Friday, July 14, 2006

Proud to Have Ponder as Chair

"Button" who has a blog, Liberal Lucidity, has written an excellent piece about Dan Ponder, who is Cathy Cox's campaign chair. Some, even on this blog, have pointed a disparaging finger at Dan because he has an "R" beside his name. A flyer being distributed here in Macon makes it a point to say that Mark is the only candidate whose campaign chairs are all Democrats. If you will read "Button's" excellent piece, you will understand why Cathy Cox chose Dan Ponder. This is a primary, but the winner will need to be able to work with Republicans. That leader is definitely Cathy Cox! You can read the post here.

9 comments:

Lyman Hall said...

Will Button also be doing a post on how the Griffins are just misunderstood?

Button Gwinnett said...

It doesn't matter to you what kind of person Dan Ponder is, does it Lyman? He's done more for civil rights than any of us mouth pieces ever will. I wonder if you'll ever win a Profiles in Courage award?

Lyman Hall said...

I'm sure Dan Ponder is a nice person and his speech wonderful. Here's comes the but...BUT,

This is politics. It is insulting to my intelligence for Cathy to come to me when I am in a Democratic meeting and say, "Isn't it great to be a Georgia Democrat?" and then when I am in a general group, "I don't care about party, look I even have a Republican chair!" Notice, she doesn't mention the hate crime speech--probably won't be too popular with people like the Griffins in Bainbridge. She just uses him as a token Republican to stand for some kind of vague notion of her wanting to change a tune and/or tone.

No thanks, I'll take the candidate with Amb. Young, Mrs. Busbee, and Brooke Jackson as chairs. They did good things too. A lot more than a career Republican making a redeeming speech on his way out of elective politics.

Lyman Hall said...

Why won't you allow my comment on your site? Afraid of a little democracy?

I do appreciate Amy letting her site be a battle of ideas.

Button Gwinnett said...

And that's just the narrow minded thinking that will send us down the road to defeat. Don't you listen to political experts? We can't win a general election with only 40% of the vote!!

What is it about Taylor that makes you think anyone that doesn't already vote Democrat will push the button for him? You can sit there and "out-Democrat" all you want. But you'd better believe it when I say that both Taylor and Cox will make appeals to moderate Republicans and independents in the fall. That's the reality in Georgia today. The numbers don't lie. 40% will not win any general election for anybody.

Will Mark Taylor inspire needed people like Dan Ponder over to our side in fall? Cathy Cox already has.

Button Gwinnett said...

Because of some "Taylor munchkins" I'm moderating comments. If you want to make an intelligent post, then send me a request and I'll consider it.

River Rat said...

"Will Mark Taylor inspire needed people like Dan Ponder over to our side in fall? Cathy Cox already has."

Cathy hasn't inspired anyone lately....

And Mark's record will stand up just fine in a general election. He sponsored the largest tax cut in Georgia history, as well as the Two-Strikes law. He created the GBI's DNA database.

Oh no! A tax cutting, tough-on-crime Democrat! Man, moderates just hate people with sensible ideas and a proven record....

Lyman Hall said...

Sonny is not a divisive figure. He is practically a state mascot. CC's message might work against Bush, but it wouldn't work against Sonny. Like you say, people are going to need a reason to vote against the incumbent. Telling people you are going to change the tone of something they didn't see as particularly out of tune just isn't going to work.

Mark has results and concrete ideas to offer the voters. Just think of the contrast for the fall: the Senate sponsor of HOPE against someone who voted against the lottery. Georgia RX and PeachKids against tort reform. Restoring $1 billion in education cuts against $100 gift cards.

As we have already seen in this primary, a warm personalty, moving some offices to Macon, and paperless voting machines just aren't a deep enough resume (and the experience in tough fights that come with it) to take on the Republican attack machine.

Ed Hula III said...

"What is it about Taylor that makes you think anyone that doesn't already vote Democrat will push the button for him"

A) He has already made it happen twice
B) Polls say as much. CC saying she can get people to cross over doesnt mean bupkis.