Oh, this fight for Senate District 21 up in Cherokee County and north Fulton is going to be lively.
In response to local chamber president Brandon Beach’s announcement that he would challenge Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers in the July 31 GOP primary, Rogers let it be known late Thursday that he’ll have the support of Beach’s 2010 campaign manager: Rusty Paul.
Says Paul, in Rogers’ emailed press release:
“I’ve worked with Sen. Rogers for over a decade. While some people claim to be conservative, he’s the walking, talking, living, breathing real thing. Plus, he’s a committed problem-solver who is unbelievably adept at developing workable solutions that get the job done without chewing up taxpayer dollars in the process”
Paul is a former state senator and former chairman of the state GOP, and directed Beach’s campaign for Senate District 56 against John Albers – narrowly won by Albers. But Paul is also a lobbyist at the state Capitol – and one senses he was between a rock and a hard place on this one.
The language in Rogers’ press release is your clue that this race could be a feisty one. The Senate majority leader referred to Beach as “a rumored but [not] yet announced or filed candidate” – qualifying doesn’t begin until May 23.
Then there’s this quote from Rogers: “People are fed up with perennial candidates desperately seeking titles. Like Rusty, the people of Cherokee and Fulton have enthusiastically embraced my consistent and bold leadership for our conservative values.”
Radio talk show host Martha Zoller of Gainesville will quit her day job today, which should send the Republican race for Georgia’s new 9th Congressional District into high gear. Opposition includes state Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville and Hunter Bicknell, chairman of the Jackson County Commission.
Regardless of what happens on July 31 – likely to be followed by a runoff, you’ll hear from Zoller again. “I appreciate all of you and had a great time here. I plan to win so I won’t be back, if not, you may see-hear me again at the end of the summer,” Zoller told her radio colleagues in a note.
On the other hand, if Zoller claims the brass ring, she has plans to do nearly the same thing. From a flyer aimed at north Georgia voters:
When I’m elected, I will host a weekly, online town hall meeting right off the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Like my current radio talk show, we will analyze the issues of the day before Congress and allow citizens to call in and be heard on these important issues.
This would be special. Because, as we all know, talk radio doesn’t really carry enough influence among House Republicans. Speaker John Boehner would no doubt greet this opportunity with a bear hug.
When Gov. Nathan Deal today addresses new graduates from the University of Georgia in Athens, he’s likely to face a silent protest from students angered by cuts to the HOPE scholarship. From an op-ed piece by Rachel Castleman in the Red & Black newspaper:
It is quite apparent that Deal does not understand the struggles that we face as recently graduated youth in a struggling economic atmosphere. As such we have decided to stage a peaceful, silent protest to the disregard UGA’s administration has shown us in its choice of speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony.
Out of respect for our fellow graduates, we have decided to protest solely during Deal’s speech. That’s why when Deal stands to take his place at the podium, we will stand and turn our back to him to send a message that we protest his presence and “encouragement” at a ceremony that is meant to recognize our scholarly endeavors.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider