Georgia GOP Official Snubs Black Republican Congressional Candidate

By | August 26, 2008

Maynard Eaton, Special to BlackPoliticsontheWeb.com

- With the Republican National Convention on the horizon, turmoil amongst Georgia’s Black Republicans could garner national attention in Minneapolis.

She is an attractive political candidate who could make history by becoming the first African American Republican woman ever elected to Congress but curiously the prominent family physician is being snubbed by the Georgia GOP.

Dr. Deborah Honeycutt, 61, and her husband, Andrew, are longtime Republicans and “Christian Conservatives”. Deborah is seeking to unseat the three-term incumbent Democrat from metro-Atlanta’s 13th Congressional District, Rep. David Scott.

Nevertheless the possibility of a Republican upset in the 13th, which represents portions of Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fulton, Henry and DeKalb counties, hasn’t swayed the urbane Chairman of the Georgia Black Republican Council, 36-year-old Rufus Montgomery.

“I like David,” candidly admits Montgomery, who also sits on the State Executive Committee of the Georgia Republican Party. “That’s a tough race for us because David Scott is one of the most conservative African Americans in Congress.”

Dr. Honeycutt takes exception to that assessment given Scott’s many “non-conservative” votes and philosophies such as his opposition to off-shore drilling for new refineries here at home, his “kowtowing” to environmental special interests, his opposition to school choice and his pro-abortion stance.

“I bet Rufus is not able to name one conservative thing that Scott has voted in favor of,” she notes. “The fact that he continues to give comfort and support to someone who doesn’t have the same values and beliefs as the everyday advocates of Abraham Lincoln’s party says to me that Rufus is not supportive of traditional GOP values. He is supporting his own agenda, whatever that might be.”

Montgomery, a Republican Party operative whose iPhone contains a slideshow of photos featuring him with prominent Republicans leaders, argues that it is “very difficult” for a candidate like Honeycutt who has never held political office to beat an incumbent like Scott who has 28 years of public service as an elected official in Washington and in the Georgia General Assembly, and considerable financial resources to run a re-election campaign.

“What have you done,” Montgomery asks rhetorically of Honeycutt’s candidacy. “When an African American candidate shows up who hasn’t paid their dues and who hasn’t been in the political process that is the last person who should cry foul about not getting Party support. Those who have been in the game already have a network of support.”

“It doesn’t take a whole lot of experience to do nothing,” counters Honeycutt. “If you look at the situation in the District and it’s worse today than when [David Scott] was elected. That’s why people are talking about change.”

Honeycutt has raised over $3 million already from Conservatives across the country. She says she is not seeking financial support from the Georgia GOP; just their goodwill and blessings.

“I’ve talked to other African American candidates across the country and this is not unusual at all. They’ve had similar experiences that I’ve had,” says the personable and petite Dr. Honeycutt. “My campaign is working hard to inform the citizenry of the 13th district; to win their vote and therefore the election. I understand that I have to work hard to win, and do that without the Party doing much for us. I don’t have any problem with that at all.”

What the Honeycutt campaign has a problem with is Montgomery, a high ranking Black Republican politico, supporting a controversial – and some allege corrupt – Democrat over a potentially history-making female Republican in the 13th Congressional District.

“What the Republican Party doesn’t like is independence. It’s not how long you’ve been in the party or in the political trenches, it’s will you be a ‘yes man’, will you say exactly what we want you to say,” says Dr. Andrew Honeycutt, the candidate’s Harvard-educated husband. “I think what the Party’s concern is; she could be an embarrassment if she wins because if she wins without their support it’s going to look real bad.”

“It’s very rare that somebody pops out of nowhere and wins,” opines Montgomery, who like Rep. Scott is a Florida A&M University graduate, about Honeycutt. “There are no overnight sensations. When you lose you don’t pack up your toys and go home. You keep your head in the game.”

“It is a sad commentary not to make a commitment [to support Honeycutt's candidacy],” opines Republican political consultant Michael Murphy. “They talk about the ‘Big Tent’; they talk about being inclusive. I guess I should say it’s simply the illusion of inclusion.”

Critics say Montgomery should resign his title of Minority Outreach Director for the Georgia GOP since that is not what he’s doing.

“If the Republican Party doesn’t support a black candidate that makes it difficult to justify being a Republican,” says Jim Welcome, the executive producer of NEWSMAKERS Live.

“He needs to give the title back,” argues Andrew Honeycutt. “Personally, I think he’s become the Jesse Jackson of the Georgia Republican Party. He’s learned how to pimp the system. He is their spokesperson who knows how to get paid. It’s not about issues with him; it’s about a pay day.

Honeycutt continues, “I don’t think Rufus has anything personal against Deborah; I think Rufus will do anything he can to maintain Rufus’ power. When Deborah gets elected Rufus’ power goes away. Rufus is a smart man. He knows if Deborah wins without his help, his power and influence is history. If David Scott wins he still has power with the Republican Party.”

Montgomery blithely scoffs at such criticism by saying, “There are many who would take [my Honeycutt comments] as an attack when it comes to what is required to gain support from the Republican Party. As an African American Republican if a major tenet of your campaign strategy is relying on party support against an incumbent then you are not going to make it.”

If that is the case, argues Murphy, it is the Republican Party’s fault.

“I think it is a national disgrace that in the year 2008 that the Republican Party does not have one Black elected official in Congress. That’s a travesty,” Murphy contends. “I think as Lincoln looks down at this Party he must have tears in his eyes because this is nothing like what he thought to be the civil rights party. These guys have now taken it the other way.”

Dr. William Boone is a noted political science professor at Clark-Atlanta University. He was asked by this reporter: Can a Republican win against a Democrat in a congressional area like District 13?

Boone replied, “That raises a question that folks don’t want to talk about.

The question becomes whether or not Republicans are ready to work for and vote for Black Republicans. That’s the issue that must be addressed.”

Efforts to reach out to Republican Party leaders such as Georgia GOP Chair Sue Everhart, Governor Sunny Perdue and District 13 Republican Party Chairwoman Dawn Strickland were rebuffed. This reporters repeated calls were not returned.

Maynard Eaton, Sr. is the co-founder, News Director & Executive Editor of NEWSMAKERS Live/Journal.

  • Smith

    Maynard Eaton is a paid employee of Honeycutt and he also has her web ad right next to this article.

  • Atlman

    Congressman Scott is an Alpha and gets it right more often than not. I don't remember Honeycutt ever helping Dylan Glenn, Herman Cain, Willie Talton or any other black republicans in the state.

  • Georgia GOP

    Andrew Honeycutt has received over $30,000 from his WIFE'S campaign for “CONSULTING – CAMPAIGN STRATEGY.” See details below.
    No professional (or ethical) journalist would print a fake article like the one above.
    The Honeycutts are idiots and she will lose badly again.
    Every person quoted in this garbage piece has a financial interest in the Honeycutt campaign.
    See facts below with references:
    The writer, Maynard Eaton, has received thousands of dollars from Deborah Honeycutt's campaign for “CONSULTING – PRESS RELEASES” and “CONSULTING – MEDIA.”
    See Federal Election Commission reports at
    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C0
    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C0
    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C0
    Look for disbursements from her campaign to MAYNARD EATON.
    No professional (or ethical) journalist would print this garbage.

    Deborah Honeycutt's husband (Andrew) attacks Rufus Montgomery by claiming that he knows “how to pimp the system.”
    Andrew Honeycutt has received over $30,000 from his WIFE'S campaign for “CONSULTING – CAMPAIGN STRATEGY.”

    Are you kidding me?
    See the FEC reports at
    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C0
    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C0
    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C0
    Look for disbursements from the Honeycutt campaign to MR ANDREW HONEYCUTT and ANDREW HONEYCUTT. The title “Mr.” is used to throw you off the money trail.
    —–
    Are the Honeycutts pimping? or getting pimped?
    Read for yourself:
    FIRM GETS BIG CUT OF CAMPAIGN DONATIONS
    Boston Globe – June 29, 2008
    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/ar
    A BMW Direct congressional client, Republican candidate Deborah Honneycutt, appeared on the ballot in Georgia against an incumbent Democrat. Her campaign finance reports say she raised more than $1.1 million in 2006 from donors across the country. But most of the money went to BMW Direct and its affiliates and vendors.
    Even Republican observers in Georgia were quoted in the local media as saying she ran an under-the-radar campaign, with “no presence” locally. She lost by a wide margin, 31 percent, to incumbent David Scott's 69 percent.
    —-
    HONEYCUTT'S MAIL FIRM UNDER FIRE
    No comment from Deborah Honeycutt
    Atlanta Journal Constitution – June 30, 2008
    http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/shared-blogs/a

    The Washington, D.C.-based direct mail firm that raised $1.1 million for Republican Deborah Honeycutt’s 2006 congressional bid spent very little of it on her campaign, according to a newspaper report.
    Honeycutt refused to comment on the article.

    CAMPAIGN MANAGER FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE DEBORAH HONEYCUTT IS SUPPORTING DEMOCRAT BARACK OBAMA
    Honeycutt claims to be a Republican, but her campaign manager publicly stated that he is backing Obama.
    See Atlanta-Journal Constitution article from April 25, 2007 ON BARACK OBAMA'S WEBSITE.
    http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/G

    The fake article states that the Honeycutts are “longtime Republicans.”
    I've been associated with Georgia Republican Party politics for years and I've attended many conventions. I NEVER saw the Honeycutts until she decided to run for office.
    Rufus has given thousands of dollars to state and federal GOP candidates. Google him.
    He's a good guy and he works hard for the Party. The Honeycutts should be ashamed for putting out this garbage.

  • Soraya

    People need go vote for people not political parties.

  • Georgia GOP

    FROM PEACH PUNDIT….
    HONEYCUTT IS INEPT
    http://www.peachpundit.com/2007/10/24/how-do-yo

    ….confusion concerning Honeycutt’s fundraising; particularly the fact that she seems to raise a whole lot of money, and never seems to do anything with it.

    Basically, it brings to light that Honeycutt is INEPT. The fact that she did so poorly last election and still expects to win (despite apparent and persistent inability to run a campaign), shows she not exactly top-notch.

  • Georgia GOP

    DEBORAH HONEYCUTT ADMITS HER HUSBAND AND HER CAMPAIGN MANAGER ARE GETTING FLEECING DONORS. THEY CAME UP WITH HER RIDICULOUS CAMPAIGN FINANCE PLAN. AND SHE'S A HYPOCRITE, TOO.

    See Marietta Daily Journal article titled “Campaign fund spending report upsets candidate”, July 9, 2008
    http://www.mdjonline.com/content/index/showcont

    “One would hope the MDJ would have higher standards than the Georgia Politics Unfiltered Blog which plants stories by a David Scott paid consultant while accusing others of being unethical.”

    THE HONEYCUTT CAMPAIGN PLANTED A STORY AGAINST A LOYAL REPUBLICAN THROUGH A PAID CONSULTANT TO HER CAMPAIGN (MAYNARD EATON).

  • Georgia GOP

    A PROFESSIONAL CANDIDATE….HER HARVARD EDUCATED HUSBAND IS ON HER PAYROLL.

    http://www.mdjonline.com/content/index/showcont

    Congressional candidates typically spend about 10 percent of their campaign budgets on fundraising, said Paul Herrnson, director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland. Sharply higher costs show they have not developed local support networks and are not likely to win.

    “That's highly unusual,” Herrnson said of Honeycutt's fundraising. “It sounds like she's doing the most basic prospecting there is, and the fact that it's mostly out of district means that it's not going to bring any returns in terms of votes … If you're trying to win an election, it's not the way to go. It's just not a wise strategy.”

    The vast majority of Honeycutt's money comes from outside Georgia.

  • Georgia GOP

    WHY IS DEBORAH HONEYCUTT PAYING THE HEAD OF “DEMOCRATS FOR GOOD GOVERNMENT” WITH CAMPAIGN FUNDS?

    “Democrats for Good Government” Leader Gets Money From Republican Candidate

    http://georgiaunfiltered.blogspot.com/2008/07/d

    DK Intermedia, who lists Honeycutt's 2006 campaign website in its portfolio, was paid a total of $525 by Honeycutt for Congress according to June 30th FEC reports filed by the campaign [Source: Federal Elections Commission, Honeycutt for Congress Itemized Disbursements, June 25, 2008].
    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/dcdev/forms/C0

    David Knox, the owner of DK Intermedia, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution in a June 25th article that he was not working for the Honeycutt campaign; a claim that was corroborated by the Honeycutt campaign itself.

  • Georgia GOP

    $3 MILLION DOLLARS? AND THIS IS WHAT SHE HAS TO SHOW FOR IT?

    The only people who will vouch for Deborah Honeycutt are her three patients, her doctor, her husband and her son. And she talks to people as if they are slow and stupid.

    Watch this embarassing candidate and her $2 million dollar video at
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8lLEMmMxfU&eurl

    http://www.c-spanarchives.org/library/index.php

  • Georgia GOP

    WOULD YOU VOTE FOR THIS CLOWN?

    SHE TALKS TO PEOPLE AS IF THEY ARE STUPID. AND SHE'S PATRONIZING.

    SEE FOR YOURSELF:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEGTJuBO6V8&feat

  • Georgia GOP

    THIS WILL GO OVER WELL WITH HER NONEXISTENT BASE:

    “With the Democrat dominance in the district, Honeycutt commented that she not only supports Republicans, but also supports Democrats.”

    http://www.jasonpye.com/blog/2008/07/honeycutt_

  • Georgia GOP

    DEBORAH AND ANDREW HONEYCUTT HAVE NO RECORD OF FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN GEORGIA.
    They ask for money for themselves, but they have never helped other Republicans financially.

    http://www.opensecrets.org/indivs/index.php?cap

    Type Honeycutt in the name box. Click on Georgia.

  • Georgia GOP

    NO RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENT

    Read her bio here: http://www.honeycuttforcongress.com/pages/bio.asp

  • http://www.honeycuttforcongress.com Ben

    If Georgia GOP actually represents a member of the GOP besides Montgomery, which I doubt , I am now a Libertarian.

    Firstly, the reason Michael Murphy said he was supporting Obama is simple. He is trying to appeal to the African Americans in his district. Something that Montgomery cares nothing about.

    As for the way Honeycutt raises money: She uses direct mail, which is highly expensive. Yes. But at the same time how else is she supposed to raise money with out the party really recognizing her candidacy. I don't think the rich Buckhead Circles have become acquainted with her because of this. Also, she has been successful in raising money. She has double the pocket cash of David Scott right now and he has gotten 90% of his money from PACs.

    As for Georgia GOP below saying she was not Republican enough. The worst politicians are those seasoned politicians, whose entire life has been bred to be in power. She is a citizen politician, who one day, got frustrated with how things were being ran and decided to try and make a difference. Maybe you and Montgomery wish she had first became a community organizer, then used the Atlanta Elite to propel herself into the state senate by channeling signatures, and then getting the Georgia Elite to back her in her run for congress dispelling all opposition and forcing someone from a different state to run.

    David Scott has paid over 200,000 to his family. Honeycutt's payments to her family have all ben REIMBURSEMENTS. FOR EXAMPLE: DR. ANDREW HONEYCUTT BUYS SIGNS WITH HIS OWN MONEY AND THEN THE CAMPAIGN CALLS UP THE FIRM AND DC AND SAYS THE NEED X AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR WHAT THEY BOUGHT IN REIMBURSEMENTS. THAT HOW IT WORKS.

    By the way, Honeycutt backed Huckabee in the primary and has since endorsed McCain.

  • Pot and kettle

    Ben, maybe you should check the latest report. Honeycutt has paid herself, her husband, son and campaign treasurer tens of thousands of dollars from the campaign. Mr. Honeycutt lists himself as “campaign executive.” So, how is that different? Sounds like a hypocrite. Also, she got busted again: http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/34786

  • dem2

    Why is Michael Murphy running for Congress as a Democrat this year? Is he still working for Honeycutt in the meantime? Using the same fundraising firm?

  • dem2

    Why is Michael Murphy running for Congress as a Democrat this year? Is he still working for Honeycutt in the meantime? Using the same fundraising firm?

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