Your morning jolt: Unwind your underwear about that naughty-or-nice list

The Internet tubes in Georgia are buzzing this morning with a claim by Nolen Cox, chairman of the Lowndes County GOP, that Gov. Nathan Deal is collecting names of those in support of, and opposing, the transportation sales tax up for a vote on July 31.

Cox cites this communique from Valdosta City Manager Larry Hanson to members of that fair city’s elected leaders:

Mayor and Council:

Governor Deal has requested a list of all elected officials who support T-SPLOST. He is willing to make a commitment to campaign for the reelection of any local elected official who will publicly support T-SPLOST. How should I respond?

If each of you could respond to me I would appreciate it and I will merely pass it along. I want to be sure I say this was presented in no way as a threat or a negative, just as a commitment to help and support those who support T-SPLOST…

Somebody’s building a naughty-or-nice list. But it’s not Deal. Via spokeswoman Cindy Miller, a group affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce just claimed responsibility:

The Connect Georgia Campaign has had no communication with the Governor’s office regarding an accounting of the support by local elected officials for the upcoming TSPLOST vote on July 31.

As a matter of advocacy, our campaign is keeping track of advocates across the state, including elected officials, business leaders and community leaders. This is standard practice for an advocacy campaign.

If you think about it, and I’m sure you will, this makes much more sense. Threats of reprisal aren’t likely from Deal, given that as soon as the T-SPLOST campaign ends, a campaign to re-establish state authority to create charter schools begins.

On the other hand, Georgia’s business community is far more invested in the transportation sales tax than the governor, who always takes care to note that the vote was in place before he came into office.

Moreover, list-building implies that there is campaign cash to award and withhold. And that would be right up the alley of the Georgia Chamber, or its subsidiaries.

By the way, if any of you elected officials out there have an original copy of the Connect Georgia communication on this topic, we’d be happy to take a look at it.

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Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News continues to pound away at Wright McLeod, the FreedomWorks favorite in the GOP contest for the 12th District congressional race:

Consider Brittany Best, an executive assistant with Mullins Management in Evans.

Official records show Best, 24, has only voted once and never donated to a federal or state-level campaign in Georgia. Until this year, that is.

Her boss, Joe Mullins, is big backer of Republican Wright McLeod, an Augusta attorney seeking to oust Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow.

Last Nov. 10, the 12th Congressional District hopeful’s campaign finance disclosure shows, Mullins gave $2,500 — the most the law allows. Joann Mullins, for whom McLeod’s campaign listed the same address as Joe, also gave $2,500….

On the same day, so did Heather Fehr, also an executive assistant to Mullins. Like Best, Fehr had never before donated to a federal campaign.

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At the annual conference of his Faith and Freedom Coalition this weekend, GOP political strategist Ralph Reed offered followers his recipe for resurgence. From Buzzfeed:

“Number one, we’re going to build a database of 18.3 million social and fiscal conservative households in which reside 27.1 million voters,” Reed told members at the organization’s conference and strategy briefing. “We’re gonna contact each and every one of those voters 7-12 times by mail, by phone, by email, by text message, and in the case of 2 million of those households in the key battleground states, one of our volunteers — one of you probably — is gonna knock on their door and make sure they vote. And we are gonna make a specific push for early voting …Our goal is for 40 percent of those 27 million voters to cast their ballot before the polls open on Election Day.”

Reed added that the organization has already amassed significant information on many of its target voters, including tens of millions of cell phone numbers.

“We now have the cell phone numbers of 44 million conservative and Republican voters — 44 million — 13 million of those cell phone numbers are the cell phone numbers of evangelicals,” he said.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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16 comments Add your comment

Romegaguy

June 18th, 2012
10:28 am

Was the Faith and Freedom event held at a Casino ballroom?

Aaron Burr V Mexico

June 18th, 2012
10:33 am

Given that once the Roberts court proves the final triad of the federal government has no legitimacy and that EVERYTHING is politics, I can hardly fault the head of the Republican party for preparing for reprisal….

Indeed, Reprisal is the name of the day in a world where Limbaugh has no society consequences for his words….and as such, the Democrats would be well learned to reprise against Republicans and Moderates…in fact they would be wise to start on purple states FIRST….

Republicans only succeed because moderates like playing both sides against the middle.

Democracy really is two wolves and a sheep arguing over dinner but people always assume the moderate is sheep…it isn’t. Its the wolf.

Aquagirl

June 18th, 2012
10:34 am

Was the Faith and Freedom event held at a Casino ballroom?

I was hoping for a clubhouse on Skidaway Island.

Bob Loblaw

June 18th, 2012
11:03 am

AMB

June 18th, 2012
11:12 am

If Little Ralphie Reed calls my cell phone, he better be prepared to pay the Verizon bill for the month.

ByteMe

June 18th, 2012
11:21 am

I was hoping for a clubhouse on Skidaway Island.

My vote was for a boat dock bar with a wet t-shirt contest at 4 pm every afternoon….

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the cat

June 18th, 2012
11:27 am

I didn’t realize my cell phone went to church.

Bullhockey

June 18th, 2012
12:15 pm

“Somebody’s building a naughty-or-nice list. But it’s not Deal. Via spokeswoman Cindy Miller, a group affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce just claimed responsibility”

REALLY? So, the Valdosta City Manager just dreamed-up the fundraising angle from Casey and Nathan Deal all on his own without any input from Connect Georgia?

Let’s see the original email from Connect Georgia that instructed the City Manager on what he should send out.

Auntie Christ

June 18th, 2012
12:46 pm

Aquagirl: I was hoping for a clubhouse on Skidaway Island.

The gators leave reed and his followers alone, out of professional courtesy. Plus, the gators are smart enough to recognize predators that are more malevolent than they are.

Weetamoe

June 18th, 2012
12:47 pm

What the heck does *society consequences* for his words mean? Some of you people get downright inarticulate when you are angry.

Debbie Dooley

June 18th, 2012
2:23 pm

If the denials from Gov. Deal’s office are true, then they should not want to associate with an organization that uses such deceptive tactics. Atlanta Tea Party calls on Gov. Deal to cut all ties with Connect Georgia and their parent organization

Hillbilly D

June 18th, 2012
2:43 pm

Does anybody answer a cell phone if the call is from a number they don’t recognize?

Carole

June 18th, 2012
3:29 pm

Come on, nobody has heard of shadow groups. You really think that no one from Deal’s office had anything to do with this. He came out on Friday in support. Of course he’ll be happy to use the cover of the Chamber to make it appear that they are the ones behind all of this. After all, we don’t vote for them.

I’m also thinking I want to contact Mullins to see if he needs another Exec. Asst. If he pays them enough to give a $2,500 donations to a mere congressional campaign, then they aren’t doing too badly.

Interesting that the Repubs wanted to whittle down Early Voting to as few days as possible, but it is now part of their strategy to win.

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