Allen calls for 4 debates with Anderson

Monday, Aug 6, 2012 12:36 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 7:30 AM

Confident that he’ll face state Rep. Lee Anderson in the Aug. 21 Republican runoff for Congress, Augusta businessman Rick Allen has invited Anderson to debate four times before then.

Rick Allen (left) has invited Lee Anderson to debate four times before the Aug. 21 Republican runoff election for the 12th Congressional seat.  SARA CALDWELL/FILE
SARA CALDWELL/FILE
Rick Allen (left) has invited Lee Anderson to debate four times before the Aug. 21 Republican runoff election for the 12th Congressional seat.

Anderson’s campaign did not agree to the debates, but fired back Monday with an endorsement by Maria Sheffield, who placed fourth in the July 31 general primary.

“After visiting, one-on-one, with Lee Anderson, I believe Lee Anderson will be a proactive leader to advance the conservative agenda in Congress,” Sheffield said.

Allen’s campaign manager Scott Paradise discounted Sheffield’s endorsement as a plea for funds by a losing candidate in debt.

“While we would’ve welcomed the endorsement of Maria Sheffield, we chose not to meet the $50,000 price tag,” Paradise said.

Allen led Evans attorney Wright McLeod by about 500 votes for second place in the Republican primary, but McLeod hasn’t ruled out asking for a recount, allowed when the difference is less than 1 percent of all votes cast.

McLeod said he’d decide once the results were certified, which hasn’t happened yet. His spokeswoman Holly Croft said he may know something Tuesday.

Allen kept the focus on Anderson, saying in a Monday statement that Anderson “was a career politician that voted just last Tuesday for the largest tax hike in Georgia history,” referring to the new transportation sales tax that Augusta-region voters approved last week – one of only three regions statewide to do so.

As far as any debates, Reagan Williams, Anderson’s campaign manager, said the campaign had received no invitations from any organization to sponsor them.

Anderson won 13 of the congressional district’s 19 counties and 34.23 percent of the vote but needed more than 50 percent to avoid a runoff.

Allen followed his second-place finish last week with a $250,000 infusion of his own cash, something supporters probably should not expect Anderson to do, Williams said.

“We can’t compete with (Allen) on personal loans,” he said. “More individual people in the district gave to us.”

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blues550
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blues550 08/06/12 - 12:27 pm
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The Tax Man Cometh!
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Taxin' Lee Anderson!!!

Shellman
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Shellman 08/06/12 - 12:39 pm
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Billy's Boy
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Billy will pull out all of the stops between now and August 21 to get his guy elected. Of course, if it is Allen and Anderson in the run-offf, the only choice may be another 2 years of Barrow.

subnuke98
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subnuke98 08/06/12 - 07:29 pm
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Debate

A long as Allen keeps Lee talking, Allen will poll better. 2 questions only. Why TSPLOST and What is the Federal Reserve. Lee didn't even know how many pages the 2010 Transportation Act had.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/07/12 - 05:34 am
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Did anyone see the show on

Did anyone see the show on the Discovery Channel last night about Turtle Man getting on his first airplane? Even the escalators at the airport had him in awe. He said he had never been out of Kentucky, but the show flew him down to get a snapping turtle out of a pond in NC. I think we should video Lee Anderson at the airport if he should somehow pull off a couple of victories and leave for Washington. It could be fun.

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soapy_725 08/07/12 - 08:20 am
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Lee Anderson looks like
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and old Allen Jackson. Can he sing? Or does he just exude presence? A puppet for sure. A good ole boy for sure. Just wants to serve the will of the people.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/07/12 - 08:38 am
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Tractor

Lee Anderson was sly as a fox when he chose a tractor as his campaign emblem. If he declines to debate Allen, he might just pull off a run-off victory. If he falls into Allen's trap and debates, Anderson is a goner.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/07/12 - 09:23 am
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Way down yonder on the Euchee, Euchee
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never knew that muddy water meant so much to me;
but I learned how to politic, I learned how to plow;
Now I'm on the way to DC;
To get on that cash cow. EEH HA !!!!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/07/12 - 09:26 am
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I'm thinkin' bout the little man
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The little man, the little man;
That needs TSPLOST to round out his budget;

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/07/12 - 09:30 am
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Remember when.......
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we were old and nothing to do,
we had a fortune, but we were blue;
said hey there's DC, lets try up there,
we heard its heaven for those that dare;

Remember when.......

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/07/12 - 09:53 am
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I would never under estimate

I would never under estimate Lee. He is a horse trader. He has Columbia County tied up like a bale of hay from his land. Most of the politicians like him. He shouldn't debate Allen or Barrow if he gets the nomination or speak in Congress if he wins it all and for dang sure not let Chris Matthews get ahold of him on TV.

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Willow Bailey 08/07/12 - 11:19 am
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Or Katie Couric., but

Or Katie Couric., but refusing to debate his opponents appears cowardly. I couldn't vote for anyone who lacked the courage to discuss pertinent topics.

One thing for sure, they better all brush up on their knowledge base and communication skills prior to squaring off with Barrow. Or it's Goung to be more embarrassing than, well I'm sure everyone remembers

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 08/07/12 - 11:21 am
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Change Goung to going,

Change Goung to going, iPhones!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/07/12 - 01:18 pm
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Typos

Hey, Willow, you could just leave they typos in there all day when you're posting from your iPhone; and then once a day, from your computer keyboard, go back and correct them all at one sitting. We're a tolerant bunch.

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