You don’t often hear a sitting congressman using the word “lie” when referring to a fellow – from the same party — who wants to be a member of the same club.
But it happened tens of thousands of times over the weekend throughout as U.S. Rep. John Linder, who’s retiring this year, declared that Tom Graves’ contention that he has “traveled the nation with John Linder to sell the Fair Tax” are overblown.
Linder’s voice was the meat of a robocall ad paid for by the rival Republican campaign of Lee Hawkins of Gainesville, who faces Graves in a 9th District runoff to replace U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal on June 8.
Linder represents the neighboring 7th District.
Listen to the robocall message here. But this is the script:
“Hello, this is Congressman John Linder. Until today, I had not intended to get involved in your election on June 8 to select your new congressman. However, I’ve been hearing from several people that Tom Graves is telling you that he has traveled the nation with John Linder to sell the Fair Tax.
“That simply is not true. When I asked him about this, Mr. Graves told me that he made a trip to Missouri with me for a Fair Tax rally. I didn’t know who he was, or why he was there. I called Mr. Graves last week, and told him that what he was telling you was flatly not true. His response was his story was good enough for him.
“If a candidate is willing to lie to you to get elected, what will you expect from him after he’s elected?
“Again, I hadn’t intended to get involved in your election. But today I ask you to vote for Lee Hawkins on June 8. Thank you.”
The Graves campaign responded by providing the YouTube clip below of Graves pushing the Fair Tax at a June 13 event in Missouri:
“In fact, Tom traveled with John Linder, Herman Cain, and Neal Boortz,” the Graves campaign declared.
Derick Corbett, chief of staff for Linder, said his boss’ point stands. While Linder appreciated Graves’ appearance in Missouri, that one trip wasn’t enough to claim that he’d crossed the nation with Linder to sell the Fair Tax, Corbett said.
The congressman, we’re told, is “perturbed.”
The Atlanta Tea Party has a 6 p.m. Saturday fund-raiser and book-signing featuring Dick Morris, the political analyst and Fox News contributer. Tickets are $50. Locale is the Sloppy Floyd building next to the state Capitol.
One of the reasons that education resonates as an issue is that, with 180,000 teachers in Georgia, chances are excellent that you know one. Attorney General Thurbert Baker established his connection at a Friday event on the coast, according to the Savannah Morning News:
At Litway Baptist Church in Savannah, the Democratic candidate lashed out at budget cuts that have led to teacher furloughs and layoffs.
“It just burns me up that we’re trying to balance the budget on the backs of teachers,” he said, drawing applause from an audience of about 20 people. “It’s just not right.”
…Any time lawmakers want to find money for a “pet project,” said Baker, who served nine years in the state House, they extract it from schools.
He said his wife, a teacher, tells him that she can babysit – but not teach – in classrooms with 35 students.
“We’ve got to start with a funding base for education,” he said.
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