Nathan Deal still has a month before he’s sworn in as governor, and already he’s facing his first challenge.
The governor-elect has quietly let it be known that he wants Tricia Pridemore, a Deal supporter and founder of the Georgia chapter of Glenn Beck’s 912 Project, as the next chairman of the Georgia Republican party.
But the current chairman, Sue Everhart of Cobb County, on Saturday declared that she’s not ready to leave – and would run for a third two-year term at the party’s state convention in May. She made her announcement at a breakfast meeting of Cobb party regulars.
“The chairman is elected by the grassroots. The governor does not appoint. There’s not a problem if the governor wants a particular candidate. I respect his wishes, but I am going to run for re-election,” Everhart said this morning in an interview.
“This is nothing against the new governor. I’ve complimented the governor on what he’s done so far,” Everhart said.
Everhart was first elected in 2007 as the party’s first female leader, outmaneuvering Gov. Sonny Perdue – who wanted his own candidate in the job, controlling tens of millions of campaign dollars.
“Georgia stayed red in ’08, when the country went blue. And now we have just gotten redder. You’ve never seen an election night like the one we had on Nov. 2, and I have to give myself a little bit of the credit,” Everhart said.
Shawn Hanley, chairman of the Fulton County GOP, is also running for the job. Pridemore has not declared her candidacy.
On the opposite side of the ledger, a note went out this weekend touting a petition drive to make former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin the next chairman of the state Democratic party.
My AJC colleague Eric Stirgus e-mailed Franklin to see if she were interested in the position – and she didn’t say no:
”I have been traveling on business this week, learning about the petition on my return. I have have had 2 or 3 conversations with those encouraging my consideration of running for the Chairmanship….”
Franklin emphasized that her political positions might give others pause. She’s in favor of civil unions for gays, wants a federal solution to the immigration crisis, is in favor of gun control, likes the idea of the United Nations, doesn’t favor tax cuts for millionaires, and thinks MARTA is a great idea. She continued:
“No, I haven’t changed. This petition shocks me as much as it surprises you. But I guess there [are] exceptions to every rule. When I was asked to run and then was elected to serve as President of the Georgia Municipal Association, I warned my colleagues about my liberal positions. They elected me anyway, though he Governor and House and Senate leadership espoused conservative positions on most everything I cared about….
“So perhaps a liberal Democrat might have some qualities worthy of consideration for this position, but it had never dawned as me as possible. I guess some GA Democrats agree Atlanta mayors just might add value to the party. According to the rules, the party officers and board will elect the President from those who submit their names. I haven’t done so.”
The deadline for announcing one’s candidacy is Dec. 16.
Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Georgia are protesting a decision by a national cable program not to run the group’s TV ads offering an alternative explanation for the cause of the Civil War.
The organization asserts that in seceding, Southern states were exercising a right that New England states had claimed since the country’s founding and that Confederates fought to defend that right when Union forces “invaded” to prevent secession.
The ads also argue that the South seceded partly because “northern congressmen were able to vote themselves virtually anything they wanted, using southern tax money, while the South was powerless to stop it.”
However, History – formerly The History Channel – refuses to broadcast the ads. Jack Bridwell, commander of the Georgia Division of the SCV, blasts network executives for hypocrisy.
“We find it more than interesting that the History Channel has no problem airing shows with controversial theories about history, including more than one show which speculates that extraterrestrial aliens in UFOs somehow redirected human history, and yet the same channel does not see the value in allowing a nonprofit, educational organization to present the Southern view of the causes for the war,” he said.
The ads aired on one local cable system without the network’s knowledge until the network received criticism. That’s when it issued a statement.
“History channel does not sell time for advertising that presents a partisan position on a controversial issue (of course we do accept ads from political candidates under the political-advertising rules),” the statement read.
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Decatur, says he’s been elected whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The CPC puts its membership at 83, with a liberal agenda “committed to the principles of social and economic justice, a non-discriminatory society, and national priorities that represent the interests of all people, not just the wealthy and powerful.”
The price of gasoline is going up. And so is the price of politicians. The State Ethics Commission last week raised by $200 the maximum amount that statewide candidates can accept from individual contributors, to $6,300 per election cycle. Maximum contributions for local offices went up, too. Check out the new rates here.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider