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Interview with Mike Bowers, May 7, 2008

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:51 - Early life / Education

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Partial Transcript: Now, before we get into your career as Attorney General, tell us a little bit about Mike Bowers and his early life.

Segment Synopsis: Bowers talks about his childhood in the metro-Atlanta area. He talks about his education at West Point and the University of Georgia

Keywords: Air Force; Commerce, Ga; DeKalb County; Greyhound; Little Five Points; West Point; the University of Georgia

00:02:02 - Career in office of Attorney General

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Partial Transcript: How did it happen that you chose a career in public service rather than joining a law firm?

Segment Synopsis: Bowers talks about how he decided to work for the Attorney General's office. He also talks about his role as Attorney General once he was appointed the position.

Keywords: Arthur Bolton; George Busbee; Hardy Gregory; Sam Caldwell; attorney general; death penalty; death row

00:09:34 - Acts as Attorney General

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Partial Transcript: Mike, you’ve been described as a fast-pitch-swinging Attorney General who was willing to swing for the fences for open government and open records.

Segment Synopsis: Bowers shares some of the activities as the Attorney General for the state of Georgia. He briefly talks about ethics laws in Georgia.

Keywords: Supreme Court; Tom Murphy; Zell Miller; activities; attorney general; bar; ethics laws; open records

00:19:21 - Media / Switch to Republican Party

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Partial Transcript: This is moving the clock way ahead, and it’s something that has really disturbed me.

Segment Synopsis: Short and Bowers discuss the growing impact of the media and how politicians can combat the negative aspects of the media. Bowers later talks about his decision to switch to the Republican party after so many years.

Keywords: Bill Clinton; Democrat; Republican; Wesley Dunn; Zell Miller; blogs; draft dodger; leadership; public office; slander; speaker of the house; switch

00:23:44 - Impact of Voting Rights Act of 1964 / Mediation between Governors

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Partial Transcript: Let’s go back for a minute to 1964 when President
Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act I believe.

Segment Synopsis: Bowers shares his opinion on the powerful impact that the Voting Rights Act had on Georgia politics. He later talks about his role in mediating in the battles between Governor Miller and Speaker Murphy.

Keywords: Democratic; Georgia politics; Lyndon B Johnson; President Johnson; Republican; Senator Russell; Tom Murphy; Voting Rights Act; Zell Miller; shift

00:31:44 - Gubernatorial election / Relationship with members of the House

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Partial Transcript: In 1997 you resigned from the office of Attorney General to run for governor.

Segment Synopsis: Bowers talks about the 1997 Gubernatorial election and how his extramarital affair harmed his candidacy for the Republican Party. Bowers later talks about the relationships he had with members of the state House of Representatives.

Keywords: Arthur Bolton; Denmark Groover; Jimmy Carter; Republican Party; affair; gubernatorial election; primary

00:36:07 - Future plans / Closing reflections

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Partial Transcript: Let me quote you something I read in the Georgia Trend Magazine, which has chosen you for many, many years as one of the 100 most influential people in Georgia.

Segment Synopsis: Bowers responds to an article in the Georgia Trend Magazine about his desire to forever stay out of politics. He then talks about his accomplishments, disappointments, and how he wants to be remembered.

Keywords: Georgia Trend Magazine; Oglethorpe; Sam Caldwell; accomplishments; attorney general; disappointments; memories; nescit cedere; regrets