A dispute between Tricia Pridemore and Karen Handel over who met whom, and when

This morning’s post made reference to a Marietta Daily Journal question-and-answer session with Tricia Pridemore, one of three candidates for the chairmanship of state GOP.

She’s backed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

In the article, Pridemore told of an encounter she had with Karen Handel during her campaign for governor – when Handel, in the aftermath of the Glenn Richardson scandal, hammering at the issue of ethics in the state Capitol.

Said Pridemore, in the MDJ:

”[T]he Handel for Governor team was talking with me, and I liked them and thought they had a lot of momentum and liked both Mr. and Mrs. Handel and at the end of ‘09 that campaign took a stark trip into calling out members of the General Assembly and people that work at the Capitol.

“Now I’m a former intern down at the state Capitol and it was a great experience for me and I have many friends that served in the General Assembly. They work hard. They don’t do it for the fame. They sure don’t do it for the fortune, but they do it because they want a better Georgia, and they want to be able to serve their constituents….

“I met with Mrs. Handel … and told her that in my opinion, for what it’s worth, this is just little me, but I’d hate to see us go down this road.”

Handel, who ended up in a runoff with Deal, said this afternoon that she doesn’t remember any such conversation:

”I have gone out of my way to stay out of the GOP chairman’s race – much to the dismay and frustration of some. That’s why I was particularly frustrated to have been brought into the thing in such a misleading way.

“I appreciate that Mrs. Pridemore wants to endear herself to some who supported my campaign. But her comments convey a connection to me and my campaign that just simply wasn’t ever there.

“What I can tell you is – I’m not sure that I’ve ever even met Mrs. Pridemore, other than perhaps at a regular GOP kind of event. What I know without doubt is that I’ve never had a meeting with her to discuss anything about my campaign.”

So I placed a call to Pridemore, who said the two met in December 2009, at a Northwest YWCA fundraiser called “Boots and Blue Jeans” held at Jim R. Miller Park in Cobb County. Pridemore said she and Handel stepped aside for a quick chat.

“We were in front of the registration table. That’s where the conversation happened,” Pridemore said.

Said Handel: “That’s not the same as sitting down in a meeting.”

Handel said she doesn’t currently have any plans to make an endorsement in the GOP chairmanship race. The former secretary of state, by the way, has started a business consulting firm in Atlanta – and is doing fine.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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45 comments Add your comment

we are doomed

February 2nd, 2011
3:11 pm

Pridemore likes to pretend she was undecided early. She is a liar and even claimed to be uncommitted when Deal got it but later it came out that their families were life long friends and she supported him from the beginning.

Interesting

February 2nd, 2011
3:18 pm

First the deceptive website, now deception about meetings. Is this a person that can be trusted to run the state party.

Facethefacts

February 2nd, 2011
3:22 pm

Tricia Pridemore claims to be a long-time activist that worked on the campaigns of Guy Milner in 1998 and the late Paul Coverdell. The problem is- know one remembers her doing it. It does call into question her honesty.

meleniet

February 2nd, 2011
3:26 pm

Wow. Just WOW. I think Ms. Pridemore is a legend in her own mind.

Big Chief

February 2nd, 2011
3:29 pm

Pridemore doesn’t have the experience or tact to lead the State Party. Karen Handel is a class act and should be commended for not telling the AJC what she really thinks about such sanctimonious comments.

JAWJA

February 2nd, 2011
3:31 pm

IF SHE WAS AT THE CAPITOL WITH GLENN RICHARDSON AND COMPANY, AND, SAW NOTHING UNTOWARD GOING ON, SHE’S BLIND. SHOULD RUN ON DISABLED TICKET

Ed Long

February 2nd, 2011
3:34 pm

Karen and I stood up to the gay community and this is what we got. Deal’s deals were conveniently overlooked by the media until after Handel was out of the picture.

InsideSource

February 2nd, 2011
3:38 pm

Tricia Pridemore was never a Karen Handel supporter. She was for Nathan Deal from the beginning. There are enough of her tweets and facebook messages from day one to prove that. This woman stepped out of nowhere with relatively no experience other than being a Glen Beck acolyte and a Nathan Deal subordinate and wants to take over the GA GOP and it’s budget. Thanks but no thanks.

Big Chief

February 2nd, 2011
4:02 pm

Facethefacts – I checked with some folks who worked for Sen. Coverdell and no one had any clue as to who Tricia Pridemore is.

just peachy

February 2nd, 2011
4:29 pm

Nobody knows who she is. At most she probably put a yard sign at her house for them and calls that grassroots volunteering.

Mike

February 2nd, 2011
4:31 pm

She probably did not work for Guy Milner in 98, she voted in the Democrat Primary and the Democrat primary run off that year.

Toria Morgan

February 2nd, 2011
4:50 pm

I was the Cobb County Chairman for Guy Milner in 1998. Tricia Pridemore was not one of our volunteers.

phil

February 2nd, 2011
5:03 pm

SouthernThorn

February 2nd, 2011
5:25 pm

People know that Tricia was VERY ANTI-Karen. For her to try to bridge that gap and claim a meeting took place is not just blurring political lines, it’s a lie. Her support or non-support of Karen had no bearing in the GAGOP Chair race. What does have relevance is if Tricia had anything to do with the smear attack or the flyer distribution at churches – which has yet to be confirmed.
The next leader of the GA GOP MUST be of the highest ethical standards and must believe the people deserve the highest ethical standards from their elected officials. It bothers me that she took offense to Karen calling for higher ethics or taking offense simply because at some time she was a former intern. If she was an intern and was paying any attention to her surroundings, she would have seen the need for higher ethics.
Also, Tricia helped her husband create a business and they sold it. Her husband stayed on with the new company and helped with the transition, meaning it was her husbands company. She played a role, yes, but Michael Pridemore was the CEO of Accucast or Socketware.
Last but certainly not least, why is Tricia all of a sudden down playing her direct connection with Governor Deal? He announced her race before she did. He is pushing and twisting arms for her. She was his Inauguration Chair and will be his “Yes” GOP Chair. It’s smart for her to start to distance herself, who wouldn’t after the report of growing his staff by 30%. If she wins she won’t have the ability to hold him accountable, she’s on the team.

JoEllen Smith

February 2nd, 2011
6:09 pm

Unlike many, I actually use my own name when blogging comments to articles. I can’t give credence to supposed third-party allegations thrown out on blogs, when people won’t even use their real names, and the few same people blog over and over again. So I won’t even reference those. However, I know this about Tricia Pridemore: She has an excellent business sense, having started a business from scratch and grown it into a multi-million dollar business. The Georgia GOP needs a lot of money facing 2012 and I vote for hiring someone with this fiscally-savvy ability to run it. That’s one of the biggest jobs of the Chair. She also is a committed, lifelong Republican with the drive to get the job done as proven in the grassroots. She’s also an inspiring leader (another major job of Chair). I know. The GOP needs to embrace the future, not the past and she represents that vibrant, energetic passion and vision we need for the next 20 years.

Look at her extremely well thought out plan, it’s incredibly impressive. And stop these unwarranted and anonymous personal attacks!

Lynn

February 2nd, 2011
6:50 pm

JoEllen – Tricia has made enemies over the past year as she shoved her way to the top. She is ruthless and nothing more than an opertunist. She said nasty things about Karen Handel to prove her loyalty to Nathan Deal and now she and he want her to run the GOP. I think not.
I can go without the free lunch she is paying for to have people listening to her spin.

Reagan Conservative

February 2nd, 2011
7:24 pm

Please enlighten me Ms. Smith on why someone that is a lifelong Republican voted in both the Democratic Primary and Democratic Primary Run off in 1998 the same year that she supposedly volunteered for Milner.. That is a matter of public record. Go to the Secretary of State’s web site and pull the record using her voter id number.
You see the Tricia Pridemore she allows you to see..She is playing you and others for fools..You know the old saying, “If you can not take the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

Reagan Conservative

February 2nd, 2011
7:26 pm

If you want to pull her voter record, you have to go to your local election board or the Secretary of State’s office and request it. It is public record. It does not show how you voted but shows when and what primary you voted in

Master Deceiver - Pridemore

February 2nd, 2011
7:45 pm

Tricia Pridemore Voting Record

1996 GOP Primary, 1996 GOP Primary Run Off, 1996 GOP Presidential Preference Primary, 1996 General, 1998 Democratic Primary, 1998 Democratic Primary Run Off, 1998 Special, 1998 General, 2000 GOP Presidental Preference Primary, 2000 General, 2002 GOP Primary, 2002 General, 2004 GOP Primary, 2004 General, 2006 General, 2006 General Run Off, 2008 General, 2008 General Run Off, 2010 GOP Primary, 2010 GOP Primary Run Off, 2010 General, 2010 General Run Off

Toria Morgan

February 2nd, 2011
9:11 pm

Please let the record show that I, as well as JoEllen Smith, am using my real name.
In addition to being the Milner Campaign Chairman for Cobb in 1998,
I was very active with the Cobb 2000 Bush campaign and I was the
Cobb Bush/Cheney Campaign Chairman in 2004.
Isn’t it odd that for someone who claims to be a long time
grassroots activist the name Tricia Pridemore is not anywhere in
any of my data bases?

?

February 2nd, 2011
10:33 pm

The 3rd sentence doesn’t make sense; maybe change “when” to “with” or “hammering” to “hammered.”

But it’s not as bad as Pridemore…none of her ramblings make much sense! What is she saying? Just for her saying “people that” instead of “people who,” I will say Handel is correct in this one!! A politician who sees people as objects in her grammar is obviously giving away some (Freudian) clues about how she thinks and sees us….

Now regarding poor grammar — It’s a close call between Pridemore and Deal’s daughter….that email that was forwarded to Galloway that day was horrid!

another comment

February 2nd, 2011
10:33 pm

Why wasn’t she voting in every election?????????????? Was she lazy. I vote in every election, for the best qualified canditate, sometimes to block another candidate. But I vote in every election, every year. So how can you run for a party chair position and not vote every year and every election. I don’t care about which party. It is about just voting.

Sherri Reese

February 2nd, 2011
11:05 pm

I am using my real name as well…..

And those of you who are GOP activists do know who I am.

This is a shame. Tricia NEVER claimed to have a “meeting” with Karen. She claimed she had MET Mrs. Handel.

I never worked on any campaigns with Tricia, so I can’t, nor would I try to claim she did or did not do so.

I have however been to GRASSROOTS events with Tricia…I know, GRASSROOTS may not mean a GOP party…but I have seen her at GOP events too… I have also seen her work hard for the Cobb County GOP….

but, back to the GRASSROOTS events. I have actually traveled to places here in GA with her on these events…

She coordinated several meetings with activists here in GA…She drove me to the Tea Party in ATL in 2009… oh– and she drove me and my girls to Rome GA that same day….

Maybe Tricia has not been to all YOUR events….but she has been a huge presence in a LOT of areas throughout GA….

She has traveled outside of her own little town….at her own expense, on her own time….because she cares… just like all of us….

Sad thing is that I like Sue, and I like Tricia…..

But few things stand out to me.

I recall Sue sending out a mass email after the 2009 Tax Day Tea Party…. I sent her an email, quite upset with the willingness to take credit for things, and not give credit where credit was due.

never heard back from her.

again, I like Sue…but the GOP rode the wave of the Tea Party…they did not create it, unless you count that they ticked us off enough to create one.

The other thing I notice is the character of folks who support Tricia vs the character of folks supporting Sue.

Both women are hard working and smart. But you all do a great disservice to Sue when you merely sling mud and innuendo at Tricia. Let Sue stand on her record. And let Tricia propose her vision.

If you think Tricia is lying then just come out and accuse her of it….stop being coy….

I would never have advised anyone to run against Sue… But everything I have heard and seen out of folks who support her…..wow…..No wonder we needed the Tea Party to regain power…..

And again.. You all know who I am. I have used my real name.

I would be MORE than happy to here from any of you…including Sue. I can’t believe for a minute she is proud of this from ya’ll. She is way too classy for this…

Lori Wexler

February 2nd, 2011
11:40 pm

Tricia has posted video on her FB page working on the Coverdell campaign. I first met Tricia in the months prior to the TEA parties as a member of a statewide informal political group. At that time, the group was considering actions on the best ways to keep Georgia red. We explored options including volunteering as a team for congressional and gubernatorial candidates. It was before either Deal or Handel announced their candidacies. Using social networking tools the group grew, evolved, and ultimately decided to focus on state-level government, developing into a candidate research, endorsement, and volunteer squad that walked all over north GA this summer for our slate. Tricia also volunteered for Nathan Deal and was a successful fundraiser. The closest I’ve heard to Tricia saying nasty things is when she uses a candidate’s own words about themselves or their own actions to make a point. If you can’t find Tricia in a grassroots database, try a google search of her name and one of our group’s endorsed candidates, say Charlice Byrd. Many of us can tell you Tricia turned kitchen table talk into organized action and party involvement. A GOP chair needs to grow the party and be able to raise money, and Tricia has proven herself to be a formidable contender with an upbeat message.

Lori Wexler

February 2nd, 2011
11:44 pm

I second Sherri’s last statement.

Jason Shepherd

February 2nd, 2011
11:44 pm

I was active in the UGA and Georgia College Republicans in the mid-1990s. I remember Tricia from both campaigns and her leadership in the CRs. I stayed involved in politics while Tricia backed off and started her own business with her husband. I immediately recognized her when she started getting back involved a couple of years ago…and I am using my real name. Most College Republicans are not involved in their county organizations, but it does not mean they don’t volunteer for candidates. In 1996 Guy Milner know who I was, but I could not tell you who the Athens-Clarke County Chairman for Milner knew who I was.

Jimmy

February 2nd, 2011
11:49 pm

Vote for Sue Everhart and see which religious icon she compares the 2012 Rep. nominee to. She has already compared McCain to “Jesus Christ!” http://www.ajc.com/autoracing/content/metro/stories/2008/05/17/gagop_0517.html

Debbie Dooley

February 3rd, 2011
7:23 am

I, too, am using my real name. I do not support Tricia and am very strongly opposing her as are most tea party activists I know. It is not personal. She is a hard worker and very smart. She is also good with people. She is also extremely close to Gov. Deal and he would use her to control the GA GOP. Gov. Deal made phone calls to people telling them that he wanted one of his people as GA GOP Chairman. The GA GOP does not belong to the Governor, it belongs to the grassroots. I believe Gov. Deal is using Tricia to control the GA GOP and its millions of dollars. Obama was great with social media, he worked hard, he raised tons of money, he was good at telling people what they wanted to hear and he was very intelligent but he would never get my vote. He taught us you have to ignore what was on the surface and looked further.

I have personally talked to a State Senator that Jay Morgan (Tricia’s Inaugural Co-Chair) threatened to run someone in the primary against this State Senator if he did not support Tricia. There are calls being made from state employees during working hours on behalf of Tricia. Gov. Deal and Chris Riley are making calls twisting arms on behalf of Tricia. That is wrong. Tricia knows this is all this going on. She does not have to say nasty things, others are doing it for her. Sue nor Shawn have said anything nasty either. They both bring up facts about Gov. Deal’s involvement and Tricia lack of experience within the GA GOP. The Democrats use the tactic of saying we are attacking when we bring up facts about their agenda. Are some here in Georgia doing the same? She also bought up a web site that is very misleading. She even used a url close to the url of the official GA GOP convention site. She has a link that says, “Sign up here to be a delegate”. You can not sign up on that link to be a delegate. Delegates are elected at the county conventions. The GA GOP also sends out hotel and convention information in delegate packages.

Tricia claimed at the Cobb YR debate this week that she volunteered for the Guy Milner campaign . If she volunteered for both Coverdale and Milner, then why do voting records show she voted in both the Democratic Primary and Democratic Primary Run off the year both were on the ballot?

I have known Sue for 10 years and Shawn for 2 years and can tell you that they both get it as far as the tea party. Sue, as GA GOP Chair, did not try to co-op the tea party as the GOP tried in most states. She stayed out of our way. She spoke at any event we asked her to and offered assistance any time she was asked. I have heard her give speeches where she praised the tea party and said we were saving America. She said the tea party was part of the reason the GOP took back the House in November. Shawn has a good bit of tea party support as well. He served as Military Outreach Chair for Georgia Tea Party Patriots.

Jay Davis

February 3rd, 2011
7:57 am

(Using my real name) Some of these comments appear to be written solely to turn this into a political warfare. Name calling and innuendos are NOT what is going to keep Georgia on the right track. I have worked on many campaigns but never signed up as a volunteer or was “officially” recognized. This past election cycle I supported Handel until the primary was over and then supported Deal. (I say this to show that I am not a Deal diehard)

The GOP in GA did not attempt to co-op the Tea Party, they just ignored it completely. There has been no vision published by the current GOP leadership that shows a movement to do anything other than follow the wave of resentment that brought Republicans to power. That resentment was not just at Democrats but also at the GOP establishment that seemed to not listen to what the Tea Party was saying.

Tricia Pridemore has published a vision that gives GA and the GOP a plan to let the people have a leading role in the future of the state. It seems that this is what the current establishment is “up in arms” about. Let’s work on this campaign as citizens and leave the “rock throwing” to the Middle East.

Disgusted Republican

February 3rd, 2011
8:09 am

@Sherry Reese “Tricia never claimed to have a meeting with mrs handel.” uh — yes she did. Read her exact quote. Watch the video and listen to her own words. She says the handel campaign was pursuing her whatever that means and that she met w handel. For most people, an encounter at an event registration desk is NOT a meeting. At a minimum, pridemore embellished. Also check Pridemore’s campaign tweets during the campaign season. Some interesting stuff there.

Debbie Dooley

February 3rd, 2011
8:17 am

The GA GOP did not ignore the tea party. I have been involved with the tea party movement since 2-2009. I spend 30 hours weekly on behalf of the tea party movement. I am one of the founders and organizers of the largest tea party in Georgia-Atlanta Tea Party. I am very heavily involved with tea parties throughout Georgia. Jay, how involved have you been?

Sue Everhart reached out after our first tea party on 2-27-2009. We basically told her that the best thing she could do for us was to leave us alone and let us go our own way. She abided by our wishes.

Jay, do you work for Gov. Deal or are you a lobbyist?

The State Senator I mentioned above told me that Jay Morgan basically threatend him and a few others . He told me that Morgan said they would run someone in the primary if he did not supprot Tricia. Jay Morgan denies saying those exact words but I don’t believe him. The State Senator is very credible and would not make this up. Others have talked to other State Senators and they confirmed it went on .

There are Deal county campaign co-chairs that are very strongly opposing Tricia’s candidancy and many other Deal supporters.

Jay, did you state that you volunteered for GOP campaigns in the same year as you voted in the Democratic Primary.

If Gov. Deal had just endorsed Tricia and did not use his office to get her elected, I would have no problem. That is not what is being done though.

Sue and Shawn are well known to activists and do not require on the job training leading up to 2012. They have had experience and know the pitfalls of running a party. Their allegiance will l ie with the grassroots, not the Governor.

912conyers.com

February 3rd, 2011
8:35 am

Tricia is a very good leader, and an inspiration to me. The borderline slander i have seen on a few blogs and articles are so wrong when trying to characterize her.
She devoted an incredible amount of energy to our grassroots efforts to get started, and get organized. Because of her, I can now reach out to any number of people to help with projects or to help them. She built a network, it was her efforts that drew us together. I only have one regret with Tricia, that she lives too far from me for me to have worked more with her on helping to build that network, and to learn from her. She is an inspiring and efficient person, and I think she would do an incredible job for the state GOP. Some of the things i am reading lately are NOT about the Tricia I know and respect, because she is ethical, and a good strategist, and it is no wonder Deal wants her to head the state GOP. He has had a chance to work with her, and saw, first hand, what a go getter tiger she is. I have the deepest respect and admiration for Tricia, and I know for a fact that she will make hard work, ethical work the forefront of her leadership.
While working with the grassroots groups like ours, one of her “always on top” reminders for us was to go to the precincts, get involved with the GOP and make sure “you”, and ethical people like “you” begin to fill positions within the GOP and help FIX it from the ground up. In My area, in my group, several were inspired by what I brought back to our meetings as a direct result of Tricia’s encouragement and planning. Our local GOP has now gotten some of the very best from our grass roots Liber-Tea group and I am proud. As it happens, we have an incredible GOP chair in our area that welcomes our help and our input and knows he is drawing from a pool of America loving citizens, the kind of people who make our country great, each and every day.
I encourage all of you to take a look at Tricia in a different way and consider that she has done a very great deed out here in the trenches here in Georgia. She will not let you down.
Linda

No King Deal

February 3rd, 2011
9:03 am

I am tired of politicians stacking every position with cronies. Pridemore was a shill for Deal in the primary, in the runoff, and now will be his pet in the state party.

Tricia is a very self interested person and seems willing to lie at the drop of a hat to get somethign she wants. Everyone who supported Max Wood in the primary for Attorney General is aware of how she manipulated her positions within the party and other organizations to help Sam Olens get elected. She did the same for Deal. So he is paying her back for a job well done.

Grassroots_2008

February 3rd, 2011
9:34 am

It appears that Gov. Deal and Mrs. Pridemore are trying to use the tea party to seize control of the GA GOP and its millions. Mrs. Pridemore does not have intergrity. She is very ambitious to climb the ladder and will step over anyone and lie to get to the top.

Those of you that don’t have an issue with Gov. Deal using his resources as Governor to get Tricia elected, would you feel ths same if President Obama used tax payer resources to assist in his camapign.

Mr. Davis, Gov. Deal , Chris Riley and others started what you call “political warfare” when they began to use the influence and resources of the Governor’s office to advance Tricia. Did you think everyone would just sit back and not fight back?

Linda, please point out what you call is “borderline slander” on this blog. The truth is not slander. Just because you are gullible does not mean others are. I encourge to check out facts, not just listen to Tricia.

Voting records that were obtained from a database with information downloaded formt he Secretary of State’s office by a Libertarian, not a Sue or Shawn supporter. The facts so speak for themselves.

HANLEY , SHAWN MICHAEL

Voting History:
2010-08-10 – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
2010-07-20 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
2009-12-01 – Municipal Runoff
2009-11-03 – Municipal
2008-12-02 – General Runoff
2008-11-04A – General
2008-07-15 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
2008-02-05 – Presidential Primary REPUBLICAN
2006-12-05 – General Runoff
2006-11-07 – General
2006-08-08 – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
2006-07-18 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
2004-11-02 – General
2004-08-10 – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
2004-07-20 – General Primary REPUBLICAN

***************

EVERHART , SUE P

Voting History:
2010-08-10 – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
2010-07-20 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
2008-12-02A – General Runoff
2008-11-04A – General
2008-08-05 – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
2008-07-15 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
2008-02-05 – Presidential Primary REPUBLICAN
2006-12-05 – General Runoff
2006-11-07 – General
2006-08-08A – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
2006-07-18A – General Primary REPUBLICAN
2005-09-20 – Special
2004-11-23 – General Runoff
2004-11-02A – General
2004-08-10 – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
2004-07-20A – General Primary REPUBLICAN
2004-03-02A – Presidential Primary Special REPUBLICAN
2003-09-16 – Special
2002-11-05A – General
2002-09-10A – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
2002-08-20 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
2000-11-07A – General
2000-07-18 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
2000-03-07 – Presidential Primary REPUBLICAN
1999-02-23 – Special
1998-11-03 – General
1998-08-11 – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
1998-07-21 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
1997-06-17 – Special
1996-11-05 – General
1996-08-06 – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
1996-07-09 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
1996-03-05 – Presidential Primary REPUBLICAN
1996-02-13 – General Primary Runoff
1996-02-13 – Municipal Runoff
1996-01-23 – Special

***********************

PRIDEMORE , TRICIA R

Voting History:
2010-08-10 – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
2010-07-20A – General Primary/Nonpartisan REPUBLICAN
2008-12-02A – General Runoff
2008-11-04A – General
2006-11-07 – General
2004-11-02 – General
2004-07-20 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
2002-11-05 – General
2002-08-20 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
2000-11-07 – General
2000-03-07 – Presidential Primary REPUBLICAN
1998-11-03 – General
1998-09-15 – Special
1998-08-11 – General Primary Runoff DEMOCRATIC
1998-07-21 – General Primary DEMOCRATIC
1996-11-05 – General
1996-08-06 – General Primary Runoff REPUBLICAN
1996-07-09 – General Primary REPUBLICAN
1996-03-05 – Presidential Primary REPUBLICAN

Grassroots_2008

February 3rd, 2011
9:37 am

The State of GA Tea Party and the founder of the Four Corners Tea Party endorsed Shawn Hanley for GOP Chair.

JoEllen Smith

February 3rd, 2011
9:39 am

Debbie I have great respect for how powerful you have become with your Tea Party Patriots. However you do not speak for the entire tea party movement. It is inaccurate to say that most of the tea party movement is not backing Tricia. Obviously Debbie Dooley is not. However, we are not monolithic thinkers and that is our hallmark. Many of the posters here are grassroots, tea party aligned individuals, if not members of your specific group. And they, along with many, many others do strongly back Tricia and talk to people all day long (as do I) who back her. Especially the ones who have worked specifically with her, either in person or via electronic means. I respectfully, and strongly, disagree with you.

Grassroots_2008

February 3rd, 2011
9:56 am

Ms. Smith read what Ms. Dooley wrote. She did not say she spoke on behalf of the whole tea party movement. Her exact words, “I do not support Tricia and am very strongly opposing her as are most tea party activists I know.” Where in this statement did she say she imply speaking on behalf of the whole tea party movement? I am not all surprised to see a Pridemore campaign volunteer twisting words to suit their purpose. Twisting things, whether it be words or arms, seems to be a recurrent theme with the Pridemore campaign.

I have to many tea party people and many, many are not going to support Tricia. They are mixed in their support. Some are supporting Sue and some are supporting Shawn. No one will garner the bulk of the tea party support in this election. It will be just like it was in the GOP Primary for Governor.

The Pridemore campaign tried to portray her as the tea party candidate because the knew long time activists would be angered at what Gov. Deal was trying to do so they were counting on the tea party and hard core Deal supporters to propel Tricia to victory. That did not quite work out did it?

Tired of BS

February 3rd, 2011
1:26 pm

Same crap from Gov Deal. Same BS to shovel from Pridemore. BTW to Tricia Pridemore: When you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

T Knight

February 3rd, 2011
1:51 pm

Frankly, I only have one question for Mrs. Pridemore. Why did you vote in the primary and general elections for Roy Barnes in 1998?

OoBoy

February 4th, 2011
7:27 am

JoEllen, the fact that you use your own name does not mean you know exactly what you are talking about. TP did not start that business, her husband did.

Stop reinventing history.

ROBOCOP

February 4th, 2011
7:57 am

I think it’s womderful to listen to GOPers going after each over the issue of who should lead their state party. It seems to me that this Sue Everhart did a pretty good job in last November’s elections. Thetre are no longer any Democrats in any position of power or authority in this state. Remember the old adage: “You should leave the dance with the one that brought you.” Apparently Sue Everhart did a good enough job to win major offices for Republicans, and this Pridemore lady apparently carries a lot of baggage.

GAPolitics

February 4th, 2011
4:15 pm

Karen Handel… really… I would not believe a work that comes out of that woman’s mouth. She has ZERO credability… ZERO!

Reagan Conservative

February 4th, 2011
9:11 pm

Handel has much more credibility than Tricia Pridemore

TheRealDeal

February 6th, 2011
11:47 pm

The fact that someone can write a “vision” is about as relevant as Obama being qualified to be President because he was a “community organizer.”

There really isn’t much difference between a “community organizer” and what Pridemore claims to be. AND, not only what she claims to be, but one need only read the statements of the people who are so enamored with her.

People who have no vision for themselves always tend to fall for what ever someone else can fabricate.

TheRealDeal

February 6th, 2011
11:51 pm

ROBOCOP: If Sue Everhart had lost any of the statewide races, these yahoos would have something to cry about and be pointing all their fingers at her. But, she didn’t, so all these yahoos who are against Sue are fabricating things to hold against her.