Voters in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District are asked to send a “new, conservative voice to Congress.” What we really need is a voice in Congress – one that will represent us fairly and intelligently.
We’re given, as an option, electing Lee Anderson. Sadly, Anderson appears to have no voice. He does not speak at all anymore. A spokesman for his campaign does all the talking. Who will be moving his lips in Washington? Does this mean an unelected staffer will be speaking for him and for us?
I can understand the logic of Anderson’s handlers not wanting him to appear on stage with John Barrow. I can’t understand why Anderson can’t talk to a newspaper reporter one-on-one. Does he fear being asked something he is unprepared to answer? If so, how does he hope to survive in Congress? Questions won’t be submitted to him in advance for review before providing a comment.
Recently, House Speaker John Boehner came here for an Anderson fundraiser. The event was held in a private home, in a gated community, with no press invited. Evidently, informing the public on what Anderson stands for was not part of the agenda. ...
A recent column by Barry Fleming defended Anderson. Why, as part of the Georgia House leadership, didn’t Fleming take a more active role in grooming Anderson for the job he now seeks? Perhaps the Republican leaders in the Georgia Legislature did not expect Anderson to run and, more importantly, to win the primary. They might have expected Wright McLeod or Rick Allen to be the standard-bearer. That’s not what they got, and now they have to make do.
The Georgia House leadership apparently didn’t see any potential in Anderson while he served there. He was only named to a third-tier position as secretary on one committee. A look at his record gives some idea of how he thinks and acts. During his four years, he proposed no legislation of state-wide importance. Most bills he sponsored involved local legislation or were “commendation” resolutions, recognizing some group for an accomplishment. Don’t take my word for it; look it up on http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/Search.aspx and check his record for yourself. With a record like this at the state level, what hope do we have for adequate representation on his part in Washington?
Anderson hasn’t shown a real grasp of technical issues either. His comment on the Federal Reserve was shocking. It showed a lack of basic understanding and an apparent unwillingness or inability to learn more about it. No wonder his handlers don’t want him talking to the press.
In an arena as important as Congress, we need a representative who is able to understand the issues and express an informed opinion. We need someone to look out for our interest, one able to express these ideas clearly and get legislation passed to help us. Anderson has not shown this ability thus far. It would be better to vote for neither candidate than to vote for one who will be more of a hindrance than a help.
Bill Trammell Evans