I couldn’t help but laugh at the headline I read this evening.
GOP Gubernatorial Primary: The Fight for Second Place
There are a few problems with polls like this. They didn’t reveal their sample information in the article. Who did they poll? Were the respondents all Republican? How was the poll presented? Did they ask “Who are you going to vote for in the July 20 primary?” or did they ask a loaded question, such as “Who do you think has the best chance of winning the July 20 primary?”
These are important questions, because, to be honest, I don’t believe the poll.
I have spoken to many people about the upcoming election too. I don’t have exact numbers, but I would estimate I have spoken to at least 300 people. I have no idea if they were Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, libertarian, or independent voters. Yes, I know I listen Libertarian twice, some of you will get it.
At least half of the people I have spoken with said they will NOT vote for John Oxendine, Nathan Deal, or Karen Handel. Many of them said we don’t need any more career politician, even in the Governor’s Mansion.
No matter which poll you believe, John Oxendine is only ahead in the polls because he’s been at the forefront of Georgia politics for so many years. When it comes time to actually case that vote, I don’t think the majority of Georgia voters will give him their vote in the July 20 primary.
And now, I would like to make a couple comments about the article…
“A solid second, I feel good about that,” Karen Handel said of the latest 11Alive News / V-103 poll.
If Karen Handel is willing to settle for second place, why should we elect her to the #1 position in this state?
We asked Handel if Deal is maintaining strength by running to her right.
“I haven’t really seen that,” said Handel. “I see people fed up with the same old career politicians with the kind of ethics trouble that frankly John Oxendine has, and that Nathan Deal has.”
Karen Handel hasn’t held office as long as Oxendine or Deal, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a career politician. As one of the “100 Most Influential Political Leaders In Georgia” she can hardly make the case that she is a “fresh face” in the race for Governor of Georgia.
Her own biography states that she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Marilyn Quayle during the Bush-Quayle years, Deputy Chief of Staff for Gov. Sonny Perdue, Chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, and Georgia Secretary of State. For those of you looking for a “fresh face”, please remember that the Bush-Quayle years were 1989 through 1993. Karen Handel has been working in politics of some sort for twenty-one years.
If I spent 21 years working in a particular field, someone might say that I made a career of it. Oh wait. Would you look at that? I have!!
So who is the best choice for Governor? Once you eliminate “career politicians” and those with ethics complaints against them, the field is much smaller, and much smarter.
In another article, John Oxendine makes one of the most bizarre statements ever.
There’s always allegations,” Oxendine said.
Really? Now we know what’s wrong with career politicians, don’t we?