01/01/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Georgia on Your Mind?

Georgia should be on everyone's mind tomorrow, Tuesday, December 2. It's our run-off for U.S. Senate. Consider urging like-minded friends to vote, and to remember -- it was the incumbent Saxby Chambliss' scabrous* lies about Max Cleland that made all the difference six years ago. Chambliss is both unrepentant for how he crawled into office and has subsequently become a Bush clone and K-Street darling.

Now he's at it again, lies and innuendo about challenger Jim Martin who stands a real chance of winning -- if, and only if, there is a turnout of voters ready to challenge the ideology Chambliss fervently embraces, the one that has capsized our economic boat. Where is he getting his support? Massive right wing funding from groups like the "National Republican Trust PAC". Here's their national plea, dated November 25, 2008:

Urgent Message from Scott Wheeler, Executive Director

Dear Newsmax Reader:

We have a new ad out exposing Barack Obama in the Georgia Senate race.In this ad, we remind Georgia voters what is at stake in this special Senate run-off election: total control of the U.S. Congress.

We also remind them that Obama has promised pro-immigration groups he will work to legalize 12 million illegal aliens.

This will be a crushing blow to the U.S. economy, not to mention to the political balance between Republicans and Democrats.

If Republican Saxby Chambliss loses, Obama and his Democratic allies will be on the precipice of 60 Senate votes -- enough to give them a filibuster proof majority in the Senate for their radical agenda.

This is why our mission is so critical.

I am glad to report -- thanks to your help -- we have already committed three-quarters of a million dollars for TV ad buys in Georgia.

But we need to do more before next Tuesday and we need your help.

Make your donation today.

Press reports indicate Obama and the Democrats are pouring millions into Georgia and have a cash advantage over Saxby Chambliss.

Your donation will count. It will make a difference.

Thank you.

Yours for America,
Scott Wheeler 
Executive Director

P.S. The liberal blogs are furious by the influence the National Republican Trust PAC has exerted in the Georgia. They have even targeted Dick Morris for supporting us. Dick is fighting back and told Fox News last night this election is absolutely critical for the Republican Party and he won't be intimidated.

Just so we're clear about the incumbent, here's an example from one of the many sources that reported in November about the way Chambliss "represents" Georgians in the U.S. Senate (the Institute for Southern Studies, founded in 1970 by veterans of the civil rights movement).

GA Sen Chambliss resists subpoena over sugar plant tragedy

Early voting began in Georgia Wednesday in the closely-watched heated runoff between Republican incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin.

Yet, Chambliss has been making other news this week. The Georgia senator is resisting an order to give evidence in a lawsuit by families of victims killed or hurt in the Imperial Sugar Co. explosions and fire earlier this year. The senator was subpoenaed last month on behalf of four victims -- two dead and two injured -- of the Feb. 7 inferno at a plant in Port Wentworth, Ga., where incredibly high levels of sugar dust fueled an explosion killed 14 workers and seriously injured dozens scores of others, reports the Savannah Morning News.

From the AFL-CIO blog:

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) hit the [Imperial Sugar Co.] with $5 million in fines for "willful and egregious safety violations" over the blast. And a Senate subcommittee held a hearing in July, finding that Imperial had no plan to deal with the dangerous combustible dust and ignored warnings about plant safety.

During that hearing, Chambliss--who has received $21 million in campaign contributions this election cycle from the sugar industry--berated a corporate whistle-blower who exposed the dangerous conditions at the plant.

Mark Tate, an attorney representing families of two workers killed in the blast as well as two injured workers, has subpoenaed Chambliss to testify about his involvement in trying to protect Imperial Sugar from consequences of the explosion.

More specifically, Tate wants Chambliss to submit to questions this Thursday about whether Imperial Sugar executives enlisted him to help the company avoid blame in the Feb. 7 explosion.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports:

Tate says he wants to know if Imperial Sugar executives persuaded Chambliss to sharply criticize a company whistle-blower during a July Senate hearing on the explosion. He says he also wants the senator to respond to plaintiffs' claims that the company arranged a meeting between Chambliss and victims' families to dissuade them from suing.

Chambliss is due to testify under oath soon and has been ordered to produce papers and e-mails provided to him by Imperial, related companies and Imperial's law firm. But Chambliss' attorney are asking a judge to throw out the subpoena, arguing that federal law and Senate rules not only make Chambliss immune from testifying in the case, but prohibit him from doing so.

Chambliss works closely with the sugar industry as the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee, but he has insisted he is not trying to defend the Sugar Land, Texas, based company, which is one of the largest U.S. sugar producers, reports the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration proposed $8.7 million in fines against Texas-based Imperial Sugar in July for safety violations at the Georgia refinery and another plant in Gramercy, La. Imperial Sugar is contesting the fines, the third-largest in OSHA's 40-year history, according to the Associated Press.

* "indecent or crude; characterized by obscenity or indecency" The Free Dictionary

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