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14 October 2008

Chambliss Campaign: "We Will Be Defining [Jim]Martin"

With four polls showing Republican Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin neck-and-neck in the U.S. Senate race, the Chambliss campaign is about to use its 4-to-1 financial advantage to begin defining their Democratic opponent as unacceptable to represent Georgia in the world's greatest deliberative body.

Chambliss, whose campaign once enjoyed a double-digit lead and has run only positive television ads so far, will go on the offensive in the final weeks of the race as the two former University of Georgia fraternity brothers slug it out against a national backdrop of increasing Democratic clout in the face of economic uncertainty.

"We won’t be attacking Martin," Chambliss campaign spokeswoman Michelle Grasso said Thursday. "We will be defining Martin based on his past votes. He has a long record in Georgia that a lot of people are not familiar with and need to be."
[Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Chambliss-Martin senate race getting tighter", October 13, 2008]

As of the most recent FEC campaign finance reports, Saxby Chambliss has $4,082,383 in the bank. Jim Martin, on the other hand, has $56,237 in cash and $91,805 in debt.

However, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) partially funded the Martin's latest campaign ad which attacks Chambliss for the country's recent economic woes.

In addition, the online "netroots," energized by the recent Daily Kos endorsement of Jim Martin [Source:, GA-Sen: Jim Martin is now O2B, October 8, 2008], have raised just over $100,000 for the Georgia Democrat [Source:, Jim Martin Fundraising Page].