Remember 1994 should be one of the Democrats’ rallying calls. However, for Lynn Westmoreland talk of shutting down the government is seen mostly as an ideological badge of honor.
Westmoreland is one of the most unproductive, undistinguished congressmen in the U.S. Congress, and has been able to hold on to his seat for two election cycles.
What has he done to help cities in his 3rd Congressional District-absolutely nothing? One can look at the press releases from his congressional office-no accomplishments and no news of actually helping his district.
Former President Bill Clinton says that Democrats are battling with anger about the economy, apathy from non-voters and amnesia about Republican policies.
Frank Saunders is a very capable candidate and has toured the district with various meet and greets, but he is not likely to discuss public policy in front a audience of voters with the elusive Westmoreland.
If Saunders doesn’t get the chance to debate Westmoreland, Saunders has to take a more direct approach with local media and government in cities such as Thomaston, Griffin and Barnesville. Attend city council and commission meetings to receive a more in-depth understanding of what ordinary citizens are going through.
If there is a shutdown of government, it will affect cities and the voters should be keenly aware of this.
According to Dave Weigle from Slate, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) addressed the Faith & Freedom Conference with a hook you’re hearing more and more often. He reminded the crowd that after Republicans won Congress in 1994, they forced a fight over the budget with President Clinton.
“The government shut down,” said Westmoreland — and the crowd started cheering. “That’s what I wanted to hear! A good clap for that!”
And newspapers such as The Griffin News, The Thomaston Times, The Barnesville Dispatch along with larger dailies such as the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and the LaGrange Daily News have been very silent over Westmoreland’s comments and have overlooked the 3rd Congressional District race.
And that is a shame.
It appears these newspapers are more concerned with comprehensive coverage of high school football games instead of reporting on issues affecting voters.
The LaGrange Daily News reported that Troup County teachers will face only three days of leave without pay instead of six this school year.
Money from a federal program will be used to offset those days and to balance the school system budget.
The Education Jobs Fund provides $10 billion for states for salaries or benefits. About $2.4 million of that will go to Troup County, officials announced at Thursday’s board meeting.
Westmoreland has stood against helping the unemployed, educators, and small business and most mainstream media in the Third Congressional District has just shrug their shoulders.
These media outlets should be DEMANDING DEBATE(S).
Now Westmoreland buoyed by poll numbers that Democrats are staying home and conservatives are energized, he is now ignoring any type of debate with his Democratic challenger, Frank Saunders.
On August 26th, a candidate forum was held at Columbus State University Lynn Westmoreland and he had backed out.
Frank Saunders cares for his constituency. Lynn Westmoreland cares more about scoring political points at the expense of the third Congressional District.
However, are progressives and open-minded independents in cities such as Griffin, Barnesville, Douglasville, Columbus and Thomaston going to allow Lynn Westmoreland to help shut down the government by sitting home and not voting?