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07/13/04

Carter vs. Purcell in Candidates' Forum

The gloves came off and the claws came out at a candidates forum in Effingham County last night. Among the races highlighted, the state representative showdown in House District 159 between Ann Purcell and former Pooler mayor Buddy Carter.

The two republicans went after each other on a number of issues, including voting records and party loyalty.

"And now all of a sudden, the district changers become Republican, and, 'Hey, I'm a Republican now,'" said Carter, referring to Purcell's switching parties.

"My opponent says he's being a Republican for 46 years, I guess he was born one," Purcell shot back. "But you know his record shows that he voted as a Democrat till 1994."

One thing Carter and Purcell did agree on is an amendment to ban gay marriage. They are both in favor of it.

Our own Sonny Dixon moderated last night's forum, which was sponsored by the Effingham Chamber of Commerce.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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