Monday, September 25, 2006

"Tough on crime" doesn't pay.

At least not among Democrats:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Taylor's tough anti-crime proposals are stirring resentment among some black leaders in Georgia who say the lieutenant governor is deserting core supporters who lifted him to victory in the primary.

"It's a grave concern," said Joe Beasley, of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. "We got him over (Secretary of State) Cathy Cox in the primary so there's a strong feeling that he should be talking about our issues rather than running negative ads about the death penalty that feed people's fears about crime."

Beasley said he and a few other black leaders met with Taylor last Thursday to voice their worries and that Taylor pledged to keep up a dialogue.

"Unless he gets the message he's going to be heading back to Albany in November," Beasley said, referring to Taylor's hometown. "This could have a chilling effect on his support in this community."

The Rev. Timothy McDonald, of the Atlanta-based Concerned Black Clergy, agreed. While black voters are unlikely to throw their support to Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue they might stay home on Nov. 7, McDonald said.

"I want to support him," McDonald said. "But there's not going to be a lot of enthusiasm if this is his message."

I had flirted with undervoting the gubernatorial race, but I've since decided to vote Taylor, mostly on the promise of PeachKids - I'm a sucker for the cute babies. But enthusiastic, I'm not, and Mark Taylor's decision to court Republican voters with Republican rhetoric is why.