Remember when Sadie Fields fired Dave Johnson, the Christian Coalition’s Middle Georgia chief? Sadie fired him because Johnson had endorsed Casey Cagle for Lt. Governor. She said that the termination was not because of his endorsement of Cagle, but because he had tried to endorse Cagle on behalf of the Christian Coalition, not personally endorsed him, like she had done Ralph Reed.
Now, on the heels of Speaker of the House, Glen Richardson’s, endorsement of Mark Williams over Christian Coalition darling, Kay Godwin, in the HD 178 race, word is that Fields has cut a radio commercial for Godwin. I’d like to get my hands on that commercial, but is Field’s endorsement of Godwin in that commercial her personal endorsement or that of the Christian Coalition? Does she mention the Christian Coalition in the ad, because if she does, I think under Field’s interpretation of Federal tax laws regarding the Johnson firing, she is in violation of those laws. If anyone can get a copy of that tape or transcript, that would be great.
Field’s endorsement of Godwin also comes on the heels of Field’s most recent “Keeping the Faith” email that she sends to CC supporters. In this email (which is official Christian Coalition correspondence), sent Monday, July 3rd, she speaks glowingly of Ralph Reed’s appearance at a church in Cumming, Georgia the day before stating (even calling Reed “Ralph”):
Dr. Richard Lee, Senior Pastor of First Redeemer, introduced Ralph Reed, candidate for Lt. Governor. Here a few of Ralph’s remarks: “America, unique among all nations in the history of Western civilization, was founded on faith in God. The Founders believed that God ordained government for the sole purpose of safeguarding and guaranteeing the rights as outlined in the Declaration of Independence, and if any government failed to protect our God-given rights, the people have a duty and obligation to replace it with one that does. Our Founders understood that faith in God is not a threat to democracy, it is essential to democracy.”
Ralph then introduced Senator Zell Miller who delivered a wonderfully inspiring message about our Founding Fathers talking about the sacrifices they made to give us a Declaration of Independence like no other country had ever had – or will ever have. He talked about the financial sacrifices those brave men made – some suffering financial ruin — some losing their lives. He talked about how the 13 colonies were not united in how to proceed – and how signer Benjamin Rush stepped in and asked for an adjournment so that they could all retire and pray to Almighty God as how to best move forward.
I think intent matters. What other intent does Field’s mention of Reed in the “Keeping the Faith” email or the radio commercial for Godwin have other than that Sadie Fields, leader of the Georgia Christian Coalition, endorses them? How is that any different than what Johnson did for Cagle?
Such rank hypocrisy! I guess in a theocracy, dissent is not allowed!
Cross posted at Atlanta Public Affairs.