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Yesterday, ihlin posted a diary about an article from The Christian Science Monitor discussing "How Georgia Turned from Blue to Red". In replying to the diary, I said, in passing, "For what it's worth, though, y'all don't have to worry about me turning all Republican on you" — which is, of course, why I'm about to ask which Republicans I should vote for in next week's primary.

Let me explain.

I live in Cherokee County, a small sliver of which is included in House District 6. In fact, I live very near the area used by the Christian Science Monitor as emblematic of Georgie's increasing Red Shift (does this mean that Georgia is rapidly receding from the rest of the United States?) in their article. The area I live in is, if anything, even more Republican than the bit of North Fulton County that the CSM highlighted.

How much more Republican is it?

There are no Democratic candidates running for office anywhere in Cherokee County this year, that's how much.

If I walk into the polling place and ask for a Democratic primary ballot, I will be able to vote in the open judicial elections, and for the Democratic nominee to succeed Zell -ack, ptui!- Miller... and that's it.

As a result, the only real chance I have to make my vote matter is to vote in the Republican primary, where I can, hopefully, choose the least insane option from occasionally very crowded fields (the House race for my district features seven Republicans all vying to run against no Democrats in November) of Republican politicians. I already know that I'm voting for Johnny Isakson in the US Senate race — never mind "strategic voting"; I'm not interested in trying to pick a weak GOP candidate for November, especially not when Isakson is the one Georgia Republican of note who I actually think is worth a damn (I've never liked "strategic" voting anyway; as I've said before, if you vote for a bufoon, you just might wind up with him).

At the moment, I'm leaning towards Chuck Clay for the House race in GA6, based in part on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's endorsement, which reminds everyone of his role in upgrading Georgia's indigent defense fund into, well, actually existing finally. Since that was just about the only really good thing to come out of the Georgia legislature this year, that's pretty powerful stuff, unless I learn something later to change my mind.

Aside from that (and, of course, voting to retain Leah Sears to the Supreme Court), however, I'm at a bit of a loss for the various downticket races. Do any dKossacks who are local to metro Atlanta have any thoughts or recommendations?

Originally posted to Ray Radlein on Fri Jul 16, 2004 at 07:19 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Pity Points (4.00)
    ...And here I was wondering why every TV ad I've seen is for a candidate who is Conservative, patriotic, hates taxes, yadda yadda yadda...
  •  Helpful Thoughts (none)
    Also, names of candidates who you think I should be especially eager to vote against would also be helpful, if nothing else.
  •  If it's that bad ... (4.00)
    you might as well go on the stump yourself. If you've got nothing to lose, you might as well call them out on their policies. You're bright - can you make a compelling case about people voting for candidates that repeatedly work against their best interests?

    Go out on a limb - you're going to lose, right? Give it a whirl and do it with style.

    Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it.

    by justinb on Fri Jul 16, 2004 at 07:27:59 PM PDT

  •  I Hate How the Parties Write off whole districts (4.00)
    --with everything I have. I can't imagine being a liberal in Rightwingington Utah, or a conservative in North FranklinD.Roosevelt Massachussets knowing that who you believe in won't even field a candidate for fear of losing a competative race by 'wasting' party money. You must feel like staying in bed with the lights off on election day.  

    There's nothing quite like about winning an uncontested race, I'm sure. You don't have to spend any scary amounts of money if you don't choose to etc. etc. etc. I'm sure you spin it as 'my mandate is that I AM UNSTOPPABLE!' Yeah, right.  But because Tom DeLay jerryrigged your district so that you never actually have to work to get elected? Unless somebody MORE like Delay that you chooses to run? Does this makes you feel like a champ? What a vic-tor-y. Whoohoo!

    --to me, its hard to claim a real mandate, rightwing or leftwing, if you just won by showing up. I guess you take your wins where you get 'em... though. Especially these days.

    "The world is full of Eddie Barzooms just jogging into the future." -Satan in The Devil's Advocate

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri Jul 16, 2004 at 07:48:18 PM PDT

  •  ANSWER: Get a Green to run there. (none)
    If a Green subbed in for a Democrat everywhere the Democrats didn't run, they'd win at least one seat by dumb luck.
  •  If I had your problem (4.00)
    I'd be on the ballot.

    Maryscott O'Connor -- Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

    by Maryscott OConnor on Fri Jul 16, 2004 at 08:24:18 PM PDT

    •  you better be in 06 (none)
      and I will too,but not as a placeholder this


      by ctkeith on Fri Jul 16, 2004 at 09:03:36 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Run Raymond Run (4.00)
      Well, on the one hand, it's not like I've got anything better to do with my time; on the other hand, if you exclude trips to various medical professionals, I have, just today, made it past the end of our driveway for the eighth time this year, allowing me to finally raise my average to more than once per month (come hell or high water, that goes to nine times on Tuesday, of course).

      Mind you, Harrison, McKinley, and Harding all won Presidential elections from their front porches, but look where it got them — each one of them is currently dead. I sure don't want to take that kind of risk.

  •  Vote Clay (none)
    FWIW, Creative Loafing also says that you should vote for him.  They also endorsed Woolard, Hynes, Isakson, and Majette.  I recall reading that he's one of those evil trial lawyers, and partially responsible for derailing medical malpractice "reform" in the General Assembly.

    As for the other races - well, I don't envy you living in Cherokee.  Vote against the incumbent, so if a Democrat runs next year, they'll be running against a novice, rather than a veteran.

  •  I Was Faced With This Problem (none)
    A couple of years ago when John Warner ran unopposed for re-election to the US Senate.  I wrote in my wife's name.  In point of fact, although she's never had a desire to run for office (her father was an unsuccessful primary candidate for the House of Representatives one year and his politicking turned her off to it at an early age) she'd make an excellent, conscientious public servant.

    Better than casting no vote at all.

    "[A] great empire and little minds go ill together." - Edmund Burke

    "History. We don't know. We'll all be dead." - G. Bush, II, The Son King

    by JJB on Sat Jul 17, 2004 at 07:34:41 AM PDT

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