Your morning jolt: Independent group backs Tim Lee in Cobb

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:

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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

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28 comments Add your comment

nekkid belly-flops in the galilee 4 jesus

August 20th, 2012
10:11 am

legit rape don’t make no babies.


August 20th, 2012
10:14 am

I was SO glad the elections were over. The amoung of phone calls we get in Cobb is INSANE and extremely disruptive. Now we have the Lee campaign calling at least once a day if not three times with these messages that tell me nothing except they are running a negative campaign. I researched everything before voting the last time and most likely voted for Lee. I will be sure to vote for his opponent this time.

Dirty Dawg

August 20th, 2012
10:45 am

Having grown upon Cobb…and after deciding to engage in some ‘natural selection’ and get the hell out of there – how’s that Creationism/Evolution-Denial thing working for you?…watching Republicans fight over who’s more Right Wing, is a lot like snakes in a long as they stay there I don’t care which ones eat the others.


August 20th, 2012
11:09 am

Is todd akin another one of those fools who gets his medical information from ‘institutions’ like bob jones university?

Danny O

August 20th, 2012
11:53 am

Medical diagnosis for Rep. Todd Akin: diarrhea of the mouth. Back in 2003 a legislator from the Dalton area who is a doctor made the same assertion from the well of the State Senate.

Marlboro Man

August 20th, 2012
12:27 pm

The guy really belives it, he’s that stupid.


August 20th, 2012
1:00 pm

From the low number of comments, I suspect that most folks were as impressed with this piece as I was . . .


August 20th, 2012
1:09 pm

Well…republicans threw away another Senate pick up…Happy Birthday Claire McCaskill…seems Christmas came early.


August 20th, 2012
1:18 pm

Women “had” a defense against unwanted pregnancies due to rape
But now the GOP nanny state has stepped in to stop that

Road Scholar

August 20th, 2012
1:26 pm

Bill Byrne is nuttier than a tree full of pecans!

” His largest donation has been $5,000 from the Chicago-based Realtors PAC. ”
Who would have thought that President Obama would back Collins! (snarc)

Lee Anderson: “He has gave…” (3 times)

My God, is this the most intelligent person that the repubs could find?

Where is your proof…

“It is on my website…”

Heaven help us! Just because it is on the website, it is true? So, if I accuse Anderson of something…(bestiality, rape, homosexual activity, being a Muslim..) on this website, it must be true? Folks in the 12th, can’t you find an educated man to represent you? Oh, I forgot, being 49th out of 50 in education is just fine with the states’ leadership, huh?

Faaarrr Right

August 20th, 2012
1:29 pm

cc -
The idiots on this blog (the socialists) are not interested in the article, all they want is a reason to spew their grade-school vitriol. Most of them sit around all day with their thumbs up their A— and wait for Galloway to write yet another innocuous bit of sheer buffoonery to sate their little bated breaths.
When JG writes his usual Republican/conservative mild diatribes, these fools begin baying like hounds and salivate. They can’t wait to degrade and criticize anything that is not an Obama socialist idea or opinion. Five of these online rejoinders are written by the usual cast of loony socialists that really believe that our country will be better off if Barack Hussein Obama is reelected.
Proves that drugs and funny cigarettes actually DO rot the brain.

Auntie Christ

August 20th, 2012
1:33 pm

Faaarrr Right
August 20th, 2012
1:29 pm

YAWN. Another 7th grade typing exercise posted by faarrr right side of the toilet.


August 20th, 2012
1:35 pm

FR, well I guess you believe in evolution

Auntie Christ

August 20th, 2012
1:38 pm

Good to see the romney n ryan twins flip flop on the issue of abortion and rape. This is from ryan’s wikipedia page:

“He believes all abortions should be illegal, including those resulting from rape or incest, and only makes an exception for cases where the woman’s life is at risk.”

Yet they both come out this morning condemning akin’s statement. They lie and flip flop so much they can’t remember whether they are flipping today or flopping, and which position they are supposed to take tomorrow.


August 20th, 2012
1:39 pm

You can be rest assured that “LITTLE HORN and “THE PROUD ONE” will not issue nothing more than a written statement about This Republican Candidate for SENATE
Congressman TODD AKiN (R-MO).

Mittts LEADERSHIP will be MIA and AWOL, just as he was in VietNAM.

The deafening SILENCE by the REPUBLICANS, are another sign as demonstrated by the archaic LAWS passed ALL across this GREAT NATION by Republican Governors and STATE HOUSE LEGISLATORS, about what and how they REALLY THINK and FEEL about the WOMEN OF AMERICA.

WHERE is “THE OUTRAGE” when it is really and TRULY NEEDED and REQUIRED, MITT?

This is America’s WOMEN, we are talking About!

Buckhead Boy

August 20th, 2012
1:48 pm

Representative Akin’s comments have to constitute the most inartful exposure of the Republican fundamentalist assault on modernity since the Texas GOPers came out against the teaching of critical thinking a few months back. I suspect that the actual party leadership over at the US Chamber of Commerce is today bemoaning, “Can’t these clowns just stick to doing our bidding?” But, by tomorrow you’ll see the calls for Akin to withdraw to rise to a crescendo as the Chamber pulls on leashes.


August 20th, 2012
2:10 pm

Since we have more then 10 posts, I can change topics since this one seems to be going nowhere today:

You may be paying more than ever for a late-summer drive.

“U.S. drivers are paying an average of $3.72 per gallon on Monday. That’s the highest price ever on this date, according to auto club AAA, a shade above the $3.717 average on Aug. 20, 2008. A year ago, the average was $3.578″


August 20th, 2012
2:14 pm

Ahhh! The Rank SMELL of Republican FEAR in the morning! there is nothing like it!

Makes you want to RUSH gout and invite (2) TWO Republican “TOKEN” WOMEN, One WHITE and the other BLACK! to the AUGUSTA National GOLF CLUB.

One of the last BASTIONS of WHITE MALE FIFEDOMs in America!

Just LQQK, how evolved we have BECOME……..All of a SUDDEN! to chants of USA! USA! USA! USA

Auntie Christ

August 20th, 2012
2:20 pm

I have this mental image of td sitting, waiting anxiously, counting each and every comment as it was posted, breathlessly holding back, and finally, finally the 10th comment cameth, and he was allowed to rush in like cub reporter Jimmy Olsen reporting the latest Superman sighting to Perry White, that gas prices are UP!! proving once again the total inadequacy of Obama’s economic plan and the eventual demise of the great country that was the US of A.

You heard it here first, ladies and gentlemen.

Road Scholar

August 20th, 2012
2:33 pm

Faaaar Right: If we have our thumbs up our ass, how do we type? Besides, if we do, then your head must be up yours!!!!!! It’s called free speech! And it is for all Americans!


August 20th, 2012
2:39 pm

Convert to natural gas.
Despite the best efforts of sonny the moron when he was still a senator, natural gas prices keep plunging.
Or you could do like me and drive a fuel efficient vehicle coupled with not driving so much.
What part of the Constitution do repugs read to include ‘right to cheap gas’ anyway?

Disgusted Voter

August 20th, 2012
4:12 pm

What is legitimate rape? I thought it was the politicians did to the voters. Atleast it feels like it and they don’t get prosecuted for it!


August 20th, 2012
4:14 pm

@ Danny O August 20th, 2012 11:53 am
“Medical diagnosis for Rep. Todd Akin: diarrhea of the mouth. Back in 2003 a legislator from the Dalton area who is a doctor made the same assertion from the well of the State Senate.”
The quack you are referring to is Dalton Ga’s, own Quack in residence Dr. Don Thomas. In for the fame and $$$$$….His office is near the duck pond. He too was diagnosed with stupidly and diarrhea of the mouth.

d down

August 20th, 2012
4:42 pm

cobb county-having to choose between these two crooks in the pocket of the special interests looking for taxpayer money–depressing.


August 20th, 2012
5:38 pm

Has anyone figured out that a “community organizer” is a person who encourages people to file for entitlements and assists them in doing this? The only jobs a community organizer ever created are the ones for people doling out food stamps, medicaid, pamphlets, school lunches and breakfasts, public housing, public transit chits, etc.?? His (the Anointed One) supporters in GA are much more of the same. That’s why Republicans run for and win seats in the legislature!

Faaarrr Right

August 20th, 2012
5:51 pm

Auntie Christ: Actually it’s an 8th. grade exercise smart a$$! But, I have to “– by faarrr right side of the toilet.” If you’d quit drinking from the toilet water and move back, I could sit on it and pontificate. BTW, “Yawn…” What is that for?

Findog: “…evolution.” And your point is?

Road Scholar: “If we have our thumbs up our ass, how do we type? Besides, if we do, then your head must be up yours!!!!!! It’s called free speech! And it is for all Americans!” My answer to the first part, beats me how you can do it! My head hasn’t been up my a$$ since I “saw the light” and began voting Republican.

Speaking of Republicans: My next door neighbor voted Republican all his life until he died. Not to worry…he now votes Democratic./b>


August 20th, 2012
8:47 pm

Faaarrr Right:

Your post is correct; JG feeds those who would trade liberty for freedom. The truth is that the dimocrats (dimwits) are running scared. They know that, barring a miracle, their precious Barry will be packing shortly. There is a very good chance the GOP will also win the Senate.

Scares the crap out of them! Makes them “talk big” but their voices quiver with fear.

Pig Slop

August 21st, 2012
1:58 pm

Tim Lee’s pushing of the TSPLOST cost him my vote just a few minutes ago.