The chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia responded in color terms to the presidential campaign announcement of U.S. Senator Rand Paul Tuesday by calling the Kentucky Republican a “whackadoo” who would dismantle the country’s social safety net and erase strides made by minority groups.
In a lengthy statement haranguing Paul as hostile to women and gays, state party chair DuBose Porter said the GOP hopeful was so extreme he made Georgia’s congressional delegation look moderate.
“Rand Paul’s announcement should alarm every woman, college student, and hardworking family in the state of Georgia,” Porter said. “Even by Georgia standards, Rand Paul is a whackadoo that would turn the Office of the President into a breeding ground of the bizarre and extreme right. The guy is on the record criticizing the Civil Rights movement, saying he doesn’t believe in LGBT rights because they’re ‘based on behavior,’ and saying that vaccinating our children is a step toward ‘martial law.’
A handful of Georgia Republican pols were on hand for Paul’s kickoff in Louisville, Ky. Tuesday. They included state Reps. John Pezold and Scot Turner and failed State School Superintendent candidate Ashley Bell.
Republican Mitt Romney has tapped a former Democratic politician from Georgia to help steer his campaign’s crossover coalition, an effort to exploit the president’s fraying relations with independent voters.