Let's Talk

10.23.2012
Scott
Newsletter

A New Low

We all know that political campaigns can be nasty affairs. As a veteran, I've been through tough challenges and I can handle myself in a fight. I certainly wasn't scared of the rough and tumble of politics when I decided to run for reelection.

I was prepared for a fight, but it has been an unpleasant surprise how low my opponent has stooped to try to win this election. His entire campaign has been based on lies, deliberate misrepresentations, and character assassination. I suspect you've been receiving his misleading mailers and illegal, non-stop robo-calls. He isn't just hurling mud, he's down there rolling around in it.

Last Thursday, my opponent released a TV commercial that attacked me for being proud of my military service. He falsely accused me of using drugs while I was a Captain on active duty in the U.S. Army. He and his handlers did this by deceptively editing a speech that I gave on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives. They knew exactly what they were doing, yet they did it anyway. If you want to know the quality of my opponent's character, you need look no further.

I am proud to have served this nation in the Armed Forces, and I am proud that I deployed overseas three times. Like so many others, I sacrificed for this nation. As many of you know, my wife and I were married in June of 2001. Following 9/11, I deployed overseas twice, for long periods of time. In fact, the first time my wife and I spent the holidays together was in 2003 - two years after our marriage. We even have an ornament on our Christmas tree that says, "2003 - Our First Christmas".

I also know, in a way my opponent will never comprehend, the ultimate sacrifices of our valiant men and women who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. I think about them and their families every day.

The entirety of my service was honorable and my record was impeccable. More to the point, though, is that service to the nation should be valued and honored, particularly by those who offer themselves as leaders in civic life. A political campaign isn't some sort of game where it is OK to lie or cheat to win the race. The truth matters. Decency and fairness are critical to good government. And leaders must uphold the values we share in order to earn the trust of the public.

Despicable campaign tactics undermine the democratic process. Candidates who behave as my opponent has done do not belong in public life.

Georgia faces huge challenges. We need to fix our economy, we need to do a better job educating our children, and we need to make the investments that will help our communities thrive over the next decades. Government has a role to play in that work. We need competent people with integrity in Georgia's government in order to earn the public's faith.

If you are interested in learning more about my opponent's shameful attack on me and on veterans, you can read about it at Atlanta Unfiltered, Huffington Post, and the AJC.

Also, a petition has been organized asking that other politicians disavow my opponent and his tactics. If you'd like to sign that petition, you can find it here.

Finally, let me invite you to take an active part in my campaign during these next two weeks. I have a small army of friends and neighbors who are working hard to get out our positive message to everyone in our community. Email me at scott@repscottholcomb.com or Ann at ann@repscottholcomb.com to find out how you can help. I would be honored to have your support.

Let's Talk

We've been holding a series of meet and greets in the homes of several of our friends and I'd like to welcome you to attend one of our remaining events:

Thursday, October 25, 6:00-7:30 PM
Hosts: Tom and Dianne Sherrill
3154 Bolero Pass
Atlanta, GA 30341

Sunday, October 28, 1:30-3:00 PM
Host: Nikki and Dirk VanDerGrinten
2974 Appling Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30341

Sunday, October 28, 3:30-5:00 PM
Hosts: Sarah and Richard Patterson
3659 Greenhill Dr.
Chamblee, GA 30341

Sunday, November 4, 3:00-4:30 PM
Hosts: Tonna Harris-Bosselmann and Moritz Bosselmann
4046 Wembley Forest Way
Atlanta, GA 30340

These are a great opportunity for us to talk about the important issues we're facing in our district and state.

I'd like to thank the gracious hosts of these events, as well as the countless volunteers who have been phone banking and canvassing for the campaign. I've never seen such a dedicated group and it's great to know they have my back.

Saturday Voting

If you live in DeKalb County, Saturday voting is available this Saturday, October 27 from 7 to 7 at the following locations:

DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections Office at 4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur 30032
South DeKalb - Community Achievement Center Inc. at 4522 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur 30034
Tucker Recreation Center at 4898 LaVista Road, Tucker 30084

The above locations are also available Monday through Friday from 7 to 7. Starting Monday, October 29 you can also vote at the following locations:

Clark Harrison Building, 330 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Room A, Decatur 30030
Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee 30341
Berean Christian Church Community Center, 2440 Young Road, Stone Mountain 30088

There will be no early voting Saturday, November 3 or Monday, November 5.

In Gwinnett County, you can vote Monday through Friday from 9 to 7 at the Elections Office located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Beginning Monday, October 29 you can vote at the following locations:

Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road Snellville, GA 30039
Dacula Park Activity Building, 2735 Old Auburn Road, Dacula, GA 30019
George Pierce Park Community Recreation Center, 55 Bufored Highway, Suwanee, GA 30024
Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, 4651 Britt Road, Norcross, GA 30093

You can learn more voting information by visiting the Secretary of State's My Voter Page.

Voter Guides

The League of Women Voters of Georgia has published its 2012 Georgia Voter Guide. Click here for the 81st House District race:

Also, the Reporter Newspapers has published its Voter's Guide here.

We will publish additional Voter's Guides as they become available.



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