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13 January 2010

Another Democrat Undercuts Jane Kidd's Message That The David Ralston Is Corrupt

Last December, after the House Republican Caucus selected state Rep. David Ralston as their candidate for Speaker, state Democratic Party chairman Jane Kidd issued a press release grouping Ralston with the larger "culture of corruption" that she claims has taken hold under the Gold Dome [Aued, Blake (2009-12-17). Dems: Ralston no improvement over Richardson. Blake Aued's Blog. Retrieved on 2009-12-22.]. The Democratic Party even added Speaker Ralston to its list of GOP politicos depicted on the website "Who They Represent.com".

Before the ink was dry on Kidd's statement though, other prominent Georgia Dems began offering supportive words for House Speaker David Ralston. House Democratic Leader DuBose Porter, a member of the state Democratic executive committee, called Ralston a "trusted member of the Georgia House." [Fain, Travis (2009-12-19). Local legislators optimistic about new speaker-to-be. Macon Telegraph. Retrieved on 2009-12-22.]. Former state Representative and House Judiciary Committee chairman Tom Bordeaux (D - Savannah) said Ralston is honest, not a philanderer and bright [Salzer, James (2009-12-21). New House speaker seen as steady hand. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 2009-12-22.].

On the first day of the 2010 legislative session, eleven Democrats cast their votes for Republican Ralston to be Speaker [Galloway, Jim (2010-1-11). Democrats who voted for House Speaker David Ralston. Political Insider. Retrieved on 2010-1-12.]. And now the AJC reports that David Poythress, a leading Democratic candidate for governor, is a fan of the new Republican House Speaker [Galloway, Jim (2010-1-12). Another Democratic fan for David Ralston. Political Insider. Retrieved on 2010-1-13.].

Correct me if I'm wrong here, but does it not seem that state Democratic Party chairman Jane Kidd is being hung out to dry by every other Democrat in the state. I mean Kidd says David Ralston is corrupt. But other Democrats don't appear to agree.

Now here's what I think:

The David Ralston attack is not working. There are more Democrats speaking kindly of Georgia's new House Speaker than are speaking against him. To me, that means that Ralston probably does not deserve to be on "Who They Represent.com" as part of the list of Republicans who are "only looking out for number one."