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John F. Coyne, III
Democratic Candidate
United States Senate 2016
www.johncoyneforussenate.com


 
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jfcoyneforussenate@bellsouth.net


May 9, 2016



 TO STAFF WRITERS AND EDITORIAL CORRESPONDENTS

Tamar Hallerman (
tamar.hallerman@ajc.com)
Jim Galloway (
jgalloway@ajc.com)
Greg Bluestein (
gbluestein@ajc.com)



First, let me say that I appreciate the coverage of the Democratic debate held by the Atlanta Press Club at Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) and meeting Jim Galloway, as Mr. Galloway was one of the panelists.

 Now, you are all aware of the issues surrounding the late entrance to the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate by James Barksdale.  The articles written in the AJC have declared Mr. Barksdale as the Democratic Party of Georgia’s choice over three other candidates who qualified far before Mr. Barksdale.  The latest article addressed him as the Party backed candidate.  I must tell you that every article is an endorsement for Mr. Barksdale and tells the people of Georgia that he’s the candidate they should vote for - clearly, follow the Party with your vote.  The Party has also presented Mr. Barksdale in public and Party arranged meetings as their guy to face Senator Johnny Isakson, give him your vote and support.  Every time this comes out in any media publication, including the AJC, it validates that he’s the man.

 Well, I’m sure from the review of the Atlanta Press Club’s forum that aired Sunday at 6:00 p.m., you have determined that Mr. Barksdale is not the man, should have never been asked to run for office, and declaring that he was a Republican and also a millionaire who could fund a campaign, just what the Party and its leaders wanted.

 As stated in his first question from the panel, “Mr. Barksdale, you don’t have very much content on your website, how can you expect the people of Georgia to vote for you when they do not know your views on the issues?”  Mr. Barksdale clearly showed that he believes he can win the primary, doing and saying very little, because he’s been paraded as the Party’s choice. 

It is my position, due to the controversy surrounding Mr. Barksdale’s entry into this race as explained at the debate, that it would be proper and fair to the other Democratic candidates that Mr. Barksdale withdraw from this race and the Democratic Party correct their unlawful ways and clean house of all individuals who have taken part in this unfair debacle. 

Why did they do it?  For Mr. Barksdale’s money!  Not good for a man who states “he is a devout Baptist who follows the word of the Lord”.  As you all know, this situation makes it extremely difficult for the other three candidates in their fundraising efforts.

 Your cooperation to alleviate this recurring problem is greatly appreciated.

Respectfully,

 John Coyne

 John F. Coyne, III


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​​​​​​​​John F. Coyne, III
Democratic Candidate
United States Senate 2016
www.johncoyneforussenate.com


(678) 933-5857 


Email Address:
jfcoyneforussenate@bellsouth.net


April 29, 2016

Greg Bluestein
gbluestein@ajc.com

Dear Mr. Bluestein:


It seems that I must always respond to your articles and now I’ll respond to your blog.  Your April 28th blog, and now your article in today’s paper about your interview with James Barksdale did not disclose that he and I met at the “Needles in a Haystack” candidate forum in N. Fulton County at East Roswell Area Park on Saturday, April 23rd.  It was my fourth stop out of five for the day.  I had seen well over 1,000 people and this stop had about a total of 50 people.  I saw Mr. Barksdale under the pavilion where the event took place and went over to introduce myself.  I had been to over 25 events or gatherings and had never seen him, other than his quick stop at Six Feet Under in Atlanta.

After a casual introduction by me and my wife to him and his son William, I politely asked him why he was running for Senate and who initiated the idea of him running.  He told me that the Democratic Party came to see him five days before he qualified, stated that they did not have a candidate to run against Johnny Isakson, and would he consider doing so.  He stated that the next day a group of the Party leaders came to him at the GDP office to vet him as candidate.  Four days later, Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 4:00 p.m., he filed his paperwork and his FEC Statement of Candidacy, which was received by FedEx that same day.

My response to him was that the party lied to him.  The Party was aware on January 6, 2016 that I had filed my Statement of Candidacy on that day, they were sent a copy of my filing.  Also, I stated that the Party was told on the last day of qualifying in 2014 for the run against Michelle Nunn, that to avoid a runoff situation with her I would run in 2016.  I would have gotten at least 30% against her because I was well known for my 2006 run against Cynthia McKinney and Hank Johnson.


 
On March 8, 2016 after the close of filing my qualification with the Secretary of State, the Democratic Party knew they had three other candidates, all who had previously sent their FEC Statement of Candidacy to Washington, DC and to the Party.  So why did they pursue Mr. Barksdale?  He tactfully stated that maybe the Party just didn’t like me.  My response was, “well, Mr. Barksdale, considering I filed the proper paperwork to run for Chairman of the GDP to bring a newcomer to the head of the Mike Burlow debacle and stop the Party from going back again to DuBose Porter, I could see why they don’t care for me.  Their response to my filing for GDP Chairman was that I needed 36 Committee Chair signatures on my petition.  What a crock, but it’s their rules to protect themselves”. 

Soon afterwards, the discussion came around to money.  Being that I had previously reviewed Barksdale’s FEC first quarter funding, I was familiar with his 1.1 million dollar loan to his campaign.  I pointed out to him of a discussion I had one day with Governor Barnes in the hallway of the Fulton County courthouse, where Governor Barnes had funded the GDP with over $350,000 in contributions to keep them rolling in the 2012 and 2014 election cycles.  I told Mr. Barksdale, as I am telling you, that he could pull it up in the AJC archives where Governor Barnes funded the GDP.  At this juncture, I was called to the microphone for my 15 minutes of fame on the stump.  Now, you have never seen me on the stump that I know about, but I can tell someone more in 15 minutes than Barack Obama can in an hour.  Mr. Barksdale quickly found out what he was up against, a seasoned competitor with far more political experience and speaking skills.  He found out that I helped create over 10,000 jobs with the companies I had served on as a Board member and President.

When it was Mr. Barksdale’s turn to address the group, he quickly acknowledged that he (1) was not a politician, and (2) did not have near the political knowledge that I had, which seemed to me as being very complimentary.  He discussed what he had done in his career as a financial manager, and the ups and downs people had gone through because of the many problems, over his almost 40 years as a personal financial manager.  I quickly agreed.  I have been through nine or ten financial downturns or collapses caused by the banks and the governments improper handling of banks.  The only downturn not caused by them was the September 11, 2001 attack and Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2005.

 Mr. Barksdale addressed his faith, as most people do, and stated that if this is meant to be, it will happen.  If not, that’s okay.  Everyone, except me, states that they are going to Washington to fix Washington.  I am going to Washington to get rid of the non-doers and bring about term limits, among other issues, according to my Plan.  Greg, you should read my website, my face book page and my response to national surveys, along with the numerous responses people have to what I say.

It is clear that Mr. Barksdale had no desire to be in politics nor Washington, D.C.  On March 10, 2016, he should have said NO to Jason Carter and the others!  Three of the best election attorneys have told me that the GDP is wrong to get Mr. Barksdale to run when they had three other viable candidates qualifying.  Parties don’t back a candidate when there is more than one candidate in a primary.  This practice stops eligible candidates to not run for office, which makes it easier for the Republicans to hold onto state Senate and House seats, along with Senate and House seats in Washington.  I have heard this complaint at every stop I have made since March.  Maybe it’s time for all the AJC staff writers to talk to me in an interview!  I’ll visit all of you at one time and video it for the record.  My Plan is on my website.  What I say is what I mean and what I will do. 

 As I have the copy write, I am the only candidate that can defeat Johnny Isakson on November 8, 2016.  Mr. Barksdale heard this loud and clear.  To win, you have to get all of the Democratic vote, most of the Independent vote, and at least 20-25% of the Republican vote, maybe more.  This depends on the turnout.  So far, Mr. Barksdale paid the GDP $5,220.00 to qualify and has given them two additional donations of $7,500 and $10,000 respectively.  He has received $17,277 in contributions and paid out $32,197 in expenditures.  Other than the Georgia Democratic Party, Barksdale paid New Blue Interactive LLC $10,595 for their website services and $7,500 to his son William Barksdale who, up until recently, resided in San Francisco, California.  It seems that Barksdale is paying for the Party’s support.  He’d be best to keep his money.  He needs to pull the zipper closed on his wallet.

From Barksdale’s statements, he worked hard over those 40 years and was blessed for that work.  He should take a pass as the Party snookered him into this endeavor.  By the way, who’s game plan is he following, Michelle Nunn?  She traveled the state from place to place and lost by 200,000 votes.

 Call me Greg, I deserve to be heard and written about as well. 


Respectfully,

John Coyne

John F. Coyne, III

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