By: The Staff Reporters of Georgia Weekly Post
In the opinion of many in the room, Max Davis, took a high risk, resigning his position of Mayor at the City of Brookhaven. He never expected his fellow Republicans to turn against him in a costly election.
In a four way contest, Davis came second to a Democrat.
Now Democrats are energized, gearing up to snatch a Republican seat. The mood in the room was urgency. All fingers are now pointing toward Bernard, a candidate among four. She failed to get 50% plus one votes or make it to the Run Off. While receiving substantial help from DeKalb GOP, she was unable to get to a run off position.
This Run Off race is becoming an attention getter to both leaderships - Republicans and Democrats - in the house. "There is an S.O.S. out there, bring out the coast guards in a hurry. I want to see the Paratroopers!" said a former U.S.congressman to Georgia Weekly Post. According to sources, the Republican Speaker of the House dispatched his political advisers to evaluate the political scene and lend a helping hand.
Defeated candidate Attorney Catherine Bernard and DGOP Chairman Brian Anderson were nowhere to be found in the crowded Lucky's Burger & Brew in Brookhaven on Saturday. Nancy Jester, DeKalb County newly elected Commissioner who is seeking re-election was not invited to the event.
Following the election, Bernard sent an email to her supporters, discribed by a county insider as "Sour Grapes." A well connected Gerogia GOP took on Catherine Bernard discribing her as selfish "Catherine Bernard does only what is good for Catherine Bernard," she said.
“No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.” Bernard said to her supporters..
" It looks like I missed being in the runoff by 57 votes. It's a disappointing outcome, but I'm so incredibly appreciative of all of the wonderful support we've received for this special election. We were fighting for government accountability, and I'm tremendously encouraged to see how many HD80 voters shared the same priorities. Our goals of transparency and ethics are far too important to do anything but keep up the fight," she wrote in an e-mail.
The absence of DeKalb GOP and Bernard made it clear to those who came to support the Republican Candidate "There is a crack in the Republican party under the newly elected Brian Anderson," said a state representative to Georgia Weekly Post. Several have accused Anderson and fellow DeKalb GOP officers of interfering in a primary among Republicans. A State Senator expressed his dismay over using resources belongoing to the entire DGOP against a fellow Republican during the primary. He is known to controbute sums as high as $7,000.00 annualy to the DeKalb GOP. In the presence of a former elected county official and a stater representative, he made his intentions clear to his host, he will not contribute a dime.
In a GWP update, during a recent DGOP fund raising event, during a non-airconditioned gathering, Alex Gimenez, an officer of DeKalb GOP introduced Catherine Bernard to the crowd describing her loss as few votes short.
The saturday - after the election - surrounded by 157 supporters including political strategists, several members of the media, staff and contributors, Max Davis, the former mayor, with a smile, kicked off his campaign for the August 11th run off facing Taylor Bennett, the former Georgia Tech quarterback.
▲ Dressed up in smiles, surrounded by 157 supporters, political strategists, media and contributors, Max Davis, the former mayor of Brookhaven kicked off his campaign for the run off facing Taylor Bennett, the former Georgia Tech quarterback.
He spoke briefly to his audience. He made another presentation listing his achievements as a Mayor of Brookhaven.
" I left a city with five million dollars in reserve," he said.
Showing urgency, Congressman Jack Kingston flew into town from Washington D.C. where he works and guests on HBO to lend his fellow Republican a hand and save this seat from the Democrats.
State representives Tom Taylor, Beth Beskin and Ed Setzler joined Max Davis for two hours.
A former executive, member of Dekalb County Board of Education, Paul Womack was seen networking with members of DGOP - DeKalb Republican party - as he considers, according to sources, runing for an elected DeKalb County office. A DeKalb resident, he is known for his substantial campaign contributions to candidates. He is expected to give more to fend off a Democratic gain in the State House.