I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not see Democrats in one of the bluest districts in Georgia, HD75, elect a self-described “pro-life, pro-NRA, constitutionalist” who just eight months ago ran for the same seat as a Republican, who misrepresented his employment on his website (but changed it since he and I chatted on Tuesday deleting the reference to James, Fuller and Associates Property Development, L.L.C., a company that is not registered with the Georgia Secretary of State), and who has had considerable experience with the Clayton County Courts , both civil (here, here, here, here, here)  and criminal (here and here), but bless Betsy, if we don’t get our cookies together, Shawn James, the person I’ve just described, just might be casting votes over at the Gold Dome.

In one week, voters in that district will choose between Yasmin Neal, an impressive, progressive Democratic woman, who is endorsed by Georgia’s WIN List and Shawn James, who is endorsed by Georgia Right to Life. Shawn, though now running as a Democrat,  told me during a recent phone interview that his political ideology has not changed since he ran as a Republican in 2009. He just wants to “change the Democratic party from within.” Based on all of the above, I’m more than a little worried about just what that change would look like.

Bottom line: There is a clear choice in this race, Yasmin Neal. I have met and interviewed Neal. She is smart, committed and progressive. There is no doubt that she will serve her district well – she already does that every single day as a law enforcement officer. Right now, days before this election, she needs your help. A handful of voters, probably fewer than a thousand, will make the decision in this race, and in January, the winner will be serving in the Georgia House.  For $10, we can contact 200 voters between now and the election. So, if you can part with even a few dollars, we will make sure it’s spent to make the difference in this election.

30 Responses to RED Alert!!

  1. Amy Morton says:

    Seriously, if you knew me, Tiffiney, you wouldn’t have to ask whether I’d expose a women with similar issues. The fact is, I’d probably be harder on her. You’re right, voters need to to know exactly who that are voting “for.” I believe that democrats in that district would rather be represented by a progressive woman than a Tea Party Republican pretending to be a Democrat.

  2. Jules says:

    @Catherine… I think Amy went way beyond nice to follow up with this character. Mr. James doesn’t sound like much like a decent person, regardless if he’s a R or D. Since WIN only endorses women, the fact any energy was spent on him is more than was deserved in my opinion.

    He sounds like someone who needs to get his own house in order before bringing all that into the public light by running for office and then getting someone else to grouse about it.

    Whatever..

    Tiffiney “James”.. any relation, I wonder?

  3. Tiffiney,

    I don’t understand everything in your above comments, but I will agree that there may well be “alot of Democratics that are pro-life, carry guns, switch sides and didn’t vote”. Amy knows her audience here on Blog for Democracy and understands that audience does not usually fall into the pro-NRA, anti-choice group. You might notice that the tag line for this blog is “Progressive Politics in the Peach State”.

    Interesting that you find these remarks to be “dragging someone down”. Sounds to me like Mr James did most of that dragging himself.

    I’m sure Amy would have been happy to interview Mr James if he had applied for the WIN List endorsement.

  4. Tiffiney James says:

    Wow you are so full of assumption until it is not funny. There are alot of Democratics that are pro-life, carry guns, switch sides and didn’t vote. How do you know what was share or not share? Believe me people are not stupid and they did their research and people usually go and meet that person and than they make up their minds, just like you went and meet Yasmin not made a call with your mind already made up. My point to you is now that you share your infomation stop dragging someone down and if your person is the right one than she can stand on her own merit. Now I have a question for you if the shoe was on the other foot would you have done the same thing or never brought it up?

  5. Amy Morton says:

    I called Mr. James before I published this, and he confirmed all of the information. This IS about electing the best person, and Yasmin Neal, who serves her community every single day, is that person. This is a choice between someone who ran as a Republican, says he has not changed his political views, who is against a woman’s right to choose, pro-voucher (read anti-public schools), “Pro-NRA” whatever that means and who has a questionable past. For the record, I did him a favor by not quoting him regarding his response to the family violence charge. Believe me, it would not have helped him. He also claimed to me that he “supports our president” but admitted that he did not vote for him. The choice is crystal clear in this race. He certainly wasn’t sharing this info, and voters have a right to know, then to make their choice.

  6. Tiffiney James says:

    This should not be about slandering someones name to make themselves look good or bring their past to light, this should be about who is best for the job. For someone to go this route to obtain votes thats not the kind of person I would vote for. I would rather know how they would be able to serve my needs and the needs of the county. I would think you would rather be elected for your ability to do the job not your ability to dig up dirt on someone. I am very proud of the fact that Shawn James never hide or ran for past mistakes nor did he go this route to trash his opponent. He is fighting this fight fair and square thats what makes a good leader!! With that being said, what was done was petty and immature, see thats what is wrong with the world today too many adults acting like children and not acting like adults.

    Believe me I am all about empowering women but lets do it right and with class and to show the young women coming up today that going this route is unnecessary!

  7. JerryT says:

    Just wanted to kick this back to the top of the recent comments list.
    This is an investment in good government.

  8. smallvoter says:

    Now, to the really important stuff
    Karen Handel Happy-Happy Hour Endorsement

  9. JMPrince says:

    This is good, & cooking even. At Amy’s indulgence, we can picture that with a sound portrait. Great ensemble work done very fast in the dead of night, and we’ll make it 1961 in honor of our Prez too:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU2pITrtwMs
    Likely the cookinest version of ‘A Night In Tunisia’ you’ve ever heard. By Art Blakey, ‘natch. Watch the drums jump… JMP

  10. Amy Morton says:

    Thank, you! We’re up to $475.00. That’s more than the total James raised for the primary. The trick, though, is that he is one of the candidates for whom that pro-voucher group, American Federation for Children, was doing IE’s. I don’t know if they are spending in the runoff, but given that he is the only candidate they have left, it would surprise me if they were not. We’re assuming that’s who we are up against.

  11. JMPrince says:

    Thanks again for all your good efforts here Amy, as always. JMP

  12. Amy Morton says:

    Thanks, Mel. I will post an update tomorrow. And, yes, I can attest to your generosity, JMP, below is the contact info for WIN, and it is here as well:

    http://gawinlist.com/?page_id=411

    Administration:
    Anna Beck | PAC Director
    Phone: 404-333-1655
    Email: abeck@georgiawinlist.com

    Mailing Address:
    Georgia’s WIN List
    P.O. Box 7130
    Atlanta, Georgia 30357

  13. JMPrince says:

    The voice of the ancient mariner speaks again… Amy you guys @ Win sill @ the same PO Box? And wouldn’t it be nice & dandy to still have that at the bottom of the site & email in ‘mice print’ at least? Thanks again for all your good efforts! JMP

  14. JMPrince says:

    I’m many things, some better than others. But I’ve always been generous. If I’ve got it, I give it. JMP

  15. JMPrince says:

    Almost matched it.

  16. AmyMorton says:

    Hey, everyone. Thanks! You have raised 375
    Dollars today, enough to pay for calls to at least 3700 voters.
    I will be ordering them up, plus more, in the morning.
    You’re the best. Let’s get this woman elected!

  17. JMPrince says:

    I know it’s a bit slow, but the checks in the mail. JMP

  18. AmyMorton says:

    Yes. This is a brief but golden opportunity to actually make
    a difference. I have calls, doors, etc ready to go- we just
    need to pay for it. Literally, for a few hundred $, we can so
    get this done.

  19. Drew says:

    Where are the DPG’s dancing elephant mailers when you need them?

  20. JerryT says:

    Wow. Sounds like one where a few bucks might make a difference.

  21. JMPrince says:

    You might try the PP list & whatever remains of GARAL too, Amy. Page might be useful here too. JMP

  22. Amy Morton says:

    It just such a short window. We are trying to do all we can to get this info out, so any help – copy to your facebook, email this, whatever, would be great. I think voters have right to know this information and then decide for themselves who they wish to support.

  23. JMPrince says:

    Thanks for the urgent update Amy, We’ll be sending some more to you guys soon. JMP

  24. Will Spice says:

    Looks like a real scumbag. Thanks, Amy. Go Yasmin!!!

  25. Mel says:

    Thanks Amy. Not just for helping to elect Democratic Women, but for doing the job our press is supposed to do and exposing this man. He would be a disaster for his district and the party.