by JIM WOOTEN, Atlanta Journal Constitution

6:03 pm September 30, 2010, by jwooten

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National Democrats, frightened by the prospect that voters will throw them out of power in Congress, launch a new strategy, according to The New York Times. It’s to scour the public records and other sources to find trash on Republican challengers. This is “an effort to plant doubts about them and avoid having races become a national referendum on the performance of President Barack Obama and his party,” the newspaper reports. Once the sleaze starts, there’s no stopping.

Democrats here even targeted a smear job at Jason Shepherd, who’s running for the Georgia House against incumbent Democrat Rep. Terry Johnson of Marietta. It all centers on Shepherd’s decision to abandon his father’s surname following his parents’ divorce — but, of course, the smut-searchers found something sinister in it. For goodness sakes, trashing a 34-year-old in a race far removed from Congress and national politics. It’s why good people avoid public service.

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