A month and change after the August runoff, the campaign of Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal pushed out its first TV ad this morning.
The 30-second spot is mostly a soft introduction to the former congressman – those attacks on Democrat Roy Barnes you’ve seen have been the product of the Republican Governors Association.
The Deal ad ends with this effective kicker: “He’ll get it right the first time.” But it also avoids telling voters where the candidate has been since 1994 – in Washington, as a member of Congress.
See for yourself:
There’s evidence that U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland may be experiencing a bit of prophet’s remorse.
The Republican congressman from Coweta County became the center of attention at a gathering of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition on Friday when he spoke of a GOP majority in the House – and a government shutdown.
”If we hold the line, if we get those courageous men and women to be part of our majority. If we say look, the American people we’re listening to the American people, this is what we’re going to do.
“If government shuts down, we want you with us. We want you with us. We’ve got to have you because later on you all will call us and say, ‘Look, I didn’t get my check. Daddy can’t go to the VA. You know, the national parks are closed.’
Democrats, including those at the White House, took note. And on Monday, as Channel 2 Action News obtained video of his remarks, Westmoreland reinterpreted himself:
“Our country is on the road to a fiscal disaster of historic proportions. It is incumbent on Republicans in Congress to put us back on the path of fiscal responsibility.
“In making that point during a speech last week, I reminded those in the audience that we will face tough decisions on cutting the size of government.
“I did not call for nor am I advocating shutting down the federal government. We have commitments to veterans and seniors that we must keep and we do that by setting priorities and de-funding expensive new entitlement programs like Obamacare.”
So Daddy may be able to get into the VA after all.
Republicans in Georgia were gleeful on Monday over a SurveyUSA poll (sponsored by 11Alive, WMAZ-TV in Macon and V-103 in Atlanta) that showed Nathan Deal with an 11-point lead over Democrat Roy Barnes in the race for governor.
Similar leads were given to Republicans in other statewide races as well.
One fly in the ointment needs to be considered: Polls are based on turnout predictions. And according to the crosstabs of the SurveyUSA poll, African-American turnout in November is estimated at 23 percent.
Turnout among black voters in ’08, with Barack Obama on the ballot, was 30 percent. No one anticipates a similar flood this year – but Democrats argue that 23 percent is far too low, and amounts to padding the Republican lead.
Last week, it was reported that U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishiop, D-Albany, was one of two House members who gave Congressional Black Caucus Foundation scholarships to relatives.
According to TPMMuckraker, the scholarship group has decided that it doesn’t want any more surprises:
The foundation, which gives $10,000 to each member every year to distribute to students in their district, is now asking all of its members to review their records.
“We’ve done a process of an extensive audit,” foundation spokeswoman Muriel Cooper told TPM. Foundation staff, along with the members and their staffs, have been asked to go back and make sure there have been no other instances of nepotism, “to make sure we have the highest degree of transparency.”
“Obviously, the foundation is not going to allow any unethical behavior,” she added. “We will not have any nepotism.”
Cooper said the scholarship program, which has been running for more than 40 years, operates on an “honor system.” She added that they are reviewing the process, even delaying when they send out applications a few months, from November to January, to give themselves extra time.
Ken Hodges, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, on Monday claimed the endorsement of Republican Pete Skandalakis, the district attorney from Coweta County.
Skandalakis, in the press release:
“I had the privilege and honor of working side by side with Ken during the 12 years he served as District Attorney of the Dougherty Judicial Circuit. Ken has the experience, commitment to justice and dedication to serving the public cause that will make him an exceptional Attorney General, and I endorse him without reservation.
Hodges faces Republican Sam Olens of Cobb County in November.
WMAZ-TV in Macon is reporting that Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, will be in middle Georgia on Saturday to support the congressional campaign of Austin Scott, who’s taking on U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, the Democrat from Macon.
Steele’s biggest fan, blogger/commentator/councilman Erick Erickson, will no doubt be right there at the RNC chairman’s side.