Democrat John Lewis has often been criticized by conservatives and moderates during his 20-year-reign in the U.S. House of Representatives. But in a rare twist, he is being hit from the left.
The liberal “Street Newspaper” the Atlanta Progressive News – whose website says they are, “Sold primarily by homeless people in public places which typically covers issues related to the concerns of working families, often with special attention to the issues of the poor and homeless” – published an article Sunday calling Lewis a liar.
The APN claimed that Lewis lied to them in an interview regarding his involvement in local races this past election season. They said Lewis boasted that he “doesn’t get involved in local races by supporting local candidates,” but his active participation in local campaigns – including the John Eaves debacle – is nothing short of “hypocracy.”
Recently, US Rep. Lewis supported Fulton County Commissioner candidate John Eaves, who won the seat. Lewis’s support was promoted by Eaves and his campaign in campaign materials and in advertisements.
The problem is, Lewis’s spokesperson Brenda Jones told APN that Lewis does not get involved in local races.
That was a couple months ago, when APN contacted Lewis’s office for an explanation as to why he was supporting US Senator Joe Lieberman (erstwhile-D-CT), a centrist Bush-enabling war hawk, and not US Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), a progressive Democrat like Lewis.
Lewis’s support for Lieberman, but not McKinney, seemed strange, given the similarities of Lewis and McKinney’s voting records.
Jones countered at the time that Lewis’s support for Lieberman in a Connecticut race was “apples,