Political Notes – DeHart confirmed as Democratic Party’s executive director

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Political consultant Rebecca Bukant DeHart has been named the new executive director of the Georgia Democratic Party.

State Chairman DuBose Porter’s appointment of DeHart to the director’s job was confirmed by the party’s executive committee during a conference call meeting Tuesday evening.

“Rebecca brings years of local, state and national political experience, a passion for her work and a real commitment to Democratic ideals,” Porter said.

DeHart has operated a political consulting firm for several years and earlier worked at the capitol for the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.

Her consulting projects include her work with Rob Teilhet’s Democratic primary campaign for state attorney general in 2010.

“Georgia is receiving national attention as we have an incredible slate of Democratic candidates this year and an electorate that is tired of the same Republican politicians politicizing our private lives, obstructing our access to health care and chipping away at our kids’ chance to receive a good public education or from receiving a comprehensive HOPE scholarship,” DeHart said.

“We have a unique opportunity to continue to build up our party and our state infrastructure so that we will be more than just competitive come November — we will be victorious,” she contended.

Constantine joins ethics commission staffers

Atlanta attorney Robert Constantine was officially welcomed on board the state ethics commission staff Tuesday with this news release from the panel:

The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission is pleased to welcome Robert Constantine to his position of retainer/consultant effective Monday, January 6, 2014 for his four month term of service to the Commission. Mr. Constantine will report to the five-member Commission in reviewing and refining its work as directed by the Commission.

Mr. Constantine will work with Holly LaBerge, the Executive Secretary/Director of the Agency, while serving in this special position created by the Commission. Ms. LaBerge was named as the Executive Secretary of the Commission in August 2011 and continues to provide leadership to the Commission and oversee the day-to-day work of the Agency. The work of the Agency continues and the staff remains committed to being prepared for the 2014 Legislative Session.

Cobb’s finagling prompts resignation

Cobb County’s agreement to finance a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves had an unexpected consequence this week: the resignation of the county’s top cop and public safety director.

Public Safety Director Jack Forsythe said in his resignation letter to the county manager that he was quitting because the police department, already stretched too thin to keep the county safe, will be even thinner when the new stadium opens in 2017.

Forsythe’s assessment was disputed by Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee, who negotiated the secret deal to bring the Braves to the suburban county.

“First of all, I want to make it clear that we are very safe, and the public should have a high level of confidence that we live in a secure community,” Lee told the Marietta Daily Journal. “That has not been compromised at all.”

New board leaders for Common Cause

Lucius Morton, a retired banker from Columbus, has replaced Jon Sinton as chairman of Common Cause Georgia’s board of directors, one of several moves in the board leadership for 2014.

The other executive committee members are Gainesville attorney Wyc Orr as vice chair, Joy Kramer as secretary, Terry Taylor as treasurer, Jon Sinton as immediate past chair, and Bob Irvin and David Poythress as members at large.

Morton, who has been active in Republican Party politics, worked at Columbus Bank for 38 years before retiring in 2010 as a senior vice president.

© 2014 by The Georgia Report

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