A pair of taped debates featuring Democratic and Republican candidates for governor – broadcast is tomorrow morning — ate up much of the first day of the last campaign weekend.
Eric Johnson said Friday that he wanted to round up illegal immigrants in Georgia and he was willing to build prison camps to house them for deportation if elected governor.
“If we have to set up a Guantanamo Bay of Georgia, I would do it,” the Savannah Republican said….
Karen Handel was not present at the GOP forum — because Ray McBerry was. Early this morning, her campaign focused on the identity of the actress in this Nathan Deal attack in this TV ad:
The Handel campaign declared – and the Deal campaign confirmed – that the unnamed woman is Mandy Cronan, daughter-in-law of Deal’s business partner Ken Cronan.
The two own the auto salvage business, Recovery Services, Inc., that became the focus of an investigation by a congressional ethics office – which looked at allegations that Deal used his congressional office to protect the business from changes contemplated by state officials in Atlanta.
The campaign of state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, meanwhile, continued its own attacks on Handel – shifting from social conservative issues to fiscal ones.
Oxendine cites as “big-spending” evidence Handel’s approval of a 4 percent cost-of-living increase for Fulton County employees. He also declared that Handel “allowed” Fulton employees to attend the annual convention of the National Association of Counties – which in ‘05 was held in Honolulu.
Three Fulton County commissioners and three employees attended. Handel wasn’t one of them.
The name of the Oxendine campaign on the brochure is hard to find, but it’s there – on the right hand side of the back, along the edge.
While former Gov. Roy Barnes was at Atlanta City Hall, soaking up the best wishes of Mayor Kasim Reed in his Democratic race, Attorney General Thurbert Baker made his last, best pitch on television with this 30-second spot – an inspirational, upbeat finish: