Lee Hawkins’ campaign is defending his donation to Max Cleland:
Former state House member Tom Graves of Ranger has latched on to remarks by his opponent, former state senator Lee Hawkins, made at a Dawson County GOP breakfast on Saturday.
Graves has passed around the YouTube clip below, which has Hawkins saying:
“I’ve never voted for a Democratic president. It’s been said I gave money to Max Cleland. I did – ” The Graves video cuts him off there.
But both campaigns were videotaping. So we called the Hawkins campaign for the rest of the quote.
Before he was interrupted, Hawkins said: “….but my wife and I were invited to a birthday party for him in a restaurant. I did not know he was charging money. I’m not used to people charging for a birthday party.”
About the former U.S. senator from Georgia, Hawkins later said, “I admire his service but I don’t agree with his politics.”
FEC records show two donations from Lee Hawkins to Max Cleland. The first for $250 on 6/21/96 and the second for $200 on 9/3/99. There is also a donation to Greg Hecht’s campaign for Congress on 6/28/02.
So, does Max Cleland have two birthdays?