Cathy and the L Word

In the post below, commenter “Rebel” says that Mark Taylor is going to try to define Cathy Cox with the “L” word in the Democratic Primary. I assume, by that, he means tagging Cox as a liberal.

It is true that Cox has not come out definitely with many positions, leaving her open to definition by Taylor. But, will labeling Cox a liberal hurt her in the Democratic primary in Georgia?

I’m not sure, though I can certainly be persuaded. Thoughts?


  1. Randy says:

    Not going to happen. Remember, Taylor gave a rip roarin’ “I’m all for abortion” speech not two months ago to abortion activists, picketed with union workers, and has become the face of shrill partisanship under the Gold Dome. As for Cathy Cox, ain’t no liberals in Bainbridge. She came up in the Church and references the bible in almost every speech. And unlike Taylor, who always asks for more more more money, Cathy Cox returned money to the taxpayers every single year she was in office (or at least, so I’ve heard her say and I’ll take her at her word). He can try calling her liberal, but it’s a dumb attack. The interesting question is whether the Cox folks will try to call Taylor liberal. There’s actually more evidence there.

  2. buzzbrockway says:

    For many years, Georgia Democrats were able to put together a coalition of rural, conservative Democrats and urban liberals. Perdue split that by gaining support from many rural conservative Democrats. The Dems will have to put that coalition back together in order to beat Perdue.

    As to the Dem. Primary, it’s more to the left of the rest of Georgia (just like our’s is more to the right) so perhaps being a liberal won’t hurt that much, but if the Georgia Democrats are becoming like the national Dems, they’ve got to pay homage to the far left. That will create problems for them, especially if the primary is decided by the far left. That just might force one of them to say some crazy things to try to win the far left vote and thus the primary.

  3. Rebel says:

    Buzz helped make my point in the previous post. The urban liberals are not the democratic party of Georgia no matter how much we wish they were. Most rural dems in GA would be conservatives or moderates in Mass.

    The black vote is gained at the churchs and they were the key point on the gay marriage vote. They aren’t liberal on “religious” issues but are on other issues (welfare, medicaid, crime and punishment). However, they don’t consider themselves liberal.

  4. Bill Simon says:

    To Buzz’s point that Sonny was able to gain the support of the “conservative, rural Democrat,” that was, whether he or anyone else wants to admit it or not, due primarily to Sonny’s adoption of the flag-change issue. When he promised during the primary that he thought a statewide vote should occur on the state flag, he gained their support enough to have them come over and vote for him.

    Those “rural Dems”, not all of whom are “flaggers”, cannot likely be counted-on in the Sonny column for the general. Again, I’m not talking about the flaggers who protest visibly, I’m talking about the rural Dems who had never voted “R” before 2002, and will not vote for “R” this time around.

  5. landman says:

    I am like Rebel, I would like to hear some of these Dems give us a heads up on what the powers to be in their party are thinking.I dont see Cox being painted as an ultra liberal but is that good or bad for her in a Democratic Primary? Who do the Dems think play better to the teachers?Sonny will not have the teachers vote and Im not talking about the Union I’m talking about those who feel betrayed by him Dem and Republican alike.He needs to try to mend this fence although I think its too late.I would think it would be Cox but would like to hear from someone on their side.

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