Saturday, September 23, 2006

And we're back! (cue the radio "zinger")

I also want to thank (I refuse to "give a shout out to") Publius and DoubleDawg for asking both Mitchell and myself to keep the party going.

I have lived in Athens for 10 years, and am Georgia born and raised. While I've never met our other three contributors, I've sparred with them a time or two online, so this should be fun. Don't bother checking out my blog It's a Blackfin Day, as I am woefully bad about updating it.

I'm a Democrat, but pissed off about it much of the time.

Just a couple of other races to talk about that Mitchell overlooked.

It's been a while since we heard much from the McKillip/Culpepper/Quick house race. McKillip seems to be lining up all of the usual suspects of local "progressive" supporters, and I'm pretty sure E.H. has a Bill Cowsert sign in his yard... which leaves us with Ms. Quick who has kept pretty quiet. Word on the street is that she is not your typical pro-life, pro-Sonny, ten comandments on the wall Republican, but I don't know her, and as a first timer, she has no record to look at. Anybody got any insight?

And even though he's "our congressman" for only a few more months, I just can't resist this John Barrow guy. Actually, this needs it's own post so...

look up....

10 comments:

UGAdemocrat said...

It's clear from the people that support Mr. Culpepper (the few, the old, the Republican) that he is no independent. It comes as no surprise that Mr. Culpepper would have a yard sign for an inexperienced, previous losing Republican. He will face the same fate as Mr. Cowsert, a definitive defeat. Mr. McKillip is campaigning on the progressive ideals that define Athens in the state of Georgia. He is supporting the issues that reflect the will of the voters. He will win hands down because Ms. Quick sadly has decided not to run a campaign despite getting herself on the ballot and because of the fact that Mr. Culpepper is a Republican in hiding who is connected to losing Republicans and party switching Athens politicians who were swept from office. Mr. Culpepper is no more of a threat to Mr. McKillip than Mr. Cowsert was to Rep. Kidd two years ago. The reason is just as Rep. Kidd was an excellent candidate for House, Mr. McKillip is ready to join the Athens delegation in Atlanta and work for the issues that matter to us.

Blackfin_Day said...

OK, now that we've heard from the McKillip campaign folks...

Anyone else?

Todd Mitchell said...

The Daily Planet has an interesting blurb about Culpepper's independent status and race this morning. It also mentions this blog (cough, ahem).

UGAdemocrat said...

Actually, I want to make it clear I am not part of the McKillip campaign nor have I volunteered or worked for Mr. McKillip. I am glad though that Mr. McKillip is starting to stop complaining about having two opponents and run a good campaign on being a Democrat running on Democratic ideals. Even with his campaign having spread Mr. Culpepper's name around town, he will win hands down if he runs a solid campaign and simply doesn't "mess up."

Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

UGAdemocrat sounds more like someone with Jane's campaign than Doug's, though obviously Jane and Doug supporters are generally one in the same.

Anonymous said...

Here we go again....for the record.

1) E.H. is not a republican. Check the voting record. Check the contributions. He has many friends on both sides of the aisle.

2) McKillip might take some liberal Athens ideals to the Dome, and that means he will get ABSOLUTELY NOTHING done like Haines and Kidd before him. He has no connections. He has no ideas. Just the party mantra. The end result: no support, no funds, nothing for Athens and no results.

3) E.H., on the other hand, is independent like many Athenians. He supports the Classic Center (helped get it built), the Greenway, and passenger rail (not exactly top Republican causes). He also is on a first name basis with the Governor and the Lt. Gov., both Senators, legislators on both sides, the director of the department of economic development, and many others. He has lived in Athens for 50+ years and knows more about this progressive town than most anyone.

E.H. will be a great choice for Athens, and I expect he will beat McKillip in a run off.

Also, for those of you checking out the campaigns visit www.ehculpepper.com and see the education plan that was released today.

UGAdemocrat said...

One question to follow up:

Who will E.H., Mr. Independent himself, caucus with at the Capitol. He will not be welcomed by both sides, so he will have to choose one to caucus with every morning and to get briefs and issues from...wso ho will it be? Will that be when we all learn which party his loyalties lie, or can we get an answer now?

An answer would be great, thanks.

P.S. Since I openly have said I've volunteered with Rep. Kidd's campaign as well as numerous other down the ticket, no need to make an anonymous tie for me. I will continue to volunteer for many candidates and go back to the ones that deserve it and are organized and ready to lead.

Anonymous said...

"I believe that a Culpepper victory would be a win for the Republicans in the state House" - Jay Hanley, Secretary of the Oconee County Republican Party.

Anonymous said...

My best quote is from Culpepper himself. "I knew this would come up [referring to EH not paying his taxes], and I ran anyways. I think it says something about my character." - Me: I couldn't agree more.

Anonymous said...

First name basis with the Lt. Governor? I'm on a first name basis with Mark Taylor too and he told me E.H. needed to stick to making barbecue. Don't claim endorsements you don't have.