Republican District 12 runoff between Anderson, Allen too close to call

JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Lee Anderson with supporters Tuesday night
Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 10:36 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012 2:18 PM
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In a race still too close to call Tuesday night, Lee Anderson led Rick Allen by fewer than 200 votes in the Republican runoff for the District 12 seat in Congress.

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Surrounded by members of his family, Republican Lee Anderson gets a hug from Columbia County Clerk of Court Cindy Mason as the final numbers are posted.   JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Surrounded by members of his family, Republican Lee Anderson gets a hug from Columbia County Clerk of Court Cindy Mason as the final numbers are posted.

Less than 1 percent of total votes separated Anderson and Allen. Allen did not concede defeat Tuesday and could be eligible to ask for a recount. The Associated Press declined to call the race Tuesday.

“We’re going to wait until all the votes are counted,” said Scott Paradise, Allen’s campaign manager. “We still feel confident we may end up winning this thing. We’ll look at all our options tomorrow morning.”

Anderson, a Grovetown farmer, lost Columbia and Richmond counties but carried the 19-county district, winning 13,778 votes (50.28 percent), while Allen, an Augusta businessman, received 13,625 votes (49.72 percent), according to unofficial vote totals from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

Anderson would not make himself available to The Augusta Chronicle for comment, citing time constraints, but political director Scott Knittle confirmed that despite the narrow margin of 153 votes between the two candidates, Anderson was declaring himself District 12’s new congressman.

“Tonight we’re claiming victory,” Knittle said. “Of course a recount may be a possibility if this in fact is the margin, but tonight we’re declaring victory.”

In a victory speech, Anderson declared it was time for all the candidates in the District 12 race to unite against Democratic incumbent John Barrow.

“Tonight we won a battle and tonight we start a war,” he said. “This is what it is all about. Our families. Our homes. We are giving freedom back to the people of District 12 and we’re sending John Barrow and Obama home.”

In a speech to supporters, Allen said he was not conceding the race but doubted the 153 votes would appear Tuesday night.

“This time, I thought all the stars lined up,” he said. “My goal, really for the last 10 years, the more I grow in my faith, is to serve Jesus Christ in whatever he would have me do. I felt this was a calling.”

Allen, who owns a successful contracting business and spent $1.1 million on the primary and runoff, acknowledged: “It didn’t go exactly as I planned.”

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rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 08/21/12 - 10:41 pm
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Just goes to show you that

Just goes to show you that the little man still has a chance!

showboat
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showboat 08/21/12 - 10:52 pm
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I bet that big mouth talk
Unpublished

I bet that big mouth talk show host in Augusta, will not sleep well tonight!!LOL

SpiderLily
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SpiderLily 08/21/12 - 10:55 pm
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A simple man

You asked for it you got it. Hopefully, Lee won't have to grapple with any Federal Reserve legislation since he has no idea what it is. He is right on par with the Georgia congressman that thought Guam would tip over.

wise ole man
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wise ole man 08/21/12 - 10:58 pm
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Money can't buy class or

Money can't buy class or votes. The republicans now need to bond together and beat Barrow and Obama.

soitgoes
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soitgoes 08/21/12 - 11:00 pm
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Unfortunately

Don't see Anderson as being able to handle the barrage of Barrow BS headed his way. Anyone who can stick the "Max Tax" label on such a fellow as fine, qualified and articulate as Max Burns is probably celebrating himself tonight!

slowpitch
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slowpitch 08/21/12 - 11:09 pm
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Between Roundtree win, McLeod loss and T-SPLOST passed,

Richmond Co/CSRA have a pretty pathetic record the past few weeks.

Something about being the most qualified candidate and best choice for the region seems to repel voters around here. WHAT IS GOING ON?

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/21/12 - 11:25 pm
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deleted.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 08/21/12 - 11:40 pm
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Spiderlily, soitgoes, and

Spiderlily, soitgoes, and slowpitch; I FEEL YOUR PAIN!!!!!!!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/21/12 - 11:58 pm
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Defeating John Barrow is the

Defeating John Barrow is the goal. No matter who our candidate is.

12thUnderProtest
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12thUnderProtest 08/21/12 - 11:59 pm
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I'm proud that Lee won.

Slowpitch, I'm mightily disappointed in the Peebles loss. He was the best man for the job.

That said, Lee Anderson worked hard for every vote in the race for the 12th. He knocked on doors. He called everyone. No one was too small or too unimportant to meet with. That's why he won. And Rick Allen is out nearly $600,000. That just proves money can't buy everything, and hard work pays off.

I can't help but smile a little bit after the heavy-handedness of Sunday's opinion section because our area obviously doesn't give a hoot what Billy Morris wants anymore.

csrareader
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csrareader 08/22/12 - 04:33 am
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John Barrow is resting easy

John Barrow is resting easy tonight - he just won re-election.

nanowerx
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nanowerx 08/22/12 - 07:21 am
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I am a Republican that will not vote for Lee in November

I am not uniting behind anybody. Barrow is more conservative than Anderson. I don't vote based on an (R) or a (D), I vote based on actions and Anderson has already shown he is far from fiscally conservative. I sure hope the recount changes the outcome here, if not then I would like to go ahead and congratulate Barrow on his stunning win in November after he slaughters Anderson in debates. What is up with the GOP surrounding themselves with easily defeatable, weak candidates lately?

hotplate
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hotplate 08/22/12 - 06:37 am
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Barrow looking good now

Anderson - proven career politician. 2 more years of Barrow or a lifetime of Anderson.... You Decide.

SteveSwimmer
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SteveSwimmer 08/22/12 - 07:46 am
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Attn. spiderlily:

Your "Guam" comment is out of order.

I am a 4th District constituent. Here we know Rep. Johnson is working hard for our District, he is a man with a good heart who is soft spoken, knowledgeable and sincere whenever talking with any of us 4th constituents. Even Cynthia McKinney's camp, during their last election battle, knew Hank Johnson was a good person with a good heart and would not condone a political attack on his humanity.

As for over-turning Guam: Admiral Willard knew exactly what Rep. Johnson meant and replied accordingly. They then addressed the accompanying coral reefs and other environmental weight put on such a small island with the incursion of 25,000 additional Marines, with families, being transferred from Okinawa (where they were detested by the local Japanese and forced to move).

Rep. Johnson, in standard form, was keenly concerned with the well being of those 175,000 souls inhabiting the already small space. Admiral Willard understood the concern and convinced Rep. Johnson the move was the least objectionable solution to a bad problem; and, accordingly, Rep. Johnson agreed with the Admiral.

The over-turning emphasis was in complete order and conveyed the actuality of an overwhelmed ecology and economy. The Admiral, the Panel and virtually all of my fellow 4th District constituents understood this without problem. Only the “Guamer” crowd, including you, ignored Rep. Johnson’s concern for a little noticed people in favor of dancing in the theater of the absurd over nothing more than a figment of petty imaginations.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/22/12 - 08:14 am
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The Chronicle's Crossover Strategy

The Chronicle's crossover strategy for the election costs us two great candidates in Wright McLeod and Rick Allen. In addition it didn't work to get Peebles elected. Oh well, now it's our duty to unite behind Lee Anderson and defeat Democrat John Barrow.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/22/12 - 08:48 am
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AC

Stop pushing so hard....it is NOT working & won't.....

Please don't mess up Freddies chance.....He can stand on his own 2 feet.....
Yall aren't looking at the BIG picture........you can't overlook a huge section of Augusta without a backlash...
Downtown needs to take a backseat for awhile.....think you will too....

Petaltothemetal
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Petaltothemetal 08/22/12 - 09:02 am
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Looking back

The Augusta Chronicle endorsed Peebles and Allen, using the entire "Opinion" section of last Sunday's paper. Whether the articles pulled or pushed votes, I think the people of the 12th District did their homework throughout this election, with no need for bias media. I'm glad to have Lee Anderson going to D.C. after he defeats Barrow.

tombee
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tombee 08/22/12 - 09:22 am
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Rural areas

Anderson outworked him in the rural parts, visiting anybody and everybody. They never heard from Allen. Its that simple.

soitgoes
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soitgoes 08/22/12 - 09:23 am
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slowpitch
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slowpitch 08/22/12 - 09:27 am
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Allen loss wasn't just AC pushing

I was a McLeod supporter in the primaries and honestly very split about who to support in the runoff.

Ultimately, Rick Allen's nasty campaign pushed me to vote for Anderson. I think it's absolutely insane we nominated a man who can't appear in public, but I haven't talked to anyone who thought he had major character issues.

Allen on the other hand demonstrated he doesn't have any standards when it comes to politics.

Maybe the Chronicle's smothering coverage was off-putting to some voters, but to me it was Allen's own actions that cost him the race (and $540,000).

dade30906
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dade30906 08/22/12 - 09:32 am
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Don't matter who win

Don't matter who win Obama&Barrow got my vote in November. Every time you read right - wing news media Augusta Chronicle try to manipulate Richmond County voters against candidates( Barrow) that aid Obama administration, but it want work in Richmond County. It's a waste of breath Congressman Barrow is here to stay. Not one time did Augusta Chronicle posted a letter about Roundtree, only Scott Pebbles a White candidate. I was puzzled when I heard a campaign ad on the Black radio(96.3 FM) station and the Richmond County's Mayor asked Augustans to vote for Pebbles because he is honest and he's the best trained man for the job and then Richmond County's Sheriff Strength followed Mayor Deke by saying he watched Pebbles advance within the Sheriff ranks and he's the right man for the job, all this gibberish just didn't fit right with me, sound like just some good - ole boy talk, so I voted for Roundtree.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/22/12 - 09:50 am
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Ha

I think everyones knows why dade30906 voted for Roundtree.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/22/12 - 09:53 am
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Cynthia McKinney has a

Cynthia McKinney has a "camp"? Fellow loonies?

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 08/22/12 - 01:15 pm
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New day dawning

I don't ever remember being "for" a Democratic candidate before even though I profess to be "the best person for the job" voter. However, I now support Barrow. Between Honey Boo Boo, Lester Maddox and his bike riding antics, and country boy Anderson its no wonder folks think Georgians are country bumpkins!

SteveSwimmer
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SteveSwimmer 08/26/12 - 06:04 pm
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Slowpitch fool?

Fool? Why slowpitch aren't you a bit quick at name calling? I mean you hardly know me. As for history, the record shows I am completely correct concerning Congressman Johnson. Merely view the Armed Services Committee hearing concerning Guam and you you can see history first hand. So far as I can tell, all of the mouthy "Guamers" came from the likes of birthers and other assorted racists.

I hope you are not one of those.

As for history, here is what history looks like from the 4th.

Brief history of time in the 4th, this constituent’s view.

Before Cynthia, we elected Republican Pat Swindall, later to be: my former neighbor, fellow felon and Atlanta Federal Penitentiary prisoner associate. Then, in shock over the Republican’s scandal, this electorate swung 180 degrees to the all Democrat “good ole’ boy”: Cooter, Ben Jones, of all people. Ad hominem denigrating aside, Rep. Jones did indeed represent our constituency in good manner until Republican redistricting maneuvers took him away.

In Rep. Jones stead, after a few years of terrible service from John Linder, I’m sure, much to the Republicans’ chagrin, Cynthia magically appears on the scene, with totally unexpected victory, here in the 4th, after courtroom actions end her Representation of the then, majority Black, freshly minted 11th.

Hosea Williams was encouraged by many to run for that 11th, arguing the District was tailor made for him. To wit he would reply: The gerrymandered 11th is designed to fail in the Court and will never pass the muster, besides I like Cynthia and will not challenge her here. Of course, Rev. Williams understood the political nature of the racism running rampant throughout this era.

Thus, he was not surprised when Miller V. Johnson (515 U.S. 900, 115 S. CT. 2475, U.S.Ga, 1995) knocked the socks off of the 11th along with Cynthia’s chances to Represent in the House. Yet, outrunning the odds and with happy surprise Cynthia charmed her way to victory in the 4th.

No small feat considering Georgia cultivates and is home to many of the most hateful racists in the world. We are known to have more hate groups than any other state by far. And with out doubt in any Georgian's mind, only slightly hidden racism is rampant in our State’s politics.

Cynthia had to outrun old time Southern favorite racists like Joe Wilson, Georgia's now late counterpart to the obvious racist, "you lie" Joe Wilson, showing Georgia political racism in full unbridled pride in Miller V. Johnson. The SCOTUS opinion scuttling Cynthia’s 11th.

In the opinion, our Great Nation's SCOTUS shows how racists Georgia politicians pulled every string in the book to keep Georgia's Black population out of the voting booths.

The Court quotes Joe Wilson, the racist Georgia legislator: "These Court decisions and congressional directions significantly reduced voting discrimination against minorities. In the 1972 election, Georgia gained its first black Member of Congress since Reconstruction and the 1981 apportionment created the State's first majority-minority district. This voting district, however, was not gained easily. Georgia created it only after the United States District Court for the District of Columbia refused to preclear a predecessor apportionment plan that included no such district, an omission due in part to the influence of Joe Mack Wilson, then Chairman of the Georgia House Reapportionment Committee.

As Wilson put it only 14 years ago, 'I don't want to draw [filtered word] districts.' " Busbee v. Smith, 549 F.Supp. 494, 501 (DC 1982).”

Thus, after several tough years serving her 11th District, under constant fire, fighting the good fight with infinite spirit, Cynthia proves to be Super Woman and is elected 4th District Representative. (e.g., while incarcerated in Atlanta Federal with former 4th Rep. Pat Swindall, we would see Rep. McKinney storm the prison. Force, and let me assure they hated it, the guards and prison administration to do the right thing in order to care for her constituent suffering undue prosecutorial/prison persecution over kaolin matters).

Cynthia went on to serve us well, here in the 4th, and we, who wanted a strong national Black leader, proudly supported her with votes and accolades. Our District sent the House a veritable Socrates gadfly who endlessly pointed openly to the ugly truths of issues presented to us in glowing terms by the Ruling officials, here in our Great Nation. Mostly, Cynthia’s efforts were given “squeaking wheel” status and, other than a high spot now and then, ignored. Seemingly undaunted, Cynthia would continue to plow the field with unbridled enthusiasm. And, by the 9/11 horror, Cynthia’s voice was much louder.

However, the 9/11 events followed by Cynthia’s open revelations of administrative serious wrongdoings, brought the wrath of the Ruling cover-up crowd down on Cynthia and her loud; yet, lonely voice. Here, the Adelson like Jews (already gunning for her over Palestinian matters), right wingers with assorted racists, regular Republicans and an underhanded “vested interest” Democrat bunch operating under the table, all ganged up and put Judge Majette (using crossover Republicans to outvote me and my fellow Cynthia supporters) on the Democrat ticket in favor of Cynthia.

Then, Judge Majette, turned by “hook and crook” into 4th District Rep. Majette; after a 2 year lackluster term, said “God” told her to leave the 4th and run for the U.S. Senate. (Side bar: It does not take a PhD in race relations to know: A Black person, and more specifically here, a Black Woman, is not going to win a U.S. Senate race in Georgia: maybe someday; but, certainly not in Rep. Majette’s time). Not knowing what she could be thinking, many of us figured Rep. Majette realized the “hook and crook” methodology leading her to the 4th was wrong; and, chose to remove herself in order to restore Cynthia’s rightful place.

Whatever the case, Cynthia again, and with my vote, was a voice of the unheard people. Right off, she voted the Pelosi way for our first ever “Madam” Speaker; infuriating, to the point of no return, Rep. John Lewis, who for some reason beyond imagination actually believed he should be Speaker. Unfortunately, the sacrifice was for naught; for soon there after Speaker Pelosi set about eliminating my House Representative McKinney’s power and did so with viciousness exposing the history making Speaker’s true character.

Clearly, Madam Speaker, wanted complete control of the Black caucus: no Black squeaky wheel, no Black gadfly, no Black Socrates. Only 100% pure of what I have come to euphemistically label Clinton/Pelosi Negroes, essentially, “go along to get along” Black Representatives, welcome in this arena. Of course, Speaker Pelosi could not control Cynthia as she could the others.

Thus, Speaker Pelosi turned on Cynthia like a python and Cynthia had to go. Thereby, the very next election cycle saw the same gang (i.e., Adelson Jews, right wingers with assorted racists, regular Republicans and “vested interest” Democrats, this time operating at the behest of Speaker Pelosi) beat up my Representative, Rep. McKinney and she lost the election.

Abandoning the 4th to the newly elected Rep. Hank Johnson a former DeKalb Commissioner, best known to be a man with a good heart; Cynthia, much to my disappointment, ran off to be with the Greens in California. Immediately after the election, I requested Representative elect Johnson see the ugly conspiracy electing him, take the high road and on moral grounds bow out of the race and let Cynthia hold her seat by default. Much like Rep. Majette did. Of course, I was ignored.

Cynthia also ignored my plea to go “Bernie Sanders” style Independent, stay in the 4th; and, stay away from the Greens, who, while well meaning, seriously dilute the Democrats with their splinter group.
I’m sure Cynthia enjoyed her new-found Green “big fish in small pond” status (where she did do some righteous things) over the constant struggle she faced representing my fellow constituents and me, here in the 4th; however, that can not abate my disappointment over being left with, what I then believed to be, an inferior Representative and no where else to turn.

As it turns out, here, today, now I know I believed wrongly. My Representative Johnson has proved to be, much to the good fortune for the 4th, a much smarter and better Representative than I was willing to recognize early on. I have come to realize, Rep. Johnson provides the place to turn and he represents most of my interests as well as Cynthia and in some cases even better.

As a “Clinton/Pelosi Negro” like Pres. Obama, Rep. Johnson does “go along to get along” in the fashion I most always hold in disdain; yet, his method has been productive for the 4th and his service is good. Thus, I cannot argue with success and have since conceded my vote with political loyalty to him.

I mean, look at the history of the 4th elections. We are always changing our Representative and losing seniority. Even when Cynthia returned after Rep. Majette, she lost (due to Speaker Pelosi’s control) something like 10 years seniority and was relegated back to the bottom of the pile.

Thus, with Rep. Johnson firmly in the Pelosi camp and assuming he continues to serve with heart, there is good reason to believe he can be our (4th) Representative for a long time, enough to do our District some real good.

Now, out of the blue or I should say Green, comes Cynthia, back from sunny California, bolstered by a litany of Green accomplishments, to reclaim her old seat, this time as a Green Party candidate.

To wit, I must say no. True, I have much respect for Cynthia and her work (well, not the Gadhafi part); however, she left us, here in the 4th, for the California Greens. Today, we have Rep. Johnson serving us quite well; and, no, he is not the firebrand Cynthia is; still, he worked hard to gain our loyalty and I am not going to deny him that right.

I will sign on with the other 18,000 or so 4th voters Cynthia will need to garner a Green place on the ticket because I believe she has every right to run. However, unless Rep. Johnson chooses not to run again, my vote will be cast for Rep. Johnson.

Accordingly I ask Cynthia to go back to California and run; here, we now have a man with a good heart representing the 4th, and I repeat for emphasis: as long as Rep. Johnson wishes to run he has my vote.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/22/12 - 04:01 pm
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"can't appear in public!"

Slowpitch: probably won't make any difference that Lee Anderson cannot utter a comprehensible idea in close to grammatical English. He no doubt will refuse to debate Barrow too, even though public debate has long been at the core of American electoral tradition. If every borderline illiterate in the 12th votes for Anderson and everyone else for Barrow, Anderson wins in a walk!

SteveSwimmer
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SteveSwimmer 08/22/12 - 04:09 pm
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dade30906/justthefacts

"Ha. I think everyones knows why dade30906 voted for Roundtree."

Oh I see. At least, I'm sure you both can agree in more straight forward talk: "All Republicans are racists or they are in bed with racists."

Only yesterday I made the point to my Congressman, Rep. Hank Johnson, via his Staff, in the below letter. Perhaps the two of you would be able to get together and find some safe ground.

Scott,

It does not take a political demographer to see the 12th will probably go Republican, no matter Rep. Barrow's conservative oriented campaign.

And, it does not take a sociological survey of the 12th constituents to see the ugly head of blatant and in your face racism behind the votes cast for the Republican side.

Too strong? How about taking a camera crew to Augusta area and I'll interview locals regarding their "true feelings" concerning the Negro. While you would have lots and lots of footage proving my point; however, forget going public, the "true feelings" will be so outrageous; you would never get by the censors.

I mean, Scott, this is a National problem swept from view by the Democrats. Not one Democrat has raised the alarm of racism when it is staring everyone in Congress directly in their face.

What? Are all so blind as to not see? Only; and, I mean only, Rep, Barrow is White when it comes to Democrats representing the Deep South. And, from outward appearances, his 12th will be in Republican hands soon.

It is clear, out here, in the heart of racism (we have far more hate groups in Georgia than any other state): This Administration follows the "ignore and it will go away" rule when it involves racism. But, it is only festering, here in Georgia and the Deep South. Maybe the "ignore" plan works for Washington and all points North; but, here, in Georgia nothing is going away, only further underground.

I mean, those of us on the front lines hear nary a word, much less an encouraging word, helping us with the monstrous struggle we face everyday. Come on Scott, you are there and must know the mere mention of "racism" is taboo. How else can Congress sweep this National disgrace under the rug?

Not one word of this missive will come as surprise to Rep. Johnson. He lives here, he knows what I am saying is fact. Yet, surely, if he knew how to fix this horrific problem, he would have done so long ago. I see him as a Man in the know who has his hands tied by his own Party.

Today, I am asking, maybe begging, Rep. Johnson: take the lead, open the discussion to Congress and the press; “damn the torpedoes full steam ahead” can be the order of the day, because as soon as he starts the torpedoes will be coming fast.

I do not request Rep. Johnson jump into the lion’s den lightly. I’ve watched him develop over the years and he is now up to the task. He must do this correctly, he cannot fail. Our Country needs to observe the racism problem before we can change our behavior.

Here, Rep. Johnson has the vantage point. Quite literally now, he can tell the others, in no uncertain terms, what he sees. Then the full force of the human law “observed behavior can change behavior” will give much needed power in this most difficult; yet, surmountable (Dr. King saw the Mountain Top, so we know it is there) quest for American equality.

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