Georgia Governor Chastises Democrats For Being "Negative" ... Then Smears Democratic Opponent
Last week, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Republican, went on television with his wife and dog by his side, smiled, and said: "Wouldn't it be nice if we could go the whole campaign without those negative ads like they had in the Democratic primary?"
This week, Perdue apparently changed his mind, creating a negative advertisement against his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor.
Nice to know Perdue practices what he preaches.
According to an Oct. 5 article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the mailer accuses Taylor of attacking "our traditions and values."
Why? Let's take a closer look:
FALSE ACCUSATION #1: Perdue accuses Taylor of killing legislation aimed at keeping public facilities open to the Boy Scouts. The flier references a 2001 opinion piece in the Augusta Chronicle. But the Journal-Constitution could not independently verify that claim with state Senate records. Taylor's campaign denied he tried to kill the legislation.
In other words, Perdue chose to quote an opinion, rather than rely on actual facts. Truthiness is alive and well in Georgia.
FALSE ACCUSATION #2: Perdue accuses Taylor of accepting money from an unidentified organization that Perdue claims "promotes partial-birth abortions" and "opposes parental notification laws." A Perdue spokesman told the Journal-Constitution that the group was Vote Choice, a political action committee connected to Planned Parenthood of Georgia.
But Planned Parenthood of Georgia has never taken any steps to promote late-term abortions, and has a long-standing policy of encouraging parental involvement for teens in areas of family planning and abortion.
In other words, Perdue chose to rely on conservative myths about Planned Parenthood, rather than rely on actual facts.
Hopefully, Georgians will recognize Perdue for what he is: a liar.