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’tbetonchip.com – 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