GOPer Liz Carter hoping to ‘tip over and capsize’ Dem congressman Hank Johnson even after Obama endorsed him

April 23, 2010 04:45

Democratic congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia became an internet sensation last month by suggesting, on camera during a congressional hearing, that the island of Guam could “tip over and capsize” due to overpopulation. For Johnson, it was a PR disaster. See video below.

By Alex PappasThe Daily Caller

For Liz Carter, a Republican businesswoman who is running against Johnson this year in what traditionally has been a troubled and reliably Democratic district (firebrand conspiracist Cynthia McKinney once held the seat), it’s been a political blessing. Dollars have poured in, including from Guam. “Just wanted to let you know we’re dry side up,” said a note attached to one contribution.

“That was a classic of all time,” Carter, 40, told The Daily Caller. “It is very, very embarrassing to think that we had Cynthia McKinney, and now we have Hank Johnson, who thinks Guam is going to tip over.”

Yet it’s unlikely to be an easy race. Carter is a white Republican running in a heavily black, strongly Democratic district. Johnson ran unopposed last cycle, and came away with 99 percent of the vote. Asked Carter’s chances of winning this year, David Wasserman, Cook Political Report House races editor, simply responded, “zero.”

Carter, of course, disagrees. “This is the year. If ever a year that district 4 could be won by a conservative, this is it,” Carter said at the beginning of the interview, as if she anticipated the obligatory question on whether she really thought she could win. Her reasoning: Even though past election results show the district to be 60 percent Democratic, surveys commissioned by her campaign show what she calls a “huge shift” of Democrats becoming independents.    FULL STORY

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