Friday, June 23, 2006

Taylor Ad Fails Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter's "Truth Test"

Tonight on 13WMAZ evening news, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Randall Savage put Mark Taylor's "Always" attack ad to the Truth Test and gave it a failing grade. Beginning with Taylor's claim of providing Pre-K for every Georgia child, Savage points out that more than 200 Bibb County children who applied for the program were turned away because of the lack of slots. Bear in mind that this only reflects those children who applied. Many families do not apply, so the actual number of unserved four year olds is much higher. This is a common scenario across the state of Georgia.

Savage also makes it clear that while Mark Taylor has supported education, he is not "the only one" who has done so. In fact, Savage took particular exception to Taylor claim of sponsorship of HOPE saying that this was Zell Miller's program from the start and that while Taylor was one of the two senators who sponsored the bill, he was actually Miller's "gopher."

Regarding the attack on Cox, Savage says that these claims are "questionable at best" pointing out that Cox was not in the legislature when the vote on the lottery was taken and citing the statements from Toole refuting Taylor's claims. Toole, Savage said, had written the Taylor Campaign asking that the ad be pulled, but the Campaign has not done so. I will post this video soon. Stay tuned.

9 comments:

justin said...

That's interesting. FactCheck.org has also called into question the Big Guy's false assertions.

It's clear that Mark Taylor is desperate and will continue his hateful, dishonest, and downright deceitful dirty campaigning. Georgia deserves no less than the truth. I look forward to seeing the video.

By the way, could you email me? justin@justintlewis.com

Taylor Troll said...

Wow, I hope they will also be as diligent attacking Perdue and Cox when they spread untruths.

First, Taylor helped create Pre-K but as LG, he no longer administers it. That's one of the reasons he's running for Governor, to fix the mess Perdue has gotten us in.

Second, will anyone address the Blakely city councilman who has come forward to say he was at a candidate forum with Cox when she told everyone she was voting against the lottery in 1992?

Third, the latest Zogby WSJ battleground state poll has Cox losing to Perdue by 10 points but Taylor only trails by 8 1/2. I know, that is within the margin of error, but electability was the main reason to vote for Cox and that has now evaporated.

Like John Kerry, electability for Cox is her strongest asset this far away from the general election but unlike John Kerry she's shown us her flip flops and half truths before the primary so we can hopefully make a better choice.

Finally, one last question Amy, Justin...I trust you have seen Taylor's most recent ad. Why did Cox vote against mandatory minimum sentences for child molesters and rapists? Or is that another Taylor dirty lie?

Lyman Hall said...

Why hasn't CC gotten out any message of her own? I don't want her to be the nominee because I don't want to be on the defensive this Fall. She clearly has proven that she will wilt under the REAL Republican attack machine. What Taylor has thrown out so far is nothing compared to what Sonny will roll out.

Everytime someone says something about CC's record, she goes into a week-long temper tantrum and gets way off message. When Taylor "attacks" he compares records (and advances an idea like taking sales tax off OTC drugs or restoring HOPE cuts). When CC attacks, it's shrill, off-message, and personal.

jo said...

Taylor never claimed Cox voted in the legislature for or against HOPE. She was not in office when the lottery was voted on, but said in the article that she did not support it. He is talking about her personal vote. That is what she was talking about at that meeting. Saying "we are outnumbered." what did she mean by that if not that she was not against the lottery...please explain. Something that factcheck.org got wrong.
Justin, we all know that it is the desperation of the Cox campaign that brought in the negative advertising to begin with and everything Taylor has claimed is true while cox has to stretch the truth so far that she has been labeled "pinocchio"
I notice no one wants to even talk about her direct quote against the sales tax on groceries. What is her excuse here, I am dying to know.... seriously.... would love to know what makes someone comment that they haven't seen evidence of starvation so giving GA families a tax break isn't a good idea? I really want to know.

jo said...

Taylor never claimed Cox voted in the legislature for or against HOPE. She was not in office when the lottery was voted on, but said in the article that she did not support it. He is talking about her personal vote. That is what she was talking about at that meeting. Saying "we are outnumbered." what did she mean by that if not that she was not against the lottery...please explain. Something that factcheck.org got wrong.
Justin, we all know that it is the desperation of the Cox campaign that brought in the negative advertising to begin with and everything Taylor has claimed is true while cox has to stretch the truth so far that she has been labeled "pinocchio"
I notice no one wants to even talk about her direct quote against the sales tax on groceries. What is her excuse here, I am dying to know.... seriously.... would love to know what makes someone comment that they haven't seen evidence of starvation so giving GA families a tax break isn't a good idea? I really want to know.

Taylor Troll said...

Great points Jo Jo (just kidding!). Here's a great question, the lottery was a huge campaign issue and even in many primaries in 1992. If Cathy was for the lottery why can't she produce campaign literature saying she was for it?

If she was for it, that would have been news because it would have been such a courageous stand in a district that was heavily under the influence of the religious right and against Miller on this one. So, where is the supporting evidence?

Either Cox was against it or she was for it and didn't tell anyone even though she had already won a primary and didn't have general election opposition. Much like with gay rights, she has a platform, people like and respect her, and yet she won't come out and try to influence opinions on things she says she agrees with.

So, when Republicans start introducing bad legislation when she is governor, will she have the courage to come out against it, or will she rely on newspaper editors to tell us that she would have done the right thing, honest, but she just couldn't?

PS I also notice no one has addressed the Blakely city councilman. Is he also a liar?

Amy Morton said...

Unless he was in the voting booth with Cathy,like Taylor apparently was, I fail to see the point. Here's what really upsets me about this. Taylor's ad omits, and I would guess intentionally, the fact that the vote he refers to is the vote at the polls. He wants people to think that she opposed this as a legislator. No one but Cathy knows how she voted at the polls, and to suggest that the absence of reference to the issue in campaign literature- well, you don't know much about campaigns if you think that she would've underscored her support of the lottery in her lit in a district where it was not popular. She did serve two terms and voted repeatedly to protect and fund HOPE. She was re-elected after doing that, so you point is....?

Taylor Troll said...

Amy, you are correct. No one but Cathy knows how she voted at the polls. Which is why statements like "although she did not vote for the lottery" and "we are outnumbered" are so telling.

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