McLeod endorses Anderson in 12th distict runoff

Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 2:21 PM
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Evans attorney Wright Mc­Leod, who finished third in the July 31 Republican primary for Congress, is endorsing first-place finisher Lee Anderson in Tuesday’s runoff.

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McLeod came up a few hundred votes short of beating Au­gus­ta businessman Rick W. Al­len for the second-place spot in the GOP primary for the 12th Congressional District seat.

McLeod, a retired Navy veteran, said Anderson subscribes to the same principle of “service over self” and has never run for office for personal enrichment.

“I’m not a guy who ducks questions, and the answer to the question is I’m going to vote for Lee Anderson,” McLeod said, denying speculation that he’s supporting Anderson in hopes of winning the seat in 2014.

“Wright McLeod said during the primary that he would support the nominee,” Allen’s campaign said in a statement. “I believe him and look forward to working with him over the next three months to defeat John Barrow.”

Advance voting in Tuesday’s runoff is under way across the 19 counties of the district.

McLeod and Anderson sparred before the primary when Anderson discounted Mc­Leod’s military service.

Anderson, a state representative and farmer from Grovetown, said Thursday that he was honored to have McLeod’s support.

“Wright is a patriot who has served this nation with courage and selflessness,” he said.

Fourth-place finisher Maria Sheffield also endorsed Anderson.

Allen and McLeod both bear strong west Augusta ties and bickered often during the campaign. Allen’s campaign manager, Scott Paradise, filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commis­sion over McLeod’s campaign finance disclosures, which the FEC later ordered McLeod to amend.

McLeod backer Dave Bar­bee, a former Republican Party official, said the digs Allen took in the campaign likely prompted McLeod to back Anderson.

“I think Wright’s upset with the ethics complaint,” Barbee said. “My advice to him … was to not endorse anybody.”

Barbee said McLeod will have to spend time and money resolving the issues raised in the complaint.

“This is nothing compared to what Barrow will try to do to our nominee,” Barbee said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/16/12 - 02:35 pm
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Not Enriching?

Allen would be the only one taking a pay cut. U.S. Congressman pay, benefits, and perks is way more than Anderson makes off that hay farm.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 08/16/12 - 02:36 pm
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Oh no

Please not Anderson. Allen is clearly the man for the job!

grinder48
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grinder48 08/16/12 - 02:37 pm
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You've got to be kidding!
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I was a McLeod supporter. I can hardly believe this! Seems McLeod based this on being PO'ed with Allen instead of endorsing the best candidate. Anderson is a traitor to conservatives. And did anyone see the "debate" between Mcleod, Allen, and Anderson? Anderson said very little but when he did speak he came across as a dim-witted baffoon. And why won't Anderson debate Allen? I don't want Anderson representing me, I think he's an embarrassment to our area ... not to mention he probably can't beat Barrow and Allen has a better chance. Shame on you McLeod.

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Dixieman 08/16/12 - 02:44 pm
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Not going to happen.

Allen will win this one. Already voted for him early, but my opinion is not based on who I would like to see win, but on the odds. Anyway, either one of them would be better than Barrow.

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csrareader 08/16/12 - 02:51 pm
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Anderson can't win the seat

Anderson can't win the seat in a general election. If he's afraid to debate Rick Allen, he sure won't debate John Barrow. That dog won't hunt.

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Riverman1 08/16/12 - 04:43 pm
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Lee Anderson has connections

Lee Anderson has connections in Columbia County like no other politician. If you want a future in politics, he's the one to have on your side.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/16/12 - 04:52 pm
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Well, this is obviously sour

Well, this is obviously sour grapes on McLeod's part! I don't know him, but plenty of people questioned his ethics and this seemingly goes along with that. Course, I guess he felt led to endorse SOMEBODY, but NOT endorsing Allen...for whatever reasons...makes him seem bitter. And, to be honest, if McLeod ever runs for another office, that's the way I'll remember him. May not be right, but it's human nature. Man!! You'd never catch me running for political office! I don't think I could take it!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 08/16/12 - 06:31 pm
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What happened, Mariner? Was

What happened, Mariner? Was Rhodes talking smack about him?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/16/12 - 11:56 pm
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So what happened on Austin's

So what happened on Austin's show today?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/16/12 - 07:49 pm
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Why fault Wright McLeod for

Why fault Wright McLeod for not supporting Allen? I mean Allen's campaign manager was pointing the finger at him on every turn. There was heat between them. It would seem very disingenuous for him to turn around and support Allen. Kind of like the Hillary - Barry Sorento thing, don'tcha think?

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avidreader 08/16/12 - 07:56 pm
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I'm Tired!

The blind supporting the blind who support the blind (If you're reading this, no offense to visually impaired people; it's simply a figure of speech). I've changed my mind -- I'm going to vote for Barrow. I'm so tired of all this crap. Our Republicans are as equally detached as our Democrats. $250,000 (from a personal checking account) for a job that pays half this amount per year. And never trust a man with a tacky moustache who claims to be a farmer.

This entire political race is a farce.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 08/16/12 - 08:32 pm
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Druthers..

I'd rather have any one of the other three (Sheffield, Allen, McLeod) rather than the decidedly inarticulate Anderson, but it is what it is.I think Anderson will have an extremely tough time time defeating the decidedly more polished "Barrah". If Lee won't debate Allen, what makes anybody think he'll shine against the guy who's held the seat the last few years?
I think as far as McLeod's endorsement, it's a direct consequence of the ugly turns taken leading up to the July 31st primary....Hard to let a grudge go sometimes. But if Anderson wins, then loses to Barrah, we ALL pay. Dems and Repubs....

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12thUnderProtest 08/16/12 - 10:22 pm
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What speculation?

I thought the McLeod backers were half-crazy during the primary when they would claim Billy Morris had it in for their candidate, but I'm beginning to believe them. Every single endorsement Lee's gotten from anyone during the runoff, be it McLeod or Maria Sheffield, the Chronicle has gone out of its way to point out the "insincerity" behind it. Because, heaven forbid someone actually want to endorse any candidate other their The Chosen One.

I listed to McLeod on Austin Rhodes' show today, and he sounded sincere about his endorsement of Lee. Know why? Because Lee's a great man, Ms. McCord. He's honorable and kind. No, he doesn't pal around with your boss at the country club, but that's a reason to vote FOR him, not against him.

You may even be right about the "sour grapes" aspect, but I blame Rick Allen and his negative campaigning for it. What did he think was going to happen? McLeod was going to come sing Kumbayah with him around a campfire after the fact?

I'd certainly love to be a fly on the wall in the Chronicle offices on Wednesday morning after The Chosen One loses. I predict Lee wins big.

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nanowerx 08/17/12 - 07:42 am
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Lee Anderson...the only guy

Lee Anderson...the only guy to already get sold to the highest bidder before he even made it to Washington. Look at his campaign donations, they read like a whos-who list of local contractors and asphalt companies that are going to make a killing off TSPLOST...which Anderson openly endorsed. He plays the "I'm just an innocent country boy" routine and people eat it up. That "country boy" doesn't even know what the Federal Reserve is, and you want him to help fix our economy when he gets to Washington?!

I voted for McLeod and am disgusted he would get in line with Anderson, they are both very different in how they define "fiscal conservative"...in which Anderson is far from. I know McLeod and Allen went after each other during the primary, but they were much closer on political ideals. The saddest thing is that McLeod said he would endorse Allen if he won the nomination....just continuing the horrible trend in our political system with people blindly supporting an (R) or (D) next to a name and not the actual person. Everybody just pats themselves on the back and our economy continues to tank. I am Republican, but will be voting for Barrow if Anderson wins this.

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brendadale 08/17/12 - 07:44 am
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Allen not the man for job

Allen is not the person I want representing us in Washington. Allen has no experience, just his money and his arrogant attitude. Allen is just what we don't need!!! He is just too full of himself. This is nothing but an ego trip for him. Like he said in the beginning, I want to add this to my list of accomplishments. What is he wanting --- another notch in his belt. Lee is a devout Christian and sincerely cares about the people. He would be a Congressman that is not too modest or embarrassed to ask questions and find out what needs to be done to take care of business. I don't think Rick has those traits.

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brendadale 08/17/12 - 07:50 am
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Nanowerx, I think you are

Nanowerx,
I think you are confused on your party choice. What are you? Republican or Democrat????? Pick one and stick to it.

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MarinerMan 08/17/12 - 08:13 am
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My Post Was Removed !!
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@JustMyOpinion - The other day, Austin was talking about how he admired Wright, and that he knew him so well, since the both went to Westside together. I made a comment about wishing we could have witnessed the "pucker effect" when Wright called Austin yesterday first thing, to tell him that he had decided to support Anderson over Allen. Guess anatomy is off limits. I thought it was funny...

nanowerx
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nanowerx 08/17/12 - 08:16 am
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I am Conservative.

@Brendadale

I am Conservative.

Being completely tied to a party choice and not the actual policies and views of a candidate, that is part of the problem.

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rebellious 08/17/12 - 08:52 am
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1/2 Debate

I think Anderson made a strategic error by not attending the forum/debate with Allen. Barrow is even more polished than Allen, and if Anderson makes it through the run-off, will target this weakness with laser focus. If the objective is to unseat Barrow, Allen seems to be the most effective debater. Anyone recall the Kennedy/Nixon debate where Tricky Dick started sweating bullets.

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soapy_725 08/17/12 - 09:05 am
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They all have tractors now...
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They are all simple men of the land. So there mission in Washington will be to restore an "agrarian economy".

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/17/12 - 09:09 am
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Each and every election becomes
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more nauseating. Self serving ego maniacs puppets. Lord help us. Can you just imagine Lee Anderson "drafting a 200 page legalese bill"? Can you imagine Lee Anderson on the floor of Congress explaining his proposed legislation.

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soapy_725 08/17/12 - 09:11 am
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Makes you want to say, I give up
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Give us a dictator. It appears representative government does not work.

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soapy_725 08/17/12 - 09:13 am
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Talk about your wasted votes....
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We thought this was a man of character. Sad.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/17/12 - 09:57 am
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"Why fault Wright McLeod for

"Why fault Wright McLeod for not supporting Allen? I mean Allen's campaign manager was pointing the finger at him on every turn. There was heat between them. It would seem very disingenuous for him to turn around and support Allen. Kind of like the Hillary - Barry Sorento thing, don'tcha think?"

His spite is easy to understand, but it IS cutting off his nose to spite his face unless Mcleod secretly wants Barrow to win. The thing to have done is not throw his support behind anyone; particularly if he sees a future in politics. If his support of Anderson results in Barrow getting reelected, people will have long memories.....

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shootamonkey 08/17/12 - 10:25 am
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Austin Rhodes does not like
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Austin Rhodes does not like Lee Anderson because Lee will not bow down and kiss his ring. Rhodes is pretty much responsible for McLeod's defeat. Rhodes supported McLeod and he came in 3rd out of 4. Pretty stong endorsement. Rhodes endorsed Willie Saunders and he lost. I would never vote for anyone Rhodes endorsed. Lee is a fine man and will be a great Congressman! We need someone up there with some common sense who will look out for the people back home.

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omnomnom 08/17/12 - 11:35 am
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teehee. So, a candidate will

teehee. So, a candidate will be remembered for endorsing the opponent who had significantly more votes? And then he'll be blamed for costing republicans the election?

What a weird wild mixed up world we live in.
Go ahead and blame me for costing republicans the election too, I didn't vote in their primary.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/17/12 - 04:51 pm
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IAD, I don't believe Allen

IAD, I don't believe Allen waived the olive branch to him and so kind of ridiculous when you think about it to expect Wright to knock them down to offer his support. As to future in politics, perhaps it is just as possible for Allen to be as harshly judged.

I think we can both agree that all politicians, at least of the same party, might want to consider what they say about each other; particularly when their subsequent support could make a difference in their own campaign.

I was bothered by what Allen accused McLeod of because I so value honesty. I also realize that I am very likely politically naïve. In retrospect, I should have just called and asked him about it. Either way, I had no influence on the primary and still haven't made up my mind on how I am going to vote other than against "Barrah".

If McLeod ran again, I would definitely listen to what he had to say and weigh the options.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/17/12 - 04:52 pm
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P.S. IAD, neither of those

P.S. IAD, neither of those two thumbs belong to me:)
Hope you had a great vacation.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/17/12 - 05:21 pm
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OM, Anderson can't beat

OM, Anderson can't beat Barrow, Allen can. If McLeod's support enables Anderson to win the run-off, he just put Barrow back in. Get It?

Even the pundits suggested that he sit on his hands if Barrow is to be beaten. I would have preferred either McLeod or Sheffield (I voted for her) before Allen or Anderson, but it didn't pan out that way. Now I have to hold my nose and choose between the lessers, and Barrow is the least of the three, followed by Anderson, then Allen. Anderson is so inarticulate as to be totally ineffective in today's political environment. Sad but true.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/17/12 - 05:22 pm
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Thank you WB.

Thank you WB.

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