With several glowing polls at his back, GOP presidential candidate and Georgia entrepreneur Herman Cain apparently thinks its time for his home state’s Republican leadership to take him more seriously. From Politico.com:
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) [said] that Cain – the former Godfather’s Pizza executive who’s been near the top of recent national polls – is coming to meet with fellow Georgia Republicans next Wednesday in his Cannon office.
“I’m looking forward to that opportunity,” said Gingrey, who is already endorsing Newt Gingrich. To date, Cain has not earned any endorsements in Congress.
While he scores well with local tea partyers, Cain has yet to obtain any endorsements from ranking leaders of the Georgia GOP. In addition to Gingrey, Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Reps. Jack Kingston of Savannah, Tom Price of Roswell, and Austin Scott of Tifton are still with Gingrich, the former U.S. House speaker. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has declared himself a fan of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
The New York Times has had some chats with ex- staffers about chaos within the skyrocketing campaign of Herman Cain. Its report includes this line:
And then there was that e-mail to the staff about traveling in a car with Mr. Cain: “Do not speak to him unless you are spoken to,” the memo said.
Former state lawmaker Bob Irvin of Atlanta this week served as moderator of a forum for District 6 candidates for the state Senate, hosted by the Mt. Paran/Northside Citizens Association in Buckhead.
You’ll recall that District 6 was a Democratically dominated area of Cobb County – until the August redistrict session, when GOP lawmakers redrew its lines to include much of Buckhead. Its voter rolls are now Republican-heavy.
Irvin said Democratic incumbent Doug Stoner of Smyrna was invited, but didn’t show. All three announced GOP candidates — Josh Belinfante, Beth Beskin, and Hunter Hill.
The news from Irvin:
”All three said that they are opposed to the creation of Milton County unless Buckhead gets the chance to decide if it is in or not. While this may not be terribly surprising, given where the forum was, it was gratifying to us, because two of the candidates, Belinfante and Hill, are from Sandy Springs and Cobb respectively, and might have been expected to be less definite.”
Channel 2 Action News has raised the ire of Occupy Atlanta with this backgrounder on one of the movement’s chief voices:
Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz has handed you a reading assignment: A fresh Congressional Budget Office report that measures the widening gap between haves and have-nots in the United States.
Georgia Democrats on Wednesday shot this statistic at their compadres:
Latest figures show Georgia is one of only seven states to lose jobs in 2011 and ranks 49th out of 50 states in job creation since [Gov. Nathan] Deal took office.
That said, Deal appears to be in pretty good shape, according to a poll released Wednesday by InsiderAdvantage and Channel 2 Action News:
A statewide survey conducted last week, while he was traveling throughout China, shows Governor Nathan Deal within the margin of error of having a 50% approval rating in Georgia. The survey showed that 48% of registered voters in Georgia approve of “the job performance” of Governor Deal, while only 28% (the majority of which were Democrats) disapproved of Deal’s handling of his job.
The poll did indicate that 25% of Georgians said they either had “no opinion” or were “undecided” as to the governor’s job performance. But InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery says that’s not a problem for Deal. Towery: “These days we generally see very popular governors around the level that Governor Deal is at…The old measure of being ‘vulnerable’ if less than 50% is long gone. Both Sonny Perdue and Jeb Bush were around 45% approval when they launched their reelection bids. And Deal is just in his first year…”
A former Democratic candidate for governor was in Washington on Wednesday. From Legal Newsline:
Former Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker said Wednesday that integrity of America’s courts is in danger because of companies that specialize in funding litigation.
Baker made the comment at the 12th annual Legal Reform Summit, which is put on by the Institute for Legal Reform. The ILR is an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and owns Legal Newsline.
Baker said that companies only seeking the maximum profit might not have the best interests of claimants in mind.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider