Of prison camps, secret identities and final words

A pair of taped debates featuring Democratic and Republican candidates for governor – broadcast is tomorrow morning — ate up much of the first day of the last campaign weekend.

Immigration dominated both conversations:

Eric Johnson said Friday that he wanted to round up illegal immigrants in Georgia and he was willing to build prison camps to house them for deportation if elected governor.

“If we have to set up a Guantanamo Bay of Georgia, I would do it,” the Savannah Republican said….

Karen Handel was not present at the GOP forum — because Ray McBerry was. Early this morning, her campaign focused on the identity of the actress in this Nathan Deal attack in this TV ad:

The Handel campaign declared – and the Deal campaign confirmed – that the unnamed woman is Mandy Cronan, daughter-in-law of Deal’s business partner Ken Cronan.

The two own the auto salvage business, Recovery Services, Inc., that became the focus of an investigation by a congressional ethics office – which looked at allegations that Deal used his congressional office to protect the business from changes contemplated by state officials in Atlanta.

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The campaign of state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, meanwhile, continued its own attacks on Handel – shifting from social conservative issues to fiscal ones.

bigspender

See the flyer here.

Oxendine cites as “big-spending” evidence Handel’s approval of a 4 percent cost-of-living increase for Fulton County employees. He also declared that Handel “allowed” Fulton employees to attend the annual convention of the National Association of Counties – which in ‘05 was held in Honolulu.

Three Fulton County commissioners and three employees attended. Handel wasn’t one of them.

The name of the Oxendine campaign on the brochure is hard to find, but it’s there – on the right hand side of the back, along the edge.

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While former Gov. Roy Barnes was at Atlanta City Hall, soaking up the best wishes of Mayor Kasim Reed in his Democratic race, Attorney General Thurbert Baker made his last, best pitch on television with this 30-second spot – an inspirational, upbeat finish:

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49 comments Add your comment

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 16th, 2010
6:39 pm

We can eclipse all the above simply by voting for DuBose and Carol Porter next Tuesday.

Denise T.

July 16th, 2010
6:46 pm

Hey Eric Johnson, Gitmo style camps for illegals? Is the state of Georgia at war with illegals? If the state is at war do not dare ask the federal government to pay for Georgia camps, and MY Georgia tax dollar is not going to be paying for it. More and more Eric Johnson is showing his ignorance of what Georgia needs. Blaming the Federal Government will not cut it any more, we are aware that it is our local and state, republican government that has caused our problems!

jconservative

July 16th, 2010
6:54 pm

So Eric Johnson wants to spend money we do not have to build camps to house illegals until they are deported? Problem is the State cannot deport anyone. And we have billions of dollars in jails and state prisons he could use to house illegals.

Or he could do like Arizona and turn them over to the Feds so they can turn them loose.

Dumb idea. He just lost my vote.

georgian

July 16th, 2010
7:15 pm

why dont they just put them in those fema camps they have in georgia already or are those camps for the georgians?

Republican

July 16th, 2010
8:17 pm

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hdhd

July 16th, 2010
9:01 pm

Prison camps? Really!!??!! Does he really think saying that makes people want to vote for him? Eric Johnson, there is someone you should meet…..reality. Spend some time getting to know him and try again in 4 years.

slag

July 16th, 2010
9:01 pm

gulags, gays, immigrants, blacks, and whatever enters the pea-brains of the right…oh my

Michael

July 16th, 2010
9:03 pm

I wonder which republican candidate owns the secret shell corporation that will provide the buses for the deportations? Probably Ox.

td

July 16th, 2010
9:15 pm

Looks like Barns wants to attack the illegal problem also, but I am willing to bet that promise will line up behind a great deal more that he has made that will go nowhere if elected. Although I know Johnson will not be able to build the camps, at least he is talking like he wants to do something, and that may be good enough to get my vote.

Jeremy

July 16th, 2010
9:42 pm

It seems pretty obvious that both Oxendine and Deal feel pretty threatened by Handel.

Plain and simple truth

July 16th, 2010
10:05 pm

The entire GOP Gov ticket has to be a liberal plant…

WHAT A JOKE!

No one for Governor

July 16th, 2010
10:05 pm

Say anything to get a vote!!!! I have a great idea. Turn Sapelo Island into a prison for illegals. You know—Escape from New York. Just like the movie.As for Handel she wants to be the next Vice President,running partner with Palin.She changes jobs every two years.Washington,D.C. is her overall goal.

Ralph

July 16th, 2010
10:24 pm

It is clear that ALL GOP candidates are complete nuts!! It is sad to see the insanity within the GOP…. There is not one GOP candidate or party member that is worth anything. The only salvation this state has is to elect DAVID POYTHRESS for Governor.

blacksheep

July 16th, 2010
11:55 pm

That sure is a pretty squirrel Thurbert’s got stapled to his head.

Parkerized

July 17th, 2010
12:00 am

Let anyone who knowingly hires an Illegal alien lose their citizen ship and be placed in a camp. If you don’t feed a stray dog it will leave.

uno

July 17th, 2010
12:16 am

Will this be the year that the Georgia electorate realizes that their interests are not served by any of the Rupublican miscreants masquerading as politicians?

stew

July 17th, 2010
12:29 am

If Eric Johnson wants to round up the illegal aliens than he has my vote! I see too many American citizens daily who would love the jobs they have and are willing to pay the country they love taxes, unlike the illegal aliens who send back the tax money they evade to Mexico, if they have a chance to work.

budman

July 17th, 2010
12:30 am

Thurbert Baker has the best Yogi or Boo Boo bear hair cut I have ever seen!! That’s how I pick my candidate. The best ” Do” gets my vote.

Savannah77

July 17th, 2010
12:39 am

Non controlled media polling: McBerry 25%, Handle 20%, Ox 20%, Deal 12%, Johnson 8%, Chapman 4%, undecided 10%

uno

July 17th, 2010
12:47 am

If Eric Johnson wants to round up the people who hire those without proper proof along with those who he wants to imprison we might see him as a reasonable man rather than an idiot.

Savannah77

July 17th, 2010
12:47 am

Non controlled media results, all candidates names provided in south georgia polling; unlike Atlanta polls where only selected names are provided. Results: McBerry 44%, Handle 17%, Johnson 15%, Deal 12%, Ox 5%, Chapman 1%

Aquagirl

July 17th, 2010
1:01 am

That darned controlled media. They deliberately skip polling girls’ locker rooms.

Rob

July 17th, 2010
3:02 am

I want Thurbert Baker to get rid of that dumb hair cut. It annoys the F out of me!

Ga Values

July 17th, 2010
7:02 am

Deal will say anything to get elected, just remember along with Maxine Waters & Jesse Jackson, Jr. he was selected as 1 of the 15 most corrupt in Washington and that is really saying something about his character.

**Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)**
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

Bitter EX democrackkk

July 17th, 2010
7:13 am

Deal is a total CROOK!

Karen Handel is the ONLY sensible choice for Georgia!!!

Don’t EVER vote for another democrackkk, they keep us ALL OPPRESSED with their slave driving
control.

deegee

July 17th, 2010
7:36 am

They should dust off that Olympic cauldron and fill it full of oil. They can fire it up and let Eric Johnson throw illegal immigrant mothers and their anchor babies into a cauldron of boiling oil. That should send a message.

Jezel

July 17th, 2010
7:45 am

I think the Democrats planted these GOP candidates so there will be little doubt who will win. This GOP way of thinking is tired and worn out. It will not sell…except maybe in Ga.’s little hick towns. GOP… if you want to lead this state….please try to have some vision next time.

Fire Eater

July 17th, 2010
8:21 am

Talk is cheap but Georgia voters are demanding ACTION against illegal invaders. I wonder if any of these tough-talking candidates would get cold feet if elected and confronted with both a hostile Obama regime and carefully deployed masses of angry third worlders on Buford Highway.

DannyX

July 17th, 2010
9:03 am

WOW. It seems Eric Johnson is a gay loving liberal.

How could any “good” Republican from Georgia build prison camps for illegal aliens and not include a section to house Georgia’s gay people?

Will

July 17th, 2010
9:03 am

Although mostly likely already there, Eric Johnson erased any lingering doubt as to his exit to the margins of legitimacy with his declarations of just another big government, big spending solution to illegal immigration.

Don’t think so? Help me with a few answers that I am certain your candidate must have or he would have never set forth such a proposal.

How many people would need to be placed in Johnson’s internment camps? How long? At what cost (please include construction of these camps, road improvements to the camps, personnel costs (including any costs associated with the big government department that will be needed to manage this program), utility costs (assuming these camps will have things like electricity, running water and sewage) and costs associated with feeding these prisoners (assuming he will feed them)? Where will these internment camps be located? Will local authorities have any say so regarding the location or will the location be mandated from big government politicians like Johnson? Does Johnson anticipate any litigation relating to these camps? If so, how much money will he budget to cover the legal costs of this litigation?
Since these folks are already costing our state “one billion dollars” according to Nathan Deal, there must be an enormous number in Georgia.

Maycomb

July 17th, 2010
9:29 am

The only thing Thurburt Baker is going to get out of this election is a new nickname: Bingo Baker.
Plus what he will get from the game manufacturers.

Barry

July 17th, 2010
9:34 am

Desperation is evident from the good ol’ boys. Karen Handel wins.

b

July 17th, 2010
9:39 am

Pandering dolts.

Keep doing this GOP

July 17th, 2010
9:40 am

I wonder what Mr. Johnson will get from all the lawsuits that will filed. I guess this is what the tea partiers mean when they say ” we are going to take our country back”

Yeah, back to the ’40’s Remember the Japanese camps?

Keep doing this GOP

July 17th, 2010
9:41 am

Desperation is evident from the good ol’ boys. Karen Handel wins.

You mean a member of the Log Cabin Republicans wins the republican nomination?

The Cynical White Boy

July 17th, 2010
9:43 am

Sure is funny to see the AJC editors going apoplexic and firing out stories with allegations of Oxendine “shaking down” people for contributions……when Bobby Kahn regularly got on the phone (and in person) and did the EXACT same thing for King Roy for 4 years.

Sure is a coincidence that the AJC editorial board pronouncement on “What the Next Governor Should Do About Education” follows King Roy’s stump speeches almost point-for-point.

It sure is nice to “own” the AJC. It sure is nice to be the King.

Tom

July 17th, 2010
10:00 am

So John Oxendine now says he’d sign a bill allowing local control over the Sunday Sales issue? Well it didn’t sound like that just last year…..

ATLANTA – Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, a 2010 candidate for the GOP nomination for Governor, today announced he will oppose any legislative attempts to legalize Sunday sales of alcohol in the 2009-10 term of the General Assembly.

“Republicans are supposed to be the party of family values. Where is the value in selling alcohol on the Lord’s Day?” Oxendine asked.

Georgia lawmakers are considering legislation to allow Sunday package sales and in grocery stores on Sundays. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has said he would allow a vote on the issues in the state Senate.

Oxendine said he will join Gov. Sonny Perdue, the Georgia Christian Alliance, the Christian Coalition of Georgia, the Georgia Baptist Convention, and the Georgia Council on Moral and Civic Concerns opposing Sunday sales.

“I am proud to join hands with them and thousands of other Faith leaders and lay people all across Georgia of so many denominations who have taken a strong stand against Sunday sales in Georgia,” Oxendine said. “I share the disappointment of many in the Faith Movement in Georgia that certain elected officials have moved away from the position they promised to support during their campaigns once they were in office.

“Unlike certain elected officials, I will keep my promise on this important issue of safety and Faith.”

So which is it, Ox? Have you really changed your mind or are you going to go back to pandering to the theocrats when the time comes?

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And Eric Johnson, please explain how you had the fiscal health and viability of the State in mind when you were wasting legislative time proposing to reduce state revenues by discontinuing the sale of University of Florida ’specialty’ plates just because UGA plates weren’t available in Florida. Yeah, Eric, that was brilliant. #rolleyes

kreedham

July 17th, 2010
10:14 am

There are some good things to come out of this election. Nathan Deal is no longer in Congress, John Oxendine won’t be insurance commissioner next year, Karen Handel is no longer Sec of State, Thurbert Baker won’t be AG anymore, Eric Johnson won’t be in the state house. Problem is one of them will probably be governor.

Diehard

July 17th, 2010
10:28 am

Galloway and Barnes go to the same barber.

NO MORE LIBERAL BULLSH*T

July 17th, 2010
11:53 am

HOW ABOUT SOME OF YOU LIBERAL’S TAKING A TRIP TO GAINESVILLE,GA AND SHE WANT THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS HAVE DONE TO THAT CITY. THE CHICKEN PLANTS THERE USED TO BE GOOD PAYING JOBS UNTIL THEY GOT THERE! $17 TO $20 AND HOUR AND NOW WITH ALL THE MEXICANS THAT ARE THERE THEY PAY $7 AND HOUR AND NO BENEFITS ANYMORE!! AND WHAT ABOUT THE CHANGES YOUR LIBERAL “JESUS” CALLED OBAMA HAS DONE? NOTHING PUT BUT MADE US A B*TCH TO THE CHINESE FOR ALL THE MONEY HE KEEPS BORROWING FROM THEM. SO NO MORE LIBERAL’S, LET’S GET SOME PEOPLE IN OFFICE THAT ARE AT LEAST TRYING TO FIX GEORGIA’S PROBLEMS INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING CONSTANTLY ABOUT WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE DOING. HOW ABOUT THE LIBERAL’S ACTUALLY TAKING ON SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT ARE FACING US HERE IN GEORGIA AND YES I BELIEVE IN STATE RIGHT’S TO GOVERNING ITSELF. AS A GEORGIAN I DON’T NEED SOMEONE IN WASHINGTON,DC, WHO WAS ELECTED FROM A MIDWEST OR WEST COAST STATE OR ANYWHERE TRYING TO TELL ME WHAT IS GOOD FOR ME. THEY HAVE KNOW IDEA WHAT WORKS HERE IN GEORGIA AND I HAVE KNOW IDEA WHAT WOULD WORK IN THERE STATE. BUT LET GEORGIA DO WHAT’S RIGHT FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA!! IF TEXAS EVER LEFT THE UNION I WOULD PROUDLY SUPPORT THEM, BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT’S WHAT RIGHT FOR THERE STATE. SOME OF YOU NEED TO PICK UP A HISTORY BOOK “NOT FROM YOUR SCHOOL SYSTEM THEY LEAN TO FAR TO THE LEFT” BUT DO SOME INTERNET RESEARCH AND LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR FOUNDING FATHER’S OF THIS COUNTRY. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS THE GREAT STATE OF GEORGIA.

ga female

July 17th, 2010
1:49 pm

Which one of these Republican candidates is going to jail their Republican supports, who are the cause of all the illegals being in this state. That is right it is all their Contractor, Developer, Carpet Mills, Chicken Plants, large and small business who are hiring the illegals. The illegals will disapear if there are no jobs, but as long as a blind eye is turned to hiring the illegals, so the Republican Business owners can fatten their paychecks, profits and bottom line by cutting wages and benefits.

The Doctors, Lawyers and business people who make $250,000 a year plus and have no problem spending $20,000 a year to Westminster or Woodward for tuition. For pure snob appeal. Will no longer pay an experienced Altanta born, high school graduate with some college 15 + year professional Nanny, $600 a week for multiple children for 50-60 hours a week on the books. No they want to find someone who doesn’t want to be on the books then pay $400, for 60-80 hours a week, including housework, cooking multiple meals, driving around town, vacation weeks with no pay. Just bring them a Social Security card ( they will wink wink if it is fake).

A crack down must be made on the employers, who are the Republican backers or else this is a joke.

The Good Olde Boys are afraid of Karen Handel and it is funny to watch them scramble.

Dirty Dawg

July 17th, 2010
1:50 pm

And while I’m at it, instead of passing a law that orders our enforcement folks to spend their time checking out brown-skinned folks with baggy pants just to see if they’re here legally or not, I’d rather they spend that time arresting and fining all those people that are throwing their McDonald’s bags, cups and cigarette butts along the roadside. Now that would be a hellofalot more valuable use of their time.

Home School Drop Out

July 17th, 2010
3:35 pm

Don’t you enjoy the comercial with the UNAMED SKANK attacking Karen Handel.
Who listens to anyone that does not introduce thenslves.

Pi$$onaDawg

July 17th, 2010
4:01 pm

Thurbert I can’t trust you when you are old as dirt and don’t have no grey hair.

Mugwump

July 17th, 2010
5:14 pm

NO MORE LIBERAL BULLSH*T……I get your drrift buddy and you make some very good points. But, it’s happened to everyone, not because of race or even education; they call it wealth redistribution. It’s like milking and plucking chickens.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

July 17th, 2010
7:11 pm

“Redistributing” the Old Sectarian Order’s treasonously obtained riches is called The American Revolution.

Fascists Beware, the People is coming for Justice.

Jesse

July 17th, 2010
10:10 pm

@ No More Liberal BS…I just want to thank you for reminding me why I left the Republican party and became an Independent.

The REAL GodHatesTrash, Superstar

July 19th, 2010
10:27 pm

How about a gulag for stumpbroke inbred idiots?

Eric Johnson could be prisoner #0000001.

informed

July 20th, 2010
12:12 pm

how is what Johnson proposes different from what is already being done? isn’t this what Stewart is?
the ice website says this about Stewart Detention Center:

This is a temporary detention center for individuals who are waiting for their immigration status to be determined or who are awaiting repatriation. ICE Detention & Removal Operations (DRO) has an Inter-governmental Services Agreement (IGSA) with Stewart County, Georgia. ICE works together with the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to administer the operations of this facility.

http://www.ice.gov/pi/dro/facilities/stewart.htm