Your late jolt: Rick Santorum’s wife targeted by smear sheet

Not everyone who attended Rick Santorum’s campaign event Sunday was a friendly.

In keeping with a long-standing tradition in Georgia politics, those who left First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Ga., were greeted at their vehicles with a yellow “smear” sheet under their wiper blades.

On one side reprinted a London Daily Mail account of a long-term romance that Karen Santorum, the candidate’s wife, once had with an abortion doctor. On the other side focused on a Daily Caller article focusing on a 2008 declaration by Santorum that “mainline Protestantism in this country…is a shambles. It is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it.”

For the easily appalled: Smear sheets in church parking lots go back at least to the late ’60s. We used to have a fellow in Cobb County who specialized in them.

As far as the latter allegation goes, the distributor of the anonymous tract clearly doesn’t know his/her theological politics. First Redeemer is a Southern Baptist church, and the Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. But the denomination has always kept itself apart from other “mainline” denominations – Presbyterians, Episcopalians, even Methodists.

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Rick Santorum’s 70-minute address last night declared that the right to pursue happiness was in fact the right “to do the morally right thing.” After the meeting, early this morning, state Sen. David Shafer, the chairman of the Santorum effort in Georgia, helpfully passed on a link to the definition of “happy” established by the 1828 edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary.

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GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich may have another another $10 million from Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson headed to his affiliated super PAC, Winning the Future. But a frugal Gingrich is apparently not taking any chances.

At Chicago’s O’Hare, my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy just boarded an a commuter to Tulsa – right behind the former U.S. House speaker. It’s a small plane, and all seating is coach. Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond says his boss has been flying a mix of commercial and charter planes all along.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at Newt Gingrich’s claim that he was exonerated of all ethics charges against him as U.S. House speaker.

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On the transportation front, we have two contrary trends. From Walter Jones of Morris News Service, we have the observation that the landing of a Caterpillar plant near Athens will increase focus on an improved Port of Savannah and the roads and rail that lead to it:

At the Caterpillar announcement, Vice President Mary Bell stressed that Athens’ four hours from the port of Savannah had been a major factor in her decision of where to locate the $200 million factory that will eventually bring 1,400 jobs and another 2,800 supplier jobs.

“Logistics is a primary success factor for our business, and the proximity of Athens to the Savannah port will be a major, major plus for us,” she said.

For any Georgian who had not already embraced the gospel of deepening the Savannah River to accommodate larger freighters, Bell’s words may be convincing testimony. It was also more evidence of how interconnected the state’s economy is when a four-hour drive is close enough to sway the location of a multinational’s plant.

On the other side of the coin, late last week, Creative Loafing pointed out a letter on the website of the DeKalb County NAACP, announcing it would oppose the one-cent regional sales tax for transportation up for a July 21 vote. The motivator: The failure of an expansion of the I-20 corridor to make the project list.

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Democrats have found a secret strategy sure to return them to statewide glory: Act like feuding Republicans.

Last night, Democratic vice-chair R.J. Hadley sent out a note declaring that the state executive committee hadn’t been meeting enough. He announced that he would preside over a meeting he and other members were calling for Wednesday.

Chairman Mike Berlon responded this morning with an lengthy e-mail that included this:

I have never been contacted by Mr. Hadley prior to receiving this email about his intentions to call a meeting. If he would have simply called and asked he would have realized that I planned to call one upon completion of the Legislative Session. Unfortunately, he never spoke with me about this at all prior to making this demand. I assume that the others involved in calling the meeting were not aware that he never spoke to me. In my opinion, as well as that of General Counsel, this request or demand by Mr. Hadley is completely out of order.

The second issue that is of great concern is that Mr. Hadley somehow believes that he has the authority to preside over such a meeting. Again, the By-Laws make it clear that that the Chair presides over any meetings of the Executive Committee. Furthermore, if the Chair is not available, the meeting is conducted by the First Vice Chair, Ms. Nikema Williams. There is no provision whatsoever for Mr. Hadley to act in that capacity. This has also been confirmed by General Counsel for the Party.

Berlon said the state Democratic executive committee on March 31. And that former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson will be the keynote speaker at the April 28 Jefferson-Jackson Day fundraiser.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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172 comments Add your comment

Red

February 20th, 2012
11:45 am

Was it a pap smear?

Buzzfan®

February 20th, 2012
11:46 am

Attacking Santorum by going after his wife is like attacking Jeffrey Dahmer for not having enough fibre in his diet. Rick has enough negatives on his own….why the need to target his wife?

Like she doesn’t have enough problems?

missmollie

February 20th, 2012
11:58 am

Now just who is the most likely to do something like this??? You figure…Rhetorical…A desperate candidate, maybe….I think so….

UGA 1999

February 20th, 2012
12:10 pm

They are ALL acting like children.

The Snark

February 20th, 2012
12:12 pm

I sure hope the above news stories are not an indication of the caliber of people who seek public office. If so … we’re all screwed.

UGA 1999

February 20th, 2012
12:14 pm

The Snark…..No worse than the character of the person that sits in the oval office today.

Sam I Am

February 20th, 2012
12:23 pm

Obama has got be sitting back and laughing every day.He’s going to cake walk back into the Whitehouse.These reject whackos that the Republicans keep trotting out couldn’t get elected to dog-catcher on a national scale.(my apoligies to dog-catchers)..

Carole

February 20th, 2012
12:23 pm

You know, I personally don’t like Santorum, but I take this information about his wife sort of in a so what fashion. We all have a past. We all ahve things we are ashamed of. I suppose it makes you wonder though, is his stance on contraceptions and abortion because of his faith, or because of her past lover?

Fred ™

February 20th, 2012
12:28 pm

Buzzfan®

February 20th, 2012
11:46 am

Attacking Santorum by going after his wife is like attacking Jeffrey Dahmer for not having enough fibre in his diet. Rick has enough negatives on his own….why the need to target his wife?

Like she doesn’t have enough problems?
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Because that is what today’s Republican’s do. They take the hate spewed at them from the radio and enact it in real life.

Welcome to the Boomtown……….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGxCl4ATDHw

hl

February 20th, 2012
12:29 pm

Carole, I agree with you. It’s another low in GOP politics. It’s also a blow to all good Christians because unlike the person who printed the flyer, they know the messages of Jesus.

Atlanta Allen

February 20th, 2012
12:29 pm

The Dems will use Santorum’s on words to make him look like Fred Phelps if he gets the nomination. Independent voters will not vote for Reverend Santorum. He is a big government conservative – he thinks government needs to be big enough to be in every bedroom and private life. I’m a Libertarian who believes that those leeching off of the producers in this country will overwhelm our economy with four more years of Pres. Obama – and I still could not vote for Santorum.

Random Reader

February 20th, 2012
12:29 pm

Here we go again….OK UGA…give us FACTS that back up your comments that the POYUS is of poor character……

Black Conservative

February 20th, 2012
12:30 pm

Oh (th)UGA, you are so predictable…

My2cents

February 20th, 2012
12:31 pm

It bothers me a LOT that these candidates are unable the think of anything outside of bedrooms and doctors offices. Where do they stand on education, energy, foreign policy, financial policies, taxes, transaportation, immigration? It sure is starting to make Sarah Palin look real good. At this point, I wouldn’t vote for any of these bums.

Becky

February 20th, 2012
12:33 pm

I think it was probably one of Newt’s staffers that printed the yellow sheet. Much more fun to come and closets to open!!!! This is going to be so much fun!!!

Black Conservative

February 20th, 2012
12:34 pm

Random – (th)UGA has a hard time accepting that a non-white male has achieved high levels of success in this country…except on the field of Sanford stadium.

UGA 1999

February 20th, 2012
12:34 pm

Random….You tell me….Who is Barry Soetoro? Who is Jean Paul Ludwig?

Black Conservative

February 20th, 2012
12:34 pm

Good one Becky!

Real American

February 20th, 2012
12:34 pm

I agree Carole, the wife should be left alone..but it does make you wonder about Santorum’s motivations for his stances. You can’t just ignore your spouse’s past like that while you tout that everybody else needs to only have sex if they’re married and for procreating.

UGA 1999

February 20th, 2012
12:35 pm

Black…That is a funny comment being that Obama is WHITE!

Lancaster

February 20th, 2012
12:35 pm

Typical con woman, reminds me of O”donnell the witch, do as I say not as I do.

Real American

February 20th, 2012
12:35 pm

UGA 1999…didn’t Stormfront come up with new talking points by now? Those are so 2008.

td

February 20th, 2012
12:36 pm

Another day spent by the left bashing another conservative and living in the dream world about Obama winning in a landslide. One wonders how high the suicide rate if the messiah and chief happens to be kicked out of office and Rick were elected.

UGA 1999

February 20th, 2012
12:36 pm

Real…..nope.

truth

February 20th, 2012
12:36 pm

The democRATS are the biggest liars.

Real American

February 20th, 2012
12:36 pm

Nope UGA, the President is Black. It breaks your heart that this is so, but it is so.

Oats Willey

February 20th, 2012
12:37 pm

Vote for me and get free pizza!

Becky

February 20th, 2012
12:38 pm

The tag team juveniles are back with only insults to throw around and nothing of note to add.

Real American

February 20th, 2012
12:38 pm

How is the left bashing? Oh, so it was “the left” that left those smear sheets on those cars? LMAO

SEE

February 20th, 2012
12:38 pm

The London Daily Mail…really? Does anybody realize that it is a sleaze magazine. Might as well take your news directly from the Enquirer. I remember writing the author of an article from the London Daily Mail pointing out all the blatantly false information and backing up my statements with actual data. The response I received from the author stated that he was writing for a British audience; therefore, my statements were not of concern to him. Basically, what they write is false and most of the authors know it. Journalism is not nearly as strict in the U.K. as it is here.

Black Conservative

February 20th, 2012
12:38 pm

Hey everyone. UGA 1999 says POTUS is white! Hmmmm?

td

February 20th, 2012
12:39 pm

Becky

February 20th, 2012
12:33 pm

It could not have been an Obama supporter because they are all suppose to be out of Forsyth county by dark. Oh, sorry I forgot that those times had changed and it is only the Obama supporters that have not realized it yet.

Becky

February 20th, 2012
12:40 pm

td-your statement reveals everything we need to know about you.

td

February 20th, 2012
12:41 pm

Black Conservative

February 20th, 2012
12:38 pm

Hey everyone. UGA 1999 says POTUS is white! Hmmmm?

His color does not matter. The only thing that matters is that he believes in the evils of Marxism and must be removed from office on that basis alone.

ABO 2012!!

David

February 20th, 2012
12:41 pm

Much ado about nothing…this will go on for a while. The GOP will eventually select the man, and then all of the attention will turn to where it really belongs: 3 years of Obama’s failed policies and his consistent attack on the Constitution, free trade and personal freedoms in this country. There is a great dissatisfied majority in this country, and they will be heard in force come November.

GO GO Vote DEMS!

February 20th, 2012
12:42 pm

I really horp Santurum and ginrich do well here! Tehy could never win Florida or any other mainstream swing State! I urger all Democrats to vote in Georgia’s open primary! Go Santorum! Go Gingrich! Whoo Hoo!

td

February 20th, 2012
12:44 pm

Becky

February 20th, 2012
12:40 pm

td-your statement reveals everything we need to know about you.

And what do “we” know about me? Come on you can do it. Throw that race card around and prove my statement is correct that all you libs see everything in color only.

BRW

February 20th, 2012
12:45 pm

UGA 1999: Still embarassing UGA 13 years later…….

Real American

February 20th, 2012
12:46 pm

yeah td, we see color…we see the color of those smear sheets were yellow, and we don’t think for a minute that it was anyone other than the campaigns for Newt or Mitt that put them there. You disagree?

UGA 1999

February 20th, 2012
12:47 pm

BRW….How so?

Black Conservative

February 20th, 2012
12:48 pm

td – Marxism? Really? Such extreme. So was the Civil Rights movement was a Marxist movement or a movement that made America cash the check it had written in “…we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal”?

UGA 1999

February 20th, 2012
12:48 pm

Peace

February 20th, 2012
12:48 pm

Bet the person responsible for those smear sheets is a Demoncrat. The devil’s party of hate.

Mark

February 20th, 2012
12:48 pm

@ td

February 20th, 2012
12:36 pm

Another day spent by the left bashing another conservative and living in the dream world about Obama winning in a landslide. One wonders how high the suicide rate if the messiah and chief happens to be kicked out of office and Rick were elected.

You are right on schedule with your daily press report.

One wonders what td is going to do once Obama’s is re-elected to a second term. Just don’t commit suicide, because we will miss rubbing his re-election in your face

UGA 1999

February 20th, 2012
12:50 pm

Funny how all of you firmly believe that Obama is going to be re-elected when 47% of Americans disapprove of his job performance. Only 46% approve.

UGA 1999

February 20th, 2012
12:51 pm

Lauren

February 20th, 2012
12:53 pm

Santorum’s old lady needs to take the aspirin between her knees after that smear.

Gforce

February 20th, 2012
12:54 pm

God help us all if Santorum gets the GOP nomination…this little munchkin will set us back to medieval times with his gender policies and his deranged ideology of establishing laws based on biblical dogmas. We’ll be back to coat hanger abortions and inquisitions if Santorum has his way.

Real American

February 20th, 2012
12:54 pm

UGA…there’s this thing called a “bit shortener”, are you that behind the times that you don’t know how to use it?

td

February 20th, 2012
12:58 pm

UGA 1999

February 20th, 2012
12:50 pm

You have to remember that these are the same people that thought Barnes would beat Deal, Thurmond would defeat Isasikson (sp) and still think Gore beat Bush.