Your morning jolt: Manure flies in 12th District race for Congress

In the Republican runoff to face down U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Augusta, state lawmaker and farmer Lee Anderson has created a manure storm with final-round TV ad accusing businessman Rick Allen of spreading, um, lies about him:

A quick transcript:

Narrator: Watch out. Rick Allen’s brought out the manure spreader. Allen’s lying, waging a negative campaign to distort Lee Anderson’s record. A wealthy government contractor, Rick Allen doesn’t want you to know he gave thousands to liberal Democrats, thousands more to support Obama’s failed stimulus, and even Democrat John Barrow.

Lee Anderson, the proven conservative who’s cut taxes, slashed spending and balanced budgets. Conservative. Republican. Lee Anderson for Congress.

The Augusta Chronicle takes up some of the charges that Anderson has made, on TV as well as through direct mail:

The mailer, which features “Rick Allen’s Democrat Dream Team” with photos of Charles “Champ” Walker, Barrow and President Obama, says Allen gave money to Democrats in hopes of securing lucrative government construction contracts.

It cites a Federal Elections Commis­sion filing as the source of information about Allen’s donation to Barrow. The filing, accessible at FEC.gov, shows an April 11, 2006, donation of $250 to Barrow from “Richard E. Allen,” which is the name of an Augusta lawyer, although it lists the donor’s address as the Augusta home of Rick W. Allen, Anderson’s opponent.

In an e-mail Tuesday, Anderson’s political director, Scott Knittle, said “none of our materials ever referenced a donation from Rick E. Allen.”

The money instead came from Associated General Contractors, a political action committee in which Allen has held leadership roles in Georgia and made contributions.

In the weeks since the July primary, Anderson has waged his campaign chiefly through paid media. He’s refused all debates with Allen. Somebody will surely tell me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think the state lawmaker has had a single encounter with a reporter since July 31.

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Stuart Rothenberg reports that the National Republican Congressional Committee isn’t waiting on Lee Anderson and Rick Allen to settle their differences. The NRCC’s TV attack on U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Augusta and three other targeted House Democrats begins tomorrow:

One spot, “Barack and John,” is aimed at Democratic Rep. John Barrow of Georgia. It is a straight Barrow-Obama ad, and includes audio from a 2008 radio spot in which then-candidate Obama urged district voters “to join me in supporting John Barrow for re-election.”

The new ad uses Obama’s name and image repeatedly in the spot, with Republicans clearly hoping to make the Congressional race little more than a referendum on the president.

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Maria Saporta of the Saporta Report on Thursday caught former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young offering up his analysis on the failure of the TSPLOST vote:

“We just didn’t do our homework,” Young said. “We made a mistake. They depended on the media. A lot of public relations people get a 15 percent kick-back. The more ads they put on TV, the more money they make. They don’t care whether it won or lost. You’ve got the commercialization of politics.”

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Two former lawmakers from south Georgia have been chosen to lead a panel that helps determine Georgia transportation policy. From the Associated Press:

State Transportation Board members elected Johnny Floyd of Cordele to a one-year term as chairman. Jay Shaw of Lakeland will be vice chairman. Both men spent long tenures in the Georgia General Assembly.

Their promotions come in the wake of most Georgia regions, including metro Atlanta, rejecting a sales tax hike that would have paid for $18 billion in transportation projects.

“We have our work cut out for us on this board and in this department,” Floyd said in a statement. “We need to hear what the voters were saying and work with Governor (Nathan) Deal … to make the most of the resources we have.”

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at this statement from a NASCAR executive: “NASCAR fans are twice as likely as non-fans to serve in the military and 37 percent of active service members and veterans are NASCAR fans.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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9 comments Add your comment

zeke

August 17th, 2012
11:24 am

asking two bubbas from south ga to address transportation is a joke. they will continue the lay asphalt in south ga in hopes of attracting industry. the republicans should have selected someone with more knowledge of urban transportation.

Get Schooled blog = teachers' union pet

August 17th, 2012
11:26 am

Disagreement within the opposite party. A field day for Maureen, and for the teachers’ unions dumping big money into defeating this latest initiative to give parents more choices!

If the amendment passes, after all, the union strategy of fielding phony “Republicans” in local school board races to doom all charter school applications—will ultimately prove less fruitful.

Parents and kids be damned, eh?

oldfart

August 17th, 2012
11:36 am

I see a limited access 4-lane from Cordele to Lakeland in our future.

I agree with Andy on one thing: Broadcasting falsehoods and half-truths incessantly will not convince an electorate to tax themselves to pay for rank pork.

BehindEnemyLines

August 17th, 2012
11:51 am

Good ol’ Andy, clueless to the bitter end.

Mild Mannered Moderate

August 17th, 2012
12:31 pm

Get schooled sounds like a very angry angry person. I feel sad for you.

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Jeff Sexton

August 17th, 2012
4:05 pm

what I find hilarious about the Anderson radio ads is how blatantly wrong they are. Anderson wants us to think he will clean up Washington and stop the bloat – yet he never did a dang thing about the bloat in Ga and in fact worked to make Ga even more bloated.

Bernie

August 17th, 2012
10:07 pm

Mitt surely has had his share this week, that’s for sure!

cc

August 18th, 2012
7:11 am

oldfart:

“Broadcasting falsehoods and half-truths incessantly will not convince an electorate to tax themselves to pay for rank pork.”

obama believes it will work – for the second time. A great number of people will see their taxes increase by 40% should the unthinkable happen and obama is re-elected.