NewsTalk 810 AM in Royston is reporting that an anonymous mailpiece has landed in mailboxes in the 50th Senate District, claiming that candidate John Wilkinson:
– Never balanced a budget, never cut taxes, never created one job
– Refused to sign the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge
– Voted for democrats in 4 of the last 7 primaries
The only clue to the source of the mailer is an address in Young Harris. Union County property records show the house is a rental property owned by Lewis Bailey. We have so far found no connection between Bailey, a freelance photographer, and those involved in the 50th district contest. Bailey has not responded to an email request for comment.
While Republican Representative Rick Austin has also not responded to our request for information, he told supporters by phone Tuesday that he had nothing to do with the mailer and was unaware of it until he began receiving calls from constituents.
It has previously been speculated that the race between Austin and Wilkinson has become a proxy battle between pro- and anti-Cagle forces in the Senate.
As far as the claims made in the anonymous mailer, I visited PoliticalDataSystems.com and pulled Wilkinson’s voting record, which appears above.
It doesn’t bear out the claim made about Wilkinson.
[UPDATED] I’ve replaced the partial vote history for Wilkinson with full available histories for both candidates. Hat tip to Brian Keahl of PoliticalDataSystems.com and Paul V. Rea of NewsTalk 810, who wrote the original story linked at the top, and who sent in the graphic.
Make of it what you will.