David Scott donates $1,000 to Republican colleague’s campaign

090811 - Smyrna - Congress Scott talks to a reporter about the incident, and about the town hall meetings that have been disrupted.   Congressman David Scott's Smyrna office was vandalized with a swastika.  The Secret Service, FBI, Capitol police and Smyrna police are investigating.  Reports indicate it happened about 7:30 am this morning.  Tues, Aug. 11,  2009.  Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Democratic U.S. Rep. David Scott of Atlanta. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

U.S. Rep. David Scott, one of Congress’ last remaining centrist Democrats, has been unafraid to break with his party when it suits him politically. He’s criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of Islamic terrorism and disclosed his plans to vote for Republican Johnny Isakson in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race.

The latest evidence of the Atlantan’s willingness to cross the aisle popped up in The Salt Lake Tribune, of all places. The newspaper reports that Scott gave $1,000 to colleague Mia Love, the first and only black female Republican in the U.S. House.

It’s not a massive sum of money for the political world, but it’s exceedingly rare for sitting lawmakers to donate to colleagues representing the other party.

Here’s the Tribune’s recounting of what went down when Love was handed Scott’s check:

Love looked at the check, then looked around to see if this was a joke, and finally she asked her Democratic colleague why he would donate to her campaign when it would likely get him in trouble with his party. “First, I think it is important for us to have people of color on both sides of the aisle and, second, I want Utah to know I’m proud of what they have done.”

….Reached by phone, Scott, a seven-term congressman who represents part of Atlanta and its suburbs, said Love’s retelling was “very accurate.”

“Mia has proven herself. She is very smart, very talented,” he said. “It is very important for us as African-Americans to look at the big picture and realize that we are in a big game here and we have to have alliances.”

Insiders note: This post was ripped from this morning’s Daily Jolt. Read the entire thing here

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Blake Christian Feagin
Blake Christian Feagin

Proof that the democratic message 'Stronger Together' is a joke. Democrats don't give a damn about local politics. They only care about getting Hillary in the White House. If you consider yourself a progressive, you should be angry. Unity is a false flag of hope while Clinton and Democrats court the centrist republicans.

Sara Huff
Sara Huff

I wonder why he will not support Barksdale? As some of the other democrats didn't either?

Frank Hagan
Frank Hagan

It's all about Politicians Politically.

Mary Henderson
Mary Henderson

He has obviously seen the light. GA IS RED...Trump/Pence 2016

Tony Brown
Tony Brown

Hank Johnson needs to learn a lesson from Scott... Johnson thinks Israel is trying to kill black people and thinks Guam is going to "tip over" because American soldiers go there

Charles Moss
Charles Moss

Sell out. Haven't done anything lately for Black people. Time to go.

Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Lorie Davis be like Vote Blue no matter who even if it's David Scott! ;)

Jerry Jackson
Jerry Jackson

Nuts just Nuts, I'm a DAV MARINE and little johnny has not done squat for Vets but run his mouth !!! = Meet Jim Barksdale for US Senate at the reopening of Manuel's Tavern, a nice guy.

Faye Watson Lambert
Faye Watson Lambert

Thank you sir ❤️🙏🇱🇷❤️🙏🇱🇷❤️🙏🇱🇷

Bob Miller
Bob Miller

It's called fence sitting and positioning for either parties acceptance. nothing more.

Ben Bryant
Ben Bryant

He's not a centrist, he's a survivor straddling a sensitive geographic and political line just like Sanford Bishop. Nobody's anxious to trip up or fall out of line.

Harold Craig
Harold Craig

\U0001f44e\U0001f44e\U0001f44e It's time for Scott to go!!!

Michael DeCesare
Michael DeCesare

Gil if a democrat jumps off a cliff are you jumping to.And if you are a Christian how can you be for a party that believes in killing babies,and same sex marriage,don't you know you will answer to God one day.

Michael DeCesare
Michael DeCesare

Not going to waste my time you're facts are wrong.Just one example a marriage is between one man and an one woman and they become one.And if a person kills a pregnant woman he is charged with a double murder.

Archie Jackson
Archie Jackson

How about one that married three women....has three sets of children...by three women.....tell me mr Christian

Michael DeCesare
Michael DeCesare

Archie Jackson you want to debate me let's debate. You get your facts straight, the republican platform does not believe in serval marriages . How ever the democrat platform does believe in killing babies and same sex marriages. I asked a question you can't answer again what has the democrats done for blacks in America name just one. I love has a Christian independent voter.Can I forgive the sin of serval marriages yes can I forgive someone that gave up a child yes can I forgive two people of the same sex getting married yes. However I can not forgive a party's platform that believes in this.Again I ask what have they done for you.

Howard Smith
Howard Smith

Michael DeCesare I'll name several things Democrats have done for African Americans. They supported the Affordable Care Act and putting more money into Medicaid, raising the minimum wage, SNAP, protecting voting rights...ALL things Republicans have opposed. Here's another news flash for you, abortion does not kill "babies". I know you want to say it does but it is not a scientific or a legal fact. I know facts are inconvenient but that's they way it is. Second, I realize some religious folks oppose marriage equality but, here's a couple more facts...A lot of Christians and Christian leaders do AND, while Jesus DID in fact pretty much say divorce was wrong Jesus never ever commented on same sex marriage. And, further in your Christian top 10 "thou shall and shall not", they were supposedly given directly from God, so they must have been THE big ones, it isn't mentioned. BUT, adultery is...Jesus and GOD have had nothing to say about abortion and marriage equality but they do take issue with divorce and adultery. Trump has been divorced and bragged about committing adultery so in terms of Jesus teachings and God's commandments, he's kinda crossed the line. But, you're OK with that, right? Yeah, far right.

Al Toth
Al Toth

Michael DeCesare Yet Jesus helped and believed in everyone, so start practicing your christianity and stop BS everyone. How many children from rape caused pregnancies have you adopted? Were you even alive before Roe VS Wade to discuss what it was like prior to it?

Al Toth
Al Toth

Archie Jackson Agree bible has specific information to those who get divorced.

Michael DeCesare
Michael DeCesare

One thing I don't do is bs anyone.I have facts Al Toth.You keep drinking that kool aid it will kill you.

Sam Nicholas
Sam Nicholas

This guy NEEDS TO GO...not because he donated money, but because he's another LAZY DEMOCRAT who forgot that boyfriend of his district. He gets South Cobb votes as if he's earned and it and morons don't even look at what he's doing. #FireHimSouthCobb!!!!

Joyce Maurer
Joyce Maurer

Good for him! GA Dems really suck. Most of the repubs too.

Nolan Teter
Nolan Teter

We need a real democrat to represent us.

Rea Davis
Rea Davis

No shame...we all have the right to support the candidate we feel is the best person for the job. .please explain to me the shame in that.