Posted: 12:03 pm Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

A BBQ titan drops his beef with Nathan Deal 

By Greg Bluestein

oscarpooleIf you haven’t heard of Col. Oscar Poole, you haven’t paid attention to GOP politics in Georgia. With his brightly colored attire and patriotic hats, Poole has turned his Ellijay barbecue emporium into an obligatory campaign stop for Republican office-seekers.

And lately, he’s used that megaphone to rally for David Pennington, the former Dalton mayor challenging Gov. Nathan Deal. That is, until today, when he took out a full-page ad in the local newspaper apologizing for that endorsement and announcing support for both Deal and House Speaker David Ralston, who also faces a tea party-backed challenge.

Poole told us he had long waffled on his support for Pennington, but the turning point was a recent rally at his barbecue joint. At that event, Phil Neff, the former chair of a Whitfield County GOP, spoke ill of Ralston’s deceased father. Neff later apologized, but Poole said it left a bad taste in his mouth.

“I’ve disassociated myself from right wing extremists,” he said. “They’re just as bad as liberal progressives.”

Poole didn’t rib Pennington but also wouldn’t say why he initially backed Pennington, whose campaign said it hasn’t yet spoken to the colonel. But he said he long felt like a “traitor” for abandoning Deal, who he considered a friend. Said Poole:

“I can’t divulge all the circumstances, but it was stupid of me. It was foolish. I’m not a stupid man but I did a stupid thing. I never should have endorsed David Pennington. You can’t imagine the terrible spot I’ve been in. I’m supposed to be an honorable man. I feel like the prodigal son. And now I’ve come to my senses.”

19 comments
notagain
notagain

From his picture I may have him and TD crossed up....

GeorgeJuarez
GeorgeJuarez

Who cares about which politician Oscar Poole likes, like this BBQ guy is going to change the voters minds, whats next, an endorsement from the cook at the Waffle House

N-GA-Online
N-GA-Online

....and his bbq is just as bad as his politics.

tarbaby
tarbaby

Sounds like Ol' Col. Oscar Poole is tryin to save his BBQ Business and just don't know which pig to back.

taters
taters

Wonder what Dirty Deal did for this guy to get his backing?

JackClemens
JackClemens

I'm certain the results of the primary will turn on this.

honested
honested

Well he's almost correct on one point.


Wrong wing extremists are WAY WORSE than Liberal Progressives.


Doubt me?


Which one always puts people first and which one is always more concerned about dollars?

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Eat some of his BBQ and that will leave a bad taste in your mouth.

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

I wonder how much BBQ Deal's campaign staff ordered from ol' Oscar?

MasterJ
MasterJ

@honested  Well, to answer your question, conservatives put all people first.  Not just the ones who have already been born.  And liberals put money first.  Other people's money that is, not their own.

Andy123
Andy123

@honested

Feel free to donate your entire paycheck to the gubbermint so they can help the poor that you're so worried about.  See how that works out for you when your money goes to a new stadium or drone.  You sure are angry.  I'm sorry you're so poor.   I can tell you that you're lucky to some extent because you don't want to be paying what I pay in income taxes. 

MoFaux
MoFaux

@Jefferson1776  Come on, it's not THAT bad.  The sauces are decent.  Plus, they still make FREEDOM fries!  It is the best BBQ in the 3-horse town.

honested
honested

@MasterJ @honested 

Really?

I mean I know about the 'zygote citizenship' obsession but where is the effort to put Human need ahead of human greed?

Manman
Manman

@Andy123 @honestedwow what a D-bag. Some real compassionate conservatism right here ladies and gentlemen

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@Andy123 Hopefully you have widened all the doorways in your imaginary castle such that your for real large head can pass through it.

honested
honested

@Andy123 @honested 

First I'd like to raise the taxes on all forms of private aviation to reflect the hidden costs it places on the public.