The chairman of one of Georgia’s political parties gave the AJC this statement Tuesday evening:
It echoes the message for job training and opportunity and changing the climate of communities. … It’s all about changing the climate and the communities so that you can move forward and not feel like you’re restricted. That’s the message from our entire team: Let’s bring better opportunities so it doesn’t end up like that.
Was that leader talking about Casey Cagle’s effort to promote career academies in Georgia? Or, was he talking about how Nathan Deal has implemented criminal justice reform that reduces the prison population and works to educate offenders, many of whom are black, so they can be integrated back into society? Or, was it the promotion and passage of the Charter Schools amendment two years ago that expanded the opportunities for children with failing schools in their neighborhoods to get a decent education?
If you guessed any of the above, you are wrong.
Instead, that’s Democratic Party of Georgia Chairman Dubose Porter justifying this mailer that was apparently sent to people of color, urging them to “vote for change” and to vote early. The AJC caught up with Porter Tuesday evening and asked for his comments.
Democrats and Republicans alike are doing their best to motivate their voters to cast ballots in November. But, it’s a non-sequitur for the Democrats to link the events in the city of Ferguson Missouri with who will be elected to Georgia’s statewide or federal offices. That, however, is the ugly politics of race. It’s seen on the Republican side as well, with opposition to “Amnesty” any time a proposal is made to modify the way immigration works.
The Rick Allen campaign in Georgia’s Twelfth District was quick to respond:
“The national and local media, citizens from across the country and international poll-watchers would rain fire and vitriol from the heavens if Republicans tried this — as well they should,” said Allen spokesman Dan McLagan. “This is ugly, racist, wrong and, sadly, in character for a Democratic Party that is out of ideas and desperate to cling to what congressional seats they can. If John Barrow won’t disavow and condemn this foul spew, it will say more about his character than any 30-second ad ever could.”
Dan McLagan is one of the more colorful spokesmen in Georgia politics. But, there’s truth in what he says. One wonders what Jason Carter or Michelle Nunn, who talks about working across the aisle to solve the country’s problems, would say about the mailer.