Banjos aren’t the only thing you’ll hear in the Northeast Georgia mountains this time of year. If you listen closely, you can hear the electrons buzz by you at lightning speed as they transmit their snark-laden emails about how one candidate is the obvious conservative candidate and the other is low-down dirty lib’rul. Ain’t Congressional run-offs fun?
So, you have Representative Collins going after Ms. Zoller concerning the legalization of marijuana (although the video that Collins uses only has Zoller saying that she and other conservatives are reconsidering the issue as she reiterated in one of the candidate forums). He’s also going after her concerning other social conservative issues saying that she’s not as conservative has he is.
Of course, Ms. Zoller isn’t taking this lying down. She’s going out in full force combating what Collins is saying about her. She also has a snarky name for him: Gold Dome Doug. She goes after him by pointing out his legislative record such as voting for various things as the hospital bed tax and a motel/hotel tax to pay for a new Falcons stadium as well as his support for T-SPLOST.
A thought struck me as I was typing this up…there seems to be a lot of parallels between this run-off and the Republican gubernatorial run-off in 2010. You have the “outsider” give the establishment candidate give him a run for his money and force him into a run-off after a close primary election. The establishment candidate is scared of losing such a lucrative position of power, so he throws a lot of junk at the outsider candidate claiming she’s for killing babies, wants to see “the gays” get married, and makes you think that she’s to the left of Barack Obama since she obviously wants you to smoke pot, eat Krystals, and listen to Bob Marley or The Beetles.
Of course, 2 years ago, you had social conservatives and the TEA Party going behind now-Governor Deal. I still find it funny that the person that they vilified, former Secretary of State Karen Handel, 2 years ago now earns their respect (I’m sure that and a buck-fifty will buy you a Coke) after she stood up to Planned Parenthood and supported defunding them as an executive with Susan G. Komen….but I digress.
Now you see the TEA Party rushing in to back Ms. Zoller’s election bid, but it seems like this will come down to a contest between the mountain conservatives vs. TEA Party conservatives. If you look at the election map, the race may come down to White County since that was the only county that didn’t go for either Collins or Zoller, but Zoller did get come in 2nd in White County. Oh, this does make for interesting political drama, indeed.