I admit it. I've been a naive fool this primary season. I believed Democrats could oppose each other with honor and respect, especially when the Democrats in question were Greg Hecht and Jim Martin, two men with experience, credentials, and integrity.
Oops. I lied about that last bit. Greg Hecht is a dirty swine, as everyone now knows.
Let me preface myself with some background. I had been a Greg supporter since April of last year; I donated money to the man's campaign (which I have asked to be returned). He seemed like a dynamic guy, someone who had a solid message for moderate Georgians of all political persuasions. I had questioned my support for Greg in the light of the gut check I got courtesy of Cathy Cox, but I decided that the right thing, the honorable thing, to do was to to stay loyal to my guy.
Needless to say, recent events changed my thinking; I voted for Jim in the primary, and I'm damn proud of that. I'm not going to go into detail about what everyone already knows now about Greg. What I am going to relate is recent history from Greg, who apparently was lying through his miserable teeth when he claimed he was sorry about the abject lies he told in his mailers.
While volunteering at the Martin headquarters in Midtown on Friday, I learned that apparently a robo-call (what a pathetic M.O.) had gone out from the “Sierra Coalition” - a completely fabricated, made-up organization, as the AJC's Political Insider noted - saying that the group urged a vote against Martin because he allegedly had a zero rating from the group. (Needless to say, the not-fake Sierra Club is not amused.)
As if that weren't enough to permanently destroy every single shred of credibility Greg Hecht ever had inside the perimeter, just tonight it seems that another robo-call has gone out. In this one, as I understand it, the Hecht campaign claimed that Shirley Franklin endorsed Jim Martin because Hecht had been opposed to raising the sales tax for the city of Atlanta.
If we take these two data points as evidence, it seems abundantly clear that not only is Greg Hecht's career as a Democrat over in this state – think Joe “Republican Zell Miller Schmo” Lieberman crossed with Ralph “#1 Hypocrite in America” Reed – everyone foolish enough to still be working for the clusterfuck that is passing as his “campaign” had better consider moving to more hospitable territory, like Idaho. Burning a bridge with a figure of such magnitude as Shirley Franklin is so submoronic and clueless beyond words that I cannot believe that Joe Trippi and whoever other assclowns are running the Hecht campaign have any remote chance of challenging Casey Cagle.
That fact – that the Hecht campaign has less credibility than Jim Bakker and his televangelizing scam artists – brings me to my line in the sand. I loathe Casey Cagle and everything he stands for, but I'd shake his hand before I touched Greg with a ten foot pole. If Greg wins the runoff, I will not vote for him in November. Period. I'm not the first person to say that, either, and I say that if you you're such a sleazebag that you can't get Democratic votes running against Casey Cagle, get the hell out of Georgia politics and never let me see your face again. And Joe Trippi, just plain get the hell out. Bye.