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Your morning jolt: Post-election intrigue and an attack on the RNC’s Nick Ayers

Two weeks ago, a Democratic operative sent news of a curious online ad – with a link to this new web site – that he had run across at nyt.com.

It was an attack on Nick Ayers, the former aide to Gov. Sonny Perdue who made good in D.C. as the executive director of the Republican Governors Association.

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The anonymous web site takes a look at a DUI charge that Ayers, at age 24, was hit with in 2006 while he was campaign manager of Perdue’s multi-million dollar re-election bid. The charge was later reduced, as these things often are in Georgia.

Without knowing the source of the attack, we let the tip pass. But the Ben Smith team at Politico.com, knowing a little more about the Internet, did not:

”We’ve tracked an anonymous site set up to attack Ayers to the IP address of a Georgia Democratic consulting firm with informal ties to former governor and losing 2010 gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes….

An email to the site was not answered — but an IP tracking tool in a …

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The coming fight for chairmanship of the state GOP

You’re the ruling party in Georgia, and you’re at the height of your power. There’s not a statewide politician left standing with a “D” next to his name.

So how do you celebrate?

With a five-month, three-way battle for leadership of the state Republican party that — at its worse — could pit some of Georgia’s most powerful political figures against each other. And throw a wrench into preparations aimed at beating back a second surge of Barack Obama voters in 2012.

The main question is whether a Republican governor of Georgia should be allowed to choose the chairman of the state GOP. That’s how Democrats did it for a century and more.

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal and Tricia Pridemore (left), his choice as state GOP chair, during a pre-inaugural visit to Atlanta Union Mission. AP/David Goldman

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal and Tricia Pridemore (left), his choice as state GOP chair, during a pre-inaugural visit to Atlanta Union Mission. AP/David Goldman

But among Republicans, such top-down style is still open to debate.

They have pages of arcane rules that say the chairman of the state party — which now controls millions upon …

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Catching up: Tommie Williams on his new job, and Sue Everhart on Michael Steele

Holidays get in the way, and occasionally the Internet fails to scoop up some of the better news tidbits. So consider this a bit of catching up.

Many in the state Capitol, including House Speaker David Ralston, have wondered out loud who in the Senate will be acting as the voice of the chamber, given Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s demotion.

They suspect that Senate President pro tem Tommie Williams, R-Lyons, will act as chairman of the newly empowered Committee on Assignments, and be the man in charge of one-on-one negotiations. However, nothing has been set down on paper.

But in the Nov. 13 edition of the Jesup Press-Sentinel, Williams indicated that a) he will run the Committee on Assignments, voting only to break a tie; and b) he will be the one that Gov. Nathan Deal and Ralston should phone when a deal is to be brokered.

From the article by Drew Davis:

[Williams] also said that, in negotiating with the governor and the speaker of the House on behalf of the Senate, he expects to …

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Your morning jolt: A first Nathan Deal ad vows to ‘get it right the first time’

A month and change after the August runoff, the campaign of Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal pushed out its first TV ad this morning.

The 30-second spot is mostly a soft introduction to the former congressman – those attacks on Democrat Roy Barnes you’ve seen have been the product of the Republican Governors Association.

The Deal ad ends with this effective kicker: “He’ll get it right the first time.” But it also avoids telling voters where the candidate has been since 1994 – in Washington, as a member of Congress.

See for yourself:

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There’s evidence that U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland may be experiencing a bit of prophet’s remorse.

The Republican congressman from Coweta County became the center of attention at a gathering of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition on Friday when he spoke of a GOP majority in the House – and a government shutdown.

”If we hold the line, if we get those courageous men and women to be part of our majority. If we …

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When the RNC’s Michael Steele channeled Larry Munson

A pair of Republican doings from last night. This from Atlanta, via the Associated Press:

November’s elections will mark the “expiration date” for the Democratic majority in Washington, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele predicted at a gathering of Georgia Republicans.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele/Associated Press

RNC Chairman Michael Steele/Associated Press

“What they’re doing in Washington is all bad,” Steele told the Georgia Republican Party’s 2010 Republican “round up,” a grassroots training session for GOP activists and candidates.

Steele said he wants to put his “footprint on the neck” of Democrats.
“I like that image,” he said with a smile to laughs from the crowd.

And yet, Steele also counseled volunteers not to get caught up infighting, recriminations and name-calling that often characterizes tough political years:

“You have an incredibly good opportunity, don’t waste it on stupidity,” he said.

Then there’s this from Richmond, Va., also via Associated Press:

Until Republicans can retake …

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Your morning jolt: Congress vs. Georgia over guns at Hartsfield-Jackson

This piece from my AJC colleague Bob Keefe, on a building confrontation between Congress and the state of Georgia, hasn’t gotten enough attention:

Taking direct aim at controversial gun legislation just passed by the Georgia General Assembly, a New Jersey senator has introduced a bill that would expand federal regulations on guns in airports.

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)/Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)/Associated Press

Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s “Firearm-Free Airports Act” would make it illegal to carry a firearm into any non-federally regulated area of an airport, including the lobby, baggage claim and ticket counter areas.

The bill would counter legislation passed by the General Assembly that would allow gun permit holders to carry weapons in any non-secure areas of a Georgia airport — including Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the world’s busiest. The Georgia legislation is awaiting Gov. Sonny Perdue’s signature.

“In the post-9/11 world, it simply defies common sense …

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The bright side of spending $1,900 at a bondage club

Good news today for Republicans everywhere. Stormy Daniels, the former porn star running against U.S. Sen. David Vitters of Louisiana, the GOP incumbent, has switched her party affiliation.

Daniels has decided she’s a member of the GOP. And she cites the spending practices of the Republican National Committee as the deciding factor. Her announcement was posted by WGNO-TV in the Big Easy:

“As someone who has worked extensively in both the club and film side of the Adult Entertainment Industry, I know from experience that a mere $1900 outlay at a club with the reputation of Voyeur is a clear indication of a frugal investment with a keen eye toward maximum return.

“And I firmly believe that it is precisely this type of creative and calculated investing that we, as taxpaying Americans, should expect not only from our political parties but from our government. The American taxpayer deserves consistent conservatives who reject wasteful spending and unwarranted government …

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RNC’s Michael Steele says he and Barack Obama operate on ‘a slimmer margin’

From ABC’s “Good Morning America” earlier today:

Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said he won’t resign despite calls for him to step down amid reports of the group’s excessive spending, adding that he and other African-American leaders such as President Obama have a slimmer margin of error because of their race.

“The honest answer is, ‘yes,’” he said on “Good Morning America” today. “Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It’s a different role for me to play and others to play and that’s just the reality of it. But you take that as part of the nature of it.”

Here’s the video:

The Washington Post offers up some choice words on Steele’s comments, from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

“That’s a fairly silly comment to make,” Gibbs told reporters. “I think Michael Steele’s problem isn’t the race card, it’s the credit card.”

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Your morning jolt: This anti-tax protest brought to you by the good people at Big Tobacco

The invitation to the Tuesday noon anti-tax rally was fairly standard.

It noted that Grover Norquist, of government-small-enough-to-drown-in-a-bathtub fame, is the featured speaker.

Said the e-mailed invitation:

“Now is the time to overhaul the state’s budget process and find long-term solutions. Now is the time to cut spending and encourage economic growth. Now is the time to stop digging!”

Then there was the fine print at the tail end:

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A dollar-a-pack cigarette tax is one of the alternatives being considered by the Legislature.

The formal sponsors of Tuesday’s rally are Americans For Prosperity, Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, and the Conservative Leadership Coalition.

Virginia Galloway, head of the Georgia chapter of AFP, said she had no knowledge of the e-mailed invitation above — until she saw the post this morning. However, ATR and Norquist have in the past received financing from tobacco companies.

Mark DeMoss, who operates a Christian-oriented public relations …

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Newt Gingrich on Barack Obama’s promise — and on Michael Steele

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich on Thursday joined the chorus of those insisting that President Barack Obama keep his campaign promise to put health care reform negotiations on C-SPAN.

The video, it turns out, was irresistible. Gingrich has posted a compilation on his “health transformation” web site:

Gingrich unveiled the web video in a session with reporters after a speech to the ruling board of the Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta.

Said the former Georgia congressman:

“Since it’s the candidate’s own voice and his own face, and he’s saying it, we thought this was a great opportunity for the American people to send him a letter asking him as president to keep his word, and to insist that the negotiations be out in the open….

“This is too important an issue and too big a bill to rush it through in secret in order to meet an artificial deadline so they can have the State of the Union as a victory speech. And I think it will undermine the president’s credibility with …

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