Straw Poll on Vidalia Debate
Thursday, 01 July 2010

July 1--  About 175 people made it to the congresssional candidates' debate at the Pal Theater in downtown Vidalia Tuesday night.  After it was over, the sponsoring Vidalia Tea Party Patriots took a straw poll of attendees on who won the debate.


L-R are Mike Horner, Ray McKinney, Jeanne Seaver, Carl Smith and Regina Thomas.

Among the four Republicans, Ray McKinney got the nod followed by Carl Smith, Mike Horner and Jeanne Seaver.  The lone Democrat in the debate, Regina Thomas, came in last.

However, during the debate before a decidely conservative audience, she surprised some by saying she is against a general amnesty for illegal aliens and would support the dissolution of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the federally supported agencies which many believe caused the current economic recession.

"We have allowed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to take advantage and to gouge unsuspecting potential homeowners.  We have allowed them and other financial institutions to give exhorbitant loans at very high interest rates which set up people to fail.  It has not worked and they do not need bailing out anymore.  We need to cut our losses now before it's too late," she said.

Mrs. Thomas, a former state representative and state senator from Savannah, also called for repeal of the federal "No Child Left Behind" education program. She wants no more spending on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, repeal of tax breaks to large corporations, repeal of the NAFTA and CAFTA trade agreements and prosecute employers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.

The incumbent in the 12th Congressional Distict, John Barrow, was in Washington and could not attend the debate. 

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