In a note to supporters, presidential candidate Herman Cain last night took on – in polite fashion – doubters within the nose-bleed section of the Republican party. Wrote Cain:
No one is more emblematic of the Republican establishment than Karl Rove. He has an unmatched political record from his tenure with former president George W. Bush. I greatly respect and admire what he has accomplished in his career.
But I would suggest that he take a few minutes to review my record as a leader in business and as a problem-solver before he dismisses me as the radio talk show guy from Atlanta with not much to offer as a presidential candidate.”
But wait, there’s more:
One of my favorite political commentators, Charles Krauthammer of Fox News, described my candidacy as entertainment. I enjoy his perspectives because he is usually very thoughtful and often correct in his analysis. Unfortunately, this time he got it wrong. Some people would describe being able to give an informative and inspiring speech as an asset, especially if one is running for president.
And a coda:
And no, my campaign is not broke, as someone on Chris Wallace’s Fox News staff incorrectly concluded from a dormant PAC account.
My presidential campaign account is called Friends of Herman Cain, just in case Mr. Rove, Mr. Krauthammer and Mr. Wallace would like to make a contribution. I’m not mad! We just have temporary differences of opinions.
Also this morning, the Washington Post has its who-is-Herman-Cain piece, which begins with a glass of white wine near Cain headquarters in Stockbridge:
Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain sipped from a glass of chardonnay at an Italian restaurant near his campaign headquarters here and explained why he found Mitt Romney’s pizza delivery ploy so troubling.
“It’s trivial,” Cain, 65, said of Romney sending his leftover pizza to Obama headquarters last week, an apparent dig that has left the political world scratching its head. “It means nothing.”
State Rep. David Lucas, D-Macon, one of the longest-serving members of the Legislature, remains in the hospital after a Sunday evening heart attack and surgery to remove two blockages. From the Macon Telegraph:
[His wife, Macon City Councilwoman Elaine Lucas] said her husband was rushed from the Soul Jam Festival at Henderson Stadium to The Medical Center of Central Georgia with heat-related symptoms about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Once there, doctors noticed heart attack symptoms as well and located the blockages, she said.
David Lucas was expected to be moved out of intensive care Monday afternoon and then discharged within two or three days, Elaine Lucas said.
David Lucas announced this month that he intends to run for the District 26 state Senate seat being vacated by Robert Brown.
You can’t say that the candidates in the June 21 special election to replace state Rep. Hank Huckaby aren’t interesting. Last week, Blake Aued of the Athens Banner-Herald wrote of Alan Alexander, a lawyer who got some probation time for punching a UGA student in a search for his daughter’s abuser.
Over the weekend, Blake wrote of Chuck Williams, a banker whose operation went belly up:
“The fact that the bank failed is not a point of pride for me, but it’s not a point of shame or embarrassment, either,” Williams said.
It started out promisingly enough. Williams and a small group of other initial investors saw an opening when one community bank joined the Synovus chain while Oconee County was in the midst of explosive growth. They ponied up $1 million of their own and sold stock to 400 others in 1999, raising a total of $5.3 million.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider