Jimmy Carter grandson running for governor

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 7:18 AM
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ATLANTA — Jason Carter, a grandson of former President Carter, said moments before filing the paperwork to run for governor on Thursday morning that he expects to have a clear field in running for the Democratic nomination.

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Jason Carter

“I don’t anticipate any opposition,” Carter told Morris News Service.

Former state Sen. Connie Stokes announced she is shifting her five-month campaign for the nomination to lieutenant governor instead. State Democratic leaders applauded the Carter-Stokes ticket.

Her decision allows him to keep his seat in the Senate for the session that begins Jan. 13, where he can gain free media exposure and criticize Gov. Nathan Deal.

Carter said that he has regularly used his Senate seat as a platform to oppose Deal’s education budget, cuts to the HOPE grant and tax breaks that he said focused too little on small businesses.

“I was down there arguing every day,” Carter said.

Deal’s spokesman, Brian Robinson, braced for the attacks.

“We’re focused on keeping Georgia the No. 1 place to do business and creating jobs and developing a skilled workforce,” Robinson said.

Had Stokes stayed in the governor’s race, she would have been free to raise money during the 40-day session, when Carter and Deal are blocked by state law. Carter’s decision to stay in the Senate also illustrates confidence that the fundraising benefit he’ll enjoy from his family’s political connections will allow him to match Deal’s advantages as an incumbent Republican in a state where every statewide office is held by the GOP.

Though Carter doesn’t expect a primary fight, Deal is already facing one. State school Superintendent John Barge and Dalton Mayor David Pennington are both trying to unseat the governor.

“The Democrats are coming out of the woodwork because they know the vulnerability of our current governor,” Pennington said. “If we want to keep Georgia a red state, we cannot have a candidate at the top of the Republican ticket tarnished by ethical problems and who has a poor economic record, highlighted by our state remaining at the top of the unemployment rankings.”

Carter’s grandfather also served in the Senate before his election as governor and ultimately president. The family connections are likely to provide donors from across the country and volunteers eager to support a Democratic legacy.

Jason Carter, though, said he intends to concentrate the campaign on his own ideas and the future rather than his grandfather’s past policies.

“The focus on the campaign will be on education and the economy,” he said. “I have been working on that in the Senate for years. ... The governor has stood in the way.”

Carter is an Atlanta lawyer who quickly rose in the Senate as a leader among Democrats for being articulate, well-researched and witty. He has tried to work across party lines with Republicans on some issues, but he’ll likely be rebuffed next session as GOP senators rally around a governor they personally like.

The governor’s race won’t be the only statewide contest featuring a Democratic scion. Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, is running for her father’s old seat, and because of the possibility of the U.S. Senate switching to Republican control and because of her father’s political contacts, her candidacy is already drawing support from across the country.

In addition, the younger Nunn is the head of a national charity created by former President George H.W. Bush, providing her with ties to major donors of both parties across the country.

“One of the good things about Michelle and I running is we will be able to help each other,” Carter said, adding that they’ll have their own campaigns but will benefit from increased enthusiasm that can improve voter turnout.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/07/13 - 08:39 am
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Another Southern Baptist Communist. Whoopee!!!
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Another Southern Baptist Communist. Whoopee!!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/07/13 - 09:06 am
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Well now

That doesn't give me a warm & fuzzy feeling...nope.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/07/13 - 09:38 am
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Going by the analogy of:

An Acorn not falling far from the tree concept.
1 Carter is enough for GA and a nation.

On 2nd thought.....
If we have to go thru another Carter to get to another Reagan
I think I could put up with it....

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deestafford 11/07/13 - 10:23 am
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One thing we in Georgian won't have to worry about is

a Carter dynasty as the MA folks foster a Kennedy dynasty on the state and nation. The most destructive family for the country than the Roosevelts were. This will just go to prove the folks in Georgia are smarter than the folks in MA.

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rmwhitley 11/07/13 - 11:28 am
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Just what
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this country needs: another carter.

my.voice
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my.voice 11/07/13 - 12:32 pm
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This is nuts (get it?)

This is nuts (get it?)

pwren46
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pwren46 11/07/13 - 12:36 pm
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Jimmy Carter was the worst

Jimmy Carter was the worst Governor (and President, before Obama) that we ever had. We do not need a replay!!!!

Darby
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Darby 11/07/13 - 12:55 pm
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Just what we need.

Another Carter, carrying his own (empty) suitcases and walking around the governor's mansion flipping off light switches.

Real, meaningful leadership.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 11/07/13 - 01:43 pm
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Sam Nunn's daughter is running for Senate

so when did the Democrat Party become a hereditary organization? I thought they claimed to be interested in merritocracy?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/07/13 - 02:26 pm
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Oh good, Grandson of 2nd

Oh good, Grandson of 2nd Worst. Just goes to show you what a "family's political connections" can do to our political system.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 11/07/13 - 02:38 pm
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Too funny if it wasn't so sad

Haven't seen what he stands for but he's a Dem and he's kin to J Carter - we are in trouble WHEN they win. Hillary, president, oh my.

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Riverman1 11/07/13 - 04:03 pm
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He'd be better off running

He'd be better off running for mayor of Atlanta.

Darby
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Darby 11/07/13 - 04:55 pm
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"Sam Nunn's daughter is running for Senate

so when did the Democrat Party become a hereditary organization? I thought they claimed to be interested in merritocracy?"

.
More like mediocrity.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/07/13 - 09:04 pm
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Reminds me of a line from Young Guns.

Pat Garett tells Billy the people are asking him to run for sheriff...Billy says "I am asking you to run too, Pat.....that way" I wish the Carters would run away too. Pathetic politicians....

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fedex227 11/07/13 - 09:57 pm
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It's interesting that an article that mentions both
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Mr. Carter's intention to run and Gov. Deal's spokesman's comments in response, that every post is anti-Jason Carter, yet there's not one 'pro-Nathan Deal'.

Darby
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Darby 11/07/13 - 09:57 pm
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"Pathetic politicians...."

If I may be forgiven for splitting hairs... The Carters, like the Clinton's and Obama are really good politicians.. They are all just pathetic human beings, with no real leadership skills.

Ask them to get something done politically, it's almost for certain a done deal..... No matter the collateral damage to the human condition or to the Constitution.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 11/07/13 - 10:32 pm
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Thank you Darby

I stand corrected...

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Bodhisattva 11/08/13 - 08:07 am
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The Carters are "pathetic

The Carters are "pathetic human beings"? Sunday school teacher, works with Habitat, goes to extremely dangerous countries to ensure fair elections. Reagan stole his debate notes, sold Saddam his chemical weapon capability, sold Iran weapons, armed people who raped and killed nuns then lied about the whole thing, and there's a good chance he had a deal working that kept our hostages imprisoned longer. Nathan left Congress to dodge an ethics investigation, fired the investigator in states, hand picked the new one, destroyed evidence, "sold" his business to folks who owe the state a pile in taxes and he gets paid but the state doesn't, probable illegal donations to his PAC (back to the destroyed evidence and hand picked ethics investigator) with bucks from insurance and the health care industry and socks it to Georgians to make insurance as expensive as possible, and is probably going to get a little visit from the Justice Dept. for his continuing "ethics". Boy and howdy do we have different opinions of what a "pathetic human being" is. You must consider Dillinger a saint.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/08/13 - 08:28 am
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Gov. Deal over another Carter is the question.

Deal, Dealt my vote away when he sided with GRU.

Given the lies Gov. Deal told us about GRU, TSPLOST and GA400 - I-85 and etc... I could only support DEAL IF, he corrects the GRU naming mistake and investigates GA Regents Spending (Heir AZZZZZ) BEFORE re-election. No more "after I get elected" promises for me.

BTW:
I am still hoping we have another Conservative Candidate step up to run.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/08/13 - 08:48 am
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BTW: A positive Note on Jimmy Carter

The one thing he does not get enough credit for is:
in 1979, Carter deregulated the American beer industry by making it legal to sell malt, hops, and yeast to American home brewers for the first time since 1920.

That's right because of Carter we now have Micro and Home breweries

Darby
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Darby 11/10/13 - 01:09 pm
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As usual, Bod has his own take on history......

Bod, Al Capone pioneered the concept of soup kitchens for the poor. You, no doubt, consider HIM a saint.

As for Carter teaching Sunday School classes, so what? I've never been in one of his classes. I have been in some, however where I've known some "Christian" Sunday School teachers to "teach" hatred of the Jews, saying that they betrayed and killed Jesus.

So..... just teaching Sunday School doesn't make Carter a saint either.

I DO REMEMBER how he betrayed America by giving away the Panama Canal. And I DO REMEMBER how he betrayed young American athletes by refusing to allow them to participate in the Olympics in Moscow simply because HE was in a snit over Russian involvement in Afghanistan. I DO REMEMBER his micro managed and failed "rescue" attempt in Iran. And I certainly DO REMEMBER what a disaster he made of the American economy, only to turn around and blame his mess on the American people.

And now we have another Carter-like "malaise".

Sainthood for OzBama anyone????

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