Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections for November 8, 2012

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28368 is a black lab who is still available for adoption from Gwinnett Animal Shelter. He and any other black or majority-black dog or cat will be available tomorrow for adoption for the low cost of $30 out-the-door during the “Black Friday Sale.”

Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections

I took yesterday as my first day off in months, so we’ll begin by noting Runoff elections that will be held December 4th, then tomorrow we’ll recap Tuesday’s elections and I’ll discuss lessons we have learned at the state, local, and national level about winning elections as Conservatives and as Republicans. Even though it’s only Thursday, we have the Quote of the Week; read to the end to find it.

Runoffs

The only legislative runoff is the Republican Primary Special Runoff in Senate District 30. State Rep. Bill Hembree missed an outright win by fewer than two points, and will meet Carrollton businessman Mike Dugan in a runoff.

Hembree got 27,565 votes, or 48.4 percent, while the closest challenger, Carrollton building contractor Mike Dugan, got 13,843 votes, or 24.3 percent, enough to put him on the Dec. 4 runoff ballot.

“We’re going to stay focused on the same message because we feel it’s good,” Hembree said. “I’ll always work hard for the people of West Georgia and I’ll always be on the side of the people. I want to cut waste in government, lower taxes, and most importantly, try to attract new jobs so we can get our families back to work.”

Hembree said that his been his message all along and he will continue it as he begins campaigning anew.

“I want to thank the people who voted for me and had confidence in who I am,” he said. “I’ll always make the people of West Georgia proud and stand up for issues that are important for the people of Carroll, Douglas and Paulding counties.”

In Carroll County voting, Hembree had the most votes with 12,173, or 39.8 percent; Dugan came in second with 9,703 votes, or 31.7 percent. Naughton was third with 5,091 votes, or 16.6 percent; and Richardson had 3,627 votes, or 11.9 percent.

Finishing out of the money was former House Speaker Glenn Richardson, making a comeback attempt.

The City of Brookhaven also hosts runoff elections. Republican J. Max Davis came in first in the Mayor’s race, which is nonpartisan. I voted for J. Max and will vote for him again on December 4th. I am also making a donation today and urge you to consider donating to his campaign; raising money quickly is the most important thing in a runoff.

In addition to being a Republican, and having headed up the effort to pass the incorporation on the primary election ballot, J. Max has a senior Labrador Retriever.

J. Max’s opponent in the runoff is Democrat Sandy Murray, who was a leader in the effort to defeat the incorporation movement. Murray’s campaign is run by Landslyde, a Democratic consulting firm that showed a strong disregard for the truth in their losing campaign for Democrat Steve Oppenheimer against Republican Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton.

In Brookhaven City Council District One, I support Rebecca Chase Williams in her runoff election against Kevin Fitzpatrick. I have nothing against Fitzpatrick, but his signs are awful. Too. Many. Words. And Rebecca worked hard to pass the incorporation ballot measure.

In District Three, Bates Mattison and Kevin Quirk will meet in a runoff. I can’t vote for Mattison because he employs the same consultants who threw away the GOP’s chance to win a supermajority with their disgraceful conduct in House District 80, and Kevin Quirk’s mail firm is still stuck in 1998 graphically. It’s a pity, because this is my district.

Finally, in District Four, Joe Gebbia and Karen Lord advance to the cage death match runoff.

Wilcox County will see a December 4th Runoff election for Sheriff between Republican Mike Martin, who carried 43.98% in the General Election, and Democrat Lonnie W. Curry, who garnered 36.7%. The General Election was actually a Special Election featuring five candidates after former Sheriff Stacey Bloodworth was removed from office for indictments alleging inmate abuse and coverup. Last month, Bloodworth and his son pled guilty last month and will be sentenced in January.

In Augusta, City Commission Member Matt Aitken heads to a runoff against Bill Fennoy for Commission District 1.

Aitken, the first white commissioner to represent the majority-black District 1, received 3,310 votes, or 39.74 percent, to Fennoy’s 2,491 votes, or 29.91 percent.

“We did extremely well, especially with it being a presidential election,” said Aitken, a chemical plant worker, at a victory party as vote totals confirmed the runoff. “I’m very excited about the confidence the voters in District 1 had in me.”

Fennoy, a retired health educator who watched election results come in at a family member’s home, said the numbers confirmed that voters wanted more.

“Sixty percent of the voters in District 1 are not satisfied with leadership and are looking for a change,” Fennoy said.

The four-way race motivated a 72.81 percent turnout, and each candidate received at least 1,200 votes.

Bryan County will see a runoff election for County Commission District One between Republican Noah Covington (48.25%) and Democrat Joe Kendrick (27.84%). An independent, Rufus ‘Ed’ Bacon, took nearly 24% to force the runoff.

Will Rusty Kidd Switch to GOP

Staunchly Independent State Rep. Rusty Kidd is considering negotiating an amnesty with switching to the Republican Party.

Milledgeville’s Rep. Rusty Kidd says he sent an email to state House Speaker David Ralston and majority leader Larry O’Neal, saying he wants to talk to them about moving to the GOP.

He said he plans to talk to them and make up his mind before the 2013 session starts in January.

On Tuesday, he won a third term by beating Democratic challenger Quentin Howell. That’s the second time Howell has run against him.

“I’ve got no reason to give the Democratic Party the time of day after they spent $200,000 the last two years to beat me,” said Kidd.

He said he’ll decide whether to switch based on whether he thinks it will benefit the district, and he won’t ask for anything in return from Republican leaders.

“People who know me know I don’t play those kind of games,” he said.

Kidd says he doesn’t think he’s breaking faith with his supporters, because local voters know he’ll make the move only if it’s to help the district.

Kidd has ties to both parties: His father, Culver Kidd, was a Demcratic state legislator for 40 years, but his sister, Tillie Kidd Fowler, was elected to Congress as a Republican.

And that story brings us to the quote of the week, from Speaker David Ralston, via Jim Galloway’s Political Insider.

Democrats pointed to state Rep. Rusty Kidd, an independent from Milledgeville, as the single lawmaker who stood between Republicans and a supermajority in the House.

This is the same Kidd who fended off a Democratic challenge from Quentin Howell last night. From their press release:

“Democrats won decisive victories and held the Republicans below the magic number of 120,” said House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. “Rep. Rusty Kidd is an independent who does not caucus with either side, but represents Baldwin County that voted for President Barack Obama. House Democrats won the night in Georgia.”

House Speaker David Ralston scoffed at the claim of victory:

“Unlike the House Republican majority, House Democrats couldn’t protect their incumbents and didn’t win anything other than not losing as many seats as some thought they would. Only a loser would call losing winning.”

5 thoughts on “Georgia Politics, Campaigns & Elections for November 8, 2012

  1. “…bruising primaries…”

    And this is why we need an open/jungle primary. Top two advance. If it’s two from the same party, so be it. But it would save us from these candidates who go full retard in the primaries trying to get the base to fall their way, who then get into the general with a long list of sound-bites that sink them with the wider electorate.

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