Just thought you might need a late-afternoon reminder that Georgia will elect a new congressman on Tuesday. Or, considering there are eight candidates, voters more likely will simply tee up a runoff to replace Nathan Deal, who resigned his 9th District seat to escape a federal ethics investigation um, we mean, to devote his time to his gubernatorial campaign.
Anyway, here's the list of middle-aged white guys from North Georgia who are running in tomorrow's non-partisan special election:
You may recall that Stephens as the former Senate Majority Leader who got whupped running for secretary of state in 2006 by Karen Handel.
Graves and Hawkins recently resigned their respective seats in the state House and Senate to qualify for the Congressional race. The two seem to have spent much of their efforts accusing each other of dirty campaign tactics.
Graves, notably, was one of the founders of the 216 Policy Group, a short-lived cabal of ultra-conservative House members focused on reducing taxes, shrinking government, promoting personal responsibility and collecting Ronald Reagan memorabilia.
Can't say I know much about the others, but guess what? I don't have to, since I don't vote in Catoosa, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Gordon, Hall, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Union, Walker, White or Whitfield counties.
However, it appears there are some characters in this field. The first photo to appear on Tarvin's campaign page shows the candidate wearing a pair of Carhartt overalls standing in the middle of a commercial chicken house.
Moon, meanwhile, helps revive the age-old question of why it is that the loopiest candidates often have an "I" behind their name. A Rob Schneider look-alike (see photo above), Moon is a state's rightist, a right-to-lifer and a 2nd Amendment enthusiast who apparently doesn't have spell-check on his computer or much of a grasp of basic grammar, for that matter. This is from his campaign home page:
The three main tanants of my platform are 1. Soveriegnity I recognize that the legitimacy of the federal gogernment exist only as it defends human liberty, and every American citizen has god given rights that the government can not take from you. 2. Opportunity Every American citizen has the opportunity to suceed or fail in life equally 3. Responsibility Every American citizen has a duty to be responsible for the health, education and welfare of themselves and their respective families.
That's just what Georgia needs to send another bumpkin to Washington to make the folks back home real proud.
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