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06 October 2008

Martin's Bailout Bill Opposition Puts Him At Odds With Other GA Democrats

Late last week, Democrat Jim Martin went on the attack criticizing U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R - Georgia) for his vote in favor of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 [Source: Senate Vote #213].

The fact that a majority of the state's Democratic congressional delegation voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act puts Jim Martin in a situation where he may be asked if he's equally disappointed in John Lewis' support of the bill.

Jim Martin told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he was "very disappointed" in Chambliss' vote for another "typical Washington solution."

"It’s classic Saxby Economics - $700 billion for Wall Street, while Georgia families get stuck with the bill. That’s just wrong," Martin said. [Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Bailout votes may haunt some politicians", October 4, 2008]

However, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 was a very complicated and controversial piece of legislation

On the first vote on the bill, four Democratic members of Congress from Georgia voted against the measure [Source: House Roll Call #674]. When a second vote on the bill was held, however, two Georgia Democrats --John Lewis and David Scott-- joined Sanford Bishop and Jim Marshall in supporting the legislation [Source: House Roll Call #681].

The fact that a majority of the state's Democratic congressional delegation voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act puts Jim Martin in a situation where he may be asked if he's equally disappointed in John Lewis' support of the bill.

Every time Jim Martin criticizes Saxby Chambliss for his vote in favor of a "typical Washington solution that's just wrong," he'll have to answer if the "yea" votes by Sanford Bishop, John Lewis, Jim Marshall and David Scott were wrong as well. In addition, Martin may be asked if Barack Obama's support of the bailout bill was wrong too.

It's a very intriguing scenario; a scenario where Jim Martin will either have to temper his attacks on Saxby Chambliss' and the Georgia Republican's vote on this bill or openly criticize members of his own Democratic Party for their support of the legislation.