When it comes to polls and pests, Ju­nior E. Lee knows his busi­ness

The Covington News - - OPINION -

With the July 22 runoff elec­tions fast ap­proach­ing, I called Ju­nior E. Lee, gen­eral man­ager of the Yar­brough World­wide Me­dia and Pest Con­trol Com­pany, lo­cated in Greater Garfield, Ge­or­gia, to get his thoughts on the var­i­ous races and to see who he thinks will make it to the fi­nals of the Novem­ber gen­eral elec­tion and who will be elim­i­nated this round.

The elec­tion process is very sim­i­lar to the World Cup com­pe­ti­tion with the ex­cep­tion that of­fice-seek­ers don’t run around in short pants and flop on the ground ev­ery time some­body touches them and the par­tic­i­pat­ing World Cup coun­tries don’t re­sort to robo­calls to get us to sup­port them.

Ju­nior E. Lee not only over­sees our com­pany’s much-ad­mired and oft-quoted po­lit­i­cal polling ser­vice, Round or Square Polls, where our motto is “You got the dough, we cook the num­bers,” he is also a cer­ti­fied pest con­trol pro­fes­sional. There is not an­other polling ser­vice in the coun­try that I am aware of with a cer­ti­fied pest con­trol pro­fes­sional on staff. Ju­nior mod­estly shrugs off the distinc­tion and says a pest is a pest, whether they are eat­ing the leaves off the col­lard greens in your gar­den or run­ning neg­a­tive ads. He has a point.

The race that most in­trigues Ju­nior is be­tween Rep. Jack Kingston (R-1) and for­mer Ree­bok and Dol­lar Gen­eral CEO David Per­due, seek­ing the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion to re­place Ge­or­gia’s re- tir­ing se­nior Sen. Saxby Cham­b­liss. Kingston stresses his strong voting record in Congress while Mr. Per­due talks about be­ing an al­ter­na­tive to “ca­reer politi­cians.”

Ju­nior says while all of that is in­ter­est­ing, no one seems to have picked up on the fact that Mr. Per­due re­sides on fash­ion­able Sea Is­land, which is in Mr. Kingston’s district. That makes him a con­stituent of the con­gress­man. Ju­nior sur­mises that per­haps Rep. Kingston didn’t help Mr. Per­due get his so­cial se­cu­rity check on time or bun­gled an ea­gerly-an­tic­i­pated tour of the White House and David Per­due de­cided to re­tal­i­ate by run­ning against Mr. Kingston since he doesn’t have any­thing else to do. Ju­nior’s not say­ing that ac­tu­ally hap­pened, but it is some­thing to con­sider. At Round or Square Polls, we al­ways go be­hind the num­bers.

Then there is the whole Ge­or­gia Tech vs. Ge­or­gia thing. Mr. Per­due has two de­grees from Tech. Mr. Kingston is a grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia, which Ju­nior re­minded me is the old­est state-char­tered univer­sity in the na­tion, lo­cated in Athens, the Clas­sic City of the South. I told

“Ju­nior sur­mises that per­haps Rep. Kingston didn’t help Mr. Per­due get his so­cial se­cu­rity check on time or bun­gled an ea­gerly-an­tic­i­pated tour of the White House and David Per­due de­cided to re­tal­i­ate by run­ning against Mr. Kingston since he doesn’t have

do.” any­thing else to

him I knew that but that I would pass it along in case the rest of you might have for­got­ten.

Ju­nior also points out that Mr. Per­due is a cousin of for­mer Ge­or­gia Gov. Ge­orge E. Per­due, who re­sides in fash­ion­able Bon­aire. I told him I knew that, too. I have writ­ten a num­ber of col­umns about Gov. Per­due, in­clud­ing the time he gave an ele­phant a phys­i­cal. Even when Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger was gover­nor of Cal­i­for­nia, he wouldn’t have at­tempted such a feat and, as we know, people in Cal­i­for­nia are goofy enough to try most any­thing.

I won­dered if Ju­nior E. Lee had some thoughts on what the polling num­bers in­di­cate about Michelle Nunn, the Demo­cratic chal­lenger to the win­ner of the Kingston-Per­due race. Ju­nior says Ge­or­gians know more about Gov. Per­due giv­ing an ele­phant a phys­i­cal than they do about Nunn. He be­lieves that is be­cause she hasn’t taken a po­si­tion on any­thing, un­less you count her strong stand on warm ap­ple pie. She is very much for that.

How about the con­gres­sional runoffs, I asked. Any­thing news­wor­thy? Not re­ally, he said. One of the can­di­dates in the first con­gres­sional district opined he would rather see an­other ter­ror­ist at­tack in this coun­try than have to deal with the TSA, and a Bap­tist preacher in a runoff in the 10th district re­ported he had no prob­lem with women run­ning for po­lit­i­cal of­fice “as long as they do so with the per­mis­sion of their hus­bands.” I’m afraid that some­times Ju­nior lets the lit­tle po­lit­i­cal nu­ances zip right by him. Per­haps he has in­haled too much Malathion.

I wish I could give you more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the July 22 runoff, but Ju­nior said he had to run over to Arveen Ri­d­ley’s place and spray for chinch bugs. He says if you aren’t care­ful those lit­tle ras­cals can cause more dam­age than a self- im­por­tant politi­cian. I think we can all agree that when it comes to polls and pests, Ju­nior E. Lee knows his busi­ness.

You can reach Dick Yar­brough at yarb2400@ bel­lsouth.net; at P.O. Box 725373, At­lanta, Ge­or­gia 31139; on­line at dick­yarbrough.com or on Face­book at www.face­book. com/dick­yarb.

DICK YAR­BROUGH

COLUM­NIST

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