Perhaps because one of them may soon be saddled with the problem, the 2010 candidates for governor have been relatively cautious in their reactions to last month’s ruling by a federal judge denying metro Atlanta’s access to Lake Lanier for drinking water.
But in the 9th District race to replace U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, Republican Mike Evans — one of nine GOP candidates — thinks the issue might be worth a sharper discussion.
He’s got a mailer on the topic topped by this headline:
Here’s a sampling of the text:
The federal government is planning to shut off our water in Forsyth County. We must act now!
…The judicial ruling is very clear and very simple. Congress has three years to change the law governing Lake Lanier and allow us to use it for drinking water or else…
Forsyth County will have its water completely shut off.
Evans also uses the issue to take an early shot at GOP rival Tom Graves, who on his Facebook page last month said he was “troubled” by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson’s ruling. (Graves also said the decision “could be one of the largest takings of state’s rights in modern history.”)
As incredible as it sounds, one of my opponents called this ruling merely “troubling.”
Statements like these show how ridiculously out of touch he is with the everyday needs of our families.
Like you, I live here. My family drinks this water every day. I understand how serious this situation truly is.
In case you’re wondering, Forsyth County supplied more votes in 2008 — 21 percent — than any of the other 14 counties wrapped into the 9th District.
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