Georgia state Sen. Payne calls opponent 'loser,' says campaign letter 'not honest'

Sen. Chuck Payne and Scott Tidwell answer questions during a candidate forum for the May 22 primary Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Southeast Whitfield County High School in Dalton, Ga. The two will be running against each other for the District 54 State Senate seat in the upcoming primary election.

DALTON, Ga. - State Sen. Chuck Payne told his opponent Tuesday evening that he was tired of the lies he's been spreading, that he "illustrates all that I'm working against."

The trigger? A letter Payne's challenger, Scott Tidwell, sent residents this week. It says Tidwell is running for office May 22, and that he has a lovely wife of 24 years, and that he has four children, and that he works at a local funeral home.

Also: "Our current Senator has aligned with the left-wing Democrats at our state capitol on the issue of illegal immigration."

Payne, R-Dalton, told a small crowd during a forum at Southeast Whitfield County High School that the letter is "without truth.