Jason Carter of Decatur, new occupant of one of the safest Democratic seats in the state Senate, on Monday was a featured interview on ABC’s “Top Line” segment – which included a discussion of political dynasties.
The grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, who won a special election this month, appears at the three-minute mark of this clip:
An interviewer noted that Jason Carter didn’t bring his grandfather into the campaign picture until the weekend before the vote. Said Carter:
“I decided to handle it the way I have my whole life, which was to introduce myself, and then when it comes up, say, ‘Yeah, absolutely. I’m Jimmy Carter’s grandson, and I’m really proud of it, and here’s how it’s impacted my life.’ But we didn’t want that to be the center of the campaign. The campaign had to be about the future and not about who we were related to.”
Jason Carter, an attorney, also had this assessment of the political climate for Democrats in Georgia:
“There really is an anti-incumbency feeling out there. Most people, even in my district, were very frustrated with how the system appears to be not working, both nationally and certainly in Georgia. The good thing about Georgia in an anti-incumbency year is that, right now, the Republicans have controlled the state.
“And locally, they’ve done such a poor job in a variety of contexts – transportation, water, education — that I think we have a good chance in Georgia of localizing the issues and talking about the leadership in this state, which is not articulating a really coherent vision of where they wanted to go, frankly.”
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