Posted: 11:25 am Friday, March 7th, 2014

Another legacy Democrat joins party’s 2014 hunt 

By Greg Bluestein

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Chris Irvin, grandson of longtime state Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, was a last-minute Democratic candidate for the position. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

Add another famous Democratic surname to the mix in November’s election.

Chris Irvin, the grandson of former Agricultural Commissioner Tommy Irvin, qualified Friday to seek his grandpa’s old seat. The elder Irvin was somewhat of a Democratic legend in Georgia, serving as the state’s top ag official for more than four decades until he decided not to run again in 2010.

Irvin becomes the third descendant of a famous Democrat to seek their forefathers’ posts.

Jason Carter formally qualified this week to run against Gov. Nathan Deal, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, who was governor before moving to the White House. And nonprofit executive Michelle Nunn, daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, is seeking an open U.S. Senate seat.

The younger Irvin is a 39-year-old homebuilder from Toccoa who waged an unsuccessful campaign for a state House seat in 2010. He said Agriculture Secretary Gary Black, a Republican seeking a second term, has created a “dangerous situation” for farmers because of his background as a lobbyist.

“He’s out of touch with our small farms and I think it’s time we restored honesty and integrity to the seat of the commission,” said Irvin.

Irvin rounds out a full slate of Democratic candidates for statewide offices recruited by party chair DuBose Porter, who took the helm of the state party last year. The rest of the ticket features several former state lawmakers and a small-town mayor seeking to oust incumbents.

Irvin notes that he’s the same age his grandfather was when then-Gov. Lester Maddox appointed him to the agricultural post. But, echoing the younger Carter, he says “I am not my grandfather.”

“I learned the value of hard work. I grew up in the gas station business and started work when I was 13 years old,” he said. “Our family has been very blessed with the service of my grandfather. But I don’t have politicians hands. DuBose called me the day before yesterday and I was in my tool belt, working on a 100-year-old building.”

76 comments
Infraredguy
Infraredguy

So another Democrat low life is going to try to use his family's name to follow his Grandfather who was worthless as a public servant ? What else is new

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

Ag Commissioner Gary Black, who fought for lowering GA poultry standards to complete with imports.  You those that are full of fat, have black spots, and smell.  He defended "Pink Slime" beef, that even dogs refuse to eat. He took pride in tremendously reducing food inspections and testing.  But, he did have a slavery mural from the wall of a state building.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

Good grief! Really? Yes, you can say that you are not Grandpa but you were paling around with him enough to learn his anti-capitalistic ways. Amen, Bill 

notagain
notagain

The democrats smell blood.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I am delighted to learn that Tommy Irvin's grandson, Chris Irvin, will be running for his grandfather's old position, as a Democrat.


I was impressed, several years ago, when Agricultural Commissioner Tommy Irvin showed up in North Fulton County fundraising for Democratic Rep. John Lewis in order to offer his support to Lewis. Irvin was praised by Lewis for not having switched political parties like so many other white Democratic politicians had done when they became conservative Republicans in Georgia.  Irvin remained true to his own moral code and I knew, then, that he was a man of character.


So, Chris Irvin comes from outstanding Georgia family stock. I believe that he will make an equally outstanding Agricultural Commissioner as his grandfather.


I must, also, praise Democratic Chairman Dubose Porter for recognizing the political potential in Chris Irvin and in persuading him to run for his grandfather's former position as Georgia's Agricultural Commissioner.



Now, if Georgians could just put Republican Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens out to political pasture and replace him with a Democratic Insurance Commissioner, who will support Medicaid Expansion as part of the ACA, Democrats of today will really start shaking up the old conservative "what's best for me" politicians in Georgia, whether they called themselves Democrats or turned tail to the Republican Party for their own self-serving ends.

dcdcdc
dcdcdc

Just hoping that the Democrat party decides to pour massive amounts of money into this state.  The folks stuck on the Dem plantation will always vote for them - while seeing their community disintegrate year after year - but being too stupid to realize that the supposedly "caring" policies of the libs are exactly what is destroying them.  

The rest of the state seems to have a lot more sense that let themselves get enslaved to an addiction to "govt money".


EdUktr
EdUktr

Well, keeps them both temporarily off the streets, I guess.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Since Democrats can no longer be elected to state wide offices in Georgia based on their liberal agenda's, it is smart to only run with past name recognition as a last gasp chance.

Someday a centrist/moderate Democrat will be appointed/ elected and buck the left wing DNC which might erase some of the bad taste Georgia voters have with Democrats.  But it will take real action and not just deceptive campaigning.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

@Infraredguy

The libs have absolutely no one in this state that can run on anything other than having an "important last name".  Jason Carter wants to take away HOPE from those "evil rich kids".   The clown will get beat like a drum

Kamchak
Kamchak

What else is new


Decatur Latas?

honested
honested

@CuriousPrime  

Hey, he has profits to protect.

It's not like this is clean water or safe food!

Acidic
Acidic

Tommy Irin was anti-capitalistic?  What exactly are you mainlining?

honested
honested

@Bill OrvisWhite  

billy, 

Don't you think we need some people who have a concept of the job at hand?

Look at the damage a dozen years of amateurs has done!

Kamchak
Kamchak

Yes, you can say that you are not Grandpa but you were paling around with him enough to learn his anti-capitalistic ways.


And exactly which, "anti-capitalistic ways" are those.

Please be specific and show your work.

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Tommy Irvin was worthless as Ag Commissioner just as Lewis is worthless as a Representative the only people they are serving is themselves.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Satan could be running as a democrat and Mary would be singing his praises.

Tommy Irvin is a scumbag who got sued and appeared in court not once but twice for licensing counties in the state to gas dogs and cats to death.  A violation that he, his scumbag self, help sign into law.

cc423
cc423

@dcdcdcWhat a simple-minded comment. So you are cool with all the years of Republican corruption and collusion in this State? Your proud of our State continuously making the top of the list of the Most Corrupt State Governments? Because I know a lot of people who are sick of it and will vote that way in 2014. This State gets bluer and bluer every year. Tick tock...

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@dcdcdc enslaved to an addiction to "govt money".

Is that why isakson, chambliss, kingston conservatives on this blog, et al are crying like babies that soiled their diapers, because they didn't get their 'fix' of gummint money?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@EdUktr   Well, keeps them both temporarily off the streets,

While nathan deal wants them to be on the streets for 18 hours in an ice storm, when he takes pictures with Scarlett and Rhett, and the GEMA director goes AWOL.
 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@The_Centrist  


Those Democrats are more centrist than you might think.  According to all political science research the Democratic party has not moved further to the left, but the GOP has moved far to the right.

cc423
cc423

@The_Centrist This State is not the Red State it used to be.... Your time is up.

Acidic
Acidic

Oh MIlton Man, got those tight shorts in a wadd again tonight, do we?  You need pills and therapy, I think.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Shorter miltie-poo the myrmidon: I'm skeeeeered of Carter and Nunn.

TBS
TBS

@Kamchak  

He is too scared to show his work. 

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@MiltonMan  


And Gary Black is a former agribusiness lobbyist who now governs to increase profits at the expense of the people of GA.  


But...I guess that is capitalism.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@MiltonMan


"Satan could be running as a democrat and Mary would be singing his praises."

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


False statement.  Your thinking needs refining, Milton Man.  Your biases keep your perceptions too full of gross generalities, imho. 

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@cc423 @dcdcdc 

1877 to 2003: Democrats owned and ran the State of Georgia...126 years of total control;

203 - present: Republicans owned and run the the State of Georgia - 10 years of total control.

Had you not flunked math in school, you could have figured this out for yourself.

These are facts.  Look them up.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Gets bluer and bluer????? 

Please help us understand your APS-educated logic.  Dems were in control of this state for 130+ years.  It will take awhile for cons to clean up the crap that Lester Maddox, Jimmy Carter, Roy Barnes, etc., etc.. left behind.

TJKat
TJKat

Not that many. Many farmers are glad Gary Black is in that office as are many other industry members that are under the Ag umbrella.

TJKat
TJKat

Gary Black has done more for agriculture in Ga in the past several years than Irwin did the entire 40 yrs he served. Irwin was about as reckless as they come. Even the liberals didn't like him and were glad to finally be rid of him. Ga needs Gary Black in that office. Putting another Irwin at the wheel is the last thing Ga Agriculture needs.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

@MaryElizabethSings @MiltonMan

I am biased???  Just about every post you make on here is an endoresement for anything liberal.  Pull off your blinders chick-a-dee.  It is rather pathetic that you defend a scumbag that was found quilty of gasing dogs and cats but hey he had a (D) following his name.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

You're way too polite, when dealing with this particular conservative blogger, Mary Elizabeth.

IMHO :)

Keep up the good work.

Acidic
Acidic

Actually, I think Republicans have been in control of Georgia for more than 11 years.  During that period, we've sunk from 25th in per capita income to 42d, just ahead of Alabama, but barely.  Great job, Republicans!

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

two things Mr. Hannigan

1.  I never said that 10 years ruined the place - just that we're falling behind,  Try dealing with what I said - you don't get to erect straw men then knock them down - even though that's a common wingnut tactic.

2.  Then, go look in that well worn Bible of yours and read Matthew 5:22.

Apology accepted.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Thank you for enlightening me and others that democrats are actually conservatives.


Yes, some Democrats are conservatives in today's political climate, but not all as you are implying. Georgia has never been controlled by progressive Democrats, though.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Kamchak  

The only GA history until modern times, w.e., the twentieth century was written, directed and produced by democrats who, in the period they were in power were not referred to as conservatives.  had they been I'm sure there would have been several hundred hangings.  

Thank you for enlightening me and others that democrats are actually conservatives.  

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@CherokeeCounty  

you writing show you to be a fool, Indian boy.  No way can 10 years of control ruin this state.  Had the reverse been true (swap the controls of both the democrats and Republicans) and would you have said the same thing?  Probably, due to a demented reality.

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@Kamchak  If Hanniganhad a brain he could have also figured out that these are the same people! They just switched party labels when it became cool to be a Republican because of social and race issues! Nothing else changed!

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

"10 years of total control."

And during those ten years of Republican control, Georgia has fallen behind the rest of the country in almost every economic and social indicator there is  - education, employment, life span, college graduation - you name it.

But hey, we may finally be able to pack heat in church....

Kamchak
Kamchak

1877 to 2003: Democrats owned and ran the State of Georgia...126 years of total control...


Democrats? Yes.

Conservatives? Yes.

Had you not flunked 8th grade Georgia history, you could have figured this out for yourself.

GaBlue
GaBlue

OH, trust. MiltonMan knows better. Like all the others who blather that "but Dems had control blah blah blah," he's hoping the rest of us don't. And as usual, he's wrong.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@MiltonMan  Milton County was absorbed into Fulton to avoid bankruptcy during the Great Depression because they believed in low taxes, low wages, and social conservative values.  Using Dixiecrat-educated logic, Perdue and Deal are the old School Southern Dems (now known as Southern Republicans) who have restarted the mess to take Georgia back to the 19th century.  Lester Maddox (the progressive segregationist) Jimmy Carter, George Busbee, Joe Frank Harris, Zell Miller (before he fell off the turnip truck) and Roy Barnes were able to elevate Georgia above the catfish states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@MiltonMan  Really??? How stupid can one person be? Are you not able to understand these are the same people that have been in charge for decades...do you not remember Nathan Deal being elected to Congress as a Democrat? Sonny Perdue as a state senate Democrat? Nothing has changed in Georgia except the labels these same people use. If you are going to post anti-Democratic propaganda how about using your brain a little and come up with something more creative?

Baumer_1
Baumer_1

@MiltonMan  


You apparently don't know the difference between party identification and ideology.  Lestor Maddox is no modern Democrat...he was a conservative POS.  He would be right at home with the teatards of today.  

And you are right, conservatism is a failure.  GA had conservative leadership for nearly all of those 130 years and look where it got you.  


We kicked those racist morons out of the party decades ago...that is why southern states went GOP in presidential elections.


Eisenhower would never have made it in today's GOP. He was a liberal!  The parties did not begin sorting on ideology until after the '64 election and it took a little while.  

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@MiltonMan   But Obama was supposed to clean up w bush's crap in a couple of weeks.Tthat was about the extent of time before the repuppies and teatards started blaming him for all the problems.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Just one bit of evidence, Mr. Hannigan - in 2012 Obama came closer to flipping GA to his column than any red state other than North Carolina - without spending a dime here.