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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Congressman Phil Gingrey enters Georgia Senate race as a 'trusted conservative'

It's official: U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, has stepped into the 2014 Georgia Senate race.

The Cobb County Republican will face off against fellow U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Pit of Hell, and other future candidates over Sen. Saxby Chambliss' vacated seat. Let the race to the right begin!

Gingrey made the announcement to "faithfully serve" Georgians this morning in Augusta:

He also updated his Facebook page to reflect the news and will apparently be using the slogan "Trusted. Conservative." You read that right - he's using not just one, but two emphatic periods. He also wrote in a post this morning:

I was born and raised in Augusta. I came home today to announce my candidacy for U.S. Senate. It is here my folks instilled in me a strong faith in God, a reverence for family and an unbending respect for traditional, conservative Georgia values. Delivering 5,200 babies as a doctor, I came to realizations that forever called my heart to service for others. But still I felt called to do more. Georgians are frustrated with politics as usual. They are worried about their families and their children's futures. Barack Obama's tax-and-spend policies threaten our opportunity for a better life. But we are Georgians, we are Americans, and we are often at our finest when our back is to the proverbial wall. I will fight for lower taxes, less government intrusion into their lives, and for more opportunities to succeed. I will fight for conservative values. I know if we fight for our conservative principles, America's best days are ahead of us.

Gingrey, an OB-GYN doctor, has slowly backtracked from his comments in support of former Congressman Todd Akin, R-Mo., who asserted that "legitimate rape" is an actual thing. In January, the Georgia politician used his medical background to partially justify Akin's remarks. Despite those disconcerting remarks, he's still got a long way to go before he matches the epic crazy that Broun provides every time he steps near a microphone. Gingrey will make a second announcement regarding his Senate bid at Georgia Tech this afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

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