3rd District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland has opposition, which is probably news to most 3rd District voters. There is a good chance that they don’t know that Frank Saunders, a special education teacher, wrestling coach, and assistant varsity football coach at Chattahoochee County High School, is the Democratic Party candidate opposing Westmoreland.
Without money and scant coverage by news media, a candidate is just about politically invisible. Westmoreland, a Republican running in a Republican district, an incumbant with an impressive campaign war chest, and a lot of media coverage – not all of it positive, if you take his appearance on the Colbert Report into consideration – has all of the advantages in the race.
Money has always played a key role in politics, however, the candidate with the most money does not always win. Governor Perdue had less money than Roy Barnes and won. He had less money, but he had enough money to get his message across, and he had name recognition. Without enough money to compete, a candidate’s chances of winning are zilch.
Saunders has virtually no money. I say “virtually” because he has received a few small donations, not enough to advertise on TV. Even with the Internet in play, today’s stump remains TV. TV makes a fortune on elections, but, in my view, gives scant news coverage before the election. Have you ever seen Frank Saunders on television?
Want to know more about him? He does have a website. You can click on this link to read more about him, things like who he is and why he is running.
Now, with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that corporations can contribute to candidates, money rules more than ever before, and record amounts are being spent on this Midterm election.