A letter from ‘Republicans for Doug Stoner’

The most important state Senate race in Georgia is the November contest between Democratic incumbent Doug Stoner of Smyrna and Republican challenger Hunter Hill of Atlanta.

A GOP win could give Republicans a super-majority in the chamber, allowing them to pass proposed changes to the state Constitution without Democratic interference.

But this weekend, residents of the newly configured District 6 (GOP-heavy Buckhead was inserted into the territory, which had been dominated by Cobb County), received a letter of endorsement from nine prominent, business-oriented Republicans:

Rob Garcia, president and COO of the Bank of North Georgia; Bob Prillaman, retired senior vice president of Caraustar Industries and former CEO of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce; Jim Rhoden, chairman and principal of the Futren Corp.; Barry Teague , managing partner of Walton Communities; Bob Voyles, principal and CEO of Seven Oaks Co.; Sam Williams, president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Michael Paris, president and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth; and Ben Mathis, partner in the firm of Freeman, Mathis & Garry.

Updated at 11:50 a.m.: Tad Leithead, chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission, is listed as a member of “Republicans for Stoner,” but has sent word that his name was used without his knowledge or permission, and that he has donated no money to the Cobb County senator.

However, we also have examples in hand of Leithead’s name appearing as one of several hosts for two Stoner fundraisers — one in July and another in September.

See the letter here. Here’s the meat:

Senator Stoner has been in the legislature for ten years. During that time he has repeatedly impressed us with his reasonable, common sense attitude and his willingness to move beyond partisanship to work for what is really important – improving the economy and creating jobs in Georgia.

Doug Stoner believes in creating partnerships with anyone who has good ideas – Republican legislators, business and community leaders. These partnerships have resulted in outstanding legislation to bring high-tech jobs to Georgia, the creation of an independent Ethics Commission, and the launch of the Georgia Taxpayer Receipt, to allow citizens to go online to see how the state is spending their hard-earned tax dollars.

The letter is important – simply because we have so few examples these days of general election campaigns relying on bipartisan coalitions.

But if you look closely at the letter, and the names, you’ll also realize something is missing: The word “transportation.” Many of the names behind Republicans for Stoner were also supporters of the TSPLOST this summer.

Stoner himself is considered one of the foremost experts in the Legislature on transportation. That’s a measure of how radioactive the July referendum remains.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Get it while you can!

October 1st, 2012
11:34 am

One of those special “partnerships” includes Stoner’s MARTOC “oversight” for his own MARTA contract. Stoner’s expertise includes how to make money off of his Senate “partnerships”

Flush Stoner and let him make his “expert” deals on his automatic toilets outside the Gold Dome instead.


October 1st, 2012
11:40 am

I fairly certain Hunter was against the TSPLOST. This letter is probably retribution from the pro-TSPLOST forces.


October 1st, 2012
11:47 am

it’s always about money……. suspect many of these folks missed out on a bundle when TSPLOST went down in flames


October 1st, 2012
11:53 am

Focusing on the tsplost misses the point.
It wasn’t Senator Stoner who handed the process off to municipal ‘leaders’ so they could insert their pet projects as they wished. That honor stands with Senate Majority.

Giving a 2/3 majority to a political party that has accomplished NOTHING of value to the Citizens of Georgia in 10 years seems to be the equivalent of ensuring the children in the back yard with cans of gasoline have enough matches.

How many Rights, Freedoms and Protections would the Citizens of Georgia be willing to sacrifice to ensure the OnePartyCorporateState in perpetuity?


October 1st, 2012
12:06 pm

Aside from liking Stoner through the years, I’ve really disliked some of Hill’s campaigning techniques. Answering the phone for these push polls of his would be enough to make me vote against him. Phony surveys are a waste of the caller’s time, and my time — besides which they are just plain dishonest and dirty. If campaigning openly and honestly is too hard for Hill, then the position itself would likely be too hard also.


October 1st, 2012
12:10 pm

Doug Stoner is one of the few moderates left in the Senate.


October 1st, 2012
12:13 pm

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. A super majority would give our Republican friends absolute power. I’m a Republican but we need checks and balances of the kind that only a viable two party system can provide. We saw the problems with one party rule when the Democrats had absolute power. The pendulum swung sharply in favor of the Republicans, but now we need to have it swing back closer to the center in order to have a two party system.


October 1st, 2012
12:23 pm


October 1st, 2012
11:53 am

“How many Rights, Freedoms and Protections would the Citizens of Georgia be willing to sacrifice to ensure the OnePartyCorporateState in perpetuity?”

And this coming from an admitted socialist that wants government to control every aspect of our lives.


October 1st, 2012
12:34 pm

Sam Williams is almost as Republican as Joe Biden…

It is time to retire, Sam. When you and your flunky Rene Blumenthal tried to cover up the Atlanta School cheating, you lost your credibility for the Metro Chamber. You openly supported cheaters and deprived a generation of children their right to an education.

Now you openly support Stoner. Birds of a feather…


October 1st, 2012
12:34 pm

What I would hope for in the coming elections, are representatives that can recall they are elected to represent their ENTIRE district, not just one faction.
I’d love to see representation that doesn’t consider the word compromise a four letter word, people who can actually work for the betterment of the state as a whole, instead of ‘of the party, by the party, for the party’

Is this really too much to ask?


October 1st, 2012
1:31 pm

So, basically, this race HAS become another referendum on TSPLOST.

I live in that district, and my views going into the primary were basically what was expressed by Dick Williams on “The Georgia Gang” – Josh Belinfante is qualified and capable, Hunter Hill is qualified and capable, and Drew Ellenberg… I don’t know anything but him, but he does have some big signs.

I’m sure the people forecasting doom if there’s a Republican supermajority were just thrilled when the Democrats were in that situation for decades.


October 1st, 2012
1:49 pm

Citizens United that designated corporations as people and money as speech is the rule of the day. BE REALLY, REALLY CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! That power may come from Global Financial Institutions or Saudi Arabia. A super majority will create more inequality and more instability. 31% of the population self-identify as liberal, 27% identify as conservative and 41% identify as independent. I do see the pendulum starting to swing more to the center, maybe not in this election cycle but the next election cycle.

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October 1st, 2012
2:15 pm

My 18 year old informed me that she and all of her age group the 18-24 year olds are voting for “Stoner” because he has a cool name.


October 1st, 2012
2:36 pm

She speaks for all 18-24 year olds, what a marketing coup that is.

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October 1st, 2012
2:48 pm

I noticed going to the North Ga fair over the weekend that Trust fund recipient Hill didn’t even have the balls to go and convince anyone to put out any signs in Austell or Smyrna for him where Stoner who has been a great State Senator, has put his signs all over North Atlanta, and Sandy Springs.

Alot of highly educated people just let their dumb, ignorant Republican Friends, who really do,t understand economics. Did you not read John Kenneth Gailthbrith and others down here or did you just read science fiction licks of AYN Rayd.

Some of the insular private school folksy and homeschoolers, don,t seem to get it, that 40 percent of the students at Riverwood, North Atlanta and Campbell are Hispanic. Guess what at least 1/2 of them were wborn her and are us citizens . In middle school virtually 80 percent of the Hispanics are US citizens. Some of th white children in the last year have been pulled over for a ticket and seen the over zealous police ask for ID of their passenger Raul who had no ID sent to ICE for months. They could not understand this. The Brazillian, Polish or Russian Jewish girl, along with the Chinese girl your son may be dating may also have overstayed a Visa. Who will your child vote for their life long friends.

I have been helping a maid get her forms for the 2 year work permit filled out. She asks what she can do in return. I tell her to tell everyone who is legal and is currently eligible to vote in her community to vote Democrate otherwise the 2 year work renewal may not be available

Bob Loblaw

October 1st, 2012
2:49 pm

If those teens and those in their early 20’s can put down the bong and remember to go vote.


October 1st, 2012
2:51 pm

If Rob Garcia is a republican, then I am Chipper Jones. This guy gave a monetary donation to re-elect the idiot David Scott.


October 1st, 2012
2:53 pm

“My 18 year old informed me that she and all of her age group the 18-24 year olds are voting for “Stoner” because he has a cool name.”

You must be a proud parent.

Just an old fashioned love song

October 1st, 2012
3:06 pm

I am not surprised to see the responses? here but as individuals, Hunter Hill far exceeds the capacity of a corrupted Doug Stoner.

Here is my opinion on Doug, who like Obama is a nice guy to know and have a beer with…

Doug has a family tradition, a business, but still found the need to become aligned with big corporate interests, I guess it’s an insurance policy in case your capitalist hard work as a business owner can’t adapt quick enough to down times.

Hunter has business ties too, but he has a lot more ties to families and to the experience of leading with integrity.. something he learned defending our families in the Middle East.

Because of who he is, Hunter provides Cobb County with the ability to right a faltering ship and will be a strong and straight arrow from the quiver of Liberty. When it comes to the pursuit of Safety and Happiness and Freedom, a vote for Hunter Hill is right on target.



October 1st, 2012
3:10 pm

Please go to gottaregister, gottavote, make sure your voting record is up-to-date and correct before october 9, 1912, last day to register to vote in Nov.

Florida GOP operative fired after West Palm beach elections official find and turn about 106 applications over to local prosecutor for fraud. Google

The same owner of Strategic Allied consultants(co. fired.} had another company in 2004 hired by GOP who destroyed democratic applications to register,

They and other GOP operatives have been at work in other states.

Who will purge Republican voter lists like repbulican Gov. Scott of Fl /all state elected officals/republicans are doing to thousands of democrats /latinos by removing their names and make them prove they should vote, 1 90 yr old veteran caught up in it.

Voter suppression should be videod or get all support you can and turn over to voters groups or FBI.
Voting is your right. Tape anything you see going on in voting situations or write down what someone saids to you and have them sign it;
better still tell them you want it in writing and signed.

Many Republicans vote by absentee ballot, no ID required in Florida..


October 1st, 2012
3:10 pm


Your penchant for flights of fantasy knows no bounds…..
Your ignorance of political theory isn’t far behind……

Where on Earth do you equate ‘Socialism’ with ‘wanting the Government to control every aspect of our lives’?

I guess you heard it from talk radio or fauxnewz didn’t you.

So is your answer essentially ‘if wrong wing nuts or rabid christians vote to eliminate your rights, it’s all good’?


October 1st, 2012
3:17 pm

oops last day to register 10/9/12 or we really will have dead republicans voting.


October 1st, 2012
3:21 pm

Ah, the T-Splost crowd. This explains pretty much everything we need to know about this little stunt. A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat.


October 1st, 2012
4:00 pm


I appreciate your points on Doug Stoner and the potential Constitutional majority facing us. Odd, isn’t it, that people who claim to support “less” or “smaller” government are so eager to eliminate the primary method by which we can actually check power before it grows too monstrous: opposition. Most everyone has their favorite (or least favorite) of the two main parties, but without a challengers from the other side of “the aisle,” the citizen’s voice in our government is all but eliminated.

But why do you keep feeding the troll?


October 1st, 2012
4:51 pm

Just thought I would throw this out there.

“The GOP controlled Senate has not passed a budget in more than three years”

Just saying.

Auntie Christ

October 1st, 2012
4:54 pm

October 1st, 2012
11:53 am

“Giving a 2/3 majority to a political party that has accomplished NOTHING of value to the Citizens of Georgia in 10 years seems to be the equivalent of ensuring the children in the back yard with cans of gasoline have enough matches.”

That should be copyrighted and used by every democratic campaign between here and Seattle, San Diego to Bangor, ME. Too bad it won’t fit on a bumper sticker.


October 1st, 2012
5:42 pm

So we now see here, in print, classic examples of RINO’s: Republicans in Name Only. Chief among them is the much bally-hooed Sam Williams and his happy to bankroll anyone they can own developer friends, Mr. Litehead included. Time to clean out the stables, boys. Hunter Hill is a decorated veteran who has already performed more public service than all those clowns combined. Hunter is the future – the guys on that invite are the distant past. Let’s keep it that way. Work hard, Hunter.


October 1st, 2012
6:09 pm

Now tell me what hunter hill’s qualifications to represent anyone in the Senate actually are?

Effectiveness in combat all too frequently translates into disastrous ineffectiveness when attending the business of Citizens.

Although it looks like it sometimes, business under the Gold Dome is not war.

E Marie Green

October 2nd, 2012
11:05 am

Bipartisan coalitions ARE iMPORTANT, so is bipartisan praises!