When you were State Party Chairman I aggressively pushed you to promote private property rights as a key campaign issue. I invested thousands of dollars into research on this vital issue and promoted it years before the Kelo decision. But you rejected this, because, in your words, it wasn’t good politics in 2002. Now I find you sending out all sorts of emails falsely attacking a proven defender of property rights – Casey Cagle – because the issue apparently polls well. The hypocrisy is stunning. But it gets worse.
I just read an email from you attacking Casey for accepting campaign contributions from those of us in the real estate industry. I am in the real estate industry and you had no objections to taking money from me for your Chairman’s campaign. And it made me wonder if you had received any campaign contributions for your Lt. Governor race from people in real estate. So I reviewed your campaign disclosures and I found that you have received $408,131 in contributions from individuals and businesses in the real estate, construction, materials and related industries. THE SAME AMOUNT YOU CRITICIZE CASEY FOR ACCEPTING!
Apparently, you believe it is OK to accept campaign contributions from Jack Abramoff and $10,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians when you were Party Chairman, but not from honest, hardworking Georgia Republicans who work in the real estate business.
Those of us in the real estate industries are building the infrastructure and communities that Georgians desire, like Sugarloaf Country Club – the gated community where you live. On behalf of them, I want my money back, Ralph. Either give back my $6,000 or give it to a charity like Katrina relief efforts (but not to rebuild casinos!). I will be returning your $1,000 check to my campaign since I have no assurance it is not tainted or derived from illegal lobbying activities.
Regardless, stop your ridiculous and desperate attacks on those of us who work for a living in an honorable profession.
Senator Chip Pearson
Hardworking, Honest Georgia Republican in the Real Estate Industry