Cosby clashes with residents: Former tea party leader to petition for Nov. BoC run
by Joshua Sharpe
June 27, 2014 01:00 AM | 4516 views | 21 21 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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CANTON — Clashes between a potential independent candidate and residents persist as a former tea party leader attempts to fill up her petition to run against Cherokee Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens in November. In recent weeks, residents have complained of harassment and conflicts with Carolyn Cosby, former chair of the Canton T.E.A. Party, and her supporters outside the tax office in Woodstock, said Cherokee Tax Commissioner Sonya Little.

“We’ve had taxpayers wanting to be walked out to their cars,” Little said Thursday, adding she was working to serve the rights of Cosby and residents visiting the tax office. “I really don’t know who’s instigating what, because this is all happening outside. With them being outside and with my camera not having sound, you’re really not going to know the whole story.” Cosby denies she has been harassing anyone, just as she did when she was asked to leave the Canton Post Office earlier this month after officials advised she and her supporters were breaking federal law by petitioning there. “Consider this: we have over 5,000 signatures at this point.

Do you think we could have gotten those if we were harassing people?” Cosby, 63, a native of Maine and resident of Ball Ground, said Thursday. “Everyone knows that we’re not.”

Cosby is attempting to collect the 5,982 signatures of registered voters required by law to get on the ballot as an independent candidate in the Nov. 4 general election against Ahrens, who she has criticized for years.

Qualifying for independents ends today, and Cosby also said she plans to go to the elections office to sign on before the deadline. She said she has been waiting to feel more confident she’s up to the daunting task of getting the signatures and some extras, because they all have to be verified as registered Cherokee voters.

With the deadline for the signatures approaching July 8, Cosby plans to continue her petition drive at government buildings because of the foot traffic, she said.

Early Thursday afternoon, Cosby sent a letter to Little, saying she would be forced to take legal action if Little didn’t bend on an “unconstitutional” ruling a county attorney made about where Cosby and her supporters could stand at the tax office.

“You may not personally bear the cost of such a lawsuit,” Cosby wrote to Little, “but the citizens will be responsible for the legal fees involved in correcting your violation. I am asking you to do your duty, protect citizens’ First Amendment rights and avoid unnecessary legal costs. Because time is of the essence, I am asking for your response by 2 p.m. today.”

Little said she and Cosby hopefully came to an agreement later Thursday allowing Cosby and her supporters to stand behind a barrier near the door, so as not to be in the path of residents going inside. “I’m going to try to get (the barriers) out by in the morning,” Little said. “We’re going to try it.” The barriers may or may not work to stop the incidents altogether, but Little says she’s hopeful things will calm down, because the situation, whoever is at fault, has become a disturbance to business.

The tax commissioner cited one incident when the police were called Monday. According to a report from Woodstock Police, Cosby called 911 to report resident Tim Crane — who Cosby has also criticized — was bothering her.

The report said Cosby told the officer Crane asked her questions and she said she didn’t want to talk to him, but he wouldn’t leave her alone until her husband went to get security.

“Cosby advised that upon leaving, Crane patted her on the back and said something to the extent of ‘good luck with your ethics,’” the report says, apparently showing Crane was referencing pending campaign ethics charges against Cosby. “Cosby recorded the incident on her phone. However, no criminal act could be determined off of the video.”

Crane said Thursday he wasn’t harassing Cosby and if she won’t answer simple questions, “she shouldn’t be on the ballot.”

Cosby has previously criticized Crane for his alleged role in Cherokee County’s decision to shoot down a company from buying the controversial Ball Ground Recycling facility, allegations which Crane strongly denies.



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John L
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July 01, 2014
I'm one of those lefties that the right always complains about. I believe in women's reproductive rights, LGBT rights, immigrant rights, Civil Rights - all of that stuff that the right is against. And I believe that anyone who wants to run for public office should be allowed to do so. So, I signed her petition at the Post Office. She did not harass me. I would never - ever - vote for her or any republican. Never. But denying her the right to run for public office is wrong and so I signed her petition.
Woodstockier
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June 27, 2014
Wish she would go back North and take Glen Cummins with her.
Carter J
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June 27, 2014
I just googled her and am very disturbed by all of the anti-gay work she did in Maine. She sounds homophobic.
Casey Lee
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June 27, 2014
Glad I read the article. No signing for me either. And if you already signed, so the right thing in November and vote for her opponent!
Bridgemill Resident
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June 27, 2014
She was harassing residents in Bridgemill last night. I heard the police were called out.
Kelly Marlow
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June 27, 2014
You guys are so mean.
strawberyblush
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June 27, 2014
...and you are a convicted felon who can't vote!
Cindy L
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June 27, 2014
I want to know who these 5000 signatures are from? I find it hard to believe that many people would sign this woman's petition if they truly had done any research.
Tone Loc
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June 27, 2014
I encountered her earlier this week in my neighborhood. It was not a pleasant experience. I asked her to leave my property when she came to my door for a signature. She said she had every right to be there. I told her she was trespassing. Then I tried asking her about some of the things I've read online and she started yelling at me that I was harassing her. What in the world? Since when is asking someone who is trying to get elected about their position on various topics harassment? Is that her way of being transparent?
Canton Resident
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June 27, 2014
Her posse was at it again today harassing patrons at the Driver Services location. Security had to be called. These people are TROUBLE.
cvKoppen
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June 27, 2014
So let me get this straight it's okay for this woman to pester people for their signature while they are trying to take care of their personal business but it's not okay for someone to ask her questions while she is out campaigning?

Do we really need another "Do as I say not as I do" bully in any elected seat in Cherokee county?
Woodmont Resident
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June 27, 2014
She needs to go back to Maine... Do your homework people before you sign a petition in support of someone who is being investigated for ethics violations. Google "Carolyn Cosby Ethics Violations" and see what you get.
Go Away
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June 27, 2014
Please just go away.
John Littler
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June 27, 2014
Why did she call the police when a citizen whom she asked to sign her petition starting asking questions about her? I would hope everyone would ask more questions before signing a petition.
GA Girl
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June 27, 2014
All I can say is GOOGLE this woman before you consider signing any petition. She is BAD NEWS and BAD for Cherokee County let alone anywhere else!!
Terri Roper
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June 27, 2014
That DOES NOT look like the person claiming to be Carolyn Cosby who knocked on my door last night. Not at all. So glad I didn't sign.
Cherokee Voter
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June 27, 2014
I'm confused. Isn't she a Tea Party Republican? Wasn't she head of the Tea Party in the county? Why wasn't she on the ballot in May? Why is she now running as an Independent? Something smells VERY FISHY.
Chris Lewis
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June 27, 2014
Someone better verify those signatures. Just saying.
Jeff K
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June 27, 2014
Wait a minute? She is threatening to sue the county for not letting her petition on government property and standing in the way of people trying to conduct their daily business? Is she serious? We don't need that kind of crazy!!
Sarah T
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June 27, 2014
No thank you. She was harassing people at the last Concert in the Park series in Woodstock. One of her petitioners was literally yelling at people and harassing them as they refused to sign. Had he it done it to me personally, I would have called the police. It was horrible. There is no way I would vote for someone like that. I did my research and saw her petitioners in action.
NoCrosby
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June 27, 2014
We cannot afford more ethics violators in our elected positions. This individual has a trail of ethics issues following her going all of the way back to her days in Maine (trust me....GOOGLE IT). For someone who claims to hate the government, she sure does call upon them quite a bit and is using them every opportunity she gets. Just Say NO to Carolyn Crosby.
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