Okay, we’ve had enough of David Scott now, thank you very much. Scott, an ostensibly Democratic congressman from Georgia, was last seen endorsing the incumbent Republican senator from his home state for re-election. Now he’s done himself one better, donating $1,000 to GOP Rep. Mia Love, who faces a difficult rematch with Democrat Doug Owens in Utah’s 4th Congressional District.
According to Love, Scott gave her the contribution because he thinks it’s “important for us to have people of color on both sides of the aisle,” a retelling that Scott himself confirmed was accurate. (Both Scott and Love are black.) But Love herself doesn’t seem to agree with that rationale: The congresswoman told the Salt Lake Tribune, “We don’t care about the way someone looks or their gender. We just want someone who is going to go in and do the job.” And that doesn’t even address Love’s arch-conservative voting record—or arch-conservative political party—which most certainly hasn’t been good for people of color or other minorities.
It’s not just the damaging displays of “bipartisanship” that make Scott so awful. He’s vocally sided with Republicans to undermine regulations aimed at reining in predatory payday lenders and preventing auto dealers from charging higher interest rates to people of color. And Scott has no excuse for any of this nonsense: He sits in a safely blue district that gave 69 percent of its vote to Barack Obama. So if there’s a Democrat in the Atlanta area with a partisan backbone and an interest in moving up in the ranks, drop us a line after November. We’re always up for a good primary challenge to a bad Democrat.
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