Saturday, July 5, 2008

Obama Campaign Says "No We Don't" To Georgia Senate Hopeful Vernon Jones

A recent mail flier sent out statewide by Vernon Jones has resulted in attempts by the Obama Campaign to distance itself from the Dekalb County CEO and potential Georgia Democratic Senate candidate.

Late last week Amy Brundage, spokeswoman for the Obama campaign, issued a statement saying, "The Obama campaign was not involved with the use of Sen. Obama's picture in this mailer, and despite what this mailer inaccurately suggests, Sen. Obama will not endorse a candidate in the U.S. Senate primary in Georgia."

Jones, who voted at least twice for Republican George W. Bush, was immediately called out by his Democratic opponents who say it is a last ditch effort by Jones to drape himself in the Barack Obama "aura".

Candidate Rand Knight called the mailer "A gross abuse and misuse of Barack Obama's wonderful success in Georgia".

Jones claims the flier is intended to express his support for Obama, rather than the other way around, and adds that his opponents have been announcing their support for Obama for months.

Just days after last Thursday's statement distancing itself from Jones, the Obama campaign announced that the Senator will be visiting Georgia on Tuesday for a town hall meeting at McEachern High School in Powder Springs.

Tickets for the town hall meeting are available to the public, but must be purchased in advance. The Obama campaign said the Senator's Georgia visit is part of an effort to win over states that President Bush won in the 2000 and 2004 elections. Campaign officials say that during the next week, Obama will "focus on strengthening the economic security of families feeling the strain of the faltering economy."

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