At least one major supporter of Karen Handel is making an overture to Republican nominee Nathan Deal, in an effort to put a salve on road-rash from that nasty runoff.
Members of the influential McKenna Long & Aldridge public and legal affairs firm – and others, we presume – will host a Sept. 1, $1,000-a-head fundraising lunch for Deal at the World Trade Club.
Among the hosts: Eric Tanenblatt, the former chief of staff for Gov. Sonny Perdue and an enthusiastic Handel supporter during the late hostilities.
It’s not a peace offering that Deal can push aside lightly. Tanenblatt is one of the top GOP fund-raisers in the state.
All vacations require a catch-up period. And one of the more curious developments of last week was a report from Opensecrets.org that the Republican Governors Association – which has already entered the Georgia race with this TV ad – is funding its 2010 campaigns, in part, with a $1 million donation from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
News Corp. is the parent company of Fox News. Look for Georgia Democrats to make something of that.
Four elections and one secured seat in Congress later, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger) is ready to tell his side of the story about that $2.25 million loan gone wrong from the Bartow County Bank.
Graves, a Republican from Ranger, is scheduled to give a deposition in Atlanta on Tuesday as part of the lawsuit, which also names state Sen. Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock.
The suit, filed in January, alleges that a business run by Graves and Rogers defaulted on a loan for $2.25 million and that Graves moved some of his property to his wife’s name to make it more difficult for the bank to collect.
Edward Hines, attorney for the bank, declined to comment on the case, saying he did not want the case to be tried in the media.
Attempts to reach Graves last week were unsuccessful, and messages left with his campaign staff were not returned. His attorney, Simon Bloom, did not return messages Friday. No one answered the phone at Rogers’ state Senate office Friday.
Georgia’s two U.S. senators have put their names to a letter wondering why the U.S. Marshal’s service has saved more than 35,000 all-revealing body-scan images from a Florida courthouse.
“There is understandable concern, however, over the privacy protections in place for [full body scan] devices, as they are able to scan through clothing and capture detailed images of the bodies of those who are scanned,” write Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Thomas Carper (D-Del.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Daniel Akaka (D-Ha.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.).
The letter comes in response to a recent report in the Orlando Sentinel that U.S. Marshals stored the full body scan images from February to July of this year while guarding a federal courthouse in Orlando.
The story quotes a supervisor claiming the images are not stored for any specific purpose, prompting the senators to request a full explanation for why the images are being retained.