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Commission candidates defend role of Tea Party

It’s really a runoff campaign between Bob Blackburn and David Stover for the District 3 seat on the Coweta County Commission to be held Aug. 10. But a campaign visit paid by Stover to a local business resulted in a number of emails that had to do with Stover’s “Tea Party” preferences rather than the campaign itself. The initial email and responses to it quickly went viral.

The various email communications began after Stover visited Bush Real Estate Group CEO Don Bush at his business after the July 20 election when it was determined that he and Bob Blackburn would face off in the Aug. 10 runoff for the District 3 commission seat. Bush subsequently sent Stover some of his thoughts on the candidate having associated himself with the Tea Party movement.

Contacted Wednesday, Bush said Stover had visited his office after the election and spent about half an hour speaking with him.

“He didn’t mention the Tea Party,” Bush said, adding that he later read a newspaper article where Stover had stated at a candidate’s forum that his platform was aligned with Tea Party concepts.

Bush, in his discontent with the Tea Party movement, subsequently sent the following email to Stover:

As I explained to you and your wife when you were in my office last week, I'm a foot washing, snake handling, non-repentant Democrat. I have been from birth and will be until death.

Each morning I broadcast email a ‘Morning Inspiration’ to some 10,000 Coweta citizens, real estate agents, clients, et al. The below went out this morning.

All I had to read was the words ‘tea party’ associated with your name to bring my blood to a boil. Typically, I'm somewhat apolitical. That is, until I see/hear/read anything representative of the Tea Party and their insane platform of hate, nonsense, and fruitcake ideas. From my point of view, you've aligned yourself with nothing more than nitwits championed by the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and a plethora of other lunatic fringe folks who appear to be on outpatient care after frontal lobotomy work.

My circle of influence reaches the width and breath of this county and I will spend that political capital down to the last penny to have you defeated in this election,” Bush said.

The Citizen was one of the recipients of a copy of Bush’s “Morning Inspiration” email. That communication read:

“In my opinion, the Tea Party movement, representing less than eight percent of the national electorate, is peopled by the fringes of lunatics, fear mongers, intellectual midgets, and just plain whack jobs. It'll be a cold day in hell before I will sit still for any candidate making inroads into representative government in my little part of the world that subscribes to absolute hate and delusion.

These Tea Party fruitcakes are a danger to true Americans and American ideals. They are racists, bigots, and want to return to the days of the Jim Crow legal system. My full support is behind Bob Blackburn, an honorable and astute businessman in this county and will truly represent all of the citizens of Coweta County, not just the fringe of the extreme right wing tinfoil helmeted demigods and wannabees. Their grasp on Constitutional principals and the founding father's ideals are parallel to the those of psych ward patients at the local mental clinic.

To cast a vote for David Stover would be tantamount to voting for Lester Maddox, George Wallace, Glenn ‘I ought to be in a straight jacket’ Beck, the KKK, or any number of other racist and bigoted radicals that would magically carry us back to the injustice and lunacy of pre-1964.

Stand up for what is right. Get out the vote on Aug. 10 and bury David Stover under the garbage heap of yesterday. Vote for Bob Blackburn and tell your friends to do the same.

We will be placing more signs and campaign material for Bob Blackburn than Carter has liver pills throughout Coweta County as we approach election day. As God is my witness, we will bury Stover under the dung pile he so richly deserves. And you can take that to the bank,” Bush said in the July 22 email.

For their parts, both District 3 runoff candidates said they are trying to run an above board campaign. Both, nonetheless, provided a response to Bush’s email that went through the “Morning Inspiration” mailing.

Stover in his response to Bush said:

“First, I’d like to say that I am sincerely disappointed in the behavior that has been exhibited by one of our own local businessman. Racism especially is an ugly accusation. I find it deplorable that anyone would make such unfounded and false statements towards a large group of their neighbors. The fact that the businessman in question is using my campaign for 3rd District County Commissioner and my strong support of the Tea Party to create a polarizing event in our county is especially troubling.

 I completely condemn the statements that this individual has put forth. I stand firm on my support of the Tea Party and the ideals that the Tea Party represents: low taxes, Constitutionally-limited government, excessive government spending, individual property rights and Free Market systems. I know I speak for many when I say that we will not be intimidated, threatened or dissuaded from our cause. I encourage everyone to join in on bringing the Tea Party ideals to Coweta County government,” Stover said.

Blackburn also responded to the email by Bush. He sent his thoughts on the matter to Stover, letting him know that he did not accept Bush’s “endorsement.” Blackburn in his letter said:

“Dear David,
I have read and verified the Tea Party letter/e-mail that was sent out yesterday. So much ‘junk’ is sent out and I am particularly careful to verify an e-mail or comment before responding to it.

In no way do I condemn the Tea Party, nor you, nor your desire to promote any good Republican cause that could advance and further unify our party. It hurts to see ugly things written and said about you as I fully know how it hurt me the times it has happened to me. I was shocked to say the least.

Regardless of my deep respect for the First Amendment right to free speech, this clearly crosses the line of civility. It is hard to overlook such a brutal letter, and it shows you have hit a nerve with a prominent outspoken far left wing Democrat. Real Republicans will not buy into this, and you will come out on top in this one. It shows you as a real threat to the ‘other side’s’ ideals, and either you or me should likely expect to see such attacks in the future. Personally, I would just ‘consider the source.’ That’s easy to say, but when something that is so hurtful is broadcast all over the place it is especially painful.

I would support you 100 percent on this one, and although a candidate (and possible future office holder) is obliged to represent all citizens, no one should have to refrain from defense of themselves, and especially you in this instance from an attack of such a brutal nature.
I do not accept Mr. Bush’s endorsement of me, nor do I condone his ugly attack on you and the Tea Party,” Blackburn said.

Also weighing in on the email by Bush were Coweta Tea Party Patriot coordinators Wendy Bloedt and Denise Ognio. Bloedt last week said that the organization elected to respond to Bush’s comments only after receiving multiple phone calls from people in Coweta and Fayette counties who were copied on the letter.

The letter from the Coweta Tea Party Patriots to those on its database read:

“Many of you recently received an extremely inflammatory email from Mr. Don Bush of Bush Real Estate, which he purports to have sent to 10,000 people.

Under normal circumstances, such lunacy would be below the realm of any serious recognition. However, Mr. Bush has taken license to speak on behalf of several individuals who are quite capable of speaking for themselves. 

Therefore, the Coweta Tea Party Patriots feels it right to address the embarrassment Mr. Bush has brought to two highly respected Coweta County commissioner candidates currently engaged in a run-off election, as well as our own members. At minimum, a little levity is certainly in order here.
Both Mr. Bob Blackburn and Mr. David Stover are very adept candidates and have been kind enough to provide the Coweta Tea Party with a response to the daft accusations and presumptions brought forth by Mr. Bush.

As to Mr. Bush’s claims about the Tea Party and it’s members, we do not feel compelled to personally respond to the sheer hysterics of any and every uninformed individual out there. We do feel it necessary to offer both candidates an opportunity to right the wrong that has been done to them.
Thank you for your consideration, and please take the time to fully research both candidates and participate in the August 10th run-off,” the letter said.

Commenting Wednesday, Jim Richter, coordinator for the Fayette-Coweta 912 Patriots, said many of his organization’s database of more than 2,000 people had seen and disapproved of Bush’s comments. Richter said the 912 group supported the position and response by the Coweta Tea Party to Bush’s emails.



<strong>"insane platform of hate, nonsense, and fruitcake ideas"</strong>

That is a very concise and accurate description of the Tea Party movement.

Observerofu's picture

I mean that is just silly. Asking a Politician to be fiscally responsible is like asking Summers in Georgia to not be hot.

Why would we want something like that?

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt"
-Samuel Adams
Illegitimi non carborundum

PTC Observer's picture

ChrisP is a union boss, ignore him

Which do you find more radical! Excesive taxing, trillions of dollars in deficit, throwing our money away in bailouts, or the Federal Government taking over every area of our lives, or is it radical to stand up to a government who wants to control every aspect of your life! That is our heritage from the begining! Seriously, if you are not informed then you are part of the problem~!

dawn69's picture

Come on, now...I like our hot Georgia summers...renders a nice LONG growing season. I'll have okra until November!

<"The most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller>

Observerofu's picture

I find the humidity intimidating. But I survive it. Anything that doesn't kill me makes me stronger. I just sometimes think it is going to. Last week the A/C went out on the floor and we had 5000 Tee's that had to go out. Needless to say the crew was not to happy.

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt"
-Samuel Adams
Illegitimi non carborundum

Mike King's picture

Tea Party or Black Panthers? Or would you consider Farrahkan's Nation of Islam? All fit your description of being platforms of hate, nonsense, and fruitcake ideas. Plus each are associated with the party of Obama with two more so than the other.

What say you?

By no means do the Coweta Tea Party (pseudo)Patriots have a monopoly on <strong>"insane platform of hate, nonsense, and fruitcake ideas"</strong>! The groups you mentioned are just as hateful,nonsensical and fruity!

The Coweta mob is simply the most visible of the bunch here locally. Ever seen a Black Panther in Georgia? A Nation of Islam member? I haven't, and I've lived here a good long time.

Mike King's picture

Surely those Coweta folk have not traded in their hoods for red t-shirts! And here I'm thinking that those hooded miscreants simply died away. Silly me.

As far as sightings of the other two, I have. Suffice it to say not recently, however.

I know that I have a history of tweaking the tea partisans for the racist comments of some of their members, but truthfully, I sincerely doubt that racism is a primary motivator for the vast majority of their membership.

Nationwide, the "tea party" seems to consist of the old John Birch society firebreathers coupled with the "sore loser over-50 bitter white male with an overdeveloped sense of entitlement" demographic. This cobbled together group has been given a Dick Armey/Freedomworks public relations makeover.

Locally, and I'll admit my experience is largely anecdotal, but it appears that quite a number of factions have adopted the "tea party" moniker. Did't Harold Bost's good government group reconstitute itself as a "tea party"?

The Coweta tea party has attracted national attention as being one of the most Jesus-centric tea party organizations, quite a bit of their rhetoric seems aimed at supporting social conservative candidates and Republicans.

One measure of the Coweta tea party's "independence" is that their "upcoming events" calendar lists all the Republican Womens' luncheons.

One of the best comments ever written in the Citizen was "how can anyone be against what the Tea Party stands for, particularly since they don't stand FOR anything!"

Out of curiousity, Mike, are you a Tea Party kinda guy?

Mike King's picture

Thankfully, no hoods.

Actually, I'm more of a middle of the road sort that can say that while not leftist, I'm certainly not far right. Throughout my careers I've regarded laws/regulations as guidelines for I can usually give good common sense reasoning for breaking most and on occasion have done so.

My kids refer to me as being to the right of Atilla the Hun, but being pro choice keeps them on their toes.

When the Tea Party proves its 'party neutrality' I'll stauchly begin to support it. Until then, let's just say I'm curious.

By the way, I'm over fifty and could care less about John Birch or any other kool-ade drinking group.

I think its interesting that someone will spout such ignorance in public! The accusations against the Tea Party are just propoganda spouted by the media. If they say it enough then it will be true, even though there is are no facts. You can say anything and some people will believe it because they dont investigate what they hear...they just believe it. There are those who are threatened because if WE THE PEOPLE stand up then they wont be able to get away with things that we would not support. Its always funny to me that a segment of our society will complain about people being narrow minded and prove themselves to be the most narrowminded of them all by only supporting those who say what they want them to! There is no evidence, (not accusations, but evidence), that the tea party is nothing but American Citizens exercising their constitutional right to free speech. I'm sure as a Democrat (the party that has ALWAYS supported and encouraged citizens to speak out) you can appreciate that right, or is it only when they agree with you?

It is the felt "hate" the Teas as a whole generate that is objectionable.
Bush shook them up so that they had to pile onto someone when McCain and Palin lost! I smell racism in many of them. Stupidity in others, and a few roped in with such stuff as follows:

Taxes----such as "fair" tax (25-30% more than we have now!) And none on corporations and job givers. Poor get a food check from Washington---not state.

Women's rights. They and their doctor should have nothing to say about their health or choices. They think it will stop pregnancies not wanted!

Federal government not to borrow money, but the TEAS want the Federals to supply money to the states for unemployment, dams, roads, schools and I guess take it out of Social Security pay-outs! They want a bigger military so it can't come from there! They want two wars at a Trillion dollars, but no borrowing money to pay for it.

They want no regulations on much of anything, but want the states bailed out in a recession due to crooked banks and far too much credit by Corporations to individuals.

They don't want the UN but want help with their useless wars!

I could go on for a page or two, but suffice it to say that maybe the grizzly Moms will save us in the end!

You clearly don't understand the Fair Tax. Read the books, visit the website, try to educate yourself before you make a fool of yourself----oops, may be too late.

Well I see the "fair tax" is all you wish to discuss, so I do see one thing I could have made clear about that:

The 25-30% fair sales tax replaces, I think, all of the federal income tax.
I didn't say sales tax before.

To my knowledge it does not replace state sales tax.
It does not replace County property tax.
It does not replace Social Security tax.
It does not replace any SPLOST or LOST taxes.
It does not replace any bond debt payments.
It does not replace any fees, phone taxes, 911 charges, or many others.

It DOES relieve corporations and business of paying any federal income tax----which is what it all about!
It is not 23% sales tax as is proposed. The price of the sale is increased by more than 23%. Business will not reduce their prices, they will pay more dividends with the tax boon or make more profits.

Very low income people will be put onto the public dole and get a check every month to cover a part of their 25-30% sales tax they pay.

Most people like you always say "read the book," when they can't explain it. I have read the book and it is written by nuts!

Cyclist's picture

Isn't that the taxes that Rangel did not pay? Kerry too if word hadn't leak out about his yacht.

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People like John Kerry with money advisors and lawyers on personal staff allow these people to handle their money. If they say buy In Rhode Island and save money, that is what happens! Rhode Island wants the sales. He did decide to pay it anyway but I don't really know how Mass. can accept it since it wasn't bought or stored there!

Isn't that similar to military retirees moving to Florida or Texas or MS maybe, to avoid their previous home state taxes? Nothing illegal about that!

Would you like to hear some tax stories about prominent Republicans and taxes? No! Hey.,it is a different world than us working people.

As to Rangel and Waters and many others in congress with "deals" hanging over theire head, that comes from being elected too many times! We have got to go to one term for them. Wouldn't that be enough of Westmoreland and Obama? Let's try Palin and Cuomo next time?

JeffC's picture

The FairTax taxes the interest above the prime rate on all debt; credit cards, mortgages, auto loans, etc. Do you support that?

It also taxes rents? Do you support that?

And all the talk about receiving 100% of your paycheck leaves out the part whereby your paycheck is first reduced by the amount of income tax that is now deducted.

This stuff isn't in the book. Read the legislation.

Observerofu's picture

the 20% reduction in hidden cost. I support the elimination of Federal Taxes which run in the 30+ percentile.

If I have more income and the hidden taxes are removed then an increase in Gas Rent or other items are a non-issue. Don't forget the pre-bate we will all receive for the average cost of living expenses.

Added together is will be close to revenue neutral.
Will you get rich no of course not.
Will all taxes be eliminated no.
Will you be able to more control your tax liability YES.
Will April 15th be just another day YES.
Will it be fair. YES In fact since the poor purchase little that will pay the least tax factor in the prebate and they will be tax neutral. The Rich purchase the most so they will pay the most.

Can't get more "progressive" then that

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt"
-Samuel Adams
Illegitimi non carborundum

JeffC's picture

It's a massive shift of taxes from the rich to the poor but I don't care. It's a fantasy that'll never be seriously considered much less implemented. There's a reason that neither the Rs nor the Ds support it. Besides, that 23% figure was thought up back in the 90s. I wonder what the number would be now to be revenue neutral. If things keep on the way their going, I suspect that a revenue neutral tax will be about 130% if everybody's income.

Observerofu's picture

because of the last 12 years Bush and Obama we now have a debt beyond our ability to pay. So in all likely hood you are correct.

"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt"
-Samuel Adams
Illegitimi non carborundum

It also makes the typical US household dependent on a federal check every month. Do you support that too?

Because I am a Federal Retiree, you might could say I already am! At least I havent had to tap my 401K yet!

Don't pay rent or interest--don't have any debt---yeah, that's right, WE'RE DEBT FREE! Dave Ramsey would be proud!

Am I supposed to know Dave Ramsay?

You owe government debt of about $60,000 each! You have lived the good life off it. Probably, so has this fellow Ramsay!

JeffC's picture

Me too! I'm a big Dave Ramsey fan. FREEDOM!

<a href="">Private Sector Blues - What Obama thinks is good for America is bad for business. </a>

<cite>Indeed, despite President Obama’s complaints that he had been left “an economic crisis as deep and dire as any since the days of the Great Depression,” he and his advisers did not suggest initially that the future was going to be bleak. Christina Romer, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, famously predicted that the unemployment rate would shortly top out at 8 percent.</cite>

<cite>Compare that with what Ronald Reagan had to deal with to overcome the Carter “malaise” in 1980: inflation at 11 percent, mortgages at 15 percent, and, by the time he had broken the inflationary cycle, unemployment at 10.8 percent. As Reagan noted in a microphone test which inadvertently went into the press room prior to his weekly radio broadcast on November 20, 1982, “My fellow Americans, I’ve talked to you on a number of occasions about the economic problems and opportunities our nation faces, and I’m prepared to tell you, it’s a hell of a mess.”</cite>

<cite>The Obama administration consists of politicians who believe that a crisis is too good to waste, academics whose main contact with business has been soliciting money for endowments, bureaucrats impervious to economic considerations, environmental visionaries, and—to the extent that there is anyone who has spent time in business—quick buck artists who went briefly into “finance” to translate their political connections into money. Obama has appointed a cabinet and a White House staff which contains not a single former business executive. It is an administration whose only contact with Main Street is shopping.</cite>

JeffC's picture

Most people take an historical view and realize that Carter inherited an economy based on Johnson's refusal to pay for Vietnam, Nixon's wage and price controls, Ford's Whip Inflation Now program, etc., instead of waking up each morning believing that faeries created the world anew during the night and all the world's problems magically appeared as the sun rose.

Have you ever seen so much stuff Jimmy Carter did wrong in just four years?
Heck, President Obama has surpassed him with wrongness in 1 1/2 years!

Of course the Bush clan did nothing wrong in 12 years! Nor Reagan in 8.
Some are right-brained only.

Yeah Jeff, your old man did such a bang up job that he got re-elected.
(in your dreams, anyway)

Typical lib- won't take responsibility for failure - it's always the other guys fault.

JeffC's picture

LOL. That's hysterical Joe! "... libs failing to take responsibility". Go back and look at all the posts that you've spent so many hours trolling the bottom feeding web sites for so you could cut and paste their ridiculous stuff here for our entertainment. I'll bet 95% of them are complaints about Guantanamo, which was totally the Bush administration's fault; the economy, which the previous administration managed to turn from surplus to world-wide devastation; and Afghanistan, which was totally mismanaged by the Bush administration.

You've practically spent your entire blogging career here denying your party's responsibility for anything. Then you complain about libs refusing to take responsibility. That is just so funny!

You remind me of Michael Steele claiming the Afghanistan war is Obama's fault:

<a href="">Michael Steele: Afghanistan is War of Obama's Choosing</a>

Uh, right....

I bet when you first saw that, you jumped up and down in a frenzy saying "Yeah, that's right. How could Obama be so stupid as to start a war in Afghanistan?"

You of all people complaining about liberals failing to take responsibility!


Oh Jeff - you're such a typical lib - You fail to address the failure of your daddy and his responsibility and dismal failures as Potus.

By the way, Guantanamo was the terrorists fault, not W’s. The terrorists drew first blood- at least Bush had the cajones (something Obama doesn’t have) to do something about it.

JeffC's picture

Ignorance can be overcome but I can't fix stupid.

You and the members of your family should know......

JeffC's picture

We end in agreement about something.

Have a nice life.

That's what I have been saying all along - Barack Obama is a real idiot and his stupidity cannot be fixed.

I'm glad you agree.

<strong>A story that rings true:</strong>

<cite>The Republicans/Conservatives took the keys to the car (government) and ran the car into a ditch. While the Democrats and some Independents tried to pull/push the car out of the ditch, the Republicans/Conservatives stood on the sideline and said, "You're going about it the wrong way", and refused to help. When the car was finally out of the ditch and on asphalt, the Republicans/Conservatives wanted the keys to the car so that they could drive it! Heck no!! The letters for the transmission tell the story: <strong> D</strong> for drive; <strong>R</strong> for reverse. We're moving forward with <strong>D</strong> - not backward with <strong>R</strong>!</cite>

It's time to pull together and drive our government in the direction that benefits the American people - not large corporations and Wall Street!

Cyclist's picture

<cite>The Republicans/Conservatives took the keys to the car (government) and ran the car into a ditch. While the Democrats and some Independents tried...</cite>

last time I checked the demos have the advantage in numbers in both the House and the Senate. So isn't this just an exercise in political grandstanding by the President?

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I do believe that Democrats have controlled both House & Senate since 2007!, So just SHO was driving the car? Perhaps a case of mistaken identity here.

We were just beginning to see how close to the precipice the driver and Wall Street was taking us. (and the cost of the war in Iraq was not even in the budget!) Not mistaken identity - mistaken trust. Never again. I'm not saying ' never a Republican Congress - but a more moderate Congress that represents the majority of the American people - and not the vociferous left or right.

January 2001 R D R
January 2001-June 2001 R R R
June 2001-2003 R D R
2003-2005 R R R
2005-2007 R R R
2007-2009 R D D
2009-2010 D D D

The above represents the party of the president; and the party controlling the House and the Senate. 2007 represents the country's realization that the Bush era was coming to an end - along with the economy of our country. Not 'grandstanding' - just expressing what so many feel - but evidently are not 'polled'. The new Congress has helped us get long awaited healthcare reform and financial reform. We're beginning to see that the Insurance Companies and Wall Street are not in control - and we the people can be IF WE VOTE!

just sayin'

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