Last week, we began getting a number of calls from residents of the Fifth District who reported an automated phone call to their households with the strangest question: If Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and John Lewis were in the same race for Congress, whom would you support?
Strange because Reed has already said he’s running for re-election in 2013.
Michael Johnson, the former Fulton County judge, and an announced Democratic challenger to Lewis, was also mentioned in a second match-up that also included Lewis and Reed.
According to a press release distributed today, the poll was apparently the promotional work of a firm called HEG, LLC, whose principle is Fredrick Hicks. We put a phone call to him, but have not heard back.
Beverly Isom, spokeswoman for the Lewis re-election campaign, says her candidate had nothing to do with the survey. “We did not order it, did not sanction it, did not request it,” she said. Which sounds pretty emphatic.
According to Hicks:
At a time when Congress has received record-low approval ratings, recent poll results show Congressman John Lewis enjoys an approval rating of 84% within his district. When matched up against declared challenger and in a hypothetical pairing with current Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed in a three way race and head to head, Lewis outpaced all.
Hicks said about 1,700 Democratic households in the Atlanta area were contacted.
We wish his endeavor well, but we’d suggest that Hicks shouldn’t expect congratulations from a sitting congressman or incumbent mayor for invoking their names as potential rivals.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider