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Thomasville, GA loves to send teabaggers out to protest Democrats. Yet Democratic Senate candidate RJ Hadley gets good press there and tomorrow will attend two events in Thomasville, taking his campaign for the U.S. Senate to the teabaggers' den.

So why should Georgia elect a black Yankee Ivy League computer scientist to the Senate?

Because he says things like this:

Because he's a real progressive Democrat in a state that's sick of being bankrupted by Republicans. Because he's been tirelessly touring the state for months.  Because the incumbent, Republican Johnny Isakson, is "surprisingly weak".

Ah, Johnny Isakson, who voted against Al Franken's amendment to let people who were gang-raped by military contractors have jury trials, who asked for stimulus funds before he voted against it, and who thinks Reagan inherited a big debt and only spent a little. Isakson thinks health care reform will run up the national debt (nevermind CBO says the opposite.)

RJ Hadley is a socially networked candidate: on facebook, twitter, linkedin, and of course his campaign website: http://www.hadleyforussenate.com/ Here are more stories about RJ and THomasville.

RJ is a black Dartmouth graduate who grew up in New Jersey, but he recently discovered his great-great-grandfather was from Thomas County. He's been tirelessly touring the state of Georgia for months, speaking at everything from Democratic party events to Tea Party meetings.

"I’m a Democrat, but I’m out listening to everybody. I’ve been to tea parties and Republican, Libertarian and Democratic events. I was even up at the Christian Alliance, places that I’m not supposed to be."

In case that makes you doubt he's a Democrat, watch this:

Dailykos diary about that event here.

In case that makes you think he always agrees with Obama, you should read his facebook page; RJ is against offshore drilling, for example.

Yeah, but what does an elitist Ivy Leaguer have to offer Georgia? RJ has answered that:

I understand what it means to move forward through challenging times. As a young boy, I had to overcome the pain of my parents’ divorce and the devastation of losing my childhood home to foreclosure. I grew up in a small rural community in southern New Jersey and opportunities were limited. My mother, who was a social worker, always told me that education would be my ticket to a better life. With determination, hard work, and scholarships from my church, I enrolled at Dartmouth College. This was great for me academically and I also met my lovely wife, Tarah, there as well!

There's more; follow the link.

So, if you're in southwest Georgia, RJ says this about tomorrow:

Not expecting this to be the friendliest crowd. Could use some backup if you're in the area! rj

Friendly event:

Thomas County Democratic Party Reception
Thursday, April 8th @ 4:30pm
222 Gordon Ave.
Thomasville, GA

Maybe not the friendliest event:

Thomasville Citizens Meeting
Thursday, April 8, 2010 @ 6:15 PM
Thomasville Municipal Auditorium
144 E. Jackson Street
Thomasville, GA

Y'all come!

And now a moment with those of you who think RJ can't win.

First, because he's black.  Have you heard of Sanford Bishop, D GA-02?  Keeps getting re-elected by 2/3 majorities in a majority-white district in the deepest south, and just voted for health care reform. Lots of people in supposedly-liberal Minnesota probably wish they had somebody like Sanford Bishop representing them today.

Second, because he's not from Georgia. Newt Gingrich (R former Speaker of the House) was born in Pennsylvania. Sanford Bishop (D GA-01) was born in Alabama. Jack Kingston (R GA-01) was born in Texas.  Need I go on?

Third, because he went to an Ivy League school.  Well, hey, nobody's perfect! Besides, Dartmouth's almost as good as the University of Georgia. Except in football.

Fourth, because he has no big corporate backers. This is dailykos, right? That should be a plus, not a minus. Sure, it makes this an uphill slog. But remember, Markos's own favorite pollster says Johnny Isakson is vulnerable.  And RJ is out there working to win.  You can help.  You know how.

PS: For those who think Atlanta will decide everything and Thomasville is irrelevant, all I have to say is, "Bless your little hearts!"

Originally posted to jayskew on Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 02:39 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    "Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all." --Hypatia of Alexandria, c.400

    by jayskew on Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 02:39:39 PM PDT

  •  I'd like to see how the 'Citizens Meeting' (5+ / 0-)

    goes.  Hopefully there'll be a good video recording made available online.

  •  I'll gladly vote & contribute. (6+ / 0-)

    Uphill fight, but it should be fought.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 02:51:34 PM PDT

  •  I'm not sure about Hadley (4+ / 0-)

    I recently sent him an e-mail with the questions psted on the front page regarding orange to blue candidates.  2 answers concerned me.  First, on EFCA:

    Workers deserve to be treated with dignity and to be paid a living wage. I have not sought to align myself with any special interest and that includes unions. I align myself with what's best for the worker. I believe there would be no need for EFCA if we could get the NRLB to be a fair bridge between management and labor. If you look through history, there are many occassions where corporations are able to use the NRLB processes to frustrate and/or delay unionization. I am in no way an expert on EFCA, but my only concern has been over the secret ballot process and how "non-votes" are counted as YES votes. Although some would say it does not happen, I'm still concerned about co-worker coercion in the process. If you can inform my opinion on this aspect of EFCA, I'm open to hear it.

    Then on regulating greenhouse emissions:

    Since agriculture is such a large part of GA's economy, I know many are worried about any future carbon tax programs. If we put the science of global warming aside (I am convinced, but many are not), then regulation of the greenhouse gases becomes a "would be nice" issue. In that case, leave it to Congress with some type of EISA law to handle. If the issue becomes irrefutable and regulation becomes a "must do" issue, then you'd rather have it in the hands of an EPA over being used as a political football. As a candidate I have always framed the matter as a clean energy/national security matter over a global warming issue. I don't think I can give you satisfaction on this question at this time.

    I'll vote for Hadley, but I'm not sure what type of Senator he'd be.  Although obviously he'd be better than Isakson.  

  •  Umm... (2+ / 0-)
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    Vacationland, whaddaya

    Could have done without this:

    PS: For those who think Atlanta will decide everything and Thomasville is irrelevant, all I have to say is, "Bless your little hearts!"

    Those of us in Atlanta already know it ain't so.  If it were, Georgia would have gone for Obama.   And, we also know what "Bless your little hearts" means.  

    How long has Hadley lived in Georgia?  In what part of Georgia does he live?  Does he have a challenger?

    •  Now, moondance. We ALL know what bless (2+ / 0-)
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      jayskew, Vacationland

      your little hearts means. We also know that every neighborhood in this state has people in it who are in deep trouble because of this recession. I, too, would like to know where the candidate lives. Presumbably, his CV will provide that information. But, considering the sorry state the R's have brought us to, we could sure use someone on our side for a change. Certainly, Rep. Bishop has done a good job for us on HCR. It would be nice if he had some help in the Georgia delegation.

    •  i'll make you a deal (1+ / 0-)
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      Vacationland

      First, some background.  I blogged a lot in 2008 about a couple of campaigns and about political activism in Lowndes County. Almost every single time I'd get in addition to interesting and useful comments two knee-jerk reactions:

      1. what do you expect, it's the south, a red state, etc.
      1. nevermind that, everything is decided in Atlanta.

      So I've taken to proactively heading off that stuff at the pass.

      Now it's true I see a little less of (1) after the Mass. Senate upset. Although that in itself is part of the problem. Exactly why was a Republican winning a Senate seat in Mass. (where Mitt Romney was recently the governor, after all) so much more important than Saxby Chambliss retaining a Senate seat in Georgia against Jim Martin by an even tighter margin? We made the Republicans drag McCain and Palin back to Georgia to campaign for Saxby in the runoff, and Saxby still won by less margin than Scott Brown did latter in Mass.

      You want a supermajority in the Senate for Democrats again? Elect RJ Hadley to the Senate from Georgia!

      Regarding (2), we (me and the wife) drove 4 hours each way to Atlanta for JJ dinner the other week. If you drive to Thomasville tomorrow, take videos, and put them on YouTube, I'll not only blog them, I'll promise never to bless your little Atlanta heart again!

      "Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all." --Hypatia of Alexandria, c.400

      by jayskew on Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 06:09:14 PM PDT

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    •  how long and where: (0+ / 0-)

      RJ says: "I lived in GA for 4 years. I am in Conyers, GA - Rockdale County."

      He's reading this diary.  Feel free to ask him questions directly.

      "Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all." --Hypatia of Alexandria, c.400

      by jayskew on Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 06:53:29 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  RJ in GA (3+ / 0-)
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      HeyMikey, jayskew, moondance

      We've live here in Conyers, GA for 4 years. My youngest is 8. I'm committed to doing my part to make this the best Georgia for her and future generations. 47th in K-12 education achievement. 14th in poverty level. 7th in foreclosures. Georgia can and will do better. - RJ4US

      •  Hi RJ, (0+ / 0-)

        thanks for answering my questions.  I'm not fond of our Senators, but my Rep, John Lewis, rocks.

        I checked out your site which led me to your facebook.  I saw one of your interests is Iraq.  How do you feel about the war?  Please, please refer to it as the War for Iraqi Freedom, not the War on Terror.  Thanks! :)

        Will you be speaking in the Atlanta area in the near future?

  •  The best reason I can think of to vote for (4+ / 0-)

    JD Hadley is that SWGA needs help, badly. Thomas County, in particular, is overrun with Tea Party people, as you note. It's lonely down here. I will certainly contribute to his campaign, and am certainly happy to know someone with a brain will actually run for the job!

  •  How's he doing (1+ / 0-)
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    whaddaya

    as far as fundraising? and polling? I mean does he even stand a chance or is this just a pipe dream?

    •  good questions (1+ / 0-)
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      Thoughts

      Money: not much.
      Polls: none. Other than the one that shows Isakson polling 50% or less to a range of hypothetical Democratic candidates.

      Basically, all the big names in Ga. politics want to be governor. The only Democrat running for Senate is RJ Hadley and the only Republican is the incumbent, Johnny Isakson.

      If, as seems likely, nobody contests the Democratic nomination, RJ will be the Democratic candidate. One hopes money will come forward at that time. The more support RJ gets now, the more likely that is to happen. $5 or $50 now from each of you commenters would help.

      https://secure.actblue.com/...

      It is interesting that a few weeks ago most of the Ga. news and blog reaction was not very positive. But as it has sunk in that RJ appears to be the one and only Democratic candidate, that he's a real progressive Democrat, and he's actively speaking all over the state, the reaction has become much more positive.

      Can RJ win? Sure, if enough people support him and vote for him.

      "Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all." --Hypatia of Alexandria, c.400

      by jayskew on Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 06:29:06 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  We decide (1+ / 0-)
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      jayskew

      If fundraising and polls are the only thing that makes one "stand a chance," then perhaps it's a pipe dream. If we've had enough of bowing down to 'politics as usual,' then the people will decide whether this campaign is real - RJ4US

  •  Not From Georgia (2+ / 0-)
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    Vacationland, whaddaya

    I can't vote in this one, but I'll be watching. RJ sounds pretty interesting. It'll be interesting to see the reports after the two meetings tomorrow!

    I suffer from Signature Deficit Disorder

    by Senor Unoball on Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 04:43:25 PM PDT

  •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    Vacationland, whaddaya

    I had no idea this man was running for office
    I hope you continue to diary about his campaign

    you cant fool all of the people all of the time unless they watch fox news

    by eeff on Wed Apr 07, 2010 at 05:13:55 PM PDT

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