Macon, Georgia — Representative David Scott has held the Georgia 13th Congressional District seat for seven years. In a district tracking resoundingly Democrat (Scott garnered 69% of the vote in the two most recent elections) and that has a majority black population (53%), a Republican victory over Scott appears out of reach. The rise in anti-incumbent sentiment and an increasing trend toward Constitutionalists candidates, however, does open the door for a new style of Democrat. Michael Frisbee and his New Liberty Democrats caucus have stepped up to fill that role.
While David Scott’s issue page reveals very little about the candidate’s plan to address the issues he sees as vital, The Frisbee for Congress site details Michael’s stand on seven key issues and offers a detailed plan of action in addressing each issue. Many conservative Democrats, unwilling to cross party lines, may find common ground with Frisbee’s Constitutional/conservative platform. Frisbee strongly supports reducing corporate and individual taxes – endorsing the Fair Tax as a means to reaching the latter goal.
He is also strong on defense and presents a well defined plan to address the immigration issue. Frisbee’s education platform is one of restoring the responsibility and control to the states, and includes school choice. On the issue of abortion, Frisbee’s stance is more Libertarian than most – again stating that it is up to the individual states to determine abortion legislation within their jurisdiction. Frisbee also deviates from the conventional Democrat stance on Global Warming and energy.
A look at his voting record is the surest means of determining Representative Scott’s stance on the issues. Though calling himself a “Blue Dog” Democrat, Scott voted with Nancy Pelosi on 12 key bills.
The biggest obstacle Frisbee’s campaign may face in unseating Representative Scott is the fact that this is also the year of a gubernatorial race. With a hotly contested Republican primary, Republican voters may be reluctant to cross over. This is a demographic that, given his conservative platform, Frisbee may have garnered in a non-gubernatorial year.
Integrity issues, however, cloud Representative Scott’s campaign. He is on the CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) list of 22 most corrupt members of Congress, with ethics issues stemming from allegations of tax evasion and misuse of official resources for political campaign activity. Representative Scott has denied any wrongdoing.
The Georgia 13th Congressional Democrat primary will provide an interesting study. Will the combination of anti-incumbent sentiment, a renewed sense of Constitutional awareness, and damning ethics charges produce the perfect storm to unseat a well entrenched incumbent – or will it be business as usual in the Georgia 13th?