Mudslinging clouds the issues during campaigns for governor, U.S. Senate
By Saba Long
During a recent campaign stop in Dahlonega, Gov. Nathan Deal opined, “If you see somebody turning purple, there’s something wrong with them. They are being starved from the truth.”
From the barrage of negative TV ads alone, Georgia voters should look like their diet consists solely of beets.
The mudslinging — often from outside organizations – came into question during the Atlanta Press Club debate on Oct. 26 with U.S. Senate candidates David Perdue and Michelle Nunn. Even from the candidates – for both U.S. Senate and Governor – the negative messaging has overwhelmed their campaigns.
David Perdue’s strategy – Michelle Nunn is synonymous with Barack Obama and Harry Reid. Nunn’s tactic – paint Perdue as a Mitt Romney-like, anti-women CEO.
Then there’s the gubernatorial race. With each appearance, Deal and Democrat Jason Carter lob harder and harder jabs, as they did during the WSB debate Oct. 26. Left hook – cronyism. Right jab – inexperience.
The differences are stark between the incumbent governor and the baby-faced Carter. What many thought would be an easy win for the incumbent governor to a competition worth paying attention to.
Deal’s lifelong political experience is evident during the debates, his comebacks swift and targeted. Meanwhile, Carter has, with each appearance, sharpened his presence.
While we’ve all been engrossed in these four candidates, two individuals fighting for primetime have often gone unnoticed – the Libertarian candidates Amanda Swafford and Dr. Andrew Hunt, running for Senate and governor respectively.
“But the third party candidates have no shot of winning,” you may say. If you keep voting with that mindset, you’ll continue to enable the GOP and Democrats.
Earlier today, Swafford posted the following on her campaign’s Facebook page: “I’ve received numerous emails asking me to drop out of the Senate race. I’ve been called selfish and some unsavory names. Let me be perfectly clear…it is not selfish to want to give people a real choice in elections. And if I were truly selfish…I would have been at home last night watching the World Series rather than at a debate where my opponents monopolized the time by trashing each other rather than discussing the real issues, which is what I was there for.”
These two have done the one thing the big four have deftly dodged – actually answer the questions posed to them.
It’s refreshing to hear Dr. Hunt state exactly what he wants to accomplish if elected.
Perhaps I’m just starved for the truth and a new approach to politicking and electing candidates. Regardless, we only have a few more days before part one of the election. Please take the time to learn about all the candidates.