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.
“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.