You can tell we’re reaching the end of the 2012 session of the Legislature – election-year attacks have already resumed.
The 9th District congressional campaign of Doug Collins, a state lawmaker from Gainesville, has signaled that gay marriage will have its traditional place in the Republican primary – by passing along statements made by Collins’ chief rival, north Georgia radio talk show host Martha Zoller.
For instance, in a 2009 discussion of gay marriage with CNN’s Don Lemon, Zoller said:
I think what’s going to happen eventually, DOMA is going to be challenged, that Defense of Marriage Act is going to be challenged in the Supreme Court. And I don’t think it’s going to hold up, if you want now the truth. And then we’re going to have to go back to the drawing board. I don’t advocate same-sex marriage. I have not changed my view on that. I do support civil unions, though. I think it’s a legal issue…
And this, in from a 2009 column published on the Human Events website:
“I am a reluctant to support any amendment to the Constitution, but in this case, I believe that the Federal Marriage Amendment must be passed because the Full Faith and Credit Clause is being twisted in all the passing and overturning and state amendments regarding same-sex marriage. Pass the Federal Marriage Amendment, and then make civil contracts available to same-sex couples. This is not about the giving or taking away of the rights of homosexuals. Nor is it about changing religious beliefs. It is about right and wrong. Marriage is worth defending, and it can be done while respecting others.”
If nothing else, this first volley shows the hazards of shifting from commentator to candidate. So much material is out there. The response from the Zoller campaign indicates they don’t intend to back away from either of the above statements. Some biting phrases from campaign spokesman Ryan Mahoney:
Martha Zoller has been crystal clear that she opposes gay marriage and strongly supports the immediate passage of a Federal Marriage Amendment that protects traditional marriage in the U.S. Constitution. Once the Marriage Amendment is passed, Martha doesn’t care what legal contracts private citizens enter in to. As long as traditional marriage is protected, what people do in their private lives is not the government’s business.
Doug Collins’ fascination with this issue is disturbing and a bit perverse. Obsessing over people’s private lives is conduct unbecoming of someone seeking this office. It’s time for Doug Collins to stop hiding behind his attack dogs. He should be man enough to put his name on the twisted half quotes, accusations, and desperate attacks on Martha.
Calling a former chaplain “perverse”? This 9th District race could be worth watching. Here’s a last counter-response from Collins strategist Chip Lake:
“It’s sad that, just to get elected to office, Martha Zoller is pretending to be somebody that she clearly is not. Equally troubling as Martha Zoller’s lack of conviction to core conservative values is the fact that Martha Zoller’s emerging special brand of hypocrisy is what fuels Georgians cynicism toward politicians who pretend to be something they are not and expect the voters are going to swallow their charade – hook, line and sinker.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider