Elder shows support for Blocker Adams

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Lee Elder first made an impact on Augusta on April 21, 1974, when he earned an automatic invitation to the 1975 Masters Tournament.

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Lee Elder, the first black golfer to play in the Masters Tournament, hugs Augusta mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams before speaking to an audience at a campaign event at Furniture Outlet on Bobby Jones Expressway.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Lee Elder, the first black golfer to play in the Masters Tournament, hugs Augusta mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams before speaking to an audience at a campaign event at Furniture Outlet on Bobby Jones Expressway.

Forty years later, the first black man to compete at Augusta National Golf Club is continuing his efforts to bring change to Richmond County.

On Tuesday, Elder made an appearance at Furniture Outlet on Bobby Jones Expressway to help raise campaign funds for mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams.

“About a month ago, Mr. Elder was told I was running for mayor, and he immediately volunteered to help in any way possible,” Blocker-Adams said. “It’s hard to describe how much it means to have the support of such a legendary man.”

Blocker-Adams is one of five candidates – all of whom are black – running for mayor of Augusta. The others are Charles Cummings, Hardie Davis Jr., Alvin Mason and Lori Myles. The election is May 20.

Elder says the election is significant.
“To know Augusta’s going to have an African-American mayor says a lot about how far we’ve come,” he said. “Things have changed since I first played here in 1975.”

If anyone knows about change, it’s Elder. The PGA Tour had a whites-only clause as late as 1961, forcing Elder to spend multiple years on the black professional tour.

After saving enough money, he
officially joined the PGA Tour in 1967.

Blocker-Adams says she’s thankful to have the 79-year-old in her corner.

“We met five years ago during an event at Paine College, but we’ve really gotten to know each other these past two years,” Blocker-Adams said of Elder.

“I can’t express how appreciative I am of him and his wife, Sharon.

“It’s truly incredible to have Lee Elder endorse little ole me. He’s
such an icon – such a tremendous person.”

When asked what makes Blocker-Adams worthy of being elected mayor, Elder’s answer is simple.

“Consistency,” he said. “You always know what you’re getting from Helen. She never wavers in her beliefs and I honestly believe it’s time for Augusta to embrace her as mayor. She’s one of the hardest working, most loyal people I know.”

In addition to Elder, Blocker-Adams is also endorsed by former presidential candidate Herman Cain.

The 2015 Masters will mark the 40th anniversary of Elder’s groundbreaking play at Augusta National.

Blocker-Adams says she would also like to make history in Augusta.

“Mr. Elder made history as the first African-American to play the Masters and I’m trying to make history as the first female mayor of Augusta-Richmond County,” she said. “It’s very humbling to think about.”

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Pops
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Pops 04/15/14 - 10:29 pm
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He knows really nothing about this area

“To know Augusta’s going to have an African-American mayor says a lot about how far we’ve come,” he said. “Things have changed since I first played here in 1975.”

He came here for four weeks in the late 70's for the tournament. Obviously was not here to see Ed McIntyre elected mayor. Lee, having nothing else to talk about but "race" is wearing thin.......

Butterman
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Butterman 04/15/14 - 10:28 pm
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Hmmmm OK

So they are personal friends. Great for her. But Does Mr. Elder live in Augusta? When was the last time he was even here? Does he stay on top of local Augusta issues? This says absolutely nothing about what kind of mayor Helen would be or where she stands on the issues. Mr. Elder played golf at The Augusta National in the 70s.. that was indeed historic but really does not have anything to do with the mayor's race. Just like I could care less who Tiger Woods or Bubba Watson endorsed. The fact that she has to use these "celebrity" endorsements to gin up interest in her campaign shows just what a weak candidate she is.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/15/14 - 10:32 pm
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McIntyre?

"To know Augusta’s going to have an African-American mayor says a lot about how far we’ve come,” he said. “Things have changed since I first played here in 1975.”...
I guess he missed Ed McIntyre being elected Augusta's first black mayor... so yeah Pops, he does not exactly have his pulse on what;s been going on in Augusta in the past 35 years

Butterman
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Butterman 04/16/14 - 01:03 am
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Furniture Outlet

A rather odd location to announce an endorsement to the media. But at least her suit matched the sofa. "Tell 'em about the furniture, Helen!"

triscuit
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triscuit 04/16/14 - 12:07 am
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I think this was a

I think this was a fundraiser, not something to "gin" up interest. The man who wins that business is a friend who donated his space. At least it's different than the same tired fish fries.

triscuit
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triscuit 04/16/14 - 12:07 am
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I think this was a

I think this was a fundraiser, not something to "gin" up interest. The man who wins that business is a friend who donated his space. At least it's different than the same tired fish fries.

triscuit
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triscuit 04/16/14 - 12:09 am
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I think Helen could cure

I think Helen could cure cancer, Bman, and you'd still complain about why it took so long. Making fun of the way someone dresses is just petty. She looks very nice in that picture.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/16/14 - 01:02 am
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Endorsements

mean very little.. especially 'celebrity' endorsements.. and especially from people who do not even live in Augusta and who barely have a connection to the city. As far as ginning up interest in a moribund campaign, Helen said herself in a TV news report that she was bringing Herman Cain to Augusta in hopes it would bring her campaign some attention and more importantly raise it some money (which according to recent campaign disclosures, it desperately needs). Still in forums she talks in platitudes and her answer to nearly every question is to "study that" and "form a committee." Maybe Helen needs to spend less time courting celebrity endorsements and more time actually studying the office she is running for and the issues the next mayor will have to deal with.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/16/14 - 09:29 am
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Hold it!

Can we find out who Miley Cyrus supports???

Dang....AC you are going overboard on this...remember the Sheriff's election..you did there too.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/16/14 - 09:48 am
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The only endorsement

that matters is who countyman supports. Many of us are waiting with bated breath for that one.

rebellious
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rebellious 04/16/14 - 10:38 am
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They

will eat her alive! Time for strength and some intestinal fortitude in the Mayor's Office, not some Tony Robbins motivational personality.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/16/14 - 10:44 am
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Narcissist

Triscuit, I do not doubt that Helen probably thinks she can cure cancer with her "positive personality." Have you heard her in the forums? She is clearly a narcissist.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 04/16/14 - 03:56 pm
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"Endorsements...especially

"Endorsements...especially from people who do not even live in Augusta and who barely have a connection to the city."

My sentiments exactly. Now how do we get the outside money out of the US Senate race on both sides? (Money is speech.) So the more money the Kochs spend on the race, the more Butterman will be turned off.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/16/14 - 04:10 pm
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Truth does Matter

I am no fan of the Kochs' influence in elections. Unfortunately until there is a constitutional amendment, they will continue to be able to buy elections legally. Speaking of outside money influencing elections... It is worthy to note that 80% of Hardie Davis Jr's campaign contributions have come from outside Augusta.

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gargoyle 04/16/14 - 07:04 pm
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With the type press she is

With the type press she is getting who wants to bet on who gets the Chronicle endorsement. As for me one Social Entrepreneur was enough. To quote McLintock if I had a herd of cows she would be my cull.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 04/16/14 - 07:28 pm
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Bet you won't
Unpublished

be able to fathom what Augusta's finances will look like in 5 years.

stuaby
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stuaby 04/16/14 - 08:30 pm
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What difference will it make

What difference will it make who wins this election? Geez.

What difference will it make who wins any election? The trajectory is set, at this point.

Sorry for the cynicism folks, but it's hard for to get excited by any of this.

(Anyway, back to Dj XS's masterful 80's funk mix.)

Lori Davis
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Lori Davis 04/17/14 - 09:06 am
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I got zero press from the AC

I got zero press from the AC when I ran for Mayor in 2010, as a matter of fact, I was ignored. I even had an extremely specific problem solving platform. Helen must be their pick.

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