Rep. Jerry Keen, R-St. Simons, won’t run for governor, he announced Friday morning.
The House Majority Leader, Keen had explored the possibility of running this fall, and had been doing some campaigning across the state.
But over Thanksgiving, he talked about it with his family and decided that although he liked campaigning, he didn’t want the job of governor, Keen said Friday, and would prefer to stay in the legislature.
Keen spoke at the Grits and Issues breakfast sponsored by the Golden Island Chamber of Commerce.
Read more about this in The Brunswick News Saturday.
John McCain will definitely appear in Georgia to speak on behalf of Sen. Saxby Chambliss in his runoff race, the Senator said Friday morning.
Chambliss, on St. Simons Island to address a conference of Georgia’s Regional Development Centers, said he spoke to McCain earlier this week and confirmed that the losing presidential candidate will speak here, although they don’t know yet when.
“I spoke with John and he is totally committed to helping us,” Chambliss said.
Chambliss also said he’s expecting a “very, very” expensive runoff but said donations are flowing in already from around the country.
Both Chambliss and his opponent, Jim Martin, launched the first TV ads of the runoff campaign today.
Martin’s aligns himself with Obama, while Chambliss goes on the offensive, saying Martin is out of touch with what Georgians need.
The one rumor about Barack Obama that he hasn’t been able to shake addresses his faith.
Here, a British reporter interviews a Missouri worker who not only thinks that Obama is Muslim, but that he is the Antichrist. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/uselectionroadtrip/2008/oct/27/barack-obama-muslim-antichrist
In Glynn County, some voters also think Obama is a practicing Muslim or was raised that way.
Bebe Bonati said she didn’t like that Obama was a Muslim his whole life and switched to being a Christian when he decided to run for president. When I told her that Obama had been a member of the same church for more than 20 years, she was surprised, and said there was too much mudslinging going around for her to be able to sift out the truth.
Jackie Miller said she also didn’t like that Obama was a Muslim. I told her that he wasn’t. She said she believed he was raised Muslim. Also false, I told her. She said the mere hint of his coming from a Muslim background was enough to scare her away from voting for him.
And they were just two. I was so surprised when I heard this from them – a flat-out lie has dissuaded so many people from supporting Obama.
Dori Jones is a braver woman than I. She works for FLETC and chairs the Glynn County Task Force Against Family Violence, and she is moderating a forum Tuesday night between the candidates for state court solicitor.
Having followed the campaign closely since the summer, and having seen it get heated and ugly numerous times, I don’t envy Jones for being in the middle of that trio.
Nonetheless, I’ll be watching from the safety of the audience. You can too. It’s at the auditorium at the continuing education building at the college (College of Coastal Georgia, on Altama). Starts at 6:30, will go on for at least an hour, possibly more.
The candidates will get two audience questions, two questions from the moderators and two questions to ask each other. That’s the part I’m betting could get ugly. UPDATE: I talked to Jones and she said that not all of the candidates agreed to that format, so the candidates can submit questions to her, and she’ll ask them.
The candidates for Superior Court Judge were invited, but so far only Tony Harrison has confirmed.
Democratic candidate for Ga. Senate Jim Martin will visit Glynn County next Wednesday, on the 29th, according to Kasim Ortiz, who works for the Obama campaign.
The woman answering the phone at Saxby Chambliss HQ confirmed that he will be in Darien and on one of the islands two days later, on Halloween.
Jack Kingston and Bill Gillespie will tape an interview Thursday at 4:30 with The Brunswick News.
Send in any questions you’d like us to ask.
The interview will be posted online the next day.
Though campaign finance disclosure forms are due today, only a handful of candidates here have turned in their records. A grace period gives the candidates until Tuesday the 7th to turn in the forms.
Bob Coleman, Richard Strickland, Rebecca Edwards, Venus Holmes, Jerry Mancil and Ray Snow have all turned in their disclosure forms. Of those, Edwards is the only candidate who has competition in November. A Democrat, Edwards will take on Republican John Madala for the district 3 school board seat. Madala defeated Garrett Meader in the July primary.
Typically in Glynn County, candidates wait until the last minute to turn in the paperwork, which lists all contributions and expenses over $100.