Byrne right to keep Chamber at distance
April 30, 2014 01:26 AM | 1171 views | 2 2 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Looks to me as if Cobb Chamber Prez Ben Mathis is tearing a page out of Obama’s playbook: If you criticize anything our feckless president does, you’re a racist; if you criticize the Chamber’s political activities, you’re denigrating any and everyone who has the slightest ties to the Chamber.

While I don’t know that I would go as far as Byrne does in stating that if I were a candidate for public office I would boycott all Chamber events and activities, I agree that given their overt support for a particular candidate, I wouldn’t appear at any Chamber-sponsored debate for fear that the questions would be structured in such a manner as to afford one candidate in particular a chance to stand out above the others. This is a tactic employed on a regular basis by the so-called “mainstream media” when interviewing Obama or any of his liberal sycophants. It has no place in a Chamber-sponsored “debate.”

Scott Chadwick

Marietta

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anonymous
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May 02, 2014
Yes. Right out of the Obama playbook. Its what the Cobb Chamber seems to know best these days. From support for amnesty for illegal aliens to higher taxes to support projects that will benefit chamber cronies, yes...Ben Mathias and the Cobb Chamber are very much in sync with the Obama/establishment/big government republican mindset. No surprise he is working from the Obama playbook.

Cobb Chamber of Commerce = Big government cronyism (paid for by the taxpayers).
Samuel Adams
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April 30, 2014
My thoughts exactly Chadwick. How dumb does Mathis think we all are, that we cannot tell the difference between the hard working chamber members who actually fund, through their dues, the "leadership" and the leadership itself (unelected Kings of Cobb)who didn't meet a new tax or a nationally-scripted liberal idea they don't like.

Mathis himself has moved way left from where he used to be politically (hosting fundraisers with Dan Quayle....what would Dan say about all the new taxes he and the chamber stand for?)

Byrne cares about business, being a small businessman himself. He understands the chamber's role in a normal community. But I'm fairly sure, like many of us, does not like what the Cobb Chamber has become because of over-reach and its control over current Cobb politicians.

This story is as old as dirt. Chamber members, don't let your leadership drag you down this path.

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