Tuesday seemed like a bit of a kick-off for the Karen Handel campaign. Free from not only her position as Secretary of State, but also seemed to be cutting some old ties with some very strong rhetoric covered in detail here. I attended one of the events and will be composing some thoughts on it as soon as time allows. In the mean time, here’s a pretty strongly worded response from Representative Austin Scott, who doesn’t like being lumped in with the other guys with ethics issues.
“Mrs. Handel’s comments were misguided, because in fact she accepted more money from lobbyists in 2009 than I have accepted over the past five years combined. I am not corrupt, nor are the vast majority of my colleagues. Furthermore, she has one of the most entrenched lobbyists in the state heading up her campaign fundraising efforts. As for me, I have already returned every contribution made by lobbyists to this campaign, and I respectfully submit that Mrs. Handel and all candidates for governor should join me in doing so. The Georgia taxpayer should be the first priority of every candidate for governor.”
The total amount received by Scott over the five-year period is just over $1000, including almost $200 to provide Georgia Aquarium tickets to House pages stranded when the legislature adjourned unexpectedly.
Scott, a candidate for governor, is a Republican from Tifton who has served House District 153 for 14 years. He is Chairman of the House Governmental Affairs Committee. As a ranking Republican leader, he has never done business with the state, any political subdivision of the state, or any organization that receives funding from the state.
“There will be only one special interest in the Scott administration,” he said. “The Georgia taxpayer.”
— Rep. Austin Scott