Your morning jolt: A Democratic power couple calls it quits

DuBose and Carol Porter, who last year ran as a power couple for governor and lieutenant governor, are ending their nearly 28-year marriage.

Carol Porter confirmed that she filed for divorce about three weeks ago. DuBose Porter also acknowledged the split. “We reared four wonderful children together,” he said.

Carol Porter, left, at the February 2010 news conference announcing her Democratic candidacy for lieutenant governor, with her husband, Dubose Porter, right, nearby, and their four sons behind them. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Carol Porter, left, at the February 2010 news conference announcing her Democratic candidacy for lieutenant governor, with her husband, Dubose Porter, right, nearby, and their four sons behind them. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

The couple own the Courier Herald newspaper in Dublin, which DuBose Porter represented in the state House. DuBose Porter was the leader of the Democratic caucus in the years following the Republican takeover of the state Capitol, and in 2010 sought to cap his political career with a run for governor.

In January of that year, Carol Porter subbed for her husband, giving a speech before a group of business leaders – and did so well that within weeks she was a formal candidate for lieutenant governor. From the story of that day:

Carol Porter, who announced her intention at a Capitol news conference with her husband and their grown sons at her side Thursday, becomes the first Democrat to announce for lieutenant governor. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle is seeking re-election on the Republican side.

Should both Porters become Democratic nominees, it sets up a potentially historic one-two punch. But Carol Porter, 51, said it’s not a gimmick aimed at boosting her husband’s campaign.
“If this is a gimmick and it’s going to get corruption out of government, you can give me a dozen,” she said.

While candidates for governor and lieutenant governor do not run together as a ticket in Georgia, Carol Porter said theirs will definitely be a team effort.

“We will be sharing the same message,” she said.

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Up in Washington, that “super committee” assigned the task of trimming $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit by Thanksgiving has prompted some creative efforts to attract its attention.

U.S. Rep. Tom Price is behind one of many – a Monday gathering of health care organizations intent on boosting home health care as a way to lower Medicare costs by keeping patients out of expensive hospitals and nursing homes. That’s 10 a.m. in Roswell at Founders Hall.

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Democratic Party of Georgia Chairman Mike Berlon on Thursday called for state Senate Pro Tempore Tommie Williams and Attorney General Sam Olens to release the details of a secret $80,000 payment used to settle an employee complaint – allegedly a case of racial discrimination.

“We ask Senator Williams to tell Georgia what the allegations are, which senators were involved, and why $80,000 in taxpayer funds are being paid in secret,” said Berlon. “We will formally ask Attorney General Olens about his involvement in this situation and for a legal opinion on whether any laws were broken.”

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Remember that contentious – and successful — effort last month by state Rep. Steve Davis, R-McDonough, to redraw Henry County commission and school board districts? Which just happened to bolster the budding political career of his 22-year-old son, who has a seat on the school board?

Gov. Nathan Deal signed that and 46 other pieces of other local line-drawing. Along with legislation ratifying a freeze in the state’s gas tax that the governor had ordered up this summer by executive order.

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Doc

September 23rd, 2011
10:01 am

It is always a shame to see a marriage disintegrate. One only can wonder what happened…

Andre

September 23rd, 2011
10:05 am

Thursday, state Democrats issued a press release calling on Senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams (R – Lyons) to “release the details of a secret $80,000 payment used to settle a racial discrimination complaint.”

State Senator Williams is chairman of the Senate Committee on Administrative Affairs; a committee which, in July, authorized a payment of $80,500 that Democrats say went to “settle a racial discrimination complaint.”

The Senate Administrative Affairs Committee consists of six state senators, the Secretary of the Senate, and the Lt. Governor. The partisan composition of this Senate committee is: 6 Republicans, 1 Democrat, and 1 nonpartisan member (the Secretary of the Senate).

Again, the Democrats’ press release calls on Senate Administrative Affairs Committee chairman Tommie Williams (R – Lyons) to disclose the “details of a secret $80,000 payment used to settle a racial discrimination complaint.” What the release does not do is make the same request of the lone Democrat on this committee.

The Democrats are not calling on state Senator Steve Henson (D – Tucker) to disclose the details of this settlement. The Democrats also are not calling on Secretary of the Senate Robert Ewing to reveal what he knows.

The Democrats’ fire is directed solely at the Republicans, despite the fact that Senate Democrat Leader Steve Henson also refused to comment on this issue.

The Democrats are turning a legitimate gripe about transparent and open government into a partisan-fueled witch hunt.

The Democrats say, “The payment and subsequent cover-up by Williams runs contrary to his goal to ‘bring more sunlight and transparency to how the public’s tax dollars are being spent.’”

Party leader Mike Berlon said, “We ask Senator Williams to tell Georgia what the allegations are, which senators were involved, and why $80,000 in taxpayer funds are being paid in secret.”

Why isn’t the chairman of Georgia’s Democrats asking the same question of Senate Democrat Leader and Senate Administrative Affairs Committee member Steve Henson? Why isn’t Mike Berlon asking Secretary of the Senate Robert Ewing what the allegations are, which senators were involved, and why $80,000 in taxpayer funds are being paid in secret?

If there is a cover-up, as Georgia Democrats suggest, is Senate Administrative Affairs Committee member Steve Henson complicit in the Democrat-termed cover-up by refusing to comment on the issue.

Can the same be said of the Secretary of the Senate?

I am a huge proponent of open and transparent government; and I believe that neither Democrats nor Republicans have a monopoly on open and transparent government.

So allow me to ask the question that Georgia Democrats should have asked:

Will the Senate Administrative Affairs Committee tell Georgia what the allegations are, which senators were involved, and why $80,000 in taxpayer funds are being paid in secret? Will committee member Steve Henson tell us? Will the Secretary of the Senate tell us?

Government should be open to all; no back-room deals, no more secrecy. Regardless of partisan affiliation, the senators involved in this should be censured and disciplined by the Senate. In addition, the people of Georgia have the right to know the facts regarding the expenditures of funds.

GaBlue

September 23rd, 2011
10:13 am

Andre,

That’s your big “gotcha” moment? Mr. Berlon asked the Repubs IN CHARGE to disclose the details of the payment? You took 16 paragraphs to say, “Well… but… the two last remaining not-quite-relevent Dems didn’t tell either!” Dude, no offense, but you might want to consider getting a life. Just sayin’.

Tired of BS

September 23rd, 2011
10:17 am

Very sorry their marriage ended. I do believe competing egos don’t always mix.

Downtown Heffa

September 23rd, 2011
10:26 am

Wow! Twenty-eight years and can’t make it work? The best to both of you.

Road Scholar

September 23rd, 2011
10:27 am

Andre: Don’t the republicans control the governorship, the lt governorship and both the state senate and house??? Since the Governor had to OK the payment, wouldn’t the republicans be the ones to qwn up to the fact that they paid it? These are two yes or no questions. No further explanation or excuse is needed. Oh the uncertainty! Oh the whining!

JAWJA

September 23rd, 2011
10:35 am

Carol would have made a terriffic Lt Gov. , and, Dubose is a really good man. I think BS is probably right about maybe the ego thing. Tut tut Andre; get some blood pressure meds. If something that mediocre gets to you, you’re lost, man.

rexdogma

September 23rd, 2011
10:41 am

Hey Andre, Last time I looked the reps are in charge. should ask them. Where you from anyway!

Independent voter

September 23rd, 2011
11:02 am

I hope Porter run for governor next election she will get my vote..Nathan Deal must go in the governor race.

Andre ain't bright

September 23rd, 2011
11:26 am

Andre is the kinda guy that complains to the busboy when his steak is undercooked.

findog

September 23rd, 2011
11:45 am

Why vote for TSPLOST if the Govenor is cutting the fuel tax it is to suppliment?
Can anyone explain the thought process or economic benefit of this pandering?

Andre

September 23rd, 2011
11:57 am

@johnbolton,

Regardless of your personal feelings towards me, it might help if you knew a little about the derogatory terms you’re using to hurl insults online.

Someone who has actually read Uncle Tom’s Cabin would know that “Uncle Tom” was a strong black man who ultimately lost his life because he would not reveal the whereabouts of two escaped slaves.

Over the years, though, “Uncle Tom” has been warped and mutilated into a pejorative term meant to describe a “black person who behaves in a subservient manner to white people.”

“john bolton” has again demonstrated what happens when people don’t read and accept what is spoon-fed to them by those who seek to devalue and denigrate a figure that is to be admired, not ridiculed.

JD

September 23rd, 2011
11:58 am

Georgia really doesn’t need people from its rural areas running for the highest offices. They are humiliating to those of us who represent intellect and culture. Carol and DuBose are two of the most uncooth people I have ever met. Guess they think the two nickels they make owning a failing newspaper qualifies them for office. Pathetic.

abc

September 23rd, 2011
12:01 pm

People of “intellect and culture” are able to spell “uncouth”.

GaBlue

September 23rd, 2011
12:07 pm

JD,

I’m calling BS. “Uncooth” is not an adjective that even remotely applies. Furthermore, your assertion that somehow you “represent intellect and culture” (???) is clearly a joke, but it isn’t funny. Tip: Keep your day job, if you actually have one.

Alabama Communist

September 23rd, 2011
12:10 pm

More Breaking News On Democrat Political Couple Spliting……..A unknown source deep within the Republican Tea Party said today they were taking credit for the break-up since they have come up with a full proof political plan to destroy Democrat political couples by putting out rumors that they were secret crossdressing Gays supporting Mitt Romney in Georgia..

Stephen Porter the Eldest Son

September 23rd, 2011
12:11 pm

Yea JD and finding other cultures humiliating is very “couth.” Ya Big City, but small minded.

Thanks for all the emails, calls and support to my Family during this trying time.

And PS we have internet down here in this “rural area”

brad

September 23rd, 2011
12:17 pm

How cooth of you, abc.

honested

September 23rd, 2011
12:21 pm

JD

You are definitely on the wrong planet.

I’m usually a bit hesitant to trust auslanders, but Carol and DuBose are both top notch human beings.
It is sad to see them confront this hardship.

MrLiberty

September 23rd, 2011
12:27 pm

I would rather see power couple Bill and Hillary call it quits.

Independent voter

September 23rd, 2011
12:33 pm

I hope the demoncrate and the Independent voters wake up from all this corruption going on in the republican party and get out there to vote these corruption people out the office.

I know this a wake up call for me to see a innocent man was put to death because of debt.

I am going to join the Amensity Organization to remove death penalty.

We the voters going to hold Nathan Deal accountable for the death of a innocent man.

Nathan Deal will not win another election.

MiltonMan

September 23rd, 2011
12:36 pm

Good to see they are not a rep couple. The libs on here would be trashing them for lack of “family values”.

MiltonMan

September 23rd, 2011
12:40 pm

Independent = lib by any other name. Throwing away his/her money on Amensity Org – whatever that is.

You need to wake up. The dems in this state nominate nothing more than loser retreads like Roy Rat Barnes, Vernon Jones, Joe Martin, etc., etc.

JAWJA

September 23rd, 2011
12:54 pm

You obviously have never met Carol or Dubose, JD. Please change your name. My grandson is JD, and you using his name offends me.

td

September 23rd, 2011
1:07 pm

I am sure the marriage of the Porter’s has been over for sometime but they stayed together for the sake of the children and for the chance for power. The last election showed them there is no way either of them are going to gain any real power in Georgia and their children are grown so there was no reason for them stay together.

yuzeyurbrane

September 23rd, 2011
1:27 pm

Glad Cong. Price is having a mtg. re healthcare. This opportunity for Seniors and others interested in his ideas on SS and Medicare to attend and let him know what you think.

Jackets '10

September 23rd, 2011
1:38 pm

Divorce is never something folks should have to go through alone. Good luck guys.

Meoleaeke

September 23rd, 2011
1:43 pm

“A Democratic power couple…”

Wow I’m looking @ the photo up top, I had no idea there were still white Democrats in state government.

Jackets '10

September 23rd, 2011
1:50 pm

Independent Voter 12:33 pm: Mr. Davis was given ample opportunity to prove that he was not guilty. The US Supreme Court intervened once and he still could not prove he was not guilty. Just because the Pope, Big Boi and Al Sharpton think he shouldn’t die is irrelevant to the actual facts of the case. In the eyes of the law of the land, Mr. Davis stilled murdered a cop who was trying to assist a homeless man. Whether or not he was truly innocent is known only by him and God at this point. May his soul find rest. The death penalty should stay right where it is, imho.

Jackets '10

September 23rd, 2011
1:51 pm

But we do agree that we have a rather horrible state govt.

Dustin

September 23rd, 2011
2:13 pm

Carol and DuBose Porter are some of the most kind-hearted, loving, and well respected people in this state – and I think anyone, regardless of political affiliation, who have spent any length of time with either of them will agree. They are active members in their community and have raised four fine children that all have bright futures ahead of them.

It is always a sad thing when a marriage dissolves. We do not know, nor should we know, what happens in people’s private lives. However, I hope the Porters get the respect and privacy the deserve and that they find peace and comfort during this time.

GaBlue

September 23rd, 2011
2:27 pm

Dustin,

Well said!

pb

September 23rd, 2011
2:28 pm

Independent Voter:

The governor of Georgia has no power to commute or pardon anyone. It rests with the Board of Pardons and Parole. So even if Deal wanted to pardon Davis, he couldn’t. You can want to vote Deal out, but that is not a valid reason. And Amnesty International has been against death penalty for years- this case did not really change anything. Maybe eventually death penalty will be abolished here, but not because of them.

Monty Python

September 23rd, 2011
2:29 pm

Why, Mr. Liberty? What impact does the status of the Clinton’s marriage have on your life? Is your life so pathetic that you sit around worrying about who is married and who isn’t? It’s a nonsense comment that shows your pettiness and shallowness. Grow up.

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