President Barack Obama may have just made his first appearance in Georgia’s race for governor – as a hero rather than a villain.
Republicans – chiefly through the Republican Governors Association – have spent millions to tie Democrat Roy Barnes to Obama, casting the president as the symbol of an out-of-control federal government.
Democrats have been less enthusiastic about using the president’s name. But Republicans sent over a mailer this afternoon that’s clearly aimed at boosting turnout among African American voters.
The mailer takes a very tough line toward Republican Nathan Deal.
“We fought against the Voting Rights Act. You may remember that,” it quotes Deal as saying at a tea party forum.
On the opposite side – the one with Obama — the mailer says the following:
“Why would Deal fight against your right to vote? Because he doesn’t think you should have that right. Earning the right to vote didn’t come easy. Many sacrificed and some even gave their lives for that right. Say NO to Nathan Deal by reminding him you DO have the right to vote.”