8/31/04 9:00 AM EST
Democrats Launch Ad Campaign Against Zell Miller
Sen. Miller's high profile role at the GOP convention has generated a backlash among members of his home state party, who had so far been willing to tolerate his apostasy. The AP reports Georgia Democrats "have launched a modest TV campaign aimed at taking a little shine off" Miller. Two ads "airing in Georgia and New York feature clips from Miller's rousing speech to the 1992 Democratic National Convention, where he ripped Republicans as the party of the rich, powerful and out of touch. Both end with the tag line: 'Let's remember what Zell Miller was and forgive him for what he's become.'" The Wall Street Journal also reports that by "speaking in New York this week, Mr. Miller may have gone too far for his once-devoted constituents in urban Atlanta, one of the last Democratic bastions in Georgia. The same campaign staffers and local activists who long defended Mr. Miller now trash him as 'Zig-Zag Zell' an epithet Mr. Miller despised when Republican opponents threw it at him in prior elections."