Your morning jolt: Democrats to seek Rick Crawford’s removal from ballot

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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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

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63 comments Add your comment

TrailerParkTed

September 28th, 2012
9:39 am

Crawford is a Coward!

Democratic Plantation Dweller

September 28th, 2012
9:42 am

We can only depend on government for our education.

Danforth Quayle

September 28th, 2012
9:44 am

The Dems have grown a pair. Good for them.

A Liberal in ATL

September 28th, 2012
9:51 am

It’s reasonable. If you run and get elected as a D or an R you should be required to serve your term as same. If you want to change parties, fine. Just do it 6 months before the election.

Jacob Hawkins

September 28th, 2012
9:59 am

Hulk Hogan

September 28th, 2012
9:59 am

Let me tell you something brother!!!! It doesn’t matter if a D or R is beside their name on the ballot, either way they are still a crook!!!

findog

September 28th, 2012
10:00 am

President Obama needs to let every single tax cut President Bush signed into law with sunset provisions expire. The republicans can never vote for, or allow to pass, a tax increase [even in case of war(s)] so he needs to return to level of taxation everyone was paying when the budget was balanced and the deficit in decline.

burntgrassroot

September 28th, 2012
10:01 am

It’s a shame that the Georgia Democratic Party can’t implement this policy retroactively. The last two governors, and at least one Public Service Commission member would be adversely affected. When these candidates get elected, their election is based on party affiliation. I’m no lawyer, but lying on the qualifying affidavit has punitive consequences; the severity based on the fee may be the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. They should at least refund the party’s expenses for supporting them.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+15&version=ESV

double

September 28th, 2012
10:03 am

what is the big Deal?He’s lost all chance of being elected.May have caught the Romney Romneitist,each day different view.

RomeGaGuy

September 28th, 2012
10:17 am

You can count on Mike Berlon to mess us the removal of Rick Crawford from the ballot

Will

September 28th, 2012
10:17 am

Do you think the Georgia Republican Party will ever nominate a republican for governor or will we always a a former democrat and current democrat to choose from?

Pat P

September 28th, 2012
10:21 am

Rick Crawford probably will stay on the ballot. SOS Kemp is not going to kick crawford off the ballot and i believe its too late to get him off. Crawford has benefitted from Dems since he ran for Congress before he became state rep. Minority leader congressman steny hoyer came down to stump for him and the state dems have poured a lot of resources in Crawford to keep the seat Democratic. I just wonder what strategy State Dems will use to get Crawford back other than to have Dems undervote and skip his race altogether. Or they could do some research on Crawford. Has he killed his first born; married his secret gay lover; had an abortion???

AngryVoter

September 28th, 2012
10:22 am

Jim, thank you for the newsworthy article. Many of us are shocked to learn that there is an organized Democrat party in GA.

On another note, your snarky comment about the LA Times article proves what we all already know. Rather than look at the situation for what it is – the Rep party immediately taking action when voter fraud is discovered within its own ranks – you somehow turn this into the Reps condoning voter fraud. Ooooh, look, the Reps found and got rid of voter fraud in their own ranks, isn’t it ironic that they are fighting so hard agains voter fraud?

Jim, as a lib, it probably comes as a shock to you, but the Reps are against voter fraud period. You have tipped your hand and let us know that you think people like voter fraud if the result is to their advantage. That is, unfortunately, typical lib thinking. That’s why the libs don’t get the Reps on this. The libs are incapable of understanding that voter fruad is really wrong.

Keep up the good work, Jim. In your cheap, lazy commentary, you clue us in to the deceitful thinking of those, like you, on the fringe left.

Whirled Peas

September 28th, 2012
10:28 am

Crawford should have quoted the best president in my lifetime, Ronald Reagan. “I did not leave the Democrat party. The Democrat party left me.” What an incredible swing the Democratic party has done in my lifetime. They have sunk to a level I never could have imagined. During the Democratic convention they elevated to sainthood a woman whose only claim to fame was she wanted other people to pay for her birth control. What took Crawford so long.

cc

September 28th, 2012
10:30 am

“Rather than look at the situation for what it is – the Rep party immediately taking action when voter fraud is discovered within its own ranks – you somehow turn this into the Reps condoning voter fraud.”

Did that really surprise you?

AngryVoter

September 28th, 2012
10:32 am

@cc – No surprise. Lazy is lazy. Partisan is partisan. Nonetheless, it needed to be pointed out.

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

September 28th, 2012
10:33 am

And when this state turns blue again (in less than 10 years), the turncoats are going to really suffer retribution!

Mitrebox

September 28th, 2012
10:33 am

Crawford should he switch would still be far more left leaning than any Republican challenger in that seat. Either way Democrats would lose a D in the numbers game, but forcing Crawford out completely would push the Assembly even more to the Conservative side. He may be a switcher, but its far more likely there is an ability for Democrats to work with him on some issues than the alternative.

You can lose a seat or you can lose your ability to govern. Democrats, Pick one.

MANGLER

September 28th, 2012
10:39 am

If you decide in your career that you wish to change your views and affiliations – that’s fine, but you were elected based on one set, so you need to represent that set until that term is over. I’d be more than a little annoyed if I voted for someone based on the values and alignments that they ran on, and then they suddenly changed all that. It seems a little shady to get elected and then change. It makes me wonder if things like this weren’t planned well in advance to simply slant more heavily towards the R side (or to the D side for the other converts). It would seem like a desperate move to try to prevent the loss of power in the House, or Senate. Could you imagine if a President tried this?

AngryVoter

September 28th, 2012
10:41 am

@This is Mrs. Norman Maine – Oh, yes, the party that is shrinking faster than a sunflower without rain is a threat to the Reps. You might want to gather your typewriter, AM transistor radio, black and white TV, Model T and petticoats. Those are just as likely to return.

The Dems are done in GA. There may be a third party that comes into prominence within the next ten years, but it won’t be the dinosaur of a party called the Dems. They were so awful in GA that they made themselves extinct, save the historic low number of Dem legislators still hanging from the dead vine.

cc

September 28th, 2012
10:44 am

AngryVoter:

I agree that it should be pointed out. I have observed that if I spend too much time reading what is posted on the AJC blogs, I develop a distorted view of events and politics. The AJC attracts liberals in great numbers and there are too few conservatives blogging here to totally offset their views, probably because most conservatives feel that it is fruitless to try penetrating closed minds!

AngryVoter

September 28th, 2012
10:46 am

@MANGLER – please show me where in the GA or US Consitution it indicates we elect party representatives? We elect individuals. Those individuals affiliate with a party. We do not elect parties who choose individuals. Switching parties is an option for any and every individual. Shame on the people who entrusted and voted for the wrong individual, but they voted for the individual.

While some of those voters may have voted for the person based on the party affiliation, many probably voted for the individual because of the individual. Why should the individual lose his rights and/or the voters who intended to vote for the individual have their votes interpreted as a vote for a party just because you do not like the law the way it’s written?

It’s time to get rid of the party affiliations all together. The party line nonesense keeps issues from being intelligently discussed and compromises from being made. Get rid of the parties and free the individual legislators to act on what is best for their consistuents, rather than expecting them to follow what Stacey Abrams or Chip Rogers orders.

Reality

September 28th, 2012
10:49 am

Georgia voters only see the “R”. Candidates that have “D” are invisible to the majority of Georgia voters.

The rest of the Country sees Georgia as the “Honey Boo Boo Child” State for a reason!

Ron O

September 28th, 2012
10:55 am

No Jim, it would only be irony if the Republicans had kept the voter registration firm on contract the way the Democrats do their slimy contractors

cc

September 28th, 2012
10:57 am

“The rest of the Country sees Georgia as the “Honey Boo Boo Child” State for a reason!”

As the trail boss on the old TV series, ‘Rawhide’ always said at the episode’s conclusion, “Head ‘em up. Move ‘em out!”

dc

September 28th, 2012
11:08 am

seems reasonable to be able to remove him. not like they are going to win anyway, and I for one would love to see them sink effort and money into a race they have no chance of winning.

Bob Loblaw

September 28th, 2012
11:29 am

Crawford! You’ve really hurt Dan Becker’s feelings today. He lost his lone democrat in support of his whackjob bills. Go home, Rick. You got your library in Rockmart. You’re biggest legislative accomplishment, you once said. Maybe they’ll put a little statue there of you.

zeke

September 28th, 2012
11:47 am

Any politician with any intelligence or integrity would never be a leftist socialist race baiting democrat! First, all their policies and agenda do not meet Constitutional law! Obama is worst since Carter, who was worst since LBJ, who was worst since FDR, who was worst since W. Wilson who was worst since Linclon! No, Lincoln was not a great President! He violated the Constitution at every turn! it is time for voters to wake up and realize that socialist agenda IS NOT CONSTITUTIONAL AND IT WILL DESTROY THE USA!!

Less Government

September 28th, 2012
11:50 am

Poor guy didnt stand a chance against Trey Kelley anyway.

Taipei Personality

September 28th, 2012
11:54 am

A Liberal…you make a good point, they should switch parties before the primaries. However, in this case Crawford’s stated reason is the change in stance on same-sex marriage, which came directly from President Obama AFTER the same primaries. I would imagine that if W had done a 180 on, say, gun rights, just a few months before the election, that would have had fallout as well. I agree with most that Crawford is not a conservative, but GOP hardly is anyway. Both parties have been absolutely and outrageously irresponsible in spending practices and I have some doubts as that either party could enact the solutions to actually fix the situation, and often wonder if they really want to.

UPGRAYEDD

September 28th, 2012
12:02 pm

Time for the legislature to lay down a law restricting the time frame in which a candidate may change parties prior to an election. There is nothing partisan regarding the need for such legislation. With a two party system, it is remarkable such laws do not already exist.

Taipei Personality

September 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

upgrayedd…it’s not remarkable, we can’t even pass a simple ethics law. this state remains corrupt, no matter which party is in control. a valid and effective third party would really be a nice change.

Carol

September 28th, 2012
12:09 pm

Early voting starts on 10/11. They are NOT going to get his name off of the ballot. A better use of time and money would be to run ads against him or send out mailers to Dems in the area.

EGM

September 28th, 2012
12:21 pm

findog: It does not matter how much you tax, Obama will spend it all. Now the United nations is pushing for a global tax. Liberals still do not get it.

jd

September 28th, 2012
12:24 pm

I agree with angry voter…. Why should taxpayer money be spent to decide who wins a Party’s nomination? Party’s are private corporations — let them pay for their own elections.

cc

September 28th, 2012
12:28 pm

“Liberals still do not get it.”

They will NEVER get it. Liberals will spend us into oblivion, if our enemies do not destroy us first because of their policy of appeasement.

EGM

September 28th, 2012
12:29 pm

curious

September 28th, 2012
12:32 pm

Reminds me of the time my friend took a girl to the Prom, but kept dancing with someone else.

Didn’t go well.

matt

September 28th, 2012
12:41 pm

Enter your comments here

matt

September 28th, 2012
12:43 pm

I need to get my name on that ballot. Their budget can probably be cut in half.

mark

September 28th, 2012
12:50 pm

Ok republicants. look at how those, left leaning blue states are faring? A whole lot better than the red led states. Maybe the Dems are on to something? Lets not forget Bush’s spending!! He went to war, ballooned our defense budget, gave us all a tax cut, a check in the mail, told us to spend, spend, spend!!

Dont go blaming the Dems for the spend happy republicants cc. This liberal would tax and regulate pot, raise billions a year in taxes, what republicant would do that? Stay out of my bedroom and my body.

cc

September 28th, 2012
1:26 pm

“This liberal would tax and regulate pot,”

It would only be fitting and proper that liberals tax the main staple of their existence. Without its use, they would totally lose their ability to make any decision . . .

Reverie

September 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

Really? Really? Prison? If that warrants a stretch in the joint you had better get ready ’cause almost everyone in the state is about to move in. Let’s see. She didn’t get hurt. She didn’t lose her teeth, glasses or wig. She admits she “almost” tumbled. Excuse me! Officer! Please arrest the driver of that car because they caused me to almost have a wreck! What a crock. No wonder most parents think the teachers are a bunch of whiny, touchy cry-babies. Look at their leadership.

JLA

September 28th, 2012
1:44 pm

findog, I don’t disagree with you, but the OBA has shown that even if we increases taxes to pre-Bush tax cut levels, the additional revenue would last 10 weeks, particularly with 25% realized unemployment (as a result no payroll/income tax). Tax cuts are a drop in the bucket compared to our out of control spending. While republicans never met a tax cut they didn’t like, dems never say no to spending another of you or I’s money. Tax increases will do nothing if spending stays status quo.

Truth Squad

September 28th, 2012
1:46 pm

People who belong to a party that welcomes those who believe in a concept of “legitimate-illegitimate rape” are not allowed to judge those who smoke pot. Clearly stoners are far better people.

Auntie Christ

September 28th, 2012
1:53 pm

AngryVoter
September 28th, 2012
10:22 am

Too bad you either can’t or didn’t read the entire paragraph, you may have noted this:
“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,”

Note it says “other firmS” and “past electionS” meaning he has been caught perpetrating fraud on more than one occasion before this one, yet the republican party keeps hiring him. Kinda lays waste to your claim that ” Reps are against voter fraud period.” Looks like they’re only against it when they get caught at it, I guess sproul will just have to open a new company by a different name again, then the repubs can put him back to work, keeping democracy safe for the rich and privileged, and out of the hands of the common folk.

Auntie Christ

September 28th, 2012
2:06 pm

JLA
September 28th, 2012
1:44 pm

While republicans never met a tax cut they didn’t like, dems never say no to spending another of you or I’s money.
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Welcome back from your nap, I see you slept thru 2001-2010 when bush was turning a $1/2 Trillion surplus into a $Trillion deficit, Or maybe instead of being asleep, you’re just a typical clueless repub who thinks “deficits don’t matter” when it’s the repubs doing the spending.

Junior Samples

September 28th, 2012
2:16 pm

AngryVoter,

The number of UFO sightings are greater than voter fraud, so thanks for staying on top of this important issue.

Grandpa Jones

September 28th, 2012
2:58 pm

Junior,

Are you in the ’shine again?

Junior Samples

September 28th, 2012
3:00 pm

When ain’t I, Grampa?