Sylvia Cooper

City Ink columnist and correspondent for The Augusta Chronicle.

City Ink: Lee Anderson, Richard Roundtree aren't up for debates

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 6:57 PM
Last updated 8:29 PM
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What do Richard Roundtree and Lee Anderson have in common?

Neither wants to debate his opponent.

The Oct. 30 Statesboro Herald debate between 12th Congressional District incumbent Democrat John Barrow and his Republican challenger Anderson, expected to be one of the biggest in the race, has been cancelled because Anderson refused to attend, a Barrow spokesman said.

Richard Carbo said a Herald editor told him earlier this week to take the Oct. 30 debate off his calendar. Anderson also refused to participate in the Atlanta Press Club debate Oct. 21, but Barrow will be there next to Anderson’s empty chair. The press club debate will be televised throughout the entire district on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Anderson initially said he wouldn’t debate Barrow because Barrow wouldn’t say which presidential candidate he plans to vote for. The Augusta Chronicle, The Savannah Morning News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in August that Barrow said he’d vote to re-elect President Obama. Then Anderson said he’d consider debating Barrow if Barrow would discuss his endorsement on TV and say who he supports for Speaker of the House.

“Lee Anderson’s silly claims aren’t doing him any good, and at some point Lee Anderson is going to have to talk about the real issues,” Barrow said. “He talks about the president so much, maybe that’s the job he should run for. He isn’t talking about a single issue that impacts folks in the 12th District, much less his plan to turn Medicare over to the insurance industry, or his plan to give the federal government a new sales tax to play with.

Barrow said he’s talking about what’s important for the folks he represents – the deepening of the Savannah Port, expansions at Plant Vogtle, the VA Clinic he’s fought hard to get in Statesboro.

“How can anyone expect Lee to speak up for issues like these when he won’t even stand up and defend his own record?” he asked. “I’m still open to meeting Lee Anderson in a debate, and I hope he reconsiders for the WJBF TV debate Oct. 26.”

Anderson also turned down The Chronicle’s request for a “Newsmaker” interview, an opportunity given candidates in all major races to express their views and answer questions. Anderson campaign spokesman Ryan Mahoney said in an e-mail that he would schedule an interview with a member of the editorial staff.

Meanwhile, Anderson keeps sending out the most vicious, name-calling media releases about Barrow I’ve ever seen since I started covering local and state politics back when Hector was a pup.

JUMPING THE REPUBLICAN SHIP: Hearing Anderson debate anywhere, especially in Washington is something Augusta’s former first lady Gwen Young wants to avoid so much she’s going to support Barrow and host a meet and greet for him at her home.

“I’m inviting some of my Republican friends so they can meet him,” she said.

She hasn’t voted for a Democrat since she was “a young naive girl,” but “sending Anderson to Washington would be like sending Honey Boo Boo up there,” she said. “To send him up there would make it look like we’re all like that in Georgia.”

BLAZING SADDLES REDUX: Roundtree, Democratic candidate for Richmond County sheriff, won’t debate his Republican rival Freddie Sanders, either. Roundtree says there’s nothing to debate, but Sanders disagrees.

“To say, ‘I’m running for the office of chief law enforcement officer of Richmond County, but I want the people to know we’re not law enforcement officers, we’re peacekeepers,’ borders on the ridiculous,” Sanders said. “How in the world could anybody vote for somebody who’s running for chief law enforcement officer of the county say he’s not a law enforcement officer?

Sanders said when Roundtree says he’s not going to incarcerate, he’s going to educate, he wants Roundtree to tell him how he’s going to do it.

“He says he’s going to put them in school,” he said. “You can’t have a sheriff deciding not to enforce the law.”

WILL ROUNDTREE HOLD HIMSELF HOSTAGE TO FORCE THUGS TO BEHAVE? “I want to get him in front of a camera to explain how he’s going to give people two chances. Do we keep a record – a central depository of records on how many chances you have been given by the sheriff before you are arrested?

“If an officer caught someone burglarizing a house, he would get on the radio and say, ‘Car to headquarters, check on Richard Roundtree and see how many chances he’s had. And they call back and say, ‘He’s only had one.’ So then the sheriff has to say, ‘OK, you can go this time, but the next time you burglarize somebody, we’re going to have to make a case against you. I know we can’t lock you up, but could you tell us what you did with the property you stole?’ And as he’s walking off to his second chance, say, ‘By the way, pull your britches up.’

“That’s why I want to get him in front of a camera to explain his program. I want to hear specifics of how a sheriff decides not to arrest you and gives you two chances for crimes.”

WHAT AN IRON MAN: Congratulations to Mayor Pro Tem Joe Bowles for his record-breaking performance in the Iron Man Triathalon last week. He finished in 6 hours, 3 minutes and 12 seconds, beating his old record by seven minutes.

NOBODY’S HAPPY: The Save the A campaign is in high gear with more than 10,000 people signing on, yard signs and billboards going up and bumper stickers becoming the vogue.

“We want it to be high level,” said campaign chairman Nick Evans. “We do not want taxpayer money spent on fighting a lawsuit. And we’re saddened to know the chairman of the Georgia Board of Regents, (Benjamin Tarbutton III) is not happy with the campaign. He’s not happy with the phone calls. That’s unfortunate, but we’re unhappy that they’re not using a good opportunity of the lawsuit to take another look at a name that includes Augusta.”

If the regents would drop Georgia Regents University, the name they chose for the merged Georgia Health Sciences and Augusta State universities, and choose a name with “Augusta” in it, the trademark infringement lawsuit against them by Regent University in Virginia would go away.

It appears, however, they want to fight the lawsuit, throwing away good money after $45,500 was spent on a bogus naming campaign. That’s because when you’re a regent and wear a crown, money is as immaterial as the wishes of 10,000 Augustans.

YOU JUST NEVER KNOW: A few months ago, when Ernie and I walked into Sam’s there was a sales team pitching bracelets with metallic discs that supposedly emitted some magical waves that would cure whatever ailed you. There was some mention the substance had been used by NASA. There was one disc to help you lose weight. One to improve circulation. One to improve focus, concentration and memory. One for strength and balance. They were regularly $40, but had been reduced to $25 each during the special promotion. And they had a 90-day money-back guarantee. It seemed like a modern day version of snake oil to me, so I backed off and watched people buying them hand over fist. Ernie, however, was fascinated with the concept and bought two, one for circulation and one for weight loss. He said he couldn’t see how it could hurt anything and might help. So he’s been wearing one on each wrist since then. Yesterday I asked him whether he thought they’d helped him, and he said he couldn’t tell because if he hadn’t had them on, he might be dead.

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SemperParatus
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SemperParatus 10/06/12 - 10:50 pm
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Lee Anderson

I am supporting Lee Anderson but I am concerned that he is getting bad advice regarding the debates. As he has not been my state representative (I live in Richmond County), I don't know a lot about him first hand. It is difficult to be an educated voter when the candidate is all but "pleading the Fifth Amendment"!

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/06/12 - 10:08 pm
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Sanders vs. Roundtree aka Romney vs. Obama take 2

Roundtree with all his documented slip ups and career mistakes is high profile Cannon Fodder at best.

In a debate against any ethical and professional opponent he'd be schooled just like Obama was the other night.

SemperParatus
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SemperParatus 10/06/12 - 10:57 pm
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Anderson farm

Does anyone know how many acres Lee Anderson farms in Columbia County? I went to the county's GIS map online and the largest tract of land I can find bearing his name is 47 acres. That would be more of a large garden than a farm! Can this be true?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/06/12 - 10:31 pm
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Observation

Roundtree didn't mind debating Peebles, but he does Sanders.

SemperParatus
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SemperParatus 10/06/12 - 09:20 pm
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Contact Ben Tarbutton !!!

So Ben Tarbutton III doesn't like phone calls, emails and letters? Here's his contact information. Use it! Pass it around!

Ben J. Tarbutton, III
Sandersville Railroad
P.O. Box 269
Sandersville, GA 31082
478-552-5151 ext. 208
Fax 478-552-1118
custserv@sandersvillerailroad.com

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/06/12 - 10:48 pm
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Stoner

Sylvia Cooper wrote:

Meanwhile, Anderson keeps sending out the most vicious, name-calling media releases about Barrow I’ve ever seen since I started covering local and state politics back when Hector was a pup.

Did you cover the races where J. B. Stoner was a candidate?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/06/12 - 10:52 pm
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@SemperParatus

You are correct about Anderson. He was the son of a farmer. But he is nothing but a big government Republican politician now. The best thing to do for a conservative is to leave the 12th district race vote blank. Or, as my spouse plans to do, vote a write in for the third stooge.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/06/12 - 11:00 pm
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Thank you, Sylvia . . .

Freddie Sanders is right!

janderson1945
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janderson1945 10/06/12 - 11:50 pm
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Debates

I have not seen Lee Anderson debate but I have read his website and he will be better for our Country than John Barrow based on the information each has provided. I have seen Roundtree and Sanders debate the issues and they have now done so over 7 times in public. I have heard Roundtree clearly state his community policing ideas include being very tough on crime, especially violent criminals. I don't remember the number but he said he has personally arrested hundreds of violent offenders and murderers and has sent them to jail where they belong. He also supports ideas from crime prevention through education in an effort to keep young people from becoming repeat offenders, ending up in jail, and coming out worse than when they went in. The chief jailer for RCSO at 2 events backed up Scott Peebles when he said people come out of jail worse than when they went in and that the jails are overcrowded so we need to look at alternatives such as drug court, dui court, etc. and other solutions. The lock em up mentality that is currently being used in Richmond County doesn't seem to be solving the problem. We need people new and proven effective alternatives and that is what Roundtree brings to the table over Sanders. The scenarios that Sanders listed above are far from the truth or what has been discussed at the debates and forums. Sanders himself in at least 3 forums stated publically that Roundtree was more than qualified to be the next Sheriff and if he was to win he knew he would do a good job of it - maybe that is just because Sanders didn't want to go against Peebles but either way he repeatedly praised Roundtree. Regarding the law suit and the name - I agree, no tax dollars to spend defending a name.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/07/12 - 07:35 am
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Conservative, Christian, Farmer,
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Family Man, Stooge, Puppet, Articulately Challenged? Seems his has no voice of his own? Ah the future looks bright. Just a No vote will suffice. Bring in the goat representatives, Nay, Nay, Nay on everything.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/07/12 - 07:39 am
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Honey Boo Boo is in the 12th
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district, correct? Wasn't it redrawn to include here family? Anderson had signs in Cordele GA.

He did finally stop with the phone calls after the run off. His handlers are pretty confident of a win. Look at the electorate. Maybe Lee is their "representative".

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/07/12 - 07:39 am
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Why do I feel like this..

Is Scotts ghost still with us ..........let it go..he lost....^^^^
Freddie is ready for the debate....guess who isn't??

HenryWalker3rd
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HenryWalker3rd 10/07/12 - 08:27 am
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Whose words?
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Havent there already been multiple debates?

“If an officer caught someone burglarizing a house, he would get on the radio and say, ‘Car to headquarters, check on Richard Roundtree and see how many chances he’s had. And they call back and say, ‘He’s only had one.’ So then the sheriff has to say, ‘OK, you can go this time, but the next time you burglarize somebody, we’re going to have to make a case against you. I know we can’t lock you up, but could you tell us what you did with the property you stole?’ And as he’s walking off to his second chance, say, ‘By the way, pull your britches up.’"

Did Roundtree say these words, or are they Sanders' interpertation?

"The lock em up mentality that is currently being used in Richmond County doesn't seem to be solving the problem. We need people new and proven effective alternatives and that is what Roundtree brings to the table over Sanders."

I agree.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/07/12 - 08:55 am
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Anderson and Roundtree Debate Each Other

Maybe to handicap a debate for Lee Anderson and Richard Roundtree, we could have them debate each other. It would go like this...

Roundtree: "Good evening."

Anderson: "Howdy."

.......30 minutes later......

Anderson: "Guess this ain't gonna work."

Roundtree: "Nope, let's go hold some signs on the street."

Moderator: "And that concludes the first in our series of debates."

SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 10/07/12 - 09:15 am
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Talk and Debate

The reason Anderson is "not talking" is because he doesn't know how. The reason Roundtree wil not debate Sanders is he knows Freddie will clean his clock.

SON of Scoob
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SON of Scoob 10/07/12 - 05:00 pm
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Gwen Fulcher

And good for Gwen for having the fortitude to go public and support Barrow. I am a lifelong conservative, but will vote for Barrow because he is the best man for the job.

Anderson is a joke and an embarrassment. His campaign gutter tactics make him even more repulsive. Anderson should be encouraged
to withdraw.

Never wrestle with a pig, you will only get dirty and the pig likes it.

F4therTime
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F4therTime 10/07/12 - 10:35 am
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I will say it again...
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Roundtree would be more suited to be a social worker. The sheriff's job is to enforce the laws not rehabilitate. I want a LEO not a social worker. Sanders is a proven leader, Roundtree is a panderer.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/07/12 - 11:16 am
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So what legislative body will

So what legislative body will the Sheriff control to institute all of this new policy? The county commission? The State legislature? The Georgia Supreme Court? I knew the sheriff had power...but I'm not sure he can legislate penal policy, unless of course he exercises executive authority and decides which laws will be enforced...you know kind of like our Federal government!

JAnderson...I believe there is already a drug court setup in RC, also I have heard that a DUI court is in process of being setup. These things have occurred during the current administration (you know the one with the lock 'em up mentality?) I have no issues with the policy, or having a sheriff that supports these policies, however, the mission of the sheriff and the sheriff's department is to enforce the law...equally and fairly. The judicial and corrections departments are responsible for these folks after they have been charged.

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rebellious 10/07/12 - 12:14 pm
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Sheriff's Job is

to enforce the law. Upon election he swears an oath as such. He doesn't make law, he doesn't impose sentencing, he doesn't control release, he doesn't run social programs. He Enforces the Law. Period.

Any candidate proclaiming any other course of action is deviating from the duties of the office he aspires to hold.

If Mr. Roundtree wants to change Law, he should run for commission (Local Ordinances), or State Legislature (State Law).
If he wants to give second chances and impact sentencing, he should run for judge.
If he wants to impact release, he should lobby to be placed on the Board of Pardon and Parole.

I want my Sheriff to protect and serve, arresting and making cases against law breakers.

That man is Freddie Sanders.

Lou Stewall
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Lou Stewall 10/07/12 - 12:49 pm
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Democrats Overwhelmingly Lawyers

Lee Anderson will vote with his party and he will be smarter than 100 other doofuses in congress. He's not a lawyer, i.e. a person trained to lie for a living. Barrow sat on the fence about Obamacare until at the last minute Pelosi gave him permission to possibly save his seat with a no vote. Gwen, Republicans will remember your betrayal and Bob will never get that seat. We don't need another glib lawyer in DC!

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Westside Liberal 10/07/12 - 01:01 pm
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Retired Army
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Retired Army 10/07/12 - 03:33 pm
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Westside Liberal10/07/12 - 01:01 pm

If ever there was an insult to Clem, that's it.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 10/08/12 - 12:06 pm
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Opinions Take Two
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Since I apparently rubbed someone the wrong way....here is version #2
I said: << I agree with Lou and janderson1945 -- Lee Anderson is not a polished lawyer, and see where "polish" has gotten us. I don't think I have ever seen NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, or MSNBC seek out a representative, only the Senators - big fish. So, Gwen, I think you'll be safe, worrying about Lee in front of the camera, spoiling your Southern Charm. At least with Lee, I'm almost sure of getting a conservative vote. I'll take my chances with Lee.>>

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