It appears the 12th District race for the Republican nomination has come down to Lee Anderson and Rick Allen. One of the two will survive a Aug. 21 runoff and go on to what is expected to be a very tough race in November against incumbent John Barrow.
The election is less than two weeks away, which means the candidates have a short time to persuade voters to head back to the polls. But just as being cooped up in a car for too long on a family vacation can make kids turn cranky, the compressed time until election day can bring out a lot of ugliness.
It shouldn’t be that way.
This past weekend, Anderson was the subject of a particularly harsh “push poll,” according to some area residents who received the calls. He also was the target of a vulgar, faked Facebook page.
Both Anderson and Allen are Columbia County natives. Since Charlie Norwood died, our area has been represented by an Athens resident, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun. He recognized the importance of Columbia County and set up a district office here. The new 12th District brings our county an even higher profile.
That’s why it’s especially important that the efforts of all the candidates not be sullied by nastiness from campaign operatives and social vandals.
They all need to fight for our votes. But they shouldn’t fight dirty to get them.