Politicasl Notebook: Beaudreau backs McCain

Commissioner Mike Beaudreau is going for a ride on the Straight Talk Express.

Beaudreau announced Friday that he is leading the Gwinnett campaign for Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain.

"I want to make sure we nominate a candidate that can win in November," Beaudreau said, adding that he was able to work with McCain in the summer of 1995, when the Lawrenceville man worked for Citizens Against Government Waste during a college break.

"He was always willing to step up for the average taxpayer," Beaudreau said of his experience with the Arizona senator. "I always admired his ability to stand up under pressure.

Taken with the candidate's experience and ability to lead, Beaudreau is also co-chair of Commissioners for McCain.

If anyone wants to help him campaign for McCain, Beaudreau asked for people to call him at 770-466-3504.

Town hall meetings

By the way, Beaudreau will hold his regular Saturday office hours from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville.

U.S. Rep. John Linder will host a tele-town hall meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"This technology has provided a wonderful opportunity for me to converse with constituents throughout the entire district," Linder said in a press release. "I hosted many of these meetings last year and call volume increased each time. In fact, it has been inspiring to see the level of participation throughout the Seventh District."

Congressman Linder has asked that participants for the meeting call in slightly before 7:30 p.m. to 1-888-989-6513. Callers will be asked for the passcode, "Linder Town Hall," and will then be placed into the call.

"Along with a brief update on the completion of legislative proposals in 2007 and what I expect Congress to tackle in early 2008, I hope to take advantage of the unique opportunity to discuss President Bush's State of the Union address which will take place the day before our meeting," Linder said. "You will have an opportunity to comment on what the President had to say and I can share with you where I stand on some of his initiatives."

Early voting begins

While Beaudreau said he's encouraged by the undecided vote swaying toward McCain, those who are decided can begin casting ballots Monday.

You can vote between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Voter Registration and Elections Office on 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, in Lawrenceville.

Ballots can be cast between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the following locations:

n Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville

n Dacula Activity Building, 2735 Old Auburn Road in Dacula

n George Pierce Community Center, 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee

n Singleton Road Activity Building, 5220 Singleton Road in Norcross.

Don't forget to bring your photo ID.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Daily Post.