It’s a question that’s asked every election: How low can the negative campaigning go? We think we have found this cycle’s winner, at least as far as the Georgia primaries go. The Political Insider has the story, but subscribers to the Peach Pundit Daily saw this in today’s edition (You do subscribe, don’t you?)
Robocall Shenanigans, Jim Galloway reports on an exceptionally late and exceptionally dirty hit via robocall. The victim was Bert Reeves, who was the “beneficiary” of a phony-sounding endorsement from Global Action for Trans Equality, a group that doesn’t normally take any interest in Republican primaries for State House seats in Georgia. There is no evidence that his opponent, State Rep. Charles Gregory, sent the call, but he would probably fail the cui bono test if one could be applied. If anyone wonders why the Republican party has a problem attracting new and younger members in Georgia, it’s because dirty politics like this might still work. Thanks a lot, “Liberty” movement.
Gregory denies responsibility for the call.
Most of what we call negative campaigning takes a candidate’s own words and amplifies them to remind voters of the misstep, or takes a statement by the candidate and repeats it out of context to make it seem like something it’s not. This is the tactic used by the Senate candidates attacking David Perdue for his statement to the Macon Telegraph about revenue increases. We also saw it in this negative mailer from the American Jobs Council attacking First District candidate Bob Johnson for his inopportune comments about the Transportation Security Agency.
The other form of negative campaigning takes inconvenient facts about a candidate and amplifies them for the recipient. That’s what we saw in the mailer slamming State Senator Don Balfour for possible ethics violations, or in this mailer, which targets First District candidate Buddy Carter for alleged ethics violations and tax payment issues.
These types of negative hit pieces are a time honored tradition in political campaigns. But, when a robocall apparently makes up facts out of whole cloth, it, and the person who had it sent out should be condemned.