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No reason for campaign nastiness

Posted: August 8, 2012 - 12:01am  |  Updated: August 15, 2012 - 3:23pm

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.

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Little Lamb

Push Polls

I don't like push polls, myself, and I was the recipient of a couple of them pushing the TSPLOST in July. I wish some who received the anti-Anderson push poll would post here some of the questions, so we can analyze whether it was as pushy as some think.

Trouble is, it is hard to remember the questions after a couple of minutes.

Many Arrows

Anderson's Record Enough

Will Lee Anderson convince middle class voters to "Vote for the Nice Man with the Tractor" when his voting record in Atlanta has been one of lining up with every sleezeball politico, voting for extortion against us with TSplost, passing the largest tax increase in history, voting for the Georgia Power bill with its enormous rate increases, and going against ethics reform. In short, does the middle class have a death wish? Sadly you CAN fool people all the time as Lee has proven.

Riverman1

Riverman Supports Rick Allen

I was a Wright McLeod supporter and wasn't disappointed by him in any way except the vote count. I'm now giving my support to Rick Allen in hopes of coming up with a capable candidate to take the seat back from the Dem.

Little Lamb

Me Too

Yeah, River, I'm for Rick W. Allen, too.

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