|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 084 Bobby Kahn|
|Creator||Kahn, Robert S.|
|Dates||2009 August 21|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Bobby Kahn, a Democratic political activist from Savannah, Georgia, is the former chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Kahn was elected chairman in 2004; his term expired in 2007. He previously served as chief of staff under former Governor Roy Barnes. Kahn discusses his work with the Democratic party, his time as chief of staff for Governor Roy Barnes, and party politics in Georgia.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 084, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Bobby Kahn, a Democratic political activist from Savannah, Georgia, is the former chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia. Kahn was elected chairman in 2004; his term expired in 2007. He previously served as Chief of Staff under Governor Roy Barnes.
Bobby Kahn discusses growing up in Savannah, attending Emory as an undergraduate, and attending the University of Georgia for law school. He recalls being involved in Phyllis Kravitch's campaign for state court, Jimmy Carter's campaign for President, and Joe Frank Harris's campaign for Governor.
Kahn recalls running Judge Benham's campaign for state judgeship. He discusses meeting Roy Barnes and dealing with the Republican suburban areas in 1982. Kahn comments on several politicians who switched parties. He recalls serving as the executive director of the Democratic party of the Harris administration and working on the 1990 state senate election.
Kahn discusses the death of Senator Paul Coverdell and Roy Barnes' subsequent appointment of Zell Miller. He comments on Miller's voting record in the Senate and the Democrats' strategies to deal with Miller's right-leaning politics.
Kahn comments on Barnes' 1998 campaign for Governor. He also recalls the Gang of Five which Barnes was part of, a group interested in campaign finance and consumer issues. Kahn discusses some of Barnes' accomplishments as governor, including his vision for transportation, water, the budget, and healthcare. He comments on education reform, the flag controversy, and reapportionment. Kahn also discusses Barnes' 2002 defeat in his campaign for reelection.
Kahn discusses party politics in Georgia and comments on the Democratic party's involvement with minorities and labor unions.