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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall blasts Obama for recess appointment

A week ago, Gwinnett's congressman was among a group of Republicans condemning President Barack Obama for a recess appointment.

Avoiding the confirmation process with the appointment of Richard Cordray as chairman of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and three other officials drew the ire of many Republicans.

"The president clearly does not have a strong grasp of the U.S. Constitution; at least I hope that is the case," Rob Woodall said in a statement. "The thought that the leader of the free world would choose to disregard our nation's founding document and the balance crafted by our founding fathers to protect America from tyranny is frightening."

The Lawrenceville congressman said his own oath to uphold and protect the Constitution caused him to step out an urge the president to remember his oath.

A total of 95 congressmen signed the letter, calling the appointment of Cordray "especially egregious," since the Senate had already rejected his nomination by refusing to invoke cloture on the issue in November.

"There is no excuse for any elected leader to ignore centuries of precedent and create a constitutional crisis for the sake of politics," Woodall said. "I will continue, as I have committed to those whom I represent, to defend the Constitution at every turn and protect the freedoms that our forefathers deeded to us."

The issue, he said, was not about politics.

"Our founding fathers feared a tyrannical executive 200 years ago, and Americans are right to share that same fear today," he said. "Irrespective of whether a Republican or a Democrat controls the White House, America can count on me to ensure that the people's Congress is not trampled by an over-zealous executive. The Constitution is always more important than politics, and I encourage President Obama to reflect on that."

Survey says

A survey circulated through the legal community shows a few of the five State Court candidates stand out.

Zachary Porter, who created the survey via surveymonkey.com, sent it out to members of the Gwinnett Bar Association.

While he is affiliated with the Norman Cuadra campaign, he said every attempt was made to make the results accurate, including having the candidates' names appear in varying order.

Former Superior Court Judge Richard Winegarden was given the highest marks for experience, while Cuadra topped the list in professionalism and qualifications.

Pamela Britt also received high regard, while respondents said they were not as familiar with Greg Lundy and Emily Brantley.

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.

For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.

Comments

SuxBeanU 2 years, 3 months ago

Wow, Woodall condemned Obama for making a recess appointment. So, Congressman, what do you, and your fellow Republicans, plan to do about this indiscretion? Don't tell me, I already know. NOTHING! Obama tramples the Constitution and all the Republicans will do about it is whine and pitch a hissy-fit. Maybe if the Republicans would grow a spine, they would find considerably more support from their constituents, but if all you're going to do is issue a press release, well, then you are on your own. Rather than have one of your staff members just issue a press release, maybe you could stamp your feet and hold your breath until you turn blue, at the very least, that would give us the appearance that you actually care.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

if what he did was legal, then sobeit. If not legal, then why the GOP not prosecuting or starting impeaching procedures? Obama has done this too many times to count in the past 3 years and no GOP has tried to get him out of office. So what gives here? Obama did take an oath to uphold our Constitution.

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Tapsson 2 years, 3 months ago

Reading Mr. Woodall's comment about the Constitution brings a good disguested laugh. Perhaps he needs to have his staff research recess appointments before he decides to wax eloquent in public.Here are some questions he might want them to research before speaking on the subjent: What President made the first recess appointment? Might it be one of the founding fathers? How many recess appointments did George W Bush make while in office? How many recess appointments has President Obama made while in office? If recess appointments are equivalent to desecrating the Constitution, then who desecrated it more? If Mr Woodall's comments are not political as he states, then where was his outrage when President Bush made his recess appointments? As Bugs Bunny would say, "What a Maroon!" I would say, "Mr. Woodall, stop being a hypocrite by pretending to be offended President Obama's recess appointment. And do your homework before you speak."

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R 2 years, 3 months ago

Tap, the recess appointment process is NOT the problem, the issue appears to be the fact that by house standard operating rules used by BOTH parties, they in fact were NOT recess but in “active session” at the time the President bypassed them by making his appointment. The interesting thing is whether or not going forward will these types of rules now be null and void?

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Tapsson 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the clarification R. Perhaps you could help me understand how bypassing the House Rules are the same as not having a grasp of and violating the Constitution. I can not see in any of the quotes of Mr Woodall in this article a mention of the rules of the House of Represenatives. If you could direct me to a source that give the House Rules, I would appreciate it. I would like to read an interpret these for myself.

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