Former first lady 'gone rogue' compares Ga. congressional candidate to Honey Boo Boo

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email
Gwen Fulcher Young says she's supporting John Barrow in this election. (WRDW-TV)

Gwen Fulcher Young says she's supporting John Barrow in this election. (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Nov. 2, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- What do Lee Anderson and Honey Boo Boo have in common? A lot, according to one former first lady.

Early and advance voting is now in the history books for Georgia. Like many families this election year, Augusta's former first family is divided.

"We don't always agree politically," said former Augusta first lady Gwen Fulcher Young. "We don't even agree on what to have for dinner."

Mrs. Young and former Mayor Bob Young are at odds over the race for the 12th Congressional District.

"Mrs. Young has gone rogue," Mr. Young said.

"Rogue because my husband is such a staunch Republican," she said.

Mrs. Young is supporting Democrat John Barrow for Congress.

"You can see here I have Christian values. I have conservative values," said Young, pointing to car stickers on her car. "I am supporting Mitt Romney 100 percent. I was supporting Mitt Romney before Bob Young did. Hello! I am a big Republican."

She is a big Republican with Barrow for Congress signs in the front yard?

"I just feel like, in this case, that he is the best candidate," said Young, who has hosted Barrow events at her home. "Listen, if your wife wants to host an event in your house ... you don't have much choice."

So what about the Republican challenger Lee Anderson?

"I stand by assessment that sending Lee Anderson to Washington would be like sending Honey Boo Boo up there," Mrs. Young said.

Honey Boo Boo is the TLC reality star who has made national headlines with unforgettable sayings and gestures.

We caught up with Anderson to get his thoughts on the comparison.

"Everybody has free speech," Anderson said. "I'm beyond that type of attitude. I'm beyond having childish thoughts. Let's get America growing again and let's repeal Obama Care and let's get government out of the way."

They are all conservative talking points. But Mrs. Young suggests it's not just about what you say but how you say it.

"I don't think he would represent us the way we want to be represented here," she said. "We are a smart, sophisticated part of the country. I want us to look that way."

Barrow declined to comment for this story. Anderson says this race is not about him; he says it's about getting back to the basics.

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