|Endorsement: Max Wood for Georgia Attorney General|
|Written by Rob Peecher|
|Friday, 16 July 2010|
I typically don’t make political endorsements.
The reason is because I seldom find candidates for political office who I think
are worthy of endorsement. Many are not seeking political office to be public
servants but to find ways to be served by the public.
I am breaking from tradition this year, though, and endorsing a candidate for two reasons: I know him personally and can vouch for his personal and professional integrity, and I think he’s running for an office where few people are going to take the time to research the candidates and might not be familiar with the names on the ballot.
Max Wood is one of three Republicans seeking the party’s
nomination to be the next Attorney General for the State of
Attorney General is one of those state offices that doesn’t get a lot of attention, and the race for Attorney General isn’t nearly as compelling for newspapers to cover as the governor’s race.
Nevertheless, this constitutional office is an important one. The Attorney General’s office becomes responsible for continuing the prosecution (through the appeals process) of convicted murderers facing the death penalty. The Attorney General’s office not only provides legal guidance to state agencies but also conducts special investigations into state agencies accused of wrongdoing. The Attorney General’s office represents the state in civil cases.
When Gov. Sonny Perdue sought to join with other states and sue the federal government over its new healthcare mandates, it was Attorney General Thurbert Baker who refused to pursue the lawsuit, forcing Gov. Perdue to appoint a special attorney general to pursue the lawsuit.
Because of the duties of the office, the Attorney General should be someone whose integrity is beyond reproach. We should expect an Attorney General whose personal integrity will lead that person to do what is right under the law regardless of the possible political implications.
Max Wood is that person.
I first met Max Wood in 2002. A former assistant district attorney from the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, Wood had been appointed the U.S. Attorney for the Middle Circuit of Georgia by then-President George W. Bush.
Almost immediately after being appointed, Wood put the
resources of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to work against a cult leader
who had established a compound in Eatonton and also had property in
The sheriff in Eatonton had for years been investigating
Political considerations by Janet Reno’s Justice Department
But when Max Wood was appointed the new U.S. Attorney in Macon, Sheriff Howard Sills had the ally he needed in the federal government to pursue a national investigation against York.
Wood led the federal prosecution against
I was a reporter working in Eatonton during the entire time
that Sheriff Sills investigated
Though many news agencies, in particular the Macon
Telegraph, editorialized against Sheriff Sills and in favor of
That is the kind of courage and integrity that Max Wood will bring to the office of Georgia Attorney General if he is elected.
In addition to being a former U.S. Attorney, Wood also is a
Colonel in the Georgia Air National Guard and he spent two years in
On Tuesday, July 20, Georgians have the opportunity to elect
a man of outstanding moral character and superb personal and professional
integrity, and I cannot strongly enough express my support for Max Wood for
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