Thursday, June 25, 2009

Is anyone willing to run against Jim Marshall?

The National Republican Congressional Committee has been hitting my e-mail box pretty hard lately, bashing U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall.

Basically the message seems to be that Jim Marshall hearts Nancy Pelosi, and Nancy Pelosi hearts destroying everything good about America.

So who is it, NRCC, that the good people of Georgia's 8th Congressional District should choose to replace this freedom-hating hippie?

What's that? Why do I hear crickets?

Because they don't have a candidate. And the potential viable candidates aren't willing to risk the offices they've already got in the kamikazee mission that taking on Jim Marshall has become.

State Sen. Cecil Staton? Says he plans on seeking re-election to his own seat. State Rep. Allen Peake? Sent an email out this week specifically telling supporters he's not interested. State Rep. Jim Cole? A maybe at best, but I wouldn't hold my breath. State Rep. Austin Scott? Promises he's running for governor, no matter what the rumors say about him leaving that race for the 8th District.

Erick Erickson, of Redstate, Peach Pundit, Macon City Council and Supreme Court Justice David Souter Fan Club fame said he was approached about running. He declined.

The list goes on, but the bottom line is that it's June 25. By this time in the last three election cycles the Republican Party had a candidate.

Said Erickson:
I've been saying since 2003 that 2010 would be Marshall's first truly vulnerable year. It is a swing district and the party opposite the White House historically loses seats in off-year elections. The GOP has thrown so many candidates at him, though, that in the first year Marshall is truly beatable, they may not have a candidate. I suspect they will find someone to at least put a name on the ballot. I hear routinely that the state GOP is gun shy now due to Marshall's ability to turn out black voters. Georgia Republican Party officials routinely tell me they hope no one challenges Marshall in 2010 because of the potential Marshall voter turn out hurting the gubernatorial race.
At some point, the GOP will announce a candidate. Party officials probably won't use the phrase "cannon fodder." But, absent some major blow to Marshall's reputation in the interim, take their ballyhoo with a truckload of salt.

And bear in mind 2008, when Marshall beat retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard with 57 percent of the vote. Marshall even won Houston County, which is heavily Republican and where Goddard had been head of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.

What did the NRCC say in May 2007, when it announced its support for Gen. Goddard?

"We consider him to be one of our best recruiting successes so far," committee spokesman Ken Spain told The Telegraph.


Keich said...

While I can't say I like Marshall as a person, he has done a good job representing that district, and secretly the Republicans know this, which is why they can't find anyone to beat the guy. Goddard was their last, decent chance and he put up worse numbers than Collins.

Nick said...

I'm sure Marshall is on your Max Cleland list. One fault, being a Democrat.

Keich said...

Actually, if you read what I wrote, I said: "he has done a good job representing that district."

The only thing I don't like about Marshall is that he was rather odd the few times I met him. But so what? He's been a good Congressman.

Stan Bush said...

Explain what 'a good job representing the districts' means to you. In this interview his actions clearly indicate he doesn't represent the people...
I'm not impressed by people that vote against things that help further their political careers. I'm only interested in those that carry out the choices of those who elected him. According to his own words, he didn't do that.