Franklin, Young, Lewis and Eaves defend their race baiting ad:
“If you were offended by something I said, I apologize. But I’m actually infuriated by some of the partisan and divisive politics I’ve seen in the past five years. What I said in that ad, I said right-wing Republicans, I didn’t give them any gender or race. I happen to believe that right-wing Republicans have made some big mistakes in America, and I said exactly what I thought.
“John Lewis spoke of his experiences. Andy Young spoke of his. I know I wouldn’t be standing here if it hadn’t been for Andy Young and John Lewis. The bottom line is that I don’t know of anybody in my position who wouldn’t stand with Andy Young and John Lewis.”
Young said Thursday that he, too, has no regrets about taking part in the ad.
Franklin said the ad was in a response to a mailing by Fulton Republicans that said Democrats win elections by lying and stealing.
“Sometimes you just have to fight back,” she said.
Mike Dvorscak, chairman of the Fulton County Republican Party, said Thursday that he had been unaware of any such ad.
“The people on my side of the fence view this as racist,” Dvorscak said of the ad. “To talk about rolling back civil rights is preposterous. I’m calling on them, and John Eaves, to publicly apologize to the citizens of Fulton County.”
Lewis said the ad was not racist.
“I don’t think there was anything racially inflammatory at all,” Lewis said this week. “The ad was straightforward. Anyone who saw it as race-baiting failed to see the ad.”
Eaves said he was shocked that people have reacted negatively to the ad.
“Race-baiting was not our intent,” he said, adding that they simply wanted to get out the vote.
The ad worked so I’m sure we’ll see similar ads next election. However, Eaves has to govern now and what impact will this have on his ability to get things done? Couple Eaves’ actions with Ms. Angela’s inflamatory mailing and I suspect the desire to recreate Milton County will intensify.
In case you haven’t heard, here’s the ad in question.