Bottom Line: Lee Anderson's campaign

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It’s no secret that Georgia’s 12th Congressional District was drawn to favor Republicans. When Democrats held the legislature, it was drawn to help them too.

But even with the ball teed up for him, local Republican political veteran Lee Anderson whiffed, losing to incumbent Democrat John Barrow 54-46 percent.

Incumbent congressmen are nearly impossible to dislodge with a crowbar, but the national Republican Party thought this was a possible pickup last Tuesday. And it was.

Clearly, the inarticulate Anderson’s strategy of laying low – not debating Barrow and, worse, not making himself available to say much more than “hello” to the media – crippled his campaign and torpedoed his image.

“Lee Anderson ran the worst campaign of all time,” one normally soft-spoken political observer told us.

Yup. Political science teachers may want to use it as a textbook example of what not to do to be elected. Even sympathetic voters were turned off by Anderson’s unavailability to explain himself or his agenda.

Americans have always expected accessibility, but never more than in this technological age. Who fashioned this campaign? Samuel Morse?

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ChrisP
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ChrisP 11/09/12 - 12:39 am
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Shame on the Anderson Team

Who was running Anderson's campaign? It looked like a group of 7th graders who wanted their friend to be class president.

I follow politics (have a degree in Poly. Sci.) and I have never seen a more incompetent campaign in my life than the one ran by Anderson's. GA-12 was specifically designed so a Republican could go on cruise control and win it. Anderson's campaign told him not to debate (what an idiot-that is where you LOST the election)(News Flash: Anderson needed to practice (just a little) some debating skills and cram the GOP's talking points on the key issues so he could of sounded half-way intelligent-not hard to do). His commercials were horrible, his campaign posters with the tractor were really dumb (makes no sense to target just one small constituency in your future district), he refused to give any meaningful interviews, and like he admitted after the election, he didn't go out and talk to his future constituents (even the dreaded Richmond County folk, Mr. Anderson). Heck, Mr. Anderson even underperformed in the farming areas.

John Barrow did not beat Lee Anderson. Lee Anderson beat himself by having an incompetent staff telling him to do nothing and cruise to victory. Shame on his advisors and shame on Lee Anderson for listening to them. It looks like they wanted him to lose. Did the liberals infiltrate his campaign? Moles? Where was the national GOP? They should of demanded to replace his incompetent staff with some that knew a little about running a political campaign.

Monday Morning Quarterbacking, you might say. Nope. Just clear common sense problems anyone who has taken Politics 101 could see.

Next time the GOP needs to at least nominate someone with a competent campaign staff and someone who is half-way intelligent.

Shame on all of you. Anderson and his staff need to get out of politics for good. I doubt any Republican political candidate will hire any of you especially if they want to win. You are the best weapon of the Democrats.

You guys were Barrow's silver bullet.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/09/12 - 02:26 am
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Anderson and his staffers

Anderson and his staffers were not the brightest by any means, but come on, Richmond County is a democratic machine.

jack234
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jack234 11/09/12 - 07:48 am
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Lee Anderson thought all he

Lee Anderson thought all he had to do to win was to go over to S.C. and get Joe ("YOU LIE"), and get him to campaign with him. Sorry Lee, this only sold with the few friends you contact on a daily basis. Most people don't think like that. Lee, you can't live in the "good o boy" days you use to know. Step into the light bro.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/09/12 - 08:17 am
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And what of all the money
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he borrowed from himself? Will he receive a "re payment book" from himself? Then mail in monthly payments? Was it not in excess of 100K? The Lord only know how much was spent on this ego, political career building fiasco. What an appeal to rural, hardworking, struggling citizens, when you have hundreds of thousands of dollars with which to gamble. Is Lee one of the 1% ers? The evil rich?

I love rich people demonizing the rich to get richer. LOL LOL

Lee looked for the enemy and it was Lee. Lee will be back like a bad penny. CC needs more Lee Anderson's. Maybe on the zoning and planning board?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/09/12 - 08:18 am
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As Bugs Bunny so aptly stated.....
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What a maroon.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/09/12 - 08:22 am
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How about a makeover in Plains Jawjah?
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Cavorting at the Carter Presidential Center. Election skills taught by the southern master of fooling all of the people all of the time.

Carter, a legend in his own mind.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/09/12 - 08:24 am
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FairVote study: New Ga 12th favors 59%(R) to 41%(D)

FairVote study: New Ga 12th favors 59%(R) to 41%(D).
Anderson included in NRCC and Eric Cantor's "Young Guns"?????? (although since hitting the later 50's myself, it's a nice thought)
Since Labor Day:$707,127 for Barrow, $1,922,724 for Anderson.
http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Georgia's_12th_congressional_district_elections,_2012

TParty
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TParty 11/09/12 - 08:35 am
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"Clearly, the inarticulate

"Clearly, the inarticulate Anderson’s strategy of laying low – not debating Barrow and, worse, not making himself available to say much more than “hello” to the media – crippled his campaign and torpedoed his image."

And yet he got 46% of the votes?! Says a lot about the people who voted for him.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/09/12 - 09:06 am
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And what does it say about

And what does it say about those who voted for Barrow? If they are cool enough, we'll play let's pretend?

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/09/12 - 09:14 am
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Failed To Mention

ACES failed to mention the real culprit here. Does anyone, even diehard Democrats give John Barrow a snowball's chance in HECK, if the Republicans of Richmond county don't crossover in the primary to vote against Roundtree and lose their chance to vote for either of the two qualified and articulate candidates?

With the aquiesence of the local right wing media, Republicans did this to themselves. Serves 'em right too.

That being said, anybody with a lick of sense knows that Barrow will have another tough fight in '14. Now that we have heard the stupid and downright mean stuff from Rick Allen's mouth, my bet would be Wright McCloud or our own local wonderboy Joe Bowles could step up now that he doesn't have much productive to do.

Come on Joe, Ralph can run the family business for a few years. How about it?

loblolly
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loblolly 11/09/12 - 09:28 am
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I think it was
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that stupid commercial he ran the last week of the campaign with Barrow and Obama together. Playing the role of simpleton farmer/tractor man did not really inspire confidence of his ability to handle national issues.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/09/12 - 10:45 am
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"oh, great!"

Oh, great, now ACES is in the mood to criticize Lee Anderson! Where was all the criticism of Anderson's campaign before Nov 6? There were a lot of "so he's not a great orator" comments made, a ridiculous defense. Not being a "great orator" does not justify stonewall silence. Had Anderson confronted Barrow in a public debate and explained his views simply and straightforwardly, he might have done better. That does not require great oratory! Apparently, however, Anderson's handlers decided he wasn't capable of even that. ACES really has egg on their face over this one. As for Lee Anderson, it will be a pleasure to see him get back on his tractor and plow off into the sunset....

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/09/12 - 10:51 am
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Retired Army

The result Tuesday plays directly into the hands of Wright McCloud. Immediately after Anderson won the Republican primary, McCloud started planning his 2014 campaign. For McCloud, Anderson's loss to Barrow, which McCloud expected, was the best thing that could happen for his own political future. An Anderson win would have established Anderson in Washington for who knows how long, blocking McCloud's own ambitions. Am I saying McCloud celebrated the loss of a fellow Republican? YES!

loblolly
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loblolly 11/09/12 - 11:29 am
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I like Wright
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Good man!

David Parker
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David Parker 11/09/12 - 12:02 pm
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Barrow walked down our little

Barrow walked down our little street on Halifax Dr. waving and establishing presence, which translates to support. Did Anderson come out at all? If you think Barrow didn't "win" this and that Anderson "lost" it all on his own, you are both right and wrong.

Not to mention he won't let NOBODY take my guns! That's why he got my vote to be clear.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 11/09/12 - 01:40 pm
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For What It's Worth

There were a good number of Barrow signs(they're gone today) in our moderatley Republican Montclair subdivision and nary and Anderson sign.

Plenty of Romney signs still up though. Take 'em down!

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/09/12 - 01:46 pm
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Nobody likes a loser,

Nobody likes a loser, especially the ACS. Barrow is articulate, distinguished, educated, attractive for an old guy and knows how to hit all the right notes. He beat Lee Anderson and there was nothing Lee could have done to change it short of a complete transformatio or switching political parties. Dems will elect a toad.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 11/09/12 - 01:46 pm
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RA

And the South never really did lose the Civil War either....

jmb578
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jmb578 11/09/12 - 01:49 pm
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Bravo, Chronicle!

You took the words right out of my mouth with this editorial, Chronicle Staff. I'm a Republican voter in Columbia County, and the only reason I voted for Anderson is that I don't vote for Democrats. I was embarrassed by the way he ran his campaign. When an Anderson phone volunteer called my house asking for my support, I let her know how disappointed I was with his inability to debate Barrow and staying out of the media spotlight. Her excuse was that Barrow failed to agree to Anderson's terms of debate, including that Barrow should publicly declare his support of Obama and that he voted with him 85% of the time. I told her that we already knew who Barrow supported and how he voted. This was a childish game that Anderson played and it backfired big time. The Republican Party better start now in organizing behind one single candidate for the 12th district so that we can truly give our best in defeating Barrow.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/09/12 - 01:50 pm
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It's something a northerner

It's something a northerner just can't comprehend. Southerners win when they are winning, and win when they are losing. That's what makes us so special. Y'all like us though, or else you'd go back home:)

gargoyle
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gargoyle 11/09/12 - 02:41 pm
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The party of Lincoln needs a

The party of Lincoln needs a revaluation of leadership in this area. Now would be a good time to look at the policy's that have lead to stagnation and poor image of the Richmond County Republican Party. Party being the key word, they only seem passionate about who gets tickets to the annual party. Try to join and find out what it takes to have a voice in the decision making you'll find that the hierarchy isn’t interested in being anything but a social club. Don't look for change, they don't want it.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/09/12 - 08:12 pm
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Barrow may still be

Barrow may still be formidable in 2014. My thinking is that he is not a party hack, but a political one. I wager that his voting pattern will be much more balanced this term, and he will use that in the next election to claim that he is independent, and not beholden to either party. It would not be out of the realm of possibility that he switches party if that is what is needed to keep riding the DC gravy train.

As for Lee Anderson, I am glad that he lost. As I've said before, I'm certain he is a wonderful person, good neighbor, father, grandfather, etc. ; but I just don't see him as being an effective legislator.

People argue: "but the HOR was designed to be a body of the common citizen, not of slick talking politicians". This is true, but we expect those common citizens to be people of presence, ones who can effectively articulate a position, or debate on the floor against bad legislation. Heck, there are three or four that post regularly on these pages that could do that better than Lee, and they have "0" political experience.

I think the best example of the "citizen legislator" was Charlie Norwood. Truly a man of the people, but yet effective and passionate in his representation of his district and personal initiatives. God rest his soul, I sure do miss him!

We need to start now thinking about who can unseat Barrow. I nominate Al Gray. I can't think of a more passionate citizen advocate that could hold his own in a debate, and has the knowledge and understanding of government. Alas, he would be starting at a deficit since he is beholden to no one; having fired as many arrows at the GOP as he has the Democrats.

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