About the poll that pit Kasim Reed against John Lewis

Last week, we began getting a number of calls from residents of the Fifth District who reported an automated phone call to their households with the strangest question: If Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and John Lewis were in the same race for Congress, whom would you support?

Strange because Reed has already said he’s running for re-election in 2013.

Michael Johnson, the former Fulton County judge, and an announced Democratic challenger to Lewis, was also mentioned in a second match-up that also included Lewis and Reed.

According to a press release distributed today, the poll was apparently the promotional work of a firm called HEG, LLC, whose principle is Fredrick Hicks. We put a phone call to him, but have not heard back.

Beverly Isom, spokeswoman for the Lewis re-election campaign, says her candidate had nothing to do with the survey. “We did not order it, did not sanction it, did not request it,” she said. Which sounds pretty emphatic.

According to Hicks:

At a time when Congress has received record-low approval ratings, recent poll results show Congressman John Lewis enjoys an approval rating of 84% within his district. When matched up against declared challenger and in a hypothetical pairing with current Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed in a three way race and head to head, Lewis outpaced all.

Hicks said about 1,700 Democratic households in the Atlanta area were contacted.

We wish his endeavor well, but we’d suggest that Hicks shouldn’t expect congratulations from a sitting congressman or incumbent mayor for invoking their names as potential rivals.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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32 comments Add your comment

xdog

March 15th, 2012
5:44 pm

That’s very interesting. I would assume Lewis has the seat as long as he wants it, but he’s 72 and despite being known as the living saint will not live forever and Reed could fill that seat well. That’s assuming he doesn’t want to run for governor. He might not win that last race but he’d make a joyful noise.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

March 15th, 2012
5:46 pm

I like Mayor Reed just fine (I trust a big city mayor who always looks ticked off), but it pleases me to no end to have a genuine American hero for a Congressman.

purtty

March 15th, 2012
6:06 pm

I would support Daffy Duck, and he might win because he is black. We cain’t have no white peoples running for no office up in here.

HEG

March 15th, 2012
6:14 pm

Jim,

I didn’t realize you called, however, I would like to address your write up. 1) Glad you covered it. 2) This was not commissioned by any candidate or campaign. 3) It is fairly common to match two strong names in a poll to measure strength. This practice is not an anomaly. 4) You misstated the question that was asked. In so doing, you COMPLETELY changed the tone of the question–I hope this was on accident. As asked, the question was: “If the election was held today and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was a candidate, for whom would you vote to represent you in Congress? 5) I encourage all to take a look at the actual release, questions and crosstabs. http://bit.ly/x78ZyM

CobbGOPer

March 15th, 2012
6:14 pm

Of course John Lewis will run again. How else would he get his public assistance money… er, salary?

RaceToTheBottom

March 15th, 2012
6:22 pm

How about they find a way to swap jobs? I think it would be great if John Lewis were Atlanta mayor.

Shar

March 15th, 2012
6:27 pm

I’ve lived in the Fifth for 30 years, and Lewis has represented us for the entire time.

He needed to go about 5 years ago. He’s way overdue now.

Please,Mr. Lewis, please go with dignity. .

Jon

March 15th, 2012
6:29 pm

Right or not, Lewis will have that seat until he chooses to retire.

Reed is probably the only true “shining star” on the Georgia Democratic Party’s bench right now (there’s a couple other possibilities, but it’s still pathetically thin…)

If he chooses to wait until Lewis retires to take a Congressional seat, he’ll win with ease. If he chooses to run for something like Senator or Governor, he’s certainly nowhere near the favorite, but he would at least make it interesting.

GA Voter

March 15th, 2012
6:33 pm

I believe the mayor is waiting for Congressman Lewis to retire prior to running for the congressional seat. Hopefully, Congressman Lewis won’t pull the “Strom Thurmond” antics by staying in office until the age of 100!

Rick James

March 15th, 2012
6:34 pm

For some reason some people in Atlanta think that because John Lewis a civil rights icon he’s entitled to a lifetime seat in congress.If thats ok with people in his district its fine with me.He’s so solidified that in the last election he would no ever show up to debate his challengers.I do however think that Kasim Reed would be much more effective.The problem would arise when some people get angry at Kasim for running against the icon and the black power stucture in Atlanta splits which is a lot of fun for me to watch because I dont believe that we as black people should be collective thinkers as our “leaders” would have us be.I remember vividly the John Lewis/Julian Bond blood bath.I remember the anger hurled at Markel Hutchings because he dared to challenge John Lewis.Oh yes,this would be fun to watch..

MiltonMan

March 15th, 2012
6:38 pm

Lewis is a moron and the people living in the 5th are idiots.

HEG

March 15th, 2012
6:45 pm

We didn’t poll on who has the inside track on replacing Congressman Lewis , but that would be interesting to see. What we did find is that the Congressman is extremely strong, even when matched against the strongest local candidate. This poll was a measure of Congressman Lewis’ strength, not Mayor Reed
In the release issued, I stated “It is important to recognize that these are results are not an indication of strength or weakness on the part of Mayor Reed. These results do indicate that voters are happy with Congressman Lewis and therefore do not see a reason to change.”

kaycee

March 15th, 2012
6:50 pm

For those who think Lewis has outlived his usefulness, specifically why do you think he should be gone?

Rick James

March 15th, 2012
6:57 pm

@kaycee

For those who think Lewis has outlived his usefulness, specifically why do you think he should be gone?
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Besides showing up at the MLK day celabration every year what does he do?

Raquel Morris

March 15th, 2012
7:27 pm

I think Jim’s panties are in a wad because the poll shows that Lewis would stomp his BFF, Kasim the Wonder Mayor.

Hot Dog

March 15th, 2012
7:28 pm

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. If you don’t believe me, ask Rick James, Shar, CobbGOPer, purtty and most of all ..THE GREATEST IDIOT OF ALL…MiltonMan!

s. dekalb voter

March 15th, 2012
7:37 pm

This poll is total bs. Weighting is wrong, not enough demos. What a joke of a “pollster”.

Rick James

March 15th, 2012
7:46 pm

@Hot Dog

mind is a terrible thing to waste. If you don’t believe me, ask Rick James, Shar, CobbGOPer, purtty and most of all ..THE GREATEST IDIOT OF ALL…MiltonMan
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Thanks for proving my point…As I said,in some people’s eyes if you say anything against John Lewis you’re either racist,an uncle tom or an idiot.And we wonder why this ineffective congressman keeps getting elected.

RGB

March 15th, 2012
8:07 pm

“For those who think Lewis has outlived his usefulness, specifically why do you think he should be gone?”

Let me count the ways….

Here’s one: The $80 million trolley project.

Here’s another: The “dogs and fire hoses iz after me again” routine doesn’t work in 2012–especially when your most famous “accomplishment” is getting hit on the head 45 years ago.

Heck, the trolley could have been used for a brain trauma wing in a local hospital with Lewis being the first patient. Hank Johnson could be second if he’s not out saving Guam. Is there a theme here?

Or better yet, let taxPAYERS keep it. That would exclude many of Lewis’s constituents.

20/20

March 15th, 2012
8:59 pm

Raquel: What BFF mean chile?
Stop the presses! Xdog sez: “…despite being known as the living saint will not live forever…”
WOW! My God, we have one who can walk on water and didn’t even know it! Contact the Pope (who, by the way starts the process for sainthood) and see if he (Pope) can waiver all the requirements and get the Brother fast-tracked before summer!!! What you mean bro…the brother can’t live forever? Man, you ain’t got no brains at all. It just SEEMS like he have lived forever. He and brother Clyburn in SC are a team…don’t do nothing, can’t do nothing, ain’t really nothing but can be elected forever. Gonna stick it to those damn Republicans if it kills us. Hallelujah…go grab dos harps and let’s pull out the old gospel, “We is gonna overrun.”

Blue Dog

March 15th, 2012
9:02 pm

If ever one would make the type of contemptuous but utterly bigoted remark as submitted several posts above concerning Rep. John Lewis they only need to take a few hours and read Walking With The Wind. Most bigots don’t have an ounce of real courage just sharp tongues much less the courage and will to see the lunch room boycotts and bus rides for freedom through as did John Lewis. He is American hero in my book and though I don’t live in Fulton County he is my Congressman too! After all the reactionary times that engulfed the period from 2001 – 2008 he said to me and a friend when we were privileged to speak with him during a Congressional recess that the American people would get it right and to “keep your eyes on the prize.” I don’t know Mayor Reed but I wish there were more John Lewises in Congress.

Intown

March 15th, 2012
10:35 pm

@ Purtty: Mayor Reed doesn’t just look ticked off all the time. He IS ticked off all the time. It’s tough managing your image all day.

I imagine this was a push poll, probalby from the Johnson campaign to start casting doubt in the minds of 5th District voters about John Lewis. Good f’in luck! Lewis will have that seat until he gives it up willingly or his mortality catches up with him. And that’s fine. He’s a good man even if he’s not an effective leader in Congress.

Rick James

March 15th, 2012
10:37 pm

@Blue Dog

If ever one would make the type of contemptuous but utterly bigoted remark as submitted several posts above concerning Rep. John Lewis they only need to take a few hours and read Walking With The Wind. Most bigots don’t have an ounce of real courage just sharp tongues much less the courage and will to see the lunch room boycotts and bus rides for freedom through as did John Lewis. He is American hero in my book and though I don’t live in Fulton County he is my Congressman too! After all the reactionary times that engulfed the period from 2001 – 2008 he said to me and a friend when we were privileged to speak with him during a Congressional recess that the American people would get it right and to “keep your eyes on the prize.” I don’t know Mayor Reed but I wish there were more John Lewises in Congress.
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I agree with you that John Lewis is a great american hero but does that mean he should be granted a lifetime seat in congress? Please tell me the last bill introduced to congress by John Lewis.

TruthBe

March 15th, 2012
10:41 pm

Blue Dog, WHY?????????????? John Lewis has done nothing while in Congress.

Mrs. DeKalb County

March 15th, 2012
10:42 pm

Dear S. Dekalb voter : That’s right…. S. Dekalb voter help us build the brand please keep doing what you do.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

March 16th, 2012
2:20 am

No doubt one of the thousands evacuated on Capitol Hill who witnessed the proof of Bush’s and Cheney’s PNAC/Mossad treason: the “white jumbo jet’s lumbering turn directly over the U.S. Capitol” as the sound of the missile strike at the Pentagon rolled across the Potomac the morning of 9/11, John Lewis is a man without honor or grace.

It was apparent our “ethics hawk” betrayed Dr. King and sold out to the ruling fascist plutocracy soon after he defeated Julian Bond, another “in house” Tom for the false elite.

Lewis needs to retire with dignity, now, he is a disgrace to Atlanta and to the legacy we each share as the spiritual children of Martin Luther King, Jr., a prophet of G-d, the King of America.

The faction which cheated the homosexual psychopath into the White House to commit 9/11 is the same Fifth Column of the Roman Anti-Christ which assassinated Dr. King and President Kennedy.

Lewis is worthy only of contempt for failing to bring their killers to justice.

Kasim or Ceasar Mitchell would be an apt replacement.. Atlanta’s U.S. Representative should be a credit to this Greatest City in the World, not a reflection of the Earthly Evil now ruling Congress and the Supreme Court.

Dirty Dawg

March 16th, 2012
3:54 am

I was one of the 1,700 called on this and obviously wondered what that was all about. The one thing I question about it was that when they asked for whom would you vote between Lewis or Johnson they included an ‘undecided’ (or neither, I forget but another option), but when they added Reed to the list they left the ‘undecided’ off. Frankly, and I’m in the camp that I think it may be time for John to step down…after all just how much more money can he accept from AIPAC and still be able to tell Isreal that they need to cut the Palestinians some slack and get on with a two state solution…of course nobody seems to be asking that question, but clearly we need to keep them from starting yet another war we’ll have to get into…the point being we probably need someone else to consider.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

March 16th, 2012
9:05 am

John Lewis openly supports the Roman Catholic Church’s openly published stratagem for an organized invasion of conquest of Jeffersonian whig (i.e. founded as liberal) America: illegal immigration. That he takes money from Andrew “Mossad assassination of President Obama to send we stupid “goyim” to Iran as the State of Israel’s ‘golem’” Adler’s fellow-traveling members of the Jewish branch of the 9/11-committing Roman Anti-Christ’s Fifth Column, which assassinated Dr. King and President Kennedy, is all the more reason he is unworthy of Atlanta the New Jerusalem in America the New Israel, as prophesied by Isaiah.

Rome’s American Fifth Column treasonously murdered King and Kennedy: G-d’s “two witnesses” “the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth…the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified [Viz. Satan/Rome is attempting to overthrow the Deity, Creator of the universe]. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

Calling on G-d, the American Electorate must revive John and Martin – the two martyrs – that the Beast – which slew them – be cast into the pit, of full expropriation and judicial execution, and our two martyrs be properly honored and “buried” by justice finally being achieved for their killers.

According to its employees right here in the Fifth District, Li’l Georgie, the homosexual draft-dodging psychopath whose father killed John and Martin, and only the Roman Catholics on the Supreme Court violated the law to cheat into the White House, now owns Colonial Pipeline/Perimeter Terminal, making his 11% of all U.S. oil and gas distribution, the East Coast part of the old Rockefeller network: the “tip” he’s received from his family’s overlord clan for five generations, and the “Queen” of England, for 9/11 to send us to false war for oil, and to protect the Rockefeller-client Saudis and the thugs who’ve hijacked Judaism in the State of Israel.

The Spirit of G-d is infinite. The American People must, as “E Pluribus Unum,” call on G-d to grant us the grace to rise up and throw off the Rockefeller/Bush papal Anti-Christ which has usurped Our Nation, Constitution, and Covenant, now joined in treason by the Jews…for all Jews in Atlanta, and their rabbis, know Bush and Cheney committed 9/11. That they “stand idly by their neighbor’s blood” proves they are part of the conspiracy to enslave us, by the truth of the Torah itself. Andrea Sneiderman is a bright reflection of their cultural turpitude and false religionism. The Jews of Atlanta are either for G-d and America, holy and righteous, or they are for PNAC, Netanyahu and the 9/11-committing Mossad of the Roman Anti-Christ which but a little while ago committed the Holocaust. There is no “in between.” “Divided allegiance” with the “State” of Israel has proven to be untenable, with its complicity in 9/11 added to the slaughter on The Liberty, and Jonathan Pollard.

G-d is not mocked.

We sent Lewis to Washington to “represent” us, the People of Atlanta. He is a miserable failure and sellout, and Our Nation has been reduced during his “watch.”

If John Lewis were my Dad, I would want him to retire

March 16th, 2012
10:51 am

72 years old is getting on in age, and there are no guarantees in terms of a person’s health. I’ll bet his family wants him around more before they lose him to old age.

My Dad is in his early 70’s, and if he were still working full-time at a job that takes him several states away, I would want him to retire and spend some more time with us before he goes. Maybe I am just being selfish but I would want my Dad nearby. (In other words, I think his family commissioned this survey!)

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

March 16th, 2012
1:03 pm

Unless someone with the “inside skinny” holds forth, the internet’s resources and anecdotal evidence suggests John Lewis has essentially no family life, all he has in this life is the “gravy train” of his sellout politics.

Tariq Shakoor

March 16th, 2012
2:08 pm

I don’t have a vote in that district. John Lewis has represent that district pretty well or he wouldn’t be there. However, I think Kasim Reed would be the ideal replacement should John decide to retreat to the sidelines. He would win that seat easily I think. As for Governor–no way! It would be easier for him to win the Presidency than the govenorship in Georgia–you have too strong of a red-neck factor to contend with here.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

March 16th, 2012
2:29 pm

If you don’t fully understand the term “redneck,” you just might be a newcomer well advised to find some other term to express the thought you’re attempting to convey.