Martha Zoller and Doug Collins, the Republican runoff candidates in the 9th District congressional race, continue to gnaw at each other today over the Internet.
On Wednesday, Collins had attacked what he called “Martha’s shifting stance” on abortion, declaring that her statements as a radio talk show host called into question “her entire claim of being a conservative.”
Zoller’s camp pushed back by releasing a re-certification of sorts from Georgia Right to Life, the most aggressive anti-abortion group in the state:
“Georgia Right to Life would like to reaffirm that Martha Zoller is endorsed and certified as Pro-Life by Georgia Right to Life. This is not an easy endorsement to receive and should never be taken lightly. We thoroughly vet our candidates and can assure all voters that Martha Zoller will work in Congress to protect the unborn if she is elected to serve Georgia’s 9th Congressional District in the August 21 run-off.”
Collins, on the other hand, cut loose with a list of wrong things that Zoller has allegedly said or written about U.S. presidents. The final example was this:
Martha wrote that Franklin D. Roosevelt, the man who created the earliest beginnings of our federal social programs and added billions to our national debt, was “fiscally conservative.” (Indivisible: United Values for a Divided America, 2005, p. 175)
”FDR generated many of the tax-and-spend policies that have led to our catastrophic national debt – far from ‘fiscally conservative.’”
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, has said something like this before.
Even so, the South has become a remarkably different place when casinos can win a majority vote, while FDR is considered unworthy of a kind word. The man and his policies rescued many grandparents and great-grandparents from the brink of starvation in this region, and still rendered the country fiscally fit for a world war.
If thinking well of Franklin Roosevelt is wrong, I’m not sure I want to be right.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider