12th Congressional candidates continue shaking things up for runoff

By: Katie Beasley Email
By: Katie Beasley Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- We're just days away from the election, and the drama continues for the 12th Congressional race. The mudslinging continues as both Lee Anderson and Rick Allen work to attack one another.

On Thursday, Allen spent the day in Atlanta, taping a debate for the Atlanta Press Club to air on GPB.

The only problem here: Anderson was not there to debate him.

Allen has repeatedly called for Anderson to meet him for a debate, but Anderson has yet to agree to one and hasn't given any local media interviews himself either.

Allen challenged Anderson last week saying, "'Lee, my message is simple: It's time to put up, or shut up ... You name the times and places ... Folks are tired of behavior like this from career politicians and I am, too. Stop coming up with excuses and agree to debates like every other political candidate in the state of Georgia."

Earlier this week there was more drama from the campaign. Anderson sent out a mailer to thousands saying Rick Allen and the Political Action Committee he contributed to donated thousands of dollars to John Barrow and other Democrats.

The mailer cites the Federal Elections Commission campaign finance reports from 2006. If you look up that report, it shows a Richard E. Allen, not a Rick W. Allen. Anderson's camp issued us a correction, calling it an "inadvertent typo."

On Thursday, Anderson also picked up the endorsement of former candidate Wright McLeod. McLeod came in third place during the primary, losing by less than 1 percent to Allen.

After a recount, he said he would wait to make his endorsement.

On Thursday, he sent out a release saying, "On Tuesday, I am voting for Lee Anderson, and I urge you to do the same. My campaign was a natural expression of my life-long dedication to service over self. Lee subscribes to this same principle."

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