The new map moves Ott’s district eastward and much further northward. In fact it now runs from the Chattahoochee River in the Atlanta Road/South Cobb Drive area all the way along the Fulton County border to Highway 92, just one precinct shy of the Cherokee County line. Why? In order to maximize the number of Republicans in the district and thereby maintain the GOP’s 4-1 advantage on the commission, even as the number of Democrats in Cobb continues to increase.
Yes, Republican Mitt Romney won Ott’s District 2 in the 2012 presidential election, but only by six percentage points, 52-46, compared to Northwest Cobb’s District 1 (Helen Goreham) and Northeast Cobb’s District 3 (JoAnn Birrell), where Romney won by 30 points or more in each.
However, under the new map Ott’s district is much more Republican and would have voted 59-39 in favor of Romney. That extra seven percent cushion of Republican voters might come in handy for Ott if the Democrats, as many expect, nominate Hillary for president. That’s because many analysts think she might have the same electric effect on female voter turnout that the presence of Barack Obama on two presidential tickets had on black voters.
As for Birrell’s new district, which now swoops down through Marietta to Smyrna, it changes from one that voted 64-32 in favor of Romney last time to one that would have voted for him by a still-comfortable but not quite as overwhelming 59-39.
“DOWNTON ABBEY DEMOCRATS”: That’s the memorable moniker Georgia Republicans have coined to describe Democratic Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn and gubernatorial hopeful Jason Carter. “Downton Abbey” is the hit PBS series about an aristocratic English family, and about which of its children will inherit the manor house and title that go with it. Nunn is the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn and Carter the grandson of President Jimmy Carter. Also in the mix is Agriculture Commissioner candidate Chris Irvin, grandson of legendary former Ag Comish Tommy Irvin.
MORE POLITICS: A pair of law firms have events scheduled for Superior Court Judge candidate Judge Juanita Stedman. The Manely Firm PC will host Stedman from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at its offices at 211 Roswell St., Marietta. And the Hill Macdonald Law Firm will host an “educators’ meet-n-greet” in her honor from 2-4 p.m. March 22 at the home of Mindee and Vic Hill in Hardage Farm. ...
Senior Assistant Cobb District Attorney Ann Harris, who is running for the same Superior Court judgeship, will host a fundraiser from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Taylor-Brawner House, 3180 Atlanta Road in Smyrna. ... Diane Vaughan will host a meet-and-greet for 11th District congressional candidate Tricia Pridemore from 2-4 Sunday at the Carriage Oaks Subdivision clubhouse across from Marietta High School. ... And two District 1 Northwest Cobb Commissioner candidates will hold their campaign kickoffs on Tuesday. Realtor Angela Barner’s event will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Brookstone Country Club. Former Acworth Councilman Bob Weatherford will host his even from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Fast Eddie’s Grill, 3330 Cobb Parkway in Acworth. ...
Cobb Solicitor General Barry Morgan will hold a re-election fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. March 25 at the law offices of Pugh, Barrett, Canale and Leslie, 288 Lawrence St., in Marietta.
MORE POLITICS: Tom “The Hammer” Delay, the former Republican House majority leader whose conviction for money laundering was overturned last year, was here this week for a fundraiser for former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, (R-Smyrna), who is running for the 11th District Congressional seat.
DeLay said his legal woes were part of “the criminalization of politics,” saying Nancy Pelosi and Patrick Kennedy, then-chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, publicly announced in 1996 that they were going to ‘take this corrupt Tom DeLay out,’ and that’s when I got my first ethics charge. So this has been going on for over 17 years, the ethics charges were dismissed as frivolous, more ethics charges in ‘98. Getting the pattern? Every election year. I even had a racketeering suit dismissed against me in 2000. They actually put in the suit that I was ‘conspiring to defeat Democrats.’ I almost pled guilty to that one.”
“This has gone on for 17 years and $12 million in attorney’s fees, and I’m not a rich man. I had to raise every dime of it,” he said. “The idea is to bankrupt you, put you in prison, put you in a grave and dance on your grave. They want to completely destroy you. It’s in the book, Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals,’ it’s all there.”
Barr said people notice when they meet DeLay that he’s not the monster “the liberal media” made him out to be, and neither are other friends like Attorney General Ed Meese and Ken Starr.
“They are men the public has a particular view of largely because of the liberal media and the liberals beating up on them being a certain type of individual and in reality they are exactly the opposite,” Barr said.
DeLay said the continuous attacks strengthened his religious faith.
“(Christ) will never forsake you, and that nobody, not Nancy Pelosi, not Democrats, not the Communists, nobody can separate me from the love of Jesus, and you walk with that,” DeLay said. “It’s very tough on your family, but the strength that you gain from walking with Christ is just amazing, and so I was able to sustain it and frankly became a better person for it. When it started I was an arrogant self-centered jerk, and I hope I’ve changed.”
ASK DELAY if he was involved in the Clinton impeachment and he answers, “I was the impeachment.” Asked if it’s time to impeach Obama, as some suggest, Delay said “not quite.”
“You don’t do something like that unless you have evidence that this president is violating the law one way or the other. The reason we impeached Clinton is he perjured himself. The president of the United States perjured himself and we had no choice. This wasn’t a time when you could just censure the president. In fact he lost his law license over it. He committed perjury. We had to impeach him.”
Barr said his position is that an inquiry should begin, “which is what I filed initially back in 1997. Not articles of impeachment because we weren’t yet there in ‘97. We’re not there now, but I do think Congress has a responsibility to look into it, to inquire into it, which is a very preliminary step.”
MARIETTA Mayor Steve Tumlin will deliver his annual “State of the City” address at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mansour Center at the Marietta Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce meeting.
A PORTRAIT of retired State Court Judge Harris Adams will be unveiled at 4 p.m. March 26 in Courtroom 3A in Cobb State Court.
STATE Attorney General Sam Olens of east Cobb has named Robert Ingram, partner in Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele of Marietta, to chair his re-election campaign. Moore also chaired Olens’ initial race for AG. Ingram is past president of both the Georgia and Cobb Bar Associations.
THE MARIETTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY will host former Smyrna Mayor Harold Smith, founder of the Smyrna Historical Society and author of “Jonquil City,” at its March 20 “Evening With History” lecture. Cost is $5 for non-members and reservations are requested.