For Lin Wood, a trip down Irony Lane

In 1997, former Georgia attorney general Michael Bowers was the Republican favorite to end the GOP drought of governors in the state.

But he had a secret – a long-term affair with a woman who had once been a state employee and his secretary. Pressed by guilt and the likelihood that the relationship would surface on its own, the married Bowers summoned reporters, confessed and apologized.

What most people don’t know is that the former secretary, engaged in a consensual relationship with a married man, had her own attorney.

His name was Lin Wood, the same Atlanta attorney who is now speaking for Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who himself stands accused of a long-term, off-and-on affair with a Dunwoody woman named Ginger White.

There is a certain consistency here. Each case finds Wood on the side of the party who was involuntarily outed.

Bowers lost the 1998 Republican primary for governor to Guy Milner, who lost in the general election to Democrat Roy Barnes.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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41 comments Add your comment

Gabriel Sterling

December 1st, 2011
3:14 pm

And if memory serves Linn Wood was also the attorney for another high profile family here in Metro Atlanta…The Ramseys, the parents of JonBenét Ramsey.

Mark

December 1st, 2011
3:25 pm

Why should anyone be surprised. I mean after all the Republicans do pride themselves on being the party of family morals. go figure

Publius

December 1st, 2011
3:31 pm

We know, Clinton did it too, but so did Federalist Papers author Alex Hamilton, and Tom Jefferson. Closer to home, the former director of the NAACP Walter White was the great-great grandson of William H. Harrison. Looks like Cain and Newt are in good company.

Centrist

December 1st, 2011
3:32 pm

The only relevance here is for the mostly irrelevant AJC to just once again blog negatively about Republicans.

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
3:41 pm

Why would Cain hire a trial lawyer? Linn made his fortune in medical malpractice, and is one of the reasons for claims about tort reform. I thought Dixiecrats despised trial lawyers.

Aquagirl

December 1st, 2011
3:43 pm

The waaaambulance is ready when you are, Centrist.

Last Man Laying Down

December 1st, 2011
3:54 pm

Mr. Wood was also the lawyer for Richard Jewel in the late Mr. Jewel’s lawsuits against the AJC’s parent company.

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
3:57 pm

OK, so the AJC is negative about Republicans. #1: If not them, who? 640 or 750 or 920? #2: Telling the truth about Republican isn’t negative, or is it?

Centrist

December 1st, 2011
3:59 pm

Last Man Laying Down posted “Mr. Wood was also the lawyer for Richard Jewel in the late Mr. Jewel’s lawsuits against the AJC’s parent company.”

Thanks for exposing Mr. Jim Galloway’s GROSS conflict of interest. Not only is he a biased liberal reporter with AJC bylines and this blog selecting Republican targets, but also a Democratic party tool and attack dog for the AJC.

honested

December 1st, 2011
4:11 pm

Is ‘Hottourney’ a specialty or a sub-specialty?

honested

December 1st, 2011
4:12 pm

Smoke,

Apparently, dixiecrats just despise truth, facts and open reporting.

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
4:14 pm

Lobbying for Freddie Mac is a conflict, being a preacher and having an affair is a conflict. Wood didn’t sue Galloway, but he did sue CNN, NBC and the community college that Jewel attended and they settled. Oh did I say settled? Galloway and the AJC don’t have to target Republicans, they are walking around with bullseyes on their backs.

Aquagirl

December 1st, 2011
4:17 pm

blah, blah, blah, but also a Democratic party tool and attack dog for the AJC.

My goodness. Somebody forgot their special pills today.

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
4:26 pm

News Flash: The Jewel case against the AJC was dismissed in 2007. Thereforen even if a reporter was involved, there is no conflict of interest. Now as for Galloway, so what if he is a biased liberal reporter. He is like Moses looking across the Red Sea. Parting it looks impossible, but if George Soros can develop the communication structure like Cain’s brothers from another mother, there is hope of leading the children out of the wilderness.

Eye

December 1st, 2011
4:37 pm

His name is Lin Wood, not Linn. He also represented the girl who was “raped” by Kobe Bryant.

Uncle Larry

December 1st, 2011
4:40 pm

The irony is conservative republicans behaving like anything but conservative….Unless that is the standard.

Face it. Cain was involved in something that cost the NRA 2 pay outs and now, his political future.

Will

December 1st, 2011
4:50 pm

Looks like the party of family values, the party that believes that loyalty, trust, honor and fidelity are character building traits of their politicians, may nominate a thrice married, self-confessed adulterer.

But hey, that’s alrigfht because this adulterer has apologized. That’s alright because the democrats did not complain about President Clinton and, after all, only the liberal press worries about character issues.

Republicans are a hoot!

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
4:51 pm

I still would like to know what Wood is looking for by asking for Ms. White’s phone records? He better get with Cain to find out what other phones him has, since can’t remember stuff.

td

December 1st, 2011
4:53 pm

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
3:57 pm
OK, so the AJC is negative about Republicans. #1: If not them, who? 640 or 750 or 920? #2: Telling the truth about Republican isn’t negative, or is it?

You libs had Air America but what happened? Oh I forgot, no one wanted to listen to a failed philosophy everyday and they went bankrupt.

td

December 1st, 2011
4:57 pm

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
4:51 pm
I still would like to know what Wood is looking for by asking for Ms. White’s phone records?

David Axelrod’s phone number?

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
5:07 pm

I guess Libs prefer to read, so that’s why we have the AJC. What widely read conservative newpaper in Georgia? Air America failed, so what. Glenn Beck had a zero rating in most markets where the population is urban and educated.

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
5:09 pm

Didn’t one of those Air America hosts become a US Senator? Cain didn’t.

Smarty

December 1st, 2011
5:11 pm

@Mark, RIGHT on the money and half of them are GAY ‘Not if there is anything wrong with that’ and claim to be super moral. They are out of touch BIG TIME.

BIg Hat

December 1st, 2011
5:13 pm

Smoke: Linn made his fortune …… tort reform.

Tort reform is just a fancy term for “drunken doctors can do no wrong”

Smoke

December 1st, 2011
5:24 pm

I wish Wood would find out that Ms. White called David Axelrod. What would that prove? That his casual lover and wife are Democrats? That would not be good.

Jiggle the Handle

December 1st, 2011
5:25 pm

The Newtster is starting to look like Lazarus. Given his ethical and moral issues, I would have never guessed he could resurrect a political career. Sadly, the fact the he is a legitimate contender for the GOP nomination tells you everything you need to know about GOP true believers. They will accept and overlook almost anything if it means a chance to regain the White House. Newt still has a chance to blow it—he’s not among the most self-disciplined candidates. Herman keeps denying everything, (his “Nein-Nein-Nein Plan”), but he’s such a narcissist he can’t see that he’s toast. And Romney keeps hoping he can make it through the primary season without being asked any questions, by anyone–even Fox. Apparently, he gets annoyed when someone tries to determine his position “du jour” on specific issues.

Oh, well. I’ve been largely disappointed in Obama, but given this group of hacks, he’s looking more like Abraham Lincoln everyday.

findog

December 1st, 2011
5:47 pm

Centrist,
I’ll take Jim’s bias to your idiocy any day
Might a suggest a good Gouda cheese to go with your whine

Old Hippie

December 1st, 2011
5:57 pm

Just remember, IOKIYAR – it’s okay if you’re a Republican. Hypocrisy be damned.

American, born and raised

December 1st, 2011
6:04 pm

I’ve met Lin a few times; not my type of person. It’s my understanding that patsy ramsey took the lie detector test 2-3 times (and [I'll say 'alledgedly'] failed it) before getting to “inconclusive.” I don’t know; I wasn’t there, but a good source told me; and knowing Lin…it wouldn’t surprise me.

But to his credit, he has the barracuda-style to be a good attorney if you need one to get you off [legally]. The statement he made re: Cain was probably one of the most honest statements he’s ever made, even if it differed from Cain’s position.

So, is Cain out by Friday, or will he drop out after Iowa? Ginger White on MSNBC at 10 PM tonight.

The Playas Room

December 1st, 2011
6:25 pm

At the end of the day. If you’re calling & texting @ 4am and it isn’t family, its a booty call. All the real Playas know it.

Obama Shateth a Bricketh

December 1st, 2011
6:35 pm

I don’t have a problem with Lin Wood; he’s an attorney and he is paid to represent his clients’ best interests, even if, over the course of time, he has to handle both sides of an issue.

I don’t have a problem with Herman Cain’s sexual infidelities, if they even exist. I could care less what a civilian does in private; he must be judged on his ability to lead a nation.

I don’t care that Obama hasn’t brought us back to prosperity in 3 years; at the time of election, anyone with half a brain admitted it would take two terms to drag us out of the ditch the previous administration put us in.

What I do care about is that no one, absolutely no one, running as a Republican has viable, principled, and fair-handed answers to the problems confronting us, and none of them admits their party’s complicity in the disaster we are presently mired in. The blame Obama rhetoric is a convenient veil to mask the true perpetrators of leadership negligence. I will not vote to go back there.

Dave

December 1st, 2011
6:57 pm

While I don’t think you are wrong, it seems to me that you are becoming more opinion than fact oriented. Am I wrong that that is a shift? You aren’t on the Editorial/Opinion page, should you be?

The Truth

December 1st, 2011
7:21 pm

I like how all the Republican apologists for Herman Cain say that Ginger White is lying and they attack her background. The real ‘proof in the pudding’ is that Herman Cain admitted that right now his wife Gloria Cain will not see him and will only communicate with him over the phone. You know what that means… She is convinced that Herman the pastor-pimp is lying about his affairs. LOL.

Obama Shateth a Bricketh

December 1st, 2011
7:22 pm

Not a word of opinion in this piece. Completely factual, from top to bottom.

My Lord, no wonder no one knows that they’re being bamboozled. They believe facts that shed their politicians in a bad light are OPINIONS, whereas opinions that support their candidates are FACTS.

Dave

December 1st, 2011
7:27 pm

OSaB – you are right that there is reporting; but, reporting can be skewed, not that I disagree with the skew. I think Mr. Galloway is becoming less a reporter and more an opinionator, if that is a word. He used to let the sides, skewer themselves, he now seems to be taking sides.

Dave

December 1st, 2011
7:32 pm

And to add to my last comment, it isn’t just this piece. Lately, this column seems to be taking a liberal viewpoint. I’m very much a liberal. I understand opinion and I understand reporting. I’m just trying to figure out which this place is.

Obama Shateth a Bricketh

December 1st, 2011
7:37 pm

Dave, I think Mr. Galloway writes factual pieces. What he does not do, however, is offer facts that put Democrats behind the eight ball. In that way, yes, his body of work suggests a liberal author rather than a neutral reporter.

Dave

December 1st, 2011
7:42 pm

Agreed OSaB, but that is wandering into opinion, what Jay and Kyle are paid to do. If the “Political Insider” is now opinion, which awhile back I don’t think it was, I guess I’ll trust the “reporting” less.

Triarch

December 1st, 2011
8:39 pm

This connection seems little more than grasping at straws. A rather anemic point in my opinion.

Cap Pistol

December 2nd, 2011
12:50 am

Bowers was exposed as a rank hypocrite, ending his career. he had made a point of firing a lesbian in his office who ticked the box on a form that said she was married. he held her to the letter of the law, all the while he was an adulterer. He is a disgrace to West Point and the standards of honor that apply there. As for the shyster, he is a hired gun, representing any who would pay him a cut of their filthy lucre. He shook down several news organizations in the Jewell libel charade. he had no case in court, but CNN and NBC didn’t want to spend $ dollars defending a case, even though they had to know they would prevail. To the ajc’s credit, they didn’t fold, and the case has been dismissed. More than once.

Slip

December 2nd, 2011
9:39 am

Why must everything be painted in a liberal or conservative light. Some things just are. They are neither conservative or liberal. Adultery is neither conservative or liberal. It is, in most cases, dishonesty. You would ask, “in most cases?”
Yes. There is some adultery that is open. But that’s not what we’re dealing with when we are discussing the current candidate, candidate Edwards or Bowers.