Eliminating the competition in a GOP race for Congress

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:

leeandersonmailer

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

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15 comments Add your comment

sheepdawg

July 30th, 2012
1:56 pm

i hope they all lose

oppo

July 30th, 2012
1:57 pm

the biggest fraud in this race is wright mcleod.

Aquagirl

July 30th, 2012
2:17 pm

It’s a Republican race, they probably sent her to fetch coffee.

Mild Mannered Moderate

July 30th, 2012
2:23 pm

It is important to hear from both sides. Even when there is only one side.

Both sides. Two dollars. Both sides.

td

July 30th, 2012
2:31 pm

Do not know anything about the Republicans but as long as Barrow is defeated then who cares. Georgia needs to send two more conservatives to Congress in Washington come Jan.

td

July 30th, 2012
2:34 pm

Aquagirl

July 30th, 2012
2:17 pm

It is only the liberal women that fetch coffee because their political opinions are useless.

Road Scholar

July 30th, 2012
2:51 pm

td: Yeah! Let’s put some mindless person into office because he/she has an R after their name! Oh and your mama must be proud!

RomeGaGuy

July 30th, 2012
2:53 pm

maybe Lee’s polling shows that what’s her name isnt registering with voters outside of her home in Smyrna

kandie

July 30th, 2012
2:53 pm

td, it’s your opinions that are useless. You right wingers are against everything and are hateful bigots. In my view, those are the opinions that are useless.

Kat

July 30th, 2012
3:01 pm

Another great win for the positive, policy campaign of Maria Sheffield! Seriously, we’re winning. We really are! Why are you laughing? We are winning. Haven’t you read our press releases? We won every debate – we said we did so it must be true. This is a real campaign. We have posters and everything!

Auntie Christ

July 30th, 2012
3:45 pm

There are 97 females serving in the 112th Congress, 27 are repubs, 70 are dems. This says to me that the majority of repub voters are telling their women folk that their opinions are useless, and as Aquagirl noted, to keep on fetchin’ that coffee. The dems meanwhile value the input from their female membership and elect them 2.5 times as often as those manly men repubs. A few more years of the repub white males like td peering over the shoulders of the ob/gyn and this ratio will be 20 to 1.

td

July 30th, 2012
3:46 pm

kandie

July 30th, 2012
2:53 pm

Don’t you have some coffee to fetch and let the big boys decide what is in the best interest of the country.

Ol' Timer

July 30th, 2012
4:10 pm

When I read of Republican/Tea Party politics, a quotation by Josh Billings comes to mind: “As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.”

Tom

July 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

td, Barrow is about as conservative as they come for a Democrat. He’s been targeted virtually every election but still manages to eke out wins. He must be doing something right. If i’m correct, he is the only white democrat left in the south. Just my opinion, but he’s needed where he is.

Mr. KnowitAll

July 30th, 2012
9:48 pm

These old gray haired geezers are afraid of a young, smart woman–that’s why they left her off.

The people of the 12th need a good candidate to beat Barrow–who is acting like a conservative. The WOMAN is the best choice in this race of crony, long-term politicians and bug money McCleod attempting to buy the election.

Send a fresh face to DC to start to clean that snakepit out.