Thursday, April 11, 2013

State Rep. Ed Lindsey to run for Congress

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

State Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, has announced that he will enter the 11th Congressional District race.

The once-moderate Republican lawmaker will face off against Bob Barr, a former Republican congressman and one-time Libertarian presidential candidate who's already entered the fray. Earlier this week, Lindsey created a Twitter account that led some political observers to believe he would soon make an announcement. He followed through with his "inaugural" tweet this morning:

Lindsey had also sent out an email newsletter two weeks ago saying that he would decide soon whether he wanted to replace U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta, who recently launched a U.S. Senate bid.

"The citizens of the 11th must now carefully consider who can best represent our conservative values in Congress and help get America back on the right path to prosperity," he wrote. "I strongly believe that we need a conservative reformer with an optimistic vision for our future representing us in Congress. Critical issues are on our country's agenda such as renewing our economy, creating economic opportunity and prosperity, balancing the budget, and strengthening our national security to protect our families. Our federal government is simply out of control and must be reformed."

The conservative Buckhead lawmaker has worked under the Gold Dome since 2005. Lindsey thinks his abilities to be a "conservative reformer" and reach across the aisle would serve the district well.

"I'm the only elected Republican in the city of Atlanta," he told the Marietta Daily Journal. "What that has meant is I have had to come to understand when to fight and when to cooperate. I've been able to work with my city on areas of economic development when I thought they were right, and I fought them tooth and nail, as well as the Fulton County government, when I thought they were wrong."

Last week, however, CL awarded him with a Golden Sleaze for no longer being the moderate Republican leader he once was.

Others have speculated that Tricia Pridemore, who recently resigned as the executive director of Gov. Nathan Deal's Office of Workforce Development, and state Sen. Judson Hill, R-East Cobb, could enter the race against Lindsey and Barr.

We've reached out to Lindsey for comment and will post an update if we hear back.

UPDATE, 12:08 p.m.: Here's a longer message that Lindsey sent out this morning regarding the announcement:

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

We are all in.

After lengthy discussions with my wife Elizabeth and our boys, we have decided that I will seek the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District of Georgia.

I have deep roots in rural, small town, and urban Georgia. My mother is a farmer's daughter from Wilcox County and my dad was a businessman from Atlanta. I grew up in both worlds and I began my law career in Toccoa, Georgia. My family tree includes farmers, merchants, teachers, businessmen, and retail workers - no lawyers until my generation. I worked my way through college and law school doing everything from highway construction to waiting tables to running a vending machine business with my dad. In 1990, I started my own law firm in Atlanta with three friends and we have grown to having approximately 80 employees in three states. In short, I understand the values of hard work and the struggles of small business because I have lived it.

The 11th District is a wonderful and diverse district where over 700,000 of us have chosen to live, work, play, worship, and strive for better opportunities for our families. It stretches from Cartersville in Bartow County, through Cherokee County, to West Cobb County including Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta, Smyrna, and Vinings, and finishes in Buckhead and the new city of Sandy Springs. In many ways, the 11th District is a microcosm of our state's rich historical past and the hope for our future.

That future is at risk. America is at a crossroads. Now more than ever, we need the voice of our people heard in the halls of power in Washington.

There are many on the national level who believe that the secret to success lies in top down edicts from Washington. I have seen the same thing at our Gold Dome in Atlanta, and I have consistently opposed this kind of big government arrogance.

I have always believed that the best leadership comes from bringing the wisdom of my constituents to the proverbial table where policy decisions are made. Washington could learn a thing or two from the common sense, conservative values of the citizens of the 11th District.

Since taking office in 2004 and today as the Georgia House Republican Majority Whip, I have listened and then I rolled my sleeves up and fought for strict fiscal responsibility, fundamental tax reform, open and clean government, greater school choice and meaningful education reform, improved water resources, and tough criminal sanctions against those who would prey upon our young or elderly.

I don't quit when things got tough. I don't stomp my feet and yell a lot of heated, empty rhetoric. I simply roll up my sleeves, and dig in to get things done - because that is the only way things will ever get accomplished.

The naysayers that say our country is in decline and our conservative values are irrelevant are wrong. This is America. We are the bright, shining beacon of liberty and prosperity for the entire world. The only thing that can defeat us is ourselves, but you and I working together will not let that happen.

We will get our nation back on track when we send conservative reformers to Congress with the guts to stand up to President Obama - and the forces of retreat in our own party - and fight for our conservative principles and policies.

The road ahead is filled with the difficult tasks of restoring fiscal responsibility, revitalizing our economy and job growth, enhancing personal responsibility, protecting our children's future, and preserving our personal liberties. Join me in this important journey.

I ask for your thoughts and prayers. I ask for your vote. I ask for your active support. Let's bring hard work and real conservative reform to Washington!

For Our Families' Future,
State Representative Edward Lindsey
Georgia House Republican Majority Whip
A Conservative Reformer for Georgia's 11th Congressional District

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