Your morning jolt: A first look at Austin Scott’s divorce papers

The Macon Telegraph this morning has a first look at those 2001 divorce records of Austin Scott.

Keep in mind that these papers were sealed not to keep Democrat Jim Marshall from peeking at them, but in the midst of a Republican primary challenge faced by Scott while he was still a member of the Legislature.

Austin Scott of Tifton was a state lawmaker until his election to Congress in November.  Hyosub Shin,

Austin Scott of Tifton was a state lawmaker until his election to Congress in November. Hyosub Shin,

From the Telegraph:

Formerly sealed court records from Rep. Austin Scott’s 2001 divorce from Anna Leigh Jordan contain charges and countercharges but provide little evidence to confirm or support those claims.

Scott, R-Ga., who represents the 8th Congressional District, took office in January. Local Democratic party activist Amy Morton filed a request in September 2010 to unseal the documents during Scott’s successful campaign against former congressman Jim Marshall.

An initial review of the 268-page divorce file shows that Scott stated Jordan, referred to in the documents as Annette Leigh Scott, “abused prescription drugs and alcohol.”

A request for a psychiatric evaluation of Scott, filed on behalf of Jordan, lists as reasons “strange, erratic, inconsistent behavior, his severe mood swings, the use of alcohol as an escape device, and his involvement with pornographic materials.”

There were no allegations of misconduct or physical abuse toward either.

Reached Monday for comment, a spokesperson for Scott reaffirmed the congressman’s position that the divorce was a personal matter.

Certain members of the state Senate believe in local control. Not necessarily when it comes to the sale of alcohol on Sunday – but certainly when it comes to how quickly a city council or county commission or sheriff’s department must show poor, tax-paying schlubs a public document.

From Walter Jones and Morris News Service – with emphasis added:

Freshman state Sen. Frank Ginn has introduced legislation to repeal the state mandate for local governments to draft land-use plans.

Ginn said Monday he’ll be a leader in a Senate effort to repeal other mandates on local governments that a senior senator says serve no purpose and add costs to local taxpayers.

Among the mandates targeted for repeal are those that require local governments to publish official notices in the newspaper and to pay for audits after issuing bonds.

Legislators also aim to extend the deadline for government officials to respond to citizen requests to view public documents and files.

Ginn, R-Danielsville, introduced the first bill in the package Thursday.

It might be worth asking Attorney General Sam Olens what he thinks about letting local governments shield their paperwork a little longer.

The Newnan Times-Herald tells us of a bill winding its way through the House that could put bicycles on sidewalks:

House Bill 71 would give local governments the ability to allow bicycles to be ridden on sidewalks under their jurisdiction, by people of all ages.

Current law forbids bicycles on sidewalks, but gives local governments the discretion to pass ordinances allowing children 12 and under to ride bikes on sidewalks.

HB 71 would do away with the age restriction, thereby giving local governments the ability to allow, or prohibit, bicycles on sidewalks.

Now, why is this small initiative worth noting? It was the failure of this legislation last year that House Democratic Caucus Chairman Doug McKillip of Athens cited when declaring his shift to the Republican party. HB 71 is his renewed attempt at passage.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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34 comments Add your comment


February 15th, 2011
9:12 am

How and why was the Scott file kept from the public PRIOR TO Scott’s election? Not that any drug abuse or porn addiction would have hurt his chances to win last fall.Apparently Georgia voters love questionable and even low-life GOP “leaders” – Ralston, Rogers,Deal and so on. We have what we deserve.


February 15th, 2011
9:24 am

What a waste of time. It would be nice if developers in Georgia included sidewalks in their development plans. We could save gas by walking or riding a bike on an errand to the store. Who wants to risk their life by using the side of the road? Look what happened to the nephew of the dalai lama in Florida. This legislation is about as compelling as the one about ice coming off your car, like that happens every day.


February 15th, 2011
9:27 am

Republicans love to stick their noses in everyone else’s business, but when it’s THEIR life suddenly everything is “personal.” Ah, hypocrisy, thy name is Republican.

You should be Ashamed

February 15th, 2011
9:36 am

Jim, you and the AJC have sunk to a new low in printing this crap about Austin. It is sickening to think you believe this is news worthy. Printing someone’s he said/ she said divorce records is not journalism but just plain devious and ignorant. At one time newsmen had morals and ethics, apparantly that no longer is the case.


February 15th, 2011
9:37 am

The “R” by the name erases any moral (or legal or financial) shortcomings a candidate in Georgia might have. See, the letter tells us all we need to know. Don’t clutter our heads with facts or realities, public documents, voting records, or lists of crooked donors and shady financial deals. “D” means evil, “R” means virtuous. We done decided!!

The Dali Lama’s nephew was killed for one reason: He was trying to bring enlightenment to the State of Florida. They don’t take kindly to that down there. They’ll KILL you for trying.

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February 15th, 2011
9:44 am

“Ah, hypocrisy, thy name is Republican.”

Two words: Barney Frank.


February 15th, 2011
9:48 am

If Scott were a Democrat, the Repugs and Teanuts would be all over this like white on rice!


February 15th, 2011
9:50 am


There you go again. Not all republicans are virtuous nor are all democrats evil. There are many of both parties that reside in both of those camps.

In Georgia the policies of republicans have more support than the policies of democrats. It’s that simple. If you want to change that, fine. Either change the public’s collective mind or develop policies the public supports.


February 15th, 2011
10:07 am

I’d rather have Jesse Jackson as a Rep than Austin Scott. They about the same thing except Jesse has more character.


February 15th, 2011
10:07 am

The charges in this divorce proceeding appear to be pretty typical for those seeking custody of their children. There really is no overwhelming level of proof for either statement found in the statements, which is why both parents have shared custody. I am guessing that the people here disparaging Austin because of the mostly fraudulent statements made by his ex have never been through a divorce and do not understand that it is an ugly business rife with lies and innuendo?

Last Man Standing

February 15th, 2011
10:08 am

The (D) by their name speaks volumes. It tells us that they are pro big government, pro spending, pro entitlements, pro higher taxation, pro big spending and anti individual. The (D) has given us Obama, Pelosi, Reed, Frank, Dodd, Schumer and the like. The vote many times is not especially for the (R) but against the (D).


February 15th, 2011
10:09 am

Another sleezeball politican…….gee, how surprising.

Last Man Standing

February 15th, 2011
10:10 am


“I’d rather have Jesse Jackson as a Rep than Austin Scott”

Jesse is for sale. He always has been.

who cares

February 15th, 2011
10:13 am

So, cs, you know both of these men (Scott and Jackson) personally? Otherwise how could you know enough to make your statement about character? I guess, like so many others, you depend on the AJC and other media outlets to keep you informed of the “facts.” Glad I am not in your world.


February 15th, 2011
10:14 am

There is no way even the Dems can compete with the Republicans.

The Republican’s corruption and lack of morals reflect their constituency. Georgia is getting everything they wish for. In 8 short years they have given us….

Linda Schrenko, in jail for stealing from deaf school fund.
Glenn Richardson, had affair with lobbyist.
John Oxendine, ethics disaster.
Ralph Reed, political career ruined by corruption.
Sonny Perdue, this guy was an ethics disaster
John Ralston, loves lobby money.
Nathan Deal, no-bid government contracts, bankrupt.

You are who you vote for.


February 15th, 2011
10:17 am

@ Yep, maybe that’s why Jesus forbade divorce. I wonder when Republicans like Austin Scott are going to start pushing for the government to stop that immoral ungodly lifestyle? Did Jesus say it was OK to ditch your wife if she eats off the serving plates at Olive Garden?


February 15th, 2011
10:26 am

LOL Aquagirl!!!! Have they not read their Bibles?

Divorce is a CHOICE!

Jesus hated divorce, its in the Bible.

God created “Adam and Eve”….NOT….”Adam and Eve, then Cindy”


February 15th, 2011
10:28 am

This is now a gossip/ accusation listing site for politicians which the AJC does not like.



February 15th, 2011
11:03 am

The (R)s gave us George Bush who gave us big spending programs like Medicare Part D and big spending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Oh yes, I'm the great pretender......

February 15th, 2011
11:06 am

You know Jim, I know you’re just trying to keep us informed, but who really cares about the Scott’s personal lives and divorce?


February 15th, 2011
11:14 am

Retired Soldier,

I’m sorry I failed to indicate that I was using sarcasm to illustrate the generalization that many voters simply look no further than the letter beside the name to make a decision on election day.

Of course not all Democrats are evil and not all Republicans are virtuous, but Last Man Standing confirmed my observation at 10:08: Since Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are brought to you today by The Letter D, there is no point in bothering to inform oneself about state and local candidates who run with a D beside their names. For too many voters, brand loyalty is just easier than getting the facts, even though the brand is not an indicator of a person’s qualifications or integrity, especially at the state and local levels.


February 15th, 2011
11:30 am

We continue electing crooks, sleazebags, and reprobates to public office. As long as they have an R by their name it doesn’t matter how many laws they’ve broken, how many ethical lapses they have, how immoral they are, or how dumb they are. No wonder our state is in such a mess.

DC Party Time

February 15th, 2011
2:37 pm

strange, erratic, inconsistent behavior, his severe mood swings, the use of alcohol as an escape device, and his involvement with pornographic materials.”

He’ll fit right in with the other party animals “running” the country in DC!!!!


February 15th, 2011
3:02 pm

Not really appropriate for commenting.

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I Spy

February 15th, 2011
7:50 pm

Regarding Austin Scott. Anyone familiar with divorce proceedings knows that accusations are freely thrown back and forth, and that they usually are embellished. Trying to poke your nose into this sort of thing is voyeuristic and creepy.

Party Time

February 16th, 2011
9:53 am

Austin and his wife–party animals! When she gets divorced, I would like to be her boy toy.

UGA 1954

February 16th, 2011
2:06 pm

So, let me get this straight. This is basically a non-story story that ended just the way I predicted it would end back in October. The divorce was sealed by Scott and his ex-wife to protect their son from unsubstantiated allegations by both parties during the divorce while both were wanting custody. Divorces are nasty business. For all of you who are thrilled this is out there, shame on you. You know nothing more than that accusations flew. That’s it. Move along. Let’s fast forward to February, 2011. Congressman Scott is in D.C. going about his job. His son is in Georgia having to hear about this. Those men hating women who were hellbent on exposing Austin Scott failed and they failed to get their guy Jim Marshall elected. They did succeed in harming Scott’s son. They should be so proud of themselves right about now.

For all of you who keep going on and on about divorce being a sin, well think about this. What about harming a child? What does the Bible say about that? Why don’t you try this Bible verse on for size? “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” (Luke 17:1-2). You think this did not harm the child? He lives in a small town. People in small towns talk.

Do you really care for GA?

February 16th, 2011
3:02 pm

UGA54, the parents by “flinging these accusations” hurt their son, no one else. You choose to live in the public eye, you know the rules. I am sure the son heard more being “discussed” in the home than what has been put into print.

Spare me.

UGA 1954

February 16th, 2011
3:17 pm

@Do you really care for GA? You may be right and you may be wrong. A lot of time people say things in the moment that they end up later regretting. I know I have certainly done it my fair share of times and, truth be told, you have probably done the same thing. That’s human nature. There is a real possibility that the parents realized after the fact that these unsubstantiated accusations could eventually make their way to our eyes and they decided to have the records sealed to protect their son. I still don’t understand why, unless an elected official has done something illegal, it is any of our business what goes on behind closed doors. I don’t live in a glass house and, therefore, don’t intend to throw stones. I would never begin to venture as to what the child may or may not have heard in the home. He was quite young at the time of the divorce and it’s probably doubtful he recalls any of this. The good thing is that time heals all wounds. This was a case where nothing should have been ventured because there was absolutely nothing gained.

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UGA 1954

February 17th, 2011
9:17 am

I believe that if you read the article contained in The Macon Telegraph the operative word you should be keying in on is “alleged.” As along as the wording is “alleged,” when all people are going on are wild speculation and innuendo. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s time to just give it up. It’s still, at the end of the day, a non-story story.

People allege all sorts of things all the time in divorces. People become mean and vindictive. When I worked for an attorney who specialized in divorces, I’ve even witnessed people literally divide the crystal, chine, and silver. They have fought over who gets the pet(s). People don’t always act rationally when going through a divorce. Allegations fly all over the place. Who’s not to say that this is the case here. I’m certainly not going to sit here and try to second guess the actions of either Scott or his ex-wife. At least they are friendly now for the sake of the son. That is what is really important.