John Rocker pitches political punditry, endorses Mitt Romney ‘by default’

Nine years after he threw his last pitch, former Atlanta Braves closer John Rocker – whose stunning, single interview with a Sports Illustrated reporter in 1999 overshadowed his entire career – has turned to political punditry.

You can probably guess his general take.

John Rocker on a final pitch in October 1999. AJC file

John Rocker on a final pitch in October 1999. AJC file

The former pitcher, who now dabbles in real estate, is in the midst of plugging a new book, “Rocker: Scars and Stripes,” that delves into his thoughts on the American Dream. From an interview posted on the conservative site, World Net Daily:

On the presidential campaign:

”I won’t necessarily be voting for the Republican candidate as much as I will be voting against Obama. America has been the greatest nation this earth has ever known over the last 150 plus years. In my strong opinion Barack Obama does not hold a single core value or belief consistent with the principles that created this amazing country we call the United States of America….

“I have always been a big fan of Newt Gingrich. He is one of the most brilliant people I have ever listened to. Unfortunately things didn’t work out for him, but such is our democratic process and a large reason America is the great nation it is. It seems that Governor Romney will be getting my vote, although be it somewhat by default. I would vote for the devil himself over Barack Obama which would actually be tough, though, as he seems to already be a supporter.”

On illegal immigration:

”An attack against the men, women and children of this country will happen again. It’s not a matter of if but when. If Manuel, Jose or Prakesh have to show proof they are here legally and, heaven forbid, feel such a heinous dreadful thing as ‘racial profiling’ has befallen them, then so be it.

“I’ll take a complaint of racial profiling and five minutes of inconvenience over a rising death toll any day. Thank God for Jan Brewer, Nathan Deal and all of the other brave politicians who are trying to keep my civilian a– from becoming a statistic.”

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It’s far too early to characterize it as a potential upset, but the Republican House District 44 race up in northeast Cobb County might bear some watching.

JoEllen Smith, who identifies herself as an executive with an educational company, is challenging 18-year veteran state Rep. Don Parsons, chairman of the House Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee.

Parsons reported $54,290.58 in cash on hand as of March 31, compared to $4,134.04 for Smith. But the 52-year-old Smith has come out swinging with a mass e-mail condemning Parsons, 64 – who has had some health problems, if memory serves — for absenteeism:

“The 18-year incumbent of House District 44 North East Cobb doesn’t bother showing up for work at the Legislature, up to 30% of the time! It’s public record. In addition, he regularly skips the 40th (final) day, when some of the most important bills are passed. Possibly because they work until midnight?

“Ironically I announced this statistic Saturday at the monthly Cobb Republican Breakfast and as usual, my opponent wasn’t there.”

We’ve got a call into Parsons, and will update as soon as possible.

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How badly do some Democrats want to give state Rep. Doug McKillip, R-Athens, a little payback for switching parties? Tom Crawford of the Georgia Report has an answer:

Intense enough that progressive-minded Democrats living in Atlanta, nearly 70 miles removed from McKillip’s legislative district, are attending fundraisers in support of his Republican primary opponent, Athens attorney Regina Quick.

Quick drove to Atlanta on a recent Sunday afternoon for one of those fundraisers at a private home near Emory University….

The host committee for the fundraiser included such Democratic lawmakers as Rep. Kathy Ashe (D-Atlanta) and Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), as well as former Atlanta City Council member Panke Bradley Miller.

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Larry Peterson over at the Savannah Morning News has been tangling with Wright McLeod, one of four GOP candidates out to challenge U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, over his most recent financial disclosure:

Through March, Augusta businessman Rick Allen and McLeod were the top GOP fundraisers. But Allen claims McLeod has cut corners and has complained to the Federal Election Commission….

[McLeod] could make many of his worries go away with some straight talk. And — as seems appropriate in at least one instance — he could simply own up to reporting omissions and amend his FEC report….

But instead, McLeod and his staff have bobbed and weaved.

Spokeswoman Holly Croft says the complaint attacks McLeod “for not spending enough money.”

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at U.S. Rep. John Barrow’s contention that there are fewer contested congressional races these days.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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[...] John Rocker decides to offer up his political views.  [...]

td

June 4th, 2012
10:12 am

Sounds like the tea party in Cobb is raising its head and trying to get rid of another RINO.

Ostrich Racer

June 4th, 2012
10:12 am

Bobby Rowan used to tell friendly candidates, “I’ll be for you or against you — whichever you think will help you more.”

Maybe Rocker’s endorsement is a very clever plant by the Obama campaign?

Nah. . . .

Double Zero Eight

June 4th, 2012
10:12 am

Rocker’s endorsement of Romney will
be considered a plus for Obama. I am
sure the democrats would love to see
him actively campaigning for Mitt.

Babar Jincks

June 4th, 2012
10:13 am

Here’s a “Prakesh” who thinks Mr. Rocker is full of himself. He should flap his big mouth to me about racial profiling, to my face. Just five minutes is all I’ll need

Ostrich Racer

June 4th, 2012
10:13 am

td, Athens voters are trying to get rid of a WIMP — Weasel in Matters Political.

Danny O

June 4th, 2012
10:17 am

Has JoEllen Smith staked out any positions on utility matters? That’s been a hot issue in Cobb w/the EMC fiasco.

DannyX

June 4th, 2012
10:22 am

Republicans have another D-list celebrity on their side. Rocker is similar to rocker Ted Nugent, a crazy, over the hill has been that hates everything.

Welcome to the Republican D-list “celebrity” club Rocker, you’ll fit right in with Ted and Victoria Jackson!

WSB blew it, they should have let Rocker take over for Neal Boortz who is retiring in January. Well on second thought maybe not, crazy Herman Cain will bring his special brand of crazy as the Boortz replacement.

Cat scratch fever!

Babar Jincks

June 4th, 2012
10:28 am

Racism and bigotry are in the GOP’s blood.

WOW

June 4th, 2012
10:30 am

@ Danny X

Would be a good reality show wouldn’t it? Maybe Hannity as host!

Cutty

June 4th, 2012
10:35 am

“I have always been a big fan of Newt Gingrich. He is one of the most brilliant people I have ever listened to. ”

That says it all right there.

gm

June 4th, 2012
10:49 am

The rep party slogan reads: we want all your bigots white males like Rocker, who was a racist while playing for the Braves, give us all your right wing bigots and skin heads, tea party member because we are what America look like.
If Willard get elected I hope all minorities take a look at these so called Americans on the right and say to your self would you really help these people God forbide if another 911 happens?

td

June 4th, 2012
11:06 am

gm

June 4th, 2012
10:49 am

Scare tactics because you can not defend your messiah and chief on his record. Great lib job.

Glenn

June 4th, 2012
11:08 am

John Rocker is an idiot .

Hilton Spence

June 4th, 2012
11:09 am

He’s the same as he always was. I bet his mother and father are so proud to have
taught him how to hate so early in life. JOB WELL DONE!!!!!!

Danny O

June 4th, 2012
11:18 am

Kenny Powers:

“Yeah, man. I got to remember that I’m a winner, man. I need to remember that I AM better than everybody else. &@% man, I’m a bullet-proof tiger, dude, and if everyone in this town has forgot who I am, then maybe it’s time I remind ‘em.”

“How much will y’all give me if I slam dunk this thing into the trashcan?”

“Sometimes you’ve got to wash aways the paint and reveal to the world the jackass that is hiding beneath.”

“Did this tale end the way I thought it would? Probably not. But as long as I win, who gives a $#!+”

Babar Jincks

June 4th, 2012
12:13 pm

Conservatives can’t “refudiate” John Rocker’s racism and bigotry because both are hardwired into their movement.

MrLiberty

June 4th, 2012
12:13 pm

If Rocker had any principles, he would endorce Ron Paul both because he is the right candidate for the presidency, and because there is no DEFAULT worth discussing because there has yet to be a convention or a single vote cast by the GOP delegates. It aint over until the fat lady sings, and if the republicans are smart, they will nominate a candidate that can actually beat Obama, and Romney certainly is not that candidate. But thanks for taking the safe position spineless John.

Mr.ClaytonCo

June 4th, 2012
12:35 pm

John Rocker……a great pitcher he was. A big mouth he always had. A brain one day he will find.
For God’s sake don’t let him reproduce.

Stu

June 4th, 2012
12:49 pm

GO JOHN ROCKER! I agree 100%!

zeke

June 4th, 2012
2:06 pm

amen mr clayton….good not great pitcher though

Babar Jincks

June 4th, 2012
2:45 pm

I think you will find that every conservative who comments here will be in agreement with Mr. Rocker, because racism and bigotry are prerequisites for being a conservative.

Real Athens

June 4th, 2012
4:29 pm

John Rocker? Principles?

He didn’t even have a curveball.

Michael #1

June 4th, 2012
4:41 pm

Good enough for me, then I have to vote for Obama.

mitt obamney

June 4th, 2012
5:33 pm

Hey Barbar, you obviously don’t pay much attention, outside of what is spoon-fed you by “news” outfits like C0x.
There are PLENTY of conservatives out here who are NOT aligned with this knuckle-dragger (Rocker), and they’re called Paul supporters. Or “Paul-bots” or something more derisive, depending on which corporatist hack you’re listening to at any given moment…

Let’s see here: washed up ball player with a book to peddle, and doesn’t have the stones and/or the intelligence to back Dr. Paul – the ONLY candidate who respects the Constitution (look at his record: the proof is in the pudding!), so why not just bash the current puppet regime for some free pub, and give a lukewarm endorsement to the so-called “conservative” while trying to appear holier-than-thou.
If the guy had any balls, he’d be pointing out how our middle east policy is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, and has been from the get-go! We haven’t had a congressional declaration of war since WWII – yet that is just fine and dandy with the bulk of our voters!? I have to think it’s due to ignorance on the part of the public. If they had any clue the death and destruction overseas at the hands of a few in our benevolent gov’t, they would be speechless.
But hey, don’t let that get in the way, spineless RINOS. Keep clinging to the illusion that Obamney is a “businessman” who “has what it takes.” Do all you can to suppress memories of his many, many flip-flops. Ignore his Utopian vision of ‘health care for all’ that came to life in Massachusetts! Ignore his support of the bailouts and the QEs by the Fed! Then you can call him a conservative with a straight face! Fools.

Sameer Ramnani

June 4th, 2012
10:46 pm

Conservatives can’t really help themselves when it comes to forms of bigotry including racism. When they see a Hispanic or Asian, they don’t see an American citizen, they see a terrorist.

If the conservative/Republican movement didn’t have bigotry it wouldn’t have much to work with.

Steve

June 5th, 2012
12:59 am

What an awesome guy! Someone should probably tell Rocker that his idea of voting for the Devil just isn’t going to work. Everyone knows that individuals are limited to two terms as President and the Devil’s two terms ended on January 19, 2009.

th

June 5th, 2012
1:30 am

What a bunch of delusional, idiotic liberals on here.