A Banner Day for Georgia Democrats

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Georgia Democrats Steven Lamar Foster (left) and Kellie Lynn Collins (right)
August 10, 2018

The reputation of Democrats in Georgia took a hit on Thursday.

First, it was reported that a former Democratic congressional candidate had been arrested and charged with murdering her campaign treasurer. Then a few hours later footage was released of another Democratic congressional candidate during a DUI stop threatening to fight police and professing his hate for the county he was in.

The first Democrat, Katie Lynn Collins, was running to represent Georgia's 10th congressional district in Washington, D.C. The Augusta Chronicle reported on Thursday afternoon that Collins had turned herself in and was charged with both murder and grand larceny. The victim was her former campaign treasurer, Curt Cain, who was shot dead over the weekend, but whose body wasn't discovered until Tuesday when he didn't show up to work.

A few hours later, two hours of video footage was released by Georgia's Daily Citizen-News of Steven Lamar Foster, a Democrat running in in Georgia's 14th congressional district, during a DUI stop he was convicted for last week.

"I hate this county," Foster tells police in the video. "I prayed to God that he would curse it, and guess what? He did. Man, I saw it hit and cursed and I saw people laid off right and left—white people."

Foster, as he was being arrested, boasted that he'd been "pinched before by Colombian police," adding that he'd been "in jail in six damn countries and the state of Mississippi."

Foster, who was driving with blood alcohol content of .107, requested that a vial of his blood be sent by police "to Foggy Bottom," an apparent reference to the U.S. State Department.

He also alerted the police that he'll "never drink in Dalton, Georgia, again" and challenged them to "go one or two rounds."

Georgia Democrats are hoping to take over the state's governor's mansion this year with Stacey Abrams, a romance novelist.