Everybody from GQ to the Washington Times have noted in articles the typical response from Ralph Reed’s campaign manager and Ralph himself, which is something like, “We don’t respond to out of state media.”
This repeated response from the Reed campaign brings up an interesting question. Who does Ralph Reed answer to?
I am not a journalist, nor am I associated with any media organization, unless you consider Peach Pundit in that category, and if you do, then clearly we are not out of state. Perhaps you have read material of mine in publications not specifically associated with Georgia politics, but these do not represent any official associations.
I am simply writing this post as a Georgia voter and I am here to tell the Reed campaign that Georgia voters are sick to the point where they are blue in the face at the audacity and arrogance that is portrayed by Ralph Reed.
Mr. Reed claims that he does not answer to out of state media, but I have not heard him answer logical questions from any media. But, this is not the point. The Reed campaign, just like any campaign, can refuse to answer questions from the media, regardless of whether they are legitimate questions or not.
However, there is one group that Ralph Reed, as a candidate for Lt. Governor in Georgia cannot refuse to answer: Voters.
As a candidate, Mr. Reed, you must answer to voters. Ultimately, you will answer to them on Primary Day, and they will determine whether or not you deserve to hold office. But, that isn’t good enough for me and most Georgians I know.
If you wish to hold office in this state and represent me, I demand that you answer some questions. I demand you answer for what exactly happened with indian casino clients for whom you worked in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. I demand you answer for your past associations with convicted felon Jack Abramoff. I demand you answer for the $4 million that you charged tribal clients through non-profit and other shell organizations. I demand you answer for the emails that you sent to Jack Abramoff, which insinuates the fact that you were using your associations with religious conservative and church groups to further gambling. I demand that you answer for documents in the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, which allege with proof that you used religious conservative groups to further gambling clients.
These are all logical questions for Georgia’s voters. If you want to represent us, we deserve answers and you have not adequately answered questions about your past!
We have heard your plans as to what you want to do as Lt. Governor, and I would argue that your platform is not that bad. However, your plans for what you would do as Lt. Governor are only half of the equation. What you say you will do at this point are only words. The only basis that will make us accept or understand those claims is your past, including your decisions, associations, and previous experience.
All of these above questions reflect some of the things we currently know, as well as the information that is still missing in relation to those factors in the past. Answers to these questions will allow us, as voters, to apply what you say you want to do in the future, and base those claims with what you have done in the past.
So, Mr. Reed, if you want to legitimize your claims for the future, then you must first explain your actions of the past.