GOPer Liz Carter hoping to ‘tip over and capsize’ Democratic congressman Hank Johnson

Democratic congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia became an internet sensation last month by suggesting, on camera during a congressional hearing, that the island of Guam could “tip over and capsize” due to overpopulation. For Johnson, it was a PR disaster.

For Liz Carter, a Republican businesswoman who is running against Johnson this year in what traditionally has been a troubled and reliably Democratic district (firebrand conspiracist Cynthia McKinney once held the seat), it’s been a political blessing. Dollars have poured in, including from Guam. “Just wanted to let you know we’re dry side up,” said a note attached to one contribution.

“That was a classic of all time,” Carter, 40, told The Daily Caller. “It is very, very embarrassing to think that we had Cynthia McKinney, and now we have Hank Johnson, who thinks Guam is going to tip over.”

Yet it’s unlikely to be an easy race. Carter is a white Republican running in a heavily black, strongly Democratic district. Johnson ran unopposed last cycle, and came away with 99 percent of the vote. Asked Carter’s chances of winning this year, David Wasserman, Cook Political Report House races editor, simply responded, “zero.”

Carter, of course, disagrees. “This is the year. If ever a year that district 4 could be won by a conservative, this is it,” Carter said at the beginning of the interview, as if she anticipated the obligatory question on whether she really thought she could win. Her reasoning: Even though past election results show the district to be 60 percent Democratic, surveys commissioned by her campaign show what she calls a “huge shift” of Democrats becoming independents. .

She’s also counting on help from her opponent, one of only two Buddhists in Congress. When Johnson made his Guam comments earlier this month, Carter said she initially thought someone was playing an April Fools Joke on her.

“We don’t anticipate” the island flipping over, came the dry response from Adm. Robert Willard, who commands the Navy’s Pacific Fleet, during the now-infamous congressional hearing. Johnson’s office later claimed he’d used the word “capsize” metaphorically. But Carter’s campaign sent around a media packet containing what she said was a pattern of unintelligent comments on his part.

Some of those greatest hits include:

— Johnson claiming “we will have people with white hoods running through the countryside again” if Rep. Joe Wilson wasn’t censured for his “you lie” remark to President Obama during the State of the Union address last year.

Giving an “anatomy lesson” while discussing “Don’t ask, Don’t Tell” during a committee meeting:

“If you were to cut people open to dissect them after you looked at them, you would see they got eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth, legs, two legs, two arms. They have — you go inside — I’m not gonna talk about what else I can see from the outside.   You go inside. Everyone’s got a brain, thyroid, a heart that hurts when you get discriminated against. Everybody’s got, you know, an intestinal system, respiratory system — we’re all the same people. Regardless of the color, regardless of nationality, regardless of sexual identity. That’s just a basic fact.”

Out on the campaign trail, Carter said she spends her days canvassing door-to-door and meeting with groups like Morehouse College and even the NAACP. She’s spoken at Atlanta tea party events, where she said she met a number of black supporters who asked to volunteer on her campaign.

The biggest concern in the district is unemployment. “We’ve been hit very hard,” she says, noting that illegal immigration has made it more difficult for residents — especially African-Americans — to find work. Carter said she thinks Johnson is soft on immigration, something she thinks could be the “nail in his coffin for November.”

Perhaps now’s a perfect storm. Carter reiterated over and over again that now is the time for her to have any real shot at winning. “This is not the year that’s about race, politics or anything else, this is the year of the individual,” she said.

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  • shepmoors

    This country is leaning a little too much to the left right now. I hope Carter wins to help keep us from tipping over.

  • rainmaker1145

    Oh boy. This is the end-product of 45 years of liberal social welfare policies. I think the modern liberal movement is seeing just what it is capable of accomplishing being perfectly demonstrated by Representative Johnson.

  • seekingtounderstand

    Mr johnson is a successful human being and I can’t know whats in his heart or if the media mis-reported what he said. I do worry about his voting record for every single one of Pelosis tax increases. Can your family afford him for another term?

  • jpatrickham

    This Congressman, should be the “gift that keeps on giving” throughout the political season. If he is voted back in, the people of his district, need to see Dr. Phil, or some other. type Doctor. He seemed to me to be on something.

    • didacticrogue

      Sadly, Hank Johnson is exactly the kind of representative the good people of the Georgia 4th seem to want in Washington. Remember, they elected (the certifiable, screeching “truther”) Cynthia McKinney to four of the past five congresses.

      I wish Ms. Carter all the best, but I’m guessing Wasserman’s assessment is pretty accurate.

      • jpatrickham

        It is sad, and remember Marion Berry, when he was Mayor of Washington DC. Even after indictment on a drug charge, he was voted back in.

      • patrick

        I agree. It appears this district is not about “what is best for the growth and progress of our country/district” but “what can we grab”. What a shame.

  • libertyatstake

    A man who buys junk science (Obama / AGW) endorses a man who believes an island can capsize. Perfect.

    [For a light hearted take on our present peril]

  • elektramourns

    my fear is that the South is going to turn very, very extreme and revive the KKK and other hate groups since what we are seeing is just the tip of the iceberg. Racism is alive and well in the South where I live especially with the GOP. There is still resentment over school desegregation and over racial intermarriages and people of color are not welcome everywhere. Whites still reign here.

    Thank God we have more and more progressives and young people who don’t buy into their parents’s prejudices and we have federal law and federal troops to enforce equality and to put down violence from the right and its Tim McVeigh types. Thanks God for the federal courts.

    • brdsufferer


      I think you’re sleep-typing again! Wake up! You were having a dream it was 1954 again!

      Ya know, if I didn’t know any better I’d think progressives WANT it to be 1954 again so they would actually have something to gripe about. Because the things you speak of exist mostly in your head.

      • seekingtounderstand

        this person is clearly still on the Democratic plantation….your free did you get the email. However, your thoughts have you in your own prison and its posioning your life.

    • didacticrogue

      I feel very strongly that your fears are unfounded.

      I’ve lived in the deep south for nearly fifty years, and I can honestly say that I have not experienced the environment you describe in a very, very long time.

      In stark contrast to the south you present, I increasingly see racial (and lifestyle) tolerance and understanding all around me. Perhaps I benefit from having lived long enough to remember when such was not the case, or perhaps I’ve benefited from having seldom even visited the trailer parks and government housing projects where I imagine the kind of ignorance and intolerance of which you speak is fomented and cultivated.

      I’m particularly saddened that you appear to have embraced the “white man (and somehow by extension, the Republican) is the devil” mentality. I mourn for the life experiences which have left you with such a bitter and hateful perspective, feeling that more and more powerful government is your only possible salvation from the sorry situation you apparently see all around you.

      Thank God we have … federal troops to enforce equality and put down violence from the right …

      This statement makes me profoundly sad on more levels than I can enumerate. I need to stop now.

    • seekingtounderstand

      As person who lives in Georgia, this is a lie and this person is using race baiting tactics.

    • patrick

      is one of your other fears that pigs are going to fly out of your butt, turn into pelicans and then eat your young? its about as likely.

    • rick013

      If memory serves, George Wallace was a democrat during the segregation days of old.

      Isn’t it interesting how some folks forget that the dims are the party responsible for past and present racial issues. During the 2008 election didn’t some prominent dems and commentators make several remarks about the anointed one during the campaign that could be misconstrued as racist? I do believe so.

    • thephranc

      Why do you lie so much? Is it painful for you to be honest?

    • Susan

      The KKK was started and ran by the Democrat party.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cheryl-Karounos-Prater/1557964713 Cheryl Karounos Prater

    Go to http://www.lizcarterforcongress.com to learn more about Liz.

    • libertyatstake

      Future historians may look back at 2010 as the year social media superceded the corrupt political machine. Keep up the good work ….

      [For a light hearted take on our present peril]

  • Kerrvillian

    Hopefully the voters in that district will take the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. to heart. If they judge the candidates on their merits rather than on the color of their skin then Johnson will be able to go and study some geography.