I’m Greg McGarity, and I approved this message.

Dear Friends,

As a long time member of the Georgia House of Representatives, I have been a tireless supporter of University of Georgia athletics, both because I know for many of you it’s the only part of our state’s secondary education infrastructure to which you pay attention and because I believe it is crucial for us to play on the same field as Alabama and everybody else.

That is why I helped lead the charge for the passage of Senate Bill 323 in the just ended legislative session.  The bill, which awaits Governor Deal’s signature, is vital to our state’s interests because, in the words of Sen. Cowsert’s chief of staff, “It had to do with football teams or athletic departments that are recruiting people in state of Georgia. They had a (shorter) window where the documents were not yet public, but other states had 90 days.”

I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of the Nick Sabans of the world coming into our fair state, hiding under cover of their Open Records laws and stealing our local talent away to play for championships that our beloved Dawgs are being denied because of some legal technicality that gives these other SEC programs access to important information about which high school players may be under consideration for the opportunity to wear the red and black.  I may be a longtime conservative Republican who believes the concept of limited government as envisioned by the Founding Fathers to be sacred, but Thomas Jefferson never had to recruit a coveted five-star quarterback.

I write to each and every one of you today because while SB 323 represents a big step forward, our work is not yet done.  Just yesterday, I read the sports section of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and discovered that the newspaper is still disclosing what should be confidential information about certain recruits whom Kirby Smart may (I emphasize the word “may” there because I don’t want to tip Kirby’s hand, of course) be pursuing.  I mean, really, do we want Butch Jones to know that Cartersville five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence has a scheduling conflict in his choice to attend either Georgia’s or Tennessee’s spring game?  I think not.

Clearly, there is more work to be done.  And that’s why I need your help.  More to the point, that’s why Kirby Smart needs your help.  Whatever you can provide – financial contributions, suggestions on new legislation that would stop this information from crippling our recruiting, urging your state legislator to support this mission – would be deeply appreciated.  It’s very important that we hear from you.

As the Lieutenant Governor said at the time of the bill’s passage, “I hope it brings us a national championship.”  We deserve no less.

Thank you for your kind attention.

Very truly yours and Go, Dawgs!

Rep. Earl Ehrhart

//sarcasm

 

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23 responses to “I’m Greg McGarity, and I approved this message.

  1. Dead Horse

    Yawn.

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  2. 3rdandGrantham

    “I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of the Nick Sabans of the world coming into our fair state, hiding under cover of their Open Records laws and stealing our local talent away…”

    Please tell me all of this is a ruse, penned by SB himself in some sort of a late April fools joke. Seriously…this just has to be a work of fiction; otherwise this is almost akin to Corrine Brown’s infamous Go Gata speech some years back, which would cause any sane American to lose all hope in the future of the Republic.

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  3. Bill

    Can you just not let this go?

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    • Hogbody Spradlin

      It’s the off season, and while I’m no fan of sanctimonious journalists, the legislature deserves to be roundly mocked for spending/wasting time on this subject.

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    • lakedawg

      Why. This may be McG greatest accomplishment while at UGA.

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  4. Sh3rl0ck

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! We are getting pretty close to the point where you should rename the blog from “Get The Picture” to “The Senator Bitching About SB323”. It is seriously detracting the quality of this blog.

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    • Does your scroll wheel on your mouse work? I find it helpful when I have no interest in a sites content. Jus sayin.

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    • Seriously, I’m curious: are you upset after reading the post, or is it the mere existence of it that bothers you so much?

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      • Sh3rl0ck

        I’m not “upset”. I was catching up on a couple of days worth of posts, and this was what seemed like the 10th reference to SB323. I just believe that the frequency and vehemence of the SB323 posts detract from the quality of the blog. When I come across one of the myriad of NCAA lawsuit or amateurism posts, I just move on to the next post as those are not areas of interest; however, the lawsuit and amateurism posts are self contained. There have been multiple posts that have nothing to do with FOIA requests with a SB323 “punchline”. I guess the best way to explain it is: a SB323 reference is like hearing Larry the Cable Guy say “Git-er-done”.

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        • I’m not “upset”.

          Sorry, I was confused by BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!.

          At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there are seven posts up at the blog today, six of which have nothing to do with SB323. Sorry if my sneakiness cost you a couple of minutes of quality time, but I thought it was a funny way of tweaking the bullshit that came from the mouths of some of our illustrious state legislators.

          Maybe if we’re both lucky, for a while nothing else will pop up that puts me in the mood. 🙂

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  5. “I may be a longtime conservative Republican who believes the concept of limited government as envisioned by the Founding Fathers to be sacred, but Thomas Jefferson never had to recruit a coveted five-star quarterback.”

    GOLD.

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  6. Huntindawg

    mere existence x1

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  7. lakedawg

    And we elect some of these clowns to pass hundreds of these earth shaking laws into effect.

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