Chairman Lee has another slip of the tongue
by Jon Gillooly
July 05, 2012 01:08 AM | 8965 views | 30 30 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Congressman Dr. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) addresses the crowd Wednesday during the Cobb Republican Barbecue. Gingrey has two challengers for his 11th Congressional District seat in the GOP primary.<br>Staff/Jon-Michael Sullivan
Congressman Dr. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) addresses the crowd Wednesday during the Cobb Republican Barbecue. Gingrey has two challengers for his 11th Congressional District seat in the GOP primary.
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Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-east Cobb) made a point about the new federal health care law during his time on stage. ‘Today we celebrate the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, and this November we need to be sure we become indepdent from the Obama administration and his policies,’ he said. <br>Staff/Jon-Michael Sullivan
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-east Cobb) made a point about the new federal health care law during his time on stage. ‘Today we celebrate the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, and this November we need to be sure we become indepdent from the Obama administration and his policies,’ he said.
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MARIETTA — Are County Chairman Tim Lee’s ties to the Cobb Chamber of Commerce so close that he’s confused as to what office he’s seeking?

During the Cobb GOP’s Fourth of July Celebration at Jim Miller Park on Wednesday, candidates were asked to take the stage and give stump speeches. When it was his turn, Lee announced he was running for re-election to the “Cobb County Chamber” before catching himself and saying actually he’s running for re-election as county chairman.

Later, Lee tried to brush the comment off as a simple mistake. Yet this is not the first time Lee has made that slip, said Larry Savage of east Cobb, one of three candidates challenging Lee for the office in the July 31 Republican Primary.

Lee made the same mistake while addressing a Cobb Republican Women’s luncheon, Savage said.

“The Bill Byrne story had come out that Tim wouldn’t run for re-election, and (Lee) said, ‘I want to make it perfectly clear that I am running for re-election for the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce,’” Savage said. “So that’s twice he’s made that same slip. You know, one time you can say it’s a Freudian slip, but two times Freud’s there in person.”

Lee explained to the Journal after he stepped off the stage why he said he was running for the Chamber.

“‘Chamber’ just came out rather than ‘commissioner,’” Lee said, noting he was simply speaking too fast.

Another candidate challenging Lee, former county chairman Bill Byrne, has long maintained that Lee is not an independent thinker but someone who is controlled by the Chamber and other agencies.

Byrne points to Lee’s cheerleading for the Chamber’s economic development initiative known as the Competitive EDGE as well as his championing of the TSPLOST.

“If you see him enough times making speeches, and you just close your eyes, he is just saying everything from the TSPLOST issue to the EDGE issue, you name it, you just hear him repeat exactly the Chamber byline,” Byrne said.

One prominent elected official tells the Journal that the reason the Chamber hasn’t filled the position of the non profit EDGE’s executive director is that it’s being held for Lee in the event he loses the election.

Lee denies being offered the executive director’s position, although Byrne said he’s heard the same allegation.

Byrne referenced a recent candidate forum held by the Cobb NAACP.

“We were all kind of waiting in the hall, the four of us, and I think it was Larry Savage who said to me, ‘Bill, if you don’t win this what are you going to do?’” Byrne recalled.

“I said, ‘well, I’ve already got my own business. I’ll just go back to my business and stay involved and do the best I can.’ And then he turned to Tim and said, ‘well Tim, if you don’t prevail are you going to be doing something with the Chamber?’ And without even thinking he responded, ‘well, I certainly hope so.’”

Byrne said the problem with doing what the Chamber wants is that it doesn’t have the county’s best interests at heart.

Neither Chamber CEO David Connell nor Chamber Chairman Tony Britton returned calls by press time.

“What is wrong with it is exactly what the TSPLOST is all about,” Byrne said. “The billion dollars being projected for Cobb County doesn’t benefit Cobb County. It benefits the city of Atlanta. All the chambers are tied into this uniformly, the Atlanta Regional Commission as well. If you look at Tad Leithead, he is ARC chairman and also a CID chairman. I mean, all of this is just expansion of what I call Agenda 21 which is constant growth philosophies and policies built around a center core.”

Catered by Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q, Wednesday’s GOP event was a festive affair, with an estimated 1,000 people turning out, Cobb GOP Chairman Joe Dendy said.

Sheriff Neil Warren led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, while Cobb Superior Court Judge Tain Kell sang “America the Beautiful.” The Cobb Sheriff’s Department Color Guard presented the colors, and former Cobb GOP chairmen Anthony-Scott Hobbs and Scott Johnson read the Declaration of Independence.

In addition to the dozens of stump speeches from candidates, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-east Cobb) and Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart ginned up the base, urging President Obama’s ouster.

“Everything starts and ends in Cobb County,” Everhart said. “If you don’t win Cobb, you can’t win the state, so I’m depending on my fellow Cobb Countians to take us to the top in November and happy Fourth of July.”
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MariettaConservative
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July 06, 2012
Either way, Cobb taxpayers are screwed! Tim will either be Cobb Chamber leader or Cobb Chairman again.

Tim Lee has never accomplished a single thing in his work life or government life!!! He's just a bully (staring you down if you disagree with him) and a narcissist!!! Nothing matters except Tim Lee. And, Cobb's uninformed, unconscience "voters" will likely vote Timmy Lee in again.

Remember, Tim said "if we pass another SPLOST, we won't have to raise taxes". That was another lie from his mouth! Lucky us, we got it both ways -- tax increase and SPLOST!! Tim will continue to screw us until he is gone ... and living in Boca Raton, FL, which he is working towards.
Don'tVoteForLee
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July 06, 2012
Tim Lee has always made it clear that he is only concerned with his interests, folks. He is only about stuffing his income and retirement prospects so that he can have an easy life during retirement. You fools voted him in as Chairman, and he has done nothing worthwhile for Cobb County. Being Cobb Chairman would only allow his to shove his plan to have the Cobb Chamber of Commerce get their hands on the Economic Development money from taxpayers and use it for the Chamber's private purposes, not ours. Why should taxpayers give up tax dollars for a small group of people who have not been elected by us and will not represent us when it comes to economic development?? No reason at all!

So, even if Tim loses as Cobb County Chairman, he wins as Cobb Chamber of Commerce Chairman. Tim Lee is the worst thing that every happened to Cobb County in the last 15 years!!!

Folks, vote for Larry Savage. He is the only one watching what the Cobb Commissioners are doing and their ultimate motives. Forget Bill Byrne and that idiot "Mike" who hasn't really done anything in the private sector or government, expect be part of the armed services.
Kennesaw Voter
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July 10, 2012
Unfortunately, it is voters like you who will gurantee Tim Lee gets reelected buecause you are splitting the opposition vote. Bill Byrne is the only person who has a chance to beat Tim Lee.

Tim Lee loves that there are 3 other people running for the Cobb Chairman because his chances go WAY UP with the votes split up amoung the four

Tim Lee is self centered and incompetent...VOTE HIM OUT!!
Taxed Enough
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July 06, 2012
Tim should be getting the boot in about 3 weeks and 4 days...let him go milk the Cobb Chamber for a paycheck.
Fire TIM LEE
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July 06, 2012
Amazing that Tim Lee thinks he has a real chance to get re-elected...oh wait, he is the incumbent which means he will get re-elected...makes me sad.
TIC
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July 05, 2012
Tim Lee working for David Connell.

Interesting. Some things never change.

I guess that could be described as the DUMB and the SHORT of it.
A Taxpayer
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July 05, 2012
Come on, give him a break -- Ol' Taxing Tim Lee is just telling his voter base who he really works for!
top cat
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July 05, 2012
Look folks, its been hot, its been sunny, its been tiring. Given these extreme positions, why would you expect the top elected official of a county of nearly 800,000 people plus all the millions who travel in and out of here every day to be able to distinguish between "chairman" and "chamber of commerce?"

Lee is on top of everything. Can't you tell?
mk-what?
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July 05, 2012
Did you say TMm wears a slip when he's at home?

Ahhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaa!!.. that answers alot of questions!
Just Wait
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July 05, 2012
I don't know who that Bob Pierce guy is in the picture with Linda Coker, but he sure has a lusty look eying that BBQ!
Big Shanty Girl
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July 05, 2012
The problem is that Chamber and Commission both begin with the letter "C" and this is just too much for Timmie Boy.
Wonders Again
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July 05, 2012
One slip is one thing. Another slip saying the same EXACT thing borders on a coincidence.
Perfect People
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July 05, 2012
Those without ever having made a slip of the tongue have right to criticize. I believe that eliminates all speaking hummans Alliterations such as Cobb County Commission and Cobb Chaanber od Commerce are especially difficult. And, given what all the candidates have each been through in the constant events and heat, it is amazing others haven't made slips. If they did, the newspaper might just ignore. You folks get a life or give a human a break!!
SG68
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July 05, 2012
@ Perfect People

You are right.

I guess it was just a minor slip of the tongue when Tim said that if the County TSPLOST passed that he would not raise property taxes

and

An unfortunate slip of the tongue when he agreed to build a transit line from Arts Center to Cumberland for the City of Atlanta with the major portion of Cobb County's TSPLOST allocation

and

Another unintentional slip of the tongue when he defended the Cobb Development Authority's gross mismanagement and lack of transparency

or

Just misspoke when he continually defended the non-existent benefits of the Regional TSPLOST for Cobb County.

You're right we are just holding him to a much higher standard that we should.

After all he is only the Chairman of our county commission.

anonymous
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July 05, 2012
Dang, SG68. That may be more than Perfect People can stand. Keep it up!
GS 67
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July 06, 2012
to perfect People, while you are right and I agree, you are swimming with the skanks, like SG 68 and others who blog here all of the time. It is apparent that they don't have real jobs or are stealing time from their employers to send their crap. Right shall prevail and these losers will wither back in the holes in which they crawled out of.
SG68
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July 06, 2012
@ GS 67

WOW!! Some people get really nasty when you hit a nerve don't they?

Try responding with some well thought out, fact based counter points rather than personal insults and immature name calling.

You sound like a third grader on the playground.

CobbCountyRedneck
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July 05, 2012
Poor Tim Lee!!

He just can't seem to do anything right.

He is a bumbler of Olympic proportions.

Let's hope the Cobb Chamber does get the opportunity to hire him.

At least he will be be off of the county commission and less likely to continue damaging Cobb County taxpayers and citizens by his boneheaded decisions.

Slippery Comment
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July 05, 2012
Lee's "slip of the tongue" would be very funny if it weren't pathetic and dangerous! Sort of like deputy Barney Fife in the "Aunt Bee Pickle" episode of The Andy Griffith Show. By the way query that episode on You Tube. Barney is so guilty, he can't help himself. Is it like that for your Tim?
Tim King
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July 05, 2012
No one should chant the Pledge of Allegiance because it was the origin of the Nazi salute and Nazi behavior. Photos and video show it performed exactly as the Nazi salute for 3 decades before German national socialists adopted the same behavior. The palm-down gesture resulted because Bellamy began the ritual chanting with the military salute that was then extended outward toward the flag. The persecuted children did not bother to turn the palm upward and eventually the military salute was dropped entirely, leaving the classic Nazi salute. The pledge continues to be the origin of such behavior (including flag fetishism), only the gesture has changed. Francis Bellamy (author of the pledge) and Edward Bellamy (his cousin and cohort) were American national socialists who influenced German national socialists, their rituals (mechanical chanting on command), dogma, and symbols (the swastika used to represent crossed S-letters for socialism), The above are discoveries made by the astounding historian Dr. Rex Curry.
TIC
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July 05, 2012
@ Jim King

Are you nuts?!!!!
Postmaster Marie
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July 05, 2012
@Tim King: Go crawl back into your hole and stay there.
And don't forget
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July 05, 2012
Faye DiMassimo's angling for the top position at the ARC. That's why she has NO interest in any of the alternative technologies that offer to be done without massive federal subsidies. ARC controls that money. Get rid of the need and the ARC would have no power. Pitiful!
Dog catcher Ott
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July 06, 2012
Corporal Ott, you just can't get over that the DOT Director has moved on from the mag lev crooks and those like them. You know that mag lev isn't a possibility and that they can not deliver. But since it was you plan all along to throw crap against the wall and see your minions take the crap and run with it, it worked. Your groupies are mindless. But I credit you with one thing, you have them trained to blog since they can't do anything else.
JR Dallas
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July 05, 2012
Tim Lee need's Obama's telepropter.

Go any body but Tip, Toe, through the Tulips (Tim).

How did the grass cuttters do and will they get

the steak or hot dogs?

What's the answer Tim, David, Auburn alumni?
Political Watcher
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July 05, 2012
It looks like Tim Lee is not the only candidate who speaks with a forked tongue.

Literature given at the GOP lunch directed readers to a YouTube video, where Gene Clark, candidate for State Court (a former republican house member) said last month that it was true that he gave Roy Barnes $5,000, two years ago.

In the recorded video, Clark then claimed to have given an equal amount to Nathan Deal. - A problem considering there is no evidence of a $5,000 donation to Nathan Deal in the state records.

The YouTube video goes on to record Gene Clark saying he was not a 'sneaky democrat' and has never voted for a Democrat President, that in fact he voted for Richard Nixon.

But the YouTube video shows a copy of Gene Clark's official voting record, where he actually voted in the 2004 Democratic Primary for President.

Sounds like Rinos are finally being exposed.
Acworth Republican
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July 05, 2012
Wow! I looked at the youtube video from the Rinobusters website. It is hard to run away from your own words recorded on tape. In the words of my Grandpa, Gene Clark has some 'splaining' to do.
what gives??
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July 05, 2012
I am more than a little disappointed in Gene Clark's words and actions. I need to look at the rest of the candidates for this race. What really is crazy, why would Clark be very concerned that he supports and votes for Democrats. I did not think judges ran as a member of a political party.

NtheNo
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July 05, 2012
"Chamber just came out...." Now that's funny.
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