Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Garrett Hayes Gaining in the Polls

Poll numbers for Garrett Michael Hayes, Libertarian candidate for governor in Geogia, are picking up steam according to a recent InsiderAdvantage poll putting Hayes at 9%. 11Alive reports:

In fact, while both Sonny Perdue and Mark Taylor are losing points, Libertarian Garrett Hayes is gaining — big.

They go on to quote pollster Matt Towery as saying:

“This is the first race I’ve ever seen where the Libertarian keeps rising and the other two candidates keep dropping,” Towery said. “I’ve never seen that before in all my years at looking at political campaigns.”

Hayes was polling around 8% prior to a stellar performance at a recent debate, which had at least one local blogger declaring him the winner:

..Honestly, Sonny Perdue calling Mark Taylor “Pinnochio”; Mark Taylor calling Sonny Perdue a dwarf named “Greedy”; and Garrett Michael Hayes talking about liberating Georgia from the Democrats and the Republicans.

You know, if I had to pick a winner, I’d say that Libertarian Garrett Michael Hayes won because he was able to stay above the name calling and personal attacks that went back and forth between the Big Guy and the big dwarf.

Other video media coverage of Garrett Michael Hayes can be found here: WSB-TV, 11 Alive, Fox 5

posted by disinter
  • Devious David

    Awesome! I could only watch half the debate before I got sick of Taylor and Perdue. Sonny lied, that worthless sack of shit. I think I am going to manage to get a few folks to vote Hayes. This would be great for ballot access purposes too, I am sure, but I am ignorant with respect to the regs in Georgia.

  • Derrick

    Observation #1: Garrett Hayes is the funk.

    Observation #2: He’s doing way better than most other LP candidates – 9% vs. 1-2%. What accounts for this huge difference, aside from the fact that he’s a pretty good speaker? Notwithstanding the video clips linked above, he is not getting much love at all from the GA press.

  • Timothy West

    money quote:

    As I said, Garrett Hayes won last night’s debate, in my estimation, because he had the three Cs of debating…he was cool, calm, and collected. I’m not voting for Garrett Hayes, but I think that last night he proved that Libertarians aren’t the crazy, extremists that folks portray them to be.

    We cant have that!! so, what should he do? Go off on the 911 conspiracy? Demanding a abolishment to public schools 1 day after the election? Advocate no government while running to be a Governor of a State?

    Real True Libertarians want to know!

  • Derrick

    Heroin in vending machines gets ‘em every time.

  • Timothy West

    yeah, that’ll work.

  • Devious David

    mmmmm Heroin.

  • http://www.myspace.com/10forliberty Mitchell Port

    Sweet, I’m bubbling in his name on my absentee ballot right now.

  • Derrick

    More mentions of Hayes in the mainstream “blogosphere”:

    Link 1
    Link 2
    Link 3
    Link 4

    Thought #1: Dude is blowing up the spot. Whatever he’s doing, we should take notice of.

    Thought #2: Hayes could stand to look a bit more gubernatorial. That’d probably be good for an additional 2-3%. If I had any money I’d buy him a nice suit and some professional portraits.

  • Timothy West

    Whatever he’s doing, we should take notice of.

    tying realistic libertarian ideals to actual public policy goals that people give a damn about instead of what Real True Libertarians think he should be sayin ( or I wont support you)

    is my best guess.

  • Derrick

    That’s crazy talk, Timothy.

  • http://www.lpgeorgia.com Trevor Southerland

    It’s called hard work. That’s all, no huge secret.

    We have awesome volunteers in Georgia, working to build the state party, and our candidates are being great ambassadors.

    Our staff works round the clock to keep things running, doing media interviews, etc…

    We have volunteers working the phones, Doug Craig has probably called so many media people in Georgia that they’re sick of him, but Doug asks for an interview and generally gets them.

    Hard work, that’s all it takes. :-)

  • http://www.crazyforliberty.com Doug Craig

    Thank You Trevor, We have really worked the smalltown newspapers.I believe Garrett has been front page 5-6 times in the small papers.I am talking half page to full page articles. We have had him on the radio a few times .we have also paid to have flyers put in the paper about him.He has had a great interview on the puplic broad cast station and thier radio station.We also have been to quite a few forums like the GA state NCAAP convention.If you click my name my web site has alot of these articles.We are filming a tv ad tonight, As soon as we have it we will post it . James Bell the guy who made Kevin Cherry’s ad is doing it for us.Please visit http://www.hayeforgovernor.com

  • Timothy West

    forgot the s.

  • http://www.americanpolitic.com Joe Magyer

    Hey Folks,

    I think I am going to manage to get a few folks to vote Hayes.

    There are a number of ways in which you folks outside of Georgia could help out our campaigns if you’d like. I’m trying to organize a large group of LPs to work the phones hard in the last week leading up to the campaign. If you’d like to be a part of that effort, please register at the Ballot Base website, http://www.BallotBase.org, and shoot me an email regarding your interest. Honestly, folks, we really do have something stirring up down here in Georgia and we can use all the help we can get.

  • Rick Day

    GMH is finally doing something he has not done in the past- running as a serious candidate.

    I like GMH because he is the only governors candidate who can speak fluent Klingon!

    It takes a smart man to do that. I bet “Sonny-Taylor” (my pet name for tweedlefat and tweedlefatter) would wind up pissing off the invading Klingons to the point they would only enslave the stupid (that would be…Georgia).

    We demand a governor who can negotiate with space aliens in their own language!

    Seriously, I’m a bit miffed at LPGa. no one has called me for a political donation, even though I was on the State Exec. Committee in ’04.

    GMH and I disagree on LPGas stance of ‘non committed’ on supporting or participating in a peace in Iraq rally this summer? (Ex: who wants to be connected to other political groups, like the Greens? ‘build oalitions only with like minded conservative people’was the mantra). But I voted for him before and I’ll do it again.

    He is the least evil of three evils.

    qapla’

  • http://www.americanpolitic.com Joe Magyer

    Ah, I forgot to mention that my email is jmagyer at gmail dot com.

  • http://www.lpgeorgia.com Trevor Southerland

    Hey Rick,

    Did you get the membership renewal letter the state party sent you or possibly one of the follow up phone calls? I just put you back on the list to have one of our callers give you a ring.

    You can always donate on http://www.LPGeorgia.com

    Thanks!

  • http://www.sundwall4congress.org Eric Sundwall

    Substantial progress is being made this cycle. Libertarians are frequently the only alternative presented in debates.

    The difference is not past perception or performance. It’s persistence. Regardless of the Klingon strawman presented by our own, frustration in the electorate is high. Cultivating motivated, intelligent and reasonable people and building a greater base is the lesson here.

    The real key is the ’08 cycle at this point. Finding the shining examples of this cycle and identifying their advantages and gains. This is strategy and tactics. Each candidate should be allowed to identify their core issues and run with them.

    Granted the example in the Montana Senatorial race is not a good one, but they don’t have the Hillary juggernaut either. We’ll still have to get those pesky sigs regardless. Work to change those laws in upcoming year. If more candidates can be found everywhere, with less hurdles, we win another set of lopsided battles. Intelligent targeted activism.

  • http://www.lpgeorgia.com Trevor Southerland

    Actually I’d say the 07 cycle is fairly important.

    In Georgia we’ve made it a goal to run 7 candidates for non-partisan local offices that we have a chance of winning, and at least winning 2 of them.

    The more candidates we’re able to start at the bottom and groom as candidates to work their way up the political ladder, the better chance we stand of election a Libertarian Governor, or Senator…

  • undercover_anarchist

    Hard work? What? No. Libertarians don’t believe in hard work. They believe in media welfare. They believe that by virtue of being on the ballot, the media and debate organizers should bend over for their nothing candidates and accomodate their every desire – despite the fact that a good portion of LP candidates don’t even return the media’s phone calls when they get them. Hard work is a socialist concept. Being on the ballot is work enough.

  • undercover_anarchist

    My opinion on this dude: Not bad at all.

  • disinter

    My opinion on this dude: Not bad at all.

    You support candidates that support the fair tax now? It is about damn time. An elected libertarian that supports the fair tax is much better than no libertarians elected at all.

  • disinter

    Hard work? What? No. Libertarians don’t believe in hard work. They believe in media welfare. They believe that by virtue of being on the ballot, the media and debate organizers should bend over for their nothing candidates and accomodate their every desire – despite the fact that a good portion of LP candidates don’t even return the media’s phone calls when they get them. Hard work is a socialist concept. Being on the ballot is work enough.

    Well then, since you are such a hard worker, let us know when you run for office and show all these lazy candidates how to do it.

  • http://www.crazyforliberty.com Doug Craig

    Guys Life is good one of the radio stations (WDUN 550)just gave me a 30 minute interview about the Libertarian party and ballot access. This is directlly related to Garrett’s campaign .I call to get him an interview.We he got. She then ask if I would like to do one about the party.It went great. We had a caller who called an said the interview was going to make him vote Libertarian

  • Derrick

    Sort of off-topic: Does anyone know what’s up with the Maryland LP? I would like to get involved with it, but damn if it wasn’t a mess the last time I tried.

  • http://www.myspace.com/10forliberty Mitchell Port

    Just watched the debate. I love this guy, what a badass… Can’t wait to show my dad this video to see if he still wants to vote for Taylor.

  • http://www.myspace.com/10forliberty Mitchell Port

    Is there anybody that would be able to help with his web design? If this guy could steal the election from Sonny, it would create some really good publicity, but he needs to look a lot more professional.

  • ZanderC

    Garrett Michael Hayes just earned a $200 campaign contribution from me.

  • Timothy West

    Derrick,

    it was a mess in the 80’s too. I went to a meeting or 2 back then down in College Park. I dont remember much else about it, except that they were mostly Stan Jones types. 7 or 8 people.

    They were going on about how the Challenger shuttle disaster was a government conspiracy. Nothing ever changes.

  • Derrick

    Timothy,

    Yep, it was the late 1980’s when I dropped out of the Maryland LP, and for exactly the reasons you mentioned. The last straw for me was a meeting which was dominated by one guy who kept insisting that we should target our marketing efforts toward working prostitutes.

    I also tried joining the MDLP listserv a few years ago, but it seemed to be dominated by conspiracy theorists.

    I would like to be involved with helping to make my state chapter as successful and organized as the Georgia LP, but it doesn’t seem possible. Where to begin?

  • Graham

    Contact the LP-MD now. They didn’t seem that bad in the early 2000s.

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  • geek

    It probably helps that Boortz is heavily listened to in Georgia. Too bad the LP all but booted him out.

  • TerryP

    Not to be picky here but in the debate (at least the first ten minutes) he keeps talking about the FairTax which is a national tax. Is he not running for Governor, which is obviously a state office. Otherwise in this first part of the debate, which is all I have had time to listen to, he is doing pretty well, using the other two candidates bickering against them.

    I do think he needs to stick to issues he actually will be handling as Governor if he wants to continue to move up his %. Hopefully I will have time to listen to the rest of the debate at some time.

  • http://www.crazyforliberty.com Doug Craig

    BTW I have NEVER seen Boortz at any event in Georgia.He does help drive member to us but what he says is what people believe is the Libertarian party.

  • undercover_anarchist

    Mikey – It’s really cute how you decide to pile on to every post I make now. I always wanted a little brother. As for “elected libertarians” – give me a fucking break. This guy stands as much chance of being elected as you do as a write-in for president in a midterm election. His idiotic support for a Fair Tax scheme at the federal level when he is running for office as a state candidate escaped mention because it is so “retarded” and amateurish that it doesn’t dignify a response. “Not bad at all” is not much of a glowing endorsement. A better statement probably would have been, “The least bad candidate running,” as compared to the majority of races in which the “Libertarian” is not. And as for running for office – been there, done that, done a much better job than almost any LP candidate I’ve ever seen, didn’t get the votes anyway, not going back there. We live in this country called the USA where I have a right to be criticial. You have a right to be an immature little bitch. FREEDOM

  • geek

    Re: #34

    Boortz doesn’t need to be at a Georgia event, he probably has more reach than any event ever organized by the Georgia LP, combined. My point was anyway that he drives members and votes to the LP in Georgia.

    Further, so what if he doesn’t toe the LP line on every issue. I don’t. But oh yeah, I’m not a 100/100 purist, so I’m a statist. :P

  • Timothy West

    yeh, thats it.

  • undercover_anarchist

    There’s a big difference between not being 100/100, and being a flaming genocidal racist like Boortz is. Do you want to turn the Middle East into a “parking lot?” I think that’s -100 points right there.

  • paulie cannoli

    Well, I’m really tempted to go off on my usual rant about Boo!rtz and the FraudTax, but why bother? You all have heard it before. If anybody is new and hasn’t yet, and wants to know, just ask, and I’ll dig it up from the archives.

    GMH and I disagree on LPGas stance of ”˜non committed’ on supporting or participating in a peace in Iraq rally this summer? (Ex: who wants to be connected to other political groups, like the Greens? ”˜build coalitions only with like minded conservative people’ was the mantra).

    That right there illustrates everything which is wrong with the LP.

    and so does this

    (Boo!rtz) does help drive member to us but what he says is what people believe is the Libertarian party.

    oh and…

    Too bad the LP all but booted him out.

    Yes, too bad they did not boot him all the way.

    Further, so what if he doesn’t toe the LP line on every issue.

    He opposes us where it matters most.

  • disinter

    And as for running for office – been there, done that, done a much better job than almost any LP candidate I’ve ever seen, didn’t get the votes anyway, not going back there.

    Umm, if you didn’t get any votes, then no, you didn’t do a “much better job” than any candidate. Try again.

  • paulie cannoli

    There’s a big difference between not being 100/100, and being a flaming genocidal racist like Boortz is. Do you want to turn the Middle East into a “parking lot?” I think that’s -100 points right there.

    Negative 100 million points for his endorsement of government spying on antiwar Americans (which includes many libertarians).

    Boo & Boot Boortz!

  • paulie cannoli

    It’s too bad that, in addition to the FraudTax, Hayes also supports an immigration crackdown and school vouchers.

    http://www.hayesforgovernor.com/Platform_Issues.htm

  • http://www.crazyforliberty.com Doug Craig

    Geek I believe you repeated most of what I said.I score 110/110 but I will support candidates that are not pure.I will support the most Libertarian candidate we have.The reason Garrett brings up the fair Tax is because Bootz has made it an issue here.Believe me Garrett understands it is a national issue but this is politics.Also The fair tax people have a big set up right outside the debate handing out our pamplets. When it is over they run up to us to get more pamplets and bumper stickers.The next day they send out an email talking abouy how garrett was the only one helping them.BTW I am not sold on the fair Tax but my goal is to help pro liberty smaller government candidates, I will over look 1 or 2 issues.

  • paulie cannoli

    I score 110/110 but I will support candidates that are not pure.

    Same here (if there was such a thing as 110/110) but it depends on which **direction** they are not pure in.

    For instance, these guys are OK by me despite the issues we disagree on:

    http://www.johnmurphyforcongress.org/

    http://www.kevinzeese.com/

    While pro-war, pro-corporate, pro-FraudTax, anti-immigration ‘libertarians’ just make me shake my head in sadness and disgust.

  • Graham

    Boortz is not a libertarian. He fits in perfectly with Michael Medved, Sean Hannity, Michael Gallagher, when they meet Bush in the White House so he can “firm up his cnservative radio base.”

  • disinter

    Believe me Garrett understands it is a national issue but this is politics.

    Believe me, some libertarians do not understand politics.

  • undercover_anarchist

    I got a lot more votes than my Libertarian opponent, who, like most “libertarians,” didn’t bother to campaign. In fact, I got the most votes of any GP candidate in a 5-way race anywhere in the country. But what does that get you? Nothing.

  • Adam Moore

    I am a republican from California who stumbled upon the Georgia Gubernatorial debate on the internet and wanted to post this comment even thought I am not eligible to vote in Georgia.

    Garrett Michael Hayes highlights what’s right with America, and delivers it straight to the point, NO bull and negative mud slinging. NO question he did a better job on the debate then the two so-called “professional politicians”.

    Garrett Michael Hayes, if you ran in California, I would vote for you. But since I can’t, I will vote for Arnold but I’ll find your website for instructions how to send you a donation, you deserve it. Good Luck!

  • geek

    Hmmm. Let’s see… Many middle east countries are openly belligerent toward the US. Would I rather wait for them to attack, or turn them into a glass factory, oops, parking lot? Option number 2 please.

  • Andy

    Talk Radio Whores Recieve Their Orders From Bush
    http://prisonplanet.com/articles/October2006/171006_b_Orders.htm

    Notice “libertarian” phony Neal Boortz in the meeting with Bush and neo-con talk radio propagandists.

  • Derrick

    Adam,

    Nice to meet you, and glad to hear that Garrett Hayes has caught the attention of at least one Republican :-)

  • George Whitfield

    Hello Doug Craig. Let us know when the Garrett Hayes TV ad is ready for viewing. Thanks for all your fine efforts.

  • Devious David

    There is a really good Libertarian running for governor in CA. Art Olivier. Look him up, Adam Moore.

    Boortz is indisputably a fraud, shyster, liar, phony and Republican shill. I’ve been waiting to see him endorse a Libertarian this election cycle and haven’t seen it. He won’t get behind Hayes (to the best of my knowledge) and he won’t get behind Smither. Both FairTaxers. You know what that lying sack of shit did? On his website a day or two ago, he had a link to a Republican Congressional candidate who supports the FairTax and complained that there isn’t enough Congressional candidates who support it. Boortz is absolutely silent when it matters and actively opposes the most important libertarian policies. Fuck him. We need to get a nomination for that Presidential candidate ASAP so the Boortz brigade doesn’t take over. This is serious and could possibly happen. It would be the end of the party all for some sorry talk show host to get publicity and sell books. Fuck Boortz.

  • undercover_anarchist

    “You know what that lying sack of shit did?”

    HEY, WHO YOU CALLING A SACK???

  • Timothy West

    sack or sac?

  • http://www.hammeroftruth.com/about Stuart Richards

    HEY, WHO YOU CALLING A SACK???

    LOL!!

  • undercover_anarchist

    That’s a clip used on the Mike & Mike radio show. I think it’s from Futurama. Hey Stuart, remember when you said I had no (intentional) sense of humor? You’ve “LOLed” several of my posts lately. Damn it feels good to be a gangsta!

    On another note: Did anyone see Boortz on Your World With Cavuto (GAG)? He said the GOP deserved to lose the House and that in 2008, people should give serious consideration to a LP candidate for president. He said “people need to get out of this Republican and Democrat box.” He’s clearly testing the waters for a run.

    He also said something (not suprisingly) stupid and indicative of his right-wing, free speech hating leanings. He said that the media isn’t covering the Dow 12,000 story because Bush is president. NEWSFLASH: The stock market is booming BECAUSE a Democratic House is anticipated. The market takes into account all information. There’s no coincidence.

  • TerryP

    Boortz is not running for governor of Georgia, Garret Hayes is. Get over it.

  • http://www.lpalabama.org/blog/14 paulie cannoli

    Hmmm. Let’s see”¦ Many middle east countries are openly belligerent toward the US. Would I rather wait for them to attack,

    With what, a magic carpet?

    or turn them into a glass factory, oops, parking lot?

    You’re proposing the largest mass murder in human history, an order of magnitude worse than Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Genghis Khan put together. Over a billion innocent people, possibly two billion. You are totally and completely criminally insane.

  • http://www.lpalabama.org/blog/14 paulie cannoli

    We need to get a nomination for that Presidential candidate ASAP so the Boortz brigade doesn’t take over. This is serious and could possibly happen. It would be the end of the party all for some sorry talk show host to get publicity and sell books.

    Well said!

    http://kubby.com/

    http://groups.myspace.com/stevekubby

    http://knappster.blogspot.com/2006/10/first-look-2008-series-end.html

  • Devious David

    The stock market is booming for a lot of reasons, and I think either possibility of Democratic or Republican control has little/nothing to do with it. It’s more a question of sentiment/pyschology and mass infusions of liquidity through repo injection.

    Look at the non-confirmation on the Dow. Everyone looks at the industrials alone but fail to understand that there are two parts to it and the other part is the transports. The transports are not confirming the advance in the industrials. An interesting thing to look at is how the Vix is low, but sentiment is bearish. That makes for a short term bullish setup. The internals continue to deteriorate however – look at the historical advance/decline for the past four years.

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  • Andy

    “Boortz is indisputably a fraud, shyster, liar, phony and Republican shill. I’ve been waiting to see him endorse a Libertarian this election cycle and haven’t seen it. He won’t get behind Hayes (to the best of my knowledge) and he won’t get behind Smither. Both FairTaxers. You know what that lying sack of shit did? On his website a day or two ago, he had a link to a Republican Congressional candidate who supports the FairTax and complained that there isn’t enough Congressional candidates who support it. Boortz is absolutely silent when it matters and actively opposes the most important libertarian policies.”

    Over the past year I’ve had several people who are only somewhat familiar with the Libertarian Party ask me about the “Fair Tax” and Neal Boortz. I’ve had to explain to them why I consider the “Fair Tax” to be a bad idea and that Neal Boortz is my least favorite person in the Libertarian Party.

  • Andy

    “Fuck him. We need to get a nomination for that Presidential candidate ASAP so the Boortz brigade doesn’t take over. This is serious and could possibly happen. It would be the end of the party all for some sorry talk show host to get publicity and sell books. Fuck Boortz.”

    If Neal Boortz enters the race for the LP Presidential nomination I will do everything I can to see that he loses. If Neal Boortz wins the nomination I will not support the LP for the rest of that year and possibly for good. Neal Boortz as the LP Presidential candidate could be the death of the party.

  • undercover_anarchist

    My theory of the “Nancy Pelosi bull market” was voiced by Dondero’s idol, Larry Kudlow, tonight on Kudlow & Company. He had four conservative analysts on the show who all agreed, even if in a backhanded way (“a Democratic House is the surest path to a GOP presidency in 2008, and the market knows that”).

    Then they had on what Dondero really represents, this pig named David Limbaugh. He says that Nancy Pelosi represents the “radical, homosexual agenda,” and because of this, she has no right to talk about Republican pedophiles.

    THIS is what Dondero proposes we support.

  • http://www.crazyforliberty.com Doug Craig

    Andy I emailed Boortz to try and get an interview for Garrett Hayes . No luck.I wish he would just email me back and say F off or give us an interview

  • Devious David

    UA, what if the market is discounting continued GOP dominance? You haven’t considered that, have you? Anyway, on an inflation (real inflation, not phoney govt. numbers) adjusted basis, where has this market gone in the past few years? Hardly anywhere. That’s where.

    Doug, you won’t have any luck. The Smither campaign can’t get anything either. It’s a deliberate blackout because Boortz is a Republican sycophant. His “libertarian credentials” are just so he can look independent and unique. It’s his unique selling proposition, so he’s not just another Rush Hannity.

    Boortz needs to be banned or exiled from the party immediately. The Boortz brigade would instantly quadruple or more the size of the party and that would be the end of it. All of the hard work over the years, wiped out by evil spirited morons in one election season. Think of the damage he would do to the movement.

  • paulie cannoli

    DD:

    Exactly!

  • TerryP

    Would you guys get over Boortz. He is a nobody. You are giving him more credit than he deserves. Move on to the subject of this post: Garrett Hayes. You guys sound like democrats. Just whine, whine, whine. The more time you give him, the more credible he sounds. The R’s and the D’s understand this. The more time you give someone, especially people you are opposed to, the more credible they become. That is why they shun libertarians and our ideas. That is why we cannot get into many debates. That is why the media stays away from us. The more time and attention they give us, the more credibility we will have.

    If you don’t like Boortz don’t talk about him until it is the time and the place, such as a post about the FairTax. This was a post about Garrett Hayes and you made it into a post about Boortz. And we wonder why we can’t get people elected. We are more worried about the people not even running then helping the people that are.

  • http://www.crazyforliberty.com Doug Craig

    Terry you are Right I have the new ad for Garrett on my website http://www.crazyforliberty.com

  • undercover_anarchist

    How could the market be discounting incorrect information? The futures contracts on a GOP controlled House are nearing worthlessness. The Dems will have the House, and the market likes the idea of a gridlocked government. As far as inflation adjusted returns, yes, the market has lost ground from its all time high, but in the past two years??? No. The market has easily outpaced inflation. That’s not my point. The real point is that the market has been on a tear for the past couple of weeks as it has become more clear that the Dems will take the House.

  • George Whitfield

    Hi Doug,

    I checked out your website and saw the Garrett Hayes TV ad and was impressed. I just him another contribution. Keep up the good work. Lets succeed.

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  • Isabel Roman

    Whateva I do what I want!