The ultra-right-wing Christian Coalition of America is running into problems with state affiliates who question the group’s leadership’s misuse of funds and ventures into non-traditional policy areas. Alabama, Ohio and Iowa has told the national office to go to hell.
Atlanta Braves starter John Smoltz was on the phone to make a political pitch, one that Lawrence Hammond didn’t appreciate. “He’s a great pitcher,” said Hammond, a 41-year-old accountant who lives near Augusta, Ga., “but I don’t care about his political views.” Smoltz’s call was among the 18 or 19 that filled Hammond’s voicemail during a weekend beach trip last month as the Georgia primary election neared. The recorded messages praising Republican candidates may have hurt more than helped.
Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski, whose perceived missteps over the past four years have turned him into one of the most unpopular governors in state history, soundly lost his bid for re-election after finishing last in a hotly contested three-way race for the Republican nomination.