Georgia Candidate Uses Rap Campaign Song to Reach Voters

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."

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 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 weblogs including, the Washington D.C. site that touts itself as "politics for people with dirty minds."

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 Moore's Web site that said she would "protect the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters."

Political analysts say the song may be just the kind of thing a relatively unknown candidate needs.

"There's the old adage in politics: 'I don't care what you say about me as long as you spell my name right,"' said University of Georgia political science professor Charles Bullock. "For a candidate that might have very little going for her, it gets her 15 minutes of fame."

The song even has some political opponents talking -- and considering their own stab at political hip-hop.

"I am auditioning talent and toying with some potential lyrics," said Katie Grove, campaign manager for Republican Secretary of State candidate Bill Stephens, who said the song has made the rounds in her office. "Miss Angela simply beat us to the punch on this one."