State Rep. Jill Chambers is, without a doubt, one of the scrappiest fighters under the Gold Dome. The DeKalb County Republican who represents parts of Chamblee and Doraville isn't afraid to sling mud at her political opponents during election season. This year's tight contest against Democrat Elena Parent won't be an exception.
Since last Friday, some voters in Chambers' district have received two robocalls attacking Parent. The calls, which don't mention Chambers by name, claim the Democrat received more than $22,000 in campaign contributions from a high-powered law firm that represents the DeKalb County Board of Education. The school system has been mired in controversy after several former officials were indicted for racketeering and bribery charges and hired Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, where Parent was once worked as an associate.
The first call features a man who claims to be a former state lawmaker telling voters to call Parent and ask why she hasn't returned the contributions. The second call features an unidentified male urging the same. (We've reached out to the former lawmaker to confirm he lent his voice to the first robocall, which we're having problems uploading here at
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That's not entirely accurate.
What the robocalls — and a mailer that makes similar accusations — fail to mention is that the questionable contributions aren't from "the firm" or even some political action committee. They're from Parent's colleagues and co-workers.
What's more, as Blog For Democracy's Amy Morton has noted, the attack has now made folks take a closer look at Chambers' disclosures, which show contributions from law firms, lobbyists and one of Glenn Richardson's former campaign committees.
Expect more fun in the race to represent House District 81.
Screenshots of the mailers are below.
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