Posted: 10:00 am Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Senate hopeful Derrick Grayson has rancher Cliven Bundy’s back 

By Daniel Malloy, Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

Derrick Grayson, the only black candidate in the Republican U.S. Senate field, is taking the side of federal government-defying Nevada rancher Cliven “One-More-Thing-I-Know-About-The-Negro” Bundy.

Bundy’s stand against grazing laws attracted high-profile Republican support, until the rancher ruminated on whether African-Americans were better off under slavery than in the current welfare state.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogMany backers fled as the controversy spiked. But not Grayson. In the video above — which has attracted 74,000 YouTube views as of this writing — Grayson says:

“When he talked about black people being enslaved, I have been saying this for the last eight years — by liberal Democrat policies. I don’t understand what the problem is. Oh, I get it. I can say it, but a white person can’t. A white person say it, the press is going to use it. Especially when that white person is engaged in something or involved in something that demonstrates how the government has overstepped its bounds. …

“Under slavery, families were ripped apart, and it was a desire of black men and black women to be together with their loved ones. Family meant something. Spouses meant something. Well, what did government policies do? It broke up the black family, told the black family: ‘Hey, if you want to receive this welfare check, the man can’t be in the household.’ Huh?

“Talk about government policies. In 1965, prior to that, illegitimacy in then black community was less than 13 percent. Today it’s over 70 percent. Government liberal Democrat policies. The man was just simply telling you the truth. Jesus.”

The MARTA engineer and minister from Stone Mountain, who does a solid Jimi Hendrix impression, has been forceful and attention-grabbing in debates, but gotten little traction or funding for his campaign.

He emailed supporters a link to the video this morning explaining his pro-Bundy stand thusly: “Why? Unlike my opponents, I don’t run from the issue when the media tries to divide us. I run TOWARDS the fight.”

If there are still protesters at Bundy’s ranch after the May 20 primary, Grayson said, he will pay a visit to Nevada.

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Seven pending Georgia judicial nominees took a step forward this week as both GOP Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss sent in “blue slips” to the Senate Judiciary Committee approving the nominees, setting the stage for a hearing in the near future — though the committee has not set a date.

Superior Court Judge Michael Boggs is the most controversial of the bunch. He has drawn criticism from Democrats, civil rights leaders and liberal groups for his state House vote in favor of the old Georgia state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem, and other votes that crossed gay rights and abortion rights groups. Boggs has been in Washington of late meeting with the White House and key senators ahead of what could be a difficult confirmation hearing.

The senators blue slips were largely a formality after the slate of judges was negotiated among White House officials and the senators for years and formally announced in December, though it means that Republican staff on the Judiciary Committee did not find anything new and overly objectionable.

Chambliss and Isakson also signed off for the first time on Leslie Joyce Abrams, a federal prosecutor in Atlanta and sister of state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, to be a judge in the Middle District of Georgia. It seems that she will be included in the package after being nominated in March.

With six months until the election, the window to approve judges before the process shuts down is narrow.

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You may have already noticed the second ad for Gov. Nathan Deal, which hit the airwaves yesterday. It’s another upbeat spot that doesn’t mention the upcoming primary, let alone the Democratic challenge that awaits in November:

Let’s just say Deal’s camp was playing it safe with the stats. The ad’s ticker displays 12,600 new businesses in Georgia, although the Secretary of State’s web site lists that more than 178,000 firms have been created since he took office. (Although there’s a curious drop from 2012 to 2013).

It also lists $74 million in Georgia exports, which is a decided understatement. U.S. Census data shows the state’s exports are valued at more than $37 billion. We’re told that Deal’s camp was citing figures directly from the economic development’s foreign trade division.

You can call it the PolitiFact effect.

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Two Republican candidates for Congress released new rounds of TV ads this morning. In their own different ways, both took issue with the current issue they want to join.

In the 12th District race to challenge U.S. Rep. John Barrow, state Rep. Delvis Dutton declares that he’s running “against” Congress, which we presume includes the portion ruled over by House Speaker John Boehner:

Meanwhile, in the 11th District race to replace Phil Gingrey, former congressman Bob Barr offers his take on a Congress that worked:

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Possibly, you’ve already seen today’s behind-the-headlines take on the Cherokee County trial of school board member Kelly Marlow, her GOP political strategist Robert Trim and Cherokee GOP secretary Barbara Knowles.

Left on the cutting room floor: Rick Davies, current chairman of the Cherokee County GOP, sent word earlier this week that Knowles had sent in her resignation shortly after her felony conviction for making false statements to police. Marlow has submitted her resignation as a school board member.

But in a follow-up conversation, Davies told us that Trim remains on the governing committee of the county GOP. Short of a letter of resignation, the county chairman said, the process of removing him – if party members are so inclined – would take the better part of a month.

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On a somewhat related note, Randy Travis at WAGA-TV has come up with the April 18 letter letting former state Senate majority leader Chip Rogers know that he’d been fired from his Georgia Public Broadcasting job. A line from his termination letter:

“You have violated several employment policies at GPB relating to political activity, outside or dual employment, time and attendance, teleworking and the code of ethics.”

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State school superintendent candidate Ashley Bell’s past as a Democrat is apparently coming back to haunt him. Again.

And the chatter grew so loud that Julianne Thompson, who co-chairs the Atlanta Tea Party, felt compelled to release a dispatch in his defense under the headline: “Unity with like-minded African American voters is our future.”

Bell made national news in 2010 when he was a Hall County Commissioner who bolted the Democratic Party. The GOP said he was the first black elected official in modern times to make the Democrat-to-Republican switch. He’s since been targeted in social media by critics who claim his switch was insincere. Former GOP chair Sue Everhart has already come to Bell’s defense, and this week was joined by Thompson:

I have watched from the sidelines with disappointment and sometimes heartache as I have seen candidates attacked for their previous role as a Democrat like Ashley Bell. Now, I am not naive, nor do I believe that issues and past voting records are not fair game in contested primaries, nor do I feel it is fair or intellectually honest to switch parties for the sole purpose of obtaining a leadership position. That is not the case with Bell.

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Exiting school superintendent John Barge sent over his tax returns, an effort to be transparent ahead of the May 20 gubernatorial primary. He reported adjusted gross incomes of about $103,000 in 2013, $122,000 in 2012 and $145,000 in 2011.

We’ve also received the tax returns from former Dalton Mayor David Pennington. Still no word from the campaigns of Gov. Nathan Deal or state Sen. Jason Carter on when they plan to release their income statements.

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The U.S. House, with only one dissenting vote, passed a bill Wednesday to fund the Veterans Administration and military construction next year. The $71.499 billion bill comes in at $397 million less than the Obama administration’s request and was guided through in part by Rep. Sanford Bishop of Albany, the top Democrat overseeing military construction and VA spending.

Bishop revealed that the bill funds the following projects in Georgia:

  • $7.692 million for Hunter Army Airfield’s SOF Company Operations Facility
  • $19.9 million for Robins Air Force Base to replace a Hydrant Fuel System
  • $27.7 million to Robins Air Force Base and Phase 1 of AFRC Consolidated Mission Complex
39 comments
Crankshaft
Crankshaft

Let's all take a break and be thankful that when our President recently visited Japan he didn't do like Ronald Reagan did at Bitburg and go kneel and pray at the gravesites of Japanese soldiers.

Stuffy
Stuffy

Hey Derrick! My family ain't broken and I work for a living so go jump off a cliff. It's a crying shame when self-hating sell-outs feel they have to defend and repackage outright racism in order to be accepted and elected to office. I'll pray for you brother. 

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

Just for the record Derrick Grayson, Sterling does not provide the Clippers players with anything they earn it.  I am so sick of conservatives making excuses for bigots in this country from one side of their mouth and out the other yelling we want our country back.  Well newsflash in the country that you so foundly speak of Republicans fought against racial prejudice, inequality for women, suffering of family and children, and inequality in pay, all of which the current republican party are opposed to.  It seems to me that republicans need to do some housekeeping before they try to roll back the times for the rest of the country.  Just saying.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

Poor Grayson.  Like most Road Kill Possum Republicans, he fails to mention that the provision regarding males not allowed in a welfare household was a compromise to conservatives.  Second, the provision is colorblind.  Thus, the vast majority of thoses who take welfare money out of the hands of taxpayers, are called by their "own kind" as unemployed middle class who will not take responsibility, rednecks, trailer trash, hillbillies, and...low lifes.    


Third, here is (in the words of RKPR's) a overpaid, lazy, and incompetent government worker who uses religion to supplement his income rather than engaging in community outreach to address the issues with which his has problems. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

Grayson manages to make Clarence Thomas seem like a sensible moderate, a difficult feat.

Charles50
Charles50

I love it!  Grayson saw an opportunity to be an idiot and walked right in.  First of all everyone knows that slavery also tore families apart.  Where does he get the notion that blacks were allowed to be big happy families during that time. I guess in his version the husbands went off to work every morning and came home in the evening to a home-coooked meal.  And everyone in the family sat around the dinner table talking about the exciting things that happened like the maiming of a runaway slave or the whipping of a slave for some infraction.  


Secondly,  how many Republican presidents have there been since 1965.  If the programs in place are so horrific, then why has there been no effort to dismantle or revise them?  

honested
honested

If the Governor wanted to be honest about 'job growth' during his tenure, wouldn't the picture reflect landscape workers, home builders, tree cutters and restaurant help that were paid in cash?

honested
honested

Mr. grayson points out that eliminating ALL republicans, regardless of race, creed, religion or national origin from any positions of authority is imperative to regain a sense of Civilization in the United States.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

Ironic that grayson would condemn the welfare state and its allegedly detrimental effect on the Black population, while he praises a White rancher whose family has existed on the government subsidy teat for 3-4 generations.

If you want to get into the statistical weeds over the "70% of Black children born out of wedlock" comment, here is a link that shows the truth behind the old adage that there are lies, damn lies, and statistics.  : http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2009/02/the-math-on-black-out-of-wedlock-births/6738/

One glaring inconsistency with grayson's claim about the welfare state's responsibility for that percent  is this one

In 1970 the rate for unmarried black women, 96 per 1,000, was nearly 7 times the rate for unmarried white women, 14. By 1998 this differential was just under 2; the rate for black women fell to 73 whereas the rate for white women rose to 38 per l,000.

So, since the full implementation of the anti-poverty programs, that grayson condemns, illegitimacy rates among the Black births has fallen by 23 %, while the rate for Whites has risen almost 250%.  Also affecting the statistic is the fact that births by married Black women have fallen dramatically, so the ratio of unmarried births to married births will rise. 

The Democrats fight for equality has given Black women more opportunities for a real career outside of house cleaning and doing laundry, the primary careers for them before Affirmative Action and other legislation.  Women in high paying professional jobs have birth rates lower than those on the lower end of the economic ladder.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

I watched all four ads by the repuppies and not one of them mentions the fact they are running as repups. Are they afraid to tell the voters they are part of the repuppy litter? What are they afraid of?  And where are all the cons who come here everyday messing in their Depends over the fact that Nunn and Carter don't mention their party affiliation in their ads? 

DirtyDawg
DirtyDawg

The only reason black folks take Republican positions and support Rightwingnuts, is there's money in it...and after all that's 'The American Way'.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

I respect the minister Derrick Grayson's right to his opinion regarding Cliven Bundy and the "government," but I think he is misguided.  The government is simply "the people" who have elected their representatives into public office.  A wholesale condemnation of our government is adolescent, like a child rebelling against an authority figure, imho.  It was the federal government's stepping into the Jim Crow South, and enforcing the Civil Rights laws, that changed the oppressive Jim Crow era of our nation.  It was the Union soldiers, fighting in behalf of the federal government, and winning the Civil War, which ended slavery in America.


The poor of any race, or ethnic group, need a "hand-up" in our nation for them to be able to have the mobility to enter the middle class. The GI Bill gave a "hand-up" to soldiers after WWII.  Stopping that hand-up is not the answer Rev. Grayson seeks.  Transitional programs which will steer the poor from "hand-ups" to individual financial independence are the answers.  Both political parties should work together to this end.


Cliven Bundy is a criminal who has broken the laws of our government (which he refuses to acknowledge exists) for self-serving reasons.  Those who supported his cause came from all over our nation, carrying guns and weapons in order to kill officers of the government if necessary, to defend Bundy.  That was a crazed reaction, and it certainly was not a spiritual reaction.  I hope that Rev. Grayson will reconsider his decision to defend Bundy and will read my words below related to guns and the Holy Spirit, which I posted on an earlier thread this morning:


"Thanks be to God that it now appears the Security Guard will survive.  I must say, to all, that the Security Guard's gun did not help him, in this particular situation. Instead, it was the spiritual grace of the employee, who was a former medic and who was rushing out of the building to save himself, but by God's spirit working in him, he instead stopped to try to save the Security Guard, at risk of his own life, This is what has probably saved the Security Guard's life.  Love is stronger than either fear and hate. Love is stronger than guns in bringing peace among people."



The_Centrist
The_Centrist

This blog and other Democrats calling out black Republicans (Grayson and Bell) is typical since they think ALL blacks need to be Democrats.  Same thinking about Democrats complaining about Superior Court Judge Michael Boggs for his previous state House vote in favor of the old Georgia state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem, and other votes that crossed gay rights and abortion rights groups.  Tow the extreme liberal line, or be called out.

John Barge's 2015 tax return is going to look very puny without a job.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

If there are still protesters at Bundy’s ranch after the May 20 primary, Grayson said, he will pay a visit to Nevada.

Yeah, 'cause he sure won't have any reason to stick around and campaign in Georgia....

RyMartin
RyMartin

@Stuffy  What an ignorant comment. He didn't say YOU. He's talking about the majority. Yes, his heavy involvement with immigrants from the South is all a smoke screen he set up years in advance.


You haven't listened to a single thing Bundy has said, and you're using racism as your act? Really? Is that why Grayson and Bundy had a long conversation recently and talked about how the MEDIA, and tools like you, will attempt to twist and use race to divide. Bundy explained perfectly what he was trying to say, what he was saying about Rosa parks, that Kings dream WASN'T fulfilled with her sitting at the front. When Rosa parks can enter a bus and have ANY SEAT, is when Kings dream is a reality. That all peoples, ALL, not just blacks, we're looked at as individuals and judged on their character. You must of been too busy to hear what King was saying in those days.


Pray for yourself, you loser. Keep supporting a government that has systematically put the black man down by policies of dependency.  Idiot.

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@StraightNoChaser I am a republican and I am opposed to ALL racial prejudice, including Bernie Thompson. I have a wife and a daughter and in favor of their equality. Suffering of family and children, really? Inequality in pay? No one favors that. That is why there are federal and state laws on the matter.


I guess according to you all republicans beat their spouse too. You got to be kidding me.

yadaCDN
yadaCDN

@CuriousPrime  You talk as though he likes past e republican senate votes. He speaks out about the right/left bs, and knows that if he is going to be able to make changes it has to be from the senate floor, not some community center. Since they only let members of the democrips and rebloodicans into the game, he chose one of them to run in. FYI, just because you hate God, it does not give you a reason to disrespect ones right to have one.

yadaCDN
yadaCDN

@Charles50  and that is why he is running. Please ignore the party he is running under, he had to choose one, as they don't allow others into the spectrum.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@AuntieChrist  

 And where are all the cons who come here everyday messing in their Depends over the fact that Nunn and Carter don't mention their party affiliation in their ads?  

IOKIYAR

DonDonDonna
DonDonDonna

@MaryElizabethSings TMOT is a minister in name only (a reference to 1984). Check his videos-he was in his own words 'excommunicated' from his church. He's a race hustler who latched onto the Ron Paul Liberty movement and learned quickly he can profit off of them via gigs for his band (he was a headliner at  R.O.N. Fest, billed as the Libertarian Woodstock) and now he's upped the ante by pretending to be a Senatorial candidate.

honested
honested

@The_Centrist  

I prefer to point to the obvious failure of republican ideology in both social policy and economic policy.

That failure has no racial component, just a failure component.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@The_Centrist  

... since they think ALL blacks need to be Democrats.

Got proof of this thinking?

Please, show your work.

Thanks in advance, sport.

Charles50
Charles50

@CherokeeCounty  He really could go now, but I guess he has to try to convince himself and others that he has 1/2 a chance of winning.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Retired - Soldier ....I will go along with federal laws on the matter but state laws?  You go to be kidding me.  If the country had waited on states to do right by people there would still be seperate but equal and Rosa Parks would have stayed in the back of the bus.  Republicans have a vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act on speed dial (which would be benefit women), voted yesterday not to raise the minimum wage that would help 47 million Americans, and damn near every Republican governor in the union wants to have food stamp households drug tested when the law makers are getting busted on a daily basis for using drugs, how dare them want to test someone else when they can't keep their hands out of the cookie jar.  Its like saying I know I am but what are you?  Like I said republicans need to do some housekeeping of their own and stop trying to tell everyone else how to live when they no longer live by the principles of the republican party they so foundly speak of, it was more to Lincoln and Dr. King than being fiscally conservative.  You think?

NWGAL
NWGAL

Yes. Reality.

honested
honested

@Retired-Soldier @honested 

Wouldn't the President?

Hardly, the President has overseen massive recovery despite intense opposition from the Governor's party....

However the work the Governor has put into 'making Georgia a great place to operate a plantation' has provided the 'opportunities' for the jobs I mentioned.

yadaCDN
yadaCDN

@Charles50 @CherokeeCounty  I guess you don't think that people should make their voices heard. It would almost you would be saying that since the media declared 2-3 viable candidates(who are corporate backed), the others need to shut-up.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@Retired-Soldier @StraightNoChaser "our sinners are usually forced to resign or aren't re-elected. And your sinners? "

larry craig says What?!! david vitter says What?!!  newt gingrich says What?!! nathan deal says What?!!  the kissing congress critter from NOLA says What?!!  chip rogers says What?!! john barge says What?!!

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Retired - Soldier... I am going to use your own words to make my point about the Pay Check Fairness Act.  You stated that "Our sinners are usually forced to resign".  You also stated that the Pay Check Fairness Act would only "force a business to publish wages of everyone". So if sinners are forced to resign out of shame then why can't the same senario apply to companies being forced to pay women the same thing that men are paid after the publishing of wages of everyone shames them as well?  It too can serve as a double edge sword, but we will never know will we? As long as republicans keep their no vote on speed dial.   As for the minimum wage increase the latest figure I heard is that it may cost approximately one million jobs to be lost.  I do not by any means support the lost of a job for anyone but the bill would help about 47 million people which in turn would save the country money because it would be 47 million less people on the public assistance roll.  The job creators, republican bragging point, are the ones who oppose raising the minimum wage.  Their workers do not make a liveable wage and are highly dependant on the welfare, foodstamp and Medicaid system that republicans are so bitterly opposed to.  Wow

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@StraightNoChaser


OK you have a lot there, let's start w/ the minimum wage. If the wage was increased then many, many would lose their jobs. Is that what you want? I was in a restaurant recently when a fellow running for office was there and the owner begged him not to raise the min. wage because she would have to let half of her staff go. Think of the number of teens that wouldn't get a summer job.


Paycheck Fairness was a joke, tell what it would do that isn't already on the books except force business' to publish the wages of everyone.


Drug testing, great idea. Do for elected officials too. Why should my tax dollars go down his lungs or her veins instead of feeding and clothing the kids?


The republican I agree is the moral party. No one is without sin, but our sinners are usually forced to resign or aren't re-elected. And your sinners? 

Retired-Soldier
Retired-Soldier

@honested @Retired-Soldier Hardly, the Governor has overseen massive recovery despite intense opposition from the President's party....


You see the difference between you and me is I know republicans make mistakes and call them on it. An example is nation building overseas. You can't ever admit a democrat is wrong. Sad really.