Scott urges re-election of Sen. Stoner
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@mdjonline.com
April 16, 2012 01:49 AM | 2926 views | 6 6 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA – Cobb County Democrats are the key to the party’s future and their re-election of state Sen. Doug Stoner is this year’s most important task, said U.S. Rep. David Scott (D-south Cobb).

Scott made those remarks Saturday night during his keynote address at the Cobb Democratic Party’s 24th annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner at the Doubletree Hotel off Windy Hill Road. He said Republicans have mounted an unprecedented attack not just on hard fought reforms, but also to racially re-segregate the country.

“The Republicans used this redistricting to re-segregate the political parties and now we’ve got only one white Democrat left standing in the South, serving in the Congress of the United States,” Scott told the packed crowd at the $100 per person event.

“We’ve got to support our white Democratic brothers and sisters. They’re trying to eliminate them.”

U.S. Rep. John Barrow was forced to move to Augusta from Democratic-leaning Savannah, after Republicans in the 2012 redistricting process placed him in a new district that’s significantly more conservative. The GOP spent tens of thousands in campaign ads during The Masters golf tournament, making Barrow a prime, national target this election year.

Scott said Republicans are doing the same thing locally to Stoner, who had his Smyrna-based 6th District redrawn by Republican lawmakers by shedding south Cobb precincts in favor of parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs. He said he brought Stoner’s race to the attention of the Democratic National Committee and White House.

“This is what they’re trying to do, to make sure that the Georgia Democratic Party, if it’s got a future, will be a black future,” said Scott.

“They have taken a lot of his black voters that he served well, Democratic voters, away from him. And they’re putting him in an almost Republican district. I’m here to tell you, if you hear nothing that I’m saying, Cobb County Democrats, you’ve got a big task…the most important race for you is Doug Stoner.”

Stoner, who received a standing applause at the dinner in response to those comments, agreed with Scott’s political assessment. Stoner confirmed that he briefly met with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the DNC, when she visited the area in March, but he declined to disclose details of their discussion.

“I wouldn’t say at this point that the national party has made any decisions or anything like that, but the congressman has made them aware of this race,” he said.

Stoner, who is in his fourth term in the Senate, said it’s obvious Republicans are using race, but that he will continue campaigning for every vote in his new district – half of which is in Cobb – which is all dealing with similar concerns over economic development, traffic congestion and infrastructure investment.

“People have always made the assumption that the voters don’t care who’s running, they just care about party,” he said. “My experience has not been the case. People vote for a lot of different reasons.”

In a fiery and animated speech that had the audience enthralled, Scott, a fifth-term congressman, said Democrats must remember that they have a great legacy and a good story to tell voters.

The Democratic Party has been the party of fairness and equal opportunity dating back to President Franklin Roosevelt, he said, and members should be proud of their recent accomplishments, including saving the economy from collapse and passing much-needed health care reform, under President Barack Obama.

But he said causes that have been championed by Democrats for decades, from Social Security, civil rights and women’s rights to collective bargaining, abortion rights and Medicare, are being threatened by Republicans, who are determined to move the country backwards.

“While we were doing all these great things in Washington, what were Republicans doing? They were just saying nothing and declaring war,” Scott said.

“They declared war on Planned Parenthood, a woman’s reproductive rights, voting and civil rights, the middle class, and all the while up in Wisconsin and Ohio, they were trying to take the right of collective bargaining away from the public unions.”

Scott didn’t leave state Republican lawmakers off the hook either, citing what he described as their efforts in the recent legislative session to force poor people receiving government assistance to take drug tests while giving millions of dollars to corporate interests, trampling abortion rights, and taking charter schools out of the hands of local school systems.

“We’ve got to set the stage right for this election coming up, because everything that we’ve talked about is on the line,” said Scott.

“This is the most important election that you and I will see in our lifetime because the future of this state and the future of this nation is at stake.”
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Marietta Gator
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April 19, 2012
South Cobb has been decaying for years DESPITE the efforts of Democrats to help, because Republicans have been systematically destroying the middle class income (e.g. middle class income before taxes has been flat after inflation and taxes, including FICA, have gone UP; while income of top 1 percent has multiplied by a dozen or more, and their taxes have gone DOWN) since 1979 at a national level. Now even upper middle class families are only one foreclosure or layoff away from poverty and homelessness, while the Republicans created a deficit problem in order to "solve" it by cutting the government back to 1800 levels. We are headed toward a Biblical economy, that is an economy like that of Biblical times.
rjsnh
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April 16, 2012
Scott endorses Stoner....talk about the blind leading the blind or honor among thieves...NEITHER of these guys who have used their positions for personal gain should be returned to office.
mk-south cobb slums
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April 16, 2012
David Scott, you need to go, too!

Just look at South Cobb. It's almost as rough as south Dekalb. All we need is a shooting every nite,... which is right around the corner!

Scott, Stoner, Bacon,... what have ANY of you done to bring UP this area & bring JOBS?

If you want to see how it's done,.. see Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Roswell, Suwanee, Duluth, etc.Those people can sleep a little better at night, knowing theres someone looking out for them!!

It's time for these LOSERS to GO AWAY!!
Delta is ready...
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April 16, 2012
Hey Mary, why don't you just go ahead and move and do yourself and everyone you bother a HUGE favor.
Old Timer
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April 17, 2012
Smyrna's in the crapper. MK is right. Its elected officials are doing nothing to help the city. It's down for the count.
Delta is ready...
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April 17, 2012
goes for you too Old Timer, any time you are ready to pick up and leave, please feel free to do so. Less hassles for the folks who are there and trying to make a difference and move the ball forward. Standing on the sidelines and pointing out the problems is one thing. What is better and more important is putting that energy towards working towards for a solution. Here is a clue, it does not include running for office when you are completely unelectable.
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