By: the Staff reporter of Georgia Weekly Post
▲ Senator Fran Millar, visibly irritated, responded to Paul Maner in kind but was too irritated to allow this reporter to take his picture. Henley Shelton, a pal of Millar, moved in to force this reporter out of the meeting. An argument started and Sheldon became very aggressive. This reporter was roughed up by Henley Shelton. Shelton left marks on this reporter's body. The scene was ugly.
Following a setback by former Brookhaven Mayor Max Davis, DeKalb County Republican Party Committee met on Thursday July 30, 2015 for the first time.
Over three dozen people were in attendance, including State Senate opponents, sitting few feet apart were incumbent Senator Fran Millar and Senate candidate Paul Maner, State Rep. Tom Taylor, Public Service Commission candidate Michelle Miller, Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall, who is seeking re-election, making his first visit to the DGOP.
Tension filled the room. The Republican party is vacating it's headquarters in August and will become homeless.
Fund raising events are breaking even. "Neutral" said Russell Steen, a member of the DeKalb County Young Republicans and an officer of DeKalb GOP. He supported Catherine Bernard for the House seat known as HD80.
Treasurer Bobbie Frantz had not received funds from event's organizers until last night. She will give a report to the DGOP at the next meeting.
It was acknowledged that many in the GOP leadership, including Steen, were actively supporting Catherine Bernard during her primary - Special Election - campaign against Davis for the 80th District House seat.
However, a motion by Steen to make a contribution of $1,000 to help Davis fend off his Democrat opponent, Taylor J. Bennett, in an August 11 runoff was defeated. Catherine Bernard, who lost to Davis and Taylor in the primary, has refused to endorse Davis. She sat by the exit door and made no statements.
Fran Millar, looking at his opponent sitting a few feet away, expressed his concerns over losing the legislative majority to the Democrats in the county delegation.
▲ Catherine Bernard seen with her former campaign manager at The Meng House of Dunwoody during her first run for House District 80. She was interviewed by M.J. Cho, Editor of the Daily Korea Times. Following her loss, for the second time to Bennett, a Democrat and Davis, a Republican, coming third. she refused to endorse her fellow Republican Max Davis or appear with him campaigning.
Other actions were taken by several members of DeKalb GOP's leadership. There a first step was taken to bring Russell steen closer to a leadeship position.
Replacing Travis Stegall was the unknown plan to many sitting members and guests. Stegall was not aware of steps taken by the leadership to remove him from his elected position and facilitate the appointment of Russell Steen in his place. The leadership did not have the votes. Rules to allow appointing additional members to the Committee were put to vote.
No justifications were given or explained during the vote.
Brian Anderson - DGOP Chairman - was busy dealing with an assault witnessed by several dozens, the talk of the GOP around the state, might cost him his Chairmanship, brings DGOP, including several of it's members into a criminal investgation. He provided an inside look at the moves, a vote by many unsuspecting memebers to Georgia weekly Post. It is known, Travis Stegall won the largest number of votes at the county convention last year. He topped Brian Anderson who ran for the chairmanship during the convention..
Russell Steen was nominated by Anderson and appointed as a director of Communications. His wife was elected as a secretary. Steen was criticized for exceeding his authority, according to members of the Executive board and the county committee.
After dealing with the meeting agenda, Brian Anderson DGOP chairman, invited those who are running for office to come forward and make presentations.
Michelle Miller, a mother of two, spoke to the Republican gathering. She is facing a fellow Republican in her run for a Public Service Commissioner. Miller, a black American, told her Republican audience "if elected as a public servant, I should say, I pledge complete transparency, integrity, ethics, building true partnership between the Public Service Commission, our state businesses and Georgia residents."
Miller, a full time energy consultant, studied Energy and Sustainability Policy at Penn State University. She expanded her education to Costa Rica researching all five renewable energy sources. Candidate Miller who was an active duty military wife for 16 years "will be the first black woman as a PSC-commsissioner, if elected," she said.
"Every resident and business of Georgia should know that every time you pay taxes, every time you pay an electric bill, you are investing in Georgia and in the PSC," she said.
"And that means you are a shareholder. I want the people of Georgia to personalize the PSC like they do their own money because it is their money!" She added.
"It is the Commissioner's responsibility as a fiscal steward to ensure that every investment yields a positive return and benefit for its residents and if it doesn't there is a risk sharing mechanism written into the contract to protect your interests. Also, it is our responsibility to give you a report every month on what is going on in the PSC. We should present you with the facts, un-skewed and unbiased, so that the people can make a well informed decision," she said.
She accused her Republican opponent, Commissioner Tim Echols of lacking the experience, knowledge or the skills needed for such a specialized industry. Without elaborations, during a telephone interview by Georgia Weekly Post, she questioned his ethics. Both Echols and Miller are expected to face off May 24, 2015.
"I have to cover a lot of grounds. It's a state wide elected offfice," she said. Both Echols and Miller made an appearance at a state GOP sponsered event in Perry, Georgia.
▲ Paul Maner, who is hoping to unseat Fran Millar in the State Senate, speaking at DGOP on July 30, 2015, was critical of Millar, accusing him of supporting actions in the State Senate, bypassing voters on taxation and big-ticket items.
Paul Maner, who is hoping to unseat Fran Millar in the State Senate, was critical of Millar, accusing him of bypassing voters on taxation and big-ticket items.
Senator Fran Millar, visibly irritated, responded in kind but was too irritated to allow this reporter to record and take his picture. Without an invitation, Millar left his seat, moved to the front to speak.
Surrounded by his surrogates and supporters, Millar blocked this reporter, in effect, according to legal experts and Senate watchers, violating the Senate rule "1- 4.8 Standard of Conduct". "All contact with constituents, staff, lobbyists, representatives of the media, and others interested or involved in the process of government shall be conducted in a courteous, professional, and discreet manner," according to a state senate source.
This reporter was advised by several witnesses, recordings were made during the meeting are available, to file a criminal complaint charging Henley Shelton, as a "misdemeanor of high and aggravated nature", said a county elected official. "Complaints should be brought against Senator Millar according to the Senate rules," said a member of the Senate leadership.
▲ Henley Shelton seen with Tammy Anderson, a political operative and the wife of DGOP Chairman Brian Anderson, during a campaign strategy meeting at The Meng House. Shelton lost his first attempt of running for a public office. He was soundly defeated by Dunwoody Councilman Dennis Shortal. Shortal is running hoping to unseat Mayor Mike Davis. During Thursday's DGOP meeting, Henley Shelton, a pal of Millar, moved out of his seat to force this reporter out of the meeting. An argument started and Shelton became very aggressive. This reporter was roughed up by Henley Shelton. The scene was ugly.
Henley Shelton, a pal of Millar, moved in to force this reporter out of the meeting. An argument started and Shelton became very aggressive. This reporter was roughed up by Henley Shelton. The scene was ugly.
The sudden events became disruptive and the meeting was ended by DGOP Chairman Brian Anderson.
In an attept to explain the event, Brian Anderson reached out to Russell Steen for an opinion. Finally, Steen and Anderson noted that the gathering was not a public, but private meeting, and pictures were not allowed.
Paul Womack, a former Board of Education member, loudly expressed his support for Millar and his intention to contribute $1,000 to his campaign. Paul Womack has expressed interest in runing for a county wide elected office.
Addressing the Thursday's DeKalb County Republican Party Committee, Senate canadidate Paul Maner spoke, "The last two election cycles in a row, the legislature had given the people of Georgia an opportunity to vote on an extra .01 sales tax for transportation."
"The people of Georgia said NO both times. 83% first time, 86% the second time. What did my opponent do? In the quiet of night, he Fran Millar - raised our gas tax by .07, and .09 for diesel. When I questioned him about this on his Facebook page, he - Fran Millar - said, "I regret giving the people of Georgia an opportunity to vote on the issue, and the legislature should have just acted on it's on years ago," said Paul Maner.
Following Millar's response Maner questioned Millar's truthfulness, "If you recall, he - Fran Millar - stated he never said that; well he LIED again. Here is his actual quote, and a picture of the Facebook page where the exchange took place. "All this costs $ and we should have acted as legislators a number of years ago versus sidestepping the problem by putting it on the ballot in a convoluted option."
"Therefore, my paraphrasing of his original remark, was exactly correct. My opponent has been caught in a public lie." He told Georgia Weekly Post.