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December 01, 2008

A ludicrous choice of surrogates?

Democrat Jim Martin wasn’t able to get President-elect Barack Obama to campaign for him, but he has enlisted the support of controversial rapper Ludacris.

Ludacris will be appearing at a rally at the state Capitol this afternoon to help Martin turn out supporters for the Georgia Senate runoff against Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)

It’s an unusual choice of surrogates for Martin, who is looking to get Democratic voters excited about his candidacy. But there are some serious downsides to having the raunchy rapper rally voters.

Ludacris has been a target among many conservative critics – particularly FOX’s Bill O’Reilly – who believe  his lyrics are raunchy and misogynistic.

Indeed, Republicans pounced on Ludacris at a Chambliss rally this morning in Savannah with Gov. Sarah Palin.

“Would you play that for your momma?” Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) asked while warming up the crowd. “I think Jim Martin should be with Ludacris… It would be ludicrous to vote for Jim Martin.”