Your morning jolt: Sarah Palin dips into a Georgia congressional race

Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin is looking to better her record in Georgia.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin/AP

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin/AP

Late Monday, Palin included Ray McKinney, the Republican running against U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah, in a list of endorsements posted on her Facebook page:

We can count on Ray McKinney to be a strong, independent voice for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. As Ray says, “If you like the way things are going now, vote for the other guy.”

Palin also gave mention to Barrow’s absence at a Sunday debate televised by Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Her choice of McKinney might be evidence that the 2012 presidential presumptive is seeking endorsement targets that would allow her to claim a good deal of the credit on Nov. 2 – something she enjoyed when Republican Karen Handel became the frontrunner coming out of the GOP primary for governor in July. Handel, of course, lost the August runoff.

The GOP has actively pursued the 12th District seat since Barrow’s first victory in 2004. But this year, Republicans in Washington have paid more attention to seats held by Georgia Democrats Jim Marshall of Macon and Sanford Bishop of Albany.

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On the same topic, over the weekend the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – criticized by the Obama administration for funding its Republican opposition – performed a small flip and put nearly $2 million in TV ads behind a dozen or so House Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon.

Apparently to counter the move, the National Republican Congressional Committee on Monday launched an anti-Marshall ad, denouncing the congressman as a tool of Wall Street:

The script:

Marshall (in an NPR interview): “The pain is never perceived and people tend not to give you credit for having avoided it.”

Male narrator: That’s Jim Marshall, the day he voted to bail out Wall Street the first time, creating billions in new debt. And while Wall Street’s seeing record profits, the pain we feel hasn’t gone away. Jim Marshall. He said he’d give up his seat over the bailout. Maybe it’s time he did.

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Georgia’s state Democratic and Republican parties, which can accept donations larger than the $6,100 per cycle permitted by candidates, are taking an ever-larger role in the race for governor.

My AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin noted that, during Sunday’s Falcon game, an ad touting Nathan Deal’s Republican campaign for governor closed with this tag: “Paid for by the Georgia Republican Party Sue Everhart chairman and Bob Mayzes, treasurer. Vote for Gary Black for agriculture commissioner and Sam Olens for attorney general.”

In order for the funding to work, the expenditure by the party has to be made on behalf of multiple candidates.

Likewise, during the 6 p.m. news hour last night, an ad pushing Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes declared it had been paid for by the state Democratic party, to benefit not only Barnes, but Keith Moffett of Macon, a candidate for the Public Service Commission.

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An InsiderAdvantage/Channel 2 Action News poll (+/- 4pp MOE) on Monday produced numbers in the governor’s race similar to those churned out in a Rasmussen Reports survey last week:

Deal (R): 49%

Barnes (D): 41%

Monds (L): 3%

Undecided: 7%

In IA/C2AN poll also tapped the lieutenant governor’s race:

Cagle (R): 50%

Porter (D): 36%

Barber (L): 2%

Undecided: 12%

And the race for attorney general:

Olens (R): 50%

Hodges (D): 40%

Smart (L): 2%

Undecided: 8%

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Democrat candidate for insurance commissioner Mary Squires said her GOP opponent Ralph Hudgens “fights hard” to strip women of life-saving coverage such as mammograms. See what Politifact Georgia has to say about it.

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90 comments Add your comment

td

October 12th, 2010
8:47 am

Looks like we are not going to have many runoffs. Where is the other information for Education, Labor, State and Agriculture?

Ralphing

October 12th, 2010
8:49 am

Enter your comments here

SPSU

October 12th, 2010
9:04 am

Clean sweep of the Democrats out of this state! Love it!

keith

October 12th, 2010
9:27 am

Palin’s wasting her time endorsing McKinney. Barrow is loved by the folks in the 12th & will win comfortably in november.

[...] Sarah Palin has added Ray McKinney to her list of Congressional endorsements, sending a possible signal that John Barrow’s seat [...]

Hank

October 12th, 2010
9:46 am

Remember John Barrow did not show up for the debate during the Primary either. Perhaps he thinks he is entitled to this seat because of some kind of birthright or something. Regina Thomas and Ray McKinney both showed up to discuss the serious problems the citizens have been coping with for the last two years. When you think about it, he has not shown up in Congress for the last two years. So at least he is consistent.
No wonder the people are saying throw the bums out.

luangtom

October 12th, 2010
9:53 am

Sarah Palin should not be involved in GA politics. She has no clue as to who or what the priorities are in GA. Let the incumbents fear for loss of their seats without Sarah being involved.

A no-show for another debate is a clear indicator of an air of entitlement on the part of the DemoKrat in this House race. He seems to have the arrogance of his leader B. Hussein Obummer….vote them out in Nov.

Last Man Standing

October 12th, 2010
10:05 am

These polls are validated by the bitterness of democrats. They face almost unbelievable losses throughout the country. If you think they are “mean-spirited” now and are practicing “the politics of personal destruction”, just wait about one more week.

The negative ad I want to see Mr. Deal run is where Barnes admits his support of Obama.

Mike

October 12th, 2010
10:20 am

Finally, a McKinney I’d vote for!

@crazyforliberty (Doug Craig)

October 12th, 2010
10:30 am

Do you know why the Libertarians do not have a candidates in the race ? Because the democrats and the GOP have prevented the Libertarians from being on the ballot by the use of the law. the have wriiten law to prevent YOu from having choices because the don’t trust you.
Georgia is the worse state for getting on the ballot for US House in the country. so the next time you say the GOP is freedom loving remember they have votrd have as a group keep your choices limited because they don’t want the free market at the ballot box.

It is easier to get on the ballot in Soviet Georgia then in USA Georgia

Ralph

October 12th, 2010
10:38 am

Censoring posts today only shows your a**.

findog

October 12th, 2010
10:41 am

SPSU,
Please explain “clean sweep”
Congress
State Offices
Georgia Tech of alternate sources of engineering degrees

Ralph

October 12th, 2010
10:41 am

Maybe if I reword some, it will get past your screen.

Only allowing several posts per hour today?

Last month:

Political Insider
InsiderAdvantage and Channel 2 poll: Nathan Deal, Roy Barnes in dead heat

1:45 pm September 17, 2010, by Jim Galloway

But you waited a day for the AJC/COX/WSB biased poll that had to come in line with reality within a month of the election. Today you bury that radically changed poll behind a gratuitous Sarah Palin Facebook post.

Maybe you can get away with such bias by being a typical lefty AJC columnist, but what about all of those AJC “journalist” reporters and editors who have been shilling for Barnes? Absolutely unprofessional, disgusting, and continuing to kill all remnants of AJC credibility/circulation. The ultimate irony is that the bias is so heavily discounted that it doesn’t work, and may have a bigger backlash effect.

“Smearing Atlanta metro like the smog.”

Jonathan

October 12th, 2010
10:42 am

If Sarah Palin chooses to run for President next year, one things certain she will in the primaries wiz by all the other candidates and it’s because she’s made it clear what her agendas are. Then Palin will accomplish more than that because she will destroy Obama in the general Election. Also, she draws massive crowds everwhere she goes. Even in States that are the bluest of the blue which Obama won in the 2008 Election. For instance, New York, California, and Minnesota. I for one am from New York and have seen it straight up.

Last Man Standing

October 12th, 2010
11:00 am

Jonathan:

Obama is doing an excellent job of destroying himself as well as the United States. His approval ratings are dropping – fast. In Ohio, where Obama won big, he would lose now
against ANY Republican candidate. These congressional election are of extreme importance as they hold the key to shutting off Obama’s access to funds.

Ralph

October 12th, 2010
11:06 am

Why didn’t that AJC poll make the front page, or even get listed under “Latest from the Pollsters” on the political page? http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/

The question is rhetorical – we all know the AJC is shocked their hit pieces on Deal have had a reverse effect and/or their previously biased poll has been exposed.

Billy in Savannah

October 12th, 2010
11:08 am

I do not believe these polls. Barnes was behind Millner in 1998 and won and was ahead of Perdue in 2002 and lost. I do not know a soul (Republican or Democrat) in Savannah voting for Deal. (I assume it is because of his financial situation and the fact that he and Cagle are from the same hometown).

Jonathan

October 12th, 2010
11:09 am

Something I forgot to mention. None of the other Republican Candidates draw massive crowds everwhere they go. Not even Obama and Biden draw massive crowds. Both draw only small amounts everywhere they go around the country.

whatnot

October 12th, 2010
11:10 am

Have Sarah Palin endorse everyone on the Republican ticket. Why not? They get a bump up and then they lose the race. I love it. Although Handel would have been a better candidate for Republicans, Deal’s shenanigans will have him fighting to stay out of jail rather than govern this state.

TLamar

October 12th, 2010
11:11 am

Who in their right mind would pay attention to this dumb IDIOT! I wouldn’t vote for her if she was the last candidate on the ballot. Katie Couric proved just how unintelligent and stupid Sarah Palin is as a candidate; however, some ppl think she has good values. Well apparently her daughter didn’t listen to what her mother was suppose to be projecting. When ask the question what magazines do you read and you can’t think of not one that you have read, then that tell me you can’t be a person of substance. The only things she talks about is change; however, she can’t give a definitive intelligent answer, she only rambles off things that make no sense. Sarah, please go back to Alaska!

Georgia Blue

October 12th, 2010
11:11 am

Yes, let’s everyone vote for GOP in Georgia, they’ve treated us so well the last 8 years. Sonny’s gotten rich while in office with the help of all the repubs in the state capitol. Vote republican and line the pockets of the politicians, lets send more jobs overseas, lets protect the financial institutions that sent us into this horrible economy. Let’s us vote yes for the party of NO. Let’s vote republican and turn the running of this state and country over to Corporate America so they can have more tax breaks and send yet MORE jobs overseas. The fat cats want to continue to get rich off the backs of average Americans.

Vote Republican…let’s give America away!

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

October 12th, 2010
11:12 am

Palin wants to force victims of rape and incest to bring any resulting pregnancy to full term, by law. She is a sicko shill for the pedophile priesthood’s “Jus primae noctis” we established America to escape, despite Rome’s minions’ attempt to write it out of history. Her other “special interest” is Rockefeller’s Roman Catholic “Big Oil.”

The Gay Old Perverts’ base – Rome and Rockefeller: no friends of true Georgians or Americans.

whatnot

October 12th, 2010
11:12 am

@Jonathan–Palin draws large crowds because folks want to see her say more dumb stuff. They’re in awe of her stupidity.

The Snark

October 12th, 2010
11:17 am

Jonathan, I want some of what you’re smoking!

whatnot

October 12th, 2010
11:17 am

Republicans want to elect witches, crooks and folks impersonating ethical human beings. They are just in time for Halloween.

Georgia Blue

October 12th, 2010
11:17 am

Jonathan, even a car wreck will draw a crowd.

td

October 12th, 2010
11:26 am

You liberals on here are cracking me up this morning. You are going to lose and lose big and you just can not stand it so you go to name calling because you can not defend your policies. To funny.

Last Man Standing

October 12th, 2010
11:30 am

Sarah Palin’s enjoys popularity because what she says strikes a chord with so many people. She has been demonized by those who disagree with what she says. It is “the politics of personal destruction” at its worst.

“Katie Couric proved just how unintelligent and stupid Sarah Palin is as a candidate”

Katie is merely a tool of the left but she is paid very well for her “hit” jobs.

TLamar:

I don’t believe that conservatives need fear losing your vote. They never have had it anyway.

Real Athens

October 12th, 2010
11:32 am

The only “independent” pollster in Georgia — Matt Towery, Insider Advantage — is bought, sold and paid for by the Republican party. Matt writes GOP biased columns in his spare time for small Georgia newspapers to try and prop up his “polling” numbers.

Ask John “Who” Oxendine what a 19 point lead at Insider Advantage going into t a primary will get you. Ask Lynn Westmoreland about Towery’s expertise as a bagman.

Barnes will trounce Deal. If he doesn’t, it proves the Tea Party and GOP are one in the same (they are). Deal is a poster boy for what is wrong with politics.

In 2008, while the rest of country was voting overwhelmingly for the Democrats — Georgia was solidly GOP. Why should 2010 be any different? The GOP rah-rah section here (people from NY blogging at the AJC? Jonathan at 10:42 am) acts like they’re actually accomplishing something other than being led like the faithful sheep they are.

Bottom line is: Was Georgia better off in 2000 at the time Perdue was elected Governor?

Sarah Palin? Can anyone really take her seriously after appearing on “Dancing with the Stars”?

Ralph

October 12th, 2010
11:33 am

Posters here represent the mostly remaining leftist clientele of the shrinking AJC. A few non-socialists come here for the fun of it.

Last Man Standing

October 12th, 2010
11:35 am

Billy in Savannah:

“I do not know a soul (Republican or Democrat) in Savannah voting for Deal”

You really need to get out more and maybe find a better class of associates.

Ralph

October 12th, 2010
11:37 am

Bill Shipp, formerly of the AJC and WSB (Cox communications owner of Channel 2 and the AJC) control the InsiderAdvantage poll. Towery is a token.

Robert

October 12th, 2010
11:40 am

What a JOKE!!!! Sarah Palin’s endorsement is just what the republicans need, another piece of poor white trash representing that home grown terroist group known as the “tea party”. The “tea party” weapons of choice – hatred, fear and rage/mob mentality. This is great news for the Democrats!!!

Last Man Standing

October 12th, 2010
11:41 am

Real Athens:

“Barnes will trounce Deal. If he doesn’t, it proves the Tea Party and GOP are one in the same (they are”

Deal’s victory will not prove or disprove that the Tea Party and the Republican Party are the same. Deal will win despite the leftist hatchet job by the AJC.

Jonathan

October 12th, 2010
11:43 am

To Tlamar. Katie Couric is no real reporter. She didn’t give Sarah Palin an interview. The thing is she wouldn’t give a Conservative Candidate an interview. All Couric did was ambush Palin which is what she would always do anytime a Conservative Candidate comes on to speak with her. It was the fault of the John Mccain Campaign to have her interview on CBS in the first place. As for whatnot Palin doesn’t draw massive crowds because they want to see her say more dumb stuff. She doesn’t say dumb stuff. Palin say logical stuff and you despise that. Those type of people that hate her wouldn’t be caught dead at a Palin rally. People that hate her wouldn’t show up. All the people at these massive crowds were cheering on Palin and I was one of them. None of them were protesters. Also, politicians that are hated by most people never draw massive crowds anywhere they go. They only draw small amounts which is what Obama and Biden draw.

Real Athens

October 12th, 2010
11:49 am

Ralph: Bill Shipp occasionally writes a column for Insider Advantage.

Just ’cause you say it, don’t make it so.

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Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

October 12th, 2010
11:53 am

Couric’s so “liberal” she does what ever she can to bring Bush and Cheney to justice for their 9/11 treason. Katie’s just one more spokesmodel for fascist plutocracy: an offense against The Founder and his University. Palin’s inbred white trash. Those who can’t see the obvious should wonder about themselves.

Ralph

October 12th, 2010
11:57 am

GOP lawmaker Towery joins law firm strongly linked with Democratic Party
Date: December 17, 1994 Publication: The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution Page Number: C/5 Word Count: 370

An Atlanta law firm with strong links with the Democratic Party is reaching out to Republicans with the hiring of state Rep. Matt Towery

Believing

October 12th, 2010
12:02 pm

I can remember when Sarah Palin bashed the President for being a CELEBRITY. What has she become a CELEBRITY and a rich one at that. The people who follow her are as much a joke as she is. Come on Palin why don’t get behind DEAL & CAGLE the Gainesville Mafia. Opps you can’t cause you called them the good ol’ boy network. That’s too bad.

I’ve got house shoes smarter than Palin. Speaking of which. You Republican love to talk about the lack of achievement mentality in the inner city but you applaud the ignorance of the trailer park set. I’ve never understood why you guys don’t like the smart folks. You call them the intellectual elite making fun of them for being smart when they blow the doors off most of your arguments. Sounds like you want your kids to be dumb as you when you are not smart enough to see through the crap Sarah Palin is selling. Such hypocracy.

Last Man Standing

October 12th, 2010
12:02 pm

whatnot:

“Republicans want to elect witches, crooks and folks impersonating ethical human beings”

Nancy Pelosi is the beiggest witch I know. Obama and Reed certainly impersonate “ethical human beings”. I guess your “crooks” would be Maxine Waters, Sanford Bishop, Charlie Rangel, etc?

Real Athens

October 12th, 2010
12:03 pm

As I said Ralph, Matt’s polls are bought and sold. Thanks for proving my point.

An article published in 1994? Hell, Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal both were Democrats then.

gm

October 12th, 2010
12:09 pm

SPSU: Yes you guys are really smart, lets put the same party in that destroyed Georgia, for 8 years and the same people that destroyed America.

What else can Sara do, she is a quiter in the eyes of most America that have sense, all she does is go around charging people 100,000 appearance fee, and you idiots line up to pay it.

Avery Bundren

October 12th, 2010
12:10 pm

Sara Palin called Joe Liebermann’s office:

This is Sara Palin. May I speak to Sen. Liebermann?

Voice on the other end: This is Yom Kippur. The Senator is not
here.

Palin: Mr. Kippur, please have Sen. Liebermann call me when he
gets back.

Believing

October 12th, 2010
12:11 pm

Towery and Rasmussen Polls are tainted. Anyone with half a brain knows that. Why would any reasonable news organization get in bed with such drivel? I just don’t know.

gm

October 12th, 2010
12:17 pm

Believing: You can not teach trailor, this is about hating President Obama, these people can not handle a smart young educated person that trying to move these bigots to the 21st century.

They rather listen to 3 times college drop out Sean Hannity, never graduated from high school Rush L., to stupid to go to college Glen Beck.

UR RIGHT

October 12th, 2010
12:31 pm

I hope Ms. Palin runs and wins. After her term-or half term-those who voted for her will beg for the return of President Obama.

findog

October 12th, 2010
12:32 pm

Last man and td,
Newt brought you the politics of personal destruction with a video series he was shilling on the floor of the house, while running an infomercial banner for the 800-number
If Katie is a tool of the left what would you describe the stuff the two of you post every day?
At least she does not hide behind an anonymous blog…

Last Man Standing

October 12th, 2010
12:32 pm

gm:

“You can not teach trailor, this is about hating President Obama”

You are singing your same old worn out song. To you, anyone who disagrees with his politics and actions is guilty of hating him. Define it as you will but I take strong exception to turning this country into a socialist republic. The man has proven himself time and again to be a liar, but I don’t even hate him for that. I truly feel sorry for all those millions of people who bought into his “hope” and “change”, many of whom now realize what a tragic mistake they made.

I want to ask you once again, gm, about those people you “signed up” to vote in this election and for who transportation to and from the polls had been arranged:

Who is providing this transportation?
Who is paying for the transportation?

Ralph

October 12th, 2010
12:33 pm

I agree that the InsiderAdvantage poll is bought and sold – until a few weeks before the election when it is required to reflect reality in order not to be seen for what it is. Notice that the Cox Communications owned AJC and WSB always pair up with this poll? Do you not think they buy polls that reflect their desires?

Deal is going to win the Governorship, and probably by a landslide without a runoff. Handel and Oxendine had more baggage, and might have lost to King Rat Roy.