Richard Hobbs' Successor

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It was reported, just two to three weeks ago, that Richard Hobbs had resigned as a member of the Fayette Board of Elections.

Has anyone seen or heard of any announcement asking Fayette citizens to express their interest in serving in that position?

I think the answer is No.

A lot of positions like this one, which can often be influential (ask Greg Powers), are filled through cronyism pure and simple. It’s on purpose that they are not advertised.

This is the tip of the tip of the iceberg, in our corrupt political system.

Why do we tolerate that?

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Submitted by 30YearResident on Tue, 09/05/2006 - 5:09pm.

I would guess that out of courtesy, the new commissioners will be allowed to assist in selecting Richard's replacement on the board.
It's an appointed position.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 09/05/2006 - 6:32pm.

Hobbs didn't bring much to the table and it sure looks like a do-nothing job to me. But, if it has something to do with elections, I will do it. After all I know about who should be elected around here and who should not, so that makes me qualified.
Any objections?

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Submitted by Richard Hobbs on Wed, 09/06/2006 - 10:09am.

C'mon Mudcat. Its patently unfair for you to slam me in public while hiding behind your secret moniker. Sure, you have the right to do that, but for what purpose.

You make many scathing remarks about the many candidates in Fayette, and many of them you back up with facts, however, as to my inability to "bring much" to the table, you merely slink away without any further comment. Was that absolutely necessary? I'm a big boy, in figurative and literal ways, so I can take it, but do you need to "pounce" on me like a worn out play toy?

But hey, you have your right to your opinion. I am no longer a public figure per se, and I made the decision to leave based upon what I thought best for that board.

I will say, it was an extremely challenging and rewarding position. I loved the elections and the seminars were extremely informative. I'd recommend that anyone with an interest in this would be happy to serve on this board.

Having said that. . . my position was voted on by the Executive Board of the Republican Party after going through an interview process with several other candidates. There are three positions. One is appointed by the Board of Commissioners, one is appointed by the Democratic Party and my position was and is the Republican Party slot.

Now whether the Executive Board of the Republican Party makes this appointment, as they did in my case, or whether it is done by some other means is left to be seen. I will say that if you are interested, then you should go to the Republican Party County Meeting this next week and let the board know. Or even speak up at the Saturday Morning Breakfast.

I think the BOE needs a competent and knowledgable person to help run the elections. I'm sorry that I felt uncomfortable with continuing to work there, its something I will always remember fondly, but I did what I believed to be the right thing to do. I would like to think I brought to the table a great deal of leadership, energy, and foremost, an overwhelming desire to help insure that our elections were safely and fairly held.

So, lay a few more paw prints against my backside if you must, because I was very proud of the work that I did as a member of that board, and I sincerely hope that no one can ever say that I wasn't ethical, honest, and did my very best.

If you believe I didn't, then please share with me why you believe otherwise, and give me a chance to perhaps defend my actions, whatever they may have been.

With Warmest Regards,

rdhobbshome at

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Submitted by mapleleaf on Sat, 09/09/2006 - 8:03am.

I am grateful to Richard Hobbs for telling us who appoints Board of Elections members. The people who suggested one should ask for an application from the county Personnel Department or contact the Board of Commissioners obviously don’t know what they are talking about and their comments border on the moronic.

In fact, Richard Hobbs has been like a ray of sunshine in these blogs, because he has always been good about providing solid information, and reading his comments can be helpful and worthwhile.

But now let me drop the other shoe.

Why should anyone want to serve on the Board of Elections? What kind of people are best for it? How much time does it require? How often does it meet? Does it pay anything (besides providing education through seminars offered by the state)? Does it cost anything (like having to drive somewhere at one’s own expense)?

By not providing that information, the insiders make sure the job is limited to those they choose to inform. That’s cronyism.

Cronyism is pervasive in Georgia. In 2000, county commission chairman Harold Bost, wanting to leave the board at the end of his term, tried to interest one of his neighbors into running for his commissioner’s post. The problem he ran into, discovered at the last minute, was that the neighbor lived right across the line from the district Bost was in, and thus was ineligible to run for Bost’s post. That pushed Bost into running for the job again and be re-elected, only to resign a few months later and causing us the extra expense of a special election. If Bost had announced publicly and early enough his intent to step down, instead of trying to engineer the election of a friend into his post, Fayette citizens would have been spared the extra expense and trouble of a special election.

So we find that Richard Hobbs is not telling us everything there is to tell about serving on the Fayette Board of Elections. To his defense, I must admit he has very few good examples to follow. On the other hand, it should be obvious (to most intelligent people) that virtually nobody will express an interest in taking on a job that’s a pig in a poke.

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Submitted by Git Real on Tue, 09/05/2006 - 7:06pm.

I'll support you in spite of your making fun of the way my hair looks. You can join Lynn Westmoreland and become a Do-Nothing-Er too.

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Submitted by mudcat on Tue, 09/05/2006 - 7:27pm.

What hair is that, Git Real? The hair on your fat feet - or the hair you lost when your sadistic owner shaved you?
Oddly, I agree about Westmoreland, he has been an empty suit.

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Submitted by Git Real on Tue, 09/05/2006 - 7:39pm.


I got your hair Kitty.

Submitted by fedup on Tue, 09/05/2006 - 4:49pm.

They used to post the job openings. If it is not posted, ask about the position and tell them you would like to fill out an application for the position. This is exactly why no one is held accountable to the public any more. All of the employees are either, relatives or best friends. They do not consider their positions as public service positions and do not feel they owe any explanations for their job performance or behavior.I'm so sick of this "Holier than thou" attitude.
I wonder how the county can get around EEO policies? Check it out....

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