The following is posted on behalf of Republican House Member and Majority Whip Ed Lindsey:
A Clear Choice On November 2nd
Dear Fellow Georgians:
On Saturday, I attended a rally for State Representative Stephen Allison in Blairsville and on the way home was considering our Republican prospects on November 2nd. In many respects, Stephen’s race is a microcosm of what is going on in dozens of races around Georgia and statewide.
Stephen is running as a Republican – standing shoulder to shoulder with Nathan Deal and Johnny Isakson on conservative principles for a sound budget, lower taxes, tough illegal immigration policies, and true education reforms that put students first. After getting home, I researched his opponent and I discovered that he is running as a . . . well, I couldn’t tell what he was running as.
Nowhere does he identify himself as a Democrat.
Around the state, the story is the same — Republicans proudly running under the GOP banner and Democrats hiding their party label as if it was a tattooed reminder of an indiscretion they would prefer to forget. The voters of Georgia, however, must and will remember.
Under Republican leadership, we understand in tough economic times that you do not show that you have Georgians’ back by digging deeper into their pocket.
As a result, we slashed Georgia’s state budget by 20% in the past two years and kept Georgia’s AAA bond rating.
On education, we have worked to provide additional flexibility to local school boards on how to govern, required that more money be spent in the classroom, and given more choice to parents and students.
On property tax reform, we have fought to bring greater fairness to property owners and imposed a moratorium on assessment increases during this difficult period.
In regards to the tsunami of illegal immigration faced by Georgia in recent years, we have passed tough laws cracking down on the problem and stand ready to push harder in the coming year.
Republicans have also protected the ballot box by passing common sense requirements to have a photo id to vote and have made it easier for Georgians to cast their ballots early. We have also passed two comprehensive Ethics reform packages in recent years that made Georgia’s ethics laws among the best in the nation according to the national Center for Public Integrity.
And what have the Democrats done — or tried to do — over the past decade in Georgia?
In response to the current economic crisis, they proposed raising income and consumption taxes.
On education, they have consistently fought to maintain the status quo, opposing legislation that required greater tax dollars for the classroom as opposed to bureaucrats or providing greater opportunity to parents and students.
Instead of standing with property owners, Democrats opposed property tax reform and fought against any restrictions to out of control reassessments.
Similarly, Democrats also refused to stand with Georgians in the face of illegal immigration. They not only opposed the legislation we have passed to combat this problem but Democratic House leadership in 2003 even proposed to permit illegal immigrants to have drivers’ licenses.
Democrats also not only opposed Republican efforts to strengthen the sanctity of the ballot box but they also have repeatedly proposed allowing convicted felons to vote.
With a record like that, it is not surprising that when Democrats were last in power in the Georgia House, the repeatedly refused to allow any meaningful ethics reform legislation to come to the floor for a vote.
In conclusion, the choice for voters in Georgia on November 2nd is clear. They can vote for Republican candidates who stand in the light of day on their conservative principles or for the other party trying to hide their liberal tattoo in the shadows.
State Representative Edward Lindsey (R-Atlanta)
Georgia House Majority Whip