‘Little people’ can fight back Tuesday

We are in the midst of a prolonged period of stagnated governmental thinking and outright denial at all levels.

Our federal government is heading toward the infamous “fiscal cliff” in January when a series of tax and revenue measures will expire simultaneously. We are also on track to have another trillion dollar deficit for the year.

Here is what we can expect from Congress: nothing.

The U.S. Postal Service requires immediate action to stem the billions of dollars of losses being registered each quarter. They missed a $5.5 billion payment for future retiree health benefits and another $5.6 billion payment will most likely be missed next month.

The Postal Service’s credit line with the U.S. Treasury is almost exhausted. Congress will not even pass the Senate’s watered-down overhaul bill. There are some very clear solutions and the Postmaster General is begging Congress to do something.

Big city mayors across the country condemned Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy for expressing his views at the same time they are reeling from their outrageous failing pension plans and poor decisions.

At the state level, we are going to see Senate Bill 448 by Sen. Don Balfour and our Sen. Ronnie Chance which will protect the large, well-heeled Atlanta-area real estate development tycoons who want to reduce what they guaranteed they would pay on certain loans (those loans that have been transferred from the developer’s original lender to another party).

But as you would expect, the rest of us (also known as “the little people”) will still have to pay full value on our home, student, car and consumer loans.

This is the same legislature that decided not to impose limits on gifts from lobbyists because they believed unlimited giving from special interests was appropriate. The voters screamed “do something” to the legislature with the July 31 ballot question.

The little people fought back on the regional T-SPLOST even though our legislature tried to intimidate us with mandatory financial penalties if we voted “no.” However, the question is why are having to fight the people we elected to represent us?

Locally, our Board of Education has made some outrageously bad decisions. God help the new people coming onto the board.

The BOE has some raw decisions to make and it will be painful and somewhat disruptive, but we do not need to be like Congress and let our system bleed to death. The BOE needs to take the big steps now and they do not need to appoint the usual “yes-men” to the committee addressing the problem.

Our Board of Commissioners majority missed the boat several years back on creating some substantive change to pull us out of our downward spiral.

One thing the Jack Smith and Herb Frady administrations have proven is that it is incredibly easy to waste other people’s money. I have watched people beg the commissioners for a change of course and they are either ignored or rebuffed.

Commissioner Allen McCarty and I have offered remedies only to be voted down 3 to 2 every time. On one occasion, the three-member majority passed a motion to prevent me from even giving my presentation on how to save the budget and the chairman threatened to have me thrown out of the meeting for objecting.

The opposition has called me every name in the book with their personal attacks. Paid lobbyists have been hired to attack me in the local newspapers.

We have to stand and protect our quality of life out of love for this county and the people who live within its boundaries. I ask nothing of you except to go vote for the people who will look out for your best interests.

If you do not want more boondoggles like the West Fayetteville Bypass, deficit spending, disappearing reserve funds, secret votes and no-bid outsourced government contracts, then please go vote on Aug. 21.

We literally have the best county in metropolitan Atlanta and I am begging you to protect it by casting a vote.

Steve Brown

Fayette Commissioner, Post 4

Peachtree City, Ga.

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My DD-214 was viewed by the Executive Staff of the Department of Georgia Marine Corps League. This was done before I was elected as the first Commandant of our local detachment. Additionally, I was the Lay Director of CRHP 19 at Holy Trinity.

Gene I'm sorry that you feel it is unfair to judge you by your past behavior, but as they say, c est la vie.

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George & bona fides

Realize you don't know me--either Mike King or Terry Garlock will verify my bona fides. SemperFi!

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Hutch-

The title of the post was Steve Brown Butt Monkey - but you are correct, it was in response to Josh Bloom. On first glance, the insult appeared to be hurled at Commissioner Brown.

My statement stands- Mr. Drake has routinely acted in a manner that makes me pay little attention to his thoughts. I don't engage him. He immediately attacks anyone that doesn't agree with him.

What I said was I was uncomfortable commenting on something I didn't see for myself- mainly because of Mr. Drakes behavior.

For the record, Mr, Drake is irrelevant. The TSPLOST lost. Fayette County saw what Mr. Drake was presenting, and how he was presenting it, and voted overwhelmingly against it.

Brownie? I think anyone that follows local politics understands that I will do what is best for my constituents. If Mr. Brown is on the right side of an issue, I'll support him. If he is on the wrong side of an issue, I won't. It comes down to what is best for Peachtree City.

Hutch- again, a little civility goes a long way. I'm not going to get in another senseless Citizen comment war. I was having a civil dialog with HusbandandFather. From here forward, I will only be responding to those with manners.

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Which part was uncivil, the fact I pointed where you were wrong, or the fact I called you a Brownie? Drake didn't seem to irrelevant when you were bashing him. The fact here George, is that if you're going to be on here and spout the Brownie party line, then you're a Brownie. I also find it funny that you Brownies seem to hold opponents to a higher standard of civility then you hold yourselves.

Be that as it may George, if I've hurt your feelings, I'm sorry, I didn't know you Marines were so sensitive. But rest assured George, reply or not, (curiously a tactic frequently used by all the Brownies) I'll point out where you're slipping up, mistaken, or like the head Brownie himself, just plain lying.

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Bankruptcy doesn't immunize you against future lawsuits either

That story doesn't add up in any way. It also ignores the fact that when Steve Brown himself got personally sued and said he spent about 30K on his defense before it was dropped......he didn't file bankruptcy. I don't find the story credible.

What I find distasteful about Barlow is his zealotry on TSPLOST/Drake, Presberg and demanding he explain whether he believes in Jesus or not, and conversation with Garlock. Sounds like a loose nut to me. Coming to every meeting in order to say the same spiel every time at every meeting is also a sign of an obsession that I don't think resembles leadership; that's just being a crazy.

Chapter 7 lets you discharge most debts and judgements(not IRS or student loans), but it does nothing to prevent future lawsuits except for maybe indicating to parties who may wish to sue you that they have nothing to gain. It doesn't suddenly "stop" people from suing you if they haven't already been awarded a judgment against you.

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URGENT,Citizen Bob, Who Shouldn't We Elect, URGENT!

For several years, now, many members of the West Fayetteville Bypass Coalition have been asking, begging our commissioners to do something to help a sweet little lady whose home is on the West Fayetteville Bypass aka Veterans Parkway.

This sweet lady said that she just wanted to live in her home with her cats, old oak trees, and flowers. Her oak trees and flowers are now gone due to the W. Bypass. And, now her water is gone!

It is absolutely unbelievable how close the West Bypass is to her home.

I have just received an email from Commissioner Allen McCarty. PLEASE everyone needs to read this. I tried to send the attached file but wasn't able to. I will type in the file. It is a letter that Commissioner McCarty received. I HAVE LEFT OUT NAMES, ADDRESSES, AND PHONE NUMBERS.

Commissioner McCarty's email says,

"WE NEED TO HELP THIS LADY!!!

I will meet with Scott B. first thing in the morning and see what I can get there.

No excuse in this and she shouldn’t have to pay the county for water after her life here on her own well that the counties work has destroyed!!"

THE LETTER:

"Mr. McCarty,

This is __________ and ________ __________. I spoke to you last night about ___________'s grandmothers well at ___ Veterans Parkway. Her name is ____ ____. The well is completely dry with no water what so ever. She is 94 years old. We have to do something as quick as possible. She is having to catch water and buy water to flush toilets and wash dishes. She is very independent and will not stay at anyones house. If you could help us get the county to pay for a drilled well, we would prefer that instead of county water. But once again this needs to (be) resolved ASAP."

THERE YOU GO FOLKS! DO I NEED TO SAY HERB FRADY, ROBERT HORGAN, AND LEE HEARN?

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Wells do go dry due to natural causes. Having a 268' drilled well that supplies water to our home, my husband and I are quite familiar with wells.

Wells also go dry due to construction disturbing large and small underground tributaries that feed water to the wells.

A neighbor on our little dirt road had his deep drilled well go dry several years ago when the county drilled a new well on Hwy. 92 N. Even though the county well was almost two miles away from my neighbor's well, he was able to prove that his well and others went dry due to the county's well.

According to the county's own Land Use Plan, a goodly portion of Phase II of the W. Bypass is in a "Significant Groundwater Recharge Area." The Land Use Plan clearly states that "Significant Groundwater Recharge Areas" should not be subjected to construction.

A groundwater recharge area is where there are significant rock formations with crevices where groundwater is allowed to trickle through and form underground pools and streams. When those formations are disturbed or eradicated the water either dries up or goes in a different direction.

The county has built the W. Bypass so close to the 94 year old lady's home that her home is no longer in compliance with the code. On top of that, the county wants to charge her $2,000 to run county water to her house.

Another neighbor of mine whose well was destroyed by the W. Bypass was successful in having the county drill another well, but then they wouldn't run the water to the house.

When backhoes and bulldozers plow through established neighborhoods and home sites, the homeowners are the ones who suffer. If construction of the W. Bypass is being done to benefit "all" the people, as some of our current commissioners want us to believe, that means "all"..... even the lady who lives on what used to be Tillman Rd.

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Clearly, the lady in question needs help but there are details missing here. Youwould like to blame the bypass for her well going dry but there is a good chance that she has a shallow well and the current drought we are experiencing is the cause--not unusual. I even worry that my drilled well at 140 ft may be subject to the same problem. While we humans are often the cause of problems, Mother Nature has her share!

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Who to elect...

Just read candidate Huddleston's mailer today, which echos her forum sentiments earlier in the campaign- "New Ideas, New Vision".

While her academic record, character, and employment indicate the potential to serve in an elected capacity, she's simply provided no evidence of any involvement in issues that have been/are significant to many Fayette voters. We don't know what she'll do.

As a 22 year resident, she's certainly had ample opportunity to get involved on one side or another of the WFB debate, Commissioner Horgan's challenge, budgets, the SPLOST, the T-SPLOST, no-bid contracting, suitability of candidates in the 2010 election, ARC membership, etc.

That doesn't mean she didn't have opinions on those and other matters, maybe even informed and persuasive opinions. It does tell me that I don't know one way or the other. If she did have opinions, what were they? Are they consistent with or opposed to mine?

I cannot recall hearing her address the commission during public comment, sit in support of those who do, inform the public on, or urge consideration of, a position from the podium or in the newspaper. Haven't seen her at Fayette GOP events or either one of the two Tea Parties in the county.

If Ms. Huddleston seeks public office as a magistrate judge (a post she almost won in 2008), a commissioner, or in another capacity, I'd urge her to inform the voting public through actions about her positions on matters that come before those officials.

Her opponent, Barlow, has demonstrated where he stands. Some disagree with his positions, but we know what they are.

With Ms. Huddleston, I feel like Rod Tidwell telling Jerry Maguire, "You want to be my agent? Then SHOW ME THE MONEY!"

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Let me simplify and you correct me if I am wrong. Are you asking which rubber stamp would the voters prefer?

As in would they prefer the Frady-Horgan-Hearn(Huddleston) rubber stamp, all in favor of deficit spending, building the West Fayetteville Bypass, keeping us in all regional and state mass transit plans, voting on items that NEVER appeared on a public meeting agenda, bleeding the county Fire Fund dry, putting relatives to the Board of Elections, using our tax dollars to pave a dead end gravel road with only two houses on it (Snead Road)and supporting the 2009 SPLOST that was defeat by the voters by a 3-to-1 margin?

Or would the voters prefer the other McCarty-Brown-Oddo-Barlow-Ogino rubber stamp that opposes deficit spending, refuses to build the West Fayetteville Bypass, wants to take us out of all regional and state mass transit plans, refuses to vote on items that NEVER appeared on a public meeting agenda, will restore the county Fire Fund, will never put relatives on the Board of Elections, will never use our tax dollars to pave a dead end gravel road with only two houses on it (Snead Road)?

So which rubber stamp do you think they will choose - the Hearn/Huddleston stamp or the Barlow/Ognio stamp? There is definitely a clear choice, no doubt.

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Mr. Brown

Are you simply ignoring the last election for some reason? I don't think Mr. Horgan & Mr Frady are on the next commission?

Don't you follow local politics?

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What of the idea of the loyal opposition and not having a "rubber stamp" commission. Is there not some virtue in that? I am not sure I would want a commission that marches in lock step to every proposal that Mr. Brown makes.

How has Mr Barlow demonstrated where he stands? I know where he says he stands, but I know the very same thing about Ms. Huddleston, where she says she stands. Other than video taping commission meetings what do we actually know of Mr. Barlow and how he will actually vote? Always with Mr. Brown?

So, we are back to who do you believe is telling the truth? So, we listen to both sides and then in the middle of the listening, steps Mr. Brown. Reading Mr. Brown, we see some evidence of at the very least hyperbole if not outright deception. He endorses Mr. Barlow, is this a reflection on Mr. Barlow? Can we expect that Mr. Barlow will vote lock step with Mr. Brown? Should we expect governance through personal attacks and intimidation from Mr. Barlow, like we see with Mr. Brown?

Then Citizen Bob comes into the mix, in my opinion your creditably and character far exceeds anything that Mr. Brown can say on these pages. However, given that should we question your judgment? Are you actually seeing the same man, in Mr. Brown, that we read on these pages? A man that takes personal attacks to a new level and has nothing positive to say about what he intends to do in the future, should we vote based on his endorsement of Mr. Barlow? Or should we ignore this and go with Citizen Bob.

Still undecided at this point but I am leaning more and more toward Ms. Huddleston.

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True, PTC Observer...

Even an extensive record of past performance is no guarantee of future performance; but it's still the best we've got to go on.

One example: a very significant recent issue before us all was the TSPLOST, which was debated for over 2-1/2 years.

It would impact millions of citizens in our 10 county region with every purchase we'd have made for at least ten years. And if we defeated it, which we did of course, we'd be charged an additional 10% for local road projects. This was big!

Huddleston was silent on the issue- no public position one way or the other throughput the long period. That non-involvement started me wondering.

Just before the Rotary forum got underway, I introduced myself to her and volunteered to meet her at a place & time of her choosing to present the material I'd given to the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, submitted to published articles in the AJC, and debated throughout the region. She expressed her appreciation and said she'd like to do so, but never followed through. I wondered some more.

I mentally contrasted that with my experience with Barlow on the TSPLOST. Commissioner Brown and I were invited to a debate in Cherokee County- at the exact opposite side of the region (a good hour's drive without traffic). One of us asked Barlow to video the event, which he immediately agreed to do at no charge.

Barlow captured and posted to the web a key comment by the ARC panelist that was used extensively to discredit proponents' assertions about TSPLOST benefits (at least one radio station used on the air, too).

Now that doesn't guarantee any sixth sense for serving as a commissioner, but it does talk about service. One candidate has not demonstrated it, and one has.

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For this input.

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Osiris (Ms. Huddleston) Likes Childish Coy Games

It seems to me that if Ms. Huddleston is related to the old Fayette County Huddleston Family she would be proud of the fact and would want everyone to know it.

I think Ms. Huddleston just likes being coy. Well, if that's her thing........

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I am new to this and find it interesting, but just ran across this and thought you would like to know that apparently there is a good bit of truth that Ms. Huddleston is indeed related and from what I see proud of it as well by her website post. I don't know how long this has been here but I did find the information interesting. So I ask how is it Mr. Richter and others out there can blog and even run a news paper ad of inaccurate information. Do they think this is not going to make them look like idiots. It makes you wonder what else they have said that is not true.

http://www.electsheilahuddleston.com/familyhistory.html

http://www.electsheilahuddleston.com/

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Ginga and Huddleston ancestry

Please see my reply to MajorMike which addresses our family history. I, too, enjoy researching family histories.

Melissa

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Mean old Steve Brown,

Is so mean that he posts facts instead of biased opinions.

Here's the deal: for those of you who are against Brown and his endorsements, go up a few clicks to his list of facts a d prove them wrong, one-by-one. I don't think you can.

I don't know the man personally, but if he's arrogant or egotistical as some claim, I couldn't care less. If he proposes and votes for balanced budgets then he can claim to be smarter than Einstein as far as I'm concerned. I'm not interested in having a beer with him. I want him to serve in the best interests of the citizens.

Frankly, I want to see people debate the issues only, not who they like or not. This isn't high school.

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Nuk is just plain jealous!

You sure do hate Steve Brown, but you're really showing your personal insecurity on those blogs.

Steve Brown gets things done and Nuk just gripes and gripes and gripes.

Just go vote for Team Hearn/Huddleston and shut up.

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So, you support people that blatantly lie as even Brown admitted to last week? Are you also in favor of district voting?

If you want politicians that debate only the issues(like I also do too), then how the hell can you support Brown who attacks people personally and throws accusations like "criminals" and "good old boys" or "evil bankers and developers" or "self-enriching the family blah blah blah?" That's hardly a debate on the issues.

The post you responded to from Brown is like 1/10th of his output. The other 9/10th's has nothing to do with issues at all and are simply bashing anyone who dares to disagree with him or his chosen candidates. Again, that's not an issue discussion.

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Osiris is Sheila Huddleston.

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Sheila Osiris Huddleston

She ought to be ashamed parading around and trying to fool everyone into believing she is part of the old Fayette Huddleston Family! Well she isn't.

Then she sends out a trashy campaign mail piece trying to fool everyone into believing she has any good ideas at all. Really now, where was Sheila when the votes on the West Fayetteville Bypass were being taken? I'm hearing crickets!

She was nowhere to be found! How about when Lee Hearn picked his cousin for the board of elections and lied about it? Those crickets are getting louder!

All of her ads with Commissioner Lee Hearn mean one thing and that's if you loved all the garbage Hearn dumped on us the last 4 years you're gonna love more of it the next 4 years with Hearn and Sheila Osiris Huddleston!

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I have it on good authority

I have it on good authority that johenry is Steve Brown's illegitimate kid. Not to name any names here (pips1414) and I told my source I wouldn't bring them into it (ginga1414). Don't tell his wife.

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You're definitely off

I'm old enough to be Steve Brown's illegitimate mother!

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So that would

Make ol' Steve the, what's that word for a illegitimate kid? Help me out here...anyone....Bueller...Bueller.

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NOPE Wrong Again

Sorry but no Jim you are wrong once again. Not Sheila. But she did send me the Emails that you sent her.

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Osiris, Ms. Huddleston's History

As a serious history and genealogy student, I am extremely interested in Fayette, Talbot, and Treutlen Counties in Georgia.

Those are the counties in which my ancestors settled when they came to Georgia from England and Ireland. The first person to settle in this country on my mother's side of the family came in 1690. His name was Edward Pritchett. He came as a passenger on one of William Penn's ships. As a Quaker, Edward and his family were fleeing religious and political persecution in England.

My relatives have fought in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, World Wars I & II, the Korean War, and the War in Vietnam.

Basically, most of my ancestors have been farmers of one sort or another. They have grown cotton, corn, various fruits and vegetables. Some have owned mills. One of my grandfathers was a drayman in Treutlen County.

The first Supreme Court in Georgia was held in the home of one of my Talbot County ancestors.

Needless to say, my folks have come a long way since 1690

Since you seem to have a direct pipeline to Ms. Huddleston, I would be ever so grateful if you would ask her to share her Fayette County history.

Surely, she wouldn't mind sharing historical information about herself and her ancestors. I know from her bio, Ms. Huddleston said that she grew up in Alabama and went to college in Florida. I think it would be a very interesting story to hear how she happened to make Fayette her home, especially if she is a member of the Fayette County Huddleston family.

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Ginga & Huddleston

Good Lord,if you want to know about her FC history, CALL HER! Believe nr is readily available. Not too sure why it has anything to do with her qualifications, but if FC history does count, then Barlow won't score well!

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Ask here to share that but not on a blog

Really you want that info now. WHY you already voted for Barlow and Ogino what difference does it make to you? But if you really want to know get with her after the election and I am sure she will be happy to show you the connection. BTW she has an Uncle that lives around the Atlanta area as well according to my source.

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Ask here to share that but no on a blog

Really you want that info now. WHY you already voted for Barlow and Ogino what difference does it make to you? But if you really want to know get with her after the election and I am sure she will be happy to show you the connection. BTW she has an Uncle that lives around the Atlanta area as well according to my source.

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Osiris, or Huddelston, or whomever you are

"I guess what I want to make a point about is that this group of supporters for Barlow will go to whatever ends and means they have to win. They don’t care about Fayette County and the citizens or their concerns. They want their power and control. Don’t give it to them."

I believe the FC citizens are very much aware and getting out the vote early. When you continue to malign someone (Barlow) on a public forum, you will get rebuttal. It seems you can't take it and its kind of sad actually that you can't help Huddleston in your comments.

Voted Barlow and Ognio

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As Richter would put it

You are not worth the effort to reply

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Osiris says the problem is Steve Brown

This is too funny.

Mean old Steve Brown wants to stop deficit spending. On the other hand, Lee Hearn has consistently supported deficit spending. To make matters worse, he has actually voted to increase expenditures when revenues were drifting down.

Mean old Steve Brown has consistently opposed the wasteful West Fayetteville Bypass. On the other hand, Hearn is one of the most ardent supporters on building the West Fayetteville Bypass. It was later found out that Hearn's relatives own a large number of acres of undeveloped land near the West Fayetteville Bypass. (Mean old Steve Brown's family does not own any land near government projects.)

Mean old Steve Brown presented the Board with a resolution to ask that Fayette County be removed from all regional and state mass transit plans. On the other hand, Lee Hearn along with Commissioners Frady and Horgan voted it down.

Mean old Steve Brown fought sneaky, non-public votes. Other the other hand, Hearn voted in favor of items that NEVER appeared on a public meeting agenda - keeping the public in the dark.

Mean old Steve Brown fought to honor the county Fire Districts, but Hearn, for the last four years, had the county paying the administrative, equipment and other Fire Service costs from the general fund. This is in direct contradiction to the fire district agreements made with the Peachtree City and Fayetteville. In an act of desperation, Hearn made the comment that everything was funded from Fire Fund - which was true, after it was transferred from the general fund.

Mean old Steve Brown offered a tax solution to de-fund the West Fayetteville Bypass and use the funds for county debt and tax relief, but Hearn voted it down.

Mean old Steve Brown wants all appointed citizen post openings advertised so the public can apply. Hearn appointed one of his relatives to the Board of Elections to oversee his re-election bid. He lied to the public at a commission meeting, say the relative was "a friend of his from church."

Mean old Steve Brown has tried for two years to get the commissioners to balance the budget. Hearn voted it down and approved a sizable amount of our tax dollars to pave a dead end gravel road with only two houses on it (Snead Road). We later found out that two large tracts were owned by local real estate development interests. Again, this expense occurs at a time when we are deficit spending.

Mean old Steve Brown fought the county's 2009 SPLOST. Hearn created the SPLOST and admitted to a group of concerned Fayette County residents that the Board of Commissioners had not reviewed the road projects for the 2009 county SPLOST until the evening they voted on them. He went on to vote in favor of moving the boondoggle project list forward for a public referendum. Hearn voted to pass a motion on using taxpayer funds, not to exceed $35,000, to have a special election for a referendum on his boondoggle projects. Hearn’s list was defeat by the voters by a 3-to-1 margin.

Yes it is clear that we need Mean old Steve Brown out of office. Sheila Huddleston is campaigning with Commissioner Lee Hearn to show the world that Hearn was right and that giving him four more years in office is in the best interest of the citizens of Fayette County.

There are many good reasons NOT to vote for the team of Hearn and Huddleston.

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Sheila Osiris Huddleston wants the truth hidden!

The only thing Sheila Osiris Huddleston has to say to what Steve Brown wrote was he needed to keep his mouth shut. That's what I would want too if I were Sheila Osiris Huddleston and Commissioner Lee Hearn!

Their positions on the biggies are just plain ugly!

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HA HA Steve

Yep its FUNNY that you of all people can't understand to keep your mouth shut. You have no business on the blogs as a comissioner, your trashing of anyone who opposes your views is despicable. How in the world anyone that sits on the board with you could trust you or work with you is amazing. So as Morgan put it what if Huddleston beats Barlow? You have to know that no one would ever support you. Your actions an elected offical will have some Karma at some point. If Huddleston and Hearn win wow, if your boys win then you march on as possiable cheif in charge. Then in two years ya better bet payback is coming.

You are indeed a Genius

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Osiris - Spokesperson

I voted for Huddleston and Ognio in the primary. I could not in clear conscience vote for David Barlow due to his bible "thumpin" but..... you now present me with somewhat of a dilemma. Rather than answer legitimate questions concerning your candidate you (very) quickly took the exchange to a personal attack level and have yet to respond to the issues.

My unanswered concerns;

1. If Sheila Huddleston is not a "stealth" candidate then why are her campaign signs attached to Lee Hearn's campaign signs. My understanding of the law is that it would be illegal to attach signs in this manner without prior approval of the other candidate.

2. What was it with Ms. Huddleston and two other candidates joining the local GOP on the same day? One of the other two (BOE race) was proven to be a "stealth" candidate thus casting some amount of suspicion on all three.

3. Are you Ms. Huddleston's official, semi official, or self appointed spokesperson in the Citizen's blogosphere? If you checked "self appointed" then I would suggest that you are doing your preferred candidate more harm than good.

I would suggest that Ms. Huddleston get herself a user ID and respond to the issues directly. I believe that most Fayette County voters (those that bother to vote) are interested in voting for the best candidate rather than "my crowd". Take a hint; Mr. Barlow was smart enough to stow the "thumpin" after several bloggers, including yours truly, voiced their concerns about it.

I don't live on this blog the way some people do so please be so kind as to let me know if one or all of these concerns has/have been addressed and I missed it.

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Huddleston Exposed--- Major Mike is correct

Very good points by Major Mike.

Now, and as the time of primary, we largely have reasion to wonder what Sheila Huddleston's views on anything are.

Before the primary everyone assumed that since she was opposing Jack Smith, she did not agree with the Smith-Horgan-Hearn agenda. Jack Smith received 20%. This means that 80% of the voters voted "No to Smith".

Now that Huddleston has, for the first time, completely aligned herself with Hearn, it appears that the voters were implicitly mislead. Why didn't she admit this connection before the primary? I believe it is a tactical decision. She is hoping that the very small numbers turning out can be controlled by the group she has co-opted.

I do not believe her strategy is a good one and certainly not an honest one. I predict she will fail.

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MelissaL and Sister Sheila

I hope you will understand that when someone decides to run for public office, they are asking the public to vote for them.

To a whole lot of folks, their vote is an extremely important matter!

When a candidate asks for a vote, they are asking the voter to trust them with their lives and the lives of their family.

Most voters have come to the conclusion that a lot of our public officials are not worthy of our trust.

When a candidate isn't free with detailed information concerning issues, it makes voters uneasy. That, coupled with a candidate saying one thing and doing the opposite, really makes voter extremely uncomfortable.

A whole lot of folks in Fayette County have been subjected to public officials who shout at them, ignore them, and speaking personally, belittle them.

Experience has taught us not to throw our votes away.

The public wants Sheila to speak to the PUBLIC. Our former commissioners and some of our current commissioners were and are well known for wanting to speak to individuals. They supposedly represent all of the people, yet they only want to talk to individuals.

I once sent former Commission Chairman Jack Smith an email with a question. He didn't reply. Then I sent him the same email and asked for a reply. That time I got a reply. He said that if I wanted to know what goes on within the county that I should attend the commission meetings. I had attended all of the commission meetings and had not found the information I needed. So, when all was said and done, I still didn't have an answer to my question. Hundreds of other Fayette voters have similar stories like mine.

MelissaL, we are tired of throwing away our votes on folks who have no intention of representing the people. For one reason or another, they just want to be elected to office.

We are tired of being shouted at, belittled, and lied to.

When someone asks for votes, they are asking for the public to trust them. If enough folks don't feel the trust, the candidate won't be elected.

This day and time we have a whole lot of well seasoned voters who want facts.

I'm sorry if you, your sister, and even your family have been hurt by things that have been said here, but what you must understand is that most of the general public have been hurt in one way or another by public officials.

It really doesn't matter one whit whether or not Sheila is related to the Fayette Huddleston Family. Because of the name, many people wondered if there was a relation and thought it might provide a way of getting to know your sister better.

Since Sheila has said things that sound as if she is in opposition to Commissioner Hearn's stance on the issues, it doesn't sit well with voters to see her having her picture taken with Mr. Hearn and his supporters. It doesn't sit well with voters to see her campaign signs attached to Mr. Hearn's campaign signs. Most voters don't believe for a minute that Sheila could have accomplished all that she claims and be unaware enough to allow her picture and signs to appear along side those of Mr. Hearn. Asking the public to believe that is an insult to their intelligence.

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Well, said Ginga

You have summed this up perfectly.

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To MajorMike and other bloggers

Hello MajorMike,

My name is Melissa, and I am Sheila Huddleston's sister. Sheila doesn't get on these boards, nor does she read the comments because of all of the unnecessary negativity and attacks on her character. However, I obviously do not have such restraint, and it hurst me deeply that my intelligent, honest, and beautiful sister has been attacked on these boards. We are a close family, and I cannot in good conscience let her be attacked and not respond in any way. I would like to answer your concerns to the best of my knowledge, and I'm hoping that my responding will appease some of those who are attacking her character. Please keep in mind that these are MY responses of what I know to be true, and not those of my sister.

1. Concerning the attached signs: Lee Hearn's wife spoke with Sheila and asked her if she wanted her to place Sheila's signs atop Mr. Hearn's so that they are more visible. If you notice, the white writing on Sheila's signs is hard to read, especially when lower to the ground. I know that sounds like a lame explanation, but sometimes the truth is lame. Mr. Hearn's wife and Sheila have become friendly after meeting at many events. This does not mean that Sheila supports Mr. Hearn's views (she doesn't); it just means that Sheila and his wife have become friendly. One of my best friends is Jewish and I am Protestant. Just because she and I are friends does not mean that I no longer believe that Jesus is the Son of God...we share a friendship, not beliefs.

2. Concerning Sheila and the other candidates joining on the same day, I can assure you that it was purely coincidental. Sheila decided to run for County Commissioner after much thought and consideration, and after many conversations with family, friends, and colleagues who agreed that she could make a positive impact on Fayette County. Before joining and becoming a part of this election, she did not even know any of the candidates.

3. The person blogging as "Osiris" is not Sheila's "official, semi official, or self appointed spokesperson in the Citizen's blogosphere" as you put it. He is just an honest family man, a true friend and supporter of my sister. I agree that he is passionate (maybe to a fault at times) about defending the attacks on my sister, both personal and political, that have occurred on these blogs. I cannot speak for him personally, but I suspect (my opinion only) that Steve Brown's numerous false statements on here regarding my sister and her campaign have contributed to his desire to respond so passionately and adamantly.

I hope I have answered your questions adequately. Sheila does not have any plans to get on these boards, and does not make a point to read the posts. She has provided her personal cell phone number on her website and has invited anyone with questions to call her personally.

Additionally, although I don't understand what our family history has to do with how well Sheila will perform as a County Commissioner, I am providing our ancestry for those accusing us of not being related to the Fayette County Huddlestons (again, what does it matter?). Here goes...William Berry Huddleston and Mary Jane Howard Huddleston lived in Coweta Co. and Troup Co. Georgia, had six children, then moved to Randolph Co., Alabama (where our dad grew up), and had more children. Two of their sons were Thomas Marion Huddleston and John Cimsey Huddleston. Thomas Marion had a son, Wyatt Hamilton Huddleston, who was our grandfather. John Cimsey Huddleston had a son, Robert H. Huddleston, who was the father of Grady Huddleston of Fayette County. Our grandfather, Wyatt Hamilton Huddleston, was the nephew of John Cimsey Huddleston; the 1st cousin of Robert H. Huddleston; and the 2nd cousin of Grady Huddleston of Fayette County. Okay Richter, Ginga, and johenry, that is how we are related. As you see, you can be born in Alabama and be related to people in Georgia. My dad's brother and several of our cousins also live in the greater Atlanta area.

To be honest, I don't know if I can continue to read the increasingly negative comments on this board posted by people who haven't taken the opportunity to get to know my sister as a person, businesswoman, and fellow citizen. It is just too hurtful to read as a family member. I can be contacted by email at missy2364@gmail.com. Please understand that I will not respond to any inappropriate emails.

I appreciate your time,
Melissa

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Melissa - Politics

First of all - the old saying that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" does not, I repeat NOT, apply in politics. Just because someone busts your chops in these blogs, it does not make them an enemy. Conversely, just because someone agrees with you in these blogs, it does not necessarily make them your friend OR supporter. ie: Just because someone offers to help better display your campaign signs - it does not mean that they have your best interests at heart. Steve Brown is not your enemy but he is actively supporting your sister's opposition. When you factor in the three points I asked you about, do you wonder that he now has plenty of ammunition to further the goals of his candidate?

I could go on for about three more pages but I think you get my point; you, and very probably your sister, are politically naive (no insult intended). Not to say that you can't win, but you are woefully unprepared to do battle in one of the nastiest political environments in the State.

If you want my not so humble advice, you will start damage control immediately. I would suggest decoupling your campaign signs from Lee Hearn's signs TONIGHT. Past that you can reach me at majormike8@aol.com. I'm a pushover for a hot cup of Starbucks coffee and a blond and would be happy to offer a few suggestions on damage control.

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Thin Skinned

Thin skinned and timid does not a good commissioner make......

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Dogood

You're right....I would not make a good commissioner, as I am the thin skinned and timid one. However, my sister can let it all roll off of her back and move forward.

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To MajorMike and other bloggers

Hello MajorMike,

My name is Barack Hussein Obama and I approve the message above.

Gimme a freekin' break.

I appreciate your time,
The Tooth Fairy

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moelarrycurly aka tooth fairy

You are just a coward hiding behind a very appropriate pseudonym. Moe, Larry and Curly were bumbling idiots, as well.

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Now you're talkin'!

Tell us how you really feel, missy.

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I voted for Huddleston in the

I voted for Huddleston in the July primary as did my family and at least our two next door neighbors that I know of. All of us would like to know the ties between the signs being posted together (Hearn and Huddleston). I have only written on here a couple times...I mainly just read the blogs instead. It seems to me that we are not hearing from Huddleston and I wish we would. However, I do not think any of the folks mentioned above including my family now will be voting for her. It seems that if she truly disagreed with Hearn like her website states, she would have someome immediately seperate her signs from Hearn's. Seems like a nice lady but just don't know where she stands....and if it is with Lee Hearn based on her signs being placed with his, I plan to change my vote.

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Smart Move

Stay involved!

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More of Brown and Richter BS

Well Jim I see you and your counterpart Mr. Steve Brown continue to make it up as you go and pound away at Huddleston and attack her in any manner that you think will cause damage. Agree that the photo was not her best judgment but then again the point here was Mr. Wingo and others were simply making their statement for their choice of candidates for the respected post. After all it is Huddleston and Barlow Post 2 and Hearn and Ognio Post 3. But the two of you can’t seem to separate that fact. You try to make those two connect and they don’t regardless of what you think or tell everyone. So let me cut to the points of your attacks and just lay it out there so everyone sees what is really going on.

Huddleston Independent well educated woman, single mom, attorney and business lady who has worked her entire life managed her finical affairs, worked with clients on million dollar projects and properties, fought cases in court and wants to be a public servant for the county and you have the nerve to say she has no business experience. Don’t think you can pull that off and sell it.

Next you attack her and by say she is not related to the Huddleston family of Fayette County area, how dare you insult her family? For the record don’t force her to go pull the family tree because once again your lie will come back and bite you. But then again you continue to spread lies and so does Steve Brown.

While we are on personal attacks, and yes this information was shared with me from Ms Huddleston would you care to comment on how you Emailed her continuously asking questions then sent her a message that contained information about her mother, son and where he attended college, her boy friend (Which by the way to prove a fact you got that part wrong), then some other non-public information that hum would have required some access to records that an average citizen would not have access to? What was the purpose of this to scare her or show her how powerful you are? Gee I wonder if a public official may have conspired to help in that area. Now try to deny that Jim because I am sure the candidate will be happy to call law enforcement and have them look into this matter. The fact is you don’t have anything on her and that is just getting the best of you.

Ok folks put 2+2 together and we get Richter and Brown bashing anyone that is not on their side of this. Doesn’t that concern you, a radical group that want s to take control over your county commission. By putting their boys in office and controlling the seats. For those of you who haven’t figured it out take a look at Jim Richter’s ICON on blog notice the American Flag and Eagle well it is the same banner that appears on David Barlow’s website. One might think he is the blogger for him or is this just a coincidence? I think not.

How about a few months ago when Ms. Huddleston entered the race, she was approached by a Tea Party Republican who informed her that she needed to drop out of the race and if she did there were ways she could be reimbursed for her expenses? BTW this person was supporting Barlow and knew by Ms. Huddleston entering the race that they had concerns for their candidate to win.

Let us not forget Mr. Brown who can’t keep his story straight and continues to attack Huddleston. He really needs for the other two to win so he gets his way. Also funny how he said in a previous blog that he asked Mr. Barlow to record the commission meetings. I though Mr. Barlow came up with that one on his own. So is Steve telling David what to do or can he figure that out on his own. Not sure, but I know he can come up with a plan in case the county gets into financial trouble (Chapter 7).

I guess what I want to make a point about is that this group of supporters for Barlow will go to whatever ends and means they have to win. They don’t care about Fayette County and the citizens or their concerns. They want their power and control. Don’t give it to them. Vote for Huddleston to have someone on your side that can keep them from taking control.

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Osiris

I believe Ms. Huddleston has admitted that she is not related to the local Huddlestons...

Also, you appear to be doing exactly what you accuse "the other side" of doing. You state "Vote for Huddleston to have someone on your side that can keep them from taking control."

How about this. Lets look and each candidates stand on the issues, public service and personal traits. Then we can decide who to vote for. I understand you don't like Commissioner Brown. I would like to point out that he is not on the ballot.

I will be voting for Mr. Barlow. Not because Ms. Huddleston is a bad person, but because Mr. Barlow is the better qualified candidate. Why? Because he is honest and open with where he stands on the issues. I know more about Mr. Barlow, because of these traits. I am sure he will be a fine Commissioner- and he is his own person.

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Respect that view

I can and do respect that view, I am not trying to flip the tables but letting folks know that they have been mislead with inaccurate information and lies that were started by Steve Brown and Jim Richter and that Ms. Huddleston was not supporting those issues as they would let you belive. In fact she is aganist all of it. She too is an excellent person and would make a great repersentative and she isn't tied to existing comissioners. She would bring a balance to the board and also offer a female perspective. In addition she well educated and has a great understanding of business.

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Ositis, I do not know if you are Sheila Huddleston or nor and

personally I don't care. If you are not and are acting as her spokesperson you are doing her a disservice. Your blogs are poorly written, nasty and petty. If you are indeed Ms. Huddleston, you would do well to blog under your own name and think before you write. Either way you are only being hurt by these blogs under Osiris, whoever he/she may be.

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Didn't vote for career govt employee or inexperienced lawyer

My family cast four votes yesterday and it certainly WAS NOT for a career government employee, Lee Hearn, who has done so much harm to the financial and operational well being of Fayette County, nor for a lawyer who has no business experience whatsoever, Sheila Huddleston.

MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT: VOTE FOR RANDY OGINO & DAVID BARLOW

Jim Richter

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You know what your problem is Steve?

It's EGO !!! You can't get over yourself. You think you are ALWAYS right. I am not a fan of Smith, et. al. But I have seen you in action. You failed miserably in Peachtree City. You use this forum to try and smear those who are opposed to you. That is your problem.
You tout McCarty. What exactly (except vote in YOUR favor EVERY time) has Allen McCarty done?? I mean... really ... has he even proposed ANYTHING????
Steve... no matter what...your political career is over. As soon as you become Chairman... and I think you will... the county will see how ego driven you are an we'll bounce you just as we did in PTC.
You won't be Governor, you won't be a State Rep. and you sure as heck won't make any national office. Although I will admit sending you to Washington would make this county better.

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efdrakejr, so you're a volunteer lobbyist?

So Mr. Drake, if you are indeed not a paid lobbyist, I would take the notion that you are a volunteer. You did not win the T-splost vote, and you're not winning your attempts to demonize Commissioner Steve Brown. Commissioner Brown keeps stating truths, you sir, are simply spinning. We are not stupid nor will the Fayette County citizens continue to called "the little people!"

Continue Mr. Brown to enlighten the voting public on these matters. So many others are reading, not blogging and determining on their own, early voting polls are looking good ....

I have voted Barlow and Ognio!

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"Little people', yep that's how he thinks

I didn't catch that until Mr. McGerkin pointed it out, but this is a nice window into Brown's mind. We are simply little people who need to be ignored most of the time, but told how to vote every 2 years. He doesn't even give us the courtesy of pandering to us and asking for our vote. No, instead he knows best and TELLS US how to vote.

I voted the way I wanted to for 2 fine people who will not be told anything by Brown.

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Mudcat

Vote for a "Patriot" instead of a "Loyalist."

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Paid lobbyist Gene

I did not say you, Gene. However, you are a paid lobbyist working with the Hearn campaign and you were paid to support the TSPLOST debacle. And you did trash me in a letter and multiple blog posts on behalf of the TSPLOST campaign you were paid to defend.

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Just To Be Clear
Steve Brown wrote:

Paid lobbyists have been hired to attack me in the local newspapers.

Since you frequently refer to me as a paid lobbyist, I assume you are talking about me and possibly Terry Lawler. While I can’t speak for Terry, let me be clear that I do not get paid to attack you. I get paid to promote concrete pavements. I criticize you for free because I find you to be an embarrassing representative of our county who needs to be held to account. I criticize you because you are pathologically dishonest and a demagogue who is either unwilling or unable to debate important issues on their merits. I criticize you because you appear to have no moral compass that would prohibit you from trashing your fellow councilmen (or citizens for that matter) if it helps promote you or build your power base.

Rest assured, no payment is necessary.

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Sure enough Steve, I will vote on Tuesday for - What? again?

No, we are not voting on the federal budget, the postal service, T-SPLOST or even Chick-fil-A. Steve does have a way with pimping the point.

Ok, the vote on Tuesday (or this week for you organized people) is actually for 2 runoff races for 2 Fayette County Commission Posts.

Shelia Huddelston and David Barlow are going after Herb Frady's old seat after they beat Jack Smith (with a stick) in the first election last month.
Lee Hearn, the incumbent is up against Randy Ognio. So you - the voters have 2 choices to make on Tuesday. Only 2 choices and it is actually very simple.

Huddelston or Barlow

Hearn or Ognio

Brown wants you to vote for Barlow and Ognio so that they will then vote for him as Chairman of Fayette County Commission, which gives him higher visibility at a State level and puts him on the ARC where he can get in the newspaper or on TV whenever he wants.

I would like you to vote for Huddelston and Ognio because they are both good people who sincerely want to help Fayette County. They may or may not make Brown Chairman, but our county would be well-served by electing these 2 fine people, along with Charles Oddo who has already been elected. Whoever gets elected gets to serve for 4 years.

Whatever you decide please, please, please, go out and vote.

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Voted today - no lawyers or career politicians, please!

Voted today, but not for a lawyer or career politician! The county attorney provides all the legal advice the commissioners will ever need. Are you aware that most in DC and Govenors are lawyers? Do you see the mess this nation is currently in? Career politicians; lawyers, judges, who vote against term limits are not serving the citizens, exactly who are they serving? Their pension funds maybe. . . . ?

I voted for transparency and accountability. I voted for the candidates who know that tough financial times are approaching and have DECADES of business experience to weather any storm. I voted for the candidates who care about the Community and All Fayette County Citizens!

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