We’ve got a busy morning ahead, including lunch with the Cobb County Republican Women’s Club and the first face-to-face between Nathan Deal and Karen Handel in the runoff for governor.
So just a short jolt.
Deal becomes the first up on TV today, with the ad below aimed at metro Atlanta.
In political terms, a sweeter-than-sweet 30-second spot featuring a grandfather talking to his grandsons can have only two functions.
It might be intended as a palette-cleanser after a primary that left a bitter taste in the mouths of many Republicans. Or it might be an inoculation for a candidate who knows he’s going to be leveling harsh attacks on his female opponent – and needs to reinforce his credentials as a solid family man.
Noah: Papa, why do you want to be governor?
Deal: ‘Cause grown-ups in Washington are just spending too much money. They’re hurting us here at home.
Deal: Yes, and I want to fight back by giving more jobs and lower taxes so people can keep more of their money.
Ethan: Why, Papa?
Deal: Ethan, because I love the people of the state of Georgia almost as much as I love you and Noah.
Female voiceover: Pro-life. Real conservative. Real results.
In the (sigh) 9th District congressional runoff, former state senator Lee Hawkins of Gainesville is pointing to Republican incumbent Tom Graves’ Wednesday vote against a bill to ban “crush videos” featuring small animals being stepped on — and worse.
Graves and fellow Georgian Paul Broun were two of the three U.S. House members opposing the ban. All other House members from Georgia, Democrat and Republican, voted for the measure.
Said Hawkins, in a press release:
“There are more reasons to make a stand against this type of practice than there are to ever allow it to continue,” Hawkins said. “I believe the people of North Georgia would loudly voice their support for banning pornographic videos showing animals being trampled to death.”
Hawkins said that if he were in Congress, his name would have appeared in the “yes” column in passing the proposed House legislation.
“There is a very small and disturbing market in this country for these perverse videos, and the right thing to do is end access to these materials,” Hawkins added. “I support this effort to bring closure to the ‘crush video’ genre once and for all.”