Over in Cobb County, Bill Byrne, Republican candidate for commission chairman, has come down with a bad case of municipal fever. He’s raising the prospect of a city of East Cobb in today’s Marietta Daily Journal:
“It’s a concept to begin the discussion, not to end it, and obviously the two district commissioners — Bob Ott and JoAnn Birrell — would have to buy into it or it doesn’t fly, and the Delegation would have to buy into it or they won’t create it,” Byrne said.
Byrne said there is no significant cost involved because the county is already providing the public safety and infrastructure for the area.
“The county itself does not lose a single tax dollar because every city resident pays property taxes, and they would have to create a funding source as they choose to manage their affairs,” Byrne said. “When you take off the table the two most expensive government liabilities — public safety and infrastructure — then they can look at facilities that they choose and hopefully do much like the city of Sandy Springs did and privatize most of it.”
So far, the cityhood virus has been largely confined to Fulton and DeKalb counties.
In the same article by Jon Gillooly, Attorney General Sam Olens, an east Cobb resident and former commission chairman who is supporting incumbent Tim Lee in the primary runoff, says he would oppose the idea.
And its football team will be the Newt U. Gnus: Losing doesn’t enhance your chances of a prime-time gig in Tampa, according to the New York Times:
Newt Gingrich hoped to get a coveted speaking slot at the Republican National Convention. Instead the Romney campaign will have him teach a series of workshops they have nicknamed Newt University.
Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain are not scheduled to speak, either. They have decided to stage their own mini-convention of sorts — calling it a “unity rally” to dispel any doubts about their party loyalty — at a megachurch about 20 minutes outside town.
Speaking of Newt Gingrich: On CNN last night, the former Georgia congressman offered up a less-than-absolute defense of a new Mitt Romney ad that accuses President Barack Obama of gutting federal work-for-welfare requirements:
A taste from the transcript:
Anderson Cooper: I’ve got to come back to then the wording of this ad, and again, it’s “under Obama’s plan you wouldn’t have to work, you wouldn’t have to train for a job, they just send you your welfare check.” That’s not saying “we assume this” or “we think this” or “we worry about this,” it’s saying as a fact “this will happen” and that’s just not supported by evidence.
Newt Gingrich:I think if the ad makers had asked me I would have said “This makes it possible” would have been a good way to enter into what it said.
Cooper: So you think the wording of the ad is not actually accurate, that it is too straightforward?
Gingrich: Well, I think the ad does assert, but this is a political ad. In 30 seconds you tend not to get all the various amendments and things —
Cooper: But accuracy is important.
Gingrich: I believe, absolutely, that the Obama administration is filled with people who do not believe in the work requirement…
The GOP’s right wing has been highly upset over new evidence that the Mitt Romney campaign hasn’t wholly disavowed his health care reform efforts in Massachusetts. From Politico.com:
A Mitt Romney spokesperson offered an unusual counterattack Wednesday to an ad in which a laid-off steelworker blames the presumptive GOP nominee for his family losing health care: If that family had lived in Massachusetts, it would have been covered by the former governor’s universal health care law.
“To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care,” Andrea Saul, Romney’s campaign press secretary, said during an appearance on Fox News. “There are a lot of people losing their jobs and losing their health care in President [Barack] Obama’s economy.”
Conservatives have put aside their distrust of Romney on this issue in the name of beating Barack Obama. They thought he and his campaign team had gotten the message and the hints. Consider the scab picked, the wound opened, and the distrust trickling out again.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider