Democrat candidate lies about endorsement

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.

In today’s editorial, entitled “McKillip may not be ready for public office,” (which, in the interest of full disclosure, appeared on the same page as my column for this week), the editors write:

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.

4 comments

  1. FAIRTAXFREDDY says:

    WOW! It’s really sad for the Democrats these days with lying by Mckillip and troop degrading by Kerry!

  2. Iraqi Info Minister says:

    Newsflash: Columnist forced to issue second correction in as many weeks.

    It’s the Democratic Party, Jeff. It has been so named since before there was a Republican Party, for all the ‘Grand Ole Party’ mythos. It’s not the Democrat Party. Sorry pal. Seriously, you can have disagreements over policy, platform, and personality, but basic civility requires that you at least be respectful of others.

    Repeatedly, and willfully, calling a Party or a person by an incorrect label, as you seem to like to do, is childish and belittling.

    You want to know why people think you are a shill for the Republicans? Perhaps it’s because your columns denigrate Democratic candidates and, typical of conservative punditry, you intentionally call the Democratic Party by the wrong label. Perhaps because it’s only rarely that Republicans earn your ire (reportedly — I’ve yet to see you criticize a Republican candidate).

    Where’s your anger at Michael Steele in Maryland for using pictures of politicians in an endorsement mail piece who haven’t endorsed him? Where’s the disdain directed towards Mike Dewine for doctoring 9/11 pictures in his ads? Or the NRCC for using pictures of coffins — after they criticized the DCCC for doing the same thing? How about Mac Collins’s staff for doctoring Marshall’s wikipedia entry? And Tex McIver for trying to mislead voters about ID requirements? I could go on.

    By the way, that really was a pretty dumb thing for McKillip to do.

  3. atlantaman says:

    “Where’s your anger at Michael Steele in Maryland for using pictures of politicians in an endorsement mail piece who haven’t endorsed him? Where’s the disdain directed towards Mike Dewine for doctoring 9/11 pictures in his ads? ”

    I think the main reason would be is this is a GA Politics blog.

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