Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Office of
Congressman Mac Collins
Former Member 1993-2004

January 4, 2007

(Jackson, GA) – Today the Democratic majority of the 110th Congress of the United States of America elected Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. In the September 24, 2006 issue of The Telegraph, Rep. Jim Marshall had promised that he would vote for a Speaker who would be good for Georgia and good for the country. Today he broke that promise by voting for Mrs. Pelosi, an action that constitutes an endorsement of the principles she represents. During her tenure as Minority Leader of the House, Nancy Pelosi has supported provisions such as the legalization of partial birth abortion, the destruction of the American family through her opposition of the Protection of Marriage Amendment, higher taxation of working families, the establishment of a welfare state, and amnesty for illegal aliens.

During the 2006 congressional election in Georgia’s 8th District, Jim Marshall repeatedly tried to distance himself from his support for Mrs. Pelosi and refused to answer questions as to who he would support for Speaker of the 110th Congress. Today we learned the truth when Mr. Marshall cast his vote for Mrs. Pelosi.

Former Congressman Mac Collins, who challenged Rep. Marshall in 2006 for the seat in the Georgia’s 8th Congressional District, issued the following statement from his home in rural Butts County after learning of Mr. Marshall’s vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House:

“A Member of Congress has the responsibility to vote on behalf of his constituents. This is a sacred trust between the member and the people who elected him to serve. During our race, Jim promised to vote for a Speaker who would be good for Georgia and good for our nation. Today he violated that trust when he voted for Nancy Pelosi. Mrs. Pelosi takes great pride in proclaiming that she is a liberal yet, this is the second time in post-election voting that Jim Marshall has stood behind Speaker Pelosi. The first was a voice vote in the Democrat Conference in Nov. 2006. I am deeply concerned that Jim thinks that he will change Mrs. Pelosi into a moderate, something he has implied since the election. Mrs. Pelosi has, on several occasions, claimed that she will bring civility and inclusion into the People’s Business, but within the last few days she has already shown that Republicans will not be involved in the first 100 hours of deliberations or allowed to amend any legislation The exclusion of the seven Republican Members of the US House of Representatives from Georgia and the possible same treatment of the two Republican Members of the US Senate from Georgia will not be good for Georgia and the nation. Jim, please keep your promises to those of us who are constituents of Georgia’s Eighth Congressional District.”

Authorized by Mac Collins