Voters in Georgia’s 6th congressional district tomorrow will decide whether they will put qualms about President Donald Trump the person ahead of a substantive, conservative policy agenda. Traditionally a moderate Republican district, the special election is being held to fill the seat formerly held by Republican Tom Price, who vacated to serve as Trump’s Secretary for Health and Human Services.
Now a close race, if voters swing the district Blue — a first since 1979 — it would be to replace the man who is working to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
It’s understandable that Trump’s unconventional and abrasive style garnered so much concern among a successful suburban district exuberantly supportive of Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008 by nearly 2-1 margins against Democrats. Trump eked out a victory by just 1.5 percent over Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Yet even the most ardent Never Trumper satisfied to vote Clinton, third party or protest vote in 2016 should ask themselves: why aren’t they distinguishing between the legislative versus the executive branches? Why take out their vengeance against Trump the man, when this would also be a blow against lowering taxes, reforming healthcare and expanding jobs?
The race between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff has officially become the most expensive congressional race in history. Republicans are pulling out all the stops, with President Trump himself placing robocalls, and Vice President Mike Pence, Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy trekking down to the Peach State.
“Democrats widely view the Georgia Special Election as their first chance to strike a blow to Donald Trump’s presidency and our conservative values,” Romney said in a fundraising email supporting Handel. “Now they’re directing all the resources at their disposal to defeat my friend, Karen Handel. I am committed to doing my part to win the biggest Special Election of the year.”
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton got in on the game, too.
“Despite his many claims to the contrary, Jon Ossoff is not serious,” Bolton wrote in another email blast. “He has wrongfully inflated his resume, touting five years of national security experience and top-secret national security clearance — before backtracking and saying his clearance only lasted five months — deceiving many Georgians in the process. With Election Day tomorrow, this race is in a dead heat with serious national implications. My friend, Jon Ossoff can’t be allowed to win. He’s a national security fraud at a time when we need principled leaders.”
If Georgia’s 6th District voters help erode a Republican House because they are upset about Trump’s shenanigans, they would be on track to help empower a Democratic House takeover in 2018. If they think Washington is dysfunctional now, they ain’t seen nothing yet. A Democratic-controlled House would mean an all-out slugfest. Americans deserve better.
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It is a district with a lot of money and claims to be the Silicon Valley of the South. They have a lot of work to do so I can see how his message resonates.
Putting a democrat in office will not make their exotic cars look any fancier. It will just make their district look more pathetic than it actually is.