Smola won’t run, Smith switches to Democrat for BoE race

Sheriff Hannah faces rematch with former Deputy Babb, Tax Commissioner Wingo gets competition

Qualifying in Fayette County ended at noon on Friday. That said, there are several local races destined to see competition in the July 31 primary. Those include the Fayette County Board of Education Post 1 and Post 2 races and the contest for sheriff and tax commissioner.

The Post 2 school board qualifiers included Mercer University professor Mary Kay Bacallao, of Brandenburg Way south of Fayetteville, and consultant Gary Griffin, of Grindstone Way, also in south Fayette but with a Senoia mailing address. Both qualified on the Republican ticket.

Post 2 incumbent Terri Smith did qualify, but this time around she ditched the Republican Party and qualified as a Democrat. Smith of south Fayette previously won three school board elections as a Republican.

Qualifiers for the Fayette County Board of Education Post 1 seat include Ga. Tech professor and Tyrone resident Barry Marchman and Peachtree City resident Scott Hollowell, who works at financial services company LPL Financial in Peachtree City. Post 1 12-year incumbent Janet Smola of Tyrone released a statement this past week stating that she would not be seeking reelection.

And for the Post 3 school board seat, which covers much of Peachtree City, incumbent Marion Key was the only qualifier.

Qualifying for the three seats on the Fayette County Commission has been postponed until next week by order of U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Jr.

There were two qualifiers for the sheriff’s race. It will be a rematch of the 2008 election for sheriff featuring former Fayette Deputy Barry Babb, currently with the Atlanta Police Dept., and incumbent Wayne Hannah. The two dueled in a crowded field four years ago for the open post that Hannah won without a runoff.

The race for Fayette County Tax Commissioner will be a competitive race [Corrected] as both challenger Lee Ann Bartlett and incumbent George Wingo added their names to the list.

Fayette County Superior Court Clerk Sheila Studdard was the lone qualifier for the clerk’s position.

In other races, Fayette County Probate Judge Ann Jackson, State Court Solicitor General Jamie Inagawa and Coroner C.J. Mowell were the only ones to qualify for those races.

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Ott vs. McMillian

Reporter Ben Nelms failed to mention the qualifying candidates for Fayette State Court Judge. Those candidates are the conservative Stephen Ott running against the appointed liberal incumbent Carla Wong McMillian.

Fayette State Court is a non-partisan election which means the candidates don’t have to declare a party affiliation. Both candidates say they are conservatives, so what’s the difference. As we know from Terri Smith changing to the Democratic Party, we know that what a candidate says and what they do are two different things. Let’s then look at their records.

Stephen Ott has been the PTC judge for 8 years and has worked to save court expenses by reducing overtime billing. He has reduced PTC court expenses over $100,000 through other reductions. Ott is running a citizens grass roots campaign on a shoe string budget of $7200, talking directly to the Fayette voters in their homes and receiving donations from Fayette residents.

Carla Wong McMIllian was politically appointed by a commission of people who were lobbied by powerful Atlanta and National Law Firms. She is a member of the Federalist Society headquartered in Washington D.C. and run by large member law firms in 65 US Cities and in Europe.

The stated purpose of the Federalist Society is a “liberal Ideology which advocates a centralized Society”. In other words government by socialism. Like Terri Smith, these people are liberal Democrats posing as conservatives and donating huge sums of money to elect McMillian from all over the U.S. The records show that 80 lawyers from Washington, Maryland, Virginia, Atlanta, Columbus, Norcross, Decatur, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, & Tucker have sent money to McMillian, but only 3 from Fayette County.

Clearly outsiders are trying to buy Fayette State Court. As of March 31, 2012 McMillian has an election money chest of over $61,000 to use for massive advertising. In the 1 ½ years Carla McMillian has been on the Fayette bench she has spent all of her Court’s allotted funds and has asked for more money.

But the outsiders can’t vote in Fayette. WAKE UP Fayette citizens, less you elect another Terri Smith democrat in conservative clothing to be your judge for decades to come. You have a clear choice of liberal incumbent spender versus hometown conservative.

Reference: Google Federalist Society, www.ethics.ga.gov for list of names of campaign contributors.

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Ott versus McMillian on the State Court

I found out two things that made up my mind quickly. First, a local attorney complained that Judge McMillian is tough on the criminals, but admitted she is fair. Second, Eric Maxwell is a major part of Stephen Ott's campaign.

Eric Maxwell is horrible and anything he's involved with can't be good.

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Stephen Ott - Fayette State Court Judge

He's got my Vote!

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No way in hell I vote for Ott

Rather have Carla McMillan.

You are also completely ignorant of what the Federalist Society is all about.
The quote you attribute about what The Federalist Society advocates:

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The stated purpose of the Federalist Society is a “liberal Ideology which advocates a centralized Society”

Is EXACTLY what they are against, geez:

http://www.fed-soc.org/aboutus/

It's really obvious that you have zero idea about the Federalist Society or even the basic concept of "federalism" in general, and does it ever show.

Why would I vote for Ott who has done nothing except try to get on the government payroll ever since he couldn't make it in private practice? Oh, and the anti-smoking hysterics too. No thanks.

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Let's take a careful look at

Let's take a careful look at the stated purpose of The Federalist Society as taken from their website:

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Our Purpose  
Law schools and the legal profession are currently strongly dominated by a form of orthodox liberal ideology which advocates a centralized and uniform society.  While some members of the academic community have dissented from these views, by and large they are taught simultaneously with (and indeed as if they were) the law.
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order.  It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.  The Society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.  It also requires restoring the recognition of the importance of these norms among lawyers, judges, law students and professors.  In working to achieve these goals, the Society has created a conservative and libertarian intellectual network that extends to all levels of the legal community.

The combination of conservative and libertarian principles have many in this country concerned. Think carefully before making a decision in this race. I always wonder why one chooes to misrepresent a stance, when it is so easy to go the source for information.

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Many? DM

"The combination of conservative and libertarian principles have many in this country concerned."

Liberals naturally would be concerned by these principles, what's unusual about that?

A philosophy, like yours DM is based on the greatest of lies, that we owe our fellow man and it is the purpose of the state to extract that debt, at the expense of the rich, the Jews, the blacks, the Christians and those that "rob the masses". Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Kim Il-sung, Ho Chi Men, and Mao Zedong; what did these men all have in common? They were all socialists and enticed their people with lies of the socialist and in so doing murdered millions to fulfill their visions of Utopia.

You cannot escape the history of your movement DM, just like you can't escape the truth of it. We now have a president who's rhetoric sounds vaguely familiar and with a campaign slogan of "Forward" there can be no denial of his intent, entice the people to class warfare to maintain his power over the state.

"If the truth shall set you free, what will lies do? Honesty and Liberty are ever proportional to each other."

Many are indeed concerned DM, many.

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of the siren, till she transforms us into beasts. " — Patrick Henry

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Yep - Jeff is right

From PTCO:

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A philosophy, like yours DM is based on the greatest of lies, that we owe our fellow man and it is the purpose of the state to extract that debt, at the expense of the rich, the Jews, the blacks, the Christians and those that "rob the masses". Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Kim Il-sung, Ho Chi Men, and Mao Zedong; what did these men all have in common? They were all socialists and enticed their people with lies of the socialist and in so doing murdered millions to fulfill their visions of Utopia.

Wow! Thanks for that historical perspective. Fascinating.

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You're welcome.

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Judge McMillian has my vote

What we have witnessed above is a gross mischaracterization of Judge McMillian and the Federalist Society. But then again, if I were Ott and I only had $5,000 to spend ($2,000 of which came from rejected Commissioner Eric Maxwell) it is understandable why his supporters will stoop to this level.

Read for yourself about the Federalist Society:

"The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be."

http://www.fed-soc.org/aboutus/

If any of the GOP Presidential candidates came through Fayette County they would most assuredly endorse Judge Carla McMillian.

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Cogito...you sound like Terri Smith.

It's a gross contradiction for the Federalist Society to say they want a liberal, centralized Society. Then turn around and say they are conservatives and Libertarians.

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Wow! Chow

Another person that is in firm grasp of the concepts!!

Where exactly, please quote, does the Federalist Society make these claims of wanting a liberal and centralized society?

Just the quotes from their site please.

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Ott supporters: with these people as friends.....

.....who needs enemies?

What a pathetic display of complete ignorance and sheep-like mentality. Oh yeah, a complete lack of reading comprehension or any knowledge of history, too.

Then there is the issue of Eric Maxwell support, which is never a good thing either. Maxwell is very "ethically challenged." Chow and Shadow are simply "mentally challenged."

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The Legislative Branch

According to the Constitution, makes the law. - not the judiciary or the executive branch. Because some libertarians and conservatives feel that the freedom and liberty given to some has usurped their freedom and liberty, they want the judges to go against the Constitution, and back to a very limited view / interpretation of The Constitution - IMO. Thank heaven we have the right to post different views in this forum.

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Oh, DM...

[quote=Davids mom]According to the Constitution, makes the law. - not the judiciary or the executive branch. Because some libertarians and conservatives feel that the freedom and liberty given to some has usurped their freedom and liberty, they want the judges to go against the Constitution and back to a very limited view / interpretation of The Constitution/quote]

Might this be in response to liberal judges who for years have inserted their owns personal views into their deliberations and rulings, thus altering the will of the people? Specifically, to make a point, I am reminded of the homosexual judge in CA who struck down Prop 9 (I think that's the right #) which denied homosexuals to marry. No personal view(s) in that decision!! Well, we could go on all day w/ this, but wanted to highlight the 'other side of the coin'.

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Other side of coins - KC

Women voting; people of color voting; - are those judges who 'changed' our traditional practices considered liberal, conservative or men and women who adhere to the word of the Constitution? What we need is control of our law makers so that WE THE PEOPLE control our lawmakers - and not special interests. I shudder that there are a majority of GOP lawmakers (and very possibly some Democrats) who have signed a 'no-new- taxes' pledge to a wealthy man (Norquist?) - and refuse to cooperate/compromise to reach a budget that will help the American people. Why? Because he has given generously to their campaigns - and only a small group of citizens in this country vote - so Norquist has more control over our lawmakers than you or I. California had an outstanding educational system until Prop. #13! That brought us down in the funding of education almost to the level of Georgia! . . .and not far above in academic achievement. (By the way - the ban on gay marriage in California was Prop.#8) It appears to some that the long time strategy of some wealthy citizens who support the conservative ideology has been to lower the educational achievement of the masses in the United States; feed the masses a history that denies the contribution of minorities to the greatness of this country; belittle those who are not of pure European heritage. The demonstration of life in Fayette County and the majority of their schools has shown that Americans can live alongside one another/with one another with respect, dignity, and peace. Today, citizens are honoring their sons and daughters who have lost their lives defending our freedom; [Yet yesterday I saw a bumper sticker that hit me like a kick in the stomach - it said 2012 Don't Re-Nig] This fear , hate and ignorance trumps the real issues. It is this fear, hate and ignorance that can destroy this country.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/dont-re-nig-in-2012-maker-o...

Private corporations: Doing good for our veterans who made it home!!

http://www.homedepotfoundation.org/page/veterans?skwcid=TC%7C16728%7Cmem...

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Judicial power/an important issue

. . , and when some state judges try to circumvent the Constitution, the case has to go to the Supreme Court. It is so important to have a Supreme Court that is balanced and not the puppet of either extreme ideologies in the political culture of the United States. Be informed! Think! Vote!

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Exactly DM

That is entirely 100% accurate: the legislative branch creates laws, not the judiciary or the executive branch. Thank you for agreeing with this basic premise of the Constitution. I don't think you realize that the Federalist Society also 100% agrees with you on this point. No more legislation from the judiciary system is one of their fundamental beliefs.

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NUK_1 & The Shadow

Are you saying that The Shadow doesn't really know? ;-)

Social liberalism had it's roots in England under British prime Gladstone in the mid-19th Century. "New Liberalism" was an outgrown of the Russian revolution and the rise of the communist state. In the US, this occurred just before the First World War at the height of the Progressive Era in America and was first driven by populist president T. Roosevelt and then later by the socialist president W. Wilson. The 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th Amendments reflect this new "social awareness" by the people of what they thought the government should do for them, all big mistakes, except for women's right to vote. The most damaging for our freedom being the 16th. Before the socialists stole the term "liberal", it meant the exact opposite of what it means today.

So, in an amusing way, The Shadow is correct if you use "liberal" to mean "classic liberal". The English philosopher John Locke, is frequently identified as the Father of Liberalism, a philosophy that is the basis of much of the country's founding. Thus, the Federalist Society does defend "classic liberalism" this is true.

But alas, The Shadow doesn't really know based on his description of the Federalist Society's mission.

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Thanks PTC for explaining the history of liberalism. You and I understand the modern classic “New Liberalism”. I try not to put too many facts because I know people like NUK_1 can’t grasp very much.

I was trying to get across two points to intelligent people. One, that the Federalist Society of which Carla Wong McMillian is a member is a socialist organization. To prove it I quoted verbatim their own purpose of a liberal centralized society. That’s the Federalist Society’s words not mine.

Two, I wanted the voters to know that the “Society” was financing McMillians campaign with huge outside donations.

I do know what I’m talking about and will be posting a list of McMillian’s contributions, 94% who are members of the Federalist Society and don’t vote in Fayette.

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Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of the unintelligent man?
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Thanks PTC for explaining the history of liberalism. You and I understand the modern classic “New Liberalism”. I try not to put too many facts because I know people like NUK_1 can’t grasp very much.

What "facts" might that be since you have no clue whatsoever about The Federalist Society stands for or is against? You took a quote from their website and totally missed and then reversed the meaning. Read much? Obviously you don't.

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I was trying to get across two points to intelligent people. One, that the Federalist Society of which Carla Wong McMillian is a member is a socialist organization. To prove it I quoted verbatim their own purpose of a liberal centralized society. That’s the Federalist Society’s words not mine.

You simply have no reading comprehension or knowledge whatsoever if you think the Federalist Society is a "socialistic" organization. You also have no grasp whatsoever on what socialism or federalism really mean. You are making yourself look pathetic here.

Come back when you have above a 5th grade level education on "civics" or "government" and know what terms like "socialism," "federalism," and
being a state judge means. These are not hard concepts to understand; yet you and your buddy "Chow" have failed miserably. Let me guess: you both are also birthers and 911 conspirators since this kind of stupid seems to be contagious.

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Two, I wanted the voters to know that the “Society” was financing McMillians campaign with huge outside donations.

Good! Who the hell wants a dreg like Ott as a judge? Not me. Glad like-minded people financially support people they agree with.

Sorry, but the underdog role of Ott sort of evaporated when it came to taking money from Eric Maxwell. He was a horrid judge in PTC that was called on the carpet for trying to represent a client in his own court(!!) and he was an even worse FC Commissioner. FC needs a lot less Maxwell and his buddy Tons of Fun.

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NUK, the Radical Left Winger

Has come out of the closet, screaming, cursing and saying no as usual without any facts to back up his socialist-cum communist beliefs. The best he can do is say I have only a 5th grade education, can’t read, don’t know the meaning of socialism and federalism or judicial law.

NUK, I’ll be willing to match my education with yours. I have a BA Degree in Education with a double major in government and history and have taught the subjects. With my Juris Doctor’s Degree, I have no doubt that I know more about law and judges than you.

I won’t go into my Masters’ Degree in Clinical Psychology, because PTC O has already eaten your lunch using the statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) with a diagnosis of oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).

Now tell us your educational level NUK?

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Yes, I am obviously a commie!

I guess by "radical left winger" you could mean libertarian, which anyone with half a brain would know by now that I firmly subscribe to, but we are talking about your pathetic lack of reading comprehension...so, who knows?

As far as PTC Observer "eating my lunch" on something, you'll have to point out to me and everyone else where PTCO have had a major disagreement on some issue, philosophy of governance or the Constitution since this is the first I have heard about it. Then again, you obviously like to make things up like your false quote concerning The Federalist Society. As has already been asked by a few, why don't you back that attribution you claim the FS states since it's nowhere else seemingly except in your own imagination and "Chow's."

As far as your education, you seem to have a real problem with accuracy and also creating fictitious quotes as well as some weird argument that PTCO and I never had, so I am not very inclined to believe your Internet education credentials based on your word. Next time, include that you were a Rhodes Scholar and a member of Mensa! Oh, and mention that your JD came from John Marshall School of Law also...that will really impress the net!

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NUK_1 - I believe

Ninja is back. ;-)

BTW, never fight an intellectually unarmed man with a club, it's not seemly.

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Shadow

Only the insecure play the 'show me yours and I'll prove mine is bigger' game. Sad.

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Well - Thank you Shadow

I can see you have a firm grasp on the subject. ;)

I will be interested in seeing your list of contributors to Judge McMillian's campaign.

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PTC O - Foundations of the welfare state

I "blame" David Lloyd George.

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Hey Cy

You missed a Barksdale BUF flyover today at Charlotte Motor Speedway! I could almost hear them turnin' & burnin' from here!

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Gym - BUF

The sound of freedom.

BTW, it's almost time to go and play with those pesky fish!!!

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Cyclist - Plenty

Plenty of blame to go around I suppose, but remember that George joined an already existing Liberal Party, which for the most part was the legacy of PM Gladstone. I do agree that DL George hasten the start of WWII by insisting on German reparations.

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PTC O PM Lloyd George

I know, but it was under Lloyd George's watch that the great liberal scheme of providing government care for the masses begun. In 20 years time, it darn near tapped out England's treasury.

BTW, French Marshal Ferdinand Foch said, at the conclusion of the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, that all that was gained was a 20 year armistice before the next war. He missed it by about 3 months.

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Cyclist - You're

correct on this.

“We learn from history that we do not learn from history” -

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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LOL
PTC Observer wrote:

Are you saying that The Shadow doesn't really know? ;-)

Well done!

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Smith and Smola Surprises?

I am ecstatic and greatly surprised that Smola isn't running.

There is absolutely nothing surprising, however, about Smith's switch. She and Smola have been closeted Democrats all along.

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Terri Smith jumping to the Democrats

Obviously, Janet Smola and Terri Smith saw the handwriting on the wall. You have to wonder if the Democrats are going to support the board member who wasted tens of millions of their tax dollars.

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Are you kidding? Steve Brown

Of course they will, that's the primary platform of the Democrats, waste.

Ms. Smith should be right at home.

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Gosh Ben

Gosh Ben, your notation about the Tax Commissioner race being the first "competitive race in more than a decade", is incorrect.
Linda Wells, who had a very successfull series of elections to the Board of County Commissioners, ran against George in 2008. That's not a decade ago, it's four years or the last election for the position.
Regards, Peter

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Terri Smith - Democrat

Bwahahahaha!!!!!

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South Fayette Democrat

Wrong end of the County, but it really won't matter, she's toast. Always knew she was one of them!

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Smith & qualification Fee

Clear proof that not only is she expert at squandering public funds but private funds too!

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Good strategy for Ms. Smith

She knows she is going to lose, but she doesn't want to come in a poor third to the newcomers. This way there is no embarrassing anti-incumbent vote in the Republican primary, 1 of the challengers wins by a little bit and she loses to that person in November. It is a face-saving move, nothing to do with party ideology.

Wonder if Pressburg has an opponent.

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Smith-Smola

It is my understanding they had a meeting about the possible closing of Tyrone Elementary last week. Smola didn't even show up, she sent Holloway in her stead. Guess that shows who she has picked to be her puppet.

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