One day after Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed ramped up his efforts on behalf of the transportation sales tax, DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May declared he’d do the same thing – on the opposite side. From Channel 2 Action News:
Methinks there may be personal and geographic rivalry here.
And politics, too. May has just sent out this flyer to the 15,000 households in his district who represent the largest concentration of Democratic votes in the state. “I’m tired of politicians ignoring us in favor of the Buckhead crowd,” May quotes himself as saying. “I will fight to bring MARTA rail here.”
Brookhaven Patch has this prognostication on the July 31 TSPLOST vote from Charles Bulloch, the University of Georgia political scientist, who hones in on the split between Republicans and the state’s business leadership:
“We have the interesting phenomenon of disagreement between many GOP leaders and a group usually closely associated with the GOP.”
Bullock concluded: “With GOP leadership unwilling to step forward and reassure conservative, anti-tax voters that the projects to be funded with the T-SPLOST are meritorious, there is scant prospect for approval.”
On Wednesday, we told you about an expensive, glossy mailer that claimed to be paid for by TrafficTruth.net and attacked Republican state Senate candidate Brandon Beach, who is challenging Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers.
But the campaign finance documents filed by the Transportation Leadership Coalition, which operates TrafficTruth.net and opposes the transportation sales tax, don’t show any such expenditures, and its reported cash on hand wouldn’t cover the cost of a direct mail piece.
When we called Jack Staver, chairman of the TLC, he indicated he didn’t know anything about the mailer. How could a website finance that? he asked. Then Staver said the group’s spokeswoman, would have a statement on the matter.
The question is whether the TLC financed the piece. Here’s the vague and evasive answer that Bartlett handed in late yesterday:
”The filings for Transportation Leadership Coalition (TLC) are complete and correct. They always have been and always will be.
“TLC will continue to identify candidates for office who advocate this tax increase and we will continue to work with candidates who are against it. We understand it is not unusual for a candidate to complain when they are called out for advocating higher taxes.”
One possible translation: “Maybe we didn’t pay for it, but we know who did, and we’re not telling.”
My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy reports that U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland has joined House colleague Michele Bachmann, the former GOP presidential candidate, and added his signature to a letter demanding to know if federal intelligence agencies are considering the possibility of infiltration by Muslim extremists. From Malloy:
The Republicans specifically target Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Bachmann, in a response to Ellison, noted that Abedin’s late father started an organization in Saudi Arabia, the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, that had the support of another organization, the Muslim World League, that was aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Abedin is also the wife of former congressman Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.
Westmoreland said if Abedin does not have ties to the Brotherhood “then she needs to say something.”
Here is the blistering reaction that came from U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Wednesday:
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider