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Losers attack loser? That's just weird

Posted: September 25, 2012 - 11:01pm

The race for the Republican nomination for the 12th District congressional seat was as ugly as a backstage hairpulling throwdown on the set of Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo.

But what’s puzzling is the ugliness has continued. And it doesn’t even include the winner.

Oh, sure, Lee Anderson, who won the July 31 primary and barely squeezed out a win in the Aug. 21 runoff, is taking his share of shots these days, most of them from within his own party for rejecting debates with Democrat John Barrow.

The discomfort level likely will rise if Barrow lampoons Anderson as an empty chair at the upcoming Atlanta Press Club debate, just as Clint Eastwood needled President Obama during the GOP convention.

Even so, Anderson is the winning candidate for the Republicans, and those who are uncomfortable about it are stuck with him. But what do we make of the recent attacks on the third-place candidate by the staffers who worked for the second-place candidate?

Rick Allen lost in the runoff to Anderson despite spending bucketloads of his own money. During the primary, he sparred quite a bit with third-place finisher Wright McLeod, accusing McLeod of campaign violations and of being a “trial lawyer.”

McLeod might be a lot of things, but he isn’t a “trial lawyer.” Most of his legal work is in the boring world of real estate law, handling closings and managing homeowners associations. But as a cheap epithet, “trial lawyer” is one of those button-pushers that professional campaign staffers love.

After losing the primary, McLeod endorsed Anderson, no doubt in large part because of Allen’s attacks during the primary. Allen then lost the runoff, which meant his high-priced consultants lost their ride on the gravy train to Washington.

Perhaps that explains, then, why two of those consultants have continued taking shots at McLeod.

McLeod, see, is the attorney for the Millshaven Property Owners Association. As such, it was his job to file the lawsuit against the resident who, the association says, violated the neighborhood covenants by putting a pink-and-purple paint job on a grandchild’s backyard playhouse.

Since the news of the suit broke, a political newsletter called Georgia Tipsheet last week reported repeated Facebook jabs at McLeod from two of those former Allen staffers.

It’s hard to find a bigger example of sour grapes than losers beating up on another also-ran. It might also be hard to find something more awkward than hired guns attacking someone for being a hired gun – because, after all, McLeod is just doing what the Millshaven association pays him to do.

Actually, it’s worse than awkward: McLeod is doing his job. Allen’s ex-staffers are freelance sniping.

Anderson should at least be grateful that it’s diverting them from attacking him. If nothing else, it means McLeod’s endorsement is continuing to pay off.

(Barry L. Paschal is publisher of The Columbia County News-Times. Email barry.paschal@newstimes online.com, or call 706-863-6165, extension 106. Follow at twitter.com/

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Not a Trial Lawyer?

I personally observed a lawsuit where Wright McLeod represented a couple of young punks who had defrauded their 90 year old grandmother out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Wright defended them in court.

Is that not a trial lawyer?

He's just one of the most dis-ingenuous individuals I have ever personally met. He spent months in the paper talking about eliminating needless laws and reducing frivolous regulations... before he sued a grandmother for painting her grand-daughters playhouse pink.

Make up your own minds about Wright (most voters did, which is why he came in 3rd) but the more I've learned about him, the less I've liked.

Barry Paschal

A rarity

That would have been a rarity. McLeod specializes in real estate law, which is why he is acting on behalf of the Millshaven Property Owners Association.


Honey Boo Boo extended.

Honey Boo Boo extended. Barry, I bet you like that. She's a star.

Barry Paschal

Hah. Yuck.

I weep for our youth. And for the image of the South those people present. Ugh.

Little Lamb


It was Wright McLeod who filed the lawsuit in superior court on behalf of the Millshaven Property Owners Association against the grandmother with the pink playhouse in the backyard. If the case actually goes to trial, I presume McLeod will be plaintiffs' attorney. That would make him a trial lawyer. There's nothing wrong with being a trial lawyer, so why try to shield him from this correct designation?

Little Lamb


One reason the term trial lawyer is used as an epithet is because many trial lawyers go around suing people on contingency; that is, if his clients (plaintiffs) lose, he gets no fee, but if they win, he gets a generous percentage of the monetary award. Once again, nothing wrong with that.

But in the case of the grandmother with the pink playhouse, I'm presuming McLeod is not working on contingency, but rather his fee will be coming out of the property owners association treasury. I'm sure it will help pay some of his campaign fund debts.