Racial dog-whistling a winning strategy in Georgia HD71 runoff

Above: screenshot from Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison’s Facebook page By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Army veteran and Tea Party favorite Philip Singleton took nearly 60 percent of the vote to win a Georgia House seat in Tuesday’s special election, defeating political newcomer and GOP establishment candidate Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison. Only 4,346 ballots were cast in the House District 71 special election runoff in eastern Coweta County and a small section of Peachtree City in Fayette. In Peachtree City, Singleton took 110 of only 167 votes cast. Sakrison started strong and faded early Sakrison, an educator and daughter of former Republican U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, was considered the frontrunner early in the contest to serve out the unfinished term of David Stover, who resigned his…

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Mailing it in: The cardboard campaign of Georgia House candidate Marcy Sakrison

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Click for info on voting in Tuesday’s election When I saw Marcy Sakrison’s latest flyer attacking Peachtree City library director and fellow candidate Jill Prouty, I thought of a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man. The book was about a character who existed only on paper. Sakrison’s special election campaign is also two-dimensional, comprised mainly of money and mailers. Sakrison is running in Tuesday’s four-way nonpartisan special election primary in Coweta and Fayette Counties to replace District 71 Rep. David Stover, who resigned in June. She’s struggled to differentiate herself from two other Republican candidates: Army veteran Philip Singleton and nonprofit director Nina Blackwelder. That’s a difficult task when their talking points are virtually identical. The…

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The cardboard candidacy of Marcy Sakrison

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Click for info on voting in Tuesday’s election When I saw Marcy Sakrison’s latest flyer attacking Peachtree City library director and fellow candidate Jill Prouty, I thought of a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man. The book was about a character who existed only on paper. Sakrison’s special election campaign is also two-dimensional, comprised mainly of money and mailers. Sakrison is running in Tuesday’s four-way nonpartisan special election primary in Coweta and Fayette Counties to replace District 71 Rep. David Stover, who resigned in June. She’s struggled to differentiate herself from two other Republican candidates: Army veteran Philip Singleton and nonprofit director Nina Blackwelder. That’s a difficult task when their talking points are virtually identical. The…

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Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison relies on special-interest cash to fund Georgia House campaign

By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman Click for info on voting in Tuesday’s election Click for update on Marcy’s campaign! Follow the money. It’s a good way to scope out a political race, and Georgia’s special House election in Coweta and Fayette Counties is no exception to the rule. Because the election to replace David Stover is on a short time frame, a money snapshot is especially telling. With no incumbent, the dollar amounts aren’t big, but one fact pops out quickly.  Somebody wants to buy the election. Whether the attempt works is another issue. Three candidates rely on individual donors, but not Sakrison, the anointed establishment Republican. She’s raised the most money and relies heavily on special interests to finance her campaign. One…

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