Your morning jolt: Why John Boehner will skip Savannah

Georgia is considered by political strategists to have three Democratic congressional districts vulnerable to Republican attack this year.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, will visit the 8th District (Jim Marshal of Macon vs. GOP challenger Austin Scott) today, and the 2nd District (Sanford Bishop of Albany vs. GOP challenger Mike Keown) on Wednesday.

But this explains why we haven’t seen any sign of a Boehner visit to the 12th District. From the Savannah Morning News:

U.S. Rep. John Barrow had nearly nine times as much campaign cash as his Republican opponent going into the final stretch of the race.

As of Sept. 30, the Savannah Democrat reported to the Federal Election Commission he had banked $655,422.

That was after he’d spent $587,820 over the previous three months and nearly $1.4 million during his campaign.

Republican Ray McKinney, a nuclear power project manager, had only $73,235 on hand.

That left the Lyons resident ill-equipped to respond to Barrow’s onslaught of TV, radio, and direct mail advertising.

McKinney got no help from GOP groups targeting two Georgia Democratic congressmen they see as vulnerable – Jim Marshall and Sanford Bishop. And he received none from business groups that often bankroll Republicans.

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On the topic of congressional races, Politifact Georgia today takes on a charge from Republican Austin Scott, who says that U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall’s vote for a stimulus bill “sent nearly $2 billion overseas to build wind turbines and create jobs, mostly in China.”

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And CQ Politics has this look at the Sanford Bishop-Mike Keown fight for the 2nd District:

The Keown-Bishop matchup is being overshadowed on the national level by the highly competitive race next door in Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall’s 8th district, which has drawn the interest of national media and several powerful third-party organizations.

GOP insiders say that if Republicans win the House by a slim margin next month, they will take down Marshall in the process. But picking off the well-established Bishop — who hasn’t faced any real opposition in a decade — probably won’t happen unless a larger GOP wave develops on Election Day.

Still, Keown is doing his best to take advantage of a favorable Republican environment and voters’ sour mood.

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Roll Call today adds a D.C. wrinkle to Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal’s use of travel money:

Ex-Rep. Nathan Deal’s Congressional office paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Georgia company owned by his top staffer’s wife to fly to and from his Congressional district, but the staffer did not report the income on his financial disclosure forms because he claims the couple made no profit.

House rules prohibit Members from purchasing services from a staff member but appear to be silent on purchasing from a staff member’s spouse.

According to House spending records, which detail the finances of each lawmaker’s office, Deal’s office paid Gainesville, Ga.-based Chattahoochee Logistics LLC at least $245,000 from 2002 to 2008.

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Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes is leaving nothing in his quiver the last two weeks. He’s out with two new TV ads commercials: One is an attack ad, using video of Republican rival Nathan Deal beating a retreat from a debate last week. We don’t have a link to that yet.

The second is defensive in nature, and displays Barnes’ fondness for his two cows:

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Some leftovers from today’s reports on the Deal-Barnes fight over the votes of women, from the Associated Press:

On the domestic violence front, the Barnes camp unearthed Deal’s 1981 vote against a family violence bill that would have given police power to arrest a spouse in their home without a warrant in domestic violence cases.

In a Feb. 2, 1981 article in the Gainesville Times, Deal said the measure would place an unreasonable workload on superior court judges while also handing police far-reaching arrest powers. Senate records also show that Deal was the lone no vote against a 1988 domestic violence bill that would have streamlined the process to seek petition seeking relief from family violence.

And he was the lone Georgia lawmaker, according to legislative records, to oppose another 1988 bill that would have broadened the definition of family violence.

Deal’s camp did not address the votes directly bit instead pointed to his backing, while in Congress, for the U.S. Justice Department Reauthorization Act of 2005 that increased annual funding for a federal law to combat domestic violence from $185 million per year to $225 million per year.

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On Monday, we noted Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal’s roll-out of new points to his transportation platform, which included an east-west connector south of Atlanta. Rather than north, where the traffic is.

An astute Insider reader opined that this might be a fresh push for a Macon to LaGrange link for the Kia plant. To allow parts for the plant to flow through Savannah, rather than have cargo vessels sail the horn around Florida to Alabama ports.

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Wheels are turning on the African-American GOTV machine.

The Insider was in Athens on Monday, addressing a group of future political consultants, and was informed that a local gospel radio station, aimed at African-Americans, was playing an ad that featured former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, urging listeners to vote.

That meshes with a statewide robo-call from President Barack Obama, which hit many households Sunday evening.

And we’re told that Tharon Johnson, a political strategist who helped Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed squeeze out a win last year, has also turned his attention to Nov. 2 turnout issues.

Finally, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, launches his first radio ad this morning. Print does not do justice to the enthusiasm that the congressman musters for this:

This is Congressman John Lewis. It’s time to vote. We’ve come so far, we cannot go back. I’ve brought back millions for schools, for teachers and roads and trains. I’ve cut taxes for small business. I’ve fought for Social Security and Medicare. I’ve protected the air we breathe and the water we drink. I’ve always voted for what is right, what is fair and what is just. I’ve voted my conscience. I voted for you. Now I need you to vote for me. I’m John Lewis. I’m running for Congress….

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With very little money to run against a Republican Johnny Isakson who’s showing no cracks, Michael Thurmond, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, is running an earned media campaign.

He’s sent out links to this laudatory piece by ABC News on his acclaimed Georgia Work$ program, from earlier this month:

On Wednesday, Thurmond will hope to pick up some Washington press with an address to labor commissioners across the country on the same topic.

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Democratic nominee for attorney general Ken Hodges was at the state Capitol on Monday to announce that he’s got the bipartisan support of 33 of the state’s 49 district attorneys.

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Carol Porter, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, is out this morning with her second TV ad, which calls for “ethical leadership,” but does not raise the name of her rival, Republican incumbent Casey Cagle:

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35 comments Add your comment

Billy

October 19th, 2010
8:39 am

Once this Cagle story gets out, he will be a household name. http://gapolitico.com/?p=15514

lmno

October 19th, 2010
9:05 am

So. Mr. Boehner won’t go to Savannah because they can’t afford to pay him? Is that what this means? I thought he campaigned fo these folks out of principal. I didn’t know he got paid for it.

Lt. Gov Race

October 19th, 2010
9:05 am

We really, really need to start looking at the Lt. Gov. candidates. A Grand Jury is looking into Deal’s business. What happens if the Lt. Gov. has to move into the mansion? We need to vet these three candidates closely. AJC on the grand jury: http://www.ajc.com/news/georgia-politics-elections/federal-grand-jury-sought-579989.html

lmno

October 19th, 2010
9:23 am

We are two weeks until election day. If someone has evidence that Casey Cagle is doing something immoral, now would be the time to release it.

I guess next week we will find out about Austin Scott if that judge opens his divorce records. Seems like a lot of effort has been expended to open those things. And yes, I am very curious about it.

khc

October 19th, 2010
9:26 am

well stated dose; barnes could work with repubs in legislature and both would provide checks on one another.

North Fulton Mom

October 19th, 2010
9:30 am

Please don’t vote without thoroughly vetting the candidates yourself. It’s our duty to be informed, not just follow the letters. Carol Porter knows this state, and knows what’s been going on under the Gold Dome while the rest of us go about our business, barely giving it a second thought. Listen to what she has to say before making decisions about the future of Georgia.

Intown

October 19th, 2010
9:41 am

I’ve seen all I need to see. Voting for every Dem on the ticket.

roybama barnes

October 19th, 2010
9:48 am

With all the hoopla, smear and innuendo in this election cycle is hard pressed to find the truth. For the past 2 months the media has been ardently focused on the flaws of Congressman Nathan Deal, with an occasional glance at Roy Barnes. I certainly hope you might consider taking a look at the issue in this article. No other issue has had as much press (8 years ago nearly 200 news stories) and no other issue is more important to local communities than this. The Governor is the Chief Executive Officer of the state and is the chief law enforcement officer. However Roy Barnes, over the period of 4 years, turned a deaf ear to Putnam County officials, including their Sheriff. In fact, it is blatantly obvious, that Roy Barnes, his staff including Bobby Kahn, Chief of Staff and later the Chairman of the Dem. Party of Georgia, Penny Brown Reynolds, his Chief Counsel, Representative Tyrone Brooks, former State Senator Floyd Griffen and a host of locally elected officials from Athens, Macon and Milledgeville, all played a role in empowering and emboldening Malachi Z. York. York is the most notorious serial pedophile in U.S. history and is now serving 135 years in prison. http://bibbrepublicanparty.com

roybama barnes

October 19th, 2010
9:55 am

For Roy Barnes to say it’s about the children, makes me want to puke. What about all of those children Barnes let underneath Malachi York? Why did Roy Barnes personally call Sheriff Sills and tell him to back off? Malachi York is spending 135 years in prison, was charged with 100 counts of child molestation as young as a baby! Barnes is running for governor…. Pedophiles and politicians, both crave power. http://bibbrepublicanparty.com.

McGill

October 19th, 2010
10:01 am

This is a problem that the media has created by charging millions for campaign advertising. If the print and broadcast media (which get “free” constitutional protection) want to do their real job, they will give equal time/print to ads to all parties. This should be mandated constitutionally.

Melb

October 19th, 2010
10:03 am

Carol Porter is the ONLY choice for Lt. Governor.

Cagle is dishonest in EVERY aspect of his life and he must be voted out.

Don't Blame Me

October 19th, 2010
10:16 am

I voted for Handel – 3 times

Perimeter Progressive

October 19th, 2010
10:35 am

Janice

October 19th, 2010
10:40 am

Roybama you are a misrepresenting religious twit of the first order posting your nonsense over every forum. Don’t you realize people like you actually help Barnes get elected?

UGA 1954

October 19th, 2010
10:44 am

After seeing the debate between Jim Marshall and Austin Scott, when Austin Scott was asked about the open records request on his divorce, he said that he and his ex-wife would respect the Court’s decision. He didn’t say that either or both would attempt to appeal the decision (which they are entitled to do) — he said they would respect the decision. It really doesn’t sound like he’s too concerned based on that statement. I think a whole lot of people are reading into something that’s not there. The lies and innuendo that flies around the Gold Dome is and always has been a problem. It doesn’t mean that the lies and innuendo are Austin Scott’s problem.

AngryVoter

October 19th, 2010
10:47 am

Janice – much like Barnes’ ads against Deal are helping Deal get elected. Barnes runs an ad asking why Deal is running away from questions, while the video shows him calmly walking while someone screams out questions. The hyperbole speaks for itself. It makes Barnes appear to be an over-the-top fibber.

The Barnes ad that has the woman saying that her niece could have had to maybe testify and if she did have to testify maybe would have had questions asked if a once proposed law that was never voted on had been passed. It shows that Barnes either doesn’t understand the legislative process or thinks we are silly enough not to understand the difference between a pre-deliberation draft and an actual bill. Either way, it shows Barnes has to make things up to get people to even think about voting for him.

You would think that Barnes would have learned his lesson when he ran all those “Be Afraid of What Purdue Will Do to the Lottery” ads when he previously lost. Everyone knew he made up that issue and it cost him credibility and votes. His present ads just show King Roy has learned nothing and is as awful now as he was when he was previously run out of office.

Last Man Standing

October 19th, 2010
10:50 am

Intown:

Yeah, like you were ever going to do anything else!

Last Man Standing

October 19th, 2010
10:52 am

Don’t Blame Me:

Your third vote was/will not be counted.

Last Man Standing

October 19th, 2010
10:54 am

Janice:

I doubt seriously if he/she realizes it.

John

October 19th, 2010
10:57 am

No Janice, “Roybama” has an IQ of about 70, he doesn’t understand the concept of annoying.

yuzeyurbrain

October 19th, 2010
11:15 am

Billy, are you talking about the notorious “help tieing his shoes” incident?

Don't Blame Me

October 19th, 2010
11:15 am

Last Man – I know it will not be counted, I couldn’t vote for any of the other three.

td

October 19th, 2010
11:22 am

@Jancice and John,

Roy will not be the next governor of this state. This election was over before the Republican primary was even over with.

If you want to blame anyone then blame your fellow liberals for electing the far left Obama administration and for allowing your reps to run a far left agenda in a center/right country. The silent majority has been awakened and they are mad as hell and they will go to the polls in mass and vote a straight republican ticket to send not only a message to Washington but also to all liberals in this country. These people for the most part do not pay close attention to politics, usually go and vote(if they vote in other than presidential elections) for what they feel is the most qualified candidate but mostly just want to ignore politics and be left alone to raise their families, work their jobs and enjoy their church and friends.

John

October 19th, 2010
11:29 am

td, you remind me of an old rambling woman I used to work with.

bart

October 19th, 2010
11:31 am

Dose of Reality, you are so right! However, this is such a red state that a Republican crook and sleazeball like Deal can win the Governor’s office. It doesn’t matter that the state will suffer or that our children’s education will continue being under assault. People don’t care that Deal will have his hands in the cash drawer of OUR money. I agree, both parties are pretty reprehensible, but at least Barnes is bright and has proven that he can manage his own money. I feel better turning our state budget over to someone who does not need the taxpayers’ money to get himself out of debt. Georgia is fast becoming as much of a redneck state as Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina.

True Republican

October 19th, 2010
11:40 am

Barnes plan seems to be working well with the Left Wingers. Old Roy just makes horrible claims because he knows the AJC will run the headlines and knows the AJC readers will just swollow whatever trash Jim and the rest of the writers feed them. While all the other media outlets run more both sided articles the AJC just views it from the Barnes side. RESEARCH FOR YOURSELF PEOPLE!

For instance:

Barnes makes claims that Nathan took over $130,000 in illegal contrabutions and demands he return it. This was run without hesitation by the AJC and hardly anyone else ran it because they were all legit donations. Barnes new that but he knew that the AJC would run it and the liberal readers would eat it up. Now his bogus claims that Nathan wanted to weaken rape laws. He know the AJC would run the story with extreme bias towards Nathan and they did. They left out that Nathan stretghened the Law by:
First, it expanded the shield to all sexual assault victims, whereas before it covered only rape victims.
Second, it had no exception to the rape shield for ‘highly material’ evidence that would suggest consent.
Third, the proposed rule stated that even if the evidence of the victim’s past was admissible under an exception, the trial judge also had to find that the need for or probative value of the evidence outweighed its prejudicial effect on the victim before allowing it in.

Funny how the AJC likes to leave out these little details.

If Nathan were to save a group of Nuns from a burning church the AJC headlines would read “Nathan Deal seen fleeing the scene of an Arson”.

Just another reason the AJC is loosing readers faster than Obama is loosing his Advisors.

td

October 19th, 2010
11:55 am

John

October 19th, 2010
11:29 am
td, you remind me of an old rambling woman I used to work with.

Just trying to turn you libs away from the dark side of the force and bring you into the light.

td

October 19th, 2010
12:05 pm

bart

October 19th, 2010
11:31 am

“Georgia is fast becoming as much of a redneck state as Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina”

I am sure all these “renecks” as well as the producers living in Cobb, North Fulton, Gwinn, Forsyth, Fayette and Cherokee counties (that will vote overwhelmingly for Deal) are going to mind if you and any other lib finds another place to live.

Last Man Standing

October 19th, 2010
2:04 pm

td:

“I am sure all these “renecks” as well as the producers living in Cobb, North Fulton, Gwinn, Forsyth, Fayette and Cherokee counties (that will vote overwhelmingly for Deal) are going to mind if you and any other lib finds another place to live.”

My fervent prayer is that, when they find another place to live, they take Barnes with them.

Virginia

October 19th, 2010
2:47 pm

John

October 19th, 2010
11:29 am

td, you remind me of an old rambling woman I used to work with.
Well, John, I don’t know about the old rambling woman you used to work with, but I’m pretty sure old td has more than a touch of senility. He repeats the same thing in all his posts. Basically, telling Democrats (or libs, his pet name for us) that it’s all our fault that Deal will be elected because we voted for Obama 2 years ago and mad as hell and far left agenda and center/middle country, etc. Day after day, the same old stuff. td, please learn a new song!!

td

October 19th, 2010
3:06 pm

Virginia

October 19th, 2010
2:47 pm
John

October 19th, 2010
11:29 am

td, you remind me of an old rambling woman I used to work with.
Well, John, I don’t know about the old rambling woman you used to work with, but I’m pretty sure old td has more than a touch of senility. He repeats the same thing in all his posts. Basically, telling Democrats (or libs, his pet name for us) that it’s all our fault that Deal will be elected because we voted for Obama 2 years ago and mad as hell and far left agenda and center/middle country, etc. Day after day, the same old stuff. td, please learn a new song!!

Is the truth starting to get to you Virginia? Go after the election and read what the exit polling people have to say about the why the dems got crushed in this election cycle. You will not be able to see this on any of the main stream media outlets (esp this paper), you will probably need to go the C-Span or read about it on the Drudge report.

BTW: How about all of these dems coming out and talking about Deal is a crook and Roy is a God everyday?

Virginia

October 19th, 2010
4:04 pm

Thanks, td, I already watch C-Span every day, but it’s always fun to see that good old-fashioned hatred of the MSM come out when the reporting doesn’t go your way!
At least the folks who talk about how crooked Deal is do change up their rhetoric once in a while, it’s not like they drone on and on with the same old tired phrases day in and day out! And I must have missed that “Roy is a God” thing….I don’t remember seeing that on this forum until you wrote it. I do remember seeing “lesser of two evils” which is what we’re working with here!! Deal is a crook, and Roy is certainly not a God – but one is WAY worse than the other. And if Deal wins, blame yourself and the other lock-step R voters who actually vote for the lying snake, not the Barnes voters who think our state deserves more than a broken-down, failed, corrupt, inept ex-Congressman as its governor!!

findog

October 19th, 2010
5:25 pm

I see that while I was driving to Phenix City the td and last man love fest of the false premise continues unabated.
Their Nazi like, animal farm, propagation of their own distorted reality shall never dissipate; for like the disturbed fringe wanting their county back after a clear electoral mandate for President Obama to do what he promised, there is no rational discussion that could be had. Thus the need for rehabilitation of the facilities in Milledgeville…

The Centrist

October 20th, 2010
1:10 pm

“Nathan Deal’s roll-out of new points to his transportation platform, which included an east-west connector south of Atlanta. Rather than north, where the traffic is.” Enough said…

calvinb

October 20th, 2010
7:50 pm

I am reading the AJC finally, FINALLY ran on artcles on MICHAEL THURMOND!!! I can’t believe my eyes. SCORECARD:

1. Protect American jobs? I-suck-son — NO!!
2. Extend Unemplyment Benefit to Desperate out of Workers—- NO!!!
3. Healthcare for more Georgians/Americans—- Hell NO!!!!
4. SPEAK UP FOR YOUR CONSTITUENTS- THE Farmers–who have been turned down 10 Straight times, by OBSTRUCTIONIST, DECEITFUL, LYING REPUBLICANS—- HELL NO!!!
5. CUT SOCIAL SPENDING PROGRAMS FOR NEEDY AMERICANS by 30 Billion Dollars, and REDIRECT 40 BILLION DOLLARS to FIGHT THAT STUPID WAR IN AFGHANISTAN fighting GHOSTS—YES, YES, YES, YES!!!!

In sum, we don’t need this guy represented Georgia, HE DOESN’T.

VOTE MICHAEL THURMOND FOR JOBS, JUSTICE, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, AND TECHNOLOGY TO GET GEORGIA, AND AMERICAN MOVING AGAIN!!!