Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman announced via Twitter on Thursday that he’s a thoroughly modern man when it comes to Darwin and climate change – unlike a certain Texas governor.
From the Associated Press:
“To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,” Huntsman tweeted.
Although Huntsman didn’t mention Perry by name, the tweet was sent within hours of a campaign stop by Perry in New Hampshire where was asked by the crowd about both topics.
While Perry dodged a question about climate change, he has previously said the theory is unproven. On Thursday, he defended the teaching of creationism in schools because evolution “has some gaps to it.”
Why is this worth a mention? Because on Wednesday, Huntsman will be at the state Capitol in Atlanta to meet Gov. Nathan Deal and as many state legislators as possible.
Perry already has a firm contingent of supporters in the Capitol, and Deal is still formally tied to Gingrich – a convenient if unlikely shelter when everybody and his brother are trying to draw you into their fight.
Jon Huntsman will be preceded at the state Capitol by Christine O’Donnell, the former U.S. Senate candidate from Delaware. She’ll stop by on Monday. But O’Donnell made a bit of news this morning when, on NBC’s “Today,” she said she walked off Piers Morgan’s CNN show because of what she described as his “very inappropriate, creepy line of questioning.”
The Delaware Republican said she wanted to stop the “borderline sexual harassment that was going on.”
Roll Call reports this morning that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is the 48th richest member of Congress, worth $6.49 million. That’s up 2.6 percent over last year, meaning that Isakson’s investments are outperforming the national economy.
However, among his peers, Isakson has dropped slightly – he was the 46th richest last year. Still at the top is U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who’s worth $294 million.
With his Gang of Six activities, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., may be taking the biggest risk of his political career. But don’t think that means he’s not running in 2014, he said – yet again – on Thursday. From Larry Peterson and the Savannah Morning News:
“I’m wide open running again,” the Georgia Republican told reporters Thursday after touring the Efacec Power Transformers plant in Rincon. “I’m campaigning every day.”
He’s taken flak from tea party activists for helping lead an effort — which includes additional tax revenue — to reduce the federal budget deficit.
Some commentators say his willingness to risk the wrath of a group with big clout in GOP primaries means he won’t seek a third six-year term.
In a Thursday post, we mentioned that several Republicans from Buckhead and Sandy Springs – including Beth Beskin and Josh Belinfante – are considering entrance into the Senate District 6 race.
And that Democratic incumbent Doug Stoner of Smyrna, who’s district was hauled into Fulton County, has been approached about switching parties.
More potential GOP candidates are floating to the surface: Hunter Hill of Vinings, who ran against Stoner in 2008; and Bob Irvin of Atlanta, the former House minority leader.
Irvin’s candidacy would be interesting – given that he’s the past president of Common Cause Georgia and has been critical of the Legislature’s tolerance of “low-level conflict of interest and low-level corruption.”
On Blogging While Blue, former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin wonders whether, in their search for a constitutional majority, Republicans are repeating the big mistake that Democrats made during the 2001 redistricting session:
If the courts ultimately allow the Republican maps, their plan could still backfire for individual Republican members – many in places like Gwinnett County find themselves in districts that are much more competitive than in the past, as map makers have subtracted reliable Republican neighborhoods from these districts in an effort to create new Republican leaning districts elsewhere.
It’s worth noting that ten years ago Democrats thought they too were in reach of a constitutional majority in the Senate, but left so many districts with only narrow Democratic advantages that on Election Day in 2002 they lost in seven districts where their candidates came within 5% of a victory.
Maybe you didn’t notice, but this gambling crackdown ordered by Gov. Nathan Deal could create something of a re-match of the 2010 race for attorney general, which featured Republican Sam Olens versus Democrat Ken Hodges.
Olens won, and Hodges now represents some of the businesses in the governor’s sights. From my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:
Atlanta lawyer Ken Hodges, who represents business centers that sell Internet time, said state law provides for legitimate operations to engage in sweepstakes promotions without running afoul of Georgia’s gambling statutes.
“The people who I represent are not the only people doing this type of business in the state and I can’t speak for the others,” Hodges said Thursday. “But what my clients are doing is in compliance with the laws of the state of Georgia. Illegal gambling is not our model of business.”
Lori Geary and Channel 2 Action News offers up a look at what these Internet centers look like:
What’s curious about this whole episode that, 10 years ago, during the 2001 redistricting session, Gov. Roy Barnes initiated a crackdown on video poker – angering a crowd of convenience store owners.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes on former Atlanta Public School superintendent Beverly Hall’s assertion that 2010 and 2011 test scores in APS schools haven’t been questioned.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider