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

td

February 20th, 2012
2:10 pm

Becky

February 20th, 2012
2:03 pm

td-I’m proud to be in that group. What is your point?

No point. Just making an observation. It is a little sad that most African American have little philosophical agreement with the radicals of the party but they will not come over to the side they have more in common with.

Auntie Christ

February 20th, 2012
2:10 pm

td tweedle dumb thinks it wrong and disgraceful that 90% of Black folks vote for Obama. I guess td disavows marco rubio, who if he were named marco smith, would be driving a truck in S. Fla, instead of being being senator via the 99% Cuban vote. He dislikes affirmative action, because he feels it is ok for hiring, promotions and college entrance to be based on one’s whiteness and maleness, but voting based on race/gender is not ok. He states that he doesn’t mind that Blacks in the south are voting en masse for Obama, because basically, in the south, they’re votes are marginalized. Helllo! You just stated agreement with the position you rail against, i.e. you’re glad the white folks are all voting against Obama, while all the Black folks are. When Black folks vote for Obama, it’s due to skin color, not that they like his policies. But when White folks vote against Obama, it has nothing to do with skin color, it’s about policy. td, you make pretzels look linear, compared to how you twist logic.

TryThingForAChange

February 20th, 2012
2:10 pm

I think it’s a bit unfair to call this a “smear”, when the issue of this man’s wife living a life that he has deemed unacceptable to everyone else. Santorum screams at the top of his lungs that anyone who has sex outside of marriage and who believes in a woman’s right to do with her body what she chooses, while his wife – who stands beside him in her moral superiority – lived with an abortion doctor for many years. Not as a teenager, but until she moved out when she knew Rick wanted to actually marry her. Under normal circumstances, a candidate’s spouse is off limits, but this hypocrite stands as her husband reviles unmarried cohabitants and those who believe in abortion rights, going so far as to hold funerals for fetuses. The elderly man she was shacked up with was also – I might add – the same doctor who delivered her. I agree…campaigns should stick to real issues and refrain from bashing religion or putting the government in our bedrooms, but Rick Santorum is running SOLELY on a platform of what he calls “traditional family values”, while he and his party-girl wife live in a serious glass house. They BOTH need to be called out on it.

Carole

February 20th, 2012
2:13 pm

td
There are about how many people who write on these blogs everyday? Then narrow that down to how many you believe are Democrat. And yet and you’ve come to a conclusion about an entire body of people based on that? Using your logic I’ve come to the conclusion that the GOP in GA is made up of

1. Racist
2. people who are uninformed and get most of their their talking points and information from blogs
3. people who are judgmental and closed-minded
4. People who don’t exhibit the love or character of Christ but like to throw his name around alot

And those are just things that come to mind right away.

td

February 20th, 2012
2:13 pm

Carole

February 20th, 2012
2:07 pm

You do not hear conservatives saying Bush never made any mistakes. He made many (especially on the domestic side). We all say he was a great leader in a time of crisis for the nation. Can you libs really say the same about Obama?

Again, can you please inform us of anything Obama has done wrong in office?

td

February 20th, 2012
2:18 pm

Auntie Christ

February 20th, 2012
2:10 pm

Sorry but your whole argument blows up when you consider that there are more religiously conservative African Americans in Georgia then there are secular humanist and they are totally voting against their own ideology when they vote for Obama. You do realize that Obama would lose every state in the country if whites did not vote for him?

td

February 20th, 2012
2:21 pm

TryThingForAChange

February 20th, 2012
2:10 pm

I see you do not have a clue about the term “saved by grace” or what Baptism means that all your past sins are washed away and then it is only those acts you do after counts.

MiltonMan

February 20th, 2012
2:21 pm

So Kay would rather have/had as governor:

Barnes – yes the “lovable” loser who turned on the most dedicated of all Democratic voting blocks – the teachers

Mark Taylor

Becky

February 20th, 2012
2:21 pm

“You do realize that Obama would lose every state in the country if whites did not vote for him?”

And that is what is just killing you isn’t it td?Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

Carole

February 20th, 2012
2:22 pm

td
You do not hear conservatives saying Bush never made any mistakes. He made many (especially on the domestic side). We all say he was a great leader in a time of crisis for the nation. Can you libs really say the same about Obama?

Again, can you please inform us of anything Obama has done wrong in office?
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You said conservatives. I’m talking about what he himself said. When asked about any mistakes he had made or regrets he said he hadn’t made any.

As for President Obama, I can’t think of anything “wrong” off hand. There are issues and policies that he has put forth I didn’t agree with. I wasn’t crazy about the original version regarding birth control issue for employers. But I never expected a person to do things exactly the way I would do them. My disagreement with them doesn’t mean I have to fall out and disown the person.

I voted for GWB the first time. Obama hasn’t done anything yet that would make me not vote for him again.

td

February 20th, 2012
2:23 pm

TryThingForAChange

February 20th, 2012
2:10 pm

“Rick Santorum is running SOLELY on a platform of what he calls “traditional family values””

Big fat lie. Family values is all the lib media wants the dumb masses to believe is all he is running on.

td

February 20th, 2012
2:27 pm

Carole

February 20th, 2012
2:22 pm

Practically everything he has done domestically are reasons I would not vote for him. I do give him credit for continuing with the Bush policy in the middle east for the first two years, not closing Gitmo and for having the guts to give the go ahead to take out OBL.

Christian Jay

February 20th, 2012
2:28 pm

Can someone tell me where the Christian forum is? This blog is full of hypocrites. If you love America, you love your brother like Jesus said! None of your comments are making God smile right now.

Harry Paulms

February 20th, 2012
2:31 pm

Right now the Republicans are having a serious identity conflict. A segment of them are libertarian types, a la Ron Paul; another segment are the social and fiscal conservatives, like Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich; and another part are big business, old school Republican corporatists like Mitt Romney. The problem is, none of these groups share a common ideological bond, except that they hope to coalesce to defeat Obama. This struggle to determine the future of the GOP will not end at the convention. It will hurt them in the general election.

Mitt Romney is probably the guy, because 1) it’s his turn; 2) the party itself wants him in that role; and 3) he has proven to be enough of a chameleon that he will talk out of all 3 sides of his mouth on the campaign to assuage his constituency.

Meanwhile, Obama must be delighted that he is running against a four headed dragon, with each head threatening the body politic.

Debbie

February 20th, 2012
2:34 pm

I dont care if Boza the clown was running against Obama I would vote for him just to get this big eared curious george out of the white house and give him back to who ever wants him in their town. Lord help this country if he is re-elected———NO WAY IN H$$$ will that happen again.

JAWJA

February 20th, 2012
2:34 pm

Gore beat Bush!

Real American

February 20th, 2012
2:36 pm

LOL @ td………it hurts him that his dreamed up privilege has been taken away.

Emily Crutcher

February 20th, 2012
2:38 pm

What is the point of rehashing Karen’s history? As many people change opinions when they are young, and it seems nasty to bring up her relationship when it has no relevance to the campaign. Surely it could have been avoided in this context.

Al

February 20th, 2012
2:39 pm

Republican candidates are actually running for the Pope of USA, the highest office in their small minds.

Carole

February 20th, 2012
2:40 pm

td
Big fat lie. Family values is all the lib media wants the dumb masses to believe is all he is running on.
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Care to enlighten us on what else he’s running on?

InAtl

February 20th, 2012
2:42 pm

@JAWJA
Gore beat Bush!

Voila! The intellect of the Obama voter.

Al

February 20th, 2012
2:43 pm

@Debbie – I thought Bozo the clown (GWB) left the office in Jan 2009.

Metro Mensa Man

February 20th, 2012
2:45 pm

Fred@12.28
This is for you. Is this what you meant about Republicans spewing hate?
Scroll down to the sign beginning “Kill Terrorists” then come back and post that you still Republicans are the one who spew hate, you f’ing jerk.

Still better than the Obama

February 20th, 2012
2:56 pm

None of them are great choices but any of them are a better choice then Obama. We still need to keep the House though since they spend the money. Hopefully we can get some people in there who have the courage to NOT spend it.

juvenal

February 20th, 2012
2:58 pm

based on the comments here, his capacity for forgiveness alone makes him pretty weird-or refreshing……..

Becky

February 20th, 2012
3:00 pm

I’m curious who on here agrees with the “principles” of Westboro Church? A supposedly baptist “church”.

BMChristianConservative

February 20th, 2012
3:04 pm

Obama race is black! His upbringing is far from black! The man has NO idea of what it’s like to grow up black in America.That and his Marxist/liberal politics is the reason why I could never vote for him! (though admittedly I have a difficult time embracing any of the GOP candidates).

Becky

February 20th, 2012
3:06 pm

OMG! Do you mean to tell me President Obama is black????

Becky

February 20th, 2012
3:06 pm

Come over to the dark side-we have cookies.

just sayin'

February 20th, 2012
3:09 pm

The only thing that distinguishes Obama as “black” is his complexion. His character, which comes from his upbringing and culture, is socialist/marxist/muslim.

just sayin'

February 20th, 2012
3:10 pm

I am about ready to start the ABO campaign…”Anyone But Obama.” Anyone interested?

Becky

February 20th, 2012
3:13 pm

Why do I get the feeling there are folks on here that took a Sociology 101 class (maybe online like uga 1999) and learned the terms socialist and marxism and just love to use them to hopefully convince themselves how learned they are. They don’t really understand what thye mean but now they feel important. Or impotent.

Lick Santorum, 2012

Thank God for Jon Stewart!

Buckhead Boy

February 20th, 2012
3:13 pm

The 1828 edition? That’s hardly noteworthy in the Republican drive to “take our country back”, when GOP members of the New Hampshire legislature have introduced a bill to require any new law to cite its origins to the 1215 Magna Carta. I had assumed that Santorum is aiming for about the 9th Century.

Justin

February 20th, 2012
3:16 pm

@ BMChristianConservative and just sayin’

So now you have concluded the President has no connection to his African-American roots? I swear I’m beginning to believe the entire conservative movement no common sense!

Justin

February 20th, 2012
3:17 pm

correction

I’m beginning to believe the entire conservative movement has no common sense!

BMChristianConservative

February 20th, 2012
3:17 pm

@becky

Westboro is a CULT!! There is NOTHING Baptist, Protestant, or Christian about this fringe group of losers! Christianity is about seeking Jesus as Savior and helping others do the same. It’s not about condenming people struggle to live morally to Hell as though they can never turn to Jesus! Any Christian that agrees with Westboro is either very ignorant or is probably not a true BA Christian!

Becky

February 20th, 2012
3:18 pm

Google westboro BAPTIST church. Not saying I don’t agree with you but there it is.

southerngurl

February 20th, 2012
3:19 pm

@Black Conservative

UGA 1999 has never heard of the “one drop rule” that his forefathers defined. POTHUS is only white when it is convenient or serves a purpose. Comical.

Becky

February 20th, 2012
3:19 pm

What is a BA christian? Bad ass?

Get a Room

February 20th, 2012
3:20 pm

td assumes the political blogs are representative of the populace as a whole when it may only be a dozen commentators, some with different names. Get a room.

BMChristianConservative

February 20th, 2012
3:31 pm

uh justin,

NO, I don’t think he has much of a connection w/ the struggles of being black! But he was elected President, the first black person ever elected. Which ought to be commended by ALL people! Now we don’t have to agree w/ his politics if we choose not to (and I choose not to).

BMChristianConservative

February 20th, 2012
3:43 pm

@becky

Most well-read people know that it stands for born again. I’m a little disappointed that you came off so vulgar when I did not in any way come off as vulgar or offending..I thought there was some common ground between us in that we are both offended by the tenets of WBC. At least I’m offended by them! Are you?

Random Reader

February 20th, 2012
3:54 pm

“We all say he was a great leader in a time of crisis for the nation.”
Now That is now the dumbest comment that has been posted on this blog in a LOOOOOOOOOG time!!!

His words:

Asked whether Bush thought capturing Bin Laden was important, Bush scolded those who cared about Bin Laden for not “understand[ing] the scope of the mission” because Bin Laden was just “one person,” whom Bush said, “I really just don’t spend that much time on“:

Now how was he such a great leader again???

Libertarian

February 20th, 2012
3:56 pm

I am Libertarian.Santorum is Fascist who would be a disaster for personal liberty in this country!

BMChristianConservative

February 20th, 2012
4:00 pm

Also Becky a lot of evil fringe religious groups will use Christian, Baptist, and other names that make it seem like they truly embrace the message of Jesus. Of course a lot of them take the message of Jesus and twist it into something that caters to their own selfish beliefs. And often it requires more than a brief examination to figure out that these groups are evil (LOOK BEYOND THE WORDS CHRISTIAN, BAPTIST, JESUS, ETC IN THEIR NAME).

BMChristianConservative

February 20th, 2012
4:03 pm

random

I guess you meant to slip the letter “n” somewhere in the word “LOOOOOOOOOG,” right?

Random Reader

February 20th, 2012
4:14 pm

BMCC….it was I typo…Sue Me!!!

Tasty Bottom

February 20th, 2012
4:16 pm

Libertarian, Catholic, anti-generational welfare, anti-amnesty, pro choice, anti-gay marriage, pro-raise the taxes on the rich.

Where can I play in November?

Rod

February 20th, 2012
4:22 pm

This is going to be a cake walk Santorum could not even win relection in his home state lol Romney is your only hope hell he was babbling in Michigan about how he loved the state and cars he was tongue tied pop another Pabst it’s going to be another 4 years of Obama baby!

The Bald Eagle

February 20th, 2012
4:24 pm

I’m not a fan of Santorum, (I actually despise him.) but attacking the man’s family is base and cowardly.