On the campaign trial: Pridemore evokes the “R” word in her first TV spot

Tricia Pridemore has released her first TV spot in the 11th Congressional District race and, like other GOP congressional candidates in Georgia, she emphasizes that she will repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Although Pridemore’s campaign describes the commercial as a “positive message,” the script she recites on camera is brimming with references to oppression and persecution:

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed.
Perplexed, but not in despair.
Persecuted, but not abandoned.
Struck down, but not destroyed.

For we — as conservative Georgians — shall prevail.
We will repeal Obamacare, reject Obama’s assault on our constitutional freedoms, and rest assured, knowing that our conservative Georgia values will triumph.

Pridemore is one of several in-state candidates who’ve declared they will repeal Obamacare – it’s a standard promise from just about every other Republican who’s running in a U.S. House or Senate race.

Republican leaders in Congress, however, say that a repeal of the healthcare act has become less likely as more consumers obtain coverage through a health insurance exchange or the expansion of Medicaid.

House Speaker John Boehner Boehner recently told a Rotary Club meeting in his Ohio district: “The challenge is that Obamacare is the law of the land. It is there and it has driven all types of changes in our health care delivery system. You can’t recreate an insurance market overnight.”

Boehner added that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act “isn’t the answer. The answer is repeal and replace.”

Kingston’s ‘Tupperware’

U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, who’s been out front with David Perdue in recent polls of the Senate Republican primary, continues to produce TV commercials that emphasize cheapness and frugality – an obvious attempt to counter Kingston’s longstanding reputation as a congressman who can cut budget deals and obtain earmarks for the constituents back home.

The latest spot features testimonials from Kingston’s four children, who take turns talking about how tight their father can be with a dollar:

Our dad is Jack Kingston. He really is cheap and it’s not just the car he drives.

He’ll drive five miles on empty just to save two cents a gallon.

Have you seen our Tupperware collection?

We thought “Hand Me Down” was the name of a department store.

He called a family meeting when someone opened the Diet Coke without permission.

You know, for dad, it’s about personal responsibility and respecting the value of a dollar.

He’ll be the same way in the Senate.

Kingston closes out the commercial with this disclaimer: “I’m Jack Kingston and I approved this message, once I saw it was under budget.”

Attacking Ralston

The tea party activists working against state House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) in his primary race against wrestling coach Sam Snider have produced a scorching attack ad that can be seen, for now, on the internet.

The commercial is based upon a court case that Ralston, a lawyer, has been handling for several years. Ralston’s client was involved in a car accident that resulted in the deaths of the husband and daughter of Amanda Trulock Mosher.

The spot consists of this emotional recounting of the court case by Mosher:

In 2005, a man killed my four-year-old daughter, Hailey, and my husband Joey, and later hired David Ralston as his attorney.

David Ralston used a legislative loophole to delay Amanda from getting her day in court.

My case was never important to David Ralston. He made me relive that nightmare, again and again. That’s not how we treat people around here.

David Ralston – there’s something wrong here.

The TV ad is not the first time that Ralston’s role as an attorney in this case has been mentioned. Tony Thomas of WSB-TV in Atlanta has done at least two reports since 2012 about Amanda Mosher’s attempts to have the vehicular homicide case brought to trial.

From a story by Thomas that aired in 2013:

Channel 2 Action News has learned that justice has been delayed yet again for a local woman whose husband and daughter were killed in a car crash nearly a decade ago.

Channel 2’s Tony Thomas first exposed last year how a law allows lawmakers who are also attorneys to delay trials.

Amanda Mosher said it’s been 8½ years since a horrible wreck killed her husband, Joey Truelove, and daughter, Hailey Truelove. Mosher and her son, Joshua Truelove, survived the crash.

Authorities charged Walter Layson with two counts of vehicular homicide. He pleaded not guilty and is out on bond. Layson is being represented by current Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston, who is an attorney.

Thomas talked to Mosher last year about how the case has been delayed time and time again. Now it’s happened again.

Thomas obtained a letter from Ralston telling a Gilmer County judge he’s just too busy with legislative duties to go to court in eight different criminal trials this week, including the one against Layson.

Mosher said she is being denied justice.

Pennington’s contribution

Former Dalton mayor David Pennington says if he should win the governor’s race – he’s running in the GOP primary against Gov. Nathan and state school Supt. John Barge – he’ll donate 10 percent of his salary to college and high school scholarships.

“I believe in giving back to the community and helping to improve the lives of our children,” Pennington said. “One way to do that is through school choice. Families and local communities — not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. or Atlanta — should have the opportunity to choose the education that best fits their students regardless of the zip code they live in.”

Pennington says he donated a total of $36,000 from the salary he received as mayor to fund scholarships at Dalton State College. The governor’s salary is slightly more than $139,000 a year.

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