Do Democrats have a candidate for governor in Sally Yates?

The talk among Georgia Democratic operatives began almost as soon as President Donald Trump canned Sally Quillian Yates for ordering U.S. Justice Department attorneys not to defend his executive order restricting immigration: Can she run for governor in 2018?

Yates comes with a sparkling resume — decades of public service and high-profile court victories. A two-decade federal prosecutor in Atlanta, Yates tried public corruption cases against the likes of former Democratic Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell and former Republican Georgia schools superintendent Linda Schrenko. She also prosecuted Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph.logo-all

She has a law-and-order background. Her father served on the state Court of Appeals. His father served on both the state Court of Appeals and state Supreme Court.

Yates has a history of bipartisan support and a telegenic, spotlight-ready personality. Georgia Republicans Johnny Isakson and David Perdue both voted in favor of Yates when her confirmation as deputy attorney general came before the U.S. Senate in 2015. Said Isakson:

Sally Quillian Yates is a human being I have known for almost 40 years. For 25 years she has been the lead prosecutor in the northern district of Georgia. She has been an equal opportunity prosecutor. She’s prosecuted Democrats, Republicans, independents, Olympic park bombers, anybody that violated the public trust, any abuse of power.”

Seth C. Clark, a Democratic strategist, said she can help Democrats who have long struggled to regain power in Georgia appeal to a broader electorate.

“The biggest problem Democrats have in the state of Georgia is this elusive white vote that we’ve been chasing since Sonny Perdue won,” he said. “And I’ll tell you, a woman who prosecuted a whole bunch of Atlanta politicians, with Republican support and now a full-throated stand against Donald Trump – well, that might be the magic bullet.”

And yet. Yates’ office also led the prosecution of state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, which may have alienated more Georgia Democrats than any other decision she made as the city’s top federal prosecutor. The longtime civil rights leader ultimately pleaded guilty to tax fraud and no contest to wire and mail fraud charges related to the misappropriation of approximately $1 million from non-profit organizations. Former Gov. Roy Barnes was one of Brooks’ attorneys.

Amid all this discussion, we also received this note from a prominent Democrat who preferred to stay unnamed:

[B]efore everyone rushes to canonize her, please remember that she’s the one who failed to order [FBI Director Jim] Comey to adhere to DOJ rules and not comment on Huma Abedin’s emails, and birthed this nightmare in the first place.

Update: A few hours after we posted this, Jeff DiSantis – a veteran Democratic operative who ran Michelle Nunn’s 2014 Senate campaign – called with this rebuttal:

“For a Democrat to make an anonymous attack on Sally Yates within hours of her paying the price for standing against Trump’s dangerous agenda, and to attack the Obama Administration and the Clinton campaign in the process, is just wrong at a time like this,” said DiSantis. “Someone who does that ought to at least have the courage to do so by name.”

Some Republicans, meanwhile, sound like they are spoiling for a fight.

“She failed to do her job. There’s no question about it,” said Conrad Quagliaroli, a member of the Cherokee Tea Party. “The hateful left will make heroes out of her and raise a ton of money off her. But Republicans won’t forget. She won’t have a prayer.”

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Here’s the 2015 video in which U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., soon to become attorney general, asked Sally Yates, then up for deputy attorney general, whether she was willing to defy a president if he gave an unlawful order. He just didn’t mean Donald Trump:

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As news of Sally Yates’ sacking was being chewed over last night, an email flowed in from Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of Atlanta-based CARE, an organization dedicated to refugee relief.

Nunn condemned the ban, and offered a hot link to supporters so that they might contact their members of Congress. From the letter:

We are better than this ban. We are a nation founded on a fundamental belief of equality, of freedom from harm and the pursuit of a better life for all people. Tell your representatives in Congress that they must take action immediately to oppose this harmful and un-American ban.

 

The last time we saw a global humanitarian crisis the magnitude of Syria was after World War II, when CARE was founded on the premise of providing relief to those left without anything. Today, I worry about what our grandchildren will say when they look back upon our actions in the face of the largest humanitarian disaster in 70 years.

Just as a postscript: Sally Yates’ husband Comer was a supporter of and $1,000 contributor to Nunn’s 2014 run for the U.S. Senate. He’s executive director of the Atlanta Speech School.

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White House officials said they had congressional help in drafting President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. Politico.com has finally tracked that help down:

Senior staffers on the House Judiciary Committee helped Donald Trump’s top aides draft the executive order curbing immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, but the Republican committee chairman and party leadership were not informed, according to multiple sources involved in the process.

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***BESTPIX*** Donald Trump Speaks With Australian PM Turnbull From The White House

The photo above by Drew Angerer of Getty Images tells us something about the new president. This was taken Saturday, as President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office – in the company of national security advisor Michael Flynn (center) and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Note what’s on the table. We count 23 newspapers. This is a man who reads what’s written about him.

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A Wall Street Journal report suggesting that Georgia U.S. Rep. Tom Price may have lied to senators about discounted stock shares he purchased in a biomedical firm will almost certainly add an extra dash of spice to a Senate meeting later this morning.

The Senate Finance Committee’s 10 a.m. vote on whether to advance the Roswell Republican’s health and human services nomination wasn’t exactly expected to be a low-key affair from the outset. Democrats have for weeks been hammering the seven-term congressman for his stock trades and stances on health care issues.

The Monday report by the WSJ contradicted testimony Price gave in front of the panel earlier this month about  his ownership of stock in Innate Immunotherapeutics Ltd. will undoubtedly add fuel to Democrats’ fire.

“Let’s put it this way: I’ve been talking all weekend with Finance Democrats,” said Ron Wyden of Oregon, the Senate committee’s top Democrat. “I’m not going to announce votes but certainly there’s very significant concern on these issues.”

 


 

The question is whether the charge carries enough weight to change any Republican minds. On Monday night, many Republicans hadn’t seen The Journal’s story, even as Price’s allies mobilized on Twitter. Several GOP members of the Finance panel indicated it would take a lot to change their positive opinions of Price.

“I’m inclined to support him,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. “I didn’t know The Journal was something that was the gospel.” Kansas Republican Pat Roberts implied that Price’s qualifications trump most other factors.

“Tom Price is the best-suited guy to come up with a replacement program that will work,” he said.

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Secretary of State Brian Kemp had a little fun with his response to a Democratic lawmaker’s Open Records Act request.

The Republican sent a personal reply to state Rep. Scott Holcomb’s request seeking details of illegal voting in the wake of Donald Trump’s latest false claim that millions of fraudulent ballots were cast in November.

Kemp opened the letter by praising “strict voter ID and voter verification laws” as a reason Georgia had no cases of illegal votes in 2016 – an implicit dig at Democrats who cast the 2008 legislation as an unnecessary burden that restricted ballot access for poor and elderly voters.

“Despite allegations that this law would suppress minority participation,” he wrote, “the state has seen increased minority participation since 2006.”

He added that the office has open investigations into a handful of cases of double-voting – residents who cast ballots twice – but he said that would only have been possible if county election officials failed to follow rules.

“Although I have confidence in Georgia’s elections, I cannot speak to other states that do not have these same protections,” Kemp wrote in closing. “I appreciate the concern you share for protecting Georgia’s voter rolls, and I look forward to your support of future legislation that will continue to enhance this security.”

Read the whole letter here.

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Democrats intend to invest in an upset in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Roswell, once he’s named secretary of health and human services. The 6th District race has made it onto the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s list of targets.

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The House passed two bills last night that could create Georgia’s first national park. One would triple the size of the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park near Macon and designate it a national historic park. The second would add eight acres and an old farmhouse to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

After both proposals died a slow death in the Senate last year, Georgia boosters are hoping the upper chamber will take up the measures quickly this time around.

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CharlesThomas Duke
CharlesThomas Duke

The answer is a big fat know,we don't need another liberal running for governor of Georgia and driving Georgia's economy into the ground as past liberal governor's have done

Trey Thompson
Trey Thompson

The soon we get obummer left overs out of govt the better

Betty Pound Ruff
Betty Pound Ruff

Who are all the negative people making these comments? Georgia is my state too and it's not as red as you think! Trump and gang are a disaster for this country unless you want to live in a police state. Just wait. And there's Putin...I bet you all think he's tough and strong. Trump is must certainly being blackmailed by him. Just wait...

Joel Jones
Joel Jones

Go ahead and run her y'all just don't seem to get it:) our country is founded on the rule of law. Which means they are to be enforced and not selectively:(

Ronda McCarty
Ronda McCarty

NO!! Democrats =Equal Hate, Lies & Godless living.

Paul Simon
Paul Simon

republicans still have the majority in GA, but it is quickly becoming a competitive state again ...

David Andrews
David Andrews

All democrats have in Sally Yates is just another radical leftwing socialist.

Barry Leo Brown
Barry Leo Brown

Well...when you've got no other potential candidates then why not? She's just as sorry as any other candidate the Democrats can cough up.

Leslie Johnson
Leslie Johnson

She has integrity and intelligence. I would definitely consider her a valid candidate for Governor of Georgia.

Byron Teal Sr.
Byron Teal Sr.

She want win I can tell you that for a fact. Can't take lawful orders. Those orders were legal and to me that's the same as treason against the president period

Linda Randles Bills
Linda Randles Bills

Yeah, that's just what we need in the Governors office. Someone who is not smart enough to come in out of the rain.

Palmer Wood
Palmer Wood

As a Centrist Democrat, I respectfully disagree with the Republican platform for the most part, but I do understand that some folks, for either moral or fiscal reasons, do believe in that platform, and it is something I could live with and learn from if it is the will of the people. I have dear friends and family on both sides of the aisle and always will. What I am seeing from this administration is beyond partisan politics. Its an assault on our democracy. Laugh at the memes and call me a snowflake all you want, but once it hits a home near you, with illness and no healthcare, or a military drafting of our sons and daughters to fight an oil war or the real estate development or contamination of your favorite fishing or hunting place, you will have no one to blame but yourself for defending the actions of this administration. Please just take off your partisan glasses for a minute and look around. We are all a lot more similar than you think.

Linda Randles Bills
Linda Randles Bills

Get a grip. This is exactly the kind of hysteria liberals are always screaming about everything. I spent eight long years worrying and praying every night that Obama would be defeated in the next election. Preferably before he totally destroyed this country. In all that time, I never marched, three anything through a window, or set a fire. You people, liberals, are ridiculous. And you are not going to win. This country is going to have secure borders. We are going to enforce laws that have been in existence for hundreds of years. We are going to honor and respect the U.S. Constitution. Get the hell over it.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

Georgia Politics News now the page where its all about dems all the time. Don't worry about truth we got your spin right here.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

Rachael Turcotte Let me make it simple for you. They lie

Rachael Turcotte
Rachael Turcotte

Ok. Whatever you say. And you don't buy anything? The terrorist in Quebec was a white extremist not Muslim as you told me. There wasn't a huge Muslim protest in Chicago with "death to America" being chanted, and the pic you float around purporting it to be G.Soros as a German soldier. All false. All fake. But you insist it's real or true and YOU buy into it. Save your lectures from now on about I am stupid and don't understand. I know BS when I see and read it.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

occupydemocrats is who you post from most times.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

Your fee to see me how you like. But I think for my self. Why you mad.

Rachael Turcotte
Rachael Turcotte

You are not a free thinker Stephen. Farthest thing from it. You are a CONservative sheep and CONspiracy theorist.

Rachael Turcotte
Rachael Turcotte

Alternative fact tellers, those who spin, or both Stephen Chabot

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

This page was made to try and get hitlery votes. After that they just turned it into a spot to lie to us.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

oh one sec........... It really has not changed all that much.

Rachael Turcotte
Rachael Turcotte

Like a lot of conservative pages and news. You gave me 3 different false or fake if you prefer stories within two days. I know one came from Faux and the others were from sites/people spreading propaganda. So these guys aren't the only ones to lie or falsify information to suit their agenda. If they even lie at all.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

You only think they are fake do to the bs you have bought into.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

Soros was a Nazi. Simple fact. He has said so him self. Even called it the years that formed who he is. It was not one person that hit Quebec. Id have to double check the march but it don't really mater. Read the Koran. Look at every muslim country. Every time they have got to a point in any country where they feel they have power. Its the end of that country and the start of a muslim nation.

Rachael Turcotte
Rachael Turcotte

Soros wasn't the person in the image you are sharing. He was what 9 when war started and 14 when it ended so he was not a German soldier. It is one person according to authorities in Quebec. A white extremist Trump fan at that. The march didn't occur. Look at any muslim country and see how extremist elements turn it into MORE of a Muslim country? Ok. By the way I check a lot of articles...that is my own way to satisfy my question about legitimacy sometimes. I also want to see it in mainstream media before deciding on it. Faux, Breitbart and Infowars are not what I consider mainstream media. I used to watch Faux all the time until I realized how UNFAIR and UNBALANCED it is. Now it's we deceive and you believe, right? Yeah far right.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

Fox tells the truth. If they get some thing wrong they will in the same time slot say so. ABC is about the next best one CBS not so good. NBC sold out CNN is not even new any more.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

Soros was in fact a Nazi. It was his job to turn jews in and take what they had. That info is from him.

Rachael Turcotte
Rachael Turcotte

Im onto the story about Trump giving the FedEx qorker a $10,000. Chech. Im done going back and forth on what I already know to be false info. But, Faux waited to take their mistweet about Quebec down. Did they apologize? ABC is who I watch on television.

Rachael Turcotte
Rachael Turcotte

If you notice I actually haven't posted much from them at all lately. You don't like that site because it has the word democrat and from what you say is run by Soros...no Koch. Even though I am not posting much from there (if at all) lately, articles or stories I've seen there are published in a lot of others as well. Even show up in nightly news.

Rachael Turcotte
Rachael Turcotte

You still like your sites that tells lies. Whatever..read what you want and believe what you want and I qill do the same.

Stephen Chabot
Stephen Chabot

Free thinker here. being a nonconformist means you have conformed.

Rachael Turcotte
Rachael Turcotte

I don't know how laughing indicates I am mad. I don't really care what you think or believe is all.