You don’t normally see a politician voluntarily tying his contest to another, but Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers, R-Woodstock, apparently feel his re-election bid is doing well enough to break with tradition.
Rogers is expected to condemn the proposed metro Atlanta transportation sales tax as a major tax increase in a news conference to be held within the hour, according to the Associated Press. That would put him in public opposition to Gov. Nathan Deal, who has been talking up the sales tax – and has endorsed Rogers in his GOP primary contest against Brandon Beach of north Fulton County.
Last year, Georgia lawmakers – Rogers among them — voted to allow 12 regions throughout the state to ask residents whether to approve a 1-cent sales tax hike to fund a pre-approved list of projects. Rogers was a non-voting member of the executive committee that produced the project list that will be voted on July 31.
Rogers and Beach meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday for a debate at the Crooked Creek Homeowners Association club house 14250 Creek Club Drive in Milton. I’ll be one of two moderators. Former secretary of state Karen Handel will be the other.
At the congressional level, Republicans are actively attempting to tie their Democratic opponents to President Barack Obama. Hence we have Republicans in the 12th District congressional campaign speaking of the Obama-Barrow health care overhaul – even though U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, voted against the measure.
In Cobb County, Bill Byrne, attempting to return to his old job as Cobb County commission chairman, is experimenting to see whether the same tactic can help him in a Republican primary. From a Marietta Daily Journal profile by Jon Gillooly:
Former county chairman Bill Byrne has run a campaign seeking to define incumbent Tim Lee as representing the liberal interests of Atlanta over the conservative leadership he wants to see in Cobb County.
“I sincerely believe Tim Lee is a mirror image of Barack Obama and that Obama’s policies have placed this country in peril, and the voters are going to have to make a decision as to which direction our country is going to go,” Byrne said in a Friday interview. “Tim Lee has done the same thing in Cobb County…”
State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, will be the July 20 beneficiary of a rare fundraiser featuring former U.S. senator and Gov. Zell Miller. And House Speaker David Ralston for good measure. Tickets are going for $250 a head.
According to TVNewser, in a Saturday interview with CNN promoting his new CainTV network, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said one of the stars of his new Internet TV, a homeless man named Lou, had died. Recently. “Passed away suddenly last week,” Cain said.
In fact, as CNN reported the next day, Lewis Brown, a former basketball star, died last September. From Cain’s operation: “In retrospect, we regret that we did not keep in touch with Brown on a more regular basis.”
CBS News continues to plow ground in the behind-the-scenes story of Chief Justice John Roberts’ role in the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul:
By now you may have heard that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be in down next week for a Mitt Romney fund-raiser also hosted by Gov. Nathan Deal. See the invite here.
With Mitt Romney’s announcement that he raised $106.1 million in June, news organizations paid special attention to series of high-end fundraisers that the Republican presidential contender held on Long Island on Sunday. From the New York Times:
Mr. Romney, who amassed a fortune as a private equity executive, seemed sensitive to the imagery of the presumptive Republican nominee spending a day raising money in some of the most exclusive corners of the Hamptons. In remarks to about 250 donors inside a giant white tent on Mr. Sobel’s property, Mr. Romney pointedly acknowledged the financial comfort of those around him.
“If you are here, by and large, you are doing just fine,” he said, his voice audible to a reporter standing on a public street not far away. “I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about those here. I spend a lot of time worrying about those that are poor and those in the middle class that are finding it hard to make a bright future for themselves.”
And yet some of those attending did not hew to the same messaging discipline. From the Los Angeles Times:
A money manager in a green Jeep said it was time for Romney to “up his game and be more reactive.” So far, said the donor (who would not give his name because he said it would hurt his business), Romney has had a “very timid offense.”
A New York City donor a few cars back, who also would not give her name, said Romney needed to do a better job connecting. “I don’t think the common person is getting it,” she said from the passenger seat of a Range Rover stamped with East Hampton beach permits. “Nobody understands why Obama is hurting them.
“We’ve got the message,” she added. “But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated, two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact.”
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at President Barack Obama’s claim that the federal government has made investments in science and technology inventing the products that led to the creation of Google.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider