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Rep. Bobby Franklin Offends Tornado Victims

A local woman is fuming that Northeast Cobb resident and state Rep. Bobby Franklin has compared tornado victims to idolaters “praying to their god, FEMA."

Dear Julia and Northeast Cobb Neighbors,

I'm a Georgia native with family in Ringgold. I live in Northeast Cobb. The tornado system last weekend that killed over 340 people and property insurance companies are estimating the total property damage in the range of $2 billion to $5 billion, affected my family.

I'd expect nothing less than compassion, empathy and help from state officials for my family's devastation.

But that's not what I received from neighbor and Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin (R-Marietta). I read this Georgia Politico article during the week: Georgia Republican Compares Tornado Victims to Idolaters Praying to FEMA  and was outraged that Franklin has shown no compassion or decency for the people of Georgia - families and taxpayers.

The magnitude of the storm has devastated the resources of local communities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a vital service in times like these, just like The American Red Cross.

My family is offended by Franklin’s remarks. And as a Christian and Republican, I am mortified that he represents Marietta in the state government. He is a monster - an embarrassment.

President Obama, who I do not particularly like either, has flown to tornado-devastated areas. He's been consoling victims and helping organize resources.

What is our dear State Representative doing to help tornado victims? Nothing.

Please, won't someone in our community step forward and replace this worthless jerk in the next election?

Click here for Bobby Franklin's Georgia House of Representatives contact information page.

Click here to visit Bobby Franklin's Facebook Page.

Leslie M.

lisa56 May 08, 2011 at 01:53 PM
The best way of never allowing this "man's" uncaring and inaccurate statements to be heard is to vote against him in the next election. There are consequences for actions. Until the next election please take the time to contact Mr. Franklin at both his office and on his Facebook page to express your outrage.
Tom Barksdale May 08, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Leslie, you have hit every nail on the head. Franklin is an embarrassment to Cobb County, and his constituents should be ashamed of electing him over and over. A resident of the devastated area has posted an equally scathing comment on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/tom.mcmahan1?sk=wall. Here's what his constituents need to do: visit the East Cobb Democratic Alliance and help us find a challenger candidate. FED-UP REPUBLICANS WELCOME! Let's rally behind a candidate we can all agree on. Cobb County deserves better than this.
Julia Harris May 09, 2011 at 08:06 PM
State Representative Bobby Franklin has responded to a resident's email regarding his offensive statement about tornado victims. A woman named Jenny Hodges replied on his behalf. She wrote, "I assist Rep. Franklin with his hate mail on occasion which is why you have received a response from me." I emailed Ms. Hodges. No response. More on Franklin's reply in an article tomorrow afternoon.
Linda Rehkopf May 10, 2011 at 03:03 PM
Good luck getting anything out of Bobby Franklin's office. I have yet to hear back from him on other matters. And no, I'm not surprised by anything he says, especially the offensive and outrageous comments.
Catlady May 10, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Just remember we cannot judge him but God can. God knows the true in heart and he can render more pain than man can. I feel that was very wrong what he said but not unexpected.....
Julia Harris May 10, 2011 at 08:36 PM
This comment was left on today's Water Cooler. I'm re-posting it here as well: I'm Jenny Hodges who responded to Rep. Franklin's hate mail regarding an alleged negative attack made on tornado victims. I have not seen such a statement, and the woman who wrote the email to Rep. Franklin regarding the statement also did not verify when and where it was said, and what precisely the statement was. Rep. Franklin believes that the role of civil government does not include being our savior. Individuals reach out and help one another, not a Messianic State. Being true to form, Rep. Franklin spent three days last week helping tornado victims. He does not do publicity stunts, so a photographer and journalist were not in tow. He simply went quietly and returned quietly. Rep. Franklin is the only legislator in Georgia who actually believes that the Constitution is the law of the land, who takes his oath of office seriously, and who follows the Constitution, the Ga. Constitution and the House rules to the letter. For this he is loathed by fellow legislators, and receives much unearned negative press. If you love liberty and you resent the civil government being involved in every area of your life, Rep. Franklin is your man. ~Jenny Hodges
Georgia Moderate May 10, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Liberty from Franklin? I think not. One need only look at Bobby's legislation, and then review his belief system - that of Christian reconstructionism - to realize that he seeks to establish what can only be characterized as a theocracy. Some of the broad objectives: 1) Make the ten commandments the law of the land, 2) Reduce the role of government to the defense of property rights, 3) Require “tithes” to ecclesiastical agencies to provide welfare services, 4) Close prisons – reinstitute slavery as a form of punishment and require capital punishment for all of ancient Israel’s capital offenses – including apostacy, blasphemy, incorrigibility in children, murder, rape, Sabbath breaking, sodomy, and witchcraft, 5) Close public schools – make parents totally responsible for the education of their children, and 6) Strengthen patriarchically ordered families. While Franklin's legislative record is consistent with the above, those who have actually read the Constitution will realize that this kind of extremism is dangerous to our state and our nation, and has striking similarities to other theocracies around the world.

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