Over at Fenuxe, a new website aimed at gays and lesbians, Ryan Lee is pushing a last-minute plan to monkey with the GOP presidential primary in Georgia:
Instead of requesting a Democratic primary ballot to vote for an unopposed Barack Obama, LGBT voters in Georgia ought to pull a Republican ballot on Tuesday in order to vote for one of the most enthusiastically bigoted politicians of our generation: Rick Santorum.
And just over an hour ago, state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, sent out this Tweet:
Just voted in Candler Park; twice as many R ballots had been cast vs. D ones. #santorum will win here. #carefulwhatyouwishfor #gapol
The object, of course, is to boost the candidacy of a fellow whom Democrats think would do badly in November. And Georgia’s presidential primary is an open one. But these things rarely work without the cooperation of the candidate himself – as happened in the Michigan primary, when Santorum began soliciting Democratic, blue-collar votes.
In fact, Mark Rountree, who heads the political strategy firm Landmark Communications, has posted the following at PeachPundit.com:
Guess how many 2010 Democratic voters have crossed over to vote early (or absentee) to meddle in the GOP race here in Georgia?
Just 250 – total.
There are only 250 voters in the whole state who voted in the 2010 Democratic primary and have crossed over to vote in the Georgia Republican Presidential primary. (Frankly, there might have simply been 250 Republicans voting in the ’10 Democratic primary for relatives — meaning that there would be actually zero 2010 Democrats crossing over).
NBC News reports that Newt Gingrich, who is not on the ballot in his home state of Virginia, won’t be voting today:
“Newt and Callista are not casting a ballot in Virginia and they did not request an absentee one,” Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond [said].
When Rick Santorum made a surprise appearance at First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Ga., earlier this month, there was much wondering over the presidential preference of the church’s pastor, the Rev. Richard Lee – listed as a supporter by the Newt Gingrich campaign.
Doubt was erased on Monday, when the Gingrich campaign included Lee’s name in a list of Georgia pastors giving the GOP presidential candidate their personal endorsement. From Lee:
“Our nation sorely needs a President who not only says he believes in God but takes faith with him to the Oval Office every day,” said Dr. Lee. “Newt Gingrich is that man. And he will be the type of President to protect our right to worship without Washington interference. Religious freedom is what makes America exceptional, and Newt will make sure that freedom remains secure.”
Many of you have reported receiving a robo-call from former first lady Barbara Bush, endorsing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. And she has endorsed Romney. She just hates this year’s contest. From the Dallas Morning News:
“I think it’s been the worst campaign I’ve ever seen in my life,” she said Monday at Southern Methodist University during a daylong conference on the influence of the nation’s first ladies. “I hate that people think compromise is a dirty word. It’s not a dirty word.”
In the state Legislature, we’ve got a pair of bills that tie welfare checks to drug tests, and Gov. Nathan Deal has declared that he has an open mind when it comes to requiring those who receive unemployment checks to fill little cups with urine.
Yet Better Georgia says that’s only half the story. Its data may be nearly two months old, but the progressive group admits that, in a survey it sponsored, 64 percent of Georgians statewide support drug-testing for recipients.
But 79 percent of Georgians are in favor of drug-testing for elected officials and senior members of state government. More cups, please.
If you’re a Libertarian in Georgia, you’ll need to read this New York Times piece on the attempted takeover of the Cato Institute by the Koch brothers:
The rift has its roots, Cato officials said, in a long-simmering feud over efforts by Mr. Koch and his brother David Koch to install their own people on the institute’s 16-member board and to establish a more direct pipeline between Cato and the family’s Republican political outlets, including groups that Democrats complain have mounted a multimillion-dollar assault on President Obama. Tensions reached a new level with a lawsuit filed last week by the Kochs against Cato over its governing structure.
“We can’t be perceived as a mouthpiece of special interests,” Robert A. Levy, chairman of Cato’s board, said in an interview. “The Cato Institute as we know it would be destroyed.”
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia takes a look at claims that the state is a leader when it comes to water conservation.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider