“I am proud to announce my endorsement of Barry Loudermilk for U.S. Congress,” Tumlin said. “I have known Barry for many years, and he has consistently been a champion of business and free markets. Owning and operating a small business in our District gives Barry a perspective that is essential for fostering growth and job creation for its citizens.”
“I have complete confidence that Barry will work tirelessly to reduce and remove burdensome regulation, encourage pro-growth policies and help protect our local assets like Dobbins (Air Reserve Base) and Lockheed. The people of Marietta, Cobb County and the entire District will benefit from having Barry Loudermilk represent us in Congress.”
Tumlin had initially supported Marietta’s Tricia Pridemore and Buckhead’s Ed Lindsey in the race for the seat being vacated by Phil Gingrey. But both Pridemore and Lindsey were eliminated in the first round of balloting.
ONE OF THE KEY questions of the runoff has been whether Pridemore’s bloc of local supporters (5,797 Cobb votes in the primary) would favor Loudermilk or Barr in the runoff. Tumlin’s announcement might serve to steer at least some of them toward Loudermilk.
Tumlin previously served in the state Legislature with Loudermilk.
MEANWHILE, the news for Barr just keeps getting worse. Initial reports after the primary showed that Barr had won Cobb County, albeit by just a razor-thin 20-vote margin (6,641 votes to Loudermilk’s 6,621).
And you might also recall Cobb’s votes were late in being reported because six election machines at the NorthStar Church polling place in Kennesaw were malfunctioning. Those votes have now been tallied and included in the total by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp — and they show that Loudermilk won Cobb County by 27 votes.
That also means that Loudermilk won three of the four counties in the district (Bartow, Cherokee and Cobb) and lost only in the Fulton portion, Ed Lindsey’s back yard.
BARR has picked up a pair of endorsements of his own. He said on Monday he’s been endorsed by Cobb Solicitor General Barry Morgan.
“Bob will fight tirelessly for Georgia and our 11th District,” Morgan said. “As we face challenges to Lockheed and Dobbins Air Reserve Base through cuts in defense spending by the Obama Administration or in another round of base closures, it is vital that we have Bob Barr representing us to fight those challenges.
“As a long-time prosecutor, I know that you do not send a rookie into court to prosecute a major case. It is the same in the Congress — at a time of great challenges to our nation and our state, we cannot afford to send a rookie to represent us. We must have someone with the experience and proven record to move our conservative agenda forward to represent us.”
And Barr on Friday announced he’d been endorsed by retired Army Col. Larry Mrozinski, who placed a distant fifth in the May 20 primary and who Barr described in his press release as “a national hero.”
DISTRICT 38 state Rep. David Wilkerson (D-Austell) has written interim Cobb school Superintendent Chris Ragsdale and the school board asking it to investigate one of its members, David Morgan, for violating the board’s Code of Ethics by lobbying at the state Capitol in favor of school vouchers. Morgan is a paid lobbyist for school-choice group American Federation for Children.
“It deeply troubled me when I saw a Cobb County School Board member lobbying at the state capitol by advocating for additional state funds to be used for private school scholarships, rather than helping close the budget shortfalls that we were facing at the time,” Wilkerson writes.
“While the actions by this board member do not appear to violate any conflicts of interest as outlined by Cobb County Schools, I fully believe that this is a violation of the Code of Ethics. …
“When students were facing fewer days at school, reduced bus service, and other draconian cuts, it was clear to me that it was the responsibility of every board member to fight for every dollar they can to protect the students in their school system, not ensuring that additional state dollars go to private schools.”
Wilkerson also noted to AT that the American Federation for Children had plowed $20,000 in donations into Connie Taylor’s primary race against him. But Wilkerson was the winner with 61 percent of the vote.
A ONE-HOUR DEBATE is slated between the GOP Primary Runoff candidates for state School Superintendent, Mike Buck and Richard Woods, at the First Saturday Breakfast this week hosted by the Cobb GOP starting at 8:30 a.m. at its headquarters, 799 Roswell St., Marietta. For more information, contact Joe Dendy at (770) 820-6545. …
The Cobb Democratic Women will have their annual Daylily brunch at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Diana and Bill Waldrop’s Kennesaw Mountain Daylily Gardens, 310 McDaniel Road, in Marietta. For info call Diana Eckles at (770) 428-0887.
EVENTS: The Avery Gallery on Roswell Street will host a book-signing for 15 local history-based authors from 59 p.m. Friday evening in conjunction with downtown’s First Friday Art walk. On hand for owner Shae Avery’s “The War and More” signing will be Marion Blackwell Jr., Michael Collins, Carolyn Curry, George Pettet, David Evans, Eric Haney, Joe Kirby, Patrice Sheldon Lassiter, Charles McNair, Diana Edwards, Brad Quinlan, Michael Shaffer, Pat Shannon, Becky Paden, Jim Glover and Joe McTyre.
PEOPLE: The Georgia High School Coaches Hall of Fame on Saturday presented retired Marietta High School football coach Friday Richards with The Sam Burke Award, which is given to those who have gone beyond the call of duty helping students. Former winners include late Cobb schools Athletics Director Corky Kell. …
Congratulations to newly commissioned Army 2nd Lt. Edward Harman Lindsey III, who graduated last week from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Lindsey’s dad, Ed Lindsey of Buckhead, just missed the runoff for the 11th District seat.
MARIETTA’S POLK STREET PLAYERS have “trod the boards” for the last time. The community theater group — the second-oldest continually running theater group in Cobb — is calling it quits after 35 years at St. James Episcopal Church on Church Street. The final performance of the final production — “At First Sight” by Annie Pie — took place May 25.
Former Polk Street board member Pete Borden tells AT that if he were writing an epitaph for the group, it would read:
“Here rests Polk Street Players
May 12, 1979 — May 25, 2014
Taken from us much too soon by
a fatal case of apathy.”
LAST MONTH’S re-boot meeting of the lately defunct “Old Timers” association of retired Cobb school principals and administrators drew 65 people at the Bay Breeze restaurant after it was mentioned in the MDJ. Among those on hand were three former Superintendents — Kermit Keenum, Fred Sanderson and Joe Redden — and three former interim supers — Jimmy Howard, Jill Kalina and James Wilson.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST today, a big, big “Happy Birthday!” to MDJ Editor Emeritus and retired Around Town columnist Bill Kinney, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on Friday.
Keep ’em coming, “Scoop”!