Rogers calls reports of his time on sports show ‘gutter politics’
by Rebecca Johnston
rjohnston@mdjonline.com
May 31, 2012 12:41 AM | 3375 views | 12 12 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) calls recent reports that he is a former sports handicapper “gutter politics at its worst.”

“The fact that I was hired as talent on a sports show 14 years ago clearly has no impact on the life of any Georgian,” Rogers said. “I realize my opponents do not wish to debate my record of cutting taxes, reforming Georgia’s property tax system, shrinking the size of government or helping create jobs … It is unfortunate that they would be given a platform for dragging political debate to this level.”

According to report aired Friday on Fox 5 News, the Journal’s media partner, Rogers appeared on cable television broadcasts as Will “The Winner” Rogers and other monikers to predict the outcomes of upcoming football games to help sports bettors before he became state Senate majority leader.

And a piece by Atlanta Unfiltered’s Jim Walls paints a vivid picture of Rogers as a football handicapper in the early 1990s and as recently as 2000.

On one cable TV show, Rogers allegedly urged bettors to dial a pay-per-call number for his predictions, which he claimed had an 80 percent success rate.

Rogers said he would give the Atlanta Unfiltered report “no credence” and “would be surprised that anyone would take such a clearly biased political blog site seriously.”

Rogers maintains he was merely an actor.

“Some 14 years ago, my company had a contract to perform broadcasting duties on a nationally televised show which was aired on the USA Network. … I was reading from a predetermined script on a national sports television show that has been in production for 35 years,” he said.

Rogers, who at one time owned a radio station in Bartow County, said he still does some broadcasting, including a business show on Dish Network.

The recent news reports go on to claim that Rogers worked for and later shared offices with John Edens, a gambling industry entrepreneur who in 1992 lost an $800,000 judgment for fraudulent misrepresentation.

Rogers said he has cut ties with Edens.

“I have known him since I was in college, but there have been many years in which I did not see him or speak with him,” Rogers said.

The head of the Georgia Christian Coalition said Wednesday that Rogers should resign his leadership post because his past creates a conflict of interest with upcoming legislation.

Coalition President Jerry Luquire said Rogers is too close to the industry to have a leadership role during the upcoming legislative session, when the coalition expects gambling will be a public issue for lawmakers. The group did not call on Rogers to leave his Senate seat.

“I want him to step down because of his proximity or accessory to gambling activity in the past,” Luquire said.
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Knows the truth
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June 07, 2012
Only the 'hired face' for a tv show in the 90's....BULL! He printed a gambling book into the early 2000's entitled 'Schedules USA'. I know for sure. Pretty sure I could prove it with native files, invoices and copies of checks. Whatcha think, Chip?
Dale Russell/ Fox 5
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June 11, 2012
Call me. 404-545-6767
Knows the Truth
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June 19, 2012
Dale, In 2003, 'Schecules USA' text was printed at Pulaski Web Printing in Pulaski, TN. The covers were printed at Webwise Press in Decatur, GA. The books were shipped to a mailer in Birmingham, AL for mailing everywhere EXCEPT Georgia. I believe Atlanta Offset in Atlanta (when it was owned by Gannett) also printed Schedules USA for a time. An ex-Atlanta Offset customer service guy named Dan Sneed was the account contact.
DavidMichaels
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July 19, 2012
I wrote the original Chip Rogers gambling piece over at Atlanta Unfiltered, please call me at 240-676-6458.
Chip Supporter
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June 01, 2012
I see Chip at church on Sundays at First Bapist Woodstock with his wife and children he is involved in the church and a family man. He is an active leader in the Georgia Senate and respected by his peers. This is what I want from my elected official.
FBCW
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June 01, 2012
In 2004, good Christian Chip hired teenagers from your church (FBCW) to remove/steal the campaign signs of his first GA Senate opponent (Dowdy). The kids were caught by police, but Chip still kept his distance insisting they acted on their own. Nice way to throw kids under the bus. Eventually, your pastor intervened on behalf of the teenagers and Rogers admitted to his role. This is what you want from your elected official??
Naive?
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June 04, 2012
o Chip Supporter you base your vote entirely on Chip Rogers attending church? Wow you are either stupid or you believe all of Rogers BS.

I see numerous so called good Christians at my church on Sunday and I am amazed at their transformation into the devil the rest of the week.

Chip is a sneaky truth dodging politician who could care less about you or anyone else. He will do anything necessary to achieve his hidden agenda.

Funny how his sports betting past took this long to rise to the surface. Remember Chip Supporter Sports Betting and any aiding or abetting of illegal gambling is against the law. But your buddy Chip is above the law.
Just Wait
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May 31, 2012
If nothing else, we now know how casino "Chip" Rogers got his name.
workerbee444
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May 31, 2012
Full disclosure: Rebecca, although a good journalist, once worked for Channel 4 in Canton. Chip worked for a sister station, Channel 4 in Cartersville. Although, Rebecca was probably hired after Chip left because the Canton station opened later. Still, everyone at the company knew about this stuff then. Kind of puts her in a tough spot, huh?
Gutter Pol
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May 31, 2012
He's a gutter politician, so it seems about right.
Unbelievably Stupid
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May 31, 2012
Chip Rogers is no conservative! If he gambled and abandoned businesses when they fail (remember, Methamphetamine 6 -- the motel he tried to turn into a government-check-accumulating business??), then he is a pathetic example of what it means to be a conservative. His behavior is nothing short of risky and taudry -- resembling that of a liberal/progressive/Democrat that lives off the backs of the workers in America!!!!

His closely aligned "friends" in the GA Legislature should distance themselves from this fool and learn from his lessons.

Chip, get a real job, one that earns a living legitimately and doesn't depend on government programs to succeed!!!
Cobb Taxpayer
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May 31, 2012
Amen, move on Chip and earn an honest living -
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