How to lure reporters to a north Georgia presser: Offer $5,000 in cash

The tea party challenge to House Speaker David Ralston just crossed the line from caustic to downright weird.

We told you Monday that, in a TV ad, the Republican incumbent and north Georgia native complained about the influx of “a bunch of crazy radicals from outside our district talking sleaze and nonsense.”

Late yesterday, a press release from Boyd arrived with this unusual pitch for a 2 p.m. Saturday press conference on the courthouse steps of Ellijay:

Ray Boyd, who has said publicly that he will put his money where his mouth is, will PUT UP $100,000.00 IN CASH to be paid to anyone who can prove the facts he reveals at the …Press Conference are not unequivocally TRUE.

But no, that wasn’t enough. Perhaps fearful that he might not attract a crowd, Boyd revised his comments this morning, adding this:

There is nothing prettier than a sunny Saturday in North Georgia. There is almost nothing more important than spending one's precious weekend time with family and friends. In recognition of these "truths", a little encouragement to spend a small portion of this Saturday in Ellijay is in order.

Simply showing up will entitle someone to leave with $5,000.00 in cash. No one is excluded, from the youngest baby to the oldest journalist. Bring family, friends, and Grandma. This is a nonpartisan political event, but you current politicians cannot bring a dead person. The "someone" who leaves with the cash must be breathing.

We should add here that no one at the AJC -- or any other legitimate news organization that we know of -- would be permitted to accept a gratuity for showing up at an event.

Our AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin this morning rang up Boyd and tried to squeeze some inkling of what the purpose of the Saturday event might be. But no luck. Said Boyd:

“What happens here is it’s very hard to get the public’s attention. Their attention span is very short. You write something on Friday and on Monday they’re on to something else. Typically they’re most interested in who’s dancing with the stars. I’m trying to bring attention to an issue that was an issue in 2010.

"I’m not going to spill the beans. You’re one who is probably close to putting two-and-two together. This is an important issue. It’s important to me. I tried to get other people in elected office to show some interest in this and for whatever reason it hasn’t gotten traction. It’s an issue"

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.
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