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Georgia is No San Francisco

October 14, 2010    Content provided by DDC Advocacy

With several Democrats publicly saying they would prefer to vote for individuals other than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to lead the next House of Representatives, Representative Jim Marshall (D-GA-8) just launched the strongest of anti-Pelosi ads in his own difficult run for re-election. Attacking not only Speaker Pelosi, but also her home town of San Francisco and portraying the old California hippie culture as "being a long way from Georgia," Marshall goes on to say that he is a "long way from Pelosi." He also claims not to support Pelosi and that he votes with Republican leaders "65% of the time." According to Politico, Marshall's Democratic Party support figure is actually 88%, a number that is difficult to comprehend when he says he votes with Republicans almost two-thirds of the time. The Marshall ad ends with the announcer saying the Congressman has been endorsed by the NRA, Chamber of Commerce, and "Right to Life." The tagline at the end of the ad, referring to the three organizations, says "...and they wouldn't have anything to do with a Nancy Pelosi supporter."

The Marshall approach is the most brazen from any Democrat so far in this election cycle. It is an extraordinary attack on a leader of his own party, and a person who he twice voted for Speaker and once as Minority Leader. It will be interesting to see how Republican nominee Austin Scott responds to his opponent's latest attempt at neutralizing what is probably his most glaring negative.

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