Candidate With Famous Name Gets Tripped Up Over Fiscal Policy Issues

Buzz alluded to this in another post, and I wanted to fill in a little bit about how the Georgia House District 10 race to replace Paul Broun is shaking out in the final week before the primary.

In a roundup of the race a month ago, I predicted the runoff would be between Jody Hice and Mike Collins, with the possibility of Donna Sheldon coming in ahead of Collins to take the second spot. Indeed, recent polling by Insider Advantage shows Collins with 31.6% of the vote, Donna Sheldon with 9.7% and 22.2% undecided.

With Collins being one of the top contenders for a runoff slot, it should have been no surprise last Thursday night when Jody Hice went after him, as you will see in this video. When given the opportunity to speak, Hice pulls out his phone, and plays back Collins’ own words saying he would be willing to raise the debt ceiling. It’s a little hard to hear what was being played, but they were some remarks from a Roll Call candidate interview video released in December, 2013. You can listen to the original here.

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Donna Sheldon, who likely has the most to gain from a Collins misstep, didn’t waste any time, releasing this mailer, which landed in mailboxes late last week. In it, she also claims Collins wants to increase the debt ceiling, and quotes Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz.

At a forum in Greensboro on Saturday, Collins struck back, although Sheldon had a chance to rebut.

Primary voters, of course, will have to decide if Collins’ willingness to increase the debt ceiling disqualifies him from being their congressman. Collins is in a similar situation to U.S. Senate Candidate David Perdue, also a businessman with a famous relative in politics–Collins’ father is former Congressman Mac Collins, while Perdue’s cousin Sonny is the past Governor of Georgia. Perdue is the subject of heightened scrutiny after admitting revenue needed to be raised in an interview with the Macon Telegraph.

I guess that’s what happens when you let trackers the media record your statements about how Congress should pay for the programs it creates.


We were sent this Mike Collins mailpiece that landed in D10 mailboxes Wednesday. The piece claims,

Fact: Mike has never said he wanted to raise the debt ceiling and will never say he wants to raise the debt ceiling. He had the first written plan to reduce the debt.

We will let the reader decide if Collins saying “we need to raise the ceiling” is or is not the same as whether he “wants to raise” the ceiling.