In at least one way, yesterday’s news that state Rep. Rick Crawford, D-Cedartown, would switch to the Republican party after the Nov. 6 election was a case of unfortunate timing.
The state Democratic party’s 46-member executive committee just happened to have an hour-long meeting by telephone scheduled for Thursday night.
We understand from a party insider that the committee took three votes to:
a) Accept Crawford’s resignation from the party. (Crawford has submitted nothing in writing, but had communicated his change of allegiance in conversations with several Democrats;
b) Withdraw its support from Crawford; and
c) Authorize party Chairman Mike Berlon to seek Crawford’s removal from the ballot.
It’s the last item that’s news – or could be. We don’t know that it’s ever been done. Look for Berlon to quickly petition Secretary of State Brian Kemp for Crawford’s dismissal as the Democratic nominee for House District 16 in west Georgia.
Could Democrats replace Crawford? Good question, for which we don’t have an immediate answer. If they can’t, Republican Trey Kelley, a 25-year-old manufacturer’s rep, would be the automatic winner in the race come Nov. 6.
If this sounds drastic, remember that the Democratic party went to extraordinary lengths this summer to defeat another former Democrat, state Rep. Doug McKillip of Athens, to the point of pushing Democratic voters into the Republican primary.
Democrats intended for McKillip’s defeat to send the message that the party had adopted a zero-tolerance policy for switchers. But apparently, it didn’t take.
The latest sign that the charter school debate is devolving into a statewide race for class president. From Lori Geary and Channel 2 Action News:
For those of you still missing your minimum daily requirement of irony, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times:
The Republican National Committee has abruptly cut ties to a consulting firm hired for get-out-the-vote efforts in seven presidential election swing states after Florida prosecutors launched an investigation into possible fraud in voter registration forms.
Working through state parties, the RNC has sent more than $3.1 million this year to Strategic Allied Consulting, a company formed in June by Nathan Sproul, an Arizona voting consultant. Sproul has operated other firms that have been accused in past elections of improprieties designed to help Republican candidates, including dumping registration forms filled out by Democrats, but none of those allegations led to any criminal charges.
A good New York Times assessment on how early voting has changed the rhythm of presidential campaigns:
“It has made the October surprises way less relevant,” said Jim Messina, the campaign manager for Mr. Obama, who has built the president’s re-election strategy around the growing trend of voting early. One example: a two-minute ad that began running Thursday summing up Mr. Obama’s case for re-election. “In a close election, you can increase your number of voters in a very important way.”
The president opened his campaign speeches this week with a pitch for early voting, imploring Ohio voters, “I need you to start voting six days from now.” It was a not-so-subtle effort to bottle his early success and capitalize on what several polls find is an edge over Mr. Romney in swing states, which could shrink as the remainder of the race unfolds, with the first debate next Wednesday.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at this statement by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on the GOP plan to reduce the deficit: “You cannot implement Paul Ryan’s plan without allowing for any increases in revenue.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider