Your morning jolt: John Boehner comes to Georgia to pry loose House seats

U.S. House-speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, R-Ohio, is to dip into at least two Georgia congressional races this week, in an attempt to flip two Democratic House seats into the Republican column.

House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio. AP

House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio. AP

On Tuesday, the House minority leader holds a fund-raiser in Perry for state Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon.

We have fewer details about a Wednesday appearance that Boehner is to make for state Rep. Mike Keown, R-Coolidge, who is mounting a surprisingly strong contest against U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany.

And we have no word yet on whether Boehner will make an appearance on behalf of Ray McKinney, the Republican running against U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah.

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In the 8th District congressional race, Marshall gave an account of himself – and his new opposition to U.S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — on Fox News Sunday:

Marshall said he would like to see someone like U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., become speaker.

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The Macon Telegraph has this financial breakdown of the 8th District race:

Republican challenger Austin Scott’s campaign filled out his campaign coffers with more money than Democrat incumbent Rep. Jim Marshall over the summer months.

However, Marshall has more money to spend going into the final stretch for the Georgia 8th Congressional District race, campaign disclosure forms filed Friday show.

Scott raised nearly $457,000 in contributions during the three-month period that ended Sept. 30, and he has about $352,000 cash to spend on the campaign.

Marshall raised less but has more money to spend the forms show. The incumbent’s campaign raised about $300,000, but has $838,000 to spend.

But don’t kid yourself. These congressional races are just as likely to be determined by third-party money that comes from who knows where.

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The Macon Telegraph also suggested a line of questioning that might require some preparation from Boehner. The newspaper notes that the National Republican Congressional Committee has financed ads against Marshall criticizing his support for the October 2008 bailout of Wall Street and its banks:

But there’s a problem: The vice chairman of the NRCC, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, also voted for the TARP bailout. Twice.

And the chairman, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions. Twice.

And the leader of all the House Republicans, U.S. Rep. John Boehner, also voted for it twice. And Boehner urged his colleagues to vote for the bailout, pleading about the same neighbors the NRCC is worried about:

“Think about what happens if we don’t pass this bill. Think about what happens to your friends, to your neighbors, to your constituents.”

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Dinner was on the table, so it was impossible to take good notes. But among those debating on Georgia Public Broadcasting on Sunday evening, courtesy of the Atlanta Press Club, were candidates for state labor commissioner.

Democrat Darryl Hicks accused Republican Mark Butler, a member of the state House, of improperly threatening officials with West Georgia University when they sacked a lobbyist with whom he had a relationship. Butler said no threats were ever uttered.

Here’s contemporary video from Channel 2 Action News.

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Despite his statewide campaign, Republican nominee for attorney general Sam Olens – former head of Cobb County government – has taken time to defend David Hankerson, the longtime county manager. His job appears to be threatened.

From the Marietta Daily Journal:

Friday’s front-page MDJ story reporting that a majority of the five-person commission would consider voting to oust Hankerson today quickly elicited a fiery response from Olens. The former chairman wasted no time e-mailing …Friday morning to weigh in with a strong defense on Hankerson’s behalf.

“Please review the Gwinnett County administrator’s contracts over the last two decades. Look in the (state) Archives. Review the contracts (of managers) of other (similar) jurisdictions,” Olens wrote. “Ask the Georgia Municipal Association, the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA about his reputation.”

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The Gainesville Times has cleared up some smaller details involving Republican nominee Nathan Deal and his request that a private road – which he owned – be taken over by Hall County.

In the end, the newspaper reported:

….the small road was never accepted into the county maintenance system.

Hall County Engineer Kevin McInturff said Deal was granted no special favors in his application.

“[It] went through the identical channels as if anyone else had gone through it,” McInturff said.

Before it can be accepted into the county maintenance system, a road must go through a determination.

“It’s for the Planning Commission to make a recommendation on whether a road is indeed a road. It doesn’t imply any public maintenance, it just allows certain legal privileges,” McInturff said.

He said the Public Works Department looks at factors such as whether the road is gated, how it was constructed, how it was maintained, etc.

Once the Planning Commission votes to approve the road determination, an application for road acceptance can be submitted.

For the county to accept a road into the maintenance system, it must be brought up to industrial standards: 24 feet of pavement, 2-foot curb and gutters on each side and paved with inches of stone and 6 inches of asphalt.

“That part was never done so the county never accepted the road,” McInturff said. “If you go out there today the road is still gravel.”
Hall County Right-of-Way Supervisor Larry Poole said requests for road acceptance are pretty common.

“We get a fair number of requests,” Poole said. “But they have to bring it up to standard. It’s quite expensive, so most times they don’t go forward from that point.”

On Oct. 20, 2005, the Hall County Planning Board approved the road determination for Old County Dump Road.

One month later, Riley sent an e-mail to Hall County Attorney Bill Blalock asking about the process of road acceptance.

“Nathan and Ken Cronan owners of Gainesville Salvage and Disposal made application to the County to for (sic) petition to accept Old County Dump Road into the Hall County Road system and thus maintain the road as it once did during the open years of the Hall County Landfill,” Riley wrote. “At this point Nathan has been informed that the petition needs no further action by the County due to the approval of the planning and zoning board. However, there are some of the opinion that since the road will be maintained by the County, approval from the full commission is required. Can you add some clarification to this dilemma?”

In March of 2006, a road acceptance package was prepared by Hall County Engineering.

However, the acceptance was never approved by the Hall County Board of Commissioners because the road was not brought to county standards.

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54 comments Add your comment

The General

October 18th, 2010
7:29 am

I usually vote Republican, but please, Georgia, don’t reward the crappy behavior of Butler with your vote. Even though he’s a rather liberal Democrat, Mr. Hicks seems to be an honest and forthright man and deserving of your endorsement much more so than the scummy Butler.

findog

October 18th, 2010
7:37 am

Ken Cronan turns out to be not that bad of a guy in the Gainesville Times piece. Planning to dig up all the old waste at the old county dump and placing a liner, which runs half a million an acre, to make it a truly environmentally friendly land fill.

What the ??????

October 18th, 2010
7:55 am

Nathan deal will get it right the first time ?????? yeah right. If he can get it right the first time …. then why can’t he get his financial disclosures right the first time? after three tires noone knows if they are right. And he sure doesn’t want anyone to look too deeply into his tax deductions ….. does he. …… Ho that’s right … he didn’t fill those reports out …. it was an aides fault that they were done wrong not his ……. he had no knowledge of anything that was done wrong. And he also does not get into his son in laws personal finance business …… just vote him in as governor so he can get all of this straightened out … before his property is foreclosed on …. PLEASE ….

Jeff

October 18th, 2010
8:00 am

Why support a liberal Democrat when there is a fiscal conservative – the ONLY one in the race – to vote for? Tip: Is isn’t the man who sleeps with lobbyists then uses the power of his position and friends to try to force job security for them. It is the man who has owned his own family business for quite a while, pro-actively creating jobs the ethical way: William Costa.

Mr. KnowitAll

October 18th, 2010
8:02 am

Marshall is running away from all the democRat leadership as fast as he can. He knows they–AND HE–vote differently in DC, and he will SAY ANYTHING—TRASH ANYBODY (including his grandmother Pelosi), SPIN ANYTHING he has done to get re-elected. This guys is the quintessential doublespeak politician. This is EXACTLY what is wrong with Washington.

You know how to tell when Marshall is lying? His lips are moving.

I can see Russia from my house aka half governor of Alaska

October 18th, 2010
8:10 am

Boner, Come on up here to Alaska and we’ll go hunting! You can show me yours and I’ll show you mine!

You betcha!

jimmie

October 18th, 2010
8:17 am

This is a great story – private enterprise looks to invest private capital to fix a problem left over from a government landfill and in the process perhaps make a return on investment. We need more of that. What in all likelihood would have happened is these guys would have fixed the landfill with their own money then a guy like Roy who had no risk capital invested would come along with a bogus claim on behalf of some bogus plaintiff and sue these guys, take the fruits of their labor and risk and close the landfill, meaning the people of Hall County get done wrong, the entrepreneurs get shut down and lose their money, Roy takes his 40% cut and builds another mansion in Cobb. The world is way upside down, but I appreciate at least Jim’s putting the full sotry in the paper as opposed to the earlier hatchet job that was short on facts and long on innuendo.

Cutty

October 18th, 2010
8:34 am

He just wants to work on his tan at one of the many locales on Buford Highway.

Willis

October 18th, 2010
8:41 am

Let me see if I understand this: Deal and Cronan only had honorable intentions when they requested help with the road? Just because the road was not accepted into the county’s system means that Deal and Cronan were just your regular guys? They probably got lessons from their buddy Sonny Perdue on how to game the system.

Bill Orvis White

October 18th, 2010
8:51 am

Wow, I’m thrilled to see that the Honorable Rep John Boehner is helping out all across the fruited plain. Now is not the time to get complacent in taking back America from the enviro/Godless liberals. Send in your checks to any Republican today
Amen,
Bill

Road Scholar

October 18th, 2010
9:01 am

“He said the Public Works Department looks at factors such as whether the road is gated, how it was constructed, how it was maintained, etc.”

It is a dirt road…look at the pictures!

JD

October 18th, 2010
9:02 am

Gotta love Nathan’s math : Jobs lost in 2001 – 80,000. Jobs lost in Georgia from Oct 2008 to Oct 2009 – 227,000. Yep, 80,000 is greater than 227,000 — thus Roy lost the most jobs in history! Glad Deal gets it right the first time (It’s ok Nathan, Politifact hasn’t figure this fib out yet)

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Pappa Grizzly

October 18th, 2010
9:07 am

John Boehner is a self-serving opportunist who only cares about getting power, retaining power and lining the pockets of himself and his friends.

Sounds like Nathan Deal. Maybe we should elect Boehner for Guv.

Really Red

October 18th, 2010
9:14 am

Drove Atlanta to Ellijay to Dahlonega this weekend. Equal number of Deal and Barnes signs–but not a huge number or either. Deal signs were all on corners of public intersections. Barnes signs were mostly in yards. What does that mean? Sounds to me like Deal isn’t closing the deal in his home turf.

The General

October 18th, 2010
9:15 am

@ Jeff 8:00am Of course, you are correct about Mr. Costa, the Libertarian. Though I will vote for several Libertarians this November, inclduing the governor’s race, I truly hope that Mr. Hicks defeats Butler in the Labor Commissioner’s race, and to that end, I am voting for Mr. Hicks in this particular contest.

john

October 18th, 2010
9:16 am

Ahh, yes the tan man in Southwest Ga. Mike Keown dogs bishop about being in bed with washington elite, then brings down the elitist of the elite. Mike, I thought you were for the little guy. I don’t see this helping your poll, matter fact you just decided my vote for me. Go Bishop, Mike will get a few bucks and maybe a committee seat, but he is so fake people will see thru this. Mike, you had me until this stunt.

lmno

October 18th, 2010
9:33 am

If someone says that they wouldn’t have voted for TARP, you really shouldn’t vote for that person. The market dropped 700+ points to cap off a long, long, sell off. Thank god for TARP which helped make the markets stable and is now being paid back to us in full.

Marlboro Man

October 18th, 2010
9:40 am

If you care about defense spending in Georgia, you better vote for Marshall as Scott has no seats on the committees. When they close Robins AFB, I guess middle GA will wake up and smell the “NO” Bacon.

Fred

October 18th, 2010
9:52 am

Marlboro Man – if that were the case, why didn’t the base get closed down when Marshall was in the minority? Don’t worry, the Georgia delegation will not let anything happen to Robins, and the Georgia delegation will have much more clout under a Republican controlled house than they do currently (say like 9 Congressmen to the current 4 Dems). That is a scare tactic that isn’t likely to work.

earl

October 18th, 2010
10:04 am

Sick of Republicans

October 18th, 2010
10:06 am

No Boehner won’t use the Buford Highway tanning parlors – maybe the massage parlors though since there are many on Buford Highway using that as a front for other activities, not all of which are legal. We have enough slime here without him adding to it. Two kinds of Republicans – millionaires and suckers, cause they sure don’t care about the little guy.

John K

October 18th, 2010
10:08 am

The Great Pumpkin came to Georgia? Who would’ve known we had the most sincere pumpkin patch.

John

October 18th, 2010
10:18 am

Boehner is a country club Republican. Jim is a real American.

Really Red

October 18th, 2010
10:23 am

But we want CRAZY!!!!! South Carolina can’t have all the fun!

Hall Countian

October 18th, 2010
10:47 am

The Gainesville Times spins everthing in favor of the local boys. If they can’t they don’t publish the story. This is why they have buried their blogging feature so well. Too many people blogging negatives about the good ol boys so they just took the blogs of the main page. Nathan poops unicorns and rainbows according to the Times’ management.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

October 18th, 2010
10:52 am

Here’s what happens to JimBama Marshall if the Repubs take the House: Ga’s 8th District citizens are left with a Democrat that has no influence.

Here’s what happens to JimBama Marshall if the Dems keep the House: Pelosi relocates his office to the basement and changes his committee assignment to janitorial duty.

Either way, JimBama Marshall will have ZERO influence and his constituents are screwed. He’s just desperate to keep his job.

Meanwhile, a vote for JohnBama Barrow still means another vote for Pelosi for Speaker.

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Roybama barnes

October 18th, 2010
11:16 am

This five minute video of Bill Osinski, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills and Detective Tracey Bowen says it all. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QKc1XFO3BU

The Centrist

October 18th, 2010
11:17 am

So, which golf courses will host the fundraisers that John Boehner plans to attend?

BrendaSue

October 18th, 2010
11:31 am

Democrats in overtime trying to tie TARP ( which worked and was proposed by Bush) to Stimulus (which failed and was universally opposed by the republicans). The Obmacrat Stimulus Plan was a disaster on a monumental scale and now comes the accounting.

Crazy?

October 18th, 2010
11:52 am

John @9:16 AM – So Boehner holding a fundraiser for Keown helped you decide your vote? I guess you haven’t seen how Bishop gets his money? You think Bishop is for the little man? Read this article – http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/eyeon2010/2010/10/recess-doesnt-stop-k-street-fu.html. Bishop has raised over $700,000 in PAC money from outside the state of Georgia in this election cycle. Over 60% of Bishop’s money comes from PACs. Keown on the other hand has raised over $700,000 from individuals from within the state of Georgia in this election cycle. About 6% of Keown’s money comes from PACs. You think Bishop cares about you? Keown needs this fundraiser to help fund one more push on the airwaves because Bishop and the DCCC have been spending loads of money on attack commercials throughout the district. Don’t know why this fundraiser would make you want to vote for Bishop.

Mike

October 18th, 2010
11:58 am

Look at what a mess this state has gotten into during the past eight years. Sonny only took care of himself. Deal has more problems than Sonny, just think had bad it can get.

McGill

October 18th, 2010
12:12 pm

Democrats take away your initiative and Republicans take away your brain. We’re left with Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes. Groan!!

Becky

October 18th, 2010
12:48 pm

Could you please keep Boehner in Georgia? We don’t want him back up here in OH’s 8th.

Bill Orvis White

October 18th, 2010
1:00 pm

Mr. Boehner’s story is truly inspiring. It really is about a real man who pulled himself up by the bootstraps to become one of the most powerful men in American history. We will see huge successful things coming out of this intelligent, handsome, patriotic legislator. Once We The People take our country back, We will gain our freedoms back. Once that happens, it will be onward to bring the White House under conservative control. Hopefully that can happen well before Hussein Obama is scheduled to leave in 2013.
Amen,
Bill

Last Man Standing

October 18th, 2010
1:36 pm

Crazy?:

“John @9:16 AM – So Boehner holding a fundraiser for Keown helped you decide your vote? I guess you haven’t seen how Bishop gets his money? You think Bishop is for the little man? ”

I do not believe all these posters who claim they USED to be Republican, would have voted Republican except . . . and just can’t bring themselves to vote Republican this time. If I was a betting man, I’d say they haven’t voted Republican and have NO intention of voting Republican.

I’ve heard the wind blow through the trees before.

Last Man Standing

October 18th, 2010
1:38 pm

Becky:

. . . and in exactly what part of Atlanta do you live?

Marlboro Man

October 18th, 2010
2:14 pm

Watch and see Fred, this was before the rehab republicans that want to cut.

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td

October 18th, 2010
2:29 pm

Last Man Standing

October 18th, 2010
1:36 pm
Crazy?:

“John @9:16 AM – So Boehner holding a fundraiser for Keown helped you decide your vote? I guess you haven’t seen how Bishop gets his money? You think Bishop is for the little man? ”

I do not believe all these posters who claim they USED to be Republican, would have voted Republican except . . . and just can’t bring themselves to vote Republican this time. If I was a betting man, I’d say they haven’t voted Republican and have NO intention of voting Republican.

I’ve heard the wind blow through the trees before

If all of these people that claim to be republicans actually voted Republican then all the Republican candidates would receive 70% of the vote instead of the 55 to 60% that they are going to get.

td

October 18th, 2010
2:31 pm

Marlboro Man

October 18th, 2010
2:14 pm
Watch and see Fred, this was before the rehab republicans that want to cut.

The Republicans will cut all the welfare spending not military. The tea party has never said to military spending because it is the one function the Federal Government should be doing. Everything else should revert to the states.

John

October 18th, 2010
2:31 pm

td, you are in a minority of people that pledge allegiance to the conservative deity. Most Georgians vote on common sense.

Marlboro Man

October 18th, 2010
2:55 pm

td, there ain’t enough wellfare to cut, if you ain’t going to raise taxes you can’t balance the budget without cuts, GOP telling lies again?

Wally Martin

October 18th, 2010
3:15 pm

Getting our Georgia 10%+ unemployment down is a hard task to accomplish. The key political race on this is Labor Commissioner. Hicks vs. Butler. I think we need someone able to think differently, a broad thinker and do-er, to address the range of employment/job creation issues across the small to large company spectrum. It would be great to actually get a business person in as labor commissioner, someone who actually has experience creating jobs and leading a large organization.

I know that Darryl Hicks came up through the ranks at Atlanta Gas Light Company and actually managed the customer service department with hundreds of employees. He developed business plans, operational budgets and plans and worked with all the other departments. Since the Dept of Labor has about 4000 employees, I do think it makes a lot of sense to vote someone in that has leadership experince and success….

Butler only managed his tiny real estate broker business. This is not a time that we can afford on-the-job training; we need a proven leader now. Also, Hicks has an MBA degree from Georgia State Univ, Butler doesn’t even know the basics of running a successful large enterprise.

Did you know Hicks has always been working with non-profit organizations and was recognized by none other than George Bush when he visited Atlanta, shaking Hick’s hand in a formal event, calling him a “General in the Army of Compassion.” Another thing you may not know, Hicks has been Assistant to Fulton County Commissioner for the past 3 or so years and has in depth experience working on successful projects, like turning Grady Hospital around and other things. His last position as Director at AGL Resources was working with the Georgia State Legislature on the state’s energy needs.

Give me someone with leadership skills, knowledge, experience and Heart. I think Hicks can most effectively succeed at the Georgia Labor Dept and helping us with job growth at small, medium and large companies. Although I am a Republican, I am making an exception in the Labor Commissioner race and I will be voting for Darryl Hicks.

Last Man Standing

October 18th, 2010
3:28 pm

I can see Russia from my house aka half governor of Alaska:

You really need to try and keep pace. Governor Palin stated very recently, “I can see 2012 ffrom my house”.

You betcha she can!

Last Man Standing

October 18th, 2010
3:32 pm

John:

“td, you are in a minority of people that pledge allegiance to the conservative deity. Most Georgians vote on common sense.”

One would assume from your statement that those with “common sense” are liberals, hence democrats.

Go stand in the corner!

Last Man Standing

October 18th, 2010
3:37 pm

Marlboro Man:

Jim Marshall is one of Pelosi’s minions. End of story, end of Marshall.

John

October 18th, 2010
4:36 pm

Common sense=not voting for an about to be bankrupt/indicted government leech
Last man standing=moron

Last Man Standing

October 18th, 2010
4:55 pm

John:

The truth hurts, doesn’t it?