Wasting no time, the National Republican Congressional Committee this morning begins airing a TV ad attempting to link endangered U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah, to President Barack Obama.
During the August special session of the Legislature, Barrow’s 12th District was redrawn into one that favors a Republican challenger. So far, state Rep. Lee Anderson, R-Grovetown, is Barrow’s only announced opponent.
The NRCC buy is small, about $21,000, and will be spread over cable TV networks in the Augusta, Savannah and Macon markets over the next three weeks:
Narrator: “There’s a cloud over our economy. John Barrow wants to keep Obama’s government takeover of health care. Fear and uncertainty prevent new hiring. Steep fines and new taxes on families and businesses. Half a trillion dollars – money they can’t use to create jobs. And experts say it will push employers to drop workers’ health insurance. With Barrow and Obama…the storm will only get worse.”
Barrow, by the way, voted against Obama’s health care overhaul.
Over the next year, look for the embattled congressman to make more and more appearances like this one below – a plea for constructive bipartisanship from earlier this month:
In Cobb County, debate over next year’s T-SPLOST vote has become an argument over whose hearings are fixed – yours or the one organized by your opponents? Here’s the lede from this morning’s Marietta Daily Journal:
Tuesday’s standing-room-only TSPLOST forum hosted by the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable in Marietta was a calculated response to the recent town hall meetings held by Cobb lawmakers where residents have blasted the proposed 10 year tax, said state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth).
“There’s a dramatically different set of people that turned out tonight,” Setzler said after the meeting, held in the Cobb Board of Commissioners room. “I mean, after the battering this light rail concept has taken in four consecutive town hall meetings around the county, I think there was a recognition among the supporters of this that if they don’t show up tonight in force, have prepared remarks and get recognized to be one of the seven speakers who got to speak, then their message was never going to get out.”
The Republican contest for the new 9th Congressional District has barely begun, but state Rep. Doug Collins has politely sketched out his strategy against his Gainesville neighbor, Martha Zoller.
Collins will emphasize the word “talk” in Zoller’s career as a radio talk show host. From a Monday interview of Collins conducted by Brian Pritchard of FetchYourNews.com:
That House Republican bill to require all businesses in the nation to use E-Verify to screen hires for legal U.S. residency is running into more trouble, according to this Wall Street Journal article pointed out by south Georgia’s Sid Cottingham:
Last week, a coalition of regional and national groups that champion less government, privacy protection and small-business interests wrote a letter to members of Congress urging them to vote against the bill, and took out an ad on Politico. The coalition is using social media to spread the word to affiliated members. It plans to start airing radio spots in some districts.
The letter said requiring the use of E-Verify, which is currently voluntary, would create a de facto national identification system, infringe on rights such as the freedom to seek work, cripple small businesses, turn employers into immigration agents and encourage identity theft. The letter calls the bill a “job killer” that will cost employers millions of dollars. Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation and one of the letter’s 27 signatories, said that his movement strongly opposed illegal immigration but that “it’s not private enterprise’s job to enforce immigration.”
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Gov. Nathan Deal’s assertion that the state ethics commission “took absolutely the same percent of [budget] cuts as most other state agencies.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider