win the primary. People don’t trust Teilhet or the negative spew that comes from his campaign, run by Bobby Kahn.

Christina

July 13th, 2010
1:18 pm

Bribe job? She already had the job. Man, Teilhet must be really desperate right now.

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:19 pm

Personally, I don’t have a horse in this race, I just believe that Hodges is pure evil.

Melb

July 13th, 2010
1:21 pm

Teilhet is NOT even qualified to be a staffer in the Attorney General’s race, let alone Attorney General.

He did NOTHING in the legislature for 7 years and then his last year, held a press conference on a DNA bill that he didn’t even try to get passed after the press went away. He didn’t attend any of his Judiciary committee meetings – something you would think a candidate for AG may have some interest in.

He has less experience in a courtroom then some of the 3Ls I go to school with. He has only tried 19 cases and most of them related to minor traffic incidents and his infamous case where he represented a teacher who tricked a student into eating dog food – way to protect the children Rob!

As for the “per diems” those are supposed to be for housing/lodging, food and travel expenses. He used it as a bonus in his pay. Well, when you aren’t doing any legal work, I guess you got to get the money from somewhere.

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:23 pm

Hodges wife, Melissa, was a reporter for WBAL.

She “conveniently” got a job with the organization she was reporting all kinds of bad things about in the news.

What better way to deal with the press than to hire your critics?

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:24 pm

Hodges did nothing is the legislature for the past seven years as well.

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:25 pm

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:26 pm

(in) the legislature

Felix

July 13th, 2010
1:36 pm

Ever hear the one about how Ken Hodges flipped his car while driving too fast in the rain, crossed into the opposite lanes on 75 and almost killed his passenger, one of his employees? Of course, he never got charged. What would happen to mere peasants such as you and I?
http://www.walb.com/global/Story.asp?s=2160330

GeorgiaDawg

July 13th, 2010
1:44 pm

I knew it! Hodges is not human.

Only a vampire or zombie could survive being ejected from a SUV going 80mph and survive. Seriously.

Crisp County– Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges and Chief Assistant Greg Edwards are expected to make full recoveries, after a serious car crash on Interstate 75 in Crisp County Tuesday.

Hodges is stable in the Critical Care Unit at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, after undergoing surgery to stitch up head wounds and remove glass.

Edwards is in fair condition in a private room at the same Macon hospital. He also suffered head injuries in the crash.

Felix

July 13th, 2010
2:18 pm

I continue to be amuzed by the Hodges sockpuppets and paid posters who are constantly saying Mrs. Walker was manipulated. There’s no manipulation here. She’s mad about her son’s murder and recognizes Ken Hodges as the filth he is.

Teddy K

July 13th, 2010
5:05 pm

Teilhet, is a piece of garbage that needs to be behind bars. He is scum

Joseph Stalin

July 13th, 2010
5:10 pm

I support Rob Teilhet for AG. He will do a fine job leading the USSA and its comrades into the future.

GeorgiaForObama

July 13th, 2010
5:29 pm

Two of the local news stations have already done segments on the fact that the Teilhet ad is filled with blatant lies. I guess this kind of dirty campaigning against his fellow Democrat is all Teilhet has since he’s trying to run for Attorney General but has NEVER TRIED A CRIMINAL CASE IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER!!!

http://staging.11alive.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=146293&provider=top

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/ag-candidate-rolls-out-controversial-ad