Your morning jolt: Herman Cain loses another Iowa staffer, wins Cobb straw poll

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

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

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21 comments Add your comment

Last Man Laying Down

July 5th, 2011
9:04 am

Sam Olens is running for governor. The AG’s office gives him a bully pulpit. He’d certainly be competent and as an aside would also be Georgia’s second Jewish governor.


July 5th, 2011
9:19 am

Last Man Laying Down

July 5th, 2011
9:04 am

Sam ran Cobb very well for years (one of the top 10 run counties in the nation). I think he would make a very good Governor.


July 5th, 2011
9:30 am

That should read Governor Robert Bentley, not Bailey.


July 5th, 2011
9:49 am

It’s Bentley, Jim. Alabama’s Governor is Robert Bentley, not Robert Bailey.

But don’t worry, it’s not like you cover politics professionally or anything…

Just Wait

July 5th, 2011
10:04 am

Wow, these Republican presidential candidates are dropping faster that new ones can enter the race.

Frederick Douglass

July 5th, 2011
10:12 am

Robert Bailey’s the lawncare specialist at the Alabama state house, he’s an eminently more important man than Bentley.


July 5th, 2011
10:18 am

To be fair, it was the Gainesville Times that printed the wrong name. Jim just re-printed it.

John K

July 5th, 2011
10:39 am

Cain can always look back and think “at least I had Georgia.”

Just goes to show how nuts this state is.

Listen, - you just might learn some propaganda

July 5th, 2011
11:11 am

The Herman Cain Campaign
is about as dead as that God Awful Godfather’s Pizza Chain.


July 5th, 2011
11:47 am

The fact that THIS is news is a sad commentary for the state. Mr. Cain, will have supporters in Georgia, thans to his faux outrage radio program and the naroow minded listeners he attracts. Newt is blaming everyone else for his blunders, duh…, and Nathan Deal, and you’re surprised that he was under a gag order and he spoke about the “gist” of he and the Alabama governor’s chat… Georgia, look at yourself… glad my family and I got away from there…

Chris Matthews

July 5th, 2011
12:40 pm

John K is a racist!


July 5th, 2011
12:40 pm

It’s ever so fun to watch the Republican party fall apart, a lying tongue has know rememberence, they forget what the say and what they stand for, to busy watching OBAMA,,,,The tranferancy is everywhere, watch out,


July 5th, 2011
12:45 pm

Delta is ready for all you carpetbagging Yankee racists to leave Georgia!


July 5th, 2011
12:48 pm

All of you thinking that the GOP is coming apart and losing steam because of the failings, short-comings, and general clownish behavior of so many of their candidates will be crying in your craft-brewed beers once you realize the extremely high tolerance for stupidity and the short memories of the average voter in this country.

We are American and we are proudly and defiantly ignorant and short-sited! And, in Georgia, we’ll whup your butt for trying to confuse us with facts.

Vote stupid, stay stupid!


July 5th, 2011
12:54 pm

It is interesting that Dekalb County would close their offices early and then have police officers state that the property was “police property” (not public property) and, more specifically, that it was that one particular officer’s property. People were trying to pay traffic tickets and given Dekalb’s financial state one would think the country would value every dollar. Certainly Dekalb doesn’t value its citizens.

Perhaps the Dekalb Police can sell some of “their property” next time they want a raise or new equipment.

The arrogance of some of these government employees is maddening and something many citizens won’t soon forget.

Big Hat

July 5th, 2011
4:11 pm

All the way with Cain; America needs a President who speaks English as a second language. Herman, he be the man!


July 5th, 2011
10:47 pm

I remember when a person of color won every straw poll in Georgia in 2010 and than when on to lose the whole kit and kaboodle! Even lost their own County and district. The straw polls are just for the liars who want to pretend they will vote for a person of color. As stupid as Cain is, he will probably hang his hat on that just like the other dude.

Shelly Ehret

July 6th, 2011
5:40 am

you need to get with the program, Cain already has replacements for Iowa..
But a course only the real news media would know the actual up today news.. saw your website from 17 hours ago. A few staffers left and new ones are already in place and plans are underway for Iowa…
Best wishes to your news reporting, no news media, just a common house wife.. Who likes the true facts up front,,,,

no chance

July 6th, 2011
7:12 am

cain’s just using the campaign to get millions in election cash–he has no chance.

no cain

July 6th, 2011
7:14 am

Cain’s an uncle tom—he shouldn’t be going against his people and supporting all these racist republicans. African-Americans should vote democrat 100%.

Frederick Ferguson

July 6th, 2011
4:07 pm

You know I have an idea–just an idea. Often when you hear a right wing Evangelical Taliban like Cain ranting on and on about the evil of same-sex marriage and needing to defend “traditional” marriage and so forth then it’s just a matter of months before they are arrested sexting inappropriate pictures to some young men on the local high school football team. I hope that Mr. Cain doesn’t turn out to be another “Reverend” Eddie Long. We all know this is becoming far too common for the media darlings of the far right. In any event, I don’t believe Americans would ever elect a jive talking, homophobic closet-case clown like Herman Cain.