Anti-Haddix group campaigns to block mayor’s reelection

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix.

Their motto might be, “Anybody but Haddix.”

Several Peachtree City residents are organizing a formal group to challenge the reelection candidacy of Mayor Don Haddix along with his wife, Cathy, who is seeking election to the Post 3 seat on the City Council.

Steve Thaxton said PTC Pride has been registered with the state as an “independent committee” and not a political action committee because the group will not support any one particular candidate in the election. The plan, however, is to publicize facts about Don and Cathy Haddix to encourage voters to choose other candidates for the mayor and Post 3 seats, Thaxton said.

The campaign against the Haddixes will include yard signs and newspaper ads along with a website that is currently under construction but will be live Oct. 15: www.ptcpride.org, Thaxton added.

“We intend to have bullet points of things that Mayor Haddix has done and how they have, in our opinion, negatively impacted the betterment of Peachtree City,” Thaxton said. “Short, straight, simple documented things, not mudslinging, but negative things that reflect on Mayor Haddix.”

Mayor Haddix said Tuesday that he isn’t bothered by the formation of the group, which he attributed to fellow Councilman Eric Imker.

“All the people who are part of this supposed group are all Imker backers and he did a massive recruiting action before,” Haddix said. “It doesn’t bother me, it says to me it’s a sign of desperation that he’s trying to hang on to being in the council majority position and I honestly think it’s going to backfire on him.”

Imker — who is not on the ballot this fall — was unavailable for comment by press time Tuesday afternoon. According to an email from his account, he sent an introductory email about PTC Pride over the weekend to more than 300 people, encouraging them to forward it along to their friends as well.

Because Mrs. Haddix has already said she would support all of her husband’s initiatives for the city, she too must be challenged, Thaxton said. Mrs. Haddix is facing off against incumbent Post 3 council member Kim Learnard.

“We will be actively out in public saying these are reasons not to vote for the Haddixes, but we will not support any other individual candidate running against them,” Thaxton said.

Thaxton said PTC Pride is sure to bring up the defamation lawsuit filed against Haddix that ultimately cost the city nearly $10,000 to settle. The lawsuit, filed by former mayor Harold Logsdon — who is challenging Haddix for mayor this November — was over an email comment Haddix made to a city staffer claiming that Logsdon was “part drunk” at council meetings. The lawsuit was ultimately settled in Logsdon’s favor as Haddix issued an apology.

Thaxton said PTC Pride hopes to raise four to five thousand dollars to complete its mission, and if there are any funds left over at the end of the campaign to donate them to city hall to offset the expenses the city incurred due to the libel lawsuit that was filed against Haddix.

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Pumpkins IQ

IPumpkin Haddix if you had a dime for all each of your IQ points you could not get a 99 cent value meal.

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I will donate

I have seen more than a few "Honk if you are Haddix's chit list" bumper stickers. LOL

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i agree Mayor Haddix

and I add it's so hard to imagine the hate within these hearts and this small

city. just consider the IQ's

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pumpkin: Haddix's only public supporter

That sort of tells you how this election is going to play out. Seriously, there is no one else.

Still, to be sure on this, glad to see an AnyoneButEitherHaddix group formed that is ready to broadcast the reasons why Don and his wife are horrid choices. The old adage of "better to deal with the fool you know than the fool you don't" is often wrong. This is one(actually two I guess) where about anyone would be more capable.

Not the biggest fan of Learnard but she's a lot better than Cathy Haddix.
Not the biggest fan of some of the Mayoral candidates like Logsdon or Jolley or Fleish, but any of those would be an improvement. Probably going with Deinhart myself.

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Yea, George is the logical choice, but then again so was Romney

I went to the Logsdon event and gave him $100 just to get along with everybody, but I am not impressed. I think George would be a better mayor and that is how I am voting. Probably sending some money as well.

I am still strongly with King and Ernest and of course Learnard who is suspect, but much better than Chatty Cathy.

Getting close to PTC Freedom Day - Nov 5th only a few weeks away.

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The ghost of DirectPAC stirs

While I think an anti-Haddix(s) message is quite unnecessary, as they do a a more than adequate job of displaying their own shortcomings on a daily basis - I am reminded that this is exactly how DirectPAC was formed. The working name was Anybody But Brown until some of the cooler heads suggested a generic name that portrayed a more positive image.

DirectPAC raised thousands of dollars had about 300 active members and certainly influenced enough voters to rid ourselves of the Brown menace. This was done without actually endorsing a single candidate. Everybody assumes Logsdon was a DirectPAC pick, but he was not.

Why Imker, a sitting councilperson not up for reelection thinks it is a good idea to provide visible opposition to Haddix is a complete mystery. Granted, attending meetings twice a month with the man-child must be difficult, but this is responding to a lunatic in such a way that it actually fuels his own ego. Haddix doesn't actually have any supporters as many bloggers have pointed out, but mounting this effort might actually get him some sympathy votes, albeit from people who have never met the man - or his charming wife. Be sure to chat up Cathy before election day. Meet her for coffee or something. You will be amazed.

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Have to agree

Granted Imker has every right to do this, but I think it wasn't appropriate to send this email to 300 of his best friends, lol.

Would be kind of interesting though if Don lost and Cathy won a seat. (not that I am voting that way). If she freely admits to saying those things to Mr. Gresham, imagine what would come out of her mouth if she actually had a position.

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Pumpkin smash

Pride will squash the pumpkin NO mo Haddixs

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Pumpkin smash

Pride will squash the pumpkin NO mo Haddixs

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Committe of Spite?

If the other contenders in the race cannot win against Haddix on their own merit they do not deserve to be elected. But I refuse to believe this is the case - Haddix will be easily defeated.

Life is too precious to waste on endeavors of spite, bitterness, and vindictiveness. I challenge Steve Thaxton and co. to turn away from this foolish pursuit and instead spend their energy to help us move forward. Pick the best candidate, promote and support them through the election, and we'll all share in the success.

I suggest George - King and Logsdon have shown themselves to be bitter, shallow men with their constant disparagement and petty lawsuits against the mayor. We need a forward looking candidate, and one who campaigns on "Vote for Me, I'm not Haddix" won't cut it with me, nor do I expect it will with the other voters.

Steve

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If the truth sounds bitter to you

Maybe it is the current Mayor's doing?

Ever read his drivel here? He is a condescending a$$. Bless his heart.

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Sounds good to me!

Website going live on Oct. 15th and I will be contributing. Hell why wait until then? I'm ready to donate :)

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Now is the time Mr. Haddix

Now is the time for you to get your supporters out there in front of this group. I am anxiously waiting to see the throngs of people flocking to your defense against the attack on your record.

Please post their website and give us a list of prominent names that represent the leadership of PTC and the county that support your record of "leadership" over the last four years.

With anticipation, I remain

PTC Observer

BTW, nice sign in your backyard. Can't wait to see you hammering those in all over the city. Maybe we can get some PR pictures of you doing this? You know surrounded by all your supporters?

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A call to action: ptcpride.org

I had a website like that once, about a condo association in FL. Cost me 10 bucks at google and I had it up for a few months. I have never gotten more entertainment out of 10 bucks prior or since. The mayor talks too much and I would imagine that he would admit to that. I think that a large group of people owe a debt of gratitude to the mayor for providing so much grist for their mills; all the talk is about abundance.

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