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Murphy Elected Young Republican National Committeeman

Clint Murphy, a Savannah REALTOR and long time supporter of the Republican Party was recently elected as the Georgia Young Republican National Committeeman in a special election.

Murphy has been involved for a number of years in the Republican Party in Georgia, as well as in Washington, DC and in Iowa.  Murphy got his first taste of politics in 1990 as a young volunteer for Johnny Isakson in his campaign for Governor.  Murphy credits that as being the spark that started his interest in getting involved with Republican politics. 

Murphy’s first job out of college was on the staff of the late US Senator Paul D. Coverdell.  He went on to work as a fundraiser at the National Republican Congressional Committee, serve in the Bush Administration, run a Congressional Campaign, and work in Iowa during the 2002 elections. 

In 2003, Murphy returned to Savannah to begin his career in real estate.  When Johnny Isakson announced for the Senate seat, Murphy signed up to co-chair his campaign in Savannah.  Murphy was an early supporter of Casey Cagle in his campaign to become the first Republican elected to the office of Lt. Governor and helped lead the campaign on the coast. 

Presently, Clint Murphy is on the Georgia Advisory Committee for John McCain for President and serves as Vice Chairman of the Savannah Young Republicans.  Murphy serves as Chairman of the Chatham County Urban Transportation Citizens Advisory Committee and in 2007 ran unsuccessfully for the Savannah City Council. 

In his spare time, Clint likes to bike and is involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and the American Diabetes Association’s Kiss a Pig competition. 


Follow up on the Gun Bill Issue
January 13, 2008, 1:03 am
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Written by Clint Murphy

I’m hearing that the gun bill may come up as early as WEDNESDAY in the State Senate.  It is imperative that we email our State Senators and let them know how we feel about this issue. 

You can reach State Senator Eric Johnson at
You can reach State Senator Regina Thomas at

Also, contact the Lt. Governor, Casey Cagle, and let him know how you feel about this issue. 

A New Perspective on Dr. Abraham and DOT
January 8, 2008, 11:51 am
Filed under: transportation

By Clint Murphy

It goes without saying that there has been much in the air about the DOT selection of Dr. Gena Abraham as the new DOT Commissioner.  As the Commissioner, Dr. Abraham runs the day to day business of the department.   

Dr. Abraham brings to this position a reputation of someone who is a problem solver.  This is very much needed in the very bureaucratic DOT.  Not to penalize or speak ill of those who work there, but DOT was way past needing an overhaul and Dr. Abraham brings the right level of experience, determination, and know how to make the necessary changes.

DOT must move beyond the Department of Roads and Bridges and realize that in this modern age, transportation means moving people, not just automobiles.  As oil prices soar, and oil is an ingredient in asphalt, the costs of these much hyped roads will increase to an unsustainable cost.  Ideas such as “Complete Streets”(a policy adopted by both Florida and South Carolina), Context Sensitive Design, and public transit must be part of the new dialogue at DOT.  

Those DOT Board Members who voted for Abraham should be commended for making a change for progress, innovation, and ensuring that DOT is a more results oriented government agency.  For some legislators to threaten retribution for votes for Abraham suggests a short sightedness that is very troubling to me and others who follow happenings such as this.    

Legislators would be wise to abandon these ginned up threats of retaliation against the Board Members who voted for Abraham.  The vote for her embodies the real creed of reform that is the true essence of the Republican Party.  To oppose such an effort would surely open some to accusations of hypocrisy. 

As someone familiar with transportation issues on a local level as a member of a Metropolitan Planning Organization and very well versed in some of the positives and negatives of dealing with our DOT, it goes without saying that the agency is in need of an overhaul and not more of the same. 

On some levels, DOT is the last bastion of the old way of doing business in Georgia, both in terms of the projects and process.  Georgians turned the state over to the GOP to ensure reform and we all know that reform is not easy.  Changing bureaucracies is a fight that takes time and a sustained effort.    

If some of those opposed to Abraham would stop and analyze this further than their own somewhat parochial interests, they would realize that Abraham’s election is consistent with their own beliefs for accountability, efficiency, and reform. 

Efforts to undermine the progress made by the selection of Dr. Abraham will, in my humble opinion, make a mockery of what some of in the Republican Party have labored so long to build. 

Finally, thank you to Governor Perdue and Lt. Governor Cagle for putting forth and supporting Dr. Abraham.   

Is I-3 Necessary?
January 2, 2008, 11:33 pm
Filed under: transportation

With news today that the proposed route for Interstate 3 is being discussed, it made me think back to the highway when it was originally proposed by Congressman Max Burns in 2002. 

I believe that there can be a case made for a Savannah River Parkway connecting Savannah and Augusta, and perhaps a connector to Athens and perhaps a tie in to I-85 too, but much past there and it would appear to be a diminishing return on investment.

With oil prices as high as they are and transportation funds scarce as they appear to be, there is going to have to be a needs based formula in determining what gets funded and what does not. 

I tend to agree with Greenspan…
December 16, 2007, 7:51 pm
Filed under: real estate

Interesting news made by Alan Greenspan. 

Random Thoughts…
December 16, 2007, 7:15 pm
Filed under: Clint, Life, Random | Tags: , , , , , , ,

It’s finally feeling like winter in Savannah.  For a while there, I was singing, “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Easter…” it was so warm… But alas, it’s cold.  It will probably last a day or two and warm back up in traditional Savannah style…

Most people know I like politics, and some think that’s the only thing I seem to be interested in.  Just because I worked in DC and seem to have been involved in politics for as long as I can remember, I hope it’s not the only thing that people identify me with on a personal level. 

I’m a people person.  I pretty much enjoy doing anything with friends, however, my personal favorites growing up included playing tennis – not that I was any good, but I enjoyed the game!  I need to take tennis back up as a hobby!     

I like to write and a lot of people don’t know that about me.  I should have been a journalist.  Growing up, I used to want to be a news anchor actually or be a writer for movies and television shows.  Instead, I got involved in politics and worked in DC for the NRCC and HUD.  I ran Barbara Dooley’s unsuccessful campaign for Congress (YES, Coach Vince Dooley’s wife).  To paraphrase the great Gladys Knight, DC proved too much for the man and I returned to Savannah and am now a REALTOR

I’m actively trying harder than I have in the past to take up new hobbies and develop some interests outside of politics… Kayaking has been on my list for a few years and I’ve made no headway on that, but 2008 will be the year that changes.  So too am I taking up biking, prodded along by a new friend made during my campaign for city council.  It seems a bit easier right now than kayaking!  As well, it has helped me appreciate the need for more bikeways.  Sailing is fun too and thanks to a buddy of mine, who from time to time takes me out there, it’s more fun than I could ever have imagined. 

In terms of Savannah, I recently ran for City Council.  I chair the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Chatham Urban Transportation Study (CUTS) and sit on the Policy Committee.  CUTS is the official Metropolitan Planning Organization for transportation in Chatham County.  In 2008 we will begin to update the LRTP (Long Range Transportation Plan).  As well, I am on the Georgia Steering Committee for Senator John McCain’s campaign for President of the United States

Furthermore, I am a cancer survivor and for the past several years have been involved with the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.  I have served as a team captain, having lead the highest grossing team in the event’s history in Savannah, Co-Chair of the event, and most recently am the publicity chairman. 

So, I’d like to think, and hopefully it’s true, that there is more to my life than politics.  I’ll just have to work hard at bringing them out there…

The Drought
December 16, 2007, 1:43 am
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AJC has a great article up on the drought. 

There is too much that could be said about this article, but I think the prudent thing would be to heed the caution of not planning for growth. 

The Metro Savannah area is now poised for such growth and we should learn from the mistakes made by our capitol city.