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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider