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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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