Austin Scott is a formidable political foe and incumbent Jim Marshall has taken the offensive on the issue of illegal immigration.
Marshall recently released a press release that reaffirms his commitment to extending the Bush Tax cuts that he voted for a few years ago.
Marshall may describe himself as a Blue Dog Democrat, but he may as well put an (R) by his name instead of a (D).
Can Marshall out-Republican Austin Scott?
This race hadn’t been particularly nasty, but it was only a matter of time as November 2nd quickly approaches that Marshall start his negative campaign and use the immigration as a wedge issue.
Scott had been generally positive and touting his conservative credentials, but Marshall threw the first metaphorical stone by attacking statements by Scott that may appear that he is weak on immigration reform.
Both candidates are devoid of any real ideas that truly help the average voter in the Eighth Congressional District.
It has turned into a contest of who is more conservative or who is more anti-Obama?
Marshall has entertained the idea of constitutional changes in regard to the 14th Amendment and the birthright provisions.
In the Atlanta Journal Constitution, he had said the following:
“I’m just not convinced that the Constitution mandates birthright citizenship for folks who are illegally in this country,” said Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall of Macon. “The idea that we could pass a statute … to make it more clear that the Constitution doesn’t require this makes sense to me.”
If Marshall manages to defeat Scott, I just don’t see the Macon Dixiecrat continuing to be pose as a Democrat. Additionally with reapportionment around the corner, the 8th Congressional District could change dramatically and make Marshall’s decision easier.