How many voters out there in Columbia County have had the pleasure of receiving a flyer in the mail from Joe Mullins, the local entertainment promoter and candidate for the House District 122 seat?
If you’re not sure, you definitely haven’t gotten one.
The most recent flyer sent out by Mullins is literally the size of a small concert poster.
It takes up half of your mailbox and has to be curled up in order to fit inside. As soon as you open your mailbox, you are greeted by a huge picture of this goofy, grinning want-to-be politician with his hands in his pockets.
He’s probably searching for some spare change in those pockets considering the exorbitant amount of money he spent producing and delivering these outrageous flyers.
Not that Mullins needs any extra cash. Everyone in Columbia County knows this dude is rich and comes from a strong, influential family.
All folks have to do is drive by Mullins Crossing in Evans to know Joe Mullins has money to burn and obviously he’s decided to have a bonfire.
But a ridiculously enormous flyer does not make Mullins a good candidate for the Georgia Legislature.
In fact, it makes him look like he is overcompensating for his shortcomings.
Over the past several weeks, questions have been raised as to whether Mullins even meets Georgia’s residency standards to qualify to run for the House District 122 seat previously held by state Rep. Ben Harbin.
The Columbia County News-Times reported last month Mullins might have held valid driver’s licenses in the past two years in three different states: Florida, North Carolina and Georgia.
Now, Mullins tried to brush off the accusations that he did not meet the state’s residency standards to run by saying, while he recently lived in Florida and North Carolina, he still maintained a primary address in Columbia County.
But this is the same man who argued, just a little more than a year ago, with the West Lake Country Club that he qualified for “non-resident status” because he lived in Florida.
These are serious problems and issues that should concern voters in Columbia County.
The truth is there is so much speculation and rumor surrounding Mullins’ background, his business dealings and his residency status that he felt the need to produce and distribute a flyer screaming at voters.
A flyer that would be in their face, burn in their memory and possibly cause them to simply recognize the name when casting a vote.
Warning voters of District 122: Don’t do it.
Don’t vote for Mullins because the name is familiar.
Don’t vote for him because he has a big flyer.
Don’t vote for him because he is not qualified for the position.
Bigger doesn’t mean better when it comes to flyers.
Experience, knowledge, leadership, education, dedication and honor are way more important than a ridiculously huge piece of paper stuffed in your mailbox.
So, please, voters in District 122, seriously consider any of your other alternatives: former Columbia County Commissioner Mack Taylor, former chairwoman of the Columbia County Republican Party and the Columbia County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Pat Goodwin or local businesswoman Jodi Lott.
Any of those three candidates would be a much better option to represent District 122 in Atlanta than Mullins.
Just recycle that ridiculously huge flyer, help save a tree and consider voting for Goodwin, Taylor or Lott on Nov. 3.
It will be the best decision you’ve made in a very long time.