Having it both ways. Maybe the adage "Is you is or is you ain't" does not apply to Ralph Reed with respect to Georgia's lottery.
TOGETHER AGAIN: Seems like only yesterday that former Gov. Zell Miller, father of the Georgia lottery, traveled to Alabama to help Gov. Don Siegelman campaign for a lottery in that state. At the same time, Miller's former protégé, Ralph Reed, also descended on Alabama to spearhead a full-time drive against Siegelman's "evil" lottery. Reed's side won. Alabamans voted against a state lottery and later voted Siegelman out of office.
Now Miller, 73, and Reed, who turns 44 Friday, are again best of buddies and enthusiastic political allies. Miller is helping Reed raise campaign funds to run for lieutenant governor in Georgia. Reed, of course, says he is completely in favor of Miller's Georgia lottery and wouldn't dream of trying to tamper with it if he wins next year's election. Reed also says he didn't know Indian casino money was used to underwrite his 1999 anti-lottery war in Alabama.
You have to wonder if any Alabama voters ever look enviously at Georgia's lottery-financed HOPE scholarships and wonder whether pied-piper Reed once led them down the wrong path - for the wrong reasons.
Last summer in Savannah at GABEO former Savannah Alderman David Jones asked U.S. senatorial candidate Cliff Oxford a question in a way that Jones knew would -- and it did -- bring the down the house. Jones said "Mr. Oxford, is you is or is you ain't?"
Oxford smiled until he heard what followed, that being the question why he had not voted since 1996.
Next summer former Alderman David Jones might be able to ask Ralph Reed the same question about the lottery.