POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local Dem blasts GOP official for comment

Local political activist Mike Berlon is one of several Democrats across the country to speak out against remarks by a rival.

Berlon, the Loganville lawyer who heads the state Democratic Party, took issue with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus statement: "If the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars, and every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, then we'd have problems with caterpillars."

The comments were made about the recent controversies around issues such as birth control, which has caused some backlash among women.

Berlon said the issue is serious.

"In Georgia, a Republican representative compared women giving birth to his experiences in delivering cows and pigs, and Democratic state senators were compelled to walk out of the Senate in protest of these damaging policies to women's health," Berlon said. "Republicans have been fighting tirelessly to implement policies that are antiquated on women's health. Their leading candidate, Mitt Romney, supports the Blunt-Rubio amendment that would give any employer the ability to deny their employees coverage for health care services like contraception based on the employer's own beliefs.

"Women are aware of these attempts to undermine their health care, and Republicans don't like the attention. Instead of having a serious debate on these issues, they mock them by comparing women to barnyard animals or insects."

Berlon said he expects women to send a message to Republicans in November.

Whiteside to run

With races heating up for State Court judge, Superior Court judge and Probate Court judge, due to the impending retirements of long-time jurists, another election battle is squaring up for the justice side of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Last week, Brian Whiteside announced he would seek the Republican nomination for clerk of court.

Whiteside, a Lilburn man who worked in law enforcement before he became a lawyer 16 years ago, said he wants to fix some disorganization problems that have plagued the office since the death of 11-year-incumbent Tom Lawler last year.

Eight years ago, Whiteside had his first foray into politics, with an unsuccessful challenge to popular incumbent Sheriff Butch Conway.

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

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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HonestIngine 3 years, 6 months ago

I hope the Democratic Party has a good canidate to Defeat Tom Rice. He has been in office to long. Please help us in Gwinnett with a leader that we can trust. Tom has burned too many bridges here in Gwinnett. It's time for new leadership. As a lifelong Republician, I will vote for anyone who runs against Tom Rice. My feeling is common here in Gwinnett.


R 3 years, 6 months ago

Yes the Democrats are the party of wisdom, right down to troop deployment increases capsizing or tipping over islands…

It’s a shame they don’t stick to actual facts, because if they did, with all the policy gaffs the Republicans handed this year in the state house there could be a horse race. But they just keep tripping over their own feet. It’s no longer which side has a better policy, but which one screws up the least – sad really.


NorcrossDot 3 years, 6 months ago

Totally agree, except you would have to have your head buried in the sand in order to miss the obvious "Main stream media's) skewing the new in favor of the Democrats.


gwinnettisgreat1 3 years, 6 months ago

Soon the word "Democrat" will be a racial term. No one will want you to say Democrat because it means you are racist or a person full of hate.

The Democratic party will single handedly drown this country if enough idiots will listen to them.


CaptainJack58 3 years, 6 months ago

It's interesting that I find myself defending Democrats and Republicans. Just as the Republican party can not be defined by Rick Perry's "oops" gaffe or Romney's "trees are at the right height" gaffe, the Democratic party can not be defined by Hank Johnson's "Guam tipping over" gaffe. When you resort to this kind of thinking (and speaking), you tell the world that you are not very intelligent. The country will not "drown" as a result of four more years of Obama any more than it "drowned" under eight years of Dubyah. The existence of a two-party system is necessary to ensure that we don't swing too far in either direction. The American public is smart enough to figure out when we've swung too far in either direction and they vote to bring us back towards the middle. Calling each other ugly names and pretending that all the smart people are in one or the other of the two parties is just silly and accomplishes nothing. Now I will be the first to admit that I do NOT like it when we start swinging to the right. As a woman, I feel more supported by the Democratic party. I've been shocked by the 400+ pieces of legislation introduced by Republican legislators across the country attacking women. So I'm voting for Obama again. I've also sent a LOT of money to pro-choice Democratic candidates all over the country. Would I be doing that if we hadn't swung so far to the right over the last two years? Probably not. I would have gone on a long cruise instead. But there you have it! This year, it feels important to me to do as much as I can to get rid of the narrow-minded bigotry that seems to have taken hold of the Republican party.


kevin 3 years, 5 months ago

I'd vote for a 3-legged dog before a Democrat. This is not the right time in history to do this. Just look at what the stupid electorate did in 2008. 51% of the population voted for "change." They got exactly the right liar they voted for. We do not need another liberal anywhere, especially when they swear on a Bible to uphold the Constitution and then go about tearing it apart for their own agenda, at our expense of freedom and liberty.


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