Lawmakers sound off on ’12 hopefuls
by Jon Gillooly
jgillooly@mdjonline.com
January 04, 2012 01:28 AM | 14377 views | 45 45 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — While former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich fared poorly in last night’s Iowa caucus, he has found support in Cobb lawmakers.

State Reps. Sharon Cooper (R-east Cobb) and Judy Manning (R-Marietta) have both endorsed Gingrich.

“I don’t think anybody else can hold a candle to him as far as being able to go toe-to-toe with Obama,” Manning said. “I don’t believe anybody has more first-hand knowledge of the workings of the Congress and foreign affairs. I just believe he has the maturity to lead our country into the future.”

Manning believes Gingrich, if given the chance, can beat President Obama.

“But I think we’ve got so many people that are too interested in the personal lives of all of our elected officials that we can’t get past that to the point of who can do the job, and who can make the decisions, and who knows the politics involved, and who better than someone who has the experience,” Manning said.

By contrast, Manning believes Rick Santorum doesn’t have the seasoning to unseat Obama, and Mitt Romney concerns her.

“I think Mitt Romney is a nice man, but I’m afraid of his Mormon faith,” Manning said. “It’s better than a Muslim. Of course, every time you look at the TV these days you find an ad on there telling us how normal they are. So why do they have to put ads on the TV just to convince us that they’re normal if they are normal? … If the Mormon faith adhered to a past philosophy of pluralism, multi-wives, that doesn’t follow the Christian faith of one man and one woman, and that concerns me.”

Romney is also a flip-flopper, Manning said.

“When he was the governor of Massachusetts he performed 100 — and I’m not sure this number is right, but my mind says it’s about 180 gay marriages — and now, when he is running as president on the Republican ticket, he says that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Manning said.

Gingrich is a known quantity, she said.

“He doesn’t walk on water, and he’s made some mistakes, and there are things about probably each one of the candidates that I’d say are not perfect,” Manning said. “Nobody is. But when you look at the candidates all lined up, and the pros and the cons, I personally think Newt is the man that will lead us into the brightest future of the United States of America for everybody.”

But State Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth), who has not endorsed a candidate, doesn’t think Newt can unseat Obama.

“As articulate as he is, and I do think he would make a good president, I just think that unfortunately for Speaker Gingrich, he’s made some bad decisions that I think will jeopardize the Republican Party being able to put in a leader that can really move this nation in a right direction after 2012,” Setzler said.

Both Romney and Santorum could beat Obama, Setzler said.

“I think there are a number of candidates that can beat the president if they focus on what really matters to Americans,” Setzler said. “It’s getting us back on a track of a nation being anchored in individual responsibility and constitutionally limited government.”

State Rep. Sam Teasley (R-Marietta), who has endorsed Santorum, said the former Pennsylvania senator’s values make him the best choice to lead the country.

“Rick has led on issues that matter — from welfare reform and a balanced budget amendment, to understanding the value of the family in our culture and protecting innocent life, and to understanding the threats that our nation faces in a complex world,” Teasley said. “These aren’t just campaign slogans for him ... he’s lived this throughout his time in public life. That is why I am proud to endorse Rick Santorum.”

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) hasn’t endorsed any one candidate, but likes aspects of all of them.

“I think what you’re seeing in Iowa is the Republicans, and I would even include myself in this category, who look at a Mitt Romney and say, ‘we really need a president with business sense like he has,’” Rogers said. “They look at a Newt Gingrich and say, ‘we really need a president with the intellect and the ability to communicate like he does.’ They look at Rick Santorum and they say, ‘we really need a president that passionately values the family the way he does,’ and they look at Ron Paul and they say, ‘we really need a president who values the Constitution the way he does.’”

The ideal situation would be to take the best characteristics from all of the above and combine them into one person, Rogers said.

“But we don’t have that, so I think that’s probably why you see the people rise and fall, because we recognize something we like in somebody, and all of a sudden everybody runs in that direction, and then they say ‘well,’ and they run in that direction, so I don’t know how this thing is going to turn out, but there are great aspects to each one of these candidates.”

The good news for Republicans is that Obama’s odds of re-election are not good, Rogers said.

“I would say less than 50 percent, and that’s just looking at historical data on where the economy is,” Rogers said. “That’s how most people vote. Doesn’t matter if it’s President Obama or President Jones or President Smith, no president who’s had this type of economic record has been reelected, so that does not bode well for the president.”
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brownie4breakfast
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January 10, 2012
And people elected this woman? I guess she never really met a Mormon or knows any of her own so called "Christian" background with polagamy. Check out the bible that's in your church and you will find poligamists in it. Those poligamists are they "your people"? This is just plain and simple someone repeating stories about a group of people who are misrepersented by people who want to discredit a group of people who are trying their best to follow Christ. Go to Morom.org if you want to learn more about what members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe.
BA80
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January 10, 2012
Unfortunately bigotry is alive an well in America.

It never ceases to amaze me how Christians (at least in name) continue to judge those who do not believe as they do. Wasn't it Christ who said "Judge not that ye be not judged"???

Listen, if you don't want to vote for a Mormon then don't vote for a Mormon. But as a public servant to be making such bigoted statements is absolutely beyond me.

She should resign immediately.
Dana Chilton
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January 08, 2012
Conservatives spent months attacking Obama in 2008 for his Christian minister's views (United church of Christ in Chicago.. Rev. Wright) Now he's suddenly a muslim. I wonder if Manning also understands the roots of her own religion, Polygamy was ordained by God in the Old Testament; Romney is no fan of marriage for gays; Mormonism is a big champion of "one man one woman" marriage to the exclusion of all others even with it's heritage of polygamy but her own christian faith has its origins in polygamy and concubinage as well.
Shannon H.
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January 08, 2012
Wow. As a lesbian living in Cobb, I am taken aback that someone who is supposed to represent their constituents has chosen to, instead, represent their narrow version of the Christian faith while all others are excluded. I am truly shocked that she would be so openly bigoted not only against gay and lesbian members of the community, but also towards Mormons. Time to replace her with someone more open-minded and positive.
J.M.
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January 06, 2012
Has no one realized that, according to her own FB post, the reason she mentioned a Muslim was in order to compare Romney - the Mormon - and Obama, whom she apparently believes is a Muslim??? Obama is obviously a much better Christian than this stupid woman.
S.F. Hicks
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January 06, 2012
Obama is going to win. Thanks to the GOP's wheels falling off as evidenced by these kinds of statements.
yaskan
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January 05, 2012
Miss Manning is a Bigot,she has prejudice against other religions,I see she apologized to the Mormons,but how about the Muslims?
you'regoingtohateme
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January 05, 2012
Well, she has apologized on her FB. However, as much as nobody wants to say this, she is actually kind of correct. The Mormon religion is a cult...They deny who Jesus is saying he is not part of the trinity. We are a Christian nation and probably shouldn't be electing a cult member.
Sergio Roa
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January 09, 2012
First at all, we are the 4 largest church in america. so in the sociological point of view LDS is a Church not a cult.We believe in God, Jesuschrist and the holly gosht,our concept of trinity is diferent that the evangelical and catholic. Know first our morals standards and then make a post....
A.P. Palled
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January 05, 2012
This newspaper just keeps getting funnier and funnier every day. It's meant to be satire like the Onion or Colbert...right?
Oliver G. Halle
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January 05, 2012
Representative Judy Manning posted an "apology" on her Facebook page. She begins by saying, "In an attempt to compare Romney and Obama, a seasoned reported manipulated my comparison using verbal judo and made my choice for a Republican Presidential candidate appear to be motivated by religion." A "seasoned reporter" somehow made a seasoned, educated, experienced politician say something that she didn't really mean to say. Only after blaming the reporter does Manning say, "I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime", citing Elizabeth Kubler about taking personal responsibility. "These are words to live by. I sincerely apologize to Mitt Romney and for offending people of Mormon faith." So after all the adverse commentary to Manning's non-remarks, she offers an apology to the Mormons she may have offended, not to the MDJ readers and community for her un-American comment. How did this woman get elected in the first place?

East Cobber
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January 05, 2012
Ms. Manning - You are an idiot, anyone who makes the statement "I am afraid of his Mormon faith" makes a comment in ignorance. Educate yourself before you open your mouth, better yet, pull your head out of where it is before you suffocate.

Cannot wait to vote you out.
just saying...
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January 05, 2012
I have been saying for years, the best way to trip up a republican is just put a mike in their face and let them talk. The whole bunch of them are not competent to serve let alone dictate public policy. The unenlightened walk amongst us!!
anonymous
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January 05, 2012
Ms Manning, the reason for the ads is to disabuse your bigotry. Perhaps you should take some time to learn about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from one of its members and not your pastor.
Justin Turner
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January 05, 2012
Rep. Manning has just shown that she is a hyprocrite and a bigot (and just a plain idiot)... is one's faith not a part of their personal lives. Shame on you Cobb County Voters!!!

Quote 1:

“But I think we’ve got so many people that are too interested in the personal lives of all of our elected officials..."

Quote 2:

“I think Mitt Romney is a nice man, but I’m afraid of his Mormon faith,” Manning said. “It’s better than a Muslim."
RFB811
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January 05, 2012
Unfortunately, this lady is not alone in her religious bigotry.

The Mormon Quest for the Presidency: From Joseph Smith to Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman (2011), along with giving biographical information on the various people associated with the LDS Church who have run for president, also discusses the so-called Mormon Question and the ups and downs of overcoming anti-Mormon bigotry.
VFP42
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January 05, 2012
Mannings' comments are typical of the MDJ's subscribers and editors.

I would say I was delighted to read all the reponses here calling her out for her comments, but I feel sure it's just that one Mormon happened across this story and then told all her family in Utah to come post about how outraged they are by Manning.

If only it were authentic locals genuinely outraged... Oh well maybe in 20 more years.

But back on topic, any religious kook would concern me. I don't care what religion you are until you turn all kooky about it. Romney hardly seems kooky. He is probably the least offensive Republican I have seen in decades.
JedMM
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January 04, 2012
Mitt Romney has not performed ANY gay marriages.

ALL Mormons are Christians. Mormons take upon them the name of Christ at baptism and renew that relationship weekly as they take the sacrament.

Mormons not only believe in Christ, they try to teach and do his sayings. I think that qualifies them as followers of Christ, if not whatever she calls "Christian."

Mitt 2012!
anonymous
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January 04, 2012
Interesting, christians believe christianity is the one true religion, but debate which brand of christianity.
Right Rev. Doright
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January 04, 2012
I think Representative Judy Manning is a nice woman; at least from her picture, I think she’s a woman. But I’m afraid of her Presbyterian faith. I suppose it’s better than the Zoroastrianism that is sweeping the South, but every time you look around, they’re having some fundraiser, or coffee or dinner to raise money to try to outpace the other Protestants in building churches or gyms. I know they’re not really normal. In fact, if the Presbyterians adhered to a past philosophy of infant damnation, the faith doesn’t follow its own present doctrine and that should be of concern to all. They’re no better than those awful Papists and both should be burned at the stake or stoned. If her own grandkids died without baptism and the chance to look upon her equine features, they would be burning in brimstone. For sins they never committed. Yep, polygyny sounds much worse...
Boscaverde
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January 04, 2012
Projour: Actually, Rep. Cooper is a relatively reasonable representative (considering she's a Cobb County politician). The prejudiced opinions in the article all belong to Rep. Miller.

I certainly don't agree with Rep. Cooper's support of Newt, but don't form an opinion of her based on her being so unfortunate as being included in an article with Rep. Miller.
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