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Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 11:10am

8th District Race Gets Heated

As the election moves closer the race for the 8th Congressional District is heating up. Republicans are trying to tie incumbent Jim Marshall to Nancy Pelosi.

Democratic Congressman Jim Marshall is seeking his fifth term in a district that’s always been considered conservative. Every two years the district is targeted by the Republican Party and considered a winnable seat. This year the race has been especially heated as Republicans hope to gain control of the U.S. House.

Marshall’s opponent Austin Scott is getting support from the National Republican Congressional Committee. It’s airing an ad featuring an animated Marshall driving in a red Cadillac with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The commercial shows the two seated close together.

“Times are tough in Macon. So, Jim Marshall hit the road. He went to Washington where he met Nancy Pelosi.”

Marshall Campaign officials say the ad gives false statistics about his voting record which is mostly with a group of conservative Democrats

Controversy also erupted this week when a Democratic supporter in Macon requested a judge unseal Austin Scott’s divorce records. The Marshall campaign says it had nothing to do with that request.