FairTax becomes part of Senate debate

Usually, the FairTax only gets a lot of play in John Linder's campaigns.

But this year, the proposal to end federal income taxes and create a national sales tax has become a central argument in Georgia's U.S. Senate race.

In television ads, Democrat Jim Martin has attacked incumbent Saxby Chambliss for his support of Linder's proposal, claiming the Republican wants to increase taxes.

But Linder said the publicity may only serve to help Chambliss.

"I think Saxby's used it to his advantage," said Linder, R-Duluth, who is facing his own November challenge from Democrat Doug Heckman, "particularly in a state that's so informed."

Polls show the Senate race is tight, but Linder said the FairTax attacks may not work in a place where the idea is popular and supporters are organized. He said the Democratic Party has tried similar tactics in other locations, including a 2004 race in South Carolina.

Linder took part in a rally for the FairTax and for Chambliss earlier this month.

"It's helping Saxby," he said of the publicity. "You can feel the momentum across the state."

By the way, Chambliss is expected to make a campaign stop at the Lawrenceville Square at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday as part of a bus tour across Georgia. Linder is expected to join him.

Everson gets


State Rep. Melvin Everson has picked up some key endorsements in his bid for another term.

The Republican from Snellville, who faces Democrat Tony Lentini on Nov. 4, has the support of the National Rifle Association, Georgia Right to Life and the National Federal of Independent Business.

"Our mutual views and shared viewpoints reflect an understanding of issues that are vital to each voter," Everson said of the organizations' support. "I look forward to another term in the legislature to protect the way of life in District 106. Only through strong leadership and growth can we keep a steady steam of improvements coming into the community."

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Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.