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13379164, What’s up with Vernon Jones endorsing Trump
Posted by legsdiamond, Fri Apr-17-20 10:15 AM
https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/georgia-democratic-lawmaker-endorses-trump-presidential-bid/dpqTbn2pBPIivHNgPdNSdN/

Who is this clown?
13379202, RE: What’s up with Vernon Jones endorsing Trump
Posted by MEAT, Fri Apr-17-20 11:50 AM
"State Rep. Scott Holcomb, a DeKalb Democrat who represents a nearby district, summed up his reaction to Jones’ endorsement of Trump with seven words: “They’re both incompetent narcissists. This isn’t surprising.”"

What I find the strangest is that he had this pro Wisconsin Dem twitter link on the 6th, his mom passed away on the 9th, crickets for days and then a ramp of likes of supporting Trump. And now all of his likes prior to the 6th aren't loading.

Just strange behavior
13379204, He liked this tweet on March 11th
Posted by MEAT, Fri Apr-17-20 12:05 PM
https://twitter.com/BLeeForCongress/status/1237850794415677440?s=20

Barbara Lee
@BLeeForCongress
·
Mar 11
US House candidate, CA-13
There would be no Democratic Party without African American women. It’s time we have one as our Vice President.
13379205, He does seem to have had a trump affinity for a while
Posted by MEAT, Fri Apr-17-20 12:08 PM
https://twitter.com/realkareemdream/status/1187786291515138048?s=20

But I can't tell how much of that is someone scrubbing his likes
Because they're changing in real time.
13379206, He also seems to REALLY hate Clinton and REALLY love Kramton
Posted by MEAT, Fri Apr-17-20 12:10 PM
The drug
13379210, RE: What’s up with Vernon Jones endorsing Trump
Posted by Jay Doz, Fri Apr-17-20 12:37 PM
He's always been conservative, and he has always been a thorn in the side of Georgia Democrats. I'd even argue that he just ran as a Democrat (in Georgia's most Democratic county) because it was politically advantageous for him to do so. I mean, the man voted for George W. bush twice.

Note that DeKalb County is the *only* one of Georgia's 159 counties with a "CEO" position, so it's a uniquely powerful role that allowed Jones to entrench himself through machine politics for decades.

That entrenchment got so bad that not only was Jones investigated for corruption (https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/further-charges-expected-from-dekalb-corruption-report/hXaxEg1EEm3rJZstkbAq1N/), but his successor went to jail for it (https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/burrell-ellis-to-fight-conviction-on-perjury-extortion-charges-before-georgia-supreme-court). FWIW, Jones was never indicted and Lee May's conviction was overturned, but the whole thing was enough exacerbate the county's secession movement (https://www.wabe.org/dekalb-county-corruption-leads-new-majority-white-cities/). The state legislature even tried step in at one point (https://www.ajc.com/news/frustrations-mount-over-bill-eliminating-dekalb-ceo-job/0tJ2rONKs9aWnVvqW4s78I/).

With all of that said, machine politics only work so well in a rapidly-changing, suburban county like DeKalb, so while he's managed to leverage his base (specifically my home community of south DeKalb) for quixotic runs for US Senate and US Congress, it was clear that his influence had waned significantly over the years by the time he got walloped in his run for county sheriff (the David Clarke comparison are very apt lol). I'd honestly thought he was politically dead in the water, but then Rep. Dawkins-Haigler retired and he was able to shore up a couple of thousand votes to earn a seat in the state legislature.

Today, he's a very junior member of a minority caucus, so he has no real power or influence anymore, but his endorsement still carries enough weight to make a national splash.

Growing up in DeKalb County, I used to think Vernon Jones was untouchable. He *was* DeKalb County. But the statewide Democratic party apparatus has always needed DeKalb voters, so his bullshit (his corruption, conservatism, anti-LGBT, anti-choice bullshit) was kind of tolerated for the greater good during GOTV efforts. Looks like folks are finally tired of his shit though.
13379216, RE: What’s up with Vernon Jones endorsing Trump
Posted by bigkarma, Fri Apr-17-20 01:24 PM
I have a strong family connection to his DeKalb Commission administration, and I can say he was truly hated.

He tried to make DeKalb CEO seem like more of a prestigious position than it was, and it was REAL tacky. I would see him show up to an elementary school ribbon-cutting with an entourage, and security.
13379402, Thanks
Posted by legsdiamond, Sat Apr-18-20 06:19 PM
13379611, He sees the end of the road and is looking for an off-ramp
Posted by CIPHA, Mon Apr-20-20 09:08 AM
And he's betting on a position in a new Trump administration if he can ingratiate himself enough.
13380035, he resigned his seat
Posted by Jay Doz, Wed Apr-22-20 07:32 AM
https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/georgia-democratic-lawmaker-announces-resignation-week-after-endorsing-trump/vOcyL9hiN7DnfI1G3K3A1J/
13380038, Guarantee he'll be on tour with Candace Owens
Posted by PimpTrickGangstaClik, Wed Apr-22-20 08:03 AM
There's no money in being a black Dem. But a black outspoken Trump supporter is where the potential bucks are
13380040, Man.. that money train is running out of steam right now
Posted by legsdiamond, Wed Apr-22-20 08:10 AM
Dude should’ve jumped on right after Trump was elected.

13380039, I guess the latest polls showed he had no shot
Posted by legsdiamond, Wed Apr-22-20 08:09 AM
13380106, more like he doesn't even live in his district and got caught
Posted by Jay Doz, Wed Apr-22-20 10:59 AM
https://twitter.com/RepScottHolcomb/status/1252935385468076034

https://twitter.com/ddreyer/status/1252944046030573568
13380081, i have no idea why people like him and jeff van drew (nj)
Posted by Reeq, Wed Apr-22-20 09:33 AM
just up and torched their political careers for no reason.

repubs aint voting for you. dems damn sure aint voting for you (now). and the political backlash is so broad and swift that youre basically dead in the water as soon as you pull that shit.

and in a primary election year no less.

makes no sense.
13380090, Prolly got a ton of Fed dollars
Posted by legsdiamond, Wed Apr-22-20 10:00 AM
or just ego unchecked.

13380439, THIS nigga
Posted by Jay Doz, Thu Apr-23-20 02:21 PM
https://twitter.com/RepVernonJones/status/1253398909117960193?s=09
13380463, Trolling hard af
Posted by legsdiamond, Thu Apr-23-20 03:36 PM
13380513, Michigan State Rep who took hydroxychloroquine is in the same lane
Posted by PimpTrickGangstaClik, Thu Apr-23-20 07:59 PM
The one who credits Trump for saving her life.

She's full on MAGA now. I don't know if something flipped in her mind, or if she's just an opportunist.

Michigan Democrats didn't help the issue by trying to censure her. Boosting her profile even more

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2020/04/23/democrats-plan-censure-lawmaker-whitsett-credited-trump-covid-19-recovery/3010947001/
13381706, He's a habitual line-stepper
Posted by TruOne, Thu Apr-30-20 06:18 PM
He really just loves the attention.

this baby's face says it all:

http://thechampionnewspaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Vernon_Jones_Sheriff_WEB-19.jpg