Ray McKinney Unveils Contract

12th District Republican Candidate for Congress Ray McKinney today formally announced his Contract with the Voters of the 12th District in Savannah, Rincon, Statesboro, and Augusta.  Tomorrow he will be in Milledgeville to make the same announcement.  Previously, the contract was shared with 12th District delegates and alternates at the GA GOP Convention in Columbus. 

The 12 common sense committments to the voters of the 12th District represent the values and principles that will guide Ray should he be honored to be elected to Congress.   

Voters are starving for change, but they deserve the right kind of change.  Republicans must put forward solid positions on lowering gas prices, standing up for reform, reigning in government, reducing spending, and keeping our economy moving.  Republicans win elections when they embrace the mantel of reform, accountability, and personal responsibility.  The problem right now though is that most people don’t trust the messengers of the status quo and that’s why Ray offers such a unique perspective as a candidate and why throughout the 12th District people are joining and supporting his campaign.   

Check them out online at the new website www.ray08.com


  1. fishtail says:

    I’ll try not to chuckle too much in January, 2009 when John Barrow is sworn into his third term as Congressman for the Twelvth. Even Jack Kingston is in danger of the huge tsunami of disgust from voters throughout the nation…they are pissed off with incumbent Republicans…right or wrong, the electorate is disgusted with where this country is headed…why not let some newbies take over. Can it get any worse? I like Kingston personally, but I keep getting feedback that his constituents are tired of his grinning face. Perhaps Jack has overstayed his welcome.

  2. Rogue109 says:

    Republicans win elections when they embrace the mantel of reform, accountability, and personal responsibility.

    Like with cap and trade, amnesty for illegal aliens, limiting 1st Amendment protections through alleged campaign finance reform, and medicare prescription programs? No, thanks.

    Your statement is correct, except that hasn’t been shown for many years.

    Congrats on the job, BTW!

  3. FreedomOfPeach says:

    Hopefully the 12th can be part of a trend where we quit sending “politicians” to Washington and start sending some real people.

    It would be refreshing if we could get an 80% or so turnover in the house, talk about sending a message.

  4. Hey fishtail,

    Shouldn’t Barrow be worried as he’s a part of the Democratic Congress which voters dislike more than Bush? According to Real Clear Politics, their approval rating stands at 18.7%.

  5. fishtail says:

    Hey BB..I’m not here taking up for anybody…Democrat or Republican. If you are familiar with the demographics of the 12th District you would know that it is a Democratic district. You might also agree with me that November will bring out a big turnout of disgruntled voters who are mad as hell. With Obama as the Presidential candidate for the Dems, the logical assumption is that Obama will produce a skewed big turnout of Dem voters in the 12th District and John Barrow will benefit and win big over ANY GOP candidate. Didn’t you read recently about the GOP Congressional candidates in NC and Texas special elections that got their butts handed to them by relatively little-known Dem candidates? And these were supposedly safe GOP seats. How do you explain that? I conclude that the voters are mad and disgusted with all of Congress, but probably more distrustful of GOP than Dems right now. The biggest fear that Barrow probably has right now is Regina Thomas in the Dem primary. If he gets the nomination again, he will cruise to an easy November win. (Please keep in mind that Barrow has over $1 million in the bank). Please email again in November and remind me of what I have said here. Thanks.

  6. debbie0040 says:

    There will be a large turnout because of Obama. Many will turnout to vote against him. Look at the exit polls in the primaries the past few months since the Wright scandal . Over 30% of the white working class Dems have said they will not vote for Obama, they will vote for McCain.

    McCain is beating Obama in many of the states the Dems need to carry . By the time November rolls around many Democratic candidates will be doing their best to distance themselves from Obama and the DNC.

    Fishtail, you should not be counting your chickens before they are hatched. November is a long way away. I think Obama will have a negative impact on the Democratic ticket, especially in the Southern States….

    Everytime you turn around something else comes out about Obama’s circle of friends and mentors. You lie down with dogs and you get up with fleas. Just look at all the “dogs” Obama has surrounded himself with… And then there is Michelle Obama… I can just see the ads the 527 groups will run…

  7. John Konop says:


    I am no Obama or McCain fan, yet this election will come down to issues not hate spewing that you engage in and enjoy. Gut issue politics is a tough game in a down economy.

    The key issues

    Iraq war



    Energy Plan



  8. Holly says:

    From personal experience, I’d say it’s far too early to tell who is going to be president. The polls right now are meaningless because it’s not even yet June. Anything can happen between June and November. Scandals come out, candidates say dumb things, their children misbehave, the moon collides into the earth. . . anything.

    Let’s just know that this will be a tight race with two candidates with opposite viewpoints, and it will just depend on the way the candidates, their families, and their campaigns, handle themselves between now and November. And, naturally, how hard the campaigns work to achieve election for their respective candidates.

  9. John Konop says:


    Why do you say opposite viewpoints?

    They agree on the following:

    Energy policy



    Energy Plan


    Also when you get past the spin both are fairly close on Iraq. It all depends on what day and what speech.

  10. John Konop says:



    McCain Strongly Rejected Long-Term Iraq Presence: “Bring Them All Home”

    HP-When it comes to getting U.S. troops out of Iraq, Sen. John McCain was for the idea before he was against it.

    Three years before the Arizona Republican argued on the campaign trail that U.S. forces could be in Iraq for 100 years in the absence of violence, he decried the very concept of a long-term troop presence.

    In fact, when asked specifically if he thought the U.S. military should set up shop in Iraq along the lines of what has been established in post-WWII Germany or Japan — something McCain has repeatedly advocated during the campaign — the senator offered nothing short of a categorical “no.”

    “I would hope that we could bring them all home,” he said on MSNBC. “I would hope that we would probably leave some military advisers, as we have in other countries, to help them with their training and equipment and that kind of stuff.”


  11. BradMarston says:

    Not living in Georgia, I can’t vote for Ray but I do support him (Okay, I sent him a few bucks via Slatecard. His common sense approach to problem solving and his success in getting things done in the private sector appeal to me.

    Conversely I support a career politician in John McCain for President. It isn’t about partisanship. It is about the right man for the job. In speaking with Ray I clearly got the sense that he will support McCain when he feels that support is in the best interests of America and his constituents in the 12th. Ray also made it clear that when he disagrees with a President McCain, on those same grounds he will make those disagreements known and act upon them.

  12. Holly says:

    Fine, we can be technical. Amend my earlier comment to “two candidates from opposing parties.” 😉

  13. dewberry says:

    Let me state that I am a McCain supporter even though you can’t expect everyone to see eye to eye on everything.

    It is true that my so called Republican challenger is on record as supporting Obama and I am told by party people that my challenger does not support any of the Republican candidates for the 12th district.

    Let me state very clearly that I will only vote for Republican party candidates that appear on my ballots this election year. I will only support those who support their Republican party candidates.

  14. Holly says:

    Not to be a stickler for facts, fishtail, but if you’re worried about demographics, then your point about the special elections is bizarre. Are you talking about the races in MS, IL, and LA? Because that’s very different than the races in NC and TX. (I suppose you’re referring to Taylor and Delay’s seats, respectively, yes?)

    Special elections are rare animals. Anyone can get in them and there’s no telling how turnout will be. Candidates like Woody Jenkins can get in there and beat out more likable candidates and then we see what happens in safe Republican seats. Also, too, the NRCC used a campaign scheme that didn’t work in 2006, so quite honestly, it deserved to fail in 2007/2008. People are no more scared of Obama than they were of Nancy Pelosi. Nationalizing those special elections in an environment that is so poor for Republicans anyway was a stupid choice.

    Now, Charlie Taylor and Tom Delay are all together different. Those two held safe Republican seats that were beat in a general election. Being from a district that has counties that are similar to NC-11, I can tell you that Charlie Taylor’s problem was Charlie Taylor. Had Charlie Norwood been running in that seat, he’d have held it.

    Charlie Taylor had what seemed to be an honesty/integrity problem, and then his response to that criticism came off sounding phony. On top of that, he was lazy and a bit arrogant, too. That’s a terrible combination.

    On the other hand, Heath Shuler came across as an honest, hardworking everyman. Mountaineers will tell you two things are important to them: someone who’s honest and someone who is a straight shooter. Heath Shuler will likely be a Congressman until he dies or retires, so long as he continues in his current mold.

    Tom Delay had so many issues that I don’t know where to start.

    People in the 12th district are actually split regarding which party they identify with, but overall the uniting factor is that they are largely conservative, regardless of party affiliation. If Regina Thomas pulls an upset in the primary, then I think the race gets really interesting because her views are definitely to the left of John Barrow’s.

  15. John Konop says:


    Do you support McCain on the following issues and why?

    His open border Immigration bill

    His carbon trading scam proposal ie global warming so called solution

    His vote for the pork filled energy bill

    His support of the pork filled farm bill

    His support of No Child Left Behind

    His manipulation of tax payer’s dollars via earmarks

    His support of the bio-fuel scam

    Please tell me how the above is conservative.

  16. John Konop says:


    You are right he did not vote I am sorry. Yet you mind find this interesting.

    Obama and McCain seen resolute on biofuel push

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his likely Democrat rival, Barack Obama, will remain steadfast in their support for biofuels on the road to the White House, despite rising global discontent over the idea of using crops to make fuel.

    But if food prices keep soaring, there could be weakening of incentives for the biofuels sector during the next administration, although Obama, hailing from second highest corn producing state in the country, would likely be the most aggressive initially in support of the industry.


  17. dewberry says:

    I will answer these questions in the most simplistic way possible by saying I could not vote for the other candidates.

    Illegal immigration is illegal. I am a proponent of legal immigration. Anything but legal immigration is not fair to those who follow the rules. McCain cannot on his own change the immigration policy. I am confident that lawmakers on both sides of the isles will not allow an open border policy.

    He is pandering to a certain minority and it sounds good. This is appealing to the ignorant and it sounds good to them. There is plenty of ignorance to be found among the electorate. Here is my crazy attempt at explaining this away – this is no more than a political ploy to pick up all of the tree hugging, racist, woman haters.

    Earmarks tied to otherwise important bills are a national shame. These earmarks are what have been promoted by members of both parties. It is a shame that the citizens are not insisting for and getting reform. This only adds fodder and the promotion of excuses to support anyone’s position on supporting or not supporting a bill.

    The benefits that were to be borne out of No Child Left Behind have not been realized to the extent that results have not improved very much. To me this only adds to the need for accountability in our schools. Now we have folks to point fingers at and ridicule and the results to fuel the criticism. We are waiting on the reform and the outcomes we want from NCLB. Change does not happen over night. Talk about pork barrel? Our schools? $62 million dollar 5 year contract here in Georgia for the CRCT test that has portions tossed? Blame No Child Left Behind? This is all about accountability. We need true accountability and reform.

    I’m a proponent of bio fuels. I can add a 1:1 mix of diesel and vegetable oil to fuel my car and it runs fine and costs less. Soperton Georgia has a bio mass plant that makes fuel from pine trees. If we can reduce the import demands then we might be able to get the oil cheaper from abroad if we are lucky. I am for responsible bio fuels not 50 acres of corn for one tank of gas. That is stupid.

    Surely if Newt Gingrich had run he would have been the one we would be fussing over. I would have supported Newt as I imagine many would have.

    I never said anything about anyone being conservative. I’m just going to support the best person we have to choose from whose name appears on the ballot.

  18. dewberry says:

    Don’t try eating any pine trees. Here is the link to an article that ran in the SMN.


    Georgia’s pine waste material alone has the potential to supply up to 20 percent of the state’s gasoline needs.

    “Georgia today uses some 5 billion gallons of gasoline a year,” Mandich said. “When you look at the state’s sustainable pine feedstock, there is enough to easily support production of up to a billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol a year,” he said.

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, while corn ethanol delivers only 20- to 50-percent more energy than it takes to produce, cellulosic delivers up to 600 percent more energy. And, according to the DOE’s Argonne Labs, it burns cleaner.

  19. John Konop says:


    The goal of No Child Left Behind is to equalize achievement of students. Our country was based on equal opportunity not equal results.

    The bill has made schools worse ie the Kathy Cox latest promotion of NCLB concepts demonstrate the problem.

    Read this and follow links and you will learn about the issue.

    Georgia School Czar Flunks Math


    Are you a “No Child Left Behind” LOSER?


  20. dewberry says:

    Yes, I am down on consultants and the exorbitant profits but the truth is we need a standard and that is a benefit the test provides. We know our shortcomings. We know the areas we need to address.

    Please don’t let the curriculum folks off the hook. There is plenty of money for quality education but we have some horribly administered school systems that have failed our communities and the country as a whole.

    We sent folks to the moon without computers or air conditioning in every classrooms and I don’t think we’ve ever had education budgets like we have today with or without the consultant fees included.

  21. Jimbo says:

    John Konop, I find it hypocritical that you attack anyone for what you call “spewing hate”. Bringing out facts is not hate.

    I live in the Sixth and recall that when you ran against Tom Price your campiagn did business with Bill Simon. No one spews more hate than him, yet your campaign did business with him. You did not mind spewing hate ,as you call it, in that campaign.

    Was quite glad that Price trounced you in the GOP Primary, but disappointed in the fact you helped out Price’s Democratic opponent in the General Election. That guy help start “Air America” known for spewing hate…

    Quit being a self righteous hypocrite!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Jimbo says:

    Bull Moose, you said , “Voters are starving for change, but they deserve the right kind of change. Republicans must put forward solid positions on lowering gas prices, standing up for reform, reigning in government, reducing spending, and keeping our economy moving. Republicans win elections when they embrace the mantel of reform, accountability, and personal responsibility”

    Well said!!! I hope the RNC and the GOP candidates hear this message….

  23. John Konop says:


    You said

    “Republicans must put forward solid positions on lowering gas prices, standing up for reform, reigning in government, reducing spending, and keeping our economy moving. Republicans win elections when they embrace the mantel of reform, accountability, and personal responsibility”

    Yet when I ran and brought up the following issues via Highway Bill, Drug Prescription bill, Farm Bill, No Child Left Behind, Energy Bill…..you supported the above pork filled expansion of government that put us 9 trillion in the red and growing. Look in the mirror and you will see why the dollar is in the toilet!

  24. Bill Simon says:

    Jimbo is categorized by the Centers for Disease Control as having a persistent odor of manure on his breath.

    Wouldn’t waste too much time with him, John.

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