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27 August 2010

Democrat Russell Edwards Gets a "False" Rating From PolitiFact Georgia

"The battle lines have been drawn so firmly on every issue that when the right says 'X' the left has to take the opposite position."

-former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean

Friday morning, PolitiFact Georgia gave 10th district congressional candidate Russell Edwards a "false" rating for statements he made concerning legislation that would ban animal crush videos [Stirgus, Eric (2010-8-27). Congressman sides with "sexual deviants" with no vote, opponent says. PolitiFact Georgia. Retrieved on 2010-8-27.].

Edwards was critical of Congressman Paul Broun's vote against the bill, accusing Broun of siding with "sexual deviants," while also claiming that Broun's values were "at odds with the good-natured citizens of District 10."

It's funny.

Paul Broun would say the values of the left-leaning American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are at odds with the good-natured citizens of district 10. However, on H.R. 5566 - the Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010, both Broun and the ACLU were both in opposition [Walker, Andre (2010-7-23). Strange Bedfellows: Paul Broun & The ACLU Actually Agree On Something. Georgia Politics Unfiltered. Retrieved on 2010-8-27.].

The congressional campaign of Democrat Russell Edwards won't be won or lost over this PolitiFact Georgia article.

Still, the Edwards campaign's haste in attacking Paul Broun only reinforces the words of former DNC chairman Howard Dean that, "The battle lines have been drawn so firmly on every issue that when the right says 'X' the left has to take the opposite position."

There are a litany of issues to campaign on against Paul Broun. The decision by Russell Edwards to rap Congressman Broun across the knuckles on a bill that was so bad even the ACLU was against it amounts to a rookie mistake.

It was opposing for the sake of opposing.