Two months ago, shortly after Todd Akin had declared his belief that victims of “legitimate rape” had built-in, biological barriers to conception, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss didn’t mince his words.
Missouri’s Republican candidate for U.S. Senate needed to “go home,” he said.
“He needs to withdraw, period,” Chambliss said.”That’s a seat that should be our seat. Todd’s a nice guy. But in politics, you can say the wrong thing – and he said the wrong thing. I don’t care how hard he attempts to put the genie back in the bottle, you just can’t do it.”
Chambliss has apparently had a change of heart. From Politico.com:
Akin raised $1.6 million in the third quarter, including $5,000 in September from the Republican Majority Fund, Sen. Saxby Chambliss’s (R-Ga.) leadership PAC, according to campaign finance reports filed this week with the Senate Office of Public Records.
Many things might have changed Chambliss’ mind. One of them might have been the fact that U.S. Rep. Tom Price, a Roswell physician, who may or may not challenge Georgia’s senior senator in the 2014 GOP primary, also gave $5,000 to Akin in September – through his Voice for Freedom political action committee.
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Marietta obstetrician who also knows how babies are made, gave Akin a $1,500 contribution.
U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, may or may not keep his seat in Congress. But so far, he’s got the better TV spots:
Since July 31, Republican Lee Anderson has gambled that he can oust Barrow without debating him. From the looks of it, Barrow will spend the next two weeks making him pay.
In an Associated Press piece on freedom and speech and the charter school debate, the forces behind the proposed constitutional amendment all but admitted that they weren’t too keen on those lawsuits filed to keep school officials, led by state School Superintendent John Barge, out of the debate:
Bert Brantley, a consultant for the charter amendment’s proponents, said the debate should be about the merits of the policy proposal, adding that he has no problem with Barge expressing his opposition. “I don’t think we should, at all, have elected officials who are elected in the political process then not be able to participate in the political process,” Brantley said.
Brantley also advised the campaign in favor of the transportation tax and, before that, worked as Perdue’s spokesman. Brantley noted that Perdue would not raise money for his campaign from the governor’s office, instead going to the Governor’s Mansion to make phone calls. But the mansion, he noted, is publicly supported.
Let’s say that you’re a Republican candidate for the state House, attempting to oust a Democratic incumbent in north Atlanta. Then let’s say that that you screw up by unleashing – and then pulling – a TV spot that accuses your opponent of illegal drug use while in the U.S. Army. Who then calls you a “liar” and “coward.”
What do you do? You send out a weekend robo-call, declaring yourself crestfallen by the tone of the debate:
“Hi, friends. This is Chris Boedeker calling to ask for your vote on Nov. 6. I’m proud of our positive, issue-oriented campaign, and very disappointed with the childish attacks and name-calling from my opponent, Scott Holcomb. Please join your friends and neighbors in voting for Chris Boedeker for state representative.”
Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition is raising eyebrows with a $4.50 check the group is sending to targeted voters. From the Virginia Pilot:
The mailing is part of an organizational fundraising appeal…
It included a letter, the check and a form giving recipients the option to return the $4.50 and contribute to the cause; “Save America” donations of $100 or $200 are recommended.
Gary Marx, the coalition’s executive director, dismissed any notion that the mailing constitutes vote-buying when contacted Friday. “It’s a fundraising piece of mail, not a voter-contact piece of mail,” he said.
…The $4.50 check, he said, was a gimmick to grab potential donors’ attention. The coalition is counting on most recipients not cashing the checks; Marx likened the tactic to a charity fundraising appeal with a nickel taped to the letter.
However, the money slips are more than mere promotional items. They’re actual bank notes that can be deposited or cashed.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato’s statement that white voters in Virginia have a higher educational level than those in Georgia.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider