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09 September 2008

Republicans Not United Behind Deborah Honeycutt

Since first running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, Republican Deborah Honeycutt has repeatedly dwarfed her Democratic opponent David Scott in fundraising totals posting numbers in the seven figure range throughout her two failed congressional bids. However, despite raising more than $4 million over the last two years, Deborah Honeycutt has failed to get more than 30% against David Scott in the 13th congressional district, and less than enthusiastic support from her Republican Party may be a reason why.

In an article that appeared on the website Black Politics on the Web" near the end of August, Rufus Montgomery, the 36-year-old head of the Georgia Black Republican Council and a member of the Georgia Republican Party's executive committee, had some kind words for Democrat David Scott and seemed skeptical of Republican Deborah Honeycutt chances of unseating the three-term incumbent in November.

"I like David," candidly admits Montgomery [...] "That's a tough race for us because David Scott is one of the most conservative African Americans in Congress." [Source: Black Politics on the Web.com, "Georgia GOP Official Snubs Black Republican Congressional Candidate", August 26, 2008]

Montgomery's comments weren't received well by the Honeycutt campaign, but as former George W. Bush appointee Yvonne Davis opined in an Hartford Courant op-ed column, some of Deborah Honeycutt's harshest words might be reserved for other Republican Party leaders who seem to have left her to sink or swim on her own.

Yvonne Davis, a former national co-chair of African Americans for George W. Bush, detailed an exchange between her and Deborah Honeycutt's campaign manager Michael Murphy in which Murphy said Republican presidential candidate John McCain nor the Republican National Committee had not reached out and offered help for Honeycutt's congressional campaign.

...African American Republican Dr. Deborah Honeycutt, a highly educated, beautiful and successful physician running for the U.S. House in Georgia's 13th Congressional District, can't get support from the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee or the Georgia State Republican Party.

I asked Honeycutt's campaign manager, Michael Murphy,if John McCain has reached out to her or whether anyone of significance from Washington or Georgia is offering help.

He hesitated and gave an embarrassing "No."
[Source: Hartford Courant, "No Room At The Table For Black Republicans", August 31, 2008]

The Honeycutt campaign's objections notwithstanding, the Republican Party may be justified in its refusal to commit resources to Georgia's 13th congressional district. Congressional Politics, a Capitol Hill newspaper, ranks the district as "safe Democrat." In the 2004 presidential election, the district went 62% for Democrat John Kerry. In 2000, the district went 59% for Al Gore.

Still, the 13th district's past electoral performance won't keep the Deborah Honeycutt campaign from blaming the Republican Party for its campaign challenges.