Note the potential precedent Gen. Goddard sets for himself - being on hand for "every second of debate" on crucial bills such as the Farm Bill.
"Given the farm bill only comes around once every five years, Jim Marshall owes Georgians an explanation as to why he didn’t arrange to visit the troops in Afghanistan during his four-week-long summer vacation, which was just two weeks away, so that he could be present to represent Georgia farmers every single day of committee debate and to vote on the farm bill that affects the lives of Georgians throughout our state,” said Goddard.
"Having spent nearly 34 years in the United States Air Force and a son who spent over a year in Iraq, there is no one in this race more concerned about our warriors in harms way than me,” said the retired Air Force Major General. “I also understand that the farm bill only comes around once every five years and that the real work and the ability to shape legislation on behalf of family farmers and our communities is done in the subcommittees, committee and on the floor of the House of Representatives. That’s why I would have seen to it that I was there for every second of debate and every single vote on the farm bill. Only then would I have departed to be with the brave men and women on the front lines of the War on Terror, even if it meant sacrificing time with my family during Congress’ four-week-long summer vacation. Leadership is all about choices, decisions and accepting responsibility."
Just for the record, this election, if Goddard gets through a Republican primary expected to include former Congressman Mac Collins, would be in November. Of 2008.
Perhaps Rep. Marshall will respond with another press release, perhaps not. I'm thinking about sending my own press release to both campaigns.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Aug. 27, 2007.
Telegraph newspaper reporter Travis Fain issued the following statement today about the 2008 8th Congressional District race:
Of course I'm not particularly helping by writing about this war of words, but once you start that train you can't really stop it.