Posted: 9:32 am Monday, May 19th, 2014

David Scott interprets John Lewis’ silence on judicial nominee as ‘betrayal’ 

By Greg Bluestein, Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy

U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ unspoken position on federal judicial nominee Michael Boggs, who now sits on the state Court of Appeals, is drawing him into an intra-delegation battle with fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. David Scott, who on Sunday called Lewis a “turncoat.”

Several U.S. senators have said they would consult Lewis before determining how they would vote on Boggs’ nomination. On Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that she spoke to Lewis about Boggs. Her comments, via Roll Call, after being asked whether she’d support Boggs:

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blog“Well, not at this stage,” Feinstein said, before expanding on her answer.

 “I want to meet with him. I want to talk with him. I wanted to go through the committee hearing first. I did do that. I think the questions are very apparent. I know he has some very strong support, even in the African-American community in the state of Georgia. I have spoken to John Lewis about him in the House. And I have great respect for John Lewis, who felt that this was a good ticket,” Feinstein said. “I have got to do my own due diligence. And when I’m ready, I’ll vote.”

Lewis has not said anything publicly since telling us he was “just letting the process take place.”

But Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, who has been the most prominent public face of the Boggs opposition, took his displeasure over Feinstein’s interpretation of Lewis’ feelings to Twitter:

scott1

The comment was no slip of the BlackBerry. In a follow-up statement to Crew of 42, a blog that covers the Congressional Black Caucus, Scott expanded on his 140-character thoughts:

“John Lewis has betrayed Georgia if this is his new position,” Scott said in a statement. “He is speaking for the White House and not women, African-Americans and gays with his new position, and he has turned his back on his own supporters.”

A spokeswoman for Lewis said the Atlanta congressman will have a statement later this morning.

Updated at 1:45 p.m.: Just got back to the computer and found this Tweet from Scott. He’s not backing off, and took issue with the above headline:

scott2And this:

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Todd Rehm of GeorgiaPundit.com offers this evidence that trying to predict the outcome of Tuesday’s primary is near fruitless:

This weekend I downloaded the latest Secretary of State’s Absentee Voter File and through the end of the early and absentee voting period, 236,001 votes were cast. Early voting is finished, though the total will climb a little bit due to lag in reporting, and mail-in ballots being received.

Compare this to the July 31, 2012 Primary election, when 413,361 early votes were cast, and we have had 43% fewer early and advance votes this year than in the 2012 Primary.

“John Lewis has betrayed Georgia if this is his new position,” Scott said in a statement. “He is speaking for the White House and not women, African-Americans or gays with this new position, and he has turned his back on his own supporters.” – See more at: http://www.crewof42.com/news/ga-dem-to-john-lewis-if-you-support-confed-flag-nominee-youve-betrayed-african-americans/#sthash.ivsASfh8.eYLaEvs3.dpuf
“John Lewis has betrayed Georgia if this is his new position,” Scott said in a statement. “He is speaking for the White House and not women, African-Americans or gays with this new position, and he has turned his back on his own supporters.” – See more at: http://www.crewof42.com/news/ga-dem-to-john-lewis-if-you-support-confed-flag-nominee-youve-betrayed-african-americans/#sthash.ivsASfh8.eYLaEvs3.dpuf
“John Lewis has betrayed Georgia if this is his new position,” Scott said in a statement. “He is speaking for the White House and not women, African-Americans or gays with this new position, and he has turned his back on his own supporters.” – See more at: http://www.crewof42.com/news/ga-dem-to-john-lewis-if-you-support-confed-flag-nominee-youve-betrayed-african-americans/#sthash.ivsASfh8.eYLaEvs3.dpuf

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The New York Times’ Upshot is unleashing its data modeling on the Georgia Senate race. Here’s the result:

Leo, the Upshot’s Senate model, currently gives Mr. Gingrey and Mr. Broun a collective 25 percent chance of winning the nomination. The possibility that one of those two flawed candidates could be the Republican nominee is a big reason that Michelle Nunn, the Democratic challenger, has a 41 percent chance of winning the race, according to the model. But Leo’s primary estimates are rough and based on limited data — and Mr. Gingrey and Mr. Broun are not thought to have such a strong chance. If neither advances, Ms. Nunn’s chances might decline. Leo gives Ms. Nunn just a 26 percent chance of defeating Mr. Perdue.

The real fight is between Karen Handel and Jack Kingston to join Mr. Perdue in the runoff. The polls show an extremely tight race, with the last four nonpartisan polls showing Mr. Kingston with the edge. Another thing that Mr. Kingston has going for him is geography. Most of the candidates hail from populous northern Georgia, and Ms. Handel doesn’t have a well-established base, but Mr. Kingston represents a congressional district in southeastern Georgia, where he might well run up the score. That could make a difference if Mr. Kingston can hold up well elsewhere in the state.

Mr. Kingston has earned the endorsement of the Chamber of Commerce and is thought of as something of an establishment figure, like Mr. Perdue, even though he is very conservative. Ms. Handel earned the support of Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum in recent days. That might help her consolidate the state’s large cohort of very conservative, Tea Party supporters. In the 2012 Republican primary, 39 percent of voters thought of themselves as “very conservative” and 41 percent were strong supporters of the Tea Party movement. If Mr. Broun and Mr. Gingrey are fading, as is thought, Ms. Handel might be able to take a large enough share of the Tea Party vote to edge out Mr. Kingston, who might not have enough oxygen with Mr. Perdue faring so well.

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Part of Karen Handel’s crunch-time pitch to voters is that she is the only non-establishment conservative who can win. Underlying that is the pitch to tea party types who have been backing Rep. Paul Broun that they need to get into her corner.

It worked for Steve Ramey, founder of the Gwinnett County Founding Fathers Tea Party, and an early endorser of Broun. This note from Ramey appeared on Handel’s Facebook page yesterday:

“Karen Handel embodies the values we hold dear. She is a conservative, a proponent of small, limited government, and will concentrate on strengthening our free-market system. The Gwinnett Tea Party is proud to endorse Karen Handel for United States Senate.”

***

The last time Gov. Nathan Deal went to The Temple synagogue in Atlanta, it was for a particularly feisty 2010 debate against Democrat Roy Barnes. When the governor returned Sunday night, he said he noted an attitude change among Atlanta’s Jewish community.

“Now,” he said, “I meet many of you as friends and supporters.”

He was attending a small gathering with Jewish leaders commemorating Israel’s 66th birthday, but there were frequent reminders of Tuesday’s election challenge – and a possible November matchup against Democrat Jason Carter.

Carter has tried to reassure Jewish constituents that he is different from his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, when it comes to Middle East policy. The elder Carter, who has compared Israeli treatment of Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza to the apartheid that once existed in South Africa, issued an apology to the Jewish community to try to quell unrest.

Deal is traveling to the Holy Land next month with a group of business leaders and donors – a sign he’s not too worried that he’ll be forced into a runoff by two GOP challengers on Tuesday. The ostensible purpose for the trip is to highlight economic development ties, but the political resonance is clear.

The Temple’s Rabbi Peter Berg rewarded him with kind words. He called Deal the “single greatest friend Israel has in the state of Georgia” and said the upcoming trip “means the world to everyone in the room here.”

(UPDATE: The rabbi called us on Monday to say those words represented neither an endorsement or a condemnation of Deal. He just meant to praise the governor for supporting Israel.)

The governor said after the event that he expects to attract Jewish voters and donors who otherwise would side with Democrats.

“I’ve always been a staunch supporter of Israel and I think since I’ve been governor we have responded to their requests and increased our investment portfolio in Israel,” he said. “I think we’ve just created a good deal of friends in the Jewish community, and I’m very thankful for that.

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An odd strategy is emerging in the final days of the crowded GOP race for superintendent.

Three of the nine Republican candidates have formed an alliance that was made public at Sunday’s Atlanta Press Club debate. administrator Mike Buck, educator Kira Willis and Quitman County schools chief Allen Fort each agreed that either of them would be better than the other six candidates because of their classroom experience.

It was an attempt to marginalize some of the lesser-known candidates and take a swipe at former Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell, businessman Fitz Johnson and administrators Richard Woods. The three men are considered top contenders for a runoff along with Buck, though it’s hard to gauge with a down-ticket race.

Bell and Buck had a particularly fiery exchange, too. Buck accused Bell of calling state employees “idiots” (Bell denied the charge). Bell returned fire, calling Buck, who is a top aide for Superintendent John Barge, “Barge 2.0.”

***

The source of Evans businessman Eugene Yu’s money in his Congressional bid remains unknown and is now the subject of an attack ad.

But the mystery geyser is still flowing. A pair of FEC reports filed over the weekend show that Yu put another $70,000 toward his campaign, bringing his personal contribution to more than $350,000.

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The Washington Post today explains the whys and wherefores of U.S. Rep. John Barrow’s introduction of a bill to prohibit first-class travel by members of Congress:

Barrow is one of the dwindling band of conservative Democrats in the House, and thus is a prime target of Republicans. As part of its talking points, the NRCC is pushing the line that Barrow voted against a ban on using taxpayer funds for first-class travel by members of Congress.

What’s the evidence? Buried deep in the House Republican budget blueprint is Section 608, titled “Policy Statement on Responsible Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars.” The policy statement included this line: “No taxpayer funds may be used to purchase first-class airfare or to lease corporate jets for Members of Congress.”

….The same language appears in the Democratic budget resolution for 2014, but here’s Barrow’s problem: He voted against that budget plan too. So he’s one of the few lawmakers in either party who did not vote for either resolution — and thus cannot claim he voted against first-class travel for lawmakers.

Indeed, two of Barrow’s co-sponsors of legislation ending first-class travel are in the same pickle. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) did not vote for either budget plan either.

***

On today’s front page we take a look at the mounds of television ad spending on the Senate GOP primary and the enduring image of David Perdue’s babies.

Here’s an outtake that did not make the paper from Fred Davis, the ad man who developed the baby ads and Sonny Perdue’s depiction of Gov. Roy Barnes as “King Rat” in 2002:

“I try to forget that it’s political advertising. And I was in normal advertising for 20 years before I ever did a political ad of any note. And the principles are the same. Your competitor’s going to spend a dollar, you’re going to spend a dollar.

“If that’s the case, the guy that’s going to win the hearts and minds of the voters — or the buyers, if you’re corporate or voter if you’re political — is the one that people talk about, the one that sticks with them. And they talk about it to their parents at night when they come home. And they talk about it at work the next day. And people talked about the rat. And I think people talked about the babies because it was clear. Simple, like you said, simple works.”

***

Here is a novel test case for our Super PAC age.

Michael Owens, of Mableton, is running for Congress in a Democratic primary against U.S. Rep. David Scott. A Claudette Owens, also of Mableton but at a different address, donated the maximum $2,600 to Michael in the fall. Then on May 13, according to Federal Election Commission data Claudette spent $3,010 on a television ad supporting Michael.

She didn’t form a PAC called Americans for a More American America or anything like that, just reported the spending to the FEC in her name.

 

100 comments
Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

You want to hear some outright, bald-faced lies, just listen to David Scott's radio ad on WSB Radio. My gosh, how can he get away with that BS? Are his constituents that stupid that they believe the drivel? Obviously they would vote for Jefferson Davis if he were the Democratic Party nominee against any Republican opposition. At least John Lewis is a principled, honorable man...not that my post has anything to do with the story. It's just the lies, man...just disgusting.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Well, we now have David Scott's opinion of John Lewis. 


My opinion of David Scott? He's an idiot. Surely my neighbors could find someone more worthy than David Scott.


Scott, who represents parts of west Atlanta, questioned why the White House was unable to find more black nominees in a city like Altanta.


“We Democrats were completely shut out,” said Scott, who added: “We love the president, and that’s why this hurts so. There’s no hurt like being hurt by the one you love.”


"There's no hurt like being hurt by the one you love."!!??!!


I need a barf bag.



Ultraman8
Ultraman8

Lie number 1- If you like your plan, you can keep your plan-BS!

Lie number 2- if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor-BS!

Lie number 3-they conveniently left out that surgeries and medicines would be reviewed on an individual case basis. Translation, if you are young enough to pay back your surgery in taxes, you get it! if not- tough luck! This is Obama thinning out the human herd.

SamTheSham
SamTheSham

I can't see how ANYONE in the middle class could vote Perdue after his massive outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs.  Shame.

VladimirSonovobitch
VladimirSonovobitch

John Lewis is worthless. All he talks about is "When I marched with Dr. King."  and David Scott is an idiot who thinks an island will capsize if too many people are on it. They are more guilty of perpetuating the whole race thing than the people they accuse of being racist. All they really need to do is look in a mirror if they want to see a racist.

They both just need to go away. The country is in a dump and digging itself deeper. These two clowns are obviously part of the problem.

Ultraman8
Ultraman8

It appears that if you have a different view of how things should be than Obama, it does not matter what you are, the DNC calls you a racist, bigot, homophobe. Well, I know up until recently we all got along before certain groups decided to have a weekly parade for its new members and other certain groups wanted more rights than others.  As for the congress people voting against a budget with the NO first class travel allowed, I would like to know, what else is in that budget?  Was there a provisioning for a billion dollars to study how a musician improvises? Or a billion to build a bridge to nowhere or to study ant colonies in Timbuktu?  Let's hear the entire story. If they had these in and it was an all or nothing deal, of course they would vote against it.

Retired2x
Retired2x

Seems like the Democrats are bogged down in their move to control the judicial branch.

sglawson
sglawson

So because John Lewis, as a black person, has a different opinion, belief, and conscience he is a traitor?  How totally stupid.  Let me see, I'm black and do not like Obama's morals, values, and politics so what does that make me?  I also do not like the GOP racist and bigotry either, so I agree with neither party.  Now, what am I? 

RexDogma
RexDogma

Get real folks.  The majority of everyone's money comes from out of town and from corporations.  What's new about that.

ChessMaster
ChessMaster

So, Lewis supports or at least no longer objects to President Obama's nomination of Boggs. And Scott calls Lewis names. What does he say about Obama? Since all three are black, why play the race card?

likeitis
likeitis

" Great Scott" David who are you calling a Turncoat. Go wash your mouth out with Lie Soap.

Charles50
Charles50

I guess Scott forgot when he wasn't exactly on board with the nomination of now President, Barrack Obama.  He would be wise to remember that people are allowed to have options.  We aren't talking about Republicans here.  

DontTread
DontTread

I love it when Democrats accuse each other of treason.  Of course, we have the usual suspects here that repeat the lie that Republicans are the only ones who employ "purity" tests.

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

David Scott, racism is ugly, be it black or white. Represent all Americans ... if you can.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

As I had written earlier:


"Waycross, Georgia is a very conservative part of Georgia. Mike Boggs does not appear to have transcended the thinking of his locale.  I believe anyone worthy of being a judge must have transcended the provincial thinking of those with whom he interacts, daily. It is possible for human beings to do this, and it is essential for a judge to have done this, imho."


Mike Boggs, however, does deserve an interview, as Michelle Nunn had wisely stated, before a final decision is made regarding his confirmation.  Hopefully, Boggs has an intellect worthy of a judge, who can walk among the people and yet have a vision beyond the here and now.

Jke
Jke

From the AP:


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce shelled out $920,000 for TV and online ads promoting Rep. Jack Kingston in the crowded race for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.


At the same time, a grass-roots conservative group in neighboring South Carolina spent $515,000 on commercials supporting rival Republican and business executive David Perdue.

Other groups are showering millions more on the fiercely competitive campaign.


Corporations and other special interests are spending big bucks - more than $6 million as of May 8 - to influence the election to replace retiring Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss. 


Facing little competition for the Democratic nomination, Nunn has received the most PAC donations of any of Georgia's Senate candidate, raising $475,789 from groups including women's advocates and labor unions.

AtlantanITP
AtlantanITP

David Scott is embarrassing... John Lewis is no turncoat and reliable vote for the Ds and whatever they want.  If you want to talk about betraying Americans look no further than the epic disaster they both supported - Obamacare....

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Ultraman8  

Lie number 1- The smoking gun is the mushroom cloud.-BS!

Lie number 2- Yellow cake uranium from Niger-BS!

Lie number 3- Thousands and thousands and thousands of high strength aluminum tubes.-BS!

Lie number 4- We will be greeted as liberators.-BS!

Just remindin'.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

Perdue or Handel is the only sensible vote. Nunn will slaughter any of the other càndidates in November.

blackconservative
blackconservative

@sglawson  a moron? How can you call the GOP racist? Which party was the KKK the enforcement arm of? I doubt you know the answer so I will tell you, its the Democrats. Under democrat rule, blacks have fared poorly. Check the stats, under GOP presidents, black unemployment was lower than under Democrats (exception is Bill Clinton). Detroit is run by democrats (black ones too). the racist GOP supports charter schools and vouchers allowing parents to send their kids to school of their choice, the democrat party opposes that, the decmocrats suport the teachers union over school kids. 

DS
DS

@ChessMaster  There are lots of unfilled judicial appointments on the Federal bench, and Obama is trying to fill them. He made a deal with Isakson and Chambliss for 7 appointments in Georgia, 3 picked by his team and 4 by Isakson and Chambliss (including Boggs). 

Obama probably doesn't like Boggs' background either, but he thought that he's probably qualified, so he was willing to hold his nose and agree to the package deal.

But the Congressional Black Caucus went nuts over Boggs. They were very outspoken in their criticism of Obama, including Lewis. After awhile, though, Lewis announced he wasn't going to say anymore.

Us armchair quarterbacks can speculate about what's going on. Maybe Lewis agrees that it's more important to fill as many judicial appointments as possible. Maybe he thinks Boggs will be rejected by the Senate vote anyway, so it won't be necessary for him to complain any more. Who knows?

I don't think anyone's playing the race card here, although I agree some might see it that way. Really, though, Boggs offended lots of people, not just blacks.

td1234
td1234

@Charles50  Why, Scott is in a totally safe seat so his re-election is assured for as long as he wants to return to DC.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@DontTread  

Of course, we have the usual suspects here that repeat the lie that Republicans are the only ones who employ "purity" tests.

Of course you can substantiate where anyone here posted "Republicans are the only ones", yes?

Please, show your work.

Thanks in advance.

honested
honested

@DontTread  

At least you are admitting that 'purity tests' are at the center of republican candidate selection.

We on the American side tend to find that somewhat offputting.

honested
honested

@Jke  

In mentioning the Nunn campaign, the AP report left out "and real Georgia Voters" among the contributors.

honested
honested

@AtlantanITP  

As a small business person with lower insurance premiums this year, how is the ACA an 'epic disaster'.

Just because you hear nonsense on talk radio, it doesn't make sense to repeat it.

td1234
td1234

@honested Either your deductibles and co-pays skyrocketed or you are not telling the truth.  

AtlantanITP
AtlantanITP

@AuntieChrist @AtlantanITPGlad that Obama has cleaned up that Bush mess - less debt, no wars, gas prices are lower (I mean higher), Russia is peaceful, terrorist are on the run and all of our traditional allies trust us...  

My premiums doubled under ACA.  As a business owner, I just watched two single people over 50 have to pay for maternity.  Yes ACA is just grand....  Also if you think socialized medicine is so wonderful take a look at how well the VA is doing.

DWM
DWM

@Chuck_UGA Sorry pal, but you Republicans can't keep getting credit for stuff your grandparents did.  Today's Republican party is nearly as racist (I say "nearly" because nobody gets away with the overt language anymore) as yesteryear's Democrats.  Refresh my memory ... who has been fighting tooth & nail to disenfranchise poor & minority voters, who has gutted safety nets for the poor while consolidating the companies they work for and sending jobs overseas to make MORE poor folks?  Oh yeah, that sounds like Republican policies to me ...

Lincoln would not be welcome today in the self-styled "Party of Lincoln."  Nor would Jeff Davis be welcomed in the Democratic Party of today.  Parties, like people, change.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

Kamchatka, it is fact, but we all know the truth is covered up by the media. If you keep watching MSNBC, you will eventually kill a Republican and end up in jail. The liars in the media perpetuate the fallacy that Republicans and Conservatives are bigots and racists. You are condemning the ones who supported civil rights just 50 short years ago. It was NOT the mainline Democrats. How foolish you people are nowadays.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

So do you want him to speak his mind or be fearful of enraging the tribe in standard republican fashion?

td1234
td1234

@honested Scott can do or say exactly what he wants with no need to believe it is going to affect his re-election chances. 

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

That is 100% correct, but you will still face arguments from the liberals on here who want to claim it all came from the Georgia electorate, and the adamant refusal to believe that Georgia is now a dyed-in-the-wool Republican State due to the far, far left infiltration of their father's Democratic Party.

Chuck_UGA
Chuck_UGA

So what is wrong with that? Pay your own way?

td1234
td1234

@DS so $1.8 million came from 75% of 25,000 people that may or may not live in the state. Where did the other $4.8 million come from?

DS
DS

@td1234 Michelle Nunn has raised $6.6 million during her campaign. Over 25,000 people have donated. More than three-quarters of these have given $100 or less. 

Nunn raised over $840,000 in April. Among new contributors in April, 86% gave $100 or less. She's getting grass-roots support from many, many people.

David Perdue has contributed about $3 million of his own money to his campaign. He raised about $219,000 in April (26% of what Nunn raised). Perdue's campaign is mostly self-funded. He's trying to buy his way into the Senate with his own money.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

No, you are pretending that the expenditures for the wrong-wing candidates are coming from within Georgia and the American leaning Candidates receive their money from elsewhere, but thanks for attempting to divert.

td1234
td1234

@honested The money talked about in these ads are third party expenditures and for the most part noone knows where the money comes from. What I am talking about is money contributed to the actual campaign.  


honested
honested

@Ultraman8 @honested@td1234 

IT WAS gouging because of the ridiculous system of 'rating' by 'group size'.

Eventually with the ACA, the 'group' will be north of 300 million people.

honested
honested

@Ultraman8 @honested@td1234 

Yet another mislead with a reading problem

My choices IMPROVED

My deductible and copay IMPROVED

My Premium DECREASED

EVERYONE needs some sort of medical care at some time.

Cherry picking what you want to pay for COSTS everybody.

If you think only paying for the costs you might incur is a good idea, let's take it farther and let me pay for the State Department while withholding any contributions to the Military.

Ultraman8
Ultraman8

@honested @td1234  Obama insurance came with an asterisk- must use government approved docs and your case for meds will be on an ICB. EVERYONE's Insurance went up b/c insurance companies had to make EVERYONE equal-so you paid pre existing prices even if you had no current condition.There were things in there that you had to pay for but may never use- such as a guy paying for mammograms and child stuff. Your rate may have gone down, but so have your choices. BTW- you also have a max time with the doc too. They have to see X amt of patients per day. Good luck with your OBAMA socialized medicine care.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

I am telling the truth.

My experience simply displays the gouging that was forced on very small groups BEFORE there was protection under the ACA.

My new coverage is better, my total cost is lower, and my old coverage would be considered a 'bronze' plan today.

Just because wrong-wingers repeat the same falsehoods does not make them true!!

honested
honested

@AtlantanITP @AuntieChrist 

If your premiums doubled, you need a new agent/broker.

Then look forward to when we small businesses are allowed to use the exchanges and do away with the parasites in the sales force who are a very big part of the problem.

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