Your morning jolt: Chip Rogers snags support from Brandon Beach’s 2010 campaign manager

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.”

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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.

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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

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40 comments Add your comment

Centrist

May 11th, 2012
9:36 am

Cheap shot artist Galloway posted this: “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.”

Then he endorsed a UGA protest over necessary Hope scholarship changes as qualifiers blossomed.

I do agree with his opening statement: “Oh, this fight for Senate District 21 up in Cherokee County and north Fulton is going to be lively.”

Centrist

May 11th, 2012
9:50 am

When I Google Senate District 21 maps, North Fulton County is not part of them – only parts of Cobb and Cherokee Counties. Anybody have a link that shows it?

Even the map on Chip Rogers’ website excludes Fulton County: http://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/en-US/district.aspx?District=21&Session=21

DannyX

May 11th, 2012
9:52 am

Hey Victimist @ 9:36, how exactly did Jim endorse the UGA protest?

rukidding

May 11th, 2012
9:55 am

Centrist,
Are you looking at the existing maps or the new maps?

td

May 11th, 2012
9:56 am

DannyX

May 11th, 2012
9:52 am

He endorsed it by even mentioning it in his blog and then he endorsed it further without getting the different point of view from some students who feel differently.

kitty

May 11th, 2012
9:58 am

victimist needs a enema.

Centrist

May 11th, 2012
10:00 am

Polls before late September of election years are notoriously inaccurate – but they are a snapshot in time:

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney earning 50% of the vote and President Obama attracting 43% support. Four percent (4%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another three percent (3%) are undecided.

This is the first time Romney has reached the 50% level of support and is his largest lead ever over the president.

td

May 11th, 2012
10:00 am

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney earning 50% of the vote and President Obama attracting 43% support. Four percent (4%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another three percent (3%) are undecided.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

Now for the big question is this sudden jump in the polls a backlash for Obama’s coming out and supporting gay marriage or is it because of all the bad economic news and Romney’s message taking hold?

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 11th, 2012
10:01 am

What is hilarious is “Centrist” criticizing anyone for anything.

The Sun King really does think his opinion more important than anyone else’s and truly does believe his opinion is the majority of America.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 11th, 2012
10:02 am

And anyone can cherry pick a poll. Intrade does give Romney slightly better odds than 2 weeks ago…by .7%.

And that was before people knew Romney was a Bully.

Al Gore “Invented” the internet. Mitt Romney “saved” GM.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 11th, 2012
10:03 am

Do great minds think alike (Transmitted Disease and “Centrist”) or…do they sit across the hall from each other in ALEC HQ?

DannyX

May 11th, 2012
10:04 am

“He endorsed it by even mentioning it in his blog and then he endorsed it further without getting the different point of view from some students who feel differently.”

LOL! He endorsed it by reporting it. You guys are crazy!

td

May 11th, 2012
10:13 am

“while another three percent (3%) are undecided.”

The most interesting part of the poll. It shows how the people have made up their mind on Obama and the job he is doing. This number goes a long way to Obama’s sudden turn around in the new strategy to try to turn the election into a base election and to drive down the turnout of the moderates and independents by going negative and taking more and more leftest positions to get his base fired up. Normally a candidate will go to the middle to attract the undecided independents but it seems they have already made up their mind.

John

May 11th, 2012
10:24 am

If I were a University of Georgia administrator, those students who turned their back on the speaker would not get their degrees until they attended anoher semester. Part of being an adult is having respect for authority and respect for people, including leaders, with whom you disagree. It is apparent that Ms. Castleman has neither and doesn’t deserve to be called a graduate of the University of Georgia or any other such institution.

Centrist

May 11th, 2012
10:25 am

td posted ” ‘while another three percent (3%) are undecided’ shows how the people have made up their mind on Obama and the job he is doing.”

I don’t think a large percentage of people have made up their minds on who to vote for, and won’t until October. Voters are fickle depending on current circumstances, media events, and campaigning including debates. The media will certainly back Obama even more after Labor Day (yes, it is possible). Gas prices will be going down and who knows where the economy/ jobs reports will be.

Sandy Springs

May 11th, 2012
10:30 am

Rusty Paul is a retread, a lobbyist known for being ineffective and lazy.
He is going around telling people he wants to be Mayor of Sandy Springs, what a joke.

Auntie Christ

May 11th, 2012
10:31 am

A Burr says: “Do great minds think alike (Transmitted Disease and “Centrist”) or…do they sit across the hall from each other in ALEC HQ?”

You give them too much credit. Actually they sit next to each other at the ronald raygun school for the dim, dumb and disjointed.

Mel

May 11th, 2012
10:32 am

Talk about the lesser of two evils…and I’m not sure who it is! Have no interest in voting for Chip and his power trip but Brandon may have an even bigger sense of self worth. I can’t imagine either of them is in this for the public good. Blech.

Been Around-Done That

May 11th, 2012
10:32 am

The Rogers/Beach contest is the result of a disagreement between some members of the Cherokee County School Board and the Cherokee County legislative delegation over Charter Schools and nothing else. In my opinion School Board members should be elected on a non-partisan basis and keep their noses out of party politics and into improving education. This race will be a barn burner and Rogers will win handily. So will the proposed amendment for the creation of Charter Schools which could improve a sad educational system by giving our kids a better chance for a future.

D man

May 11th, 2012
10:34 am

Wow, the president and media have taken this gay issue and have done a great job diverting away from the real issues that we are all facing today like the unemployment rate being higher than it was 3 years ago and the economy being on the brink of inflation and the horrible healthcare bill that will tax us all in to poverty along with the unbelievable amount of debt we have accumulated over the last three years because of foolish overspending. Look for more issues like this to come up over the next 5 months to try and divert attention away from the real problems he has caused to get him re-elected…

DannyX

May 11th, 2012
10:36 am

“Part of being an adult is having respect for authority and respect for people, including leaders, with whom you disagree.”

If had a totalitarian government those evil back turners would be put in their place. There is no place in American society for anyone to protest peacefully. This must stop.

Bring out the pepper spray!!!

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 11th, 2012
11:22 am

@Dubiously “Man” – Wow the Republicans and media have taken this “economy” issue and done a great job diverting away from the real issue that we are all facing today like the fact that the 1% pay at a lower rate than any time in the last 100 years and that the economy being on the brink of doom because Republicans want to destroy it and that Republicans have NO healthcare ideas except if you get sick you die unless you’re rich. Look for more issues like this to come up for the next 5 months to try and divert attention from the real problems they have caused to get them reelected.

Centrist

May 11th, 2012
11:24 am

Partisans here hated that Romney had the nomination locked up long ago and hoped for a longer process and split convention. Others ignore that Romney has a very high hurdle to overcome to flip Ohio, Virginia, and Colorado on top of Florida, Indiana, and North Carolina. More thought redistricting was not going to favor the sole party in power. More partisans thought the federal government could ignore ILLEGAL immigration for political purposes, and cram a federal healthcare program down our necks. Other partisans put social issues before substantive ones. Yet others delude themselves into thinking incumbents are threatened by the likes of Karen Handel and Brandon Beach. Some partisans simply resort to name calling. Reality often sucks. Get a grip on it.

Attack Dog

May 11th, 2012
11:28 am

So, who would pay for Zoller’s call-in to discuss issues, the Koch Brothers? Notice how Dixiecrats have pretty much gone silent about George Soros now that we know about their multiple Wizards of Oz!

Aquagirl

May 11th, 2012
11:28 am

He endorsed it by even mentioning it in his blog

Centrist’s school years must have been tough…all those teachers endorsing things like the holocaust, black plague, and the Soviet Union. No wonder the poor fellow dropped out in 3rd grade.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 11th, 2012
11:33 am

Mitt Romney is an animal hating sociopathic bully, and anyone that supports him at this point is either a sociopath themselves or a sheep.

Please vote for Mitt. I want to see how that works out for you America. Seriously. :)

I know things you don’t know. :)

Centrist

May 11th, 2012
11:48 am

Add to the list of partisan misinformation – the Tea party is far from dead supporting candidates and with T-SPLOST organized opposition along with this other organization: http://www.traffictruth.net/

mark

May 11th, 2012
11:55 am

quote from Chip Rodgers about education in Georgia

” lets help the ones we can”

Get rid of Rodgers. He is dragging this state into a ditch.

mark

May 11th, 2012
11:58 am

Hey, Been Around-Done That-

The republican party of Cherokee co, informed the members of the school board, who voted against the charter school, that they did not represent the Republican party and that they should be stripped of thier R’s.

So, who started what? the republicant’s started it. When Rodgers is gone, it will end.

I've got an idea

May 11th, 2012
12:05 pm

How about thanking the Governor for the part of your degree that was paid! This type of mentality kills me. I only got 90% of my college paid so I’m gonna show my arse!

findog

May 11th, 2012
12:12 pm

While the right and Fox are indignant about the president campaigning on AF1 how do you feel about weekly town halls from the floor of the House of Representatives?
Reminds me of Newt as a back benchers touting GOPAC on CSPAN
P.S.:
I have been consistent in not caring about which president campaigned as POTUS; I mean after all you’ll never have another Jimmy Carter “not campaign,” like he did in 1980…

DannyX

May 11th, 2012
12:13 pm

“How about thanking the Governor for the part of your degree that was paid!”

Governor Deal is bankrupt, how in the world could he possibly be paying 90% of everyone’s college costs?

Steve From Dalton

May 11th, 2012
12:16 pm

If the UGA Grads dislike Deal so much, why don’t the ones that accepted Hope money pay it back.

Glad That Nathan Won

May 11th, 2012
1:13 pm

All Hope recipients should be grateful that they live in a state that has a program that supports them. The sense of entitlement is appalling. Governor Deal has done a great job protecting Hope benefits.

william henry talbot walker

May 11th, 2012
1:14 pm

DannyX

May 11th, 2012
12:13 pm

“Governor Deal is bankrupt, how in the world could he possibly be paying 90% of everyone’s college costs?”

Deal was bankrupt when he was elected governor – not now. If he’s not already worth millions, he will be by the end of his term. Just look at Sonny.

DannyX

May 11th, 2012
1:23 pm

“If he’s not already worth millions, he will be by the end of his term. Just look at Sonny.”

True. In fact Governor Deal has probably already lined up a few of those Chip Rogers/Tom Graves 2 million dollar no collateral “I could never pay them back” loans.

Auntie Christ

May 11th, 2012
1:50 pm

Silicon Valley has generated and created more wealth for CA and the nation in the last 40 years than most of the south has in the last 200 years. At one time, before the administration of ronald raygun, a college education in CA was virtually free to all, which was the mechanism that allowed Silicon Valley to arise. Our backward-a$$ leadership in this state, from its inception has never seen the value of education in the creation of wealth, and as a result this state has perpetually ranked at the bottom of educational excellence. Our esteemed governor and his entourage are off to Turkey soon to “attract industry” to our state, I guess to persuade a fez maker to come here, who will pay the typical $8-9 non union hourly wage the average GA worker can expect. Instead of ensuring this state graduates 1000’s of well educated young people every year,that would attract hi-tech, high paying jobs, the ‘leaders’ give away the store to attract low wage industries then crow about the jobs they created. Over the last several years, the r’s have cut education funds, and if rogers has his way, public education will die of starvation. The r’s take the view that being barefoot and ignorant was good enough for their grandparents, it should be good enough for the present generation.

honested

May 11th, 2012
2:04 pm

Auntie Christ

Or second largest industry (think shovels and hoes) would rather import Klingon illegals that will work for pocket change than pay a living wage and improve working conditions.

Until that changes, we will always be at the bottom of the educational (and evolutionary progress) heap.

D man

May 11th, 2012
3:30 pm

Aaron Burr V Mexico – “the 1% pay at a lower rate than any time in the last 100 years”

Really? Now who’s been listening to the media too much? The fact is, the 1% pay more in taxes than the 99%. I am a 1% earner and I pay close to 50% when you factor in all of the extra hidden taxes in our society on top of state and federal taxes. There aren’t any tax shelters for those of us earning over 300k per year because they have been taken away or limited to a small amount. I had the maximum amount of taxes taken out of my pay checks each month and I still had to cut a check to the fed govt for $20k last month. If you know of any, please share because my tax guy doesn’t.

Alex

May 11th, 2012
7:26 pm

Chip Rogers is a complete sleeze. Martha Zollar is a moron. The youth of America – the UGA chcik – are spoiled brats. Get back to us when you have entered the real world and find that you do not get ahead in life by waiting for handouts.