Sylvia Cooper

City Ink columnist and correspondent for The Augusta Chronicle.

Candidate comments don't amuse everyone

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 6:49 PM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 2:41 AM
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Former Augusta first lady Gwen Fulcher Young said her comment about Republican 12th Congressional District candidate Lee Anderson in last week’s City Ink has taken on a life of its own.

Her quote that “sending Anderson to Washington would be like sending Honey Boo Boo up there” made it into Jim Galloway’s “Morning Jolt” in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Gwen’s gone rogue,” said her husband, former Mayor Bob Young. “All I’ve heard people talk about this week is what Gwen said about Lee Anderson and Honey Boo Boo.”

Gwen says so many people have agreed with her, she feels like the “spokeswoman of the silent majority.” Some Republican friends even invited themselves to the meet-and-greet she’s holding for incumbent Democrat John Barrow this week.

IT’S ALL IN THE STARS: “It’s been a lot of fun,” Gwen said. “Between Paul Broun saying the Earth was 9,000 years old and Lee Anderson and Honey Boo Boo, you couldn’t make up a scenario that could make us look like bigger idiots.”

Speaking to a sportsman banquet in Hartwell, Ga., last month, Broun said all the things he was taught about evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell” and that the earth was about 9,000 years old.

“Anderson, Honey Boo Boo and Broun are a Georgia Trifecta,” Mayor Bob said. “The stars do not line up like this but every one hundred to two hundred years.”

DROWNING THEIR SORROWS: Augusta Commissioner Joe Bowles, who lives on Milledge Road not far from the Youngs, invited Young to come to his house for a drink when Gwen has the party for Barrow.

“The problem is if I walk down to Joe’s house, I have to pass Dr. (Ricardo) Azziz’s house,” Young said, laughing. “He may need a drink worse than I do. So I’ll stop by and pick him up on the way. Rick Allen lives right around the corner. I may swing by and pick him up, too.”

Allen lost the Repub­lican primary runoff to Anderson by 159 votes after a vicious campaign that Allen says damaged his business and personal reputation.

THEY ARE NOT AMUSED: The Anderson camp sought to counter Gwen’s Honey Boo Boo remark by asking Young to write a letter to the editor of The Augusta Chronicle supporting Anderson. Don’t hold your breath until that happens.

Anderson refuses to debate Barrow, but continues to attack him through news releases, mailers and TV ads. The strategy is the less people hear him talk, the better.

UNDER ONE ROOF: Anderson and Broun will be at the CSRA Republican Women’s Club’s “Count Down to Victory Rally” dinner in the Pinnacle Club’s Crystal Room beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Reservations are required. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the CSRA Republican Women’s Club’s Facebook page.

Anderson will also be at a private fundraiser attended by U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Monday. It’s a crying shame we can’t be there.

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED AT THE FORUM: Democrat candidate for District Attorney Evita Paschall was absent from a fundraiser Thursday at Eastview Community Center, but Willie Saunders was there to speak for her. The moderator must have gotten thrown off by having a Saunders and a Sanders on the panel when she announced that Freddie Sanders would speak on behalf of Paschall.

Sanders, the Republican candidate for sheriff, got up to speak but Saunders came over and said, “No, I’ve got this one.”

When asked what he would have said about Paschall, Sanders said, “Vote for Ashley Wright.”

That was funny. Not so funny was an outburst from a supporter of District 1 commission candidate Bill Fennoy who was sitting behind incumbent District 1 Commissioner Matt Aitken’s wife, Melissa, and their daughter, Cecilia. The supporter complained loudly that the moderator needed to make “that little girl sit down” although the child had done nothing but move from a chair beside her mother to an empty seat a time or two, for goodness sakes.

Sanders said the man’s comments were “totally out of place.”

“It was obviously supporters of Bill Fennoy jumping on Matt Aitken’s daughter,” he said.

Only one person thought this was funny: A woman asked Sanders what he’d do as sheriff if she told him people were selling drugs in her neighborhood. He said he’d come out and put a stop to it; whereupon the woman began to laugh hysterically. Maybe she needed some drugs. Say, Xanax.

DOG BITES MAN IS NEWS AFTER ALL: Sanders’ pit bull bit him on the lip this weekend when he leaned down to pet him after giving him a bone. I suppose the dog thought Sanders was trying to take the bone back and wasn’t going to stand for it. Sanders had to go to the hospital and get eight stitches.

Back home Saturday
evening, he said the doorbell had just rung and someone had delivered a big box of bones with a note attached that said, “ Give dog one and immediately take it away from him. Love, Richard.”

GRUMPY OLD WOMEN: My sister June called me on my birthday Friday. We spent the first five minutes talking about how much younger we look than other women our age. She said her daughter’s friends in her yoga class think she’s amazing. Their mothers can’t do yoga because they can’t get up off the floor once they get down.

June’s come a long way. She said she actually ordered a dress online, although she had to get the customer representative to help her check out. I tried to help her via the phone, but it was like the blind leading the blind. We couldn’t get our computer screens to match although she said she typed in exactly what I told her to.

Every time somebody in her church dies, she takes a dish to the social hall, so she likes to talk about recipes, which I find very irritating, especially when she starts telling me how to make Brunswick stew while I’m trying to talk to her about politics.

I get so mad when she acts like she doesn’t even know what I’m talking about; we have words.

I must have shamed her because she said she’d started watching the news on TV, and Friday she said, “I’ve joined the Republican Women’s Club.”

What she said next was even more shocking: “I’m on the third book of Fifty Shades of Gray.”

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Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/13/12 - 09:26 pm
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I bet Bob Young wishes his

I bet Bob Young wishes his life was as simple as the days he was playing the straight man to Buddy Carr.... I guess somewhere deep down we all wish for those days. Elect Rainbow Johnson!

Edit: Props to Mark Summers!

just an opinion
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just an opinion 10/13/12 - 09:46 pm
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Freddie Sanders has a pit bull?

Next he'll be drivin down the road in his 1980 Grand Prix with the music to loud and his pants to low. WHAATS UP DAWG??

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/13/12 - 10:40 pm
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Wives

Ronnie Strength supported his wife.

Bob Young is supporting his wife.

It's a good thing to do.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/13/12 - 11:29 pm
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Bob's afraid of his and

Bob's afraid of his and rightfully so.

burninater
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burninater 10/14/12 - 03:05 am
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“Anderson, Honey Boo Boo and

“Anderson, Honey Boo Boo and Broun are a Georgia Trifecta,” Mayor Bob said. “The stars do not line up like this but every one hundred to two hundred years.”
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I'm not so sure if it's fear of the wife as much as it's calling it like it is. 'Course, the 100 to 200 hundred years thing must've come with a wink and a nod, as we all know these kinds of Trifectas come up in Georgia about every six months or so ...

omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/14/12 - 08:48 am
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"A woman asked Sanders what

"A woman asked Sanders what he’d do as sheriff if she told him people were selling drugs in her neighborhood. He said he’d come out and put a stop to it; whereupon the woman began to laugh hysterically."

She must have tried asking the sheriff's office to take care of problem drug houses in her neighborhood before.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/14/12 - 09:13 am
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But drug crimes are

But drug crimes are non-violent and therefore not to be enforced by the sheriff...isn't that correct?

1313
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1313 10/14/12 - 09:18 am
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Save the A

Told my wife the other day when we were riding through Summerville that I couldn't believe the number of Obama signs on the Hill. She told me that the "Save the A" signs were about something else.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/14/12 - 09:20 am
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Ah the days of Cheeseborough Transmission (-:
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That southern drawl made even those who did not need repair rush to East Boundary. LOL

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/14/12 - 09:29 am
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These hyphenated names
Unpublished

serve one important need. When you go looking for missing female members of the Class of "73. Of course, the other surname could be another married name?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/14/12 - 09:28 am
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Photos

I wonder if there will be any photos of Gwen Fulcher Young....and Barrow?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/14/12 - 09:32 am
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The signs should read.....
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Save Your Own A !!!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/14/12 - 09:33 am
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"I thought debate was
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what you put on dehook to catch defish". LA

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/14/12 - 09:39 am
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Personally, I could not care

Personally, I could not care less what Gwen Fulcher Young or her spouse think about....well, about anything! If I want to buy a house, maybe I'll call her and ask her for help. Reminds me of when a Hollywood celebrity or a singer starts telling us how they feel about politics or world hunger. Who cares what they think? Just stick to your schtick.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/14/12 - 10:13 am
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Gage, heh. Ok. From now on

Gage, heh. Ok. From now on I'll forward my complaints to Augusta Cares. hahahaha

A GAME INSIDE THE GAME
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A GAME INSIDE THE GAME 10/14/12 - 12:49 pm
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Lee Anderson for Congress...

I would probably guess that Gwen has never met Mr. Anderson or had a conversation with him on his political views. She should do so....she may like what he has to say. To dislike someone because of the way they talk or look is being very short sighted. I guess Lee could take a course from Dale Carnegie like Gwen did, he would then be a slick talking candidate.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 10/14/12 - 04:05 pm
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Oh my

Retired from real estate, husband retired from politics, and watching Honey Boo Boo....how else would she make the comparison??

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 10/14/12 - 05:50 pm
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Some real estate hustler

... one step removed from Miss Haversham, a woman whose husband was one of Augusta's most ineffectual mayors comments and we should care, why?

burninater
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burninater 10/14/12 - 06:27 pm
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But drug crimes are

But drug crimes are non-violent and therefore not to be enforced by the sheriff...isn't that correct?
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A crime involving drugs and violence is a violent drug crime. A crime involving drugs and no violence is a non-violent drug crime.

I question the clear-headedness of someone who can't tell the difference between a home invasion to steal drugs and a grandma smoking some homegrown.

I'd like to think we're all a little smarter than that.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/14/12 - 06:42 pm
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Clear this up, burn! Are you

Clear this up, burn! Are you accusing Gwen of smoking homegrown?

burninater
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burninater 10/14/12 - 07:11 pm
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Clear this up, burn! Are you

Clear this up, burn! Are you accusing Gwen of smoking homegrown?
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Ha! This was a sidebar to the whole Gwen thing -- I was disputing the idea that all drug crimes are violent.

I have zero personal knowledge of Gwen or any of her associates, and it did not occur to me in any way that my post about the non-violence of personal consumption of a plant grown at home would imply such knowledge.

However, I'm not sure that Honey Boo Boo would be even watchable in a state of sobriety, so we must all come to our own conclusions ...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/14/12 - 07:32 pm
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Gage's Point

I think you missed Gage Creed's point, Burninater. I think he was pointing out weaknesses in Roundtree's campaign platform that he does not want to arrest non-violent criminals, and most drug crime is indeed non-violent. Roundtree wants to give another chance, and another, and another.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/14/12 - 08:43 pm
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Burninater? I'd like to think

Burninater? I'd like to think we're a little bit smarter than that too...however; reading most of these responses is disheartening at best.

burninater
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burninater 10/14/12 - 08:53 pm
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Point well taken, Gage.LL, I

Point well taken, Gage.

LL, I fully understand Gage's point. I just don't agree that the war on drugs is a useful or productive use of law enforcement resources, and don't agree that it's a de facto "weakness" in Roundtree's platform.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/15/12 - 09:18 am
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Non-violent

Is burglary that does not involve an interaction with another human being considered a non-violent crime?

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