Paul Rish has joined the race to replace Jim Marshall as Congressman from Middle-Georgia. From His Press Release:
William “Paul” Rish officially announced today that he is seeking the 8th Congressional District seat currently held by Jim Marshall. Paul is the president and CEO of Rish Telecommunications, which was started in October of 2003. Paul was also the Chairman of the Bibb County Republican Party from 2008-2009. He is a graduate of DeVry University, attends Ingleside Baptist Church, and is involved in many civic and community activities. Paul grew up in Macon, GA and has many ties to the 8th District. This campaign will be focused on creating jobs, lowering taxes, reforming healthcare, and securing our agricultural prosperity. Please watch for more press releases in the future about the campaigns progress.
I met with Mr. Rish and his campaign team yesterday afternoon to discuss the race. He has been part of the Macon Tea Party movement and understands the voter anger at all levels of government for being unresponsive, out of touch, too large, and too expensive.
Yet he is not an angry man, and I believe this will be key if he is to be successful balancing the demands from a primary electorate that wants “heads on pikes” (to use Chris Farris vernacular) and demands from general election voters that have elected a Democrat in a district that is supposedly made up of a majority of Republicans.
Jim Marshall will not be easy to beat. Doing so will require galvanizing a Republican base that is fractured and angry while not alienating centrists and independents who have shown their willingness to vote for Marshall instead of anyone with “R” next to their name.
I don’t envy the task ahead of Mr. Rish, but I also see nothing that should prevent him from making the race competitive and interesting.