“Please remember that Commissioner Mack Bohlen has been a loyal Republican and a good friend to the party. He’s done a great job for Morgan County, not only in the business he’s attracted but also for the maverick stance he took many years ago as one of our first-ever elected Republican leaders in Morgan County. Please wish him and Kay well as he retires from politics and leads a more pleasant and normal life.”
The above comment was in the GOP email of August 22nd, from Dave Belton, the face and voice of the Morgan County Republican Party.
“Mack Bohlen Exits The Political Scene
The runoff election saw Mack Bohlen lose his Commisioner
seat to newcomer Philip Clack. The citizens of Morgan County
owe a debt of gratitude to the leadership Mack has given our local government over his long tenure. Having served twice as the chairman of the BOC, Mack showed unwavering
love for our county and a vision for our progress. His tight-fisted fiscal conservatism was
much appreciated by the taxpayers. The republican party will be forever grateful to Mack
Bohlen for the political courage shown when he walked into the room on qualifying day in 2000 as the sitting Democratic Chairman of the BOC and changed parties qualifying as a Republican. Mack paid a price for this act as he lost his chairmanship but this act of courage helped turn the political tide in Morgan County. Thanks Mack for all you have done for Morgan County.”
The above ode to Mack was printed in the “The Right Word” the GOP newsletter of September, 2012.
Let me disagree with the opinion that it took political courage to change from Democrat to Republican in the year 2000. It would have taken political courage in the year 1975, but in the year 2000? If I may quote Bob Dylan, ‘it doesn’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows’. What Mack Bohlen did is called jumping on the bandwagon.
I would like to hear of his accomplishments and especially all the business he brought to this county. To me his tenure seems like a lot of missed opportunities, from the Wal-Mart warehouse, now doubled in size, where Walton County gets the jobs and property taxes and Morgan County gets the trucks to the onerous Planning & Zoning regulations that were passed in spite of overwhelming citizen opposition in 2005. These same regulations that the Mack Bohlen led BOC paid (if memory serves) $80,000 for which turned out to be an exact copy of the regs of a town in Massachusetts, when the GA Dept. of Community Affairs provides these Planning & Zoning regulation to GA counties for free (like Oconee Cty). Mack never saw a consultant or study he didn’t want to pay for, anyone remember the bypass study or should I say studies?
And finally, the gift that keeps on giving, we (and when I say we, I mean all property owners in the County that are not in Conservation Use or CUVA) have subsidized Mr. Bohlen’s property taxes to the tune $11,000 per year for years and years. If you count all the Bohlen family land it comes to more than $30,000 per year, every year. You know, I never heard a thank you from Mack. Now, we will probably be paying for the lawsuit that may well result from his harassment of a County employee (alleged).
Thank God the people of Bostwick did not re-elect Mack. The citizens of Morgan County will wake up one day, I hope, and start putting people with character, principals and conservative values in office.