BY WAYNE CRENSHAW

wcrenshaw@macon.com

Updated March 28, 2018 06:34 PM

WARNER ROBINS

When U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican, engaged in political combat with Democrat Zell Miller years ago, the tenor between the two parties was a lot different.

Isakson came to Warner Robins on Wednesday after attending a memorial for Miller in Atlanta. Isakson was a state senator in Georgia when Miller was lieutenant governor, and Miller presided over the Senate. In 1990, Isakson ran against Miller for governor and lost. He later succeeded Miller in the U.S. Senate when Miller chose not to run for re-election.

“Times were tough then, but they were respectfully tough,” Isakson said when asked about the differences between the political climate then and now. “Zell was a respectfully tough lieutenant governor and a respectfully tough United States senator. He got his job done, but he never went below the pale.

“Today in politics it seems like everyone is trying to see who can hit the furthest below the belt to win points.”

He said both parties are equally to blame for the current state of politics.

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