The bad news this morning for GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is that he’s lost yet another staffer in Iowa. From the American Spectator:
Former Des Moines Tea Party leader Charlie Gruschow has resigned from Atlanta businessman Herman Cain’s presidential campaign, the third resignation from Cain’s Iowa staff in recent days.
… Gruschow had been quoted in a Sunday article by Politico saying he was “optimistic” about the Cain campaign in Iowa.
The good news for Herman Cain is that, here in Georgia, he’s still got juice. The former radio host and pizza magnate edged to the top of the annual straw poll conducted by Republicans who gather in Cobb County each Fourth of July. From today’s Marietta Daily Journal:
Joe Dendy, Cobb GOP chairman, said results for the straw poll put Cain at 43 percent, compared to only 14 percent for Newt Gingrich, 13 percent for Michele Bachmann, 10 percent for Rick Perry, eight percent for Mitt Romney, five percent for Tim Pawlenty, 3.5 percent for Ron Paul and three percent for Sarah Palin. …
Of the 724 people who turned out to the event at Jim Miller Park about half voted in the straw poll, meaning half the people in attendance were likely undecided, Dendy said.
In today’s Los Angeles Times, Georgia’s other presidential candidate – former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich – confirms that his campaign is in the financial red:
“The fact is a month of media barrage is painful, and it slowed a lot of things down,” he said, before marching in a Fourth of July parade in Clear Lake, Iowa. “Our numbers will not be as good as we would like, and candidly, the consultants left us in debt. But every single week since they left we’ve been cutting down the debt, and we raise more than we spend in a week.”
Gingrich didn’t put an exact figure on his debt, but the Associated Press reported last month that his outstanding bills amounted to $1 million.
Meanwhile, one of Newt Gingrich’s ex-Iowa staffers has now claimed a berth with “Americans for Rick Perry.” From Politico.com:
Craig Schoenfeld, a veteran Iowa strategist, has been brought on board and has started nascent discussions with others about six-week contracts – meaning the duration of the lead-up to the Ames poll, the sources said.
And the New York Times reports that, on Monday, after briefly telling reporters that he never said President Barack Obama had made the Great Recession worse, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney decided that he and his campaign TV ads were right the first time. We’re confused, too.
As the Fourth of July weekend came upon us, the employees of the DeKalb County recorder’s court decided they deserved an early start. What makes this 11Alive report unusual is that it was based on an iPhone video shot by C.B. Hackworth – an ex-TV news producer who was there simply to pay a ticket:
Walter Jones of Morris News Service has taken a measure of Attorney General Sam Olens:
One indication of how Olens is more activist than his immediate predecessor, Democrat Thurbert Baker, is that he has already issued nearly six times as many official press releases as Baker did in all of 2010 when the incumbent was running for governor. Olens just has more to talk about.
For example, as a Republican, he’s been more willing to join with other states in fighting the Democratic Obama administration. He’s joined fights over health reform, environmental regulations and the National Labor Relation Board’s decision to block Boeing’s move of a production line to South Carolina to lower its labor costs.
“I think it’s really important to be involved,” he said.
In today’s Gainesville Times, Gov. Nathan Deal lets slip that – prior to a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling favorable to Georgia — he met with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley last month to talk water:
“I think it went well. I’m not allowed to discuss the details of anything,” Deal said. “To have the chance to know each other on a personal basis is good because we have to have confidence in each other as we try to negotiate a settlement. I am encouraged by that and we’re going to continue to be cooperative as we move forward.”
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today looks at the claim by the National Republican Congressional Committee that U.S. Reps. John Barrow of Savannah and Sanford Bishop of Albany, two Democrats targeted by the GOP, have been on “a spending spree.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider