Say you’re a political candidate and you want to flaunt your tea party credentials. What does it take?
Only $100 bucks – every year. No refunds.
Several anti-tax groups – tea party organizations included — are warning candidates away from Official Tea Party Approved, a for-profit Georgia company with a web site offering good conduct documentation for office-seekers.
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, is quoted on the web site, offering a testimonial:
”I applaud this organization’s effort to hold Members of Congress accountable, and I am pleased to be named an ‘Approved Candidate’ by this website.”
But a spokeswoman said this morning that the congressman asked Tuesday that his name and quote be removed. She said that U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, and state Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, had also been featured endorsing the web site — but asked that their names be erased.
From Virginia “No Relation” Galloway, head of the Georgia chapter of Americans for Prosperity:
“I got several emails from concerned candidates and local Tea Party leaders in GA. It is disgusting that a company identifying itself as The Tea Party is trying to profit at the expense of candidates across the state.
“I hope candidates and voters are not taken in by this. The Tea Party movement is a broad coalition, no one owns it, and no one has the right to speak exclusively for it.”
Voices for the Rome Tea Party, the Georgia Tea Party, and Tea Party Patriots said much the same thing. A spokesman for Lipton also warned of copyright infringement.
The web site of Official Tea Party Approved doesn’t make clear who is behind the operation. Let’s make that today’s assignment for you hackers.
With little more than a month before the Nov. 2 election, opposition research is in full, wierd flower.
On Tuesday, a PDF arrived detailing a report that state Rep. Austin Scott of Tifton, now a Republican candidate for Congress, with the Tift County Sheriff’s Department on Sept. 2, 2004.
Wrote a deputy:
Mr. Scott advised that on the morning of 090204, at 0830 hours, he discovered that his “Norton” subscription had expired on his computer that was located in his residence. When he later attempted to upgrade his P.C., he noted that there was 3 Window accounts on his computer. 1 was titled “administrator,” #2 was titled “Austin Scott” and the [third] was titled “Craig.” Mr. Scott advised there was no one named “Craig” that had legitimate access to his computer. He feels as though someone may have either hacked into his computer via remote access or by entering his home. He took photographs of the screens displaying suspicious data.
The Insider talked to Scott last night, who said that he walked his complaint in to the sheriff’s office.
No deputy was summoned to his home, the state lawmaker said – adding that the picayune nature of the report was an indication that Democrats are worried about his challenge to U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon.
The Associated Press reports that former President Jimmy Carter, feeling normal and hoping to resume a book publicity tour soon, remained in an Ohio hospital Wednesday after doctors recommended additional observation following an overnight stay for an upset stomach.
“His doctors at MetroHealth Medical Center recommended additional observation during the day. He looks forward to resuming his schedule as soon as possible.”,” Christina Karas, spokeswoman at MetroHealth Medical Center said Wednesday.
At 9 a.m. Thursday at the OK Café, Sam Olens, the Republican nominee for attorney general, will breakfast with Mitt Romney – the only major GOP presidential presumptive not hogtied by a Fox News contract. The ’08 candidate is also scheduled to appear at a fund-raiser for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson in the evening.
You don’t have to always agree with the Rev. Joseph Lowery. But you can’t help admiring the way he talks. From my AJC colleague Ernie Suggs, in an article on Sandy Spring’s escape from the strictures of the Voting Rights Act:
“One thing we want Sandy Springs to know is even if they opt out, they can’t opt out of the scrutiny, they can’t opt out of the concerns we have and they can’t opt out of the vigilance,” Lowery said. “We shall call upon the Justice Department to look at this and ensure that Sandy Springs will not be exempt. Justice must roll down like waters for the citizens of Sandy Springs just like the citizens from Turkey Run.”
U.S. Rep. John Barrow has joined several other House Democrats in playing coy on the question of whether he would vote to re-elect House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. From the Savannah Morning News:
His spokeswoman, Jane Brodsky, didn’t answer directly when asked last week whether he’ll back Pelosi if she seeks to keep her post.
“November is a long way off,” Brodsky said. “Congressman Barrow doesn’t even know who’s running.”
Politifact Georgia today looks at the veracity of a TV ad sponsored by a group called Citizens for the Republic that claims children born today will carry a $30,000 share of the national debt.