The National Republican Congressional Committee has taken aim at 51 House Democrats – including Savannah’s John Barrow – for their support of a loan program included in the stimulus package that made the Solyndra solar debacle possible.
“Congress has not been as good a custodian of the people’s money in the past and as a result of past abuses of the earmarking process, with highly placed members of Congress abusing their incredible influence at the closing stages of the appropriations process,” Barrow said. “The political repercussions of that have been to forswear all earmarks, which is basically Congress abandoning its responsibility to decide how the people’s money gets spent.”
One other argument you’re likely to hear Barrow make: The loan program that allowed Solyndra is the same one that is guaranteeing $8 billion for the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta.
So Republicans in Georgia will need to be particularly narrow in their criticisms.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that – without Chris Christie or Sarah Palin in the mix – former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads the GOP pack with 25 percent. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Georgia businessman Herman Cain are tied for second with 16 percent – a 13-point drop for Perry and a 12-point gain for Cain in one month.
Everyone’s talking about Hank Williams Jr.’s encounter with “Fox and Friends” — the one that cost him his “Monday Night Football” gig with ESPN. Comparing the president of the United States to Hitler will do that.
But what people are missing is that, in the same interview, Herman Cain picked up an endorsement. Even if a half-hearted one:
Last Friday, in anticipation of Rick Perry’s visit to Georgia, the Insider published a list of 44 state lawmakers who had pledged their support to the Texas governor. Make that 43.
State Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, said he remembers putting his name to a list of lawmakers who wanted to know more about Perry. “I said I might be interested,” Murphy said Monday.
Has he committed to anyone else? “No, none,” said Murphy. “I’ve just kept my option open. I like Newt. I’ve met Mitt Romney a couple times – he’s kind of strong. I like Herman, too.”
Speaking of Newt Gingrich: In Atlanta on Monday, the former U.S. House speaker told my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin that Herman Cain’s sudden rise in polls shows that neither Mitt Romney nor Rick Perry have a lock on the GOP presidential nomination:
“I don’t know that these guys are in the Ali-Foreman league, frankly,” Gingrich said. “I knew Ali and Foreman. I’m not sure these guys are Ali-Foreman.”
To Richard Elliot of Channel 2 Action News, Gingrich predicted that the stampede of states to the front of the primary calendar will make forthcoming debates more crucial. And after that will come chaos:
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s claim that his state has produced most of the nation’s recent job growth.
In a season where the New York Times is writing about Hispanics fleeing Alabama and its new illegal immigration law, WRBL-TV in Columbus notes this upcoming calendar event in southwest Georgia:
Authentic food, festive music, arts and crafts, and a children’s carnival are part of the “La Fiesta En El Parque.” The festival is scheduled for October 22 at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, GA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Entertainment will take place on stage at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site’s main visitor center Plains High School. Havana Son and other local groups will be performing traditional Mexican music and other Latin rhythms like salsa, son, boleros, cumbia and meringue.
In Marietta, arguments over redistricting have allegedly caused a physical altercation between two members of the city council — an event now under investigation by the GBI, according to Jon Gillooly and the MDJ.
Finally, for you Lockheed Martin fans, take a look at this video of an F-35B making its first vertical landing on the USS Wasp, posted by Defense News:
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider