Your daily jolt: Saxby Chambliss, former critic, writes Todd Akin a $5k check

Two months ago, shortly after Todd Akin had declared his belief that victims of “legitimate rape” had built-in, biological barriers to conception, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss didn’t mince his words.

Missouri’s Republican candidate for U.S. Senate needed to “go home,” he said.

“He needs to withdraw, period,” Chambliss said.”That’s a seat that should be our seat. Todd’s a nice guy. But in politics, you can say the wrong thing – and he said the wrong thing. I don’t care how hard he attempts to put the genie back in the bottle, you just can’t do it.”

Chambliss has apparently had a change of heart. From Politico.com:

Akin raised $1.6 million in the third quarter, including $5,000 in September from the Republican Majority Fund, Sen. Saxby Chambliss’s (R-Ga.) leadership PAC, according to campaign finance reports filed this week with the Senate Office of Public Records.

Many things might have changed Chambliss’ mind. One of them might have been the fact that U.S. Rep. Tom Price, a Roswell physician, who may or may not challenge Georgia’s senior senator in the 2014 GOP primary, also gave $5,000 to Akin in September – through his Voice for Freedom political action committee.

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Marietta obstetrician who also knows how babies are made, gave Akin a $1,500 contribution.

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U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, may or may not keep his seat in Congress. But so far, he’s got the better TV spots:

Since July 31, Republican Lee Anderson has gambled that he can oust Barrow without debating him. From the looks of it, Barrow will spend the next two weeks making him pay.

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In an Associated Press piece on freedom and speech and the charter school debate, the forces behind the proposed constitutional amendment all but admitted that they weren’t too keen on those lawsuits filed to keep school officials, led by state School Superintendent John Barge, out of the debate:

Bert Brantley, a consultant for the charter amendment’s proponents, said the debate should be about the merits of the policy proposal, adding that he has no problem with Barge expressing his opposition. “I don’t think we should, at all, have elected officials who are elected in the political process then not be able to participate in the political process,” Brantley said.

Brantley also advised the campaign in favor of the transportation tax and, before that, worked as Perdue’s spokesman. Brantley noted that Perdue would not raise money for his campaign from the governor’s office, instead going to the Governor’s Mansion to make phone calls. But the mansion, he noted, is publicly supported.

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Let’s say that you’re a Republican candidate for the state House, attempting to oust a Democratic incumbent in north Atlanta. Then let’s say that that you screw up by unleashing – and then pulling – a TV spot that accuses your opponent of illegal drug use while in the U.S. Army. Who then calls you a “liar” and “coward.”

What do you do? You send out a weekend robo-call, declaring yourself crestfallen by the tone of the debate:

“Hi, friends. This is Chris Boedeker calling to ask for your vote on Nov. 6. I’m proud of our positive, issue-oriented campaign, and very disappointed with the childish attacks and name-calling from my opponent, Scott Holcomb. Please join your friends and neighbors in voting for Chris Boedeker for state representative.”

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Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition is raising eyebrows with a $4.50 check the group is sending to targeted voters. From the Virginia Pilot:

The mailing is part of an organizational fundraising appeal…
It included a letter, the check and a form giving recipients the option to return the $4.50 and contribute to the cause; “Save America” donations of $100 or $200 are recommended.

Gary Marx, the coalition’s executive director, dismissed any notion that the mailing constitutes vote-buying when contacted Friday. “It’s a fundraising piece of mail, not a voter-contact piece of mail,” he said.

…The $4.50 check, he said, was a gimmick to grab potential donors’ attention. The coalition is counting on most recipients not cashing the checks; Marx likened the tactic to a charity fundraising appeal with a nickel taped to the letter.

However, the money slips are more than mere promotional items. They’re actual bank notes that can be deposited or cashed.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato’s statement that white voters in Virginia have a higher educational level than those in Georgia.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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40 comments Add your comment

Tom

October 22nd, 2012
10:05 am

If I send Paul Broun a donation but date the check 20,000 BC…..will he still try to cash it?

RAMZAD

October 22nd, 2012
10:20 am

All these Republican frauds support Akin. The initial torrent of “outrage” from them was just a smoke screen to distract the media. Now that the the fly focusing media has gone on to something else they are back eating out of Akin’s pot.

If the American woman winds up back barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen sewing up male underwear she only has herself to blame, because she clearly is to realizing that to Republican males she will always be a property factor name and race propagating baby machine.

td

October 22nd, 2012
10:40 am

RAMZAD

October 22nd, 2012
10:20 am

If that happened then I bet we would solve our education problem in this country.

sheepdawg

October 22nd, 2012
10:49 am

and i thought saxby was gaining some sense with his gang of 6 effort for a bipartisan deficit solution. still a typical gop monger of hate, paranoia, fear, and ignorance. hope he gets unseated – and not by the bigger idiot tom price, or the biggest of all phil gingrey

Dunwoodian

October 22nd, 2012
10:59 am

Jim- Not to question your source, another website shows Tom Prices PAC donation to be 7k not 5k. 2k really doesn’t make a difference.
Price also accepted 5k from Akin this past summer, not sure if he returned it though.

The “Dr. Congressman M.D.” should know a little bit more about female anatomy than Akin, but 5-7k is 5-7k.

http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgot.php?cycle=2012&cmte=C00409805

Thanks for bring some light to the dealing of this guy

dagnabit

October 22nd, 2012
11:02 am

I am actually hopeing Romney wins since I am able to afford the 6000 dollars extra a year for medacare vouchers. I will enjoy listening to the tea-partiers and other dumbos screaming and crying.

Debbie Dooley

October 22nd, 2012
11:07 am

Alot of GOP hypocrites. Kick them all out and start over!

jgalloway

October 22nd, 2012
11:10 am

Dunwoodian:

You’re right. Tom Price has given Todd Akin $7,000 this year. But $2,000 of that was given in March, before Akin lit up the Internet with his definition of rape. A $5k contribution in September or October says much more than one given in the spring.

GaBlue

October 22nd, 2012
11:21 am

The amount of self-loathing a woman must have to vote for these misogynistic clowns is truly sad. Why not vote for representatives who care about YOUR rights, Ladies? Love yourself, and others will love you. This martyr thing whereby you reward those who disrespect and punish women for being women — NOT attractive, and not going to get you the joys you want out of life.

td

October 22nd, 2012
11:21 am

I am going to laugh so hard if Akin actually wins the seat. I think some of you women that think your vagina is the only thing that matters to women may hang themselves.

td

October 22nd, 2012
11:23 am

GaBlue

October 22nd, 2012
11:21 am

Yes, being a single mother collecting welfare is such a joyous experience.

DJ Sniper

October 22nd, 2012
11:23 am

The fact that people still support cretins like Todd Akin speaks volumes about the intelligence level of voters in this country.

C Jae of EAV

October 22nd, 2012
11:32 am

The great deception continues. It nothing short of amazing that mainstream Republicans across this country bait people into voting for them believing that they are voting for candidates who support their interests and “values”. Clearly the name of the game is grabbing for the political upper hand and maintaining the status-quo.

td

October 22nd, 2012
11:35 am

DJ Sniper

October 22nd, 2012
11:23 am

The fact that people still support cretins like Todd Akin speaks volumes about the intelligence level of voters in this country.

Let me help you a little to make your statement correct: The fact that people would vote for a VP that thinks everything is funny and a President that can not speak without a teleprompter speaks volumes about the intelligence level of the voters of this country.

Real Athens

October 22nd, 2012
11:44 am

tp:

Reading your comments this morning begs the questions: Do believe in equal rights and pay for women? Do you believe that men are the more significant contributors to society today? In the past?

Dunwoodian

October 22nd, 2012
11:47 am

Thanks Jim, just checked the FEC website your are correct!

Honestly between Price’s Campaign Committee fundraising, his Voice For Freedom PAC fundraising, and the Price Freedom Fund joint fundraising organization it is nearly impossible to track his donors and recipients.

This guy collects and spreads money all throughout the system. Looking at his expenditures, one will notice most the groups he employs are for-profit fundraising consultants, not campaign advertisements or get out the vote groups, simply guys that will collect more cash.

This is what happens when there is no viable competition is these rigged districts-

A reader

October 22nd, 2012
11:48 am

I live in Tom Price’s district and had already decided to vote against him this election because he has leaned very far to the right since he was first elected in 2004. This new information just confirms my decision.

A reader

October 22nd, 2012
11:51 am

td

October 22nd, 2012
10:40 am

If that happened then I bet we would solve our education problem in this country.

Please explain how oppressing women will “solve” the education problem?

GaBlue

October 22nd, 2012
11:55 am

A reader,

Please do not feed the troll. It’s not even noon and he’s already crossed the boundary from offensive to extremely offensive. No good can come of it.

Re: Rep. Price: Once again he refuses to debate his opponent, as it would be too embarrassing to answer questions about his votes pertaining to veterans, when he’s always showing up for photo ops with veterans pretending to care about them.

DJ Sniper

October 22nd, 2012
11:57 am

TD, do you really think that Obama is the only president in history that has ever used a teleprompter? Oh yea, I forgot: no POTUS never ever used a teleprompter before Obama. Get a grip please. As for the VP, I’d much rather have someone with sense of humor instead of someone who would barge into a soup kitchen strictly for a photo op.

td

October 22nd, 2012
12:05 pm

Real Athens

October 22nd, 2012
11:44 am

tp:

Reading your comments this morning begs the questions: Do believe in equal rights and pay for women? Do you believe that men are the more significant contributors to society today? In the past?

Let me answer your questions this way. Do you believe a society can raise a child better then a mother? Do you believe that raising children correctly should be the number one goal of parents when they have children?

What can be a better reward or accomplishment then know your legacy is to leave this world knowing that your children are smarter and more accomplished then you are?

td

October 22nd, 2012
12:06 pm

DJ Sniper

October 22nd, 2012
11:57 am

TD, do you really think that Obama is the only president in history that has ever used a teleprompter? Absolutely not but I have never seen a POTUS that had this big of contrast between using one and not using one.

td

October 22nd, 2012
12:08 pm

A reader

October 22nd, 2012
11:51 am

td

October 22nd, 2012
10:40 am

If that happened then I bet we would solve our education problem in this country.

Please explain how oppressing women will “solve” the education problem?

How in the heck did you get that it is oppressing women to stay at home and raise children?

Big Hat

October 22nd, 2012
12:21 pm

“The Flintstones” was not a documentary.

Jaynie

October 22nd, 2012
12:26 pm

TD, how about DAD staying at home and raising the children. Do you think ONLY women can raise children? Do you think only Dad’s can be breadwinners? Do you think women who make more than men should quit their jobs and let “the man” do his job. Do you think, maybe, just maybe, you are casting aspersions on all working women with your views? How about those Dads that abandond their kids and Mom has to work? How about those Dads who are disabled and cannot work? How about those Dads that lost their jobs and Mom is working to keep a roof over the family head and food on the family table. How about those Dads who are just plain deadbeats and who won’t work. How about those working mothers who have jobs they enjoy and children and families they enjoy too? How about both parents working and still having trouble making ends meet? You certainly have the right to make the decision for your family to have Mom stay at home if you can afford it, You do not have the right to decide for anybody else what they should do.

td

October 22nd, 2012
12:30 pm

Jaynie

October 22nd, 2012
12:26 pm

TD, how about DAD staying at home and raising the children.

That would be fine as well. I have seen a lot of dads with more patients then moms. I do think overall women have a better makeup to raise young children but that is JMHO.

td

October 22nd, 2012
12:34 pm

Jaynie

October 22nd, 2012
12:26 pm

“You certainly have the right to make the decision for your family to have Mom stay at home if you can afford it, You do not have the right to decide for anybody else what they should do.”

Where did I say I was deciding? I am just stating the facts. It is a fact that children in two parent households are more likely to receive a better education. It is a proven researched fact that children of two parent homes are less likely to do drugs or to end up in jail. It is a proven fact that when one parent stays home with a child in the early years that the child he better prepared and smarter then children whose parents both work or from a single parent household.

Women Hating GOP Women

October 22nd, 2012
12:37 pm

Who are these GOP women-hating GOP women? Just dumb, or do they really want some male making all the decisions for them? And paying them less? As asked by another post, how can a woman vote for these GOP frauds?

Chambliss was elected with the help of that attack dog liar Ann Coulter, who is hardly a lady–smearing the honorable war veteran and statesman Max Cleland. How low–nothing that fraud Saxby, or the banking fraudsters and grifters Tom Price or Tom Graves or Nathan [ethics trader] Deal do is in the interest of the people.

Watch the ignorant in this government dependent Red state vote for these hucksters, while they send that bigot Franklin Graham money… Creflo Dollar is more honest about his extravagant lifestyle than the Graham “evangelical’ cartel.

DJ Sniper

October 22nd, 2012
12:38 pm

TD, not every household has the option to have one parent stay at home.

honested

October 22nd, 2012
12:45 pm

Well now the answer is obvious….

The question was ‘What do saxby, price and aiken have in common?’

And the answer is ‘The truth ain’t in a one of them!’

GaBlue

October 22nd, 2012
12:53 pm

Mr. G.

I’m sorry you or your censor did not like the way I described Rep. Price’s relationship with the Koch Brothers. I hope you will find away around your awkwardness at some point, however, and inform your readers about this touchy subject. I’m aware he’s trying to keep it a secret, instructing his Marietta office to claim he’s in D.C., and his D.C. office to claim in he’s in Marietta, whenever he’s on one of their special “retreats.” The voters have a right to know. Will you help them?

yellowdog

October 22nd, 2012
1:19 pm

proof positive of the return of the neanderthal……chambliss the epitome…….women beware of all of these fools

yellowdog

October 22nd, 2012
1:23 pm

had to add a ps; this column today is the funniest ive read here ever………keep smiling all

MarkB from Kennesaw

October 22nd, 2012
1:56 pm

I can see the depth of commitment from Chambliss to principal….NONE!

honested

October 22nd, 2012
2:04 pm

And for those in the 81st House District, have you ever seen anything more pathetic than mr. boat-anchor’s campaign?

To start a fight and then whine about the losing strategy is a new low for the Dekalb County republicans.

Real Athens

October 22nd, 2012
3:19 pm

tp:

That’s not an answer, it’s another question or proclamation. Grow a pair and answer the original question.

Buford T. Justice

October 22nd, 2012
3:22 pm

@GA Blue

Price debating his opponent. Generally, a politician/office holder who will get 75% of the vote in the general election does not debate the guaranteed loser. Of what benefit is it to the candidate and what difference would it make as to who will win?

As for so-called self-loathing women, one must assume you are speaking to those ladies who are Georgia Red. Since this state is overwhelmingly Republican, I cannot imagine you not having the opportunity to speak to some of these “self-loathers”. While I suggest your statement implies an inability to reason outside your own mental framework, it might do wonders for both sides of your issue if you were to engage people who think differently than yourself and who are thoughtful people, rather than narrow-minded and opinionated name-callers who speak in stereotypical sounds bites. As we know, those kind of people add nothing to the exchange of ideas,though they do have their place.

shirley

October 22nd, 2012
4:42 pm

Thanks for the coverage about the Akin race and which Georgians are supporting his campaign.. This information is worth remembering after the November elections.

Saxby Hates Workers

October 22nd, 2012
5:00 pm

Don’t forget Saxby meddling in the Congressional hearing about the explosion at the sugar plant in Savannah. He played hired attack dog going after the workers, rather than the company’s greed and culpability in the multi-fatal greed-caused explosion (it was no accident). How slimy. He’ll burn some day, too.

GaBlue

October 22nd, 2012
5:21 pm

Mr. (Sheriff?) Justice,

Your presumptions about me are wrong. Many of my favorite women in the whole world (and certainly in my own neighborhood) are Republicans. I love them dearly, and their self-loathing pains me.

As for Rep. Price’s standing refusal to debate: It’s NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT HIM. It’s supposed to be about the constituents. If he’s so confident in how he has voted, he should have no problem standing up and answering for those votes. The people deserve an honest accounting. Cowards and crooks hide behind the ignorance of others. Honest men welcome a chance to explain themselves.