- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2006

ATLANTA (AP) — An obscure candidate in a down-ticket Georgia race is getting some much-needed attention from a rap campaign song that pummels voters with a simple, mind-numbing lyric: “Vote 4 Miss Angela.”

That’s Angela Moore, a 43-year-old medical personnel company owner making her first run for office in Georgia’s packed Democratic primary for secretary of state.

She was relatively unknown until her campaign rap, written and performed by a 12-year-old boy, began making the rounds on the Internet. It has received 26,000 hits in the three weeks since it’s been posted on her campaign Web site.

“Even I get tired of hearing, ‘Vote for Miss Angela! Vote for Miss Angela!’” she said, referring to the song’s repetitive intro and chorus. “But, you know what? It sticks in your head.”

Mrs. Moore asked now-13-year-old Keenan Mathews, who performs under the stage name Pootah, to record the song last year after she caught his act at a charity show in Atlanta.

“Make the right choice/be heard with your voice,” he raps in the song, before rhyming “Miss Angela” with “sending out an SOS from here to Los Angeles.”

The rap ends with a repeated chant of “Vote or die” — a line borrowed from a not-too-successful 2004 get-out-the-vote campaign lead by rap producer Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.

The song quickly became an entertaining diversion among Georgia political types — getting forwarded in e-mails and eventually cropping up on political blogs including Wonkette.com.

Not that all the attention has been positive.

“This’ll get yr (sic) feet tappin’ and yr (sic) head pounding,” wrote Wonkette, which also pointed out a since-corrected typo on Mrs. Moore’s Web site that said she would “protect the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters.”

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