In an email sent last night, reader George Mortensen reported something strange and wonderful: A political candidate has written him a check.
Michael Caldwell of Woodstock is the young Republican – he was 23 as his campaign began — who ousted longtime state Rep. Charlice Byrd in the July primary, and in November defeated Democrat Lillian Burnaman.
As of Oct. 25, Caldwell reported raising $16,967 for the contest, and still had $2,343.
So the successful candidate has been sending his 13.8 percent surplus back to contributors on a pro-rated basis. Mortensen had given $20 to Caldwell this spring. Caldwell has sent him a check for $2.76.
Sigh. If only this kind of conduct would catch on. We’ve got a call into Caldwell, but have not heard back.
A rumor was floating around the state on Monday that U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, having survived another GOP attempt to oust him, was being courted by Democrats to run statewide in 2014 – whether against U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss or Gov. Nathan Deal.
In an interview this morning with my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy, Barrow shot both ideas down:
“I have no interest in running against Saxby Chambliss or the governor. I’m sticking with my job. It’s the best job I’ve ever had and it’s the only job I want to have.”
One radio personality at AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB has declared himself uninterested in a challenge to U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss. And one hasn’t.
My AJC colleague Daniel Malloy in Washington also squeezed this statement out of Herman Cain, who will soon take over Neal Boortz’ duties:
“My attention will be on exposing the economic pain and suffering to come from a second Obama term, [rather] than on a decision Senator Chambliss made. No, I’m not running!”
But WSB Radio evening-shifter Erick Erickson, the Redstate.com editor and frequent critic of Chambliss — who played a role in the Florida GOP effort to boost Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist, last night said something rather different. From Charlie Harper over at PeachPundit.com:
So, I managed to catch the first hour of Erick Erickson’s show tonight. He led off the show by stating that he has been approached by serious people asking him to consider a primary challenge to Senator Saxby Chambliss. He says he hadn’t really been considering it, but will get with his wife and give it “prayerful consideration.”
I’ve traded a couple of texts with him and would say this isn’t a publicity stunt. Nor has he decided he’s running and is being coy about it. It’s something he needs to think about. So he will.
Look for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson to take a larger role in verbalizing the Senate Republican position on the fiscal cliff negotiations this month as the voice of business-oriented conservatives. On Monday, Isakson was on CNBC, attempting to move the debate past Grover Norquist:
We’ve got to talk about comprehensive tax reform. We’ve got to talk about spending cuts. We’ve got to talk about debt and deficit reduction. Pulling out an isolated piece like raising rates or taking the mortgage interest deduction, whatever it might be, that doesn’t serve any purpose. You’ve got to look at the entire problem, solve the problem in a macro sense. If you don’t do that, we’re all dead.”
Some lessons take longer to learn than others. From Politico.com:
Not a single woman will lead any of the major House committees in the 113th Congress.
After a day of meetings closed to the public, the House Republican Steering Committee announced an all-male slate of committee chairs, including 12 returning lawmakers who will head up some of the most important panels in Washington. The chairs for the House Ethics Committee and House Administration Committee have yet to be chosen, so a woman could end up in one of those slots.
Fox5’s Dale Russell has some appetizing video of the $1,100 lunches that the nine-member Fulton County Development Authority has indulged in at its monthly meetings. Spokesman Rusty Paul concedes the spending was “over the top” and has been addressed.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider