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Posted: November 17, 2008 5:00 a.m.

A no-show for Georgia

I have tried every way possible short of stalking Toney Collins outside his home in order to get in touch with him. I had a project in one of my college courses that required me to make a profile for both candidates in the 95th district. I began trying to reach Collins in early August and have never heard back from him.

I don’t claim to know a lot about politics in the 95th district, but what I can’t help but wonder a thing or two about this man.

I had to follow various aspects of the campaign. I know that Collins has been accused of not showing to speak at forums he was invited to. I know that in August, Project Vote Smart named him as one of the "scaredy pants" who wouldn’t tell them where he stood on the issues. I also know that he claims to be a proponent of education, yet doesn’t contact a college student whose grade rides on speaking with him. I also know that this student drove from Gwinnett County all the way to Conyers for him to not show to another forum.

In short, I hope Mr. Collins shows up more for Georgia than he did for me.

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