MUSCOGEE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY JEFFERSON -JACKSON GALA ATTRACTS ALMOST 300 $50-A-PLATE ATTENDEES AND ALL FIVE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR
In my view, Columbus mainstream media didn’t do its job of informing you about a major political event. To me, it is irresponsible not to cover such events since the public depends on the media to get its political information in order to cast an educated vote.
The Muscogee County Democratic Party’s Jefferson – Jackson Gala attracted all five of the Democratic candidates for governor. There is a very good chance that one of these men, Georgia Attorney General Thubert Baker, former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, Ray City Mayor Carl Camon, House Minority Leader Rep. DuBose Porter, or Georgia Adjutant General David Poythress will be Georgia’s next governor. Republicans, who control state government, have a lot to answer for: water, transportation, and educational problems that have gotten worse.
All of the Democratic candidates made it clear that Atlanta’s water problems cannot be solved at the expense of those downstream, which would include Columbus.
They would not furlough teachers and would give education the support it deserves.
They would work to implement a transportation plan that would include rapid rail.
They did not attack one another and were all on the same page that Republicans have made a mess of governing the state.
The Muscogee Democrats gave the Jack Brinkley Service Awards to former State Rep. Maretta Tayler, former Mayor Frank Martin, and former City Councilor and State Rep. Milton Hirsch.
Attorney and MidTown Executive Director Teresa Tomlinson gave the keynote address. She opposes the two-Columbus approach, one that favors the north over the south, and favors affluent schools over lower socio-economic ones. A couple of people I talked with at the dinner said they hoped she would decide to run for mayor.
The Democrats honored the memory of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy with a locally made video.
There were almost 300 people who paid $50-a-plate at that fund-raiser. Some heavy hitters that I have not seen at past Jefferson Jackson Galas were there. It could be that something is in the wind, something like the Democrats regaining control of state government.
This event should have been covered by Columbus media, and I would say if the Republicans had a similar meeting it should be covered, also. In a free society that elects its representatives, coverage of major political events is the responsible thing to do.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Georgia State Democratic Committee, but, as I said, I would be opposed to ignoring such a story if the event had been Republican sponsored.
Sidelight: One Republican was praised at the JJ Gala. Muscogee Democratic Party Chair Jeanne Dugas thanked U.D. Roberts, who published the Gala’s program, for his cooperation in making last-minute changes. She said when she told him that the number of those attending the fundraiser increased to 280, he said, “This is a sad day for Columbus Republicans.” Smiling, she agreed.