Mo Ivory: I Joined A Gang!

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(Credit: Sonia Murray/CBS Local)

(Credit: Sonia Murray/CBS Local)

OK, not a gang like that.

We don’t fight. (Well, not like that).

We don’t draw arms. (Though, actually, some of us own them).

And while we are known for different colors and symbols, we aren’t rivals. We are just Democrats and Republicans talking to – or at – each other.

It’s “The Georgia Gang” on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. on Fox 5 News, and I’m joining the “gang” this Sunday!

The show consists of Dick Williams, who is the host and has been reporting and analyzing politics and public policy for more than 30 years. For 17 of these years, his column was featured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Phil Kent (the other white guy) is the president of the Atlanta-based Phil Kent Consulting Inc., which specializes in media consulting.

Jeff Dickerson (the Democrat who has promised to agree with anything I say – just joking) is president of Dickerson Communications, a public affairs firm that provides public relations, issues management and media consulting services to private and public sector clients.

I sat in for Alexis Scott while she is on vacation, and I am honored to have been asked to do so. Alexis is the former publisher of the Atlanta Daily World, a newspaper founded by her grandfather in 1928.

It was a great time talking about local, state and national politics. We discussed budgets, immigration reform, conflicts of interest, transportation, campaigns and the winners and losers in politics this week.

I have to be honest – When I was asked to sit in for Alexis I was deeply honored, and a tad nervous. I have been watching “The Georgia Gang” for as many years as I can remember. I am a political junkie. I know how smart the panelists are and how well-regarded they are for their analysis and opinions. I wanted to do well.

I had become acquainted with Jeff in the past couple of months, and he provided me with guidance and reassurance that was more than supportive. I had lunch with Dick Williams earlier in the week and we realized we have a lot in common. (Really).

I had not met Phil until this morning’s taping. And after introductions and 30 minutes of great conversation, I’m taking them with me to the next Jay-Z concert!

They are fun and open. PLUS, they all confessed they love hip-hop!

(No they didn’t. LOL).

They are teaching me; and hope I get a chance to teach them too.

Thanks Dick, Phil, Jeff and Alexis for the opportunity.

Check it out this Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 8:30 a.m..

(Set your DVR if you like to sleep late!)

- Mo Ivory, CBS Local

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