NRCC recruiting Rick Goddard

Roll Call reports that Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Goddard may challenge Rep. Jim Marshall in 2008:

Goddard met privately with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) as well as National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) and addressed the GOP Conference at its Wednesday morning meeting.

Goddard retired in March 2000 after serving as commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Georgia’s Robins Air Force Base. The center, which is in Marshall’s 8th district, is the largest industrial complex in the state.

“He is considering running,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. “He would make an incredibly strong candidate.”

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  1. DutchDawg says:

    Right. Goddard was gonna run against Marshall in 04 but couldn’t raise squat for money. Never even got off the ground. Worse, he and his wife never gave ANY support to Calder Clay during that race (not that it would have been the difference). Newsflash, if Mac couldn’t beat Marshall, Goddard ain’t gonna.

  2. steelfist says:

    Goddard never tried to raise any money because he said he wasn’t running. Goddard will be an excellent candidate and a much better once than Mac Collins. His 30 plus years in the military will be a huge asset in the Congress. Marshall is scared to death.

  3. UGA Wins 2006 says:

    Goddard is completely unknown outside of middle GA. Remember that the 8th runs all the way from metro Atlanta to near the FLA border.

  4. steelfist says:

    UGA Wins 2006 what does that have to do with anything. After Goddard runs a campaign he will be known just as much as Marshall is known from one end of the district to the other. In addition, he will do better in Houston County which is where Mac Collins lost the election.

  5. atlantaman says:

    Yes I would say it’s an extreme rarity when a challenger, or someone running for an open seat, in a congressional seat is well known throughout the district at the beginning of the race.

  6. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Judy and the General are both great people. General Goddard will make an excellent Congressman.

  7. If this happens, and I hope it does, would bring a whole new enthusiasm in Middle Georgia politics. Rick and Judy are awesome human beings. They are dedicated conservatives with impeccable qualifications. His candidacy would help restore unity in the Party as well the ability to bring unprecedented organizational energy. Run Rick run!

  8. DutchDawg says:

    Marshall is as well liked at Robins as a Congressman can get. Goddard won’t make a dent in his popularity there, in fact, a Commanding General is hardly ever the most popular person on a military base. To think he doesn’t have enemies there is extremely myopic. Best of luck to “The General,” but it would be shocking if he can unseat Marshall.

  9. ugavi says:

    Rick would be a great candidate. He and Judy are two of the best! Even though I’m not in that district, I hope he gets in. The Georgia delegation would be well served to have Rick as a member.

  10. DMZDave says:

    I think Rick Goddard would be about as good a candidate as anyone will find to challenge Marshall. While he was a commanding general of the Air Logistics Center, he fought hard in support of his civilians employees to keep them from having to compete with the private sector so he’s certainly not a hard core Republican. That having been said, he is certainly electable, he’s certainly a patriot as is Marshall, but if Marshall should choose to challenge Saxby as some Democrats have suggested, Goddard would be well positioned to win that seat if he were to get in now. DutchDawg’s experience has been different than mine, most commanding generals with whom I have served have been fairly popular in the community. Goddard served the base well during his tenure and frankly in the years ahead as hard defense funding decisions are being made, Warner Robins would do well to have someone of Goddard’s knowledge and background representing them in Congress.

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