‘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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ODDO ENDORSEMENT OF BARLOW & OGNIO

Dear Friends,

On July 31st, you gave me the honor of becoming your Republican nominee for Fayette County Commissioner, Post 1. On January 2, I will take my place among the Commissioners guiding our beloved Fayette County. It is truly humbling and I will always be grateful to you for the opportunity to serve.

Yet my election is only one piece of the puzzle. Two more Commissioners are yet to be determined by the run-off election on Tuesday, August 21. With time short and the issues critical, I would like to take a moment to share my thoughts with you once more.

Through our votes, we citizens select and entrust our peers to guide our county, to make wise fiscal and policy decisions that will affect how the county will be run, and ultimately, to maintain and enhance the quality of life we all enjoy. It is so very important that the Commissioners we choose be capable individuals of independent mind, willing to listen to all sides and consider all options, and who will come together in their sole desire to serve the citizens of Fayette County.

This election presents us with four choices for the two remaining posts. Fayette is fortunate that these four individuals have stepped up to offer their services, and we should be grateful to each of them.

The all-important question, then, is who is best-suited to guide Fayette County at this particular juncture? Beyond the apparent qualifications each has, beyond what others may say, we must look to intangible qualities as indicators. Which of our candidates will function best as the team representing Fayette, and move beyond the discord and friction that has marked our most recent boards of commissioners? How the commissioners will interact is vital to the well-being of our community.

What is vitally important to me is that the new Board of Commissioners reaches out to the citizens, listen to and consider their input, and govern in a manner that acknowledges the desires of the community while protecting the rights of each individual.

David Barlow and Randy Ognio have clearly demonstrated they share that same grand goal and vision. David, by his faithful recording and posting to You Tube of virtually every commission meeting over the past two years, has helped greatly to make our local government more Transparent and Open, and has enabled all citizens who wish, to participate and understand better the decisions that affect their lives.

Randy Ognio, by his equally fervent analysis of budget and agenda items over the past two years, has provided the Board of Commissioners a businessman’s perspective to help make our county more Efficient and Fiscally Sound while achieving the goals the county seeks.

Their desire and passion mirrors my own, and would make me comfortable to serve side by side with them.

I take my hat off to both Lee Hearn and Sheila Huddleston for their civic mindedness and thank them. Choosing between excellent people is a difficult task, and it is but the first among many difficult decisions I will make as a Commissioner.

This election offers Fayette County the opportunity for a fresh start. Considering pros and cons of all the candidates, considering that both David Barlow and Randy Ognio have already contributed much in a positive way to the county, I will cast my votes for both gentlemen . . .

David Barlow and Randy Ognio.

I URGE YOU TO DO THE SAME.

The greatness of a free people is that ordinary citizens come together and choose their leaders.

Please VOTE AUGUST 21st!

Thank you!

Charles W. Oddo
Fayette County Commissioner Nominee
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ODDO ENDORSEMENT OF HUDDLESTON & HEARN

See Steve, this is how an elected official endorses someone properly.
Classy without trashing the non-endorsees, in fact he thanks them and praises them. See Steve, that leaves the door open for a good or at least respectful working relationship in the future should one or both of the non-endorsees actually win.

Sounds quite a bit like a letter Charles Oddo might write, but the fact that your blogger buddy posted it on election day smells bad. I don't think you or Richter are capable of putting that many nice words together without reverting to form, but you could have hired someone. I think we need to view this in the same light as the letter from Oddo endorsing Huddleston and Hearn that I will post soon. This what Bob Ross was talking about when he said that information is not perfect.

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Had to copy this and move it back to where it belongs - underneath Oddo's alleged endorsement letter, since that's where you are supposed to put replies and that's how mine started out. Then all these rude people started posting on top of me and it looked like my reply was to someone else. I'm the victim here. How am I doing? Probably good to keep the headline up here for the after-work voters - many of whom just read headlines, although that can be dangerous.
At 6:40 PM want to get it up top on the list so the headline readers would vote against the borwnrichter poop

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Barlow & Ognio Endorsement

New Fayette County Commissioner Nominee endorses Ognio and Barlow; two qualified candidates who will also bring integrity and accountability to our county's business operations. Looks like the citizens have spoken and will continue to elect non-politicians & non-incumbents to oversee taxpayer monies. Term limits would help keep incumbentitis in check!!

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Morgan - you are a piece of work

Why don't you call Charles Oddo and ask him if he wrote the endorsement for Barlow and Ogino and stop posting your insane comments?

Jim Richter

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Thank you, thank you very much

I don't care if he wrote it - you posted it. I'll be using the same standards for the truth that you and your blogging bash boy Brown have been subjecting the rest of us to for the last 3 weeks. Not quite as funny from the other side, is it?

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I can validate the Oddo Ognio/Barlow endorsement.

Commsioner- Elect Charles Oddo has, in fact, endorsed Randy Ognio and David Barlow.

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Robert W Morgan

Steve Brown appears to be your worst nightmare. You can't stop talking about him. Your obviously jealous.

I think your Hearn and Huddleston are going to get trounced.

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ODDO ENDORSEMENT OF HUDDLESTON & HEARN

See Steve, this is how an elected official endorses someone properly.
Classy without trashing the non-endorsees, in fact he thanks them and praises them. See Steve, that leaves the door open for a good or at least respectful working relationship in the future should one or both of the non-endorsees actually win.

Sounds quite a bit like a letter Charles Oddo might write, but the fact that your blogger buddy posted it on election day smells bad. I don't think you or Richter are capable of putting that many nice words together without reverting to form, but you could have hired someone. I think we need to view this in the same light as the letter from Oddo endorsing Huddleston and Hearn that I will post soon. This what Bob Ross was talking about when he said that information is not perfect.

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Major Mike and signs...

Two points on your post:

- I'm not doubting your story of how candidate Huddleston's signs were attached to Commissioner Hearn's, but the story certainly raises doubts about her ability to see the very likely consequences of her actions. Few people know anything about her other than seeing her name by the road... attached to a sign of someone they DO know more about. What conclusion does she suppose they come to about the two of them and their vision for the next four years?

- Actions speak louder than words... and candidate Huddleston was nowhere to be heard or seen prior to announcing her candidacy on the multi-year WFB issue or the 2-1/2 years opposing the T-SPLOST- both were major issues here. She was also absent on the Fayette County SPLOST, no-bid contracting, and every other issue of importance to many voters.

Like the old Wendy's commercial, I gotta ask, "Where's the beef?"

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Citizen Bob

Actually CB, Sheila Huddleston has been in Fayette County a lot longer than Mr. Barlow and is a practicing attorney. Consequentially it would be reasonable to assume that a lot more people know where Sheila stands than where the short time resident Bob Barlow stands despite his insinuations that he is "favored" by God in his actions.

I believe that the majority of voters will come to the same conclusions that I did;
1: Mr. Barlow is NOT a good candidate for a host of reasons. Background, bible thumping, dirty campaign tactics, etc. - you pick one.
2: Sheila has stated (as have I) her positions numerous times. Te reiterate, she is NO on WFB, EFB, Tsplost, & no-bid contracting. If you didn't listen/read or want to listen/read then go back over the forum videos and review some of my posts as recently as yesterday. The local splost is, and has been, a dead issue. Why do you throw that piece of dead history in?

You need to try something other than the same old fictitious Barlow talking points Bob and do a little research.

The "beef" is still at Wendy's but the bovine excrement can still be found at Barlow's campaign offices.

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I know what she SAYS her positions are...

... she simply hasn't backed any of the rhetoric up with actions over the past years.

If she doesn't prevail today, I'll be interested in seeing if she becomes involved in the county's business or remains on the bench.

Like Toby Keith's CW song, I'm looking for "A little less talk and a lot more action"

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Citizen Bob - Involvement

I really do feel like she will win after Barlow got some light shown on his misdeeds but we shall see in about another two hours.

My music tastes run more toward Jim Croce and Chuck Mangioni.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3lJ61W1zIE

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/j/jim+croce/alabama+rain_20231305.html

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

- Benjamin Franklin

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Funny, I didn't see Brown's name on my ballot

Candidates Ognio and Barlow don't have a choice in what Brown posts on these threads; responsible voters should assess the candidates' records, not other frequent posters.

Looking hard at past performance is the best indicator of future actions.

All four candidates are decent citizens, and I applaud them for stepping into the public arena. Incumbent Commissioner Hearn has the most extensive record, of course. Some voters will obviously be satisfied with it, while others will be disappointed with his support of the $15m WFB, no-bid contracting, filling appointed position with people nominated by a single commissioner (rather than advertising, interviewing candidates), budgets whose expenses exceed revenues, etc.

I have no basis for assessing Ms. Huddleston on the issues, as she hasn't publicly engaged on the T-SPLOST, WFB, budgeting, etc over the past couple of years until filing for the campaign. She shares sign posts with Hearn, which may indicate her position on issues or not.

Candidates Barlow's and Ognio's records are in between Hearn's & Huddleston's. They haven't actually voted on commission issues, of course, but both have been members of the conservative political party in the county, have been involved and spoken out on issues during public comment and in the papers, and supported forums and debates opposing the TSPLSOT.

Information is never perfect; I voted for Barlow and Ognio.

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Just look at their posts! They're so jealous of Steve Brown they can't see straight.

Nuk and Robert W Morgan have such low self esteem they act out in personal attacks against Steve Brown to find relief.

The little bed wetters need to get a life. At least get a life outside politics because their candidates rarely win.

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johenry: stop being ignorant

"My" candidates happened to ALL win in the recent primaries or make it into the run-off(Ognio/Huddleston). Same as Logsdon vs. Brown or Ramsey vs. Brown. OK, Bald-Headed Cyclist didn't win in the Haddix-Plunkett race or Jack Smith vs. Brown, but you obviously don't know what you're talking about and can't pay attention.

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Brown wanted all the spotlight to himself

He's been posting the same repetitive blogs here multiple times every day and his usual letters to the Editor in the print version telling everyone how they should vote. While the 4 candidates involved have kept rather low profiles, Steve can't seem to stand anyone else getting some attention so he's gone out of his way to make these two races about how he thinks everyone else should vote. As many have seen from Brown over the years, it's always been about Steve Brown and Brown's opinions only, which is why he's had such abject failure in working with others who may not always agree with him.

Along the way, he blatantly lied about Lee Hearn only seeking re-election so he could qualify for the FC pension plan. The fact that a sitting commissioner didn't have any idea whether FC Commissioners qualify for the pension plan or not is another issue, but kind of telling. He also blatantly lied about Huddleston supporting WFB and EFB, deficit spending, secret meetings, and non-transparent government. He also relied upon bad information to state several times that Huddleston had never filed her campaign disclosure documents.

No, Brown isn't on the ballot but his massive ego seems to think he commands enough clout to deliver victory to Ognio and Barlow and he has to tell it to everyone over and over and over, and if some utterly disgusting lies are told too, that's OK. While he could be right or it goes like the primaries where Ognio and Barlow got the most votes then and people didn't change their minds now and that is the reason for victory, if Ognio loses Hearn, I'll lay that 100% at the feet of Brown and crazies like americanpatriots who couldn't control themselves and didn't help Ognio whatsoever and likely hurt him by acting like 5 year olds. With friends liek that, who needs enemies?

Ognio/Huddleston for me.

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He is a Drama Queen of the highest order

He and Haddix take the cake in this regard.

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No Bob, information is far from perfect - especially here

I voted the other way so we just tied - same as most of the bloggers and readers on here - half think one way, half the other. Brown and Richter's campaign may have changed some minds, but it is irrelevant since a very small % of the voters read this stuff. 42 users and guests right now. Tiny little number.

True, we may be more informed (or more likely misinformed) than the average voter, but you and I each get one vote - and that is the same number of votes the guy on the landscaping crew or the trash truck gets. At least they get to travel around so they can see a lot of those stupid yard signs.

I'm afraid most voters today know nothing about the issues, and thankfully most will not vote for or against anyone because of what they read here. Actually most won't vote at all. I don't know whether to laugh or cry about that.

We truly get what we deserve.

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Exit Poll - 0830 PTC

0% Hearn, 0% Huddleston, 100% Barlow, and 100% Ognio. All stated Hearn backlash and Huddleston minimal platform / postion.

Bob

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Exit poll Hearn 75%% ,Ognio 25%, Huddleston 100%, DB 0%

That was at the library at 7:15 and although it was just 2 married couples who live on my street, it was an exit poll.
2 of the Huddleston votes were mostly brown backlash. I don't expect Huddleston to finish at 100%, but it is a start and a good one.

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Husband and Fat

I'm adding you to the bed wetter list.

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Commissioner Brown

Getting ready to walk in and vote for Huddleston and Ognio. Or maybe Hearn.

Your behavior in this election where you are not a candidate just proved to me that you are not leader of people and would not make a good chairman. Its sad when we have to vote for certain people in order to keep someone like you out of the leadership position.

Have a nice day

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What a bunch of garbage!

Major Mike must be smoking with Pothead Horgan if he thinks for a minute that anyone believes that Hearn and Huddleston are not campaigning together. He needs to get his head examined.

That's why these people keep losing!!

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Steve Brown - revisiting nonsense

Steve,

It's really hard for me to believe that you or the Barlow team would revisit that particular bit of nonsense when even the Ognio campaign appears to be distancing itself from Barlow. But...... you have yet again, given me an opportunity to repeat a post addressing those false allegations. Thank you!!


americanpatriots - Sheila Huddleston's signs
Jim Richter, Steve Brown, et al,

Regarding Sheila Huddleston' signs: To begin with, Sheila Huddleston is NOT RUNNING WITH OR AGAIN'ST LEE HEARN! The simple fact that David Barlow, when examined, is NOT a good candidate has led you to vehemently attack his opposition with attempts to tie her to another race and it's (almost certainly) losing candidate. Sorry guys, but I think that you will find that most readers, bloggers, and voters are not going to buy in to that bovine excrement.

The SIGNS: I believe that Melissa, Ms. Huddleston sister, most eloquently covered this subject in these blogs. - "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."

NEWSFLASH: The campaign signs were decoupled at MY behest!! (see my initial post in these blogs) I initially entertained the same concerns and sought answers before again casting my vote. Answer's were given. Simply put, Ms. Huddleston may have put too much trust into a developing friendship and, unfortunately, has suffered negative consequences because of it.

Shiela Huddleston is opposed to: the West Fayetteville bypass, the East, Fayetteville bypass, and TSplost. Simply click to go to Ms. Huddlestons website to know her positions, her background, and her objectives. http://electsheilahuddleston.com/ or click on her campaign sign here in The Citizen. When I voted for Shiela Huddleston in the primary, I was not one of her supporters, I simply did not like what I saw in David Barlow. After speaking with Ms. Huddleston at length this past saturday and reviewing Mr. Bralow's Joe Biden like behavior, I now fully support Ms. Huddleston's candidacy. She is articulate, she is professional, she is honest, and..... she is NOT connected in any way with the "Good Ole Boy Club" that you (probably correctly) perceive to be you arch enemy.

And so... Jim, Steve, and other Barlow handlers. I respectfully ask that you dial your rhetoric and tactics back from the PTC DirectPac political style of innuendo, half truths, and outright lies that you yourself Steve were a victim of and concentrate on questions concerning THIS race and your candidate. For instance; Answer why we should vote for a man who has been in our community/county only two years yet feels entitled to one of the top spots in County government. Please answer concerns of why Mr. Barlow left Mississippi and the reported multiple actions by the Secretary of State's office there. Have any of you attempted to put a muzzle on your candidate when he threatens people in God's name?

And lastly but certainly not least - Should the short time Mr. Barlow somehow be successful in his bid for this post, would he have a separate office or would his desk be "somewhere" in the Commission chairman's office? Translation: Many, many, Fayette County voters are way past tired of "puppets" and PACs and other political groups hard selling them on a bill of goods that only benefit those small groups.

Due to my personal disgust at the Barlow campaign's less than truthful rhetoric and and slimeball tactics, I will post my response several times during the day (and possibly tomorrow) in hopes that the voters can get a clear picture and make and informed choice.

BTW: I voted Ognio and Huddleston in the primary and will do so yet again on Tuesday. I would ask that you make the right choice and do the same.

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The whiners and the Huddleston-Hearn confusion

I know Mudcat was missing me, so I thought I would check in ;)

All of the talk today was about the flip-flop waffling in the Huddleston-Hearn campaign.

At first, candidate Sheila Huddleston, who had never attended a single Board of Commissioners meeting prior to entering the race, claimed to have "new ideas" and a "new vision," but if you go look at her campaign page, there is nothing new in sight.

Next, Huddleston created a joint campaign effort with incumbent Commissioner Lee Hearn. They joined their campaign signs and did several campaign advertisements together in the newspapers. They forged a mutual platform, but that caused problems because of issues like support for the West Fayetteville Bypass, support for no-bid contracts and support for keeping Fayette in the regional and state mass transit plans.

Finally, Huddleston began a stark retreat, abandoning the joint campaign effort with the incumbent Hearn. Her campaign people ran about the county dislodging her signs from the Hearn signs.

Of course, now the talk of flip-flopping from the Huddleston campaign has voters thinking she has no set principles and moves as the wind blows. This has definitely taken the momentum out of the Huddleston-Hearn campaign.

The major endorsement the Huddleston-Hearn campaign received was from Brooks Mayor Dan Langford who was an ardent supporter of TSPLOST.

Anxious as all get-out, Mudcat and Robert Morgan are having to resort to heavier personal attacks against Steve Brown (who is not running, but do not tell them that, please) and elevating the pitch of their whining to the point where glass is breaking all over the county.

Do not walk barefoot in Fayette County until the whining stops and all the broken glass has been picked up.

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Everybody now knows about the

Everybody now knows about the disturbing alliance between Sheila Huddleston and incumbent Lee Hearn. Their supporters trying to say Huddleston has nothing to do with Hearn even after running newspaper ads and collecting endorsements together is just dripping with insincerity. The voters are not crazy - they get it.

Here is what you get with Huddleston and Hearn:

1. As the county's Public Works Director, Lee Hearn was written up for poor performance on numerous occasions. He was severely reprimanded for misuse of a county credit card in order to thwart county procedure. He resigned in light of what many believed would be his inevitable termination.

2. Hearn has consistently supported deficit spending. To make matters worse, he has actually voted to increase expenditures when revenues were drifting down.

3. Hearn is one of the most ardent supporters on building the West Fayetteville Bypass. The road to nowhere has wasted tens of millions of our tax dollars. (It was Hearn, as Public Works Director, who said the East Fayetteville Bypass was our number one priority, but he kept pushing the West Fayetteville Bypass as an elected official.) It was later found out that Hearn's relatives own a large number of acres of undeveloped land near the West Fayetteville Bypass.

4. The Board was presented with a resolution to ask that Fayette County be removed from all regional and state mass transit plans. Lee Hearn along with Commissioners Frady and Horgan voted it down.

5. Hearn voted in favor of items that NEVER appeared on a public meeting agenda - keeping the public in the dark. One item was a tower lease that had five years remaining on the current contract. The new lease was not bid out and it was worth in the neighborhood of $1 million. Hearn voted in favor of pay raise for employees that did not appear on an agenda. That pay raises came at a time when the county was deficit spending and pulling funds from the reserves just to meet obligations.

6. For the last four years, the county has paid 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.

7. Hearn had a chance to de-fund the West Fayetteville Bypass and use the funds for county debt and tax relief, but he voted it down.

8. 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."

9. Hearn voted to approve 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.

10. Hearn 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.

11. Hearn supports a measure to “dumb down” the minutes that avoid listing the detail of the debate.

Sheila Huddleston has been a "no-show" over the years in meeting attendance and voicing opinions on the big issues. The two candidates who kept fighting month after month for the taxpaying citizens are Randy Ognio and David Barlow.

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Sunday 9:27 PM. Last time we heard from the brown clown

and his enforcer the Richterstumbfurer. Almost 12 hours without a pro-Barlow/Ognio post or more to the point an anti Huddelston/Hearn diatribe about signs.

Let's guess. Doncha love multiple choice?

A. Barlow called Jesus and asked for lighting strike on Brown.

B. Denise Ognio visited Brown with Godfather Harold Bost and told him to STFU or else.

C. Cal blocked them. Good for you if you did. Bad for business, though.

D. Brown and Richter finally decided to be classy instead of immature about this campaign and they reigned in their emotions and have pledged to be mature adults and not engage in the politics of personal destruction during this campaign.

E. All of the above - except D., of course.

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Well now muddycat, it ain't choice D. for sure

I'm going with C. - Cal blocked them. Makes sense if Cal wants to report on the election of Hearn and Huddleston objectively Wednesday AM.That's my head talking, but my heart really wants B. to be true - and see it on YouTube. Denise, you go girl. I'm with you. Pound his skinny butt into the ground.

Or maybe Brown and his newest buttboy just went to the baseball game and are out of touch (with the website, I mean).

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Could it be

that Oddo is in his pocket? Just sayin....

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Honey, At Home, MK, RWM - Ognio, Barlow, Huddleston & Hearn

Having attended 99.9% of all commission meetings over the last 4 years, I can say with all honesty that, yes, Randy Ognio and David Barlow have been fighting for the citizens of Fayette County.

I know there are folks out there who would be most happy to prove that whatever I have to say isn't true, just because I am Ginga Smithfield.

However, when three of our current commissioners along with two previous commissioners were voting on and passing Agenda items that weren't even on the Agenda, Randy Ognio and David Barlow were working for the citizens by bringing those things to light.

Mr. Ognio and Mr. Barlow were both, in their own way, fighting for the citizens rights to an open, transparent government. All this time, they have been fighting to save Fayette taxpayers money.

Randy Ognio spoke out, at every commission meeting, against the practice of voting on items that didn't appear on the Agenda. I wonder how many people are aware that just before leaving office Jack Smith, Eric Maxwell, Herb Frady, Robert Horgan, and Lee Hearn voted to approve a little item that didn't appear on the Agenda. They voted to give county employees $500,000 that didn't appear on the Agenda.

In addition to fighting the process of passing Agenda items that didn't appear on the Agenda, Mr. Ognio repeatedly spoke against no bid or one bid contracts.

When Commission Chairman Herb Frady was threatening to have the people's right to speak during the Public Comment portion of the meetings reduced to after the fact, Randy Ognio and David Barlow were there defending the citizen's right to be heard on any matter before the commissioners voted. Commission Chairman Frady wanted to move the Public Comment portion of the meetings to the end of the commission meeting. If it had not been for Randy Ognio and others speaking out about that and if it had not been for David Barlow videoing the proceedings, Mr. Frady would have succeeded.

Not many people know this but Randy Ognio saved the citizens of Fayette County over $200,000 with a two sentence suggestion pertaining to heavy road equipment.

When Frady, Horgan, and Hearn tried to take away our voice, David Barlow started posting his videos on YouTube, so that all citizens could see what was going on within our County Government.

Randy Ognio was there voicing his opinion and David Barlow was there recording the proceedings when Frady, Horgan, and Hearn approved the paving for tiny Snead Rd.

I truly wonder how many people have driven over to see the unpaved portion of Snead. I have! There are two houses on Snead Rd. Paving that little portion of Snead will cost taxpayers over $100,000. The last house on Snead Rd. is owned by someone who also owns an adjacent piece of property that connects the two dead-end portions of Snead. That man is a developer. During the commission meeting where that project was discussed, Mr. Frady said that he had been approached by developers who said that if he would pave certain roads, they (the developers) would develop the property.

Randy Ognio spoke out against using taxpayers money to pave roads for developers. David Barlow recorded the meeting and put it on YouTube so that everyone else could see what went on.

I could go on like this for quite some time, but I know that all some folks want to do is malign others.

I haven't heard any of these nay sayers confirm that they have had conversations with any of the candidates other than Sheila Huddleston.

This past Saturday, a North Fayette Community Association invited all commission candidates to speak at a forum that was being held at Liberty Baptist Church. The president of the association, David Brill, announced that all candidates had been invited and that all candidates responded that they would attend. Mr. Brill said that all candidates had arrived with the exception of Commissioner Lee Hearn. Mr. Hearn never arrived and according to Mr. Brill he was not notified that Mr. Hearn would not be there.

If I am remembering correctly, candidate Sheila Huddleston spoke first, making an excuse that she couldn't stay for the entire meeting and she left shortly thereafter.

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How many meetings must one sit through to be declared eligible

to run for office in your opinion?

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Ouch!!
Ginga wrote:

I could go on like this for quite some time, but I know that all some folks want to do is malign others.

Fell out of my chair laughing when I read this coming from Ginga!!

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Falling out of your chair...

Gene, you must remember to buckle up before you read this stuff. Yeah, there's some "I resemble that remark" somewhere in there! Doesn't matter to me, I already voted for Ognio & Huddleston!

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Denise Ognio Is Absolutely Right

If you haven't been to any of the commission candidate debates or forums, please call the candidates and ask them for information.

We all owe it to ourselves, our children, and our community to make an informed voting decision.

I once heard someone say, "I don't know what he stands for, but he sure has a nice smile. If someone has a nice smile he has to be a good guy."

Asking the same questions of each candidate will provide a better comparison.

PLEASE call the candidates and PLEASE GO VOTE tomorrow, Aug. 21.

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I confess I read the blogs!

They say confession is good for the soul. I confess I read the blogs! However, reading these blogs daily can be nerve racking for a candidate (and a candidates wife). Some of the bloggers are afraid to use their real names. It is easy to blog about things when people do not know who you are!

For real answers why don't you call the candidates themselves? Some of these bloggers have never even spoken with the candidates one on one. What are the REAL issues? If you actually look at the facts about these candidates you will know who the choices should be. It's easy to see what the incumbent has been doing with your money. And it is not good! That history has been recorded by David Barlow for over a year for people view what goes on. Please stay focused on the people running for office and what their platform is. Hopefully you have voted or will vote tomorrow-August 21. We will learn Tuesday night (thank you Fayette Citizen) how you voted. Will you vote based on what you read in the blogs? How about gender? Will you vote based on religion? Will you vote based on what your friends tell you? How about based on endorsements from folks you may or may not like? Please call the candidates and vote based on what they will do for the county! Ask them the important questions like, What is the Candidates Plan of Action/Platform?

Many have put David Barlow and Randy Ognio in the same box. These two men are independent thinkers. They both research the issues, and yes, many times come up with the same answers. But not always.

Likewise Sheila Huddleston and Lee Hearn are linked together via signs, in the paper, and in discussions. You would think that means they are on the same page on issues also....

Call the candidates-Randy Ognio, Sheila Huddleston, Lee Hearn and David Barlow. Ask them why they should have your vote. I only have one phone number :) You can reach Randy Ognio at 678-414-7952.

And yes, of course, my vote goes to Randy Ognio. He is a true example of how "little people" decided to fight back! Randy Ognio decided to run for office after attending commissioner meetings for two years. Randy Ognio got tired of certain commissioners not working for the people of Fayette County. Randy Ognio IS fighting back! GO VOTE RANDY OGNIO for your next County Commissioner.

Thanks
Denise Ognio

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Denise Ognio - Sheila Huddleston's signs

Denise Ognio

While I agree with much of what you have to say, I must note that while you attempt to distance yours husbands campaign from Barlow, and I don't blame you there, yet you repeat Barlow's false allegations about Shiela Huddleston in the next paragraph. Please note that at NO point has Sheila Huddleston attacked either your husbands intentions or his campaign.Think about it.

You have however, given me an opportunity to repeat a post addressing those false allegations. Thank you!!

americanpatriots - Sheila Huddleston's signs
Jim Richter, Steve Brown, et al,

Regarding Sheila Huddleston' signs: To begin with, Sheila Huddleston is NOT RUNNING WITH OR AGAIN'ST LEE HEARN! The simple fact that David Barlow, when examined, is NOT a good candidate has led you to vehemently attack his opposition with attempts to tie her to another race and it's (almost certainly) losing candidate. Sorry guys, but I think that you will find that most readers, bloggers, and voters are not going to buy in to that bovine excrement.

The SIGNS: I believe that Melissa, Ms. Huddleston sister, most eloquently covered this subject in these blogs. - "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."

NEWSFLASH: The campaign signs were decoupled at MY behest!! (see my initial post in these blogs) I initially entertained the same concerns and sought answers before again casting my vote. Answer's were given. Simply put, Ms. Huddleston may have put too much trust into a developing friendship and, unfortunately, has suffered negative consequences because of it.

Shiela Huddleston is opposed to: the West Fayetteville bypass, the East, Fayetteville bypass, and TSplost. Simply click to go to Ms. Huddlestons website to know her positions, her background, and her objectives. http://electsheilahuddleston.com/ or click on her campaign sign here in The Citizen. When I voted for Shiela Huddleston in the primary, I was not one of her supporters, I simply did not like what I saw in David Barlow. After speaking with Ms. Huddleston at length this past saturday and reviewing Mr. Bralow's Joe Biden like behavior, I now fully support Ms. Huddleston's candidacy. She is articulate, she is professional, she is honest, and..... she is NOT connected in any way with the "Good Ole Boy Club" that you (probably correctly) perceive to be you arch enemy.

And so... Jim, Steve, and other Barlow handlers. I respectfully ask that you dial your rhetoric and tactics back from the PTC DirectPac political style of innuendo, half truths, and outright lies that you yourself Steve were a victim of and concentrate on questions concerning THIS race and your candidate. For instance; Answer why we should vote for a man who has been in our community/county only two years yet feels entitled to one of the top spots in County government. Please answer concerns of why Mr. Barlow left Mississippi and the reported multiple actions by the Secretary of State's office there. Have any of you attempted to put a muzzle on your candidate when he threatens people in God's name?

And lastly but certainly not least - Should the short time Mr. Barlow somehow be successful in his bid for this post, would he have a separate office or would his desk be "somewhere" in the Commission chairman's office? Translation: Many, many, Fayette County voters are way past tired of "puppets" and PACs and other political groups hard selling them on a bill of goods that only benefit those small groups.

Due to my personal disgust at the Barlow campaign's less than truthful rhetoric and and slimeball tactics, I will post my response several times during the day (and possibly tomorrow) in hopes that the voters can get a clear picture and make and informed choice.

BTW: I voted Ognio and Huddleston in the primary and will do so yet again on Tuesday. I would ask that you make the right choice and do the same.

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I think Huddleston and Ognio would work as well.

Many are voting for Huddleston and Hearn because of the Brown and Richter sophomoric attacks, but Huddleston and Ognio with Oddo already there would also be a huge improvement for the county. This whole sign flap and signs in general are not really the reason you should vote for (or against) somebody. Standing out on the highway waving is equally silly, but it least shows people you are doing something.

I care much more about how the commissioners will work together than I do where their signs were placed. Huddleston, Ognio, Oddo, all good reasonable people. Hearn is fine as well - as long as he's no longer under the spell of Frady/Horgan. I doubt any one of them will fall under the spell of Steve Brown. He certainly picked the right one to spin into his web in Barlow. The more I hear, the less I like.

I think if we keep Barlow out of there, Oddo or possibly Hearn will be the chairman and I'm fine with either one. I think both are good potential leaders and neither seems to have an agenda other than family real estate. I wonder why Brown is not attacking the Oddo family and all their land holdings?

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I wonder why Brown is not attacking the Oddo family and all their land holdings?

This is consistent with the workings of a one-track mind. You just don't change tracks real easily with the momentum that his current train of thought has built up. Next topic: train wrecks.

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MudKitty & 'land holdings'

You say "all their..." Didja ever think perhaps their holdings are not extensive?

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Doesn't matter, Gym

In the Brown playbook if you own any land at all - other than what is under your house - you are a developer and you are evil! The Oddo family does own some land, but I would bet my last paycheck (the one I received in 1992) that Charles Oddo would make full disclosure and recuse himself from any vote. Furthermore, he would probably do what he could to delay family members from requesting anything while he is on county commission. I asked Paul that very question and that was his answer. I recognize they are 2 different people, but it makes sense.

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Mudkitty, land and cloth

Well, yes, they own some land not under their house(s) but not much and not necessarily ripe for development. And yes, Chuck & Paul are certainly two different people BUT cut from the same bolt of cloth. Both, I perceive, are steeped in honesty & integrity,which will serve all of us well. And know all about that paycheck stuff--my last one was in 2001!

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Bad Honey Badger

I cannot believe, Honey Badger, that you keep on with the they "attempt to associate her with Mr. Hearn" routine. Goodness, they stapled their signs to together and ran ads saying "Vote for Huddleston and Hearn" with pictures of them standing next to each other.

Yes, Honey Badger, they are definitely "associated" and there is not any getting around it.

The real point to make is Huddleston's ability to waffle. Many would have more respect for her if she just stayed the course with Lee Hearn.

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Bad Steve Brown

Shame on you Steve you and your anti slam campaign is the reasons this keeps coming up. You can't help your fool self from running your mouth about things that are not true and besides that everyone reading your post have caught you in so many lies and twist you can't even keep your story straight. It's pay back day and everyone has seen what you stand for and realize that they can afford to have you and your alliance run the county. So the right choices are Huddleston and Hearn they at least took the higher road despite running separate campaigns.

As for the sign issue and photo etc that you have harped on for so long the fact is it has nothing to do with her views or position on county issues and she does disagree with Mr Hearn on those issues, but she is classiie enough to be able to sit on the commission and work with all commissioners as opposed to you and Ognio, Barlow who want to turn the commission into a shouting match circus in order to get your way.

How do I know this ? Because I know Huddleston and I know for a fact what you and others have been saying are. Bunch of lies. Your only stragity was to try and tie them together in attempts to draw the votes. Read the blogs ask the voters, they are turned off by you and the rest of the bashes. No one wants a Bunch of political thugs and radicals running their county.

So keep running that mouth till the polls close today, we who support Huddleston thank you because your the reason she is going to win today. Then we will see how you act when you have to work with her.

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Is there such a thing as Tourette's Blogging?

What is Tourette syndrome?

Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics.

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Independent yeah right

I beleive that from day one this is has been like a Presidential campaign with Barlow and Ognio as running mates and now you try to seperate yor husband from Barlow. Great bailing water plan.

I do agree that some of the bloggers have never talked to the candiates, however I have had numerous conversations with Ms. Huuddleston and know for a fact that despite your continued bashing and attempt to associate her with Mr. Hearn that this simply is not the case.

I also know that you Mrs. Ognio also sent a flaming Email bashing her and Mr. Hearn as well. But neither of those candiates have attacked your husband especially Ms. Huddleston because she isn't running aganist him.

To me is seems that you are worried and should be because of your actions along with all the others that tied themself and dipped to such dirty politics. Perhaps your husband is a good man but his ties to to Barlow and Brown make him a target as well.

So it is what it is out there for the voters to decided. Now lets see how nice folks are to you because when Huddleston's sister spoke up she was hammered for doing so. Should have stayed off the blog!!!!

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Mudcat you couldn't be more wrong if you tried

I sold my very successful manufacturing and construction businesses and am quite comfortable in my retirement. And no, I didn't have help from the government or anyone else. I did it myself - just like virtually every small businessman has done since time began.

I think ptctrader2010 has it right - Huddleston is looking for a paycheck with benefits.

Jim Richter

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Paycheck??

Uhhhh Jim,

Sheila Huddleston is a very successful practicing attorney. Serving on the County Commission is going to cost her more than a few greenbacks.

But thanks!! Sheila, her family, and a whole bunch of other folks got a good laugh from your "paycheck with benefits" comment.

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Pay Check really what a joke

Are you people serious. So you you continue to attack and bash Huddleston despite all the wrong information you have provided backlashing in your own face and now you have the nerver to blog up she is only looking for a pay check and benifits. Wow at $20k+ job and what some benifits that she may or maynot even be eligible for is what a local business owner who happens to be an attorney is looking to get out of this. Realy go sell this and your swamp land to someone who is stupid enough to buy it.

Your group also attacks her on the GA Bar Exam etc, how little of you to go to this level. Let me ask have you been a single mom with no support from your ex husband and payed your way through law school raised a child and worked a full time job and taken the GA bar test? Don't judge unless you can walk in those same shoes. But I will tell you if any of that is the case it proves to me she is a fighter and will stand strong to accomplish her goals. That speaks volumes of the person and what they are made of. Can't say that about some of your tempered boys and folks who bail on their obligations.

I too am like all the others out there and fed up with the bashing and attempts to distort the truth with misleading and false information. You have had your say now let the rest of us get ours and stop this mess.

Vote Huddleston for post 2 and if your smart pick Hearn because giving Brown Mr.Ogino may prove to be an bigger issue down the road.

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for Huddleston and Hearn

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Keep trying Mudcat!

Everybody is now talking about the disturbing alliance between Sheila Huddleston and incumbent Lee Hearn. Your saying Huddleston has nothing to do with Hearn after running newspaper ads and collecting endorsements together is just dripping with insincerity. The voters are not crazy.

Here is what you get with Huddleston and Hearn:

1. As the county's Public Works Director, Lee Hearn was written up for poor performance on numerous occasions. He was severely reprimanded for misuse of a county credit card in order to thwart county procedure. He resigned in light of what many believed would be his inevitable termination.

2. Hearn has consistently supported deficit spending. To make matters worse, he has actually voted to increase expenditures when revenues were drifting down.

3. Hearn is one of the most ardent supporters on building the West Fayetteville Bypass. The road to nowhere has wasted tens of millions of our tax dollars. (It was Hearn, as Public Works Director, who said the East Fayetteville Bypass was our number one priority, but he kept pushing the West Fayetteville Bypass as an elected official.) It was later found out that Hearn's relatives own a large number of acres of undeveloped land near the West Fayetteville Bypass.

4. The Board was presented with a resolution to ask that Fayette County be removed from all regional and state mass transit plans. Lee Hearn along with Commissioners Frady and Horgan voted it down.

5. Hearn voted in favor of items that NEVER appeared on a public meeting agenda - keeping the public in the dark. One item was a tower lease that had five years remaining on the current contract. The new lease was not bid out and it was worth in the neighborhood of $1 million. Hearn voted in favor of pay raise for employees that did not appear on an agenda. That pay raises came at a time when the county was deficit spending and pulling funds from the reserves just to meet obligations.

6. For the last four years, the county has paid 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.

7. Hearn had a chance to de-fund the West Fayetteville Bypass and use the funds for county debt and tax relief, but he voted it down.

8. 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."

9. Hearn voted to approve 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.

10. Hearn 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.

11. Hearn supports a measure to “dumb down” the minutes that avoid listing the detail of the debate.

Two people have consistently fought for the Fayette taxpayers: Randy Ognio and David Barlow.

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Get informed Mike. You should know this stuff by now.

David Barlow's opponent, attorney Sheila Huddleston, has misinformed the public regarding two bankruptcies David had over 20 years ago. The first came out of the division of assets in a divorce (David later reconciled with his wife Cherie and they have been happily married for a total of 45 years).

The second came from David discovering that his employer in Mississippi was committing Federal tax fraud. David turned the evidence into the FBI and the employer’s partner in another business attempted to entangle David in an expensive lawsuit to get him not to testify. Under the advice of his attorney, David saved his family’s home and possessions by filing bankruptcy.

The opponent’s attempt to distort the facts as to make David appear to be financially incompetent is reason enough not to vote for her.

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You obviously did not read Sheila Huddleston's nasty campaign mailer.

We all know the malicious Eric Maxwell started the evil spin, but Huddleston took over where Maxwell left off.

That was a shame if you were a Huddleston fan because she lost a lot of support because of the postcard mailer.

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Does SB always talk to himself?

Funny stuff.

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SPYGLASS

I'm tellin' ya, it's a condition called "Blogging Tourette Syndrome." He just can't help himself, and doesn't realize how stupid his efforts to "top" his opponent's comment make him look once more comments are added. Or he simply doesn't understand the "Reply" button.

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More lying from Brown

It was Eric Maxwell who informed the public of Barlow's two bankruptcies, not Huddleston. If Huddleston has ever commented to anyone about this or "misrepresented" Barlow's clearly evident financial incompetence, cite your sources. Cite where the "opponent attempted to distort the facts" Where Steve? I sure haven't seen or heard it from her. Unlike some, she doesn't come on here and lie about things like "Hearn is running to qualify for the FC Defined Benefit Plan"

The facts are real simple: Barlow twice filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy and people can believe the circumstances/reasoning however they wish, but it doesn't change the FACTS. Again, had this been Huddleston who filed Chapter 7 twice for any reason whatsoever, you'd be doing usual 4-5 posts a day for a few weeks screaming about it with your lackeys americanpatriots, ginga and johenry would be blathering "ditto! ditto!" right behind you.

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Now Steve...

"Two people have consistently fought for the Fayette taxpayers: Randy Ognio and David Barlow." I'm certain Mr Barlow's civic mindedness was at the fore when filing bankruptcy- TWICE!

Hopefully, tomorrow you will let this rest. Of course after you have either finished gloating or chastising the voters of Fayette for not agreeing with you.

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Mike King, Ognio & Barlow---oh and Brown

I don't know what positions Ognio & Barlow have held where they were authorized or had the ability to "fight" for anyone. I think we both know that this is just more of Brown's BS in hopes of feathering his own nest. Think it's called R&I---Read & Ignore.

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Have fought, Are fighting, Will fight. Who?

Mike, as an aside, when a politician talks about past, present and future fights, I know that means verbal instead of physical fighting, but my question is who in the world are all these politicians fighting against? Is it their opponents? Is it their fellow already elected officials? Is it some higher level of government - like the county fighting the state? Is it the imaginary little bogeymen that people like Brown see turning into developers? Have you ever wondered about this?

I don't understand the purpose of all the alleged fighting. Why can't people get elected and just work peacefully together to vote on things that help lower taxes, spend within our means and preserve whatever amenities we have. Why does everything have to be a fight? Cooperation, compromise, teamwork - what happened to all that?

I fear that there is no real enemy and no real fighting to be done and that the "I will fight for you" is just a bunch of rhetorical populist pap. And of course the voter knows nothing, assumes there must be a fight somewhere and the voter himself certainly doesn't want to fight - so we wind up electing fighter type personalities to elected office and then we act surprised when they do fight and argue with each other. We are really stupid when it comes to voting.

I think this is why we have much emphasis on 3-2 votes and voting blocs and the demonization of the other side. And is certainly why we so seldom get decent people running for office. They don't know what the fighting is all about and they are not inclined to start one - so we have people like Brown and Haddix who cheerfully ignore critique and normal social conventions because for them, everything is a fight and the unnamed enemy is out to get them, so any and all behavior is fine with them. Smith, Frady, Dunn, Steele, Lenox and even Logsdon displayed some of that mentality, but not 24/7 and they all possessed a normal professional demeanor which was their default personality.

So, for that reason, I don't want Mr. Barlow or Mr. Ognio "fighting" for me. Huddleston, Hearn working with Oddo seems to me to be having the adults back in charge. I am not interested in Mr. Brown's response to this, but it will happen and it will Exhibit A.

And then see "Haddix: Other Council Member?" post for Exhibit B

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RWM

I believe they use the term "fight" because as children they were constantly running home to Mommie crying because no one would play with them. They likely had few real friends growing up because like now anyone having an opposite opinion is evil. They have the mindset of always being right because their Mom said so.

They've reached adulthood not realizing the world simply does not revolve around them, but doing their best to convince others that it does. After all, didn't their Mother tell them so.

I do agree with your assessment, and have voted Hearn and Huddleston in hopes of anyone but Brown as Commission Chair.

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Dumber than a brick? Even dumber than concrete?

If you were actually successful in business, you should ask yourself if you did that yourself (Obama says no you didn't), people like Steve Brown did it or did Bible thumpers like David Barlow inspired you (or intimidated you) to be successful. I guess the other choice is big government, but I doubt you are that stupid.

Get off it Herr Richter, we don't want to keep hearing the same pap and crap about sign sharing. What in the world do you get out of Ognio and Barlow getting elected and the Steve Brown being Commission Chair? You taking over the video? You think Steve Brown is a good leader? Stop spewing crap.

Vote Huddeston and Hearn.

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mudcat - who cares what you think?

We are so sick of reading the nonsense you have written for so long. Do you really think anyone cares what you think?

Yes, I do think Steve Brown is doing an outstanding job.

Vote for Barlow and Ognio and vote Hearn out of office.

Jim Richter

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Mr. Richter - Mudcat

Fyi, I care what Mudcat thinks.

In fact that's the reason I like this blog. I get to read a lot of different opinions. I don't happen to agree with them all but I would never suggest that I speak for everyone on this board. You shouldn't either Mr. Richter.

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Amen!!

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Obviously you care a lot....

...since you posted two responses to mudcat, even though no one supposedly cares. Keep on digging that hole.

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You know what would be a nice feature on here

A filter that prohibits people like Richter and Brown and others from posting the exact same thing over and over and over. Just say it once and move on. I do believe Hearn and Huddleston are actually gaining votes because of the childish postings of these two.

Oh well, 36 hours to go and it will all be over. Then all we have to look forward to is the Haddix lack of ethics hearing. I can see MadMike up there with a gavel flanked by Randy and Todd and others. Haddix enters in chains, his city-paid attorney George Rosensweig in a $3,000 suit objects to everyone on the panel, sketch artist records images, Channel 5 interviews Brown outside "Tell us Mr. Brown, what is it like being brought up on ethics charges in a perfect place like Peachtree City?" Standing room only crowd inside, several hundred outside with torches and pitchforks. Randy shouts "Call the first witness - Doug Sturbaum" What a great show!

Anybody know where the stocks are they used to set up outside city hall for some fund raising thing? Might need them.

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rwm, since you refuse to run for office I think you should

consider a career in writing. You have such a vivid imagination; it is a shame to let it go to waste. It is always interesting to see the many different ways you manage to get Brown or Haddix into every conversation, regardless of the context. The signs of a true fiction writer.
The only thing I would be concerned with is giving MadMike a gavel or any other thing that he can use in a fit of temper. Maybe if they get approval, you can also have a few of those food carts available for the thundering hordes, who are sure to be hungry and thirsty. This would help PTC'S bottom line.

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Food carts would add to the circus, walking signs too

I can see an Uncle Sam on stilts wearing a sign saying 'The little people finally have spoken" and a guy in a Che Guevara shirt that says "Free Donnie". Maybe we can borrow some equipment and horses from the Renaissance Festival and have jousting down at Drake Field - Hearn vs. Huddleston, Barlow vs. Ognio (dressed in a devil's costume), Richter vs. Brown (believe me, they will all wind up hating each other by then).
Oh, and a dunking tank.

I do see where they have a special meeting next Tuesday to draw names. It is on a fast track.

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RE: Huddleston

Come on... This woman is hunting a paycheck from the taxpayers.. If she was truly interested in the County Commission, she would have attended some meetings... Not a good record. The only record of accomplishment I think she holds is "person retaking the Georgia BAR exam" the most times.

Next topic.

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Get a life

I have it on good advise that she already makes six figures in her law practice so this is the best you can come up with. Plus your crack at the GA Bar is out of line. Can you say you have law degree and passed the bar? Give me break this is not not even worth the effort to reply back but I found it offensive. Also Richter your comments about no business experience you are so so wrong about that. I think Major Mike, Mud Cat, Morgan and the rest of us out there know that this is pure cheap shots and it is turning aganist you.

Of course I am looking for Steve Brown to jump on this too with his continious broken record of self serving talk.

Go and vote for Huddleston

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RE: Huddleston

Come on... This woman is hunting a paycheck from the taxpayers.. If she was truly interested in the County Commission, she would have attended some meetings... Not a good record. The only record of accomplishment I think she holds is "person retaking the Georgia BAR exam" the most times.

Next topic.

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RE: Huddleston

Come on... This woman is hunting a paycheck from the taxpayers.. If she was truly interested in the County Commission, she would have attended some meetings... Not a good record. The only record of accomplishment I think she holds is "person retaking the Georgia BAR exam" the most times.

Next topic.

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ptc trader & multiple posts

Don't know Huddleston or any of the other candates. Attending meetings where you have no vote is not evidence of "interest"--perhaps of prior planning but nothing more. And perhaps you know--or maybe not--that the pss rate for the GA BAR Exam and other Professional Exams is pretty damn low for the first time arouund---and maybe necessarily so.

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Mr. Richter is not concerned about facts

he and Steve Brown are only concerned about getting Barlow and Ognio elected so they can make Brown Chairman. I have no idea what is in it for Richter. I assume he is a real person who may want to get a job in court clerks office or get appointed to the elections board, but nevertheless, just shut them down on Tuesday.

Vote Huddelston and Hearn. Leave the Brown supporters in the dust.

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concerned about the facts

I do not believe there is a current opening with the County Elections Board? I've read on this blog that the last opening at the Elections Board was filled by Hern's cousin, who he/LH recommended to that position, and described his cousin as a "friend" from church? If this is in fact true, Do you not find this "well connected” and dishonest?

A little voice is speaking to us all: Remember it is not who votes that matters, it is who or what "counts" the vote that matters. . . . . . . .

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You folks need lives

1 AM postings, Jim Richter? Seriously, you folks need to give it a rest. We got your point, already.

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It's too late Huddleston

It’s impossible to put the toothpaste back in the tube once it’s out!

Huddleston is trying desperately to disassociate herself from Hearn by removing her campaign signs from the top of his all over the county and appearing in an ad with just her son in the weekend edition of the Citizen.

She previously appeared in an ad with Hearn, Wingo and Langford in the Citizen and one with just Hearn in the Fayette newspaper. We all got it - you aligned yourself with Hearn and then realized your mistake.

Well Sheila, you showed extremely poor judgment in hitching your wagon to Hearn who is the last of the Jack Smith, Herb Frady, Robert Horgan cabal that has done so much damage to the operational and financial well being of Fayette County. And, I predict the voters will soundly remove Hearn from office next week and take you down with him.

Jim Richter

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Major Mike can't be serious

I wish I'd seen your post before I went to church, so I could have prayed for you! You've got to be kidding with the Sheila Huddleston is NOT running with Lee Hearn comment.

You don't do signs together and newspaper ads together and not be running a campaign together. Be real!

Make all the excuses you want, but no one believes you Major Mike.

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johenry - Yes I am serious

johenry - Yes I am serious as a major heart attack. Did you not read anything I had to say or were you more focused on the very human response of formulating your own reply before listening to the words of your opponent.

I too wish that you had seen my post before you went to church, so that you could have prayed for guidance and an answer as to why David Barlow is using God and Jesus as a campaign vehicle and telling detractors that God is going to make them pay.

I believe that if you go back to the scriptures you will find a scripture that begins with the words "Oh ye whitewashed fence". I would not so humbly suggest that both you and David Barlow actually read those scriptures and then perhaps pray together.

Thank you for the opportunity to yet again call attention to Mr. Barlow's disgusting, deceitful, and sacrilegious campaign practices.

(see below)

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americanpatriots - Sheila Huddleston's signs

Jim Richter, Steve Brown, et al,

Regarding Sheila Huddleston' signs: To begin with, Sheila Huddleston is NOT RUNNING WITH OR AGAIN'ST LEE HEARN! The simple fact that David Barlow, when examined, is NOT a good candidate has led you to vehemently attack his opposition with attempts to tie her to another race and it's (almost certainly) losing candidate. Sorry guys, but I think that you will find that most readers, bloggers, and voters are not going to buy in to that bovine excrement.

The SIGNS: I believe that Melissa, Ms. Huddleston sister, most eloquently covered this subject in these blogs. - "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."

NEWSFLASH: The campaign signs were decoupled at MY behest!! (see my initial post in these blogs) I initially entertained the same concerns and sought answers before again casting my vote. Answer's were given. Simply put, Ms. Huddleston may have put too much trust into a developing friendship and, unfortunately, has suffered negative consequences because of it.

Shiela Huddleston is opposed to: the West Fayetteville bypass, the East, Fayetteville bypass, and TSplost. Simply click to go to Ms. Huddlestons website to know her positions, her background, and her objectives. http://electsheilahuddleston.com/ or click on her campaign sign here in The Citizen. When I voted for Shiela Huddleston in the primary, I was not one of her supporters, I simply did not like what I saw in David Barlow. After speaking with Ms. Huddleston at length this past saturday and reviewing Mr. Bralow's Joe Biden like behavior, I now fully support Ms. Huddleston's candidacy. She is articulate, she is professional, she is honest, and..... she is NOT connected in any way with the "Good Ole Boy Club" that you (probably correctly) perceive to be you arch enemy.

And so... Jim, Steve, and other Barlow handlers. I respectfully ask that you dial your rhetoric and tactics back from the PTC DirectPac political style of innuendo, half truths, and outright lies that you yourself Steve were a victim of and concentrate on questions concerning THIS race and your candidate. For instance; Answer why we should vote for a man who has been in our community/county only two years yet feels entitled to one of the top spots in County government. Please answer concerns of why Mr. Barlow left Mississippi and the reported multiple actions by the Secretary of State's office there. Have any of you attempted to put a muzzle on your candidate when he threatens people in God's name?

And lastly but certainly not least - Should the short time Mr. Barlow somehow be successful in his bid for this post, would he have a separate office or would his desk be "somewhere" in the Commission chairman's office? Translation: Many, many, Fayette County voters are way past tired of "puppets" and PACs and other political groups hard selling them on a bill of goods that only benefit those small groups.

Due to my personal disgust at the Barlow campaign's less than truthful rhetoric and and slimeball tactics, I will post my response several time during the day (and possibly tomorrow) in hopes that the voters can get a clear picture and make and informed choice.

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MajorMike: well stated

100% agree and I went with Huddleston/Ognio myself.

The smear job done over and over on Huddleston has been nothing short of disgusting, even by FC standards.

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Ignorant press?

Now wait a minute! Huddleston voluntarily ran ads with Commissioner Lee Hearn and we're supposed to believe there's nothing similar in their positions? You're crazy.

You losers are only trying to salvage the least damaged half of a team that cares nothing about anyone in Fayette County.

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Mike & Voting

Already voted for Ognio & Huddleston. Voted for Huddleston in the primary and never believed all the ignorant press she was getting--most of it self-serving on the part of the originators.

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Major Mike

We agree and no therapy required, lol.
Thank you for posting this response.

Actually, even I, who has overposted was getting annoyed! Seeing this attack has helped cured me!

My vote has already been placed but post away til the election with the facts.

Thanks

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It ain't over until

it's over and that happens on Tuesday, 8/21. I personally believe that reasonably prudent people will see that Ms. Huddleston is the best choice and not buy this unreasonable assumption of her aligning with Mr. Hearn. The sign thing could have been handled better, hindsight being what it is, but I believe that her only real mistake was underestimating how low her competition would go.

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Hearn and Huddleston redux

Commissioner Hearn had confirmed with the North Fayette Community Association and did not show for the forum.

Hearn and Sheila Huddleston teamed-up to campaign together with joint campaign signs and newspaper ads. Now we have version III. The Huddleston people are frantically running all over the county removing the Huddleston signs from the Hearn signs.

What does this say about the Hearn and Huddleston campaigns? Where does Huddleston stand on the issues today, or tomorrow?

The only thing we know for sure is that Randy Ognio and David Barlow have never wavered on their positions on the issues. They have not wavered for two years! They have been there in the meetings, writing letters and defending the taxpayers.

Commissioner Hearn has been AWOL when it comes to respecting the wishes of the citizens. Sheila Huddleston never attended a meeting and never voiced an opinion until she qualified to run for the Board of Commissioners. Huddleston jumped on the Hearn bandwagon and has now jumped off. It's like watching a ping-pong game.

The choice in the runoff is easy: Ognio and Barlow.

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johenry

Stop being a spoiled brat.

You really shouldn't be surprised that David Barlow and his campaign partner Randy Ognio are going to lose because their views are the opposite of what the people want.

They do line up nicely behind Richter and Brown, however.

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istilldontknow

Stop being a spoiled brat!

You really shouldn't be surprised that Lee Hearn and his campaign partner Sheila Huddleston are going to lose because their views are the opposite of what the people want.

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Just stop!

We got your point, Steve. You and Jim and Ginga and Pips and Josh - just STOP!

Citizens of Fayette County - join with me and tell these folks to quit the broken record!

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Yes. I agree - stop it and get a life - and then get annoyed

But you can go 1 step further and really annoy all those tiresome people - vote for Hearn and Huddleston on Tuesday. I did, my family did, I know of 2 neighbors that did and a lot of the reason was blowback from the brown bloviating.

I can think of no better way to emphasize his unimportance and lack of influence as a politician. I suspect Cal has written 2 or 3 different follow-up opinions on the election already because of time constraints Tuesday PM. I hope I get to read the one with title "Brown influence non-existent in Fayette County" or if Ognio wins "Brown bloviating beanballs Barlow" subheader or photo caption "Thanks for nothing, Joker"

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