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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution mentions that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has essentially bowed out of the 2014 Senate race to replace Saxby Chambliss, the scumbag who smeared a war hero(Max Cleland).   Reed told MSNBC:

“I just focused on being mayor. There are some terrific candidates out there. I think Congressman John Barrow would be terrific. I also think Peter Aman, my former COO would be terrific as well. I’m going to keep being mayor.”

The Journal-Constitution also notes that Aman currently works for Bain & Company, which is the company that Mitt Romney helped found.   I'm sorry but we don't need as Bain "Democrats" running.

John Barrow is similarly a very bad idea.   He's an NRA poster-boy, he voted against Obamacare and he's anti-choice.   He's a fucking Blue Dog who is only good for voting for Nancy Pelosi.  And the Democratic base is not going to support a guy who voted against ACES(aka Waxman-Markey) and who co-sponsored the piece of shit called SOPA.

I will stick to my stated belief that Scott Holcomb or Jason Carter remains our best shot in Georgia.   Former Governor Roy Barnes would be acceptable to me as he has fought against Voter ID and he fought successfully to get the Confederate flag off the Georgia state flag.  But I would have to look at Barnes more in depth to see if the base would support Barnes.

Originally posted to pistolSO on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:07 PM PST.

Also republished by Kos Georgia.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    I agree with President Obama, our country's journey is not yet complete. We must continue the work that our forebearers at Seneca Falls started, and put the Equal Rights Amendment into our Constitution.

    by pistolSO on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:07:10 PM PST

  •  What about Curt Thompson from Gwinnett? (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, poopdogcomedy

    Seems to me like he would be a good suburban Atlanta guy who could win statewide.

    •  Never heard of him. I live in right next door to (1+ / 0-)
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      pistolSO

      Gwinnett and got gerimandered into Price's district.  Never heard of Curt Thompson.

      Know who Jason Carter is and Scott Holcomb is my state rep.  First met Scott when he ran for Secretary of State back in '06.  don't know if Scott is ready to do a state-wide race again.

  •  I am still working on my diary on Holcomb. I (3+ / 0-)
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    think he is a great candidate but I wonder if it's too early to pluck him from the state house.  It's not because I don't think he's ready, it's because I think the Georgia state legislator could still use him and Jason Carter.  I don't like Barrow either but I understand why he's talked up as a potential candidate.  He was able to win both conservative white gun owners and a large portion of the African American vote in Georgia.  That's something no other Democrat could achieve.

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:45:14 PM PST

    •  Barrow has the whole incumbancy thing (2+ / 0-)
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      HeyMikey, marty marty

      going on in his district, and let's face it, almost any Democrat will get the African-American vote these days.  But I know the conservative gun owners are going to chose the real Republican over the fake Republican(Barrow).  

      I can't see independents going for Barrow unless Broun says something completely crazy as the Republican nominee, and even then, he might win like Cruz did in Texas.   Unless Barrow has some hidden anti-Wall Street cred that sets him apart from Chambliss or any other Republican, I just don't see what he could win on.   He's bad on health care, choice, climate change, the internet and on guns.   To his credit, he voted for the stimulus but these days he's echoing the Fix the Debt talking points so I doubt he'd even vote for another stimulus.   Other than helping Harry Reid remain in the majority and letting Democrats keep their chairs in the committee, Barrow has no other known use.   Perhaps he may deliver that crucial vote for the Democrats on something like immigration, but that looks like we have enough Republicans to go along with that in the Senate.

      As for Holcomb, I am a little torn too.  It would great to have him there once Georgia flips to a purple/blue state where the Democrats could control the legislature, but that is still is a while off on the state level.   Young voters and even independents could get excited about Holcomb, and keeping the Senate Democratic is obviously a higher priority than 1 seat in the Georgia state house.

      I agree with President Obama, our country's journey is not yet complete. We must continue the work that our forebearers at Seneca Falls started, and put the Equal Rights Amendment into our Constitution.

      by pistolSO on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:19:23 PM PST

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      •  Possible other names... (1+ / 0-)
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        Calvin Smyre

        Sanford Bishop

        Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (she could be the first female President, I'm tellin' ya, if Hillary or Elizabeth Warren doesn't beat her to it)

        Shirley Franklin

        Jim Marshall

        I've seen Clark Howard suggested, but don't know if he's really a Democrat. He'd be a strong as hell candidate if he is.

        I would take any of the above over Barrow, except maybe Jim Marshall, who I think is pretty much the same as Barrow.

        "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 Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:40:10 PM PST

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        •  Why don't we Georgia Kossacks DRAFT somebody? (1+ / 0-)
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          1. Coordinate an online primary among Georgia Kossacks.

          2. Mount a unified effort to get the winner to run. We could probably do some fundraising right here.

          "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 Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:43:32 PM PST

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          •  I don't see you on the list of members, (1+ / 0-)
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            HeyMikey, for Kos Georgia. Is there another Georgia group?

            "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

            by Lily O Lady on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:47:04 PM PST

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            •  Not that I know of. (1+ / 0-)
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              I'm "following" Kos Georgia. Not sure what's entailed in being a "member." I just visited the group page and didn't see a button that says "join." Feel free to sign me up, if you can. Or is there something I need to do?

              I'm over 50, so I don't catch on to the internet stuff as fast as the young whippersnappers.

              "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 Feb 06, 2013 at 02:01:10 PM PST

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              •  I sent a Kosmail to Kos Georgia (1+ / 0-)
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                and then received a message inviting me to join. You can try that. My status is low in the group.

                "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

                by Lily O Lady on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:17:58 PM PST

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        •  No to Sanford Bishop - is a blue dog. Jim (0+ / 0-)

          Marshall lost the last time he ran.  Rather conservatice.  Clark Howard also lost when he ran for office.

          •  Talk to me about who can WIN. (0+ / 0-)

            I don't want a Blue Dog. But I want a GOPer even less. If it takes a Blue Dog to win, then I'll support the Blue Dog.

            I am NOT convinced a Blue Dog is the best way to win. We need a candidate with an engaging personality, and an unquestionable intellect and integrity. Intellect and integrity tends to make people progressive these days, but not necessarily. African-American could be a plus. Female definitely a plus.

            Give me a WINNER.

            "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 Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:58:52 PM PST

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            •  it's hard. The democratic party in Georgia is not (0+ / 0-)

              doing a great job.  Who have they developed?  For Governor last time around they had to pull former Gov Barnes.  Jim Martin was another terrible person.  A lot of good people ran in '06 but the party did little to help.  You almost need to be very wealthy to run.  Besides once you get in office you have to spend 5 hours a day just trying to raise money.

              •  Jim Martin is a great person. (0+ / 0-)

                He's fought the good fight for decades. And I think he did about as well as could be expected for a Dem, last time he ran.

                "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 Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 03:34:37 PM PST

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  •  Final note, I think Vernon Jones is a worse (4+ / 0-)

    candidate than Barrow.

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:45:51 PM PST

  •  Holcomb probably best choice (1+ / 0-)
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    www.buonoforgovernor.com

    by Paleo on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:09:43 PM PST

    •  I think so too but my concern is maybe the GA (0+ / 0-)

      State House still needs him.  I want us to have the majority in the Senate and really want to win this seat but man the GA legislator needs more reasonable men like Holcomb.

      Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

      by poopdogcomedy on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:36:22 PM PST

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  •  Barrow (2+ / 0-)
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    Is he that great of a Democrat? Not really. However, he's also holding down an extremely conservative district, not a place where we can run a progressive champion and expect to win.

    I would support a Senate bid by him the same way I'd support someone like Joe Manchin - eh? If he can win it and hold that seat for six years, go for it. If you think there's a more liberal candidate who could win, I'd like to see him. Until then for these red states (and granted, Georgia is trending bluer, so this may be a non-issue in 6 years) I feel more comfortable electing conservative Democrats in conservative areas.

    I know a lot of people here like to push the 50 state strategy, but the only way that works is if Democrats respect their turf. Elizabeth Warren isn't going to win an election in Oklahoma, her home state, but someone more conservative might.

    I don't mean to put down your concerns, and a Senator Barrow would no doubt be a pain in the ass. But he would be a vote for Reid as Majority Leader, and that's already a huge improvement over Chambliss.

  •  Barrow could win if we ran a very good campaign. (0+ / 0-)

    Is he pleasing to this community? Mostly, no. I can live with that.

    We have to start rebuilding a winning brand throughout the South and a candidate like Barrow can be positioned as a Sam Nunn type candidate.

    He isn't going to run and that is too bad. He is probably the Democratic Party's strongest known candidate.

    "There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.".. Buddha

    by sebastianguy99 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:57:10 PM PST

    •  I see the "more" part of "More and Better (0+ / 0-)

      Democrats", but the better part is sorely lacking. I can't say I'm for him.

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:42:26 PM PST

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  •  We still have Rep Hank Johnson - a true (2+ / 0-)
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    pistolSO, Lily O Lady

    progressive, Rep John Lewis and Rep David Scott.  Both have been good democrats.

    Hank Johnson was my rep and we only disagreed on a few votes.  I am a Bernie Sanders Socialist!

    •  Hank Johnson is a great Democrat (1+ / 0-)
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      I haven't heard anybody float his name though.(probably due to his health issue as Johnson has Hepatitis C)   He definitely does great work in the House.  

      John Lewis is a civil rights icon.   He is currently 72 and will be 74 in 2014(his birthday is February 21st so I may have to remember to diary about him on his birthday).   I think he still has plenty of fight in him if he wanted it.

      David Scott is against marriage equality and has ethics issues(CREW named him to their 25 most corrupt list in 2007) so I don't see him running for higher office.

      I agree with President Obama, our country's journey is not yet complete. We must continue the work that our forebearers at Seneca Falls started, and put the Equal Rights Amendment into our Constitution.

      by pistolSO on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 09:21:40 PM PST

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  •  I'd support Barnes, but the media has (1+ / 0-)
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    managed to really tarnish his name. Though he done a lot of good for Georgia, I'm afraid he couldn't get elected to any office anymore, rather like Vice President Al Gore.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:40:26 PM PST

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