Spending in Republican runoff for Cobb County commission chairman has been an uneven affair.
According to the Marietta Daily Journal, incumbent Tim Lee has raised $56, 455 since Aug. 1, while challenger – and former commission chairman – Bill Byrne estimates his take at between $6,000 and $7,000.
The disparity may actually be a bit larger. This weekend, the Insider answering machine in Kennesaw was chockfull of messages on behalf of Lee (none from Byrne), including this attack:
”Something stinks. Bill Byrne, the candidate, wants you to think he’s a fiscal conservative. His record is the opposite. Bill Byrne cost Cobb taxpayers over $80 million in the failed Bedminster composting boondoggle. And then he tried to hide this from the public with an Enron-style accounting gimmick….”
The message was paid for by Cobb 2012, an independent committee whose officers are chairperson Ashley Jenkins and treasurer Bryan Tyson, an Atlanta attorney. According to its most recent filing, on July 24, Cobb 2012 had $2,999 in its pocket.
Of that, $2,500 came from United Distributors, Inc., in Smyrna, the state’s largest wholesaler of beer and wine, and one of the largest privately held companies in metro Atlanta. Doug Hertz, president and CEO of United Distributors, was a leader in the metro Atlanta transportation sales tax effort.
Lee apparently has friends who want to make sure that his involvement in the TSPLOST effort doesn’t cost him his job. And given the date of that last filing, there’s likely to be a larger sum involved.
Aside from a naked congressman skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee, the hottest national story revolves around Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. His contention – quickly retracted – that women have a natural biological defense against pregnancies from “legitimate” rape drew a quick an immediate rebuke from Mitt Romney.
Below is a clip from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” with the reaction from U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill:
Two Republican runoffs in Georgia congressional races will be settled on Tuesday. Both are nail-biters. But if money is the only measure, both have definite frontrunners.
In the 9th District, state Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville has raised $35,000 since Aug. 10. His largest donation has been $5,000 from the Chicago-based Realtors PAC. His rival, former radio talk show host Martha Zoller, has raised $22,500, including $2,500 from Sarah Palin’s political action committee, and $2,000 from former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.
In the 12th District contest to face U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Augusta, Lee Anderson has raised $35,000. But Augusta businessman Rick Allen reports at least $105,250 raised – including another loan of $50,000 to himself. Allen’s total is more than the three other candidates combined.
Speaking of Lee Anderson and the 12th District race for Congress, NBC26 in Augusta has this clip, in which a reporter attempted to pin Anderson down on his accusation that GOP rival Rick Anderson donated to Democrats – specifically to win federal contracts:
Over the weekend, Gov. Nathan Deal expressed his support for Lee Anderson via a robocall sent to voters. That may have been balanced out by the endorsement of Rick Allen in the 12th District contest by the Augusta Chronicle.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider