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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Why does Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison fear the librarian?

By Jonathan Grant@Brambleman Click for info on voting in Tuesday’s election Click for update on Marcy’s campaign! Marcy Westmoreland Sakrison has sent out mailers attacking an unnamed but identifiable opponent in Georgia’s House District 71 special election: ATTENTIONMARCY WESTMORELAND SAKRISON IS THE REPUBLICAN WHO CAN BEAT THE HAND PICKED CHOICE OF THE DEMOCRATIC ELITE She’s talking about longtime Peachtree City librarian Jill Prouty, the only Democrat running. Say her name! During a recent interview, Prouty discussed her candidacy. She never mentioned any of the “elites” pictured on the flyer. Instead, she talked about rejecting the GOP when it became the Party of Trump and getting involved in local Democratic politics. She joined the Coweta Democratic Women’s Council, considered running, gauged her support,…

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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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