The Obama administration’s decision to challenge the constitutionality of Arizona’s new illegal immigration law is certain to have repercussions on the GOP side of the Republican race for Georgia.
Former congressman Nathan Deal of Gainesville is up this morning with his first 30-second spot – focusing on immigration and his promise of an Arizona-style law:
“I wrote the law to stop illegal aliens from receiving taxpayer-funded health care, cut billions in wasteful spending, and voted against Obamacare.
“And liberals won’t like it when I empower local law enforcement to help deport illegal aliens, but it must be done because the federal government has failed to secure our borders.
“And illegal aliens are costing Georgia taxpayers over a billion dollars every year. I’m not worried about the liberals. My concern is you.”
Deal’s entry into the TV wars – a modest buy aimed at metro Atlanta — makes former secretary of state Karen Handel the only major GOP candidate for governor yet to express herself on broadcast television.
But the federal lawsuit will no doubt raise the profile of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who last week endorsed Handel in the Georgia contest.
Brewer’s voice will be on this robo-call the Handel campaign is sending out today to GOP voters:
“If you want a courageous governor, one that will demand that the federal government take action on illegal immigration, like I have in Arizona, then please join me in supporting Karen Handel.”
It would surprise no one if Brewer makes a personal appearance on Handel’s behalf during the final stretch toward the July 20 primary — which would be worth its weight in earned media points.
Sam Olens, the Republican candidate for attorney general, is up on television today with a first ad that touts his defense of the prayers said before the opening of Cobb County commission meetings. Olens presided over those meetings as chairman. The ad:
“In Cobb County, every meeting opened with a prayer. The ACLU objected, sued. Cobb commission chairman Sam Olens, an experienced lawyer, fought back. Clergy should be allowed to pray in public. Olens took on the ACLU and won.
“Now, Sam Olens, the proven fiscal conservative, runs for attorney general to continue to fight illegal immigration, and to sue the federal government over Obamacare. He’ll defend our state and our rights. Sam Olens, attorney general.”
Two state senators in Cobb County – Judson Hill of Marietta and John Wiles of Kennesaw – face challenges in the Republican primary.
Wiles made his appearance at a Tuesday forum, televised live on TV23 (and moderated by yours truly) and hosted by the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club. So did Wiles’ opponent, former county school board member Lindsey Tippens.
Hill declined the invitation to appear. He faces Lynda Coker, a former House member and chief deputy for Sheriff Neil Warren. Said Hill in a note of explanation:
“My opponent in this campaign so far has done nothing but smear my name, my family and my character. She has maliciously and falsely attacked me by trumping up false attacks and made up ethics violations.
“While she has been engaged in a scorched-earth campaign against me, I have been doing what I have always done: discussing the issues that matter to the people of this district. Until my opponent decides to debate me on my record and the issues that matter to the people of Senate District 32, I will not give her the credibility as a serious candidate and will not debate her.
“If and when she decides to start talking about the issues, the I will be happy to debate her from one corner of this district to the next — any day of the week.”
Debate went on with Coker alone.
In the GOP race to replace U.S. Rep. John Linder, Gwinnett County prosecutor Chuck Efstration is hoping to get a little attention with this YouTube slam aimed at state Rep. Clay Cox of Lilburn, who has gathered up backing from the likes of Gov. Sonny Perdue:
Another GOP candidate in the 7th District race has raised a billboard that’s causing some talk. From the Gwinnett Daily Post:
Billboards across Gwinnett, Barrow and Walton have caused a stir in the upcoming 7th Congressional District race.
The signs are meant to get votes for Rev. Jody Hice, a radio commentator and minister, but its his reference to President Barack Obama that is getting the most attention.
The billboard asks, “Had Enough of Obama’s Change?” with the “c” substituted with the socialist symbol of a red hammer and sickle.
“We have a president right now who is engineering, I believe, a socialist takeover of our nation,” said Hice, one of eight Republicans to face off in the upcoming July 20 primary. “We were simply making a statement of belief.”
Doug Heckman, the lone Democrat seeking the office, said he was “embarrassed” for Hice.
“To compare the Obama administration to our old foe (the Soviet Union) just caters to the fear and hate in people,” Heckman said.
“Rev. Hice is trying to divide the people of the Seventh Congressional District in order to get more primary votes. This represents the worst kind of campaigning and even worse potential representation of our district.”
Finally, because you don’t have enough to worry about today, we offer this from the Washington Times:
The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that the benefits of bombing Iran’s nuclear program outweigh the short-term costs such an attack would impose.
In unusually blunt remarks, Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba publicly endorsed the use of the military option for countering Iran’s nuclear program, if sanctions fail to stop the country’s quest for nuclear weapons.
“I think it’s a cost-benefit analysis,” Mr. al-Otaiba said. “I think despite the large amount of trade we do with Iran, which is close to $12 billion … there will be consequences, there will be a backlash and there will be problems with people protesting and rioting and very unhappy that there is an outside force attacking a Muslim country; that is going to happen no matter what.”
“If you are asking me, ‘Am I willing to live with that versus living with a nuclear Iran?,’ my answer is still the same: ‘We cannot live with a nuclear Iran.’ I am willing to absorb what takes place at the expense of the security of the U.A.E.”