Paul Rea at NewsTalk 810 in Royston is following the shenanigans in SD 50 like it’s his job. Well, I guess it is, but it’s just a hobby for most of us here.
Yesterday, the Truth Test (TM) found that John Wilkinson’s mailing hitting back against anonymous mailings had some truthiness problems when it came to attacking Rick Austin on legalizing gambling.
The Truth Test finds fault with the claim that Rick Austin has “voted with the gambling industry and recently confirmed his position” in an October Survey.
While it is true that legislative voting records show Rick Austin voted “yes” to create a committee to study gamblingas a potential income source for the state, in the original Eagle Survey he said he was undecided on the issue, on the revised survey published this week he says he is opposed to the idea for which he voted.
Both the “Undecided” and “Opposed” answers in no way “confirm” his position. If anything, it confuses his position on the issue completely.
The other gambling issue, the bit about “allow local referendums on horse racing”, Austin reported he was for it on the original survey but against it on the revised version. Take that for what it’s worth.
We find many of the facts presented are true but the conclusions drawn sometimes stretch credulity to the point of being misleading.
While this mailer is less deceptive than every other piece we’ve looked at during this campaign, in the end, it just misses the mark and fails our Truth Test.
And today, Rea brings news of misleading robocalls attacking Wilkinson.
Voters in the 50th State Senate District were hit by phone at home yesterday by two automatic campaign calls, robo-calls, again from an anonymous source.
The first came just after 2:30 pm. A bad Bill Clinton impersonator claimed he was calling from “democrats for action” with an urgent plea to vote for John Wilkinson because he was only running as a Republican “ cause the district is so conservative.”
There is no such campaign committee or group on record with the Ethics Board. There used to be a non-profit by that name registered in the 1990s but the Secretary of State’s office reports they were dissolved in 1999.
The second call began hitting homes about an hour later. This one featured a woman claiming to be from “Conservatives United” and referenced the early call. “The Democrats sent out a robo-call just hours ago finally confirming the truth…” then they repeated the false claim that John Wilkinson is a democrat that we heard in the earlier call and saw on those mailers sent from Lewis Bailey’s address in Young Harris earlier in the week.
Again, there is no such campaign committee or group on record with the Ethics Board and no such entity registered with the Secretary of State’s office.
The phone number of the first call, 404-567-5455, traces to Sandy Springs in Atlanta but we’ve been unable to track it any further.
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