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19 October 2008

Jim Martin and the DSCC: On Both Sides of the Same Issues

Jim Martin criticized Saxby Chambliss' support for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (H.R.1424).

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chairman Chuck Schumer (D - New York) voted for the bill too [Source: Senate Roll Call Vote #213].

The DSCC ran an ad in Georgia criticizing Chambliss' support for the fair tax [Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "The DSCC enters the U.S. Senate race, and the issue is the Fair Tax", October 15, 2008].

Jim Martin says he wishes the ad weren't running [Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Martin backs away from ‘fair tax’ at senate debate", October 18, 2008].

In what is becoming a quick pattern in Georgia's close U.S. Senate race, the Democratic nominee and the committee in place to augment his campaign seem to be on different sides of the same issue.

Legally, Jim Martin can not coordinate a campaign with the DSCC and that is making it difficult for both Martin and the national Democratic committee to maintain a consistent message.

It also leaves both Martin and the DSCC open to attacks such as the one leveled by Republican Saxby Chambliss at a rally held Friday at the State Capitol.

"Chuck Schumer does not need to come to Georgia and tell us how to vote," Chambliss said. "We don’t listen to New Yorkers in Georgia. We listen to Georgians." [Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "‘Fair tax’ fans say Martin’s attacks likely to backfire", October 18, 2008]

However, Martin could use his disagreements with the DSCC as a preview of his independence if elected to the U.S. Senate. Martin could say that he's already bucking his party and will continue to do so if he's elected.

It shoudld be interesting to see which track both the DSCC and the Martin campaigns take in the waning days of the 2008 election season.