Your morning jolt: ‘I’m a big boy. It’s over with,’ says John Oxendine

More than a month after his plunge to fourth place in the Republican primary for governor, 11Alive on Tuesday caught up with state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine – at a news conference about that arson case up in Calhoun.


Oxendine, who plans to open his own law firm after he leaves office in January, pulled on his big-boy pants and gave this quick analysis of his fortunes:

“Part of it’s the fact that if you are the frontrunner for a long period of time, it makes you the natural target. I’m a big boy. Whether I think the media was always fair or unfair doesn’t matter. I’m a big boy. I don’t cry over spilled milk or anything.

“I think a lot of the media was not always as flattering as it could be. I think of that may have had play in it. But it doesn’t really matter to me. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter. It’s over with, it’s done with. And I’m good.”

We’re told that Oxendine’s decision to hammer on a rising Karen Handel in the final days of the primary was a matter of heated debate within his campaign. But the former candidate defended the tactic:

“The only thing we ever did was respond to other people who were attacking us. There was one candidate who chose to run an entirely negative campaign. That individual also did not make it.”


Unbreakable Rule of Politics No. 4689: When cursing out a constituent, do not leave your message on his answering machine. This from the Albany Herald, which has the audio on its website:

A congressman’s aide, in a recorded message that includes profanity, has told a Southwest Georgia farmer — who the aide said used curse words and a racial epithet to describe his boss — not to expect his help in securing federal funds for his farm.

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, said he has reprimanded his local agricultural specialist aide, Jamey Crozier of Edison, for the terse message Crozier left on Calhoun County farmer and fertilizer dealer Edward Wilkins’ phone in late March. Bishop said he plans to take no further action against Crozier.

“Hey, Edward, this is Jamey,” Crozier said in the voice mail, a copy of which was obtained by The Albany Herald Monday. “My boss man (Bishop) heard what you said there awhile back, so don’t think about calling me about no f****** FSA money anymore.”

Bishop called the incident unfortunate, and said he does not withhold his services from any constituent. He also considers the matter closed.


Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal turns 68 today. He celebrated with an e-mail to supporters, asking them to surprise him with cash.


The topic of health care is about to get a boost in the Georgia race for governor.

All three candidates – Democrat Roy Barnes, Republican Nathan Deal, and Libertarian John Monds – will be quizzed Saturday during a health care forum at the Cobb Energy Centre. The candidates will be on stage together.

The hour-long event is hosted by the Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Drug Card, the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians, the Georgia Neurological Society, the Georgia Orthopaedic Society, and the Georgia Society of Dermatology.


On that same topic, U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) this week says he’s identified the fatal flaw in President Barack Obama’s health care legislation. According to Reporter Newspapers, he told the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs:

…the “biggest glaring error” is that the legislation lacks a “severability clause,” a clause allows the majority a bill to stand even if a portion of it is determined to be unconstitutional.

“So the court challenges on the constitutionality of the bill itself have a huge potential consequence to the bill itself,” Price said. “I believe the individual mandate is unconstitutional. Many individuals do. I think it will get to the Supreme Court relatively quickly.

“And when — and if — the Supreme Court decides that it is unconstitutional, then one can make a very cogent, credible argument that the rest of the bill comes tumbling down.”


One of the surprise victors in Tuesday’s primaries was the son of former Vice President Dan Quayle.

Ben Quayle fended off nine opponents to claim the Republican nomination for the Third District congressional seat in Arizona, with 23 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.

The 33-year-old Quayle made headlines during the campaign for racy posts he made on a website several years ago, and this ad calling President Barack Obama the worst president in history and promising to “knock the hell out of” Washington:

Stalking off with the camera rolling – showing a certain contempt for details of campaigning – was a nice touch.

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Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

August 25th, 2010
9:45 am

Ben Quayle – scion of fascist plutocracy, offspring of a Vietnam draft-dodger.


August 25th, 2010
9:50 am

Oh, Ox…I’ll miss you so much.

The Snark

August 25th, 2010
10:15 am

U. S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) is living proof of the old adage that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Any first year law student can tell you that the courts will sever unconstitutional provisions of a bill even without a “severability clause.” Alas, Mr. Price’s dream of the healthcare law tumbling down will remain just that, a dream.


August 25th, 2010
10:32 am


Now will you Democrats and HEATHENS join me???



August 25th, 2010
10:37 am

Tom Price is a worthless politician that does nothing to help the good ole USA. His constant rants and diatribes offer no solutions to the problems encountered by Americans. He is a loser in a losing economy that is getting worse. He should go back to caring for patients….maybe they will listen to him because America doesn’t listen to Tom.


August 25th, 2010
10:42 am

Ricardo: GO BACK TO MEXICO!!1!! How dare you impugn that righteous GOD FEARING good man?? He works tirelessly to make sure our FARMERS and SMALL BUSINESSMEN don’t have to pay onerous taxes and recieve the GOVERNMENT AID THEY ALREADY PAID FOR IN TAXES and can turn a tidy PROFIT!!!1!! I bet you are for RAISING TAXES on our hopes and dreams of making A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!!1!!

And also, if you try to vote I hope you GET DEPORTED!!1!!11!!

Atticus Finch

August 25th, 2010
11:38 am

Fred, do you really believe that’s a real picture?

Or are you so busy hating on Ricardo that you didn’t notice that the resolution and lighting of Obama’s face is different than the rest of the photo?

And is your CAPS LOCK STUCK?


August 25th, 2010
11:54 am

My man Ox has all the answers.

By the way, I am still the stupidest person alive.


August 25th, 2010
11:57 am

Will Jones…certified moron.

Karen Handel

August 25th, 2010
11:57 am

Agreed, I am indeed a righteous b*tch.


August 25th, 2010
12:01 pm

Yes, the house of cards made of jokers is falling down! Go Republicans 2010 and 2012! Yes we can and yes we are!

Innocent Bystander

August 25th, 2010
12:06 pm

spectator, you do have a way with words . . . and I agree!

David S

August 25th, 2010
12:08 pm

Oxendine will end up with some sort of cash flow from one or more of the insurance companies he was responsible for regulating. Just part of the revolving door of government politics.

Innocent Bystander

August 25th, 2010
12:10 pm

Ricardo, exactly what solutions would you recommend? I don’t believe you speak for ALL Americans when you say “maybe they will listen to him because America doesn’t listen to Tom.” In fact, Ricardo, I don’t believe you speak for anyone but Ricardo.


August 25th, 2010
12:18 pm

America needs more web porn peddlers like Ben Quayle in Congress.


August 25th, 2010
12:21 pm


August 25th, 2010
12:37 pm

Fred, you must be a perfect example of ignorant and uneducated republicans. Just because someone’s name is Ricardo you suspect he is mexican and illegal??? I met many white americans named Ricardo. You dumb rectal imbred, you are the same reason why our country is going to hell because all of you republicans have s**ts for brain, Sara Palin?? I am going to vomit. They need to deport you regardless if you are white american! We don’t need you here, making us look bad!


August 25th, 2010
12:39 pm

Oh John! Say it ain’t so!


August 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Quayle…gonna knock the hell…out of Washington. Bless its heart.


August 25th, 2010
12:47 pm

Ben Quayle is going to knock the hell out of Washington. Oh and he was raised right.
After watching that dweeb on the screen, I think Washington’s political machine will bend him over and make him their you know what.

Funny how voters will fall for a name. Reminds me of that Eddie Murphy movie The Distinguished Gentlemen….as Thomas Jefferson Johnson.
Careful…Benny boy, you may wind up as Dick Dodge.


August 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

GaDMC: You need to GO BACK TO SCHOOL and study GRAMMAR you impudent little man. Subjects and verbs need to AGREE in order for your thoughts to come across CORRECTLY!!1!!!1!!

After deciphering your SCREED, I gather you love ILLEGALS and would welcome the chance to have your DAUGHTER MARRY ONE!!1!! WELL GO AHEAD YOU GD HIPPY share your LOVE and sacrifice your daughter like the RICH HATING GASBAG you are!!1!!!1!

This country – THE USE – will get better once YOUR BETTERS ARE IN CHARGE. You know who they are don’t you? IT’S THE GOP AND JESUS!!!1!!!!

Get ready SCUM, here WE COME!!1!!

And also, it’s SARAH not Sara.


August 25th, 2010
12:50 pm

buh-bye… no one will miss your crooked, shady, smug a$$

Rick DuBose

August 25th, 2010
12:52 pm

I find folks who endorse Sarah Palin as the voice of reason quite pitiful. She is a train wreck!


August 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

To all commentors: I apologize for my husband Fred. I went to the beach for a week with my girlfriends and forgot to take the laptop with me and the nurse (Fred’s caregiver) seems to enjoy it when Fred gets all riled up – Sam says Fred sleeps better when he get to share his “views.”

Needless to say, Fred has slept well the last few nights.

I have the laptop back now so Fred’s reign of “terror” is over.

Again, my apologies.


August 25th, 2010
1:00 pm

One thing is for certain, no matter who is our next insurance commissioner, they will be less corrupt than Mr. Oxendine. Never met a bribe he didn’t like.

Alabama Communist

August 25th, 2010
1:04 pm

Stalking off with the camera rolling – showing a certain contempt for details of campaigning – was a nice touch* Insider

After stalking off, Little Ben Quayle dropped his pants and Moon the entired Arizona Republican Country Club at Flagstaff.


August 25th, 2010
1:23 pm


Very clever, sport. Did you think of that one all by yourself?

Innocent Bystander

August 25th, 2010
1:30 pm

GaDMC, are you a graduate of the Atlanta Government School System, or did you drop out?


August 25th, 2010
1:43 pm


August 25th, 2010
1:44 pm

Boy is a good description of him.

Just me

August 25th, 2010
1:55 pm

It’s AMAZING how the racial hate just flows when it’s just a screen and keys. Would Fred, be so brave as to spew his hate in the face of another man? Unbelievable! He speaks of God, but get this… God has a desire for Ricardo’s well being, of his family etc. How would you explain your hate?? Again, unbelievable!! I say humanity comes before party loyalty. BTW, some folks are blessed with great intellect and written skills, some are not. Just “READ” and get the point, no need to critique.


August 25th, 2010
1:58 pm

Actually, “Fred” is just short for Frederico.

Fred's not real

August 25th, 2010
2:11 pm

Someone once told me that a person who lacks the ability to detect sarcasm is automatically a moron.

But in this case, I don’t think thats true. I mean, what with so many actual extreme personalities on these pages, I can see how a person might believe that Fred is real.

But not only is he not real, he is not very funny. It kind of was funny for a few days, but at this point its pretty tired.

Basically, the act is just him as a typical relgious rightwing fanatic with the volume turned up a little.

Ira in East Lake

August 25th, 2010
2:27 pm

Whatever you believe about Fred, you gotta admit he reads alot like the folks that post to RedState, WorldNetDaily, HotAir, NRO, and the like…

Scary, sorta out there, filled with rage. That’s pretty much the SOP for the crazed right wing of American politics today.

The Cynical White Boy

August 25th, 2010
2:27 pm

If the congressional aide who left the profane message worked for a WHITE member of Congress, Jessie, Al and the gang would be marching in Georgia this very day…..with the gleeful cooperation of the almighty AJC as the advance publicity team.

Bobby Kahn

August 25th, 2010
2:28 pm

Ox is ancient history. Let’s talk about ME. I am only a few months away from being back in power, and PAYBACK WILL BE HELL!

Nathan Deal's Tax Returns

August 25th, 2010
2:42 pm

Wow, I’m just a big ol’ mess. I’d rather save myself the embarrassment of public inspection. All of my half-truths and flat out lies would get the best of me, for sure.


August 25th, 2010
3:00 pm

Maybe Crozier’s mouth will help get Bishop out of Congress.


August 25th, 2010
3:05 pm

Inmo – too funny

Yeah Right

August 25th, 2010
3:08 pm

You idiots assume everyone who disagrees with you must be a republican! LMBAO!

Did it ever occur to you blind leading the blind, loyally following the ideology of your party for totally ignorant reasons that the actual facts matter?

If you are a politician and give me real cold hard facts I am intelligent enough to make a decision without being influenced by the color of your hair.

Cold hard fact is most of the nation responds to a few television ads here and there and that influences their vote, or how the person looks or sounds influences their vote; never mind what they stand for or believe in. It may surprise some of those folks that if they actually pay attention to the issues and where the country is headed, THAT would influence their vote more than the stereotypical.

Yeah Right

August 25th, 2010
3:10 pm

Oh yeah…is there a double standard out there? You bet! Sometimes it works in favor for, sometimes against. Figure that one out.

So long Oxie!

Yeah Right

August 25th, 2010
3:16 pm

For those of you who want to stereotype “religous right wing fanatics”, watch out! Because God calls on everyman. Whether you answer or not is your problem.

But on Sunday when I’m at the BBQ after Doc finishes preaching his sermon, and all the brothers and sisters break out the food and we break bread, there is no doubt there is a God and to us that is black and white!

No Longer Republican

August 25th, 2010
3:35 pm

Damn I hate stupid people!


August 25th, 2010
3:41 pm

never trust an insurance weasel. see ya ox.

the party system is broken. until the population wakes up and realizes this, we’ll continue to be stuck in this revolving door of broken politician promises. stop voting party lines and think for yourself.

Paddy O

August 25th, 2010
3:48 pm

no longer – then you must be annoyed at yourself – there should be a comma after “damn”. Hoo-ah, lightfighter!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

August 25th, 2010
4:21 pm

N.B. There isn’t “a” god, there is but one G-d, Creator of the universe: “the King of America.” Read the Founders’ writings, know history, understand The Creed, and share righteously in American Exceptionalism’s covenant. We didn’t turn caesaropapism’s Ancien Régime on ear just to have their Old Sectarian Order’s creating Hitler and the Holocaust to try to “play catch up,” employing our “enemies, domestic.” Think like a Founder, like the utopian whigs who received in covenant this prophesied Promised Land. Wake up. There is but one G-d. Do the math. The rest are Anti-Christ/Amalek.

Gary B.

August 25th, 2010
4:28 pm

OX had 0 ( zero) likability factor….probably one of the most important components of why people vote for someone…plus with all the scandals and questionable stuff he has done or been part of…he never had a chance…..glad he is out…..

Teddy K

August 25th, 2010
5:34 pm

Will Jones may be the stupidest poster to ever post on this board. Actually, it could be one of Cynthia Tucker’s aliases. Hmmmm

Jayne M. Barker

August 25th, 2010
9:11 pm

OX you made some very bad choices at the end of the Primary. Being from
Middle Georgia, at first, you were my choice in the Primary. You were picked to come in first. You not only “picked Karen to pieces”, but you led the pack and then said you were just defending yourself. Eric
Johnson made the same mistake, but in the Runoff he did not endorse as
you did. A lot of GOPs like you and me got bruised so you all handle Handel with care. Taking on the Legislature, NRA and some others, coming in .4 was remarkable. She shall return…wiser and nicer…

Jayne M. Barker

August 25th, 2010
9:26 pm

P. S. And hopefully with a Degree since that was what you all hammered
about the most. Colleges don’t teach hard work, perseverence, desire,
overcoming a disfunctional background, or honesty. Some of the Atlanta
“ladies” need to take a charm and language arts course. I hope they all
get to keep their rented Lexus vehicles Fords or Chevys…PEACE…