Another mystery mailer in Chip Rogers-Brandon Beach fight

We’ve got another mystery mailer in the race for state Senate District 21. But this time, the target is Majority Leader Chip Rogers of Woodstock:


As with the flyer that attacked Brandon Beach, the source of the attack is unclear. The Rogers mailer, which arrived at a Canton address, contains no claim of authorship and directs voters to www.don’ – which also doesn’t offer any clues about who’s putting up the money behind the effort.

The Rogers mailer mostly concentrates on Rogers’ gambling connections that have come to light over the last few months, and contains some misinformation:

– In a past life, Rogers could be described as a “sports tout.” He pushed television viewers to a pay-per-call phone service that offered odds on football games and such. But there is no evidence – none – that he was a bookmaker. He did not accept bets or pay out winnings. Here’s more background on the topic.

– The charge that Rogers harbored illegal aliens at his hotel in Gordon County, which quickly went bust, is undocumented, so far as I know. No pun intended.

– Rogers and his business partner in the Calhoun hotel venture, now-Congressman Tom Graves, indeed defaulted on a $2 million – plus loan for their project. They transferred ownership of the company to John Edens, who Rogers knew from his sports tout days, but remained on the hook for the cash. The bank that loaned the money collapsed. Rogers and Graves cut a deal with a successor bank, allowing them to pay back only about half the original loan amount. The FDIC will pick up the rest.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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29 comments Add your comment

OH Hail NO!

July 19th, 2012
1:19 pm

This is one Jack ASS that needs to GO!


July 19th, 2012
1:25 pm

Marlboro Man

July 19th, 2012
1:31 pm

Bartow Co Bank stockholders would love the chance to get even with the crook, bring Graves with you.

Baron Dekalb

July 19th, 2012
1:36 pm

“A sports tout and bookmaker”–that actually makes him sound like a much more colorful character than he undoubtedly is in real life. And why do they call him “Will the Winner,” that doesn’t have much of a derogatory ring to it at all. I’m voting for this guy:

save your pennies

July 19th, 2012
1:39 pm

Beach will win

Bob Loblaw

July 19th, 2012
1:40 pm

He did commercials and personally endorsed an offshore casino that paid Edens. Edens paid “Will the Winner”. The activity is a federal crime.

OH Hail NO!

July 19th, 2012
1:43 pm

and he sits there so smug at first baptist woodstock like he is not going to hell


July 19th, 2012
1:43 pm

jgalloway likes to discuss the charges in the anti-Rogers mailer, but not the true charges in the mailer concerning Beach’s support of TSPLOST and his missed vote that continued the GA 400 toll.


No more tolls

July 19th, 2012
1:46 pm

Beach is the better of the two…..but he screwed up at DOT by not making sure GA 400 toll was not continued past it’s original, scheduled end.
News today of it ending in December, 2013 is a political move.

No more tolls

July 19th, 2012
1:49 pm

Will Beach go on record as to vote against any future toll booth proposals if elected? Regardless of T-SPLOST outcome?

Peter Lewis

July 19th, 2012
1:50 pm

I guess Chip now knows the full impact of what him and his buddies in the legislature did by removing the “paid for by” line requirement for campaigns.


July 19th, 2012
2:24 pm

Bill Simon

July 19th, 2012
2:47 pm

Need to see the Postmark for this one, Jim….

Auntie Christ

July 19th, 2012
3:06 pm

Whiner wiener says at July 19th, 2012 1:43 pm

“jgalloway likes to discuss the charges in the anti-Rogers mailer, but not the true charges in the mailer concerning Beach’s support of TSPLOST and his missed vote that continued the GA 400 toll.”

Jgalloway doesn’t have to, you do it 4, 5, 6 times a day for him. It’s good that microsoft doesn’t charge to use the cut and paste function in Windows, you’d be bankrupt by now copying and pasting this same whine day after day after day after day after day after day…….


July 19th, 2012
3:11 pm

Dear Centrist:

You remind me of this story Woody Allen used to tell about two elderly ladies in a restaurant:

First Lady: “The food here is terrible.”

Second Lady: “And the portions are so small.”

Never Trust the CCSD

July 19th, 2012
3:16 pm

Mike Chapman and his PAC are behind the Rogers mailer.

Anyone But Chip

July 19th, 2012
3:20 pm

You reap what you sow.

It’s time for the voters of Cherokee County and N. Fulton to implement ethics reform on their own. I can’t say that I agree with all of Beach’s opinions, but I’d rather vote for someone that will look you in the eye and tell you honestly something they know won’t win them a lot of votes. Ol’ Chipster he’ll put his finger up into the wind and his hand out to determine which way he’s leaning.

Auntie Christ

July 19th, 2012
3:24 pm

What’s with all the whining about the tolls anyway? When all your Ayn Rand libertarian wet dreams come true, every road will be a toll road owned and operated by a good capitalist businessman, just like your water and sewage, where like the toll road you will pay for every flush and glass, you will pay for the privilege of your child having a text book and a desk at the privately run schools, your friendly Charles Bronson wannabes will respond to your calls for help and arrest the mugger (provided you have kept your monthly payments up to date), likewise your friendly John Galt Fire Department and Bait Shop will come rescue your family and pets (again, provided you have kept your monthly payments up to date). We will have a libertarian paradise, free of government interference, allowing me to flush my toilet right into the Chattahoochee, bypassing charges imposed by the Ayn Rand Sewer Processing and Fertilizer Corp. For profit prisons will keep me safe from violent felons, (at least until they realize that their privately owned Pardons and Parole Board realize that there is money to be made granting early releases, say $100 knocks off 100 days.

So if like me you long for a Tea Party/Libertarian paradise, vote early and vote often for the republican party. Like chip rogers, they know how to make government work (at least work for chip rogers)

Never Trust the CCSD

July 19th, 2012
3:38 pm


July 19th, 2012
4:16 pm


Now if those sending out the mailers will just go a little farther over the line to the point of actual criminal libel, we can have the case needed to get Citizens United overturned and maybe even force some changes in lobbying and campaign finance laws.

Ca$h is NOT free speech.

Ca$h is a $uper $tereo $urround $ound $ystem
that drowns out the individual voices of
“we, the people”.


July 19th, 2012
6:08 pm

Rogers certainly deserves all he’s getting. I have heard whispers that there are both state and federal investigations into Rogers’ purported activities. Might be interesting if he won the primary, but was carted off to prison before the general.


July 19th, 2012
6:11 pm

Never Trust the CCSD, that claim about Chapman is false. Try again. I’m betting it’s George Soros himself.


July 19th, 2012
7:51 pm

“The FDIC will pick up the rest.”

In other words, ‘the government.’ Another Republican slurping at the public trough.

Hey,hey,hey Goodbye

July 19th, 2012
8:07 pm

Rogers is a lying opportunist and is reaping what he has sown and I, along with many, many, many in my area are singing my song and we plan to continue to sing it until we get rid of every politician who has forgotten that they serve the community who elected them, not a party platform or special interests. BTW Never Trust – I think you’re barking up the wrong tree with the claim about Chapman and the PAC. They would have taken credit for it if they’d done it.

Former Tea Partier

July 19th, 2012
8:16 pm

The thing about the TEA Party and Chip is that they don’t want to abolish the things they scream about. They just scream and intimidate to get power.

[...] unattributed direct mail is appearing in the Senate District 21 Primary, this time criticizing Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers. Jim Galloway writes: The Rogers mailer, which arrived at a Canton address, contains no claim of [...]

Just Nasty & Mean

July 20th, 2012
8:04 am

The public can make a clear determination of who is slinging this mud…..”and it ain’t coming from Senator Roger’s side”.
If you want an indication of what kind of person Beach is—check out how he runs his campaign, and the slimeballs (Cagle) that want him elected.

Mr. KnowitAll

July 20th, 2012
8:15 am

Nice job, Jim. You have joined the “Slime Chip Rogers” team.

Is neutrality not in your DNA? You should be CONDEMNING this type of illegal, unattributed slime piece instead of parroting it.

Congratulations. You have become part the dirty underbelly, the lowdown tabloid—the TMZ— of Georgia politics. Consider joining the National Enquirer or some other low class slime rag. You’d fit right in……

I am not surprised in the AJC, but disappointed in you.


July 20th, 2012
8:53 am

Keep in mind that Brandon Beach is fully PRO T-SPLOST and supports the managed toll lanes on GA 400. He claims that he was out of the country for continuance of the GA 400 Toll Booth and couldn’t vote, but we do have the wonders of technology today where he could have joined the meeting so that he could have voted on the GA 400 Toll. Beach claims he is for less government, less taxes, etc., but everything about him and his background shouts Mr. Big Government!