Vidalia, Ga. — The four GOP candidates fighting for a chance to face down U.S. Rep. John Barrow gathered at a Monday night forum at Southeastern Technical College.
There was widespread agreement on the major issues. All four pledged to support federal financing for the dredging of the Port of Savannah. All four pledged to vote against any further increase in the federal debt ceiling – which is likely to become the first issue facing the White House next January.
But each of the four – businessman Rick Allen of Augusta; state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grove City; Wright McLeod of Augusta; and Maria Sheffield of Dublin, Ga. – were asked by a quartet of panelists to address a personal Achilles’ heel:
Vidalia Tea Party chief Jim Anderson asked Lee Anderson to explain his vote, as a member of the General Assembly, to put a transportation sales tax on the July 31 ballot:
Lee Anderson: “What I voted on was to let the people have the freedom of choice to decide whether they