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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: 'You lie' congressman in Gwinnett rally

Gwinnett's GOP is kicking off its 2012 election work with a visit from the congressman who called out Barack Obama from the floor of the U.S. House.

Joe Wilson, the South Carolina congressman who yelled "You lie" to Obama during a health care speech in 2009, will be at Thursday's rally, said the party's chairman Bruce LeVell.

The event will begin with the party's regular county committee meeting but will continue with the rally at 7:30 p.m. at 550 Trackside in Lawrenceville.

Joining the group will be local Congressmen Rob Woodall and Paul Broun and other state and local elected officials.

"This will be an event you won't want to miss," LeVell said in an email to the GOP.

Next month, the group will host state Rep. David Casas and Gwinnett Chamber VP Nick Masino during a breakfast rally at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

Nash in Georgia Trend

Less than a year into political office, Charlotte Nash's status as an influential leader has been set.

Nash was named to the 2012 Most Influential Georgians list by Georgia Trend magazine.

The Dacula woman was one of only two from Gwinnett who made the list, which was filled with congressmen and captains of industry.

In the entry, Georgia Trend writes that Gwinnett needed "a chief executive who could hit the ground running" after the resignation of Charles Bannister. "They found one," the entry reads. "It'll take all her skills to solve the county's financial challenges while rebuilding public trust."

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

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Jan 2 years, 3 months ago

My opinion of the Gwinnett GOP and Rob Woodall just dropped two notches. Why would the group want to associate with someone so discourteous? It has also been shown from many sources that Barack was truthful with the statement that Joe Wilson so categorized.


HonestIngine 2 years, 3 months ago

It's because the Republicians don't have any vision for the state,county or the country. Gingrich or Cain would have been a better choice, at least they are from Georgia. The Republician Party is fresh out of new ideas. Consider Romney's history and he's leading the pack.


SuxBeanU 2 years, 3 months ago

Jan, I doubt that anyone really cares how a lefty feels about the GOP or Rob Woodall. Concerning Joe Wilson, your recollection of the event is not completely true. At the time of Obama's presidential speech to Congress (September 2009), the libs had rejected amendments to the healthscare bill that would have forbid benefits being extended to illegal aliens. It wasn't until the final bill (November 2009) that the language was changed to deny benefits to illegal aliens. The initial bill did not expressly deny benefits to illegals, so Wilson was technically correct in his assessment. Had the incident happened during a speech, after November 2009, Wilson would have been incorrect. The left will argue otherwise, but the fact is that Obama, as he is prone to do, didn't necessarily "lie", he just didn't tell the truth.


NewsReader 2 years, 3 months ago

LOL@Jan. Say it isn't so! With the level of disdain you have for all things Republican, how could your opinion have possibly dropped two notches? We don't agree on much. But at least we agree on this. Bruce LeVell, Rob Woodall, Paul Broun, et al, are all a bunch of fools. Parading Joe "You Lie" Wilson around as if he's some kind of hero does nothing to support any Republican agenda, and everything to damage it. Whether I agree with Obama's agenda or not, what Joe "You Lie" Wilson did was inappropriate at best, and downright disrespectful to the office of the Presidency, the House, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the Nation, and the rest of the world at worst. Between this and their handling of the HOT lanes, perhaps we should find a more suitable replacement, because for the life of me, I don't think they're getting the message. Subtle hints don't work. Public meetings don't work. Maybe a pink slip will do the trick.


BuzzG 2 years, 3 months ago

Joe Wilson stated what all of us have since learned. Thank you Joe for having the guts to speak the truth when you knew you would be attacked for doing so. Political correctness is nuts and will be the end of our country.


suedehead 2 years, 3 months ago

The GDP must be on the Nash love-train. Georgia Trend named TWO Gwinnett residents on the list. Why didn't Ms.Young mention the other honoree?


Award88 2 years, 3 months ago

I have too much respect for the office of the presidency to show respect to the person who is currently occupying that position. Joe Wilson was correct in his statement that Obama lies. The definition of a lie is a statement that is made when you know prior to the statement being made that it is factually inaccurate. There are numerous examples of Obama lying. Additionally, what Joe Wilson said is nothing compared to what liberals and Democrats said to and about President Bush. Where was the respect for the office of the Presidency then?


Jan 2 years, 3 months ago

Some have obviously depended on sources such as Fox news. I stand by the statement the Joe Wilson was incorrect. Which legitimate, non partisan source would you prefer? or Both of these and others I found support my statement. If any of you have other non partisan sources that refute this, I will check them out. Award88, I never claimed that Obama never lied and I can also cite examples of his lies, but then there are frequent lies from Joe Wilson as well so he should refrain from throwing rocks.


SuxBeanU 2 years, 3 months ago

You can stand by your statement, or stand on your head, as far as I'm concerned, it's the time frame and what the libs (including Obama) were doing at the time that is important. Like I said, Obama wasn't being completely truthful in his speech and Joe Wilson called him out on it. Had Wilson not called him out, it's possible that the necessary language concerning illegals may not have been placed in the Obamascare bill. As Casey Stengel would say "and you could look it up".


JV 2 years, 3 months ago

Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) appears to be a decent and honorable man. Part of his background includes military service and he has four sons who have also served. His impassioned outburst during President Obama’s healthcare speech may seem out of step with his character and his military discipline, but he vented/channeled what many frustrated Americans were shouting into their tv sets.

He manned up and offered his apology (accepted by President Obama) while not backing down from the facts of the matter. For those who wish to make hay out of nothing more than political humiliation, lets bring to the floor Charlie Rangel and his ethical transgress. Where was the disapproval resolution for Democrats who booed President Bush? Did Harry Reid ever pay through the nose for his comment about President Bush as a “loser” and a “liar“? Did the Pelosi vs. CIA embarrassment ever get resolved? Apparently not.


Gundoctor1 2 years, 3 months ago

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!! "Joe Wilson for President." Hey, could anyone, or anything be worse than what we have right now?


Say_that_again 2 years, 3 months ago

That is a good one! Got a big chuckle out of the idea that Joe Wilson would be better than our current president.


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