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Interview with Mary Beazley, July 28, 2010

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:20 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: I'm Bob Short, and this is Reflections on Georgia Politics, sponsored by the Richard B. Russell Library at the University of Georgia and Young Harris College.

Segment Synopsis: Interviewer Bob Short introduces interviewee Mary Beazley.

00:00:48 - Early life and career

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Partial Transcript: Well, before we get into a discussion about your many years at the state capitol, let's talk about Mary Beazley.

Segment Synopsis: Beazley discusses her upbringing in Athens and details the layout of the capitol building in Atlanta at the beginning of her career.

00:03:29 - Work for Governor Vandiver

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Partial Transcript: Then it was from the Secretary of State's office that you went to work for the governor.

Segment Synopsis: Beazley describes working for Gov. Vandiver and details some of his accomplishments during his time in office.

Keywords: Bill Bodenheimer; Bill Bowden; Civil rights; Court orders; Decatur County, Georgia; Desegregation; Ernest Vandiver; Fraud; Government waste; Legislators; Marvin Griffin; Night legislative session; On-the-job training; Scheduling; School integration; Sibley Commission; State appropriations; State government; Tift County, Georgia; University system of Georgia; Worth County, Georgia

00:07:07 - Employment in the Maddox and Carter administrations

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Partial Transcript: And then you went to work in the Lieutenant Governor's office.

Segment Synopsis: Beazley discusses her work as a scheduler for Maddox and Carter.

00:12:22 - Carter's presidential run and win

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Partial Transcript: You know, Mary, the public saw Governor Carter, President Carter, as a smiling, easy-going person.

Segment Synopsis: Beazley speaks about working for Carter during his run for and election to the presidency.

Keywords: Annette Carter; Carter family; Chip Carter; Colony Square; Inaugural committee; Iranian hostage crisis; Jack Carter; Jeff Carter; Judy Carter; Lillian Carter; Oil embargo; Presidential campaign; Presidential nomination; Rosalynn Carter; Ruth Stapleton; Sissy Dobbin; Washington, D.C.; White House

00:16:56 - Work with other Carter staff members in DC

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Partial Transcript: Well, the present staff included many Georgians, including Bert Lance, in whose office you worked later.

Segment Synopsis: Beazley recalls some of the other Carter staff members with whom she worked in D.C.

Keywords: Carter Center; Dalhonega, Georgia; Energy policy; Executive building; Frank Moore; Hamilton Jordan; Highway director; Jack Watson; James T. McIntyre; Jody Powell; OMB; Office of Management and Budget; Press secretary; Run-off; U.S. Congress; Volunteer

00:21:08 - Work for Zell Miller

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Partial Transcript: And you worked for Miller until he completed his fourth term?

Segment Synopsis: Beazley describes working for Lt. Gov. and later Gov. Miller, whom she describes as one of her closest friends.

Keywords: Appointment secretary; Bill Clinton; Georgia senate election; Georgia state flag; Hank Huckaby; Herman Talmadge; Invitations; Public service; Re-election; Speaking engagements; State Budget Department; Teacher; Think tanks; Writer

00:26:44 - Miller's subsequent political career and legacy

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Partial Transcript: So, what did you do after Miller left office?

Segment Synopsis: Beazley, who retired following Miller's departure from the governor's office, describes Miller's later Senate career and the change in his political views, which are in opposition to Beazley's despite their friendship.

Keywords: Georgia education lottery; HOPE Scholarship; Higher education; Independence; Keynote address; Liberal democrat; Paul Coverdell; Political ideology; Pre-K; Pre-kindergarten; Republican National Convention; Retirement; Technology; Volunteer work; Volunteerism

00:29:18 - Personal and political influences

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Partial Transcript: What were you thinking, uh, over those fifty years that you've been involved in politics and government about your career?

Segment Synopsis: Beazley states that her mother had been the most influential person in her life, despite the high-powered politicians for whom she worked.

Keywords: Family; Mentor; Personal influence

00:31:09 - Current political culture / Women in politics

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Partial Transcript: Well let's talk a little bit about politics in general.

Segment Synopsis: Beazley suggests that media has too much influence in politics, and offers advice to young women hoping to work in government.

Keywords: Critical thinking; Ethics laws; Gender bias; Mass media; Talking heads

00:34:29 - Career regrets / Family life

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Partial Transcript: Looking back over your many years as a staff member for important political people, is there anything you might have done differently?

Segment Synopsis: Beazley states that she regrets not completing her degree and mentions her family, including her husband, who also worked at the State Capitol.

Keywords: Cap Hicks; GSU; Georgia State University; Hershel Beazley; Marriage; Senate doorkeeper; Widower

00:36:03 - Conclusion

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Partial Transcript: Well Mary, we've covered a lot of ground in a short period of time; have we left anything out?

Segment Synopsis: Short and Beazley conclude the interview.