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A slew of Republican Congressmen have announced that they will retire after this term. Add Atlanta suburban Congressman John Linder (GA-07) to the bunch

One possible replacement option being mentioned on the Republican side is former Atlanta Braves Pitcher and likely Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz.

I'm an Atlanta Braves fan, but the thought of John Smoltz in Congress makes me cringe and in fact gives me the willies.

Smoltz once said about legalizing gay marriage in an interview about gay athletes

"What's next? Marrying an animal?"

Smoltz was also less than thrilled about the possibility of having out of the closet gay teammates. Wonder how he would feel about sharing a Capitol Hill Cab with Barney Frank.

excerpts cross posted at Progressive Electorate

Smoltz, a born-again Christian, wears his religion on his sleeve. That's fine for a philanthropic member of the community I appreciate his right to free speech. But I'm extremely scared about what that would mean if he were to become a member of Congress.

Smoltz also cut a robo-call from former Christian Coaliton front man Ralph Reed when he ran unsuccessfully for Lt. Gov in Georgia. Enough right there to make you gag.

What does all of this mean? No idea if Smoltz is interested. But this is a district in which his name recognition and supposed ability to self-finance would carry him.

Even before Linder's retirement, we over at the Progressive Electorate saw some value in the Democrats contending in this primary.
Fortunately we endorsed the undetermined GA-07 Dem nominee already and started raising money. Linder equated President Obama to Hitler in comments to Politico last year which was diaried by our friend Ministry of Truth

   

On October 7, The Politico published an "Ideas" piece by Rep. John Linder (R-GA) that compared President Obama's administration to "Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy."  From Linder's Politico piece:  

   Progressivism and its progeny all believed in the fairness and wisdom of decisions made by the state - often at the expense of the individual, who, it was believed, made selfish decisions. All demanded that the state have an increased role in raising children. Adolf Hitler scoffed at those who remained opposed to him, saying he already had control of their children.

~snip~

    And with the Obama administration, just as in Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy and Wilson's America, the leaders of major corporations are falling in line. Whether it is climate change, executive pay, automobile manufacturing or bank buying, CEOs step right up and wait for the tax benefits to surely follow their pandering. And the CEOs stood mute while bondholders saw their investments given to the unions.

Link to Donate to the Dem nominee 07 fund on our Act Blue Page.

John Smoltz in Congress is a scary thought for many reasons. Keep your eyes on this one.

Originally posted to alpolitics on Sat Feb 27, 2010 at 08:37 PM PST.

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