State Rep. Jason Spencer Sends Speaker Ralston His Resignation

State Representative Jason Spencer, the Woodbine Republican who made national headlines this week for appearing on SHOwtime’s “Who is America?” has resigned from his state house seat.

I saw a copy of the resignation email late Tuesday night after it was sent to Speaker of the House David Ralston at 11:18 P.M. It reads as follows:

“Speaker Ralston,

This email/letter is to serve as an official resignation notice to your office that I will be resigning my post effective July 31, 2018.

Rep. Jason Spencer.”

Spencer initially said he would not resign from the seat after Speaker David Ralston, Governor Deal and others called for him to step down on Monday.

The show, which aired Sunday night, depicted Spencer dropping his pants to expose his buttocks, yelling profanities, and shouting racial slurs. At the end of the segment in a “Message to Terrorists,” Spencer took to a monologue where he tells “sand n*****s” that “we’re tired of you coming to America” and “trying to threaten us.”

Spencer then threatened to cut off the genitalia of the Middle Easterners, while simulating doing such on a mannequin, before stuffing the mock genitalia in the mouth of the mannequin.

Spencer was defeated in his May primary election and was set to vacate office in January.

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Gregs
Gregs

I hope Stacey has the ads set to launch, he naked behind is the face of Kemp’s campaign! Bye, bye Jake, hello Jason.

The Eiger
The Eiger

That is quite the stretch. No sure how you think they will make Spencer the face of the Kemp Campaign.

Gregs
Gregs

Both are “crazy.” Spencer was a long time supporter of Kemp. His endorsement of Kemp was accepted, included on campaign literature and on Kemps website despite Spencer’s controversial history.

Is the use of Pelosi /Clinton against Abrams a stretch? This guy is a lot closer to Georgia than either and his butt is Kemp’s face. The face of “crazy.”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I don’t think it moves the needle. The percentage of folks who’ll recognize him is low. I’m sure the clip of him screaming the N-word gets played in some black churches or used in targeted social media pushes as a reminder of what some in the Georgia Republican Party think about black folks, but I don’ think you see it as part of an ad campaign.
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Clinton and Pelosi are going to be used because the GOP hasn’t had a cogent argument outside of “own the libs” for the last decade.

Gregs
Gregs

My point is: Kemp ran as the “crazy” Trump conservative who would say or do anything to “own the libs”. He’s the one pointing a shot gun at a teenager. He’s the one with big truck threatening to assult black and brown people. Right now Jason is the face of “crazy” nationally and Kemp must own him.

Democrats must make the case that crazy doesn’t attract Amazon or keep Delta or encourage the film industry. Crazy gets you Trump and Spencer and middle doesnt do crazy which is why Hillary won 3 million more votes than Trump.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

But “the middle” didn’t win Clinton more votes than Trump in Georgia.
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Also, “the middle” doesn’t tend to turnout in midterms, this race is about base activation and turnout. Putting Spencer on TV doesn’t move any voters you weren’t already moving.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Dems may have to talk about stabilizing the crazy, and bringing back actual support (not bail-out money) to the ag community, but outside of ATL, dunno if Amazon or Delta catches on. And ATL will be generally reliably Dem already. So she needs to focus on rural communities a lot.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

By all means, there should be a turnout operation in every county, but fishing for votes in South Georgia is not an efficient strategy.
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The target should be suburban Atlanta, namely Gwinnett & Cobb (which Clinton won in 2016). In 2014, there were 197,041 votes cast in Gwinnett County. That’s more votes than entire swaths of south Georgia. On top of that, Abrams can’t win without larger margins than Carter, Nunn, Clinton had in Rockdale, Henry, Clayton, Newton, and Douglas as well as 69% or better in Fulton.

bethebalance
bethebalance

True, true. Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett all have strong growing Dem populations. Plus Columbus, Savannah, etc.
Athens-Clarke will be interesting. If I were a gambling man, I’d put money on Kemp losing there.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

You could run a Republican named CreatureComforts McBikeLanes and he’d still lose Athens-Clarke by 20 points or more.
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Kemp will more than clean-up in Oconee, Jackson, Madison, Barrow, and Oglethorpe.

Gregs
Gregs

Stacey has to define Kemp because he’s going to try to define her. He’s already given her an opening with his routine in the primary. Why not exploit it?

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

Nice to see that the voters in his district had already imposed “term limits” on him.

Noway2016
Noway2016

This guy is obviously a MoonBat! Just crazy. No other explanation. Glad he’ll be gone!

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

Sacha Baron Cohen has a talent, if it can be called that, for getting people to do stupid things on camera. Not that stupid wasn’t already there, he just catalyses it.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

You don’t say (or in some cases scream) those things unless you were already comfortable doing so.

bethebalance
bethebalance

One of my takeaways is that when someone reveals just a hint of their racism- or really probly any personality trait- that there is a deep well of it that remains unexposed but very real and very much a driver of their policies. So when Spencer made the one controversial post on Facebook, that was the hint. What we normally see are just tips of icebergs, and we should assume that those tips represent much more.
Btw, has he even apologized yet, or just made excuses?

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

Yeah, Cohen seems to have a nose for it.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Let’s not lose sight of the fact Spencer was initially refusing to resign because he wanted to qualify a lifetime of taxpayer-subsidized health insurance.
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And who said Republicans were against government healthcare?!