Democrat candidate for Georgia House of Representatives Doug McKillip, an Athens attorney, came under fire from the local paper’s editorial board today for radio and print advertisements he ran, in which he claimed to have been endorsed by the paper. (The Banner-Herald actually endorsed independent candidate E.H. Culpepper for the seat).
McKillip’s ads misled readers by quoting from the paper’s October 24th endorsement editorial, in which each of the candidates for office were evaluated (and Culpepper endorsed). In that House endorsement, the paper praised McKillip’s “passion for public service, and his commitment to education,” as he quoted in his ads, but it did not endorse him, as he also claimed.
If you live in central Athens-Clarke County, there’s one thing you should know about Doug McKillip, the Democratic candidate for the House District 115 seat in the Georgia General Assembly, before you cast your vote Nov. 7.He’s willing to at least try to lie to you – until he’s called on it.
The piece concludes:
The fact is, a plain-language reading of the advertisements based on the Oct. 24 editorial makes it abundantly clear McKillip intended for those ads to create the impression this newspaper had endorsed him, when, clearly, that wasn’t the case.McKillip’s willingness to bend – if not exactly break – the truth should raise in voters’ minds the all-important question of whether he has yet to develop the ethical maturity needed by someone seeking public office.
Beyond the lack of truthfulness in his advertisements, McKillip showed both brazen arrogance and abject stupidity in his choice of how and where to go about misleading the voters of Athens-Clarke County.
How, you ask? I’m glad you did!
The location of the print ads in which he claimed to have been endorsed by the Athens Banner-Herald? In the Athens Banner-Herald.
I think we’ve found this week’s Darwin Award candidate in Georgia politics.