Jim Martin #7: “Convicted criminals”

posted at 9:31 am on November 26, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Less than a week to go before the Georgia Senate run-off, and the NRSC has its ad group working overtime. This time they’re hitting Jim Martin over his 1984 vote to allow convicted murderers and other violent felons to remain free on bail pending their appeals:

This goes a little too far when it references terrorist hijackers, which wouldn’t come under state law anyway, which was the context for this vote. Terrorist hijackings fall under federal jurisdiction. The NRSC wants to argue that Martin’s impulse as a Senator would be to allow this based on his 1984 vote, which seems like a major-league stretch to me … at best.

The vote did show Martin’s concerns as a legislator being more focused on the perpetrators than on protecting community from them. Combined with other elements of Martin’s record, especially in championing parole for violent criminals, it paints a picture of a clueless knee-jerk liberal who coddles violent criminals rather than corralling them.

Find out more about Martin’s record here, and if you want to preserve any hope of a Republican filibuster, contribute to Saxby Chambliss here or at the NRSC.


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This week, perhaps the best negative campaigning one could do against Jim Martin would be to go up to anyone wearing red and black and say “Jim Martin is rooting for Tech!” Then go find folks sporting white and old gold and exclaim “Jim Martin says the Bulldogs will win easily!”

radjah shelduck on November 26, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Saxby’s campaign has sent out a lot of negative campaign stuff. He’s spent a lot of time breaking down Martin as opposed to building himself up. It didn’t seem like he would need to go that route to win an election in Ga, but maybe he did. I generally like Saxby, but I think his campaign fouled this one up a little bit.

nick108 on November 26, 2008 at 3:20 PM