Wednesday, April 22, 2009

7. DuBose Porter in CQPolitics

Many Candidates, No Favorite in Georgia Governor’s Race

This title of Greg Vadala's article is really good news. DuBose has never run a state wide race. The ones that have aren't favorites. You can always build name recognition...
DuBose Porter has been in the trenches working 27 years for teachers, law enforcement, on transportation, strengthening our human and natural resources and most importantly for the 2010 race on building our economy. DuBose's record will get him votes inside the doughnut and his life will get them outside the doughnut.

Excerpt from CQpolitics by Greg Vadala:

"(Gridlocked) Road to a Comeback?

Among the issues that could play in both parties’ primaries and the general election, the state’s chronic transportation problems could emerge in a major way. Towery said the handling of transportation by the Republican-controlled legislature has caused “a great deal of irritation among business leaders.”

Longtime Atlanta political columnist Tom Baxter, who is now the editor of the Southern Political Report, said transportation issues could give Democrats an opening to take back the governor’s mansion.

“The legislative session ended without any clarity about transportation funding,” Baxter said. “There’s a lot of widespread discontent in the Atlanta metro area with how the legislature has handled things.”

Gubernatorial candidate Porter, who leads the Democratic opposition in the state House, said Georgia Republicans “don’t have the commitment or political will” to address the transportation problems.

A rural attorney and newspaper publisher, Porter took his critique further, accusing the Republicans of lacking leadership on education, conservation and health care issues. He said his positioning as a Democratic moderate and ties to both rural Georgia and the Atlanta business community give him an advantage over the other Democrats in the field.

“You have to have rural Georgia to win,” Porter said. “I’m the only one that can bring rural Georgia in a way that’s compatible with the needs of Atlanta.”