Friday, July 28, 2006

Ken Mehlman in Macon

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman traveled to Macon Thursday to show his support for Congressman Mac Collins.
National GOP chairman rallies Collins supporters
By Phil Ramati

About 150 people packed the headquarters of the Bibb County Republican headquarters Thursday to hear Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman drum up support for 8th Congressional District candidate Mac Collins.

The hourlong event served mostly as a pep rally for supporters of Collins, who faces incumbent Jim Marshall in the re-drawn district.

"I'm here to support Mac Collins," Mehlman said. "I wanted to meet with his grass-roots campaign and talk about how critical this election is. I think it's certainly winnable."

National Republicans point to the 8th District as one of four key "winnable" House seats now held by Democrats. Mehlman will meet today with candidates in two more of those "winnable" races, Max Burns in the Georgia's 12th District and Ralph Norman of South Carolina.

"We will win in November," Collins told the crowd, packed into the small, hot office off Riverside Drive, "I can't emphasize that enough. We can do it with your help."

Neither Collins and Mehlman delved too deeply into issues during their speeches. Collins criticized Marshall for not supporting oil exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge and for voting against the repeal of the estate tax, which the Republicans have called the "death tax."

Both Collins and Mehlman said that should Marshall be re-elected, his first vote would be in favor of Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as speaker of the House. But Marshall spokesman Doug Moore said Marshall had yet to make up his mind about that.

"Jim has not said that," Moore said. "Prior to voting, he would have a meeting about certain issues, such as the Second Amendment."

Moore said that Marshall and Pelosi have clashed about a variety of issues.

"There's been conflict between the two of them in the past over the direction of the Democratic Party," he said. "Jim does his best to advance the interests and values of Middle Georgia and his congressional district. He's one of the true centrists in Congress. He's a pretty conservative Democrat."

Mehlman pointed out that Middle Georgia showed strong support for President Bush in the 2004 election.

"Sixty-two percent of the people here support Bush," Mehlman said. "This is Bush country; this is (Gov.) Sonny Perdue country. "

Most Collins supporters seemed to be enthusiastic after the speeches. Celeste Queen of Macon described herself as a pretty fervent Republican.

"I totally support Mac," she said. "I want to see him win. I also wanted to hear Ken Mehlman talk. ... (Collins) is a good man; I'm anxious to send him back to Congress." Colllins served in Congress for 12 years before running unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2004.

Sherrie Tidwell, also of Macon, switched from Democrat to Republican within the past few years. She said she attended the rally to learn more about Collins.

"Basically, I wanted to get an overview of what the Republicans are about," she said. "I wanted to see face to face, learn where they stand on some issues. I grew up a Democrat, but about five years ago I switched, because they no longer had the views I had. They abandoned conservative Christians.

"I haven't gotten into his background yet, done the research, but I'll probably vote for Collins."
Before visiting Macon, Mehlman spoke in Atlanta before the National Urban League, touting Bush's signing of the renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as an example of the GOP's efforts to reach out to black Americans.

Mehlman also cited Bush's record on improved education, home ownership and job opportunities for blacks, as well as his plan for aid in Africa. Still, he acknowleged the Republican Party has not done enough to win back black support.

"No matter how many times we win ... the party of Lincoln will not be whole again until more African-Americans come back home, period," Mehlman said. "Give us the chance to make our case so we can work together on important issues."
Press Release
July 28, 2006

Jim Marshall’s actions speak louder than words

Jim Marshall is trying to distance himself from his support for Speaker of the House wannabe Nancy Pelosi. Jim Marshall has twice, as a member of the United States House of Representatives, voted for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House. Now Marshall’s spokesman has stated: “Jim has not said that.”
But, Marshall has done it twice!!!

“Twice, Jim Marshall has had the opportunity to reject Nancy Pelosi and her ideology. Instead, he has chosen to support a person who opposes the War on Terror, supports raising taxes on Georgia’s working families, and is against our right to bear arms. Nancy Pelosi does not reflect the values of Georgia. This is just another case of Jim Marshall’s spokesman saying one thing and Marshall doing another”, said Mac Collins’ spokesman Bill Hagan.