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26 June 2013

Better Georgia Caught in Bold-Faced Lie by PolitiFact

How do you know when a Democrat is lying? Their lips are moving.

PolitiFact has caught Democrats lying about what a Georgia Congressman said regarding the role of men and women in the home.

In a 20 June fundraising email (shown right) to supporters, Better Georgia claimed U.S. Representative Phil Gingrey wants to be sure that women "know their place."

Better Georgia is a Democrat-leaning political action committee.

"Georgia women don’t need . . . Phil Gingrey instructing them to stay in their place," the Better Georgia email continues.

There's just one problem with that sentence, according to PolitiFact. Congressman Gingrey never actually instructed women to "stay in their place."

PolitiFact Georgia reviewed a video of Gingrey’s remarks several times. And we found that he never used the phrase about women that they should "stay in their place" or "know their place."

A review of the tape shows that Gingrey spends part of his time talking about Father’s Day and his own family. He admits that the old family model that was illustrated in television classics like "Father Knows Best" are outdated, but he holds firm to his belief that families need a mother and a father to work well.

"You know, maybe part of the problem is we need to go back into the schools ... and have a class for the young girls and have a class for the young boys and say ... what’s important," Gingrey said. "This is what a father does that is maybe a little different, maybe a little bit better than the talents that a mom has in a certain area. And the same thing for the young girls, that ... this is what a mom does, and this is what is important from the standpoint of that union which we call marriage."

Davis, Janel (26 June 2013). Fundraising email puts words in Gingrey’s mouth. PolitiFact Georgia. Retrieved on 26 June 2013.

There's a certain amount of hyperbole that comes with political issues. But there is a big difference between making an obvious and intentional exaggeration, and telling lies.

Better Georgia was caught telling a bold-faced lie and raising money off that lie.

Make no bones about it, telling lies about an elected official doesn't make Georgia better.