Bill Shipp's reaction to Cathy Cox's move with respect to EMILY's List funds.
The stigma of EMILY: Secretary of State Cathy Cox's decision to refuse to accept contributions from the liberal Democratic-oriented EMILY's List probably cost her governor's campaign a bundle. Her brain trust says she had no choice.
Otherwise, with EMILY's List cash on her disclosure report, Cox would have faced a barrage of charges that she is a national, pro-choice Democrat who wants to be governor. Says a spokesman for Cox: "Turning down this money makes it much harder for (her adversaries) to distort this small-town girl from Bainbridge into some wild-eyed character. Cathy's agenda isn't to change the abortion laws or anything else like that. It's to get in office, take on the good-old-boy politics and make our government work for all Georgians. Taking this money would have become a distraction that our opponents would use to deflect from their own shortcomings and records of good-old-boy insider politics. We won't let that happen."