Team Hodges please stop your supporters from emailing myself and the media folks. This is getting ridiculous.

Dear Dear Fellow Georgian,
I am anger, upset, and appalled that I have been scammed and lied to by Republican Attorney General Candidate Rob Teilhet . Robert Teilher not only tricked me, but thousands of Georgiana with his deceptive campaign ads. He has made us believe that he a forward thinking crime fighter that would protect us and our families. How can Mr. Teilhet protect us when he has never prosecuted a single criminal? How can he be forward thing when he has used hard working Georgians tax money to pay lobbyist and excessive travel expenses? Teilhet has even won a Golden Sleaze award for pandering votes. He even stooped so low he aired a commercial full of lies using an elderly African American woman to tug at the heart string of the black community to deceive them in to voting for him. That is not forwarding thinking to me but backwards, underhanded, untrustworthy thinking and Georgia does not need that. Attorney General is not an entry level job. We need someone with experience that can protect and serve Georgia. That is why I have changed my vote, and decided to vote for Ken Hodges for Georgia’s’ next Attorney General. A man dedicated to community service, protecting Georgia’s families, and fighting crime. Democrat candidate Ken Hodges is compassionate, hard working, and devoted to bring justice to all Georgians’. He has over 12 years of District Attorney Experience where he actually prosecuted dangerous criminals putting them behind bars where they belong. Hodges has even double the conviction rate for child predators. He has done outstanding work in all communities and even has the support of civil rights leaders. Don’t be fooled by the deception and lies of Robert Teilhet. On July 20, 2010 vote for a hardworking honest man that cares about Georgia. Please vote Ken Hodges!
Thank You For Your Time,
A Concerned Mother

– Rob Teilhet is a Democrat candidate
– Teilhet is not spelled “Teilher” – try to use spell check
– again try using a spell check – “Georgia’s’”
– also use a grammar check – this line is wrong “Hodges has even double the conviction rate”
– p.s. the Black community has more than one “heart string”


46 Responses to Astroturf Alert II

  1. Wanda Beery says:

    I found this over at

    MSNBC just posted this on Teilhet’s counterfactual “Last Minute” ad.

    Four things to watch in Georgia primaries

    #4. Do facts or emotion matter more in TV ads?

    The ad has caused a shake-up in the race for the first open seat for attorney general in the state in 60 years — and has ignited racial tensions. Both Teilhet and Hodges are white; the mother is black. Race was a major issue when this trial was going on, and some observers see Teilhet as trying to make a play for the black vote with this ad.

    But Hodges, who has rounded up the support of prominent African Americans, has pushed back hard. An independent fact-checker called Teilhet’s claim that Hodges botched the case as “false,” said that the prosecutor was not required to swear in the officer, and noted that a jury saw the video, featured in the ad, multiple times.

  2. JerryT says:

    Is Ken Hodges channeling Elliott Ness?

  3. Geoff Edwards says:

    It’s painfully obvious the email in question is the work of a deep-cover member of the Teilhet campaign. Who else would go so far to cheapen civic discourse in the name of shallow opportunism?

  4. Juliana says:

    Wow this gets more byzantine as the night wears on..

  5. Jack Smith says:

    “Melb” and “Melb76” is Shannon Marietta, the sister of Melissa Marietta. Melissa is, of course, Hodges’ campaign manager. Melb is assigned full time to posting to blogs, and has a creepy-weird facination with Charles Rehberg, Ken Hodges’ victim in the Phoebe Factoid false prosecution matter. Every time someone is opposed to Hodges, she accuses the person of being Charles Rehberg in disguise!

    • Wanda Beery says:

      Is this the same Jack Smith who quit his day-job so he could spend more time vandalizing Ken Hodges’ Wikipedia page?


      1. This page includes a list of all his contributions to Wikipedia.

      2. The bottom paragraph on this page is his censure for not using proper sources in his edits to the Ken Hodges entry.

      Dirtying online conversation with lies and unsupported half-truths is the mark of a diehard Teilhet supporter.

    • Jen B. says:

      Ha. If you’re going to call people out, get it right. Melb is Melissa, sister of Shannon, the campaign manager. And yes, we all know this.

    • Melb says:

      Jack Smith, Everyone knows who I am on this site and I don’t try to hide it. They know my sister too.

      But thanks for playing.

      I see that you are now stalking me too since I called you out for stalking Ken. Interesting. I will file a police report if I catch you hanging outside my residence.

      • Melb says:

        Also, we all know that you are Charles Rehberg, which I find hilarious. Anyhow, this really makes me laugh and has made my night.

  6. Peter Tondee says:

    Someone should post the avi file so we can mock it. No skillz at all.

  7. Chris says:

    This reminds me of a funny story. In a statehouse race in 2004, the Republican nominee was an attorney who had represented some pretty shady characters. The party paid for some live persuasion calls telling voters about his history. We didn’t tell our candidate because we wanted to give him some plausible deniability. He called up and was like “I think my opponent is having people say bad stuff about him to try to draw up some sympathy.” We let it stand at that.

    The point being, you would never have your people say bad stuff about yourself trying to “frame” your opponent as having done it. It just doesn’t make sense. As an aside, the Republican we were running against was a “Former Democrat” who had a reputation around home as a “moderate.” This year he became one of the leading tea-baggers in the General Assembly after the healthcare bill passed. Shows you how much those “moderate” “former Democrats” who “really want to be Democrats” are really worth.

  8. BEZERKO says:

    I am anger too!

  9. sndeak says:

    This reminds me of some of the emails that were sent out during a certain DPG Chair election by certain people who now appear to be on the Hodges campaign team…I’m just sayin’.

    I voted for Hodges and must say that I have been a bit disappointed in the way some within his campaign have acted. If he wins tomorrow, I hope he makes some changes.

    • MouthoftheSouth says:

      wow, a lot of respect lost.

      • sndeak says:

        The whole Hodges/Teilhet race has been disappointing…on both sides. The two camps have spent way too much time pissing on each others shoes. I can’t go to single political blog without sockpuppets from both campaigns sniping at each other and getting personal.

      • Melb says:

        you are such a hater.

  10. JMPrince says:

    Who knows? But it looks to all the world like a studiously reproduced ‘Lil Rascals’ ransom note, with all the tellingly deliberate mistakes. Which speaks poorly as to what they might think of the voting public. Another reasonable interpretation might also be made that may seem quite a bit worse. But we’ll leave it lie. And present another elegy for a different day, another hot summer long ago. When talented folks still had good diction & impeccable phrasing. (Parts 1& 2 of Samuel Barber’s, ‘Knoxville, Summer of 1915’ ) by the incomparable Leontyne Price:

    Start, Part 1:

    Part 2 (cut & paste):


  11. Kris Judd says:

    I think this email has a few too many grammatical errors to be 100% astroturf. More likely what we’re looking at is an email written by a rogue Hodges supporter that was later reappropriated by an equally rogue Tielhet supporter. He or she likely added a few cringe-worthy mistakes (a clever move if it’s true) and emailed it out as if from a Hodges supporter. That was my immediate impression, anyway.

    Whatever the case, I doubt any of this came directly from either campaign. This seems too much the product of an overeager (overeducated?) supporter or supporters.

  12. Amy Morton says:

    This is just silly. Whoever is responsible is wasting their time. This kind of nonsense persuades no one. And, Bernita’s right – the weekend before the election has not stopped the Hodges team from sending out emails, mass and otherwise.

    • Bernita says:

      hmmmm…Amy, is thee a particular email that you would to share with the punditocracy? We would all just loooove to weigh in on that email. I think BfD would get a record number of comments.

      I crack myself up 🙂

  13. MouthoftheSouth says:

    Smacks of desperation.

  14. griftdrift says:

    Ummmmm yeah. I’ve received several emails today. including this one. Can you get Shannon to send one all in CAPS again? that was my fave.

  15. Melb says:

    Almost everyone on the campaign has been doing GOTV efforts for the past 3 days, in person, not sending emails. So, while it may be a rogue supporter – it is not the campaign.

    • Bernita says:

      ummm.. not so much…received emails today from Pamela Holmes and the campaign manager.

      • Melb says:

        Okay so the communications director is not out canvassing, that does not mean she wrote the stupid email above.

        • Bernita says:

          I didn’t say the communications director nor the campaign manager wrote the stupid emails. I was commenting on your statement that everyone in the campaign is out doing GOTV in person and not sending out any emails. They are sending out emails – my inbox is full of Hodges stuff – this astroturf crap and lots of other crappy emails from Team Hodges.

          I have asked on numerous occasions to be removed from their “press” list and when one member of their campaign removes me another campaign person picks up my email and continues to blast me.

  16. Ron says:

    of there’s always the possibility that it didn’t come from the campaign and just someone who is pissed…I think that sometime we political junkies get a little to trapped in the echo chamber…its a possibility

    • Bernita says:

      that is a possibility. As easily as I am getting 5 different emails from 5 different people within that campaign, one of them can send an email out to their supporters asking them to stop the madness.

    • MouthoftheSouth says:

      Very unlikely.

    • Tony says:

      If typos and bad grammar is an indication that a message/post is coming from a phony source, then I’m calling you out, “Ron”.

      • Sara says:

        Hmmm…maybe Ron wrote the email! We’ve caught you red-handed, with typos as evidence!

        (Just because I know there are people who won’t realize it, this is a joke. I actually have no idea, nor do I care, who wrote the original email.)

  17. Sara says:

    Is the thinking that the typos and bad grammar make this sound more “authentic?” Because if so that is icky.

  18. Jen B. says:

    Bernita is a closet Republican. Notice that she wrote, “Rob Teilhet is a Democrat candidate” not “Rob Teilhet is a Democratic candidate.”