Congressman John Linder has drawn an opponent…

…In the Republican primary next year.

Jason Thompson, who according to his website is a “native Georgian and a liberty loving American”, says that he’s running for Congress to “restore some sense of what it means to be a “Conservative” to our nation’s government.”

In a pledge that is posted prominently on, Mr. Thompson writes:

I pledge to the citizens of this State, and to the American people, that as their elected representative I will work to: restore liberty, not restrict it; shrink government, not expand it; reduce taxes, not raise them; abolish programs, not create them; promote the freedom and independence of citizens, not the interference of government in their lives; and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.


  1. Rick Day says:

    I wonder what kind of support the GaGOP will give this guy, now that he is running against their status-quo toady?

    Oh, he is not a member of the status-quo. Guess that answers that.

    This is the kind of man who, IMHO, is running on the hope that Ron Paul’s message will impact enough voters to enact change.

    PS: I assume you guys are happy with that big spending budget YourRepublicanCongressmen ™ supported?

  2. StevePerkins says:

    I don’t know enough about this guy yet to say whether I’ll vote for him, but it would certainly be nice to see SOME competition for the seat (Linder certainly won’t face any in the general election).

    Still, I’m not crazy about this guy’s odds. The Georgia GOP is still going after Paul Broun even as an INCUMBENT… just because he had the nerve to be selected by voters, rather than party bosses in a backroom. More importantly, all Linder has to do is mumble something about the FairTax once every year or two, and the 7th doesn’t pay attention to anything else.

  3. joshuap says:

    He took that statement straight from the GOP Libert Cac. website:

    I pledge to the citizens of this State, and to the American people, that as their elected representative I will work to: restore liberty, not restrict it; shrink government, not expand it; reduce taxes, not raise them; abolish programs, not create them; promote the freedom and independence of citizens, not the interference of government in their lives; and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.

  4. Chris says:

    Josh is right. That oath is the RLC’s Liberty Compact which is taken from Goldwater’s Conscience of a Conservative.

  5. Jace Walden says:

    I never ceased to be amazed by the GOPs ability to make “good enough” the enemy of “could be a hell of a lot better if we would grow some balls and throw these slack-jawed losers who haven’t done a damn thing in Washington out of office”.

  6. drjay says:

    has linder done something specific to annoy you–i remember 94 and 95 very well and all the idealism newt brought to the new majority–and then he scared the ever loving crap out of the average american by trying to redifine gov’t overnite (you never hear about medicare whithering on the vine, or the dept of education being eliminated anymore do you?) it played right into clintons hands and newt was gone by 98–w/out pragmatism all of your lofy ideals are but hot air w/out a balloon to fly

  7. Chris says:

    AFAIK, Linder was endorsed in 2006, and as such has at some point signed the compact.

    Signing the Compact is necessary, but not sufficient for endorsement.

    My personal opinion is that he’s disqualified for RLC endorsement over his support for Taxabee.

  8. Jace Walden says:

    It’s what Linder and the rest of the GA Delegation hasn’t done that annoys me.

    Kingston is a first-class porker.
    Price is a big spender.
    Gingrey is a “let’s get government involved in people’s personal lives” conservative
    Westmoreland embarrassed the State on cable TV
    Deal hasn’t done anything
    Linder wrote a book, he hasn’t been heard from since

    The jury is still out on Paul Broun because he’s only been in office for a couple of months.

    By and large, our GA Delegation has been worthless. Dump every last one of them.

    They may be “good enough”, but that doesn’t make them better than anyone else.

  9. drjay says:

    the nat’l journal has rated kingston as the most conservative member of congress

    and you do know that colbert report interviews are creatively edited-right?

  10. IndyInjun says:

    Linder voted for Medicare D – an $8 trillion unfunded liability which is bigger than any social program that the Dems ever dreamed of in 40 years of control.

    He voted for NCLB and was an enabler for the Bush gang’s 70% increase in social spending programs, went along with doubling of the debt in just two GOP terms, and went along with multiple assaults on the US Constitution.

    His absurd tax bill utterly destroys the finances of local governments, puts a horrendously high tax rate on hyperinflating costs such as employee medical insurance premiums and gasoline, and makes no pretense of covering the astronomical NEW COSTS he voted for.

    Linder is NOT a conservative, does not meet the definition of a Republican, and is a charlatan in the worst need of a swift kick out of office.

  11. Chris says:

    Oh, and lets not forget Erick’s war on Linder over the appointment of that indicted (or was it just under investigation) colluge to an important committee.

  12. Ms_midtown says:

    It’s the Ron Paul motivational effect. There will be more Republican challangers with a
    non-interventionist foreign policy. Maybe even a few upsets around the country of both Dems and Reps from isolationist candidates

  13. Romegaguy says:

    After Jason loses will he post here with links to a blog? Will he tell us about experts that will say he would have won had it been in the General Election?

  14. AlanR says:

    Good. A little blood letting is good for the family. Let Linder defend himself and everyone will be better off for it. Same goes for the rest of the delegation. If they are all such stellar guys, let them come home and explain it.

    Arrogance breeds contempt.

  15. Bill Simon says:


    For someone who previously demonstrated a pretty high intellect in their opinions, this statement by you tells me you are an illinformed newbie: “Still, I

  16. StevePerkins says:

    Ahh Bill, we’re all among friends here… why not just let go and express how you REALLY feel?

    Look, I’m not suggesting that Sue Everhart or anyone else literally pulled out their Roberts Rules of Order and passed a motion saying that Whitehead is blessed and Broun is shunned. However, the endorsements for Whitehead were overwhelming (how many Republican elected officials backed ANY of the other candidates?). There were regular calls for Broun and other GOP candidates to back out of the race to avoid causing trouble for Whitehead. When Broun forced a runoff, the reaction was pretty harsh to put it mildly… and it didn’t get much better after he ultimately won. His first couple of votes and position statements were ripped to shreds, and it was only after several months (when it became obvious that he was voting with the rest of the GA delegation 95% of the time) that the murmuring quieted down a bit. Even so, Republicans on Peach Pundit who openly support him are in the minority.

    Do I believe that the Party leadership literally sent out a memo declaring Whitehead to be the guy? No, I don’t… no moreso than I think Freemasons rule the world or any other such conspiracy nonsense. However, it’s absolutely silly to suggest that Whitehead wasn’t the consensus preference of the establishment (and that most of the grassroots went along due to herd mentality). It’s also silly to suggest that there’s not resentment when the bandwagon gets bucked… and that there’s not pressure to stay on the bandwagon (e.g. as the bandwagon roams from Romney to Thompson to Huckabee over the course of a mere six months, the same people seem to stay on board).

  17. TrueConservative says:

    No worries mate, Braun is picking up the hard core Christian vote which is the majority in Georgia. And we work very hard,you have no idea . We are getting sick of the establishments not coming through with their promises to us.

  18. Romegaguy says:

    if the hard core Christian vote is the majority in Georgia, you better recount the primary votes last year for Lt. Gov…

  19. Romegaguy, The LG was not the edification of the Christian Right. It was split in two. Both candidates identified with the Christian Right, one was mired in some questionable issues while the other was not. One was uniquely qualified and has proven he is quite capable and did a tremendous job in his first session as the LG.

    There are no lingering effects. Life moves on with more battles to win.

  20. Bill Simon says:

    Okay, Steve, by process of elimination, the default answer of the quiz is that you are a complete idiot.

    Not only for the assignment of Fleming’s race to challenge Broun to the Georgia GOP, but now you presume/assume that because some Peach Pundit writers promote that Fleming is running and they dislike Broun, THAT means the ENTIRE GEORGIA GOP must think the same.

    “Complete idiot” is being too nice. 🙂

  21. StevePerkins says:

    Ahh Bill, you were posting to a political blog at 12:52am on a Friday night, while I was out enjoying myself with friends. If you REALLY want to stoop into ad hominem attacks, I’m ready to go! 🙂

  22. Julianne Thompson says:

    SugarHillDad – Wrong Jason Thompson. My husband is happily practicing law. This guy is out of Dacula, and I am not sure what he does. On his website, there is a picture of him with his child. Anyway, it is not my husband.

    Julianne Thompson

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