Rep. Brockway: New Attack Ads Make Abrams and Democrats Look Desperate

The following is a guest post from Georgia Rep. Buzz Brockway (R, District 102), who was also a former candidate for Secretary of State:

New Attack Ads Make Abrams and Democrats Look Desperate

With less than two months until Georgians pick their next governor, radical Democrat Stacey Abrams and the Democratic Party are getting desperate.

Behind in the polls, they’ve launched yet another baseless attack ad, recycling failed material from the GOP primary.

Instead of sharing her plans for safer, stronger Georgia, Abrams and the Democrats launched a series of offensive, baseless, and downright dirty attack ads against businessman Brian Kemp.

They know better. Abrams and the Democratic Party are knowingly misrepresenting the facts for political gain. There’s not an ounce of truth in their accusations. Millions are being spent to spread these falsehoods and hide her radical, extreme agenda.

The ads falsely accuses Kemp of ignoring sexual assault complaints and taking donations from the owner of an embattled Massage Envy franchise. The facts again tell a different story:

  • The Secretary of State’s office serves an Administrative role for Licensing Boards.
  • The Massage Therapy Board is authorized by law and has sole/full discretion on the licensing process, including revoking, reinstatement and disciplinary action.
  • If the board determines that an individual is subject to disciplinary action, the Attorney General’s office will impose the penalties/punishments that the Board decides.
  • AJC: “Though his office has administrative oversight of the massage board, only members appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal have authority to suspend or revoke licenses and conduct investigations.”
  • Gainesville Times: “The massage board licenses and regulates massage therapists in Georgia.”
  • Dr. Patrick Greco, who is referenced in the advertisement, did not own any Massage Envy locations at the time of his $1,000 donation to the Kemp for Governor campaign.
  • Stacey Abrams and her out-of-state liberal donors don’t care about the accuracy of these ads. They want to distract Georgia voters from the truth because Abrams can’t defend her own record.

Brian Kemp is a husband, father, and businessman who led on courthouse security and cracked down on unlicensed massage parlors in Georgia. He has a plan to crush street gangs, end sex trafficking, grow our economy, and keep our families safe from violence. Kemp will put our safety ahead of politics.

When you flip on the television, don’t believe the disgusting lies paid for by left-wing radicals in California. Choose honest, proven leadership. Join me in voting Brian Kemp for Governor.

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Caroline
Caroline

Well, this makes me think that those ads have done a lot of damage and Kemp’s internal polling is not looking all that good right now. This sounds like Ted Cruz in Texas. Why the heck did he have fundraiser with the Massage Envy guy? I mean sheesh that is beyond stupid.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I hope you are surrounded by friends and family on election night that can support you when Abrams loses big. You are way to invested in this race. I’ve been there too. You need to ease up. Because that loss in November is going to be hard.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Ah, Brockway (R-Water Carrier), gettin’ his ducks in a row.
I guess the attack ads against Abrams are OK: “Abrams is a Bloomberg-Soros hate America leftist.” WTH does that even mean?

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

I think Buzz protests too much. If you have to call out desperation in an election, you’re probably the desperate one.

Wow, Kemp cracked own on unlicensed massage parlors! To talk about desperation.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Thank you, Buzz, for clearly laying out the facts of the situation – as opposed to the disgusting ad that shows clearly that Abrams and the Democrats do not really know how state government works. In their rush to sling mud, ANY mud, they splattered it all over themselves. They show once again that Georgia definitely does not need her or them running our state.

bethebalance
bethebalance

As mentioned in the other posts, the law and the politics are 2 different discussions on the issue. As for the law, the administrative Rules of the Secretary of State clearly give the SoS power to both authorize, veto, and regulate investigations. In fact, the SoS Division Director has authority to veto virtually everything that any Board does. A sample: “Rule 590-1-1-.02. …2. The Secretary of State appoints a Director of the Professional Licensing Boards Division, whose duties are to: (vi) provide for investigations and schedule the time and place for all hearings;… ** No disrespect to either media outlet… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s a bad ad. As wrong as Abrams’ statement about sandblasting Stone Mountain. . One could produce a comparable post critical of the blatant lies, lack of decorum and willful divisiveness emanating from Trump, not an affiliated organization, that have occurred any given week, but I don’t think that’s been done by a Republican front page poster in the nearly 100 weeks Trump has been in office. . The law and order focus harkens back to code, but it’s in support of the Trump playbook of fear and that there will be violence if Republicans don’t wholly control government. .… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

A campaign confident in its poll numbers within key Republican constituencies doesn’t send someone like Buzz out to give a hack-tastic defense on a Republican-leaning politics blog. I mean, sheesh, Buzz’s hot takes are about as tepid and uninspiring as Georgia Tech’s middle school offense.
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Kemp doesn’t want the smoke.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Ya’ll hilarious! Whining about “another baseless attack ad”. another baseless attack ad is all political campaigns ever do. another baseless attack ad is the playbook for every campaign going back centuries. Political consultants have convinced you “offensive, baseless, and downright dirty attack ads” work ( not to mention racking up big bucks billable fees) so no candidate or their super PACs will dare run an ad just on vision and policy. All political ads are lies. Their effect is diminishing.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Not only that. Complaining about a baseless attack while baselessly attacking Abrams as a “radical.” And to think I used to consider Buzz as above mere hackery. All that time in elected office must have turned his brain to mush.

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

Pretty much lost me at “radical Stacy Abrams”. This is a bit disappointing coming from Buzz as I had thought him more honest, but I guess a campaign is a campaign. Has every Republican adopted the speech patterns of our 3rd grade president? “Radical Stacy Abrams” vs “Businessman Brian Kemp”. It’s like a freaking pro wrestling bout. Worse, it’s a bit insulting. Do they think we are all such drooling half-wits that mere word association is enough to get a vote? Kemp most definitely does not have the high road when it comes to attack ads, and when it comes… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“Do they think we are all such drooling half-wits that mere word association is enough to get a vote?”
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If you’re part of the Trump base, well, yeah.