Your morning jolt: Tim Pawlenty picks Nick Ayers to run ‘12 presidential effort

Tim Pawlenty has signed Nick Ayers, former protégé to former Gov. Sonny Perdue, to run his ’12 Republican campaign for president – if the former Minnesota governor decides to jump in.

Which now seems more likely. From the press release, quoting Pawlenty adviser Phil Musser:

House Speaker David Ralston (left) and Tim Pawlenty after a meeting last year

House Speaker David Ralston (left) and Tim Pawlenty after a meeting last year

“Nick has proven his incredible talent in the political arena many times over. He has also long been our top choice for this job, and we are thrilled he has agreed to lead this campaign. He’s a man of character, faith and integrity who will take this organization to the next level, and hopefully to the nomination of the Republican Party.”

The hiring of Ayers further illustrates the splintering of Georgia’s Republican establishment among several potential presidential candidates. Perdue – who brought Ayers into Georgia politics — and Gov. Nathan Deal have lined up behind Newt Gingrich, the former U.S. speaker.

Much of the GOP’s monied interests in the state have already signed on with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Herman Cain, the former radio talk show host, is a resident of Georgia and has his own following.

Ayers is the former executive director of the Republican Governors Association, and is credited with running a well-financed organization that made the difference in several states – including Georgia during the ’10 cycle.

What may be most telling about Ayers’ choice is the fact that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour headed up the RGA during the final portion of Ayers’ tenure.

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Speaking of Haley Barbour – it is not usual for the speaker at a local political gathering to be rewarded with favorable placement in the straw poll that follows. What’s discouraging is to address the crowd, and not make an impression. From Politico:

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Rick Santorum scored a decisive victory in a straw poll held Saturday among Republicans in South Carolina’s largest county.

The former Pennsylvania senator won 31 percent of the vote from a group of 413 activists who cast ballots at the Greenville County Republican convention.

Newt Gingrich came in second place, taking 14 percent, Michele Bachmann and Donald Trump each captured 7 percent to tie for third place.

Santorum and Gingrich both spoke at the meeting, offering hard-edged denunciations of President Barack Obama, and each has made multiple visits to the state in the last year. …Also addressing the Greenville Republicans was Haley Barbour. But the Mississippi governor’s speech received a more polite reception than the standing ovations Santorum and Gingrich drew and he won just 5 percent in the poll.

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That 71-page tax overhaul bill that the House will vote on today? Take a look at it here, courtesy of state Rep. David Wilkerson, D-Austell, who came up with a copy for us.

Some Republicans are complaining about the lack of forewarning on the tax bill. State Rep. Buzz Brockway, a Gwinnett Republican, is having none of it. From Peach Pundit:

We received an email to the tip line this morning from Don Williamson, Chairman of the Rockdale Republican Party decrying the “PURE PELOSI style maneuver” of planning to vote on HB388 on Monday. The accusation is that voting tomorrow is akin to Congress voting for the health care plan so they could see what’s in it. Poppycock!

The basic outline of HB388 has been discussed on this blog and in the media since March 24th, a full 18 days ago. Additionally, the components of HB388 all come from the recommendations of the Special Council on Tax Reform which spent most of last year holding public hearings and made their final proposal on January 7th.

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Democratic lawmakers from metro Atlanta will gather at the state Capitol at 11 a.m. today to protest the new content of SB 79, which would allow Gov. Nathan Deal to replace the governing boards of school systems – including Atlanta Public Schools – that lose their accreditation.

Atlanta faces a September deadline from its accrediting agency. The legislation would speed that up a bit:

The bill would require the Atlanta board — and boards in a handful of other Georgia school systems — to face a hearing before the state Board of Education by July 31. The hearing would be the first step in a two-step process that could end in the wholesale removal of local boards by the governor if it is determined they are not doing enough to maintain high standards.

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In a note to supporters Sunday evening, Jerry Luquire of the Georgia Christian Coalition predicted 2-to-1 House passage on Tuesday of the measure to permit sales of package alcohol sales on Sunday.

He urged his followers to begin concentrating on local referendums required by the measure – and suggested that voters seek those elections during high-turnout political seasons, such as the November 2012 presidential balloting.

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AJC’s Politifact today looks at claims by U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Mark Warner, D-Va., that “an average of $4 billion is added to the national debt” every day.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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42 comments Add your comment

Tom

April 11th, 2011
9:09 am

Finally, Jerry gets it! By all means, work in your own community to keep Sunday sales restricted. The ability to MAKE it a local issue is the whole point!

Just stay in your own community. Don’t come up from Columbus or Waycross or Baxley to Gwinnett and Fulton and Cobb, etc., and try to push your agenda on our communities.

As Blackshears’ Kay Godwin said on this issue a few years ago…

“We have a lot of people moving here from Florida, where [buying alcohol on Sunday] is legal,” Godwin said. “I don’t want their culture and their lifestyles mandating what we do in small communities.”

That goes both ways. The folks in the Metro ATL and suburban counties don’t want the small communities in S Ga mandating what we do, either.

Everybody gets what they want for their own communities….as it should be.

double

April 11th, 2011
9:20 am

4 billion added to natl.debt each day.Default or pay with printed worthless dollars,that destroys the peoples wealth.The hidden tax.

Last Man Standing

April 11th, 2011
9:21 am

The more I listen to Donald Trump, the more I like him. While I still very much like Chris Christie and want to see him in the Republican campaign, Trump, at this point, is someone for whom I could vote. The Republicans need fresh faces with creative ideas and Trump could be that one candidate that they need.

dan beard

April 11th, 2011
9:30 am

Reminds me of a recent AJC article featuring Mr. Nick Ayers…www.nicksbrewtube.com

Jon Lester

April 11th, 2011
9:42 am

I’d be embarrassed to express support for any of the potential GOP presidential candidates this time around. Absolutely the worst field I’ve ever seen.

cam

April 11th, 2011
9:47 am

This country would be in serious trouble if Santorum were to get the GOP nomination. Our government would be the Taliban of the West.

liam

April 11th, 2011
9:48 am

Trump is a narcissist and a blowhard. His candidacy would be a bad joke.

Tom

April 11th, 2011
9:50 am

Santorum has no chance. He makes Huckabee look like a social libertarian.

Aquagirl

April 11th, 2011
9:52 am

pssst…Last Man, Trump didn’t come up with the whole birther paranoia thing.

Last Man Standing

April 11th, 2011
10:17 am

liam:

Your evaluation of Trump probably will bother him so much that he will not run. He has been a very successful man, understands business and has been responsible for a lot of employment. “Blowhard”? I hardly think so! Nearly all people in the political arena have large egos. Just take a look at your corrent president.

Aquagirl:

pssst . . . I know that you have no intention of voting for a Republican so your approval or disapproval isn’t a factor.

Jon Lester:

It matters not who gets the Republican nomination. Their nominee will be better than the democrats offering.

Orange&Blue

April 11th, 2011
10:21 am

Last Man Standing — Go sit down. Those wooden legs are rotten.

Light on policy

April 11th, 2011
10:28 am

@ Last Man Standing…

Everyone that’s even remotely involved in politics knows that the current crop of Republican candidates will absolutely assure the re-election of an incumbent President that’s expected to raise record sums of money

The Donald is nothing more than a sideshow. I mean who really wants a President with hair that looks like that

Southside Republican

April 11th, 2011
10:37 am

Buzz Brockway has sold out fast

History Will Teach Us if We Will Learn

April 11th, 2011
10:42 am

In the discussion on the National Debt, Ive not seen any figures on the asset side of the ledger sheet other than tax revenues. Most people and businesses count all there tangible assets such as property, equipment, stock etc. as well as income when figuring net worth. Is there an assessment anywhere that trys to put a value on the property, equipment, things of value the US govt holds? I know it would be difficult to put a value on Nationals Parks and monuments, museums, aircraft carriers and military bases but it seems like to know the true asset/debt ratio you need that side of the equation. This is not a partisan question, as much as wondering about the right way to calculate govt debt.

Last Man Standing

April 11th, 2011
10:53 am

Light on policy:

” I mean who really wants a President with hair that looks like that”

At least I now understand what is important to you when you vote.

Edward

April 11th, 2011
11:01 am

Anyone who thinks that any of the current crop of GOP hopefuls has a rat’s a** chance of winning ANY kind of national election is simply incapable of rational thought and can’t be taken seriously on any subject. Trump? Really? BWAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!

Ga Values

April 11th, 2011
11:07 am

@History Will Teach Us if We Will Learn

Who would we sell a slightly used Aircraft Carrier to?

Tom

April 11th, 2011
11:07 am

So Santorum wins a Greenville, SC, straw poll but Herman Cain wins one at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference?…..in Santorum’s home state?

ByteMe

April 11th, 2011
11:11 am

Buzz Brockaway is full of it himself. He’s trying to justify a 71-page bill being dropped at the last second by saying “the outline” has been there all along. Sure. The outline. That’s like saying that just because the house you’re buying might have 20 bedrooms and bathrooms doesn’t mean you don’t want to have time to study the actual architectural drawings to find out that they only include 1 bathroom and 2 bedrooms, just because the 1 bathroom and 2 bedrooms were part of the original “outline” presented months back by a different firm.

#FAIL. Brockaway is a political hack and he probably knows that already, so no reason to remind him.

ByteMe

April 11th, 2011
11:13 am

Oh, and anyone else disgusted that the legislature has scrambled mightily over the past couple of years to try to balance the budget by forcing state employees out on unpaid furlough.. but then suddenly they propose reduce revenue by a further $330 million without telling us what else is being cut?

gsueagle

April 11th, 2011
11:29 am

i still like the two ladies, go sarah and michelle

Last Man Standing

April 11th, 2011
11:45 am

Edward:

Hussein finds himself in the same situation that Carter faced with unemployment and inflation. The difference is that the unemployment and inflation are WORSE under Hussein than they were under Carter. Hussein is, in no small manner, aiding in the rising inflation.

Who was it that Carter beat when he ran for re-election? I seem to forget . . .

Orange&Blue

April 11th, 2011
11:51 am

Inflation in 1980, 13.5%
Current inflation, 2.1%
I would be interested to hear what your definition of “worse” is.

Jon Lester

April 11th, 2011
11:51 am

LMS, let me politely say that I seriously question your faculties. Calling the current president by his middle name is a bit of a giveaway, too, quite frankly.

Jon Lester

April 11th, 2011
11:53 am

Actually, I hope Bachmann does run, so she can humiliate Pawlenty in his own state. I won’t have any use for her after that but it would be fun to see.

Light on policy

April 11th, 2011
11:57 am

Even though I want to see the birth certificate for his hair, I was being sarcastic…but do tell what policy initiatives have you so enamored with “The Donald” (what serious contender for President has a nickname like that)

I dont mean to over simplify it, but shouldnt he at least know to stop beating a dead horse (the birther issue), that’s been dead for over a year

td

April 11th, 2011
12:03 pm

It does not matter who the Republican nominates (Unless it is Newt or Sarah). This election is going to be a referendum on Obama. If unemployment is still high, gas and food prices high and inflation starting to raise interest rates then he will not get re elected. If he cuts a deal with the Republicans to fight the debt, gas prices are down under $3 per gallon and unemployment down under 8% then he will get re elected.

Case closed.

td

April 11th, 2011
12:10 pm

One other thought if Trump can afford (pay off someone) to get inside the Hawaii government and get his hands on Obama’s real BC then all bets are off.

You Can Tell By The Smell

April 11th, 2011
12:19 pm

I am a life-long conservative who will vote in the Republ;ican Presidential Primary. I think Donald Trump is an egotist and a sick joke. The rest of the potential candidates are not much better either. I could have voted for Sen. John Thune or Gov. Cris Christie but belive the rest are little more than clowns. Some are so bad even Obama looks good in comparison. God help the USA!

td

April 11th, 2011
12:27 pm

You Can Tell By The Smell

April 11th, 2011
12:19 pm

Just like you were one of the ones on here that said Deal was horrible and you would vote for Barnes. What did Deal win this state by 58%?

If you can not find a conservative candidate in the potential field then you my friend are conservative in any meaning of the word.

Aquagirl

April 11th, 2011
12:28 pm

td, what’s Trump gonna do? “Never mind what the State of Hawaii says, this birth certificate I obtained through bribery is more reliable!”

Thanks for the fascinating insight on how the birther mind works.

td

April 11th, 2011
12:56 pm

Aquagirl

April 11th, 2011
12:28 pm
td, what’s Trump gonna do? “Never mind what the State of Hawaii says, this birth certificate I obtained through bribery is more reliable!”

Thanks for the fascinating insight on how the birther mind works

And if it says something like Obama’s religion is Islam will it matter to the American people how he obtained it?

He probably already has a copy of it and is waiting to bring it to the public’s eye at the right time. Probably through some source like the National inquiry or TMZ. Then he will be able to stand up and say that the government can not even do its job and you need a businessman to whip them into shape.

BTW: I am not a birther. I think Obama is a citizen. The question is what is on the BC that he wants to hide so badly. Also, I want to see his school records that he has not released either. If you are going to be President of this country then you life needs to be a total open book.

make up facts

April 11th, 2011
1:06 pm

2.1% is worse than 13.5%. Rush and Hannity told me that so it have to be correct.

td

April 11th, 2011
1:09 pm

make up facts

April 11th, 2011
1:06 pm
2.1% is worse than 13.5%. Rush and Hannity told me that so it have to be correct

What about that predicted $4 to $5 per gallon of gas? What do you think that is going to do with food prices and in turn inflation?

Light on policy

April 11th, 2011
1:20 pm

@ td

I have been an Obama supporter, but I wholeheartedly agree with you that the President needs to release his school records..but if he turns out to be anything less than a 4.0 or better yet C student like our last President, how much support do you think he loses?

The political fallout is to great for him to do that

Alabama Communist

April 11th, 2011
1:22 pm

LOL……..Talking about consultanting a political Republican wimp from Minnesota… The only thing that came out of Minnesota that made sense was Jesse Ventura…http://weaintgottimetobleed.com/

GaBlue

April 11th, 2011
1:24 pm

Birfer (BURRRR-fuhr) Noun

1 – Person infected with acute Fungobirferitis. Side effects include severe denial of rash covering brain, and diarrhea of the blog fingers, pooping poopy poopiness all over the pages. 2 – Birftard.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

April 11th, 2011
1:31 pm

Using the president’s middle name — a name he did not chose, but was given him by his parents — is a cheap shot intended to infer a religious affilation which would be meaningless even if it was on his birth certificate since he would not have chosen that either.

The birther situation, whether coming from the Tea Party or The Donald, is nothing but flatulence.

I have a better chance of winning the nomination that The Donald. All he wants is to be a provocateur and gain publicity for his enterprises.

Edward

April 11th, 2011
5:27 pm

LastManStanding simply confirmed his inability to be rational or relevant. Thanks for playing. And td advocating committing felony theft and bribery for political gain. Yeah, have to really love your “family values”.

You all do Obama’s campaigning for him, you are the best reason that Obama will be re-elected. And I don’t even like Obama. But, compared to the GOP field right now, he has nothing to fear.

mehlman rings twice

April 11th, 2011
9:46 pm

td, what is more probable?

1. A Kenyan student and his American wife have a baby outside of the United States, give him an African name, somehow arrive in the most exotic of American states and, register the birth. The state records the birth and it sits in a vault for nearly 50 years until the baby with the African name decides to run for President. The state (not the candidate) issues its standard record of birth; a document that is the same for any other person born in that state.

2. The son of a former congressman and CIA head and a publishing heiress enters the Texas Air National Guard, transfers to another unit in order to do some community organizing for the U.S. Senate campaign of a former Cabinet member and current owner of large multi-national construction company. After the campaign ends, the son fails to timely report back to his Air National Guard unit and mysteriously becomes the only service member whose U.S. Military training records have been lost.

make up facts

April 13th, 2011
3:24 pm

td,

It will raise the food cost but inflation will not be 13.5% any time soon.