Your morning jolt: For John Barrow opponent, an inconvenient check

Campaign checks and the records they generate can be inconvenient things.
Earlier this week, Bill Simon of Marietta, a Republican activist who operates the Political Vine blog, sent out word that the newest GOP candidate in the race to oust U.S. Rep. John Barrow, R-Savannah, had committed a grievous sin.

Ten years ago, Augusta contractor Rick Allen wrote a $1,000 check to the congressional campaign Democrat Charles “Champ” Walker Jr., who was running against Burns, a Republican and a professor at Georgia Southern University. Burns won the ‘02 contest.

“It was a mistake. If he had it to do over again, he wouldn’t have done it,” conceded Allen’s political strategist, Chip Lake, on Tuesday night.

Lake said would prove his conservative credentials in meetings with voters over the next nine months.

But that check is likely to reverberate. Champ Walker is the son of former Senate majority leader Charles Walker, who was a force in Augusta much disliked by Republicans, until he was given a 10-year federal sentence in 2005 after being convicted of fraud.

Burns was defeated in 2006 by Barrow.

Allen and Lee Anderson, a Grovetown state lawmaker, are the only announced Republicans in the 12th District contest so far.

One of our more reliable contacts on Tuesday night received a call from a pollster, who spent the next 20 minutes asking him questions about whom he trusted more for information about the funding and periodic approvals for the new nuclear power plant – Georgia Power, the PSC and legislature, the media or federal regulators.

Said our contact:

”It took me a minute before I realized that it was a pretty serious poll, because of the level of detail they got into. I was also curious about how they got my cell phone number, because I stopped getting political campaign calls a few years ago when I switched off my landline phone. I confirmed that they got my info from Georgia Power.”

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, and other House Republicans have seized upon the stalemate between National Basketball Association players and team owners as an argument for stripping the National Labor Relations Board of its judicial power.

From the National Journal:

“Taxpayers should not fund legal advocacy costs for millionaire players or billionaire owners,” Scott said.

“If the NBA players union would rather duke it out in court than ‘on the court’ then it should be in the same U.S. court as everyone else and not through the taxpayer funded NLRB’s court system,” he said.

It was last month that Scott introduced his “Protecting American Jobs Act,” a bill carrying 26 cosponsors that would modify the NLRB by removing its adjudicatory power.

On Tuesday, Republican strategist Ralph Reed weighed in on the Mormon issue wafting through the GOP presidential contest. He said Republicans, even evangelicals, would get past it:

“Look, at the risk of stating the obvious, evangelicals and the Mormon Church have deep and abiding theological differences,” Mr. Reed said in an interview on The Washington Times-affiliated “America’s Morning News.” “I don’t think that’s a big news flash; that’s been true since the 19th century. And it’s not just true of evangelicals — it’s true of orthodox Christianity generally. They do not subscribe to the theological tenets of Mormonism.

“Having said that, I think, in a political context, evangelical voters specifically, and Americans generally, know that they’re not electing a pastor, they’re not electing a bishop, they’re not choosing the pope. What they’re doing is they’re electing the CEO of America.”

Republican Bob Snelling says he’ll try for a comeback as a member of the state House next year, in a race for House District 66, representing Douglas and portions of Paulding counties.

Snelling represented Douglas County from 1995 until 2003, but was redistricted by Democrats into the same territory as fellow Republican Bill Hembree.

Snelling chose not to run in 2002. This year, District 66 is an open seat. “Our state Legislature needs to start acting once again like the mature, honest institution that Georgians have the right to expect,” Snelling said in a statement.

The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today provides a fact-check of last night’s GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider
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12 comments Add your comment


October 12th, 2011
10:48 am

“If the NBA players union would rather duke it out in court than ‘on the court’ then it should be in the same U.S. court as everyone else and not through the taxpayer funded NLRB’s court system,” he said.

Huh? The regular court system is funded by taxpayers, too.


October 12th, 2011
10:50 am

I take it that Ralphie is working for Mitt Romney


October 12th, 2011
10:57 am

Ha! Funny. Ralph Reed saying we’re electing the CEO and that religion isn’t an issue. So says the guy who has made his career on the exact opposite. Methinks the almighty dollar sign and consulting fees are more important to him than faith. But of course this has always been the issue with Ralph.

Sharon F

October 12th, 2011
11:34 am

Austin Scott finally got off mom and dad’s payroll and now he is on ours. Wish he would help the job market in middle GA instead of worrying about something that does not affect or impact 99.9% of his district, Georgia or even America.


October 12th, 2011
11:37 am

Re: “Political Vine,” I deplore the scorched earth jihadist approach of some Republicans who excoriate any Republican who every donated to any Democratic candidate, and even any Republican whose campaign contributors ever contributed to a Democrat. That attitude only furthers the hyper-partisan gridlock that makes our political system so dysfunctional.

Danny O

October 12th, 2011
12:03 pm

Thanks for the info as always. Two things that might need clarification:

- In the first item, the guy who beat Champ Walker was Max Burns.

- In the third item, the proper name of the league is the National Basketball Association, hence the acronym “NBA”. And on that note, if spending taxpayer dollars at the NLRB gets people back to work quicker than spending taxpayer dollars at court, then it’s a good use of taxpayer dollars.


October 12th, 2011
12:30 pm

OMG Ralph Reed is channeling me from 2004 when GWB was running for his second term. I told EVERY Republican that wanted to argue abortion and gay marriage that very thing…we are electing a President not a Pastor. Funny how suddenly they see the light. Must have been the rose-colored glasses.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

October 12th, 2011
12:35 pm

Ralph Reed wrong as always. The President may be the Chief Executive, but not a CEO. The office is so much more than that. The President represents all citizens, not just investors. The aims of the government are not to make a profit. And America is not a corporation–yet.

Democratic Plantation Dweller

October 12th, 2011
12:36 pm

The stimulus is working !

Makes me wonder

October 12th, 2011
12:43 pm

I guess Rick Allen has never bought any trickets from Bill Simon.

Simon is a cheap pay to play guy, spend a few bucks with him, and he’ll come up with some kind of hit piece on your opponent. Sometimes he even has his facts right.

Danny O

October 12th, 2011
1:47 pm

The stimulus ended last year. Growth has been flat since.