Greene and the Coosa Country Club: ‘Need the dues’? One of the better lines in Animal House comes at the beginning of the movie. Delta is reviewing new member applications, some of whom aren’t exactly A list. In the scene, the mug shot of “the wimp” comes up on screen — Larry Kroger. The soon-to-be-christened Pinto (Tom Hulce) gets a modest reaction. The members vote aye with the response, “We need the dues.” The scene then erupts when the next pledge comes up, “the blimp” Kent Dorfman, soon to be Flounder (the late Stephen Furst). They’re both initiated in yet another rousing clip. “Need the dues” indeed.
Also getting a yes vote, in real life, is Marjorie Taylor Greene’s bid to join the Coosa Country Club with husband, Perry. The club’s Brian Albertson shared the news recently with members. The reaction has been interesting in some Twitter feeds. Albertson, asked Sunday about the Greenes’ membership, replied, “We do not comment on the status of membership since we are a private club.”
While Greene remains a darling of the Trump faction, she quickly was removed from committee assignments by a majority of fellow House members. She’s continued to be click bait for outlandish stunts since then. And the country club membership could be among the next headlines. We’re told the New Yorker’s Charles Bethea — who’s made a second career covering Greene — has been making phone calls for a potential post. The above image of “new and returning members” comes from his Twitter feed.
Greene has been embraced by more local Republicans since the 2020 primary fight with Dr. John Cowan. The Rome neurosurgeon received 43.4% of the Floyd County vote in the crowded June 2020 GOP primary to Greene’s 33%. In the August runoff, the Floyd vote was Cowan 58.2% to Greene’s 41.8%. She was the top voter getter in the district in both races and had no Democratic opposition left by the November general election.
Since then, you’ve watched members of the Floyd County Republican Party get cozy with her even as the national ridicule grows. Can’t upset the “base,” after all.
Speaking of popcorn…
POPCORN & POLITICS
Chuck vs. the world: So now there’s a third Republican raising his hand for state Senate District 52, represented by five-term veteran Chuck Hufstetler. Joining Rome attorney Luke Martin in the race is Bartow County’s Jeff Lewis. Lewis was a state representative for District 15 before losing a Republican primary right with Paul Battles in July 2008. Lewis later was named to the state transportation board. Says Lewis of this new campaign in a media release: “Sadly, our way of life – and our future – is under attack from the radical left. … It’s time for battle-tested conservative fighters to take them on – not weak, stale politicians that go along to get along and cower under pressure.” Which is interesting as the following is how the AJC brands Hufstetler, again listed as one of the “players to watch” during the General Assembly as he’s chair of the Senate Finance Committee: “He’s been involved in a wide range of issues, including health care and ethics, and he hasn’t been afraid to stand against his Republican colleagues on issues.” It is that last line that is fueling primary opposition — plus he was an ardent supporter of Cowan in the 2020 congressional race.
- And what of Derek Keeney? The chair of the Bartow County Board of Education is in the state Senate 52 race. More on that in Friday’s newsletter.
Pandering for votes: How bad is the Republican primary fight for governor? How about when one-termer challenger David Perdue resorts to evoking emotion from the Marjorie Taylor Greene faithful following her ban from Twitter, Facebook issues and such. “We can’t stand by and let ourselves be canceled.” Isn’t that why she’s banned — for wanting to cancel others’ thoughts and views?
Make that Floyd County elections ‘supervisor’: For decades, the person leading voting and registration in Floyd County has been identified as the chief clerk and paid poorly. Following the issues in the 2020 elections and the subsequent witch hunt to follow, that is changing. It was known the new “chief clerk” would be getting a substantial raise. Now he or she will have a new title as well if approved at Tuesday’s Floyd County Commission meeting. The title would grow to Elections Supervisor and the pay grade in the range of $61,000 to $97,600. Given today’s climate of conspiracy theorists and such, even that much isn’t enough.
League of Women Voters joins challenge of congressional districts: The Rome/Floyd County chapter has “signed on” as part of the challenge of the newly drawn boundaries. The suit was filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, voting rights groups and Georgia voters. “The suit concerning Georgia’s 6th, 13th and 14th congressional districts highlights the long history of the white majority in Georgia’s use of racial discrimination to maintain political power. The suit also focuses attention on the fact that the federal government continually must step in to ensure that congressional map allocate political power in a way that does not violate federal law or the Constitution.”
PEAKS & VALLEYS: The highs and lows of Northwest Georgia
Peak to the grand closing of the Relax Inn: Our colleagues at the Rome News-Tribune report the Relax Inn on Martha Berry has closed, probably a disappointment to the daily readers of the Floyd County Jail reports. That whole area is about to redeveloped with more than 200 apartments and new retail. We do not celebrate the end of a business but we’re glad one of the community’s ongoing headaches has meet its Ibuprofen.
Valley to the Georgia’s Rome Tennis Open due in town Jan. 31-Feb. 6: The event is attractive, a $60,000 USTA Women’s Pro Circuit Event expected to draw some top talent. But is our community in the right spot to welcome both players and guests — especially as the use of the six indoor courts are part of the event and not just the outdoor courts? We understand all the economic impact the event has on both the now privately run tennis center and area lodging and accommodations. But with Omicron tearing through the community at record-setting rates, is this the right time for the event? Maybe move it back a few months?
Peak to Rome City Schools Board of Education (again): Five of eight city schools are in phase two of the system’s pandemic protocols because of rising positive tests among students and staff. Rome opened the semester with a mask mandate, citing soaring COVID numbers. Now five schools (and at least one more was a case away) require masks, that students eat in their classrooms and that visitors staff off campus for now. This proactive, not reactive, stance is what is needed to help stop the spread.