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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson, Woodall have opposite reactions to Holder situation

On the same day as the Supreme Court ruling on health care, Gwinnett's congressmen had opposite reactions Thursday to a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Upset by the motion, Democrat Hank Johnson, who represents part of the county, walked out of the House Chamber, along with many members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

"As long as the Justice Department continues to act in good faith to comply with the subpoena, a contempt citation is unenforceable as a matter of law. This contempt vote is a waste of time. Given the Department's track record of compliance, no federal court in the country would enforce it," Johnson said about the move, prompted by the congressional inquiry into Operation Fast and Furious, an Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms operation to track illegal guns over the Mexican border.

A border patrol agent was killed by one of the guns.

"This is about one thing and one thing only -- politics. The Republicans want to embarrass the president, his administration, and most importantly, tarnish his legacy. It's not okay to gang up on the president, plant fishing expeditions to smear his name, and try to devise his downfall," Johnson said. "The thought of this contempt motion sickens my stomach."

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, on the other hand, voted in favor of the contempt resolution.

"I am both saddened and infuriated by the events leading up to the vote (Thursday) to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress," said Woodall, a Republican from Lawrenceville. "President Obama promised the most open and transparent Administration in history. Yet, when a series of bad administration decisions associated with Operation Fast and Furious led to the death of one American law enforcement agent and hundreds of Mexican nationals, the U.S. Attorney General chose to refuse to produce relevant documents and evidence that Chairman Issa and the Oversight Committee are seeking.

"Congress issued a valid subpoena, and Attorney General Holder has ignored it," Woodall added. "Congress has offered opportunity after opportunity for the attorney general to comply with the subpoena, and he has refused, leaving Congress with no choice but to hold him in contempt. The American people deserve answers about the troubling events surrounding Operation Fast and Furious and the lengthy cover-up that followed. With this vote, we will be one step closer to getting those answers."

Hunter removed from board

Tommy Hunter, who is running in the District 3 commission race, is no longer a planning commissioner.

Commissioner John Heard asked last month that Hunter be removed from the District 4 slot because of a perceived conflict.

Hunter ran in the District 3 commission race eight years ago before moving to District 4 and seeking that position in 2010. In January, the district lines will change, placing his Buford home in District 3.

But Hunter said that was no reason to remove him from the Planning Commission, a board that recommends resolutions to zoning issues to the county commission.

"The removal was without merit and under false pretense," Hunter said. I'm in District 4 until the new lines go into effect in 2013. I think it's clear that one of the current commissioners was not happy that I was there due to their relationship with my opponent in the commission race. This is exactly why I'm running, I'm sick of the dirty politics that goes on in this county and I plan to change it. You would think the current commission has more important things to do, like finding a solution to our coming water crisis."

Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, the incumbent in District 3 who is seeking a third term, abstained from the vote on the removal.

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

Comments

rco1847 2 years ago

Woodall didn't surprise me. He spoke the Party Line just like the good little Nazi he is. You can bet a million on him everytime. The Party pulls his strings and he does the dance.

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NorcrossDot 2 years ago

And you think Johnson isn't? I think the Nazi label leans more to the Democrats. After all, they have started their takeover of the American Citizens. And the Democrats absolutely have zero class. I would remind them that is it children that take their toys and leave when they get upset. Also remind them that the Democrats in Wisconsin left and we all know what happened there. Let's take back our country.

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MissDaisyCook 2 years ago

NAZI=National Socialist German Worker's Party; their initial platform in the 1920-30s was anti-business and anti-capitalism. Later they became focused on anti-semitism. Uhhhhhhh, now which modern day political party does that describe?

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NewsReader 2 years ago

"...The Republicans want to embarrass the president, his administration, and most importantly, tarnish his legacy..."

OMG, that is hysterical! I submit to you that the Republicans don't have to do a darn thing to accomplish all of that! LOL, he's doing that well enough on his own!

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JV 2 years ago

Where was Johnson and the rest of those that walked out when Congress voted on this?

Something the liberals can be proud of as their party was in control of the House, the Senate and the White House. Excerpt from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 signed into law on February 17, 2009:

House Resolution 495, the Southwest Border Violence Reduction Act

SEC. 2. PROJECT GUNRUNNER.

(a) In General- The Attorney General shall dedicate and expand the resources provided for the Project Gunrunner initiative of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals involved in the trafficking of firearms across the international border between the United States and Mexico.

(b) Activities- In carrying out this section, the Attorney General shall--

(1) assign additional agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to the area of the United States adjacent to the international border between the United States and Mexico to support the expansion of Project Gunrunner teams;

(2) establish not fewer than 1 Project Gunrunner team in each State along the international border between the United States and Mexico; and

(3) coordinate with the heads of other relevant Federal law enforcement agencies and State and local law enforcement agencies to address firearms trafficking in a comprehensive manner.

(c) Additional Staff- The Attorney General may hire Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agents for, and otherwise expend additional resources needed to adequately support, Project Gunrunner.

(d) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated $15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 and 2011 to carry out this section.

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BuzzG 2 years ago

Quite a mess when our nation's chief attorney himself has no respect for the law. Fast and Furious is ten times as illegal as Watergate ever was.

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DavidBrown 2 years ago

I'm ecstatic that, under redistricting, I was moved out of Rob Woodall's district and into Hank Johnson's district.

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MissDaisyCook 2 years ago

Careful your part of the county dosen't tip over.

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Oliver 2 years ago

I feel your pain. Despite supporting GA republicans for 20 years, despite GA picking up a House seat, my reward is to be redistricted into the district represented by Hank Johnson, a man well-versed in embarassing himself and consequently the voters in his district.

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Reason 2 years ago

Meanwhile, at District III... the jokes keep comming.

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