This morning after publishing Doss' response to the story (see below) online, Hufstetler released the following:
This Sunday, the Atlanta Journal – Constitution had an article regarding unpaid taxes and tax liens from the past. One of my fellow Republicans for the Senate District 52 seat, David Doss, was mentioned in the article.
I have read Mr. Doss’s statement regarding the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's report. I fully believe this is not a campaign issue.
Further, I too believe this election year the politics in this race have been too negative. Therefore, I ask Mr. Doss to join me to only talk about the issues without mentioning any other candidates during these last eight days of this primary campaign, and for our campaigns, or supporters, to refrain from negative politics.
If willing, I will meet with Mr. Doss with media representatives and local Republican party officials to shake hands on our agreement to not run any more negative ads in this campaign, or the potential run-off campaign. If Mr. Doss's schedule allows, I will meet him today, Monday, July 23rd, at noon at the Republican headquarters to shake his hand on this agreement. I will also send a message to my supporters, both within the district and without, to also refrain from negative attacks.
If a negative attack against any of my opponents occurs from this day forward, I will denounce it.
In response to the morning release, David Doss sent in the following:
“I received an offer from Chuck Hufstetler this morning to meet at noon today to agree to stop the negative campaigning during the final week of this election. I have a previous campaign commitment that will not allow me to meet with Mr. Hufstetler today. From the beginning of this race, I have run a campaign based completely on the issues and have offered common sense, conservative solutions to the problems facing our state. To the contrary, Mr. Hufstetler has run one of the most negative attack campaigns in recent memory, including two disgusting and slanderous mailers sent just last week that he was too ashamed to even put his name on.
Since I have not engaged in this disgraceful campaign practice, I am glad to hear that Mr. Hufstetler now wants to end his negative attack ads. After he admits responsibility for the two anonymous mailers from last week, and takes down the negative website, then I will gladly accept his apology.” David Doss
Doss also added by phone that "I've talked about his record and I've talked abuot the issues and I'eve even responded to a couple of the negative attacks. But I don't have time to respond to everything."
The candidate added that the scheduled commitment was being held in Calhoun at noon.
UPDATE: Hufstetler releases additional response to Doss
It is time to put an end the politics of personal destruction. I am ready and willing to meet Mr. Doss wherever and whenever he would like so that we can do a gentlemen’s handshake to end the negative campaigning in this election.
As I stated earlier, if noon did not work for Mr. Doss, I am willing to meet him today when his schedule allows.
It is apparent that both campaigns feel like they have been attacked. I am willing to put an end to it. I am sure Mr. Doss is willing to as well.
I look forward to meeting with Mr. Doss.
From July 22, 2012:
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation turned up 56 Georgia General Assembly candidates who are, or have been, delinquent on taxes.
Click here to see the AJC report.
David Doss of Rome, a Republican running for state Senate District 52, was listed as being late with payments for 2003 and 2008. He released the following statement late Sunday:
Doss Responds to AJC Article on Taxes
07/22/12 For immediate release
In September, 2002, myself and two friends purchased 9 Richland Court in Rome, Georgia which had been vacant and was an eyesore for our neighborhood and the 2002 property taxes were paid at the closing. In June, 2003, we received a notice about unpaid taxes for 2002, which were paid on the 2002 closing statement In the confusion about the prior year's taxes, the 2003 property taxes were not paid on time. When we sold the house in 2004, the closing attorney discovered the unpaid taxes and they were immediately paid in full including all penalties and interest.
In 2007, I started Magnolia Market with local developer Tom Hackett. Tom was the day-to-day operations manager and I was unaware there were any unpaid taxes. As the real estate market declined, Tom wanted total ownership of Magnolia Market. When I sold him my interest, I was given an unconditional release and indemnification by Mr. Hackett for all past or future real estate taxes or taxes of any kind. A copy of the release and other documents will be available tomorrow on www.dossforsenate.com.
The factual part of the AJC article is that the taxes in question have been paid. In fact, the only taxes that David Doss had any liability for were paid some 8 years ago.
Unfortunately, this AJC article will now become new fodder for the Chuck Hufstetler campaign to distort and use in his negative smear campaign against me. Just like the attack mail piece from last week that was so slanderous, that Hufstetler campaign refused to put their name on it. The citizens of the 52nd District deserve more than this type of gutter politics from Chuck Hufstetler.