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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

What to do about Cathy?
Today's bloggerAt the expense of beating a dead horse I'm keeping on the theme that Benson started over the weekend. Its because I'm really confused about what to do? Who do I vote in the primary now? Up until last Wednesday or Thursday I was strong Cathy supporter, but now not so much. Its been really hard trying to figure out what do about a lot things surrounding this particular issue. A whole range of things have been going through my mind as of late trying to get a grasp of what is going on and how will all this shake out come November. Things like how do we stop Perdue from calling a special session, like Melanie Erye said on her blog post on Blog For Democracy its not like this is a crisis that has to be settled right now. Why do we need a special session on this issue? Its not like the LGBT community can now marry. Can we even stop Sonny from calling a special session? Why are people so gun ho about having an Amendment to our constitution anyway? To make gay marriage even more illegal? Does that make sense to anyone? It doesn't to me. Then is where gets really confusing for me. I feel like I'm being pulled in two very different directions here. My brain is telling me to keep plugging away for Cathy Cox and her campaign because to me she is the most logical choice for Governor, but heart feels like its betraying my friends in LGBT community. I'm not sure how many of you out there watched the West Wing but there is scene in the second season that I have been thinking about since this all went down. Its the first episode from that season and Leo is talking to Jed about how sick and tired he is about getting excited over a candidate then being seriously disappointed in the end or picking between the lesser of the who cares or the bar being set so low that you can't even see it anymore. This is now how I feel. I was really excited about Cathy Cox and now not so much. Does that mean that I should now vote for Mark Taylor because he has always been for the Gay Marriage Amendment and at least he doesn't say one thing and do another? What is the point in voting for him if can't win the general election against Sonny? Isn't that a wasted vote? Why do we always shoot ourselves in the foot? Why can't we say one thing and do the same thing? For some reason or another I expected more out of my leaders. Maybe I'm just naive still about how our political leaders should be or maybe its just the product of to much West Wing.
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posted by Melissa at 5/23/2006 03:54:00 PM


Blogger jo said...

I think Taylor can be Sonny in the general. And I think he has a great record of serving Georgians and he wants to do more. I don't see him as the lesser of two evils at all, but a stand up guy that should have our support.
Also what I want to know is who does Cathy think she is being supported by? If she can abandon gays, she can abandon pro-choice people, she can abandon immigrants (though technically most don't vote) she can vote for the flag, and she chose to fund the voter id bill, and diebold (though that is not really one of my big topics)and she wants to work with Republicans during a special session, I'm sorry, but why is she running in the Democratic Primary? I know Taylor doesn't support gay marriage, but I don't see him calling for a special session which not only wastes money, but is going to push for republican turnout.
If Mark Taylor doesn't win the primary then my vote for Governor will be left blank.

5/23/2006 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is going to be hard to beat Sonny regardless of who wins the nomination. No matter what his commericials say, Sonny hasn't "did" anything for our state, but he has not offended anyone in particular either.
Therefore, we are going to need a fighter. Someone who isn't afraid to say "Democrat for Governor" in his ads. Someone who has Mrs. Busbee, Ms. Jackson, and Ambassador Young as his campaign chairs, not some Republican. Someone with coat tails who will get out on the stump and help our Democractic candidates in close races. Someone who wants to do more than change the tune and/or tone of Atlanta; he wants to change the state of Georgia with concrete programs: PeachKids, restore the HOPE cuts, two strikes, cutting taxes that affect working people (OTC medicines). Someone who has had experience in tough, statewide campaigns and won't implode or have a series of gaffes.
So, instead of grinding our wheels until July, let's jump on board now and settle this nomination. Any perceived strengths of the Sec. of State have been wasted away by a poor staff. I don't think a flip-flopper on gay marriage (as the GOP will portray her, regardless of whatever it is she actually believes), is more electable than someone who has results, record, and a plan for average Georgians.
The Georgia Gang said it best: the biggest mistake in GA politics right now is to underestimate Mark Taylor, and don't give me any crap about that's because the GOP would rather face him in Nov.
We don't need a Republican lite right now, we need a Georgia Democrat to stand up and put this state in the right direction. Do some research for yourself and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by Taylor's record and plans.

5/24/2006 10:01:00 AM  

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