GOP state senator called out for wife’s part in pink-hat march

On Friday, we told you about the phrase in President Donald Trump’s speech that had never before appeared in an inaugural address: “Total allegiance.” As in:

“At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.”

Apparently, at least one Trump supporter in Georgia is taking that sentiment to heart.
On Saturday night, tea partyer and grassroots activist Debbie Dooley called out state Sen. Jesse Stone, R-Waynesboro, because – hours before — his wife had donned a pink hat (very attractive, by the way) and marched in protest with her daughter in Augusta. (The Augusta Chronicle put the size of the crowd at “several hundred.”)

From Dooley’s note:

As a grassroot leader that worked hard to elect Donald Trump and supported him from the beginning, it is disappointing to see the family (wife, daughter) of Republican state senator and Judiciary Chairman Jesse Stone being such a big part of today’s march against President Trump.

State Sen. Jesse Stone, R-Waynesboro, in a 2016 AJC file photo. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

State Sen. Jesse Stone, R-Waynesboro, in a 2016 AJC file photo. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

 

The march contained such vile displays of anti-Americanism and even terrorist language from people like Madonna. [The pop star made her remarks in Washington, not Augusta.]
Stone is supposed to be the leader of a Committee that oversees legislation dealing with criminal activity, something contained in the marchers’ verbal attacks and the violence against Inauguration goers. Shame on them, and shame on any Republican leader that does not strongly condemn this.

 

He needs to step down from his Judiciary Committee chairmanship.

Dooley later sent this addendum:

[L]iberal women have a right to peacefully protest, but we have the right to dissent. When you have a member of Senate Republican Leadership that has a wife that supported marching against the GOP nominee and the things that were said, that is an issue.

We have made inquiries with Stone, through his law office, and the Senate majority leader’s office but have not heard back. However, we would note that it is not uncommon for political differences to exist in a marriage – and woe be unto the spouse who attempts to police those differences.


There is also a context here that needs to be noted, which has nothing to do with Trump or “total allegiance.” Stone’s assignment as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is a new one. He replaces Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, who has often allied himself with Dooley on various issues such as legislative ethics and “religious liberty” measures.

On her Facebook page, which we won’t link to before she gives us the okay, Stone’s wife has posted the following:

I understand that many women did not feel that the Women’s March represented them but I encourage you to read the Mission and Vision Statement of the Women’s March so that you will at least understand why so many women worldwide marched yesterday. There were so many various reasons why people marched yesterday, I am almost certain that you could have found some common ground with the marchers. And, let me say again….Love Thy Neighbor.

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106 comments
Tan Nott
Tan Nott

Thank you Senator Stone's wife and daughter for standing up , Debbie Dooley mind set hasn't move on she would rather see women have no voice.

Erik Moore
Erik Moore

Debbie Dooley is still a thing in conservative politics? Well, I guess one way to get noticed once you've been outed for so long is to do something crazy and outrageous. Do not mind if they eat themselves.

Martha Heath Johnson
Martha Heath Johnson

His wife is an adult! She's control of her actions and her body! This is a good reason for Stone to become a Democrat!

Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

There are many Republicans married to Democrats ( and vise-versa) lol. The don't control each other's activities. Get a grip.

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

Good for Senator Stone's wife and daughter for standing up for Georgia's women. Debbie Dooley should be honoring our rights to free speech unless she only believes in rights for those who agree with her. I bet Senator Stone also has constituents who support his wife and daughter too. We can no longer let Tea Party voices speak for Georgians. Those of us who disagree must speak out too.

Jim Cortina
Jim Cortina

How dare he allow his wife to hold a differing political opinion than his own? Doesn't he know that his wife's only function is as a requisite trophy to show off at GOP functions and to bear him good Christian children?

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Republicans, "Keep your wife at Home!"

Mark Hesselgrave
Mark Hesselgrave

Debbie Dooley is such a fine example of the party of orange Hitler. One must show complete allegiance to the sick, hate-filled party of racists and misogynists.

Gerald Murray
Gerald Murray

She and her daughter would have done better in the March for Life instead of marching with the pro abortion nuts. Sen. Stone will never get my support again and I live in his county.

Gerald Murray
Gerald Murray

Nan Lindborg Duckworth same difference, when you run around with a vagina cap on your head to protest your perceived lack of rights there is no credibility in what you're trying to accomplish.

Carol Wells Allen
Carol Wells Allen

Gerald Murray this is still America. You are saying she has no right to express her opinion and bc she has an opinion contrary to yours you are not voting for her husband. As if they are one person. You, sir, are no American.

Gerald Murray
Gerald Murray

Carol Wells Allen I know her and her husband very well and he should never have been elected in the first place but to your point, yes this is America and I am expressing my opinion but only you liberals think your point is valid and I should not express mine. When this group of what I call nuts excluded the right to life people then it became pro abortion because others were excluded from expressing their opinion. This is America and it is not the one way street you people want it to be.

Gerald Murray
Gerald Murray

Ari Gigasaurus again, another dumb assed liberal trying to tell me my opinion does not count.

Susan Peebles
Susan Peebles

Nan Lindborg Duckworth isn't that the same thing??

Ari Gigasaurus
Ari Gigasaurus

lmao thats quite a bit of mental gymnastics you did there

Vance Croft
Vance Croft

Bring that up in your trailer park cross burning ceremony. Rational people aren't buying it.

Sue Anne Morgan
Sue Anne Morgan

FYI Debbie Dooley...your voice should be suppressed, too...following your belief system about the Senator's wife and daughter. And, women marched for decades to allow you to have a vote...much less a voice in politics. Women are often their own worst enemies.

Al Toth
Al Toth

Tea party terrorists need to be the ones deported starting with those in congress.

Caleb Holloway
Caleb Holloway

Leave him and his family alone! Let's talk about that scandal last year where the Georgia GOP state senator was driving drunk with three teenagers in his car... that's a real scandal. This man was only supporting his wife and daughter. That is their business, whether you agree or not. #LetThemBe

Sue Anne Morgan
Sue Anne Morgan

Go to Dooley's Facebook page...she's a piece of work...many of her links come from Breitbart...of course she is a misogynistic woman if that's what she reads and considers truth. She shames the XX chromosomal pairing...just like Conway and Coulter.

Nancy Bourn Kaufman
Nancy Bourn Kaufman

That march was a Trump protest - no question about it. I know some others who should be called out for participating !!

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

The march was a lot of things. Some of it was against Trump, some supported reproductive rights. I participated in the march along with 60,000 other men, women and children. And I'm proud that I stood up to misogyny and Trump. And believe me I and most other people I know will stand up again for progressive values in Georgia. People like you do not speak for me in Georgia. We will make our voices heard loud and clear.

Jackie Lovett
Jackie Lovett

There was not one single incident of violence around the world during this march. Leave it to women and supporters of real equality beliefs to do this. \U0001f496\U0001f45a

Sue Anne Morgan
Sue Anne Morgan

And, there it is...the Patriarchal misogyny that I grew up with in Southern Baptist Georgia. Wrap her in a pink blanket at birth and brainwash her to believe she is less than a man. Must submit to a man. Must never make a move without her man's approval. And, if she does...beat her into submission.

Tom DeSimone
Tom DeSimone

Sounds like these Tea Partiers need to find a safe space.

Lenore Susajlo Clark
Lenore Susajlo Clark

This man should be fired, I can't believe he can't keep his wife in line. He should punish her. HAHA

Tracy Bumgarner
Tracy Bumgarner

I'm laughing at men who thought this is a hate march. The majority of the protesters is peaceful.

Jackie Lovett
Jackie Lovett

There was not one single incident of violence around the world during this march. Leave it to women and supporters of real equality beliefs to do this. \U0001f496\U0001f45a

Phil Woodhall
Phil Woodhall

Why wasn't he there too, supporting the sane member of the family?

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

I no it's all you Dems have is to retreat to name calling because you have nothing else I am not lowering my self to your standards sorry

Madeline Wells Smith
Madeline Wells Smith

I understand that women standing up for themselves can appear hateful to some men. I'm sorry for your weakness, but it isn't my problem. Get over yourself.

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

You are a embarrassment to real woman why don't you ask the other side , oh I no your one of those sick liberals

Tracy Bumgarner
Tracy Bumgarner

Well, Richard Cowan, you are so quick to call us liberals. Can you define what a liberal is?

Michael Sheppard
Michael Sheppard

Calling me mentally ill? Doesn't that mean you should defend me? #logic

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

Sure can trace Tracy Bumgarner "Democrat" and you and the others are showing to the world how sickening you people are

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

Wow the trash is lose now Toby Barwick did ya just get up ?

Toby Barwick
Toby Barwick

Richard Cowan go back to the 1st grade and learn to spell Mr. Know it All

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

That all you Dems have is to call names but that's why you " Loser lost "

Toby Barwick
Toby Barwick

Richard Cowan Really? "You are a embarrassment to real woman why don't you ask the other side , oh I no your one of those sick liberals." English lesson little boy. It's an embarrassment not a embarrassment, women not woman. Know not no. You're not your. But by all means please continue impressing everyone with YOUR intellectual prowess.

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

Toby Barwick Is there any way you can get your point across without all the profanity? Sure would mean alot more.

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

Obviously you didn't attend the march. It was anything but hate - other than for Trump. Too bad you didn't attend. Maybe you could use a bit more kindness in your life too.