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28 October 2008

Deborah Honeycutt: A Bush-McCain Republican Who's Wrong on the Issues

Deborah Honeycutt is a George Bush Republican who's out of touch with the Georgia's 13th congressional district. She has run what civil rights legend John Lewis (D - Georgia) called a dishonest and misleading campaign against Democrat David Scott in an attempt to mask her extreme positions on the Fair Tax, privatizing Social Security and the war in Iraq from 13th district voters.

There can be no doubt that Deborah Honeycutt is a radical Republican who supports John McCain, wants four more years of the last eight years of the failed Bush-McCain policies and is out of touch with Georgia's 13th congressional district.


Throughout her campaign, Honeycutt has tried to blur Republican/Democrat lines by funding a bogus group called "Democrats for Good Government"; a group that has engaged in deplorable smear tactics against David Scott.

The Scott campaign filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission regarding the bogus organization "Democrats for Good Government." The Scott campaign included an invoice showing the Deborah Honeycutt’s husband, Andrew, was billed $1,385.75 for the fliers, but those fliers say they were paid for by Democrats for Good Government [Source: Clayton News-Daily, "Scott files FEC charges against Honeycutt's campaign", October 22, 2008].

David Knox, the man behind Democrats for Good Government, claimed to have no relationship with the Honeycutt campaign and the Honeycutt campaign claims to have no relationship with Knox or his organization [Sources: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Rep. Scott clears some debts", June 25, 2008; Macon Telegraph, "Ga.'s Scott says opponent funds smear campaign", October 21, 2008; Georgia Politics Unfiltered, "'Democrats for Good Government' Leader Gets Money From Republican Candidate", July 6, 2008]. But Knox’s internet design company was paid $525 by the Honeycutt campaign on May 7, 2008 for "internet consulting" even though the Honeycutt's website and online donations are both run by a different company. [Sources: Clayton News-Daily, "Scott files FEC charges against Honeycutt's campaign", October 22, 2008; Federal Elections Commission, "Honeycutt for Congress Itemized Disbursements", June 25, 2008].

If engaging in deceptive campaign practices weren't enough, over the last few months, Republican Honeycutt and her campaign have made a series of outrageous statements that demonstrates that she is out of touch with the people of Georgia's 13th district.

Here's just a sample of Honeycutt's outrageous statements:

  • Honeycutt says she opposes Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama because "he’s for black genocide" [Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Non-incumbent raises $4.3 million for her campaign, but questions linger" October 22, 2008]

  • Honeycutt's husband, Andrew, called civil rights icon John Lewis "contemptible", "fat" and accused Democrats of pimping blacks.

    • "They’d rather enjoy political power then serve the people. They know David Scott is corrupt. They’re his cohorts in an array of contemptible ways. The media ain’t going to upset the Andrew Young’s, the Rev. Joe Lowery’s, and the John Lewis'.

      What I am ashamed of is John Lewis and Andy Young, who used to be champions for the underclass, and now they’ve gotten so fat as Democratic leaders they think Democrats are more powerful than God. I’m not going to sit idly by and let the Republican Party ignore us and let the Democratic Party pimp us."
      [Source: Independent Business News Network, "Dr. Andrew Honeycutt’s Republican Convention Muse", September 11, 2008]

  • Honeycutt dismissed the values of the 13th's district voters telling a British tabloid that she would "rather be with someone [like John McCain] who may not look like me and shares my values and principles, than be with people [like the voters of the 13th district] who might look like me but have nothing in common with my values and principles" '[Source: AFP/You Tube.com, "A longshot that could make history", October 25, 2008].

  • In an Atlanta Press Club debate, Republican Honeycutt endorsed John McCain saying that the Republican presidential candidate "has the same...similar values and principles that I have." Honeycutt made this statement even though she's running in a congressional district that supported Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama with over 80% of the vote in the February 5th presidential primary [Sources: You Tube.com, "Deborah Honeycutt Endorses John McCain", October 23, 2008; Georgia Secretary of State, "Official Results of the Tuesday, February 05, 2008 General Primary Election", February 13, 2008].
On the issues, Republican Deborah Honeycutt supports continuing with four more years of the last eight years of the failed Bush-McCain policies.

Honeycutt writes on her campaign website that, "I have examined alternatives and found the FairTax to offer the best hope of returning our tax system to our constitutional principle" [Source: Honeycutt for Congress.com, "Issues", October 28, 2008].

According to the nonpartisan website, Fact Check.org, the FairTax amounts to a 23% tax increase on nearly everything a person would buy including groceries, doctor’s bills, and gasoline [Source: Fact Check.org, "Unspinning the FairTax", May 31, 2007].

Honeycutt has indicated that she wants to privatize Social Security and raise the retirement age [Source: Project Vote Smart, "Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test", October 28, 2008]. Honeycutt said she wants workers to "invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts" and "raise the retirement age for full Social Security benefits."

And finally, on the issue of bring our troops home from Iraq, Republican Honeycutt is unwilling to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq, saying that she is "undecided" on whether the United States should maintain its troop level in Iraq [Source: Project Vote Smart, "Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test", October 28, 2008].

There can be no doubt that Deborah Honeycutt is a radical Republican who supports John McCain, wants four more years of the last eight years of the failed Bush-McCain policies and is out of touch with Georgia's 13th congressional district.