Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin is looking to better her record in Georgia.
Late Monday, Palin included Ray McKinney, the Republican running against U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah, in a list of endorsements posted on her Facebook page:
We can count on Ray McKinney to be a strong, independent voice for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. As Ray says, “If you like the way things are going now, vote for the other guy.”
Palin also gave mention to Barrow’s absence at a Sunday debate televised by Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Her choice of McKinney might be evidence that the 2012 presidential presumptive is seeking endorsement targets that would allow her to claim a good deal of the credit on Nov. 2 – something she enjoyed when Republican Karen Handel became the frontrunner coming out of the GOP primary for governor in July. Handel, of course, lost the August runoff.
The GOP has actively pursued the 12th District seat since Barrow’s first victory in 2004. But this year, Republicans in Washington have paid more attention to seats held by Georgia Democrats Jim Marshall of Macon and Sanford Bishop of Albany.
On the same topic, over the weekend the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – criticized by the Obama administration for funding its Republican opposition – performed a small flip and put nearly $2 million in TV ads behind a dozen or so House Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Macon.
Apparently to counter the move, the National Republican Congressional Committee on Monday launched an anti-Marshall ad, denouncing the congressman as a tool of Wall Street:
Marshall (in an NPR interview): “The pain is never perceived and people tend not to give you credit for having avoided it.”
Male narrator: That’s Jim Marshall, the day he voted to bail out Wall Street the first time, creating billions in new debt. And while Wall Street’s seeing record profits, the pain we feel hasn’t gone away. Jim Marshall. He said he’d give up his seat over the bailout. Maybe it’s time he did.
Georgia’s state Democratic and Republican parties, which can accept donations larger than the $6,100 per cycle permitted by candidates, are taking an ever-larger role in the race for governor.
My AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin noted that, during Sunday’s Falcon game, an ad touting Nathan Deal’s Republican campaign for governor closed with this tag: “Paid for by the Georgia Republican Party Sue Everhart chairman and Bob Mayzes, treasurer. Vote for Gary Black for agriculture commissioner and Sam Olens for attorney general.”
In order for the funding to work, the expenditure by the party has to be made on behalf of multiple candidates.
Likewise, during the 6 p.m. news hour last night, an ad pushing Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes declared it had been paid for by the state Democratic party, to benefit not only Barnes, but Keith Moffett of Macon, a candidate for the Public Service Commission.
An InsiderAdvantage/Channel 2 Action News poll (+/- 4pp MOE) on Monday produced numbers in the governor’s race similar to those churned out in a Rasmussen Reports survey last week:
Deal (R): 49%
Barnes (D): 41%
Monds (L): 3%
In IA/C2AN poll also tapped the lieutenant governor’s race:
Cagle (R): 50%
Porter (D): 36%
Barber (L): 2%
And the race for attorney general:
Olens (R): 50%
Hodges (D): 40%
Smart (L): 2%
Democrat candidate for insurance commissioner Mary Squires said her GOP opponent Ralph Hudgens “fights hard” to strip women of life-saving coverage such as mammograms. See what Politifact Georgia has to say about it.