Major redistricting post coming up later today with respect to the Mayor and Commission’s vote of condemnation last night. We’re still waiting on a couple of sources to check in. We would however, like to go ahead and express our strong support for the move and congratulate the Mayor and Commission for stepping up to the plate and taking a good swing on this one. (We’ll get to Tom Chasteen in our later post.)
But, we wanted to get a post down about redistricting and an interesting letter in the paper today. (Athens Banner-Herald: “Michael Williams: Hudgens not serving his constituents,” 01/26/06)
Mr. Williams, according to his letter, is a resident of Madison County. Like many of his neighbors here in Athens, he is less than pleased with his representation in the State Senate.
Although Ralph Hudgens would like for us to believe otherwise, the orphaned precinct in Madison County is hardly a big political issue. If it were, then the State House would be considering Keith Heard’s compromise plan, rather than voting it down 6-3 in committee yesterday. As everyone knows, this is politics, and it has nothing to do with the poor little orphaned Madisonians who are deprived of the benefits of Ralph Hudgens’ inspired legislative leadership. They’re just pawns in a Republican game of “Stomp on ACC.”
Maybe more interesting is Williams’ mention that Hudgens is going to be monkeying with changing Madison County’s government – at the behest of, guess who?
The Madison County Chamber of Commerce, of course.
Things like this raise some significant questions about exactly who Hudgens works for? Actually, it doesn’t so much ask the questions as answer them.
Ralph Hudgens is a tool of any local businessman with a campaign contribution and a political agenda. Don’t believe us? That’s cool – we’re Democrats, and we’re biased. But, before you dismiss us out of hand, take a look at Ralph’s contribution reports. They’re available to the public, and you can view them at the handy links we provide below. Here’s a few gems, though.
From Hudgens’ December 31, 2005 disclosure report, which covers the period from July 1, 2005 through December 31, 2005, we see that Hudgens received $37,250.00. Of that, $29,250.00 was from corporations.
We’re going to put that on a separate line, because you really need to see this.
Of the $37,250.00 that Ralph Hudgens received from July 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005, 78.5% came from corporations.
Oh but wait, it gets better. Of the leftover $8,000.00, another 4% ($1,500.00) came in direct donations from corporate officers. In fact, including those two personal donations, only three of Ralph Hudgens’ 54 donors are actual living, breathing people. The one personal contribution that wasn’t from a corporate officer was for $200.00
By the way, if you’re curious, the remaining $6,300.00 came from PACs, many of whom (like the Troutman-Sanders, LLP PAC) represent – say it with us now – business. (Troutman-Sanders is a posh Atlanta law firm that makes its bundle defending insurance companies and corporate polluters.)
So, who exactly is Ralph Hudgens in bed with these days?
Related: Campaign Disclosure Reports for Senator Ralph Hudgens (R-Comer), via the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.
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