Thursday, April 20, 2006

Why Cathy Cox Will Win

Today, someone told me why Mark Taylor is going to win the primary. They said that he has the money and political savvy to win, and that Cathy has spent too much early money in a campaign that has been way too quiet. (That sounds like Taylor-spin to me, akin to "she can't raise the money to run" and "Georgia is just not ready for a women governor." I guess they're forgetting that Cathy is not a stranger to ther voters. )

I agree that Mark Taylor has plenty of money and that he is politically savvy. After all, being Governor of Georgia has been his life's dream, and his family's dream for him. The Taylors have already dumped significant money into this race- more than a million. I agree with all that, but that's where the agreement ends. In July and November, Georgia voters will make it clear that the Governor's office belongs to the people and is no one's birthright.

This is going to be a tough race, but Cathy Cox will win the democratic primary and will go on to defeat Sonny Perdue. Here's why. Cathy is her own best asset. In addition to a compelling biography that voters can relate to, people like her, trust her and they will vote for her.


LonelyDem said...

Relate to her - where is she from a big city or a small countr town? Her press information confuses me on her wherabouts.
People like her - not the ones who votes are not counted.
Trust - can we spell D-I-E-B-O-L-D
Compelling biography - give Georgia voters some substance and not fluff. What has she achieved as a legislator, as a lawyer, as a constitutional officer?

So becoming Governor was never Cathy's life long dream? Are you saying that she saw a political opportunity and then decided to run? What happens when another political opportunity occurs - will she just jump at that opportunity without any passion or desire for the job.

Fall Line Dem said...

First off, I don't know why it is so hard to know about Cathy's background. Every time I have heard Cathy speak, she readily discusses growing up in Bainbridge and how those small-town experiences helped shaped her appreciation of what people need govenment to do? Since she became involved in government, she has lived in the Atlanta area. I think this gives her a balanced view of the needs of rural and urban Georgia.

Cathy Cox has done an excellent job as Secretary of State. For one thing, she had made information regarding campaign contributions readily accessible. As a result, we are able to see how embedded our Republican leadership is with lobbyists and special interests. Is it any wonder that they have stopped representing the people of Georgia?

Say what you will about the voting machines, but Cathy's embracing of technology has taken Georgia from the 47th worst state in having votes counted to 2nd best in the nation. Can any other constitutional officer boast of such a dramatic improvement?

I really don't understand the comment about Cathy as a political opportunist. She is in her second term as Secretary of State, and our State desperately needs real leadership. I always thought that leadership and public service meant offering yourself for elected office in times of need. We need real leadership in this State and now.

Sonny seems to listen only to his party higher ups in Washington as evidenced by his legislative agenda. I appreciate Mark Taylor's record of service, but I don't see him being compelling enough to defeat Sonny in November.

Button Gwinnett said...

You want to talk about votes not being counted? How about the indisputable fact that up to 94,000 Georgians didn't have their votes counted in the 2000 presidential election - 94,000!! Is that acceptable? Gosh, I hope not. That's the reason why we have a change in voting systems in the first place.

And Georgia has a long and colorful history of election fraud, no matter what system is being used. So lets not pretend that having your vote count only became a concern in GA in 2002.

94,000 is a huge number. It got the attention of Gov. Barnes, Lt. Gov. Taylor, both of our U.S. Senators, Georgia's congressional delegation, the state legislature, and the voters. It's the reason why Gov. Barnes insisted on the new system's implementation 2 full years ahead of Cox's timetable.

Is the new system perfect? No. It's a work in progress. But there is no perfect system. And to think that we were better off in 2000 (94,000!!!) than we are now just doesn't make any sense. MIT likes it, the U.S. Dept. of Justice approved it, and most importantly, the vast majority of election officials and voters have embraced it.

We should be thankful that Cox chose not to sit back and wait for her turn to be the next Katherine Harris.