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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

'Nother guvnor's debate set for Monday

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The first gubernatorial debate of 2010 took place in Athens on Tuesday, but featured only GOP candidates (and not all of them at that — The Ox was a no-show, as he was probably home giving his boys the gun-safety training he'd neglected earlier).

Anyway, the next debate is this coming Monday and all candidates have been invited. It's the final event capping the Georgia Municipal Association's annual Mayors’ Day Conference. Why the confab is called Mayor's Day I can't understand, because it's three days long.

The debate itself is also a lengthy affair, running from 1:45-5 p.m. Actually, it's two full debates — one for Republicans and one for Dems, but both moderated by Matt Towery, the former GOP lawmaker who now runs Insider Advantage.

The GMA has invited 11 candidates in all, and apparently has already nailed down eight confirmations, including Roy Barnes, Carl Camon, DuBose Porter, David Poythress, Nathan Deal, Karen Handel, Ray McBerry and Austin Scott.

Carl who? I wondered that myself. A little research shows that Camon, a Democrat,  was the first black mayor of Ray City, GA. Does that help?

Oh, the conference is in the Atlanta Hilton downtown, but I don't know if it's open to the public. Which makes me wonder if this whole election nonsense couldn't be simplified by adopting Thunderdome debate rules: Two men enter; one man leaves!

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