Georgia is considered by political strategists to have three Democratic congressional districts vulnerable to Republican attack this year.
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, will visit the 8th District (Jim Marshal of Macon vs. GOP challenger Austin Scott) today, and the 2nd District (Sanford Bishop of Albany vs. GOP challenger Mike Keown) on Wednesday.
But this explains why we haven’t seen any sign of a Boehner visit to the 12th District. From the Savannah Morning News:
U.S. Rep. John Barrow had nearly nine times as much campaign cash as his Republican opponent going into the final stretch of the race.
As of Sept. 30, the Savannah Democrat reported to the Federal Election Commission he had banked $655,422.
That was after he’d spent $587,820 over the previous three months and nearly $1.4 million during his campaign.
Republican Ray McKinney, a nuclear power project manager, had only $73,235 on hand.
That left the Lyons resident ill-equipped to respond to Barrow’s onslaught of TV, radio, and direct mail advertising.
McKinney got no help from GOP groups targeting two Georgia Democratic congressmen they see as vulnerable – Jim Marshall and Sanford Bishop. And he received none from business groups that often bankroll Republicans.
On the topic of congressional races, Politifact Georgia today takes on a charge from Republican Austin Scott, who says that U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall’s vote for a stimulus bill “sent nearly $2 billion overseas to build wind turbines and create jobs, mostly in China.”
And CQ Politics has this look at the Sanford Bishop-Mike Keown fight for the 2nd District:
The Keown-Bishop matchup is being overshadowed on the national level by the highly competitive race next door in Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall’s 8th district, which has drawn the interest of national media and several powerful third-party organizations.
GOP insiders say that if Republicans win the House by a slim margin next month, they will take down Marshall in the process. But picking off the well-established Bishop — who hasn’t faced any real opposition in a decade — probably won’t happen unless a larger GOP wave develops on Election Day.
Still, Keown is doing his best to take advantage of a favorable Republican environment and voters’ sour mood.
Roll Call today adds a D.C. wrinkle to Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal’s use of travel money:
Ex-Rep. Nathan Deal’s Congressional office paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Georgia company owned by his top staffer’s wife to fly to and from his Congressional district, but the staffer did not report the income on his financial disclosure forms because he claims the couple made no profit.
House rules prohibit Members from purchasing services from a staff member but appear to be silent on purchasing from a staff member’s spouse.
According to House spending records, which detail the finances of each lawmaker’s office, Deal’s office paid Gainesville, Ga.-based Chattahoochee Logistics LLC at least $245,000 from 2002 to 2008.
Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes is leaving nothing in his quiver the last two weeks. He’s out with two new TV ads commercials: One is an attack ad, using video of Republican rival Nathan Deal beating a retreat from a debate last week. We don’t have a link to that yet.
The second is defensive in nature, and displays Barnes’ fondness for his two cows:
Some leftovers from today’s reports on the Deal-Barnes fight over the votes of women, from the Associated Press:
On the domestic violence front, the Barnes camp unearthed Deal’s 1981 vote against a family violence bill that would have given police power to arrest a spouse in their home without a warrant in domestic violence cases.
In a Feb. 2, 1981 article in the Gainesville Times, Deal said the measure would place an unreasonable workload on superior court judges while also handing police far-reaching arrest powers. Senate records also show that Deal was the lone no vote against a 1988 domestic violence bill that would have streamlined the process to seek petition seeking relief from family violence.
And he was the lone Georgia lawmaker, according to legislative records, to oppose another 1988 bill that would have broadened the definition of family violence.
Deal’s camp did not address the votes directly bit instead pointed to his backing, while in Congress, for the U.S. Justice Department Reauthorization Act of 2005 that increased annual funding for a federal law to combat domestic violence from $185 million per year to $225 million per year.
On Monday, we noted Republican nominee for governor Nathan Deal’s roll-out of new points to his transportation platform, which included an east-west connector south of Atlanta. Rather than north, where the traffic is.
An astute Insider reader opined that this might be a fresh push for a Macon to LaGrange link for the Kia plant. To allow parts for the plant to flow through Savannah, rather than have cargo vessels sail the horn around Florida to Alabama ports.
Wheels are turning on the African-American GOTV machine.
The Insider was in Athens on Monday, addressing a group of future political consultants, and was informed that a local gospel radio station, aimed at African-Americans, was playing an ad that featured former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin, urging listeners to vote.
That meshes with a statewide robo-call from President Barack Obama, which hit many households Sunday evening.
And we’re told that Tharon Johnson, a political strategist who helped Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed squeeze out a win last year, has also turned his attention to Nov. 2 turnout issues.
Finally, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, launches his first radio ad this morning. Print does not do justice to the enthusiasm that the congressman musters for this:
This is Congressman John Lewis. It’s time to vote. We’ve come so far, we cannot go back. I’ve brought back millions for schools, for teachers and roads and trains. I’ve cut taxes for small business. I’ve fought for Social Security and Medicare. I’ve protected the air we breathe and the water we drink. I’ve always voted for what is right, what is fair and what is just. I’ve voted my conscience. I voted for you. Now I need you to vote for me. I’m John Lewis. I’m running for Congress….
With very little money to run against a Republican Johnny Isakson who’s showing no cracks, Michael Thurmond, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, is running an earned media campaign.
He’s sent out links to this laudatory piece by ABC News on his acclaimed Georgia Work$ program, from earlier this month:
On Wednesday, Thurmond will hope to pick up some Washington press with an address to labor commissioners across the country on the same topic.
Democratic nominee for attorney general Ken Hodges was at the state Capitol on Monday to announce that he’s got the bipartisan support of 33 of the state’s 49 district attorneys.
Carol Porter, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, is out this morning with her second TV ad, which calls for “ethical leadership,” but does not raise the name of her rival, Republican incumbent Casey Cagle: