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.