Updated at 4:55 p.m.: In politics, if there’s anything worse than being attacked, it’s being ignored. A reader down in South Georgia sends us a mailer in which state Rep. Lee Anderson, R-Grovetown, assesses his GOP competition in the 12th District congressional race:
As you can see, Anderson runs down both businessman Rick Allen and attorney Wright McLeod for their ties to Democrats. But there are four – not three — Republicans in the contest to oust U.S. Rep. John Barrow, R-Augusta.
Anderson ignores Maria Sheffield of Dublin. No doubt because Anderson and Sheffield are the two non-Augusta candidates in the GOP contest — though as a lawmaker, Anderson represents the northern ‘burbs of that metro area. Both Anderson and Shefffield are also in pursuit of tea party votes.
Both Allen and Wright are complaining that the mailer, which hit 12th District homes on Friday, misrepresents their histories. Here’s a clip on the brouhaha, from NBC26:
Updated: If you watch the video above carefully, you’ll see Anderson explain why he described McLeod, a 20-year Navy veteran, as having no experience in public service. “What I meant here was, as an elected official,” Anderson said.
That’s a gaffe of sizable proportions, and McLeod has set about taking advantage, with a radio ad airing today that includes this line: “By saying the only public service that matters is being a politician, Lee Anderson has disrespected everyone who has ever worn the uniform.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider