Someone may have a campaign camera or two at the state GOP convention that starts this afternoon in Macon. And no there will no doubt be a presidential straw poll at the end.
Which is probably why we received this from DraftCain.org:
Herman Cain, a favorite son of Georgia, will be making a speech in the Macon Centerplex at 11 AM. [Saturday]. Audiences have braved floods, snow and bitter cold to hear him speak across the country. He talks about his own American Dream, his belief in conservative values, and the need for a Fair Tax to get this country turned around.
The Admission is normally $30 for the convention; however, we have arranged for free admission for you and a friend…
Maurice Atkinson of Macon, the fellow behind the effort, called to say that he was acting independently of the Cain campaign.
Fellow Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich will address Georgia Republicans this evening. He’s let it be known that the topic will be the economy.
One stat he’ll wave: The average length of recession since World War II has lasted just ten months.
Gov. Nathan Deal, who is scheduled to speak Saturday in Macon, has scheduled a noon bill-signing and press conference today. The topic is almost certain to be HB 87, the illegal immigration bill.
But you can be sure that this report below from Dale Russell at Fox5 is likely to come up. The Deal campaign for governor sent $90,000 to his daughter-in-law, Denise Deal, who served as a fund-raiser for the gubernatorial candidate:
The Macon convention will revolve around the election of the GOP chairman – a contest between two-term incumbent Sue Everhart and the governor’s choice, Tricia Pridemore.
Pridemore this morning defends herself from accusations cast by Republican blogger Bill Simon, who on Wednesday alleged that Gov. Nathan Deal was injecting 25 staffers into the mix – and bouncing delegates from hotel rooms.
[O]ne of our opponent’s blogger friends sent an email to the delegates and alternates of the 2011 Georgia Republican Party Convention claiming that my campaign, in cooperation with the Governor of Georgia booked last-minute rooms at the host hotel and therefore “bounced” 25 convention attendees out of the hotel. This is 100% false.
Neither me or anyone working for my campaign requested additional hotel rooms from the host hotel. After fielding many phone calls on the matter, I called the Georgia Republican Party and met with two of their representatives at the front desk of the hotel to discuss the matter with hotel management.
They showed us the script for those guests affected (which never mentioned me or the Governor) and said they were attempting to find other accommodations for 25 misplaced convention attendees because the hotel property was “oversold.” I also spoke with the Governor’s office. The Governor’s office did not request any additional rooms at the hotel – not of hotel personnel or of the state Party.
Finally, if you wonder why Johnny Isakson has been so quiet lately, click on this piece from the Washington Post:
The Senate ethics committee on Thursday took the rare step of asking federal agencies to investigate a former colleague, saying it found “substantial and credible evidence” that Nevada Republican John Ensign broke federal laws while trying to cover up an extramarital affair with a political aide.
The panel presented its case against Ensign in blunt language delivered on the Senate floor, suggesting that his alleged violations could lead to formal charges from the Justice Department. It was the first time since 1995 that the committee had referred a case about a current or former senator to federal investigators….
[Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)] and Sen. Johnny Isakson (Ga.), the ranking Republican on the evenly divided six-member committee, cited eight findings in which there was substantial evidence that Ensign committed legal violations or broken Senate rules.
Not a happy task.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider