Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A contrast of ideals...

As lawmakers around the state mourn the passing of Congressman Norwood (who, not for nothing, WAS the first republican elected to congress from Georgia since reconstruction) I present these two quotes which speak for themselves:


"There is a time for politics and a time for compassion. Today, the thoughts and prayers of Georgia Democrats are with the family of Congressman Charlie Norwood. Our hearts go out to his family and colleagues in this difficult time. While we sometimes disagreed with Congressman Norwood on ideology and policy, we all agree that he was a man of principle and ideals, conscientious in his duty to his constituents and dedicated to his work. Now is a time for compassion and we pause the work of politics to honor a good Georgian and a good man, Representative Charlie Norwood."
- Jane Kidd, Chair of the State Democratic Party of Georgia


"I'm going to resign my state Senate seat, and yes, I am going to run,"
- Senator Ralph Hudgens (R).

7 comments:

bulletdawg said...

ummmm....Rep. Norwood was NOT the first Republican elected to Congress since Reconstruction. He was elected in 1994. At that time, Rep. Kingston and Rep. Newt Gingrich were already in DC.

Anonymous said...

So was Nathan Deal. And Pat Swindall had been there.

Todd Mitchell said...

Pat Swindall had already been to prison by '94.

bulletdawg said...

Nathan Deal was a Democrat until 1994, when he jumped ship.

Anonymous said...

But Swindall was no less a Republican. Any way you slice it, Norwood wasn't first.

And as to the substance of the post: Jane Kidd doesn't get to set the parameters for other people's candidacies.

All Hudgens is guilty of is being honest about something any number of other people are being hypocritical about. Any of these "candidates" who tells you they haven't been "exploring" for weeks now are lying to you.

Anonymous said...

Run Ralph, run like the wind

Anonymous said...

The AP article said that Norwood was the first Republican elected in the district (not the state):

"A feisty, tobacco-chewing conservative who loved to hunt and who railed against government bureaucracy, Norwood came out of nowhere to beat Democratic incumbent Don Johnson in 1994. He became the first Republican to represent that northeastern Georgia district since shortly after the Civil War."
http://salon.com/wire/ap/archive.html?wire=D8N91PTG0.html