Fayette GOP officer Ross says he hasn’t decided to support Democrat Pota Coston

Bob Ross speaks to a Tea Party forum in November 2012. Photo/File.
Fayette County Republican Party official Bob Ross is keeping his eyes open for the potential support of candidates in political races in Fayette County. That potential support could include crossing party lines.
 
Since he holds the office of 2nd Vice Chair of the Fayette County Republican Party, Ross was asked this week if he was considering supporting Democrat Pota Coston in her run against Republican incumbent Allen McCarty for the redrawn Post 5 seat on the Fayette County Commission.
 
Ross said he is looking for the best qualified people to fill positions of leadership. In doing that, it is important to look at the person’s track record in or out of office and their potential for further service, Ross said.
 
“I said last year that I was looking to find the best citizens for public office,” said Ross. “I also look at the person’s philosophical outlook on governance in our society and I’m assessing all Fayette County citizens who have qualified for elected office.”
 
Ross noted that he had supported Coston in her prior run for a Town Council seat in Tyrone. He campaigned for her door to door in the fall of 2013. She failed to unseat the incumbent by fewer than a dozen votes.
 
Tuesday, Ross said he has not made any commitment to support either Coston or McCarty, adding that he has not spoken with either candidate.
 
Aside from supporting candidates for specific political races, Ross said his most important responsibility today is to the Fayette Visioning Initiative process, of which is he co-chair of the steering committee, and to keep the ongoing visioning initiative non-political.
 
Below, Pota Coston in September 2013 as she began her almost successful race for a seat on the Tyrone Town Council. Photo/Special.
 
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Ross & "The Order Of The Eagle"

As a veteran of 21 yrs of military svc, I am very much aware of how difficult it is to shed subject.

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Mr. Ross - I think

I think Mr. Ross is, although a Republican, not really a Republican. That's what troubles Republicans. Mr. Ross appears to support candidates that meet his "low impact government" agenda, aka Tea Party. That's a problem for the Republican establishment that talks small government but turns around and feeds the leviathan. No, I believe that Mr. Ross is a patriot, veteran and good public servant. A good citizen all around, so what have his critics done to improve this county?

Let's at least be honest here, exactly how has Mr. Ross benefited personally from all his public service? Just name a few instances where he has benefited personally based on his actions. I am open to hearing them.

Change my mind if you can.

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Ross is very hard to pin down

Last year Mr. Ross championed the Constitutional amendment to circumvent locally elected school boards by the creation of a bureaucratic committee answerable to no one but the governor to make charter school decisions. Mr. Ross apparently believes that the citizens are far too intellectually limited to govern themselves.

He is co-founder of the local tea baggers, but he picks and chooses which of their issues to support. He seems far too bright and informed to be a part of the simpleton brigade that comprises the tea party. Perhaps he is one of that rare breed of conservatives that isn't afraid to consider complex issues before knee-jerking an answer.

Stay tuned; he may surprise us with something intelligent.

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STF - Mr. Ross

..."apparently believes that the citizens are far too intellectually limited to govern themselves."

Hmmm......

Perhaps another reason could be entrenched local interests? Blocking charter schools at the local level seems to be good sport. Why is that? Do you think the results of charter schools are that poor or could they simply be threatening to mediocrity.

"Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way." Blaise Pascal, aka Louis de Montalte, 1659.

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Charter Schools May Have Some Merit

Establishment of charter schools based on sound educational policies and renewed on proven academic performance represents a reasonable option for parents to choose. When the governor’s committee was being debated, it was instructive to note that it was led by out-of-state for profit charter school lobbies who seemed excited to feed at the public money trough. Nevertheless, performance based renewals should quell corruption.

The issue with Mr. Ross’ vociferous advocacy of an unelected committee that circumvents elected school boards is how it is so inconsistent with the tea party movement. The Georgia tea party did not endorse the amendment. Indeed, the tea party purports to be AGAINST expanding government and to be for the most local representation that can be persuaded to enact the will of the local electorate. Mr. Ross is an enigma; perhaps he is the rare tea party member who understands that Rush Limbaugh is not god.

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STF - Indeed

Mr. Ross is a bit of a maverick and not easily characterized, but I believe he is an honorable man. Something very rare in today's society.

The more interesting aspect of the committee approach is that the current Governor seems to be a bit "challenged" in the intellect department.

Nonetheless, for profit schools driven by competition based on outcome is a much better model than government run schools. I suppose that's why so many parents would like to put their children in them. Unfortunately, there are entrenched groups that would prefer not to have the outcome comparison between for profit vs. public models. It has proven very embarrassing to these special interest groups.

I say let the people choose where they want to send their children to school based on performance. If the public schools can't compete, then they need to go out of business.

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"He campaigned for her door to door in the fall of 2013. "

Huh? A vice chair of the Republican Party does this and he is still vice chair? I'm all for voting for the best candidate, but it seems to me that if you accept a leadership position of a local political party, you should at least toe the party line. In fact that's what "Party line" actually means.

Or did I miss something and the entire Republican Party turned its back on the incumbent in Tyrone?

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It was all about Bob thinking that he could help get Pota elected and the judge would throw the suit out. He wanted to be the hero.

Super BOB, able to keep the tea party dudes in power. Able to put Fayette Countians to sleep just by talking. Yep, that republican boss Bob

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That takes a pretty big ego to think that can be pulled off

That's Bost Hogg sized ego right there.
Besides, Tyrone city council has nothing to do with the lawsuit on county district voting. I realize the NAACP and Mr. Lowry and the others won't be at the MENSA picnic, but they are bright enough to know the difference between a city and a county, doncha think?

I still think whoever the head of the local Republican Party is should consider supporting a Democrat (no matter how attractive and viable and politically correct under the circumstances) an act of treason. Dems are supposed to be the enemy, although lately i see fewer differences between the way the 2 parties conduct themselves once they gain power.

That being said, I hope Pota Coston wins so that when we go back to at-large voting after the appeal, she will be the incumbent and difficult to oust. Then the NAACP will finally shut up and go away. And I really hope Ms. Coston as a candidate will distance herself from the lawsuit, the NAACO and race - in othe words be as classy as I am sure she is as an individual and don't get all caught up in this nastiness that seems to emerge when anybody talks about the lawsuit.

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Electing Poston won't matter

The NAACP was used by the democratic party to get a foot in the door of this bastion of republican supremacy. You know the old divide and conquer technique. They are not going away just because Fayette elects one qualified black. They have one district and can now concentrate on getting a second, then a third and control. It was never really about getting a black elected and the fact that they are now all so happy with Pressberg backs that up.

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He's a PTC resident

And an officer in the county Republican Party . He can say say that she was the best candidate and wanted to help her, but why? He doesn't live in Tyrone. What was in it for him?

Had she won, this would have been ammunition from the party to place in front of the judge before the judge made the ruling.

Now come on Robert, you must know many retired officers don't lack confidence?

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NAACP

So Husband and Fat, if you are correct, my question to you is Bob Ross being paid by the NAACP?

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Yap yap yap

This vehicle has standard Bob Ross's installed on the driver and passenger side of the vehicle along with Bob Ross's on the side!

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NAACP

So Husband and Fat, if you are correct, my question to you is Bob Ross being paid by the NAACP?

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I too attended the Vision meeting and was bored. I want to know, how did Fayette County develop into a county that everyone wanted and still wants to move to without the help and wonderful knowledge that Mr. Ross thinks he has. I personally will vote against any person seeking office that is financially supported by Mr. Ross or his side kick "Boss Hog."

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I think we have been given a wonderful tool...

It is called TheCitizen.com. I don't think people realize how lucky we are to have it. The editor has been brave enough to call BS when he sees it and shed light on things that have been very shifty. I remember in the past, several people have tried to sue him to shut up the paper.

He also gave us all a voice....right here....our own. What a wonderful gift and a wonderful thing he has done. He has helped this county be what it is more than most know.

I would just like to say "Thank You" for being the incredible force for right through the years.

Thank you Cal Beverly, for all your selfless acts you have preformed for the citizens of Fayette county.

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Who cares?

Pota used Bob to help her with the city election because she thought he had swag to help her win. Bob used her because he wanted to make a point that an African American can win an elected position in the county.

Bob is going to support McCarty because he is a fellow tea party member with a thick billfold.

I sat through Bobs speech at the Vision meeting earlier this month and I didn't need Tylenol PM to get to sleep that night. All I had to do was replay his speech in my head. He might be smart, but he certainly likes to listen to himself.

Bob doesn't have a vote in this race anyway, and his campaign contributions to local candidates are minimal.

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Bob doesn't have a vote in this race anyway

That is what is the tackiest thing about Bob Ross. He is trying to influence the vote in elections where he isn't allowed to vote. Please spare me the "vision". That is right up there with the TV political commentators that tell you what to think after a politician has spoken, and also right up there with a lobbyist. You know the guy that is paid a ton of money by special interest groups to sway your elected officials to vote the way they want them to and not the way you, who elected them of office want them to vote.

He is just where he needs to be...on a steering committee! Life boat please.

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Don't think McCarty has that thick billfold

He had three tax liens filed against him, and one was just the RV thingie. Seems to be a pattern with our current FC Commissioners like Barlow the Broke, but that's OK, just kiss Steve Brown's ring and he'll campaign for you non-stop and also slam your opponents without hesitation or attention to the truth.

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I think McCarty needs to watch his back

I wouldn't trust Ross if I were him.

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Have you ever considered running for office?

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PTCO: Yes

Then I woke up from that nightmare and decided differently:) Maybe in another city or another time, but no way in FC or PTC. I got family that doesn't need the kind of heat you get in FC.

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Too bad

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You slay me sometimes.

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Typical
NUK_1 wrote:

Then I woke up from that nightmare and decided differently:) Maybe in another city or another time, but no way in FC or PTC. I got family that doesn't need the kind of heat you get in FC.

B!tch and moan, give critique, but not willing to step up to the plate.

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Sorry 1bighammer

I've done plenty for charities, HS band, and youth sports associations in PTC and those don't expose my family to any of the nonsense and sheer hate that goes on in elected positions. I'm pretty content with my contributions without being elected and putting a target on everyone else in my family's back.

Don't like it? Tough, brother.

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The right to complain and critique has been granted by

the Creator of these blogs - the publisher of The Citizen. Besides, take away all the complaining, there ain't much left.

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