Clay Cox Announces For Congress, Throws Down The Gauntlet.

I attended a press conference this morning where Rep. Clay Cox announced he will seek to be the GOP nominee in the 7th Congressional District. Surrounded by his family and numerous supporters Cox explained that if elected he would seek to pass the Fair Tax, require Congress to cite Constitutional authority for the bills they pass, and seek to place term limits on members of Congress.

In addition, Cox said he had notified Speaker Ralston that he is resigning as Chair of the Human Relations and Aging Committee. Cox then challenged Sen. Don Balfour (the only other announced candidate in the race) to step down as Senate Rules Committee Chair. Cox said it’s not fair to the people who have business before the House and Senate to have Chairmen who are running for Congress handling their issues.

Cox also pointed out that he was making his announcement in his home town of Lilburn whereas Balfour sent his announcement from Cairo, and not Cairo, Georgia.

Video of the press conference should be available soon for me to post but that’s the gist of Cox’s remarks.


  1. Lollipop says:

    Term Limits – why does this guy want to give the bureaucrats all the power. If the bureaucrats all know that Congressman have no long term power then why would they serve the people. I would prefer my elected officers making those important decisions, not the life long government employees! Also, just imagine how long it takes for a Congressman to really learn Congress and all of the levels of governments. That just can’t be done in 4, 6 or even 8 years.

          • Republican Lady says:

            Hopefully, we are talking about the same thing. I mean it from a political science perspective wherby a newly elected politican looks out for the voters but as time goes on, gets caught up in the bureaucracy of it all and changes loyalties.

            Normally, as you know, it also relates to agency head who over time identify more with the companies they are supposed to oversee, like insurance regulators siding with CEO’s to get votes rather than looking out for the consumer.

  2. IndyInjun says:

    At least he isn’t running for governor on something that jettison’s state finances even further into the abyss.

    JK, the most amusing recent aspect that I realized is that the State of Georgia would have to ante up 30% of most of the interest it charges delinquent taxpayers. Is that a hoot or what?

    Here we find ourselves in the deepest financial crisis of the last 100 years, at least, and the folks running for office are financially illiterate.

    • John Konop says:

      Indy & Byte

      Seriously this s not difficult math! We should make lawmakers pass a basic course in math before running for office. How can you run for office and not know the difference between gross sales and net taxable earnings? This alone should disqualify Clay Cox.

      Anyone for the Fair Tax has no clue about issues surrounding collecting sales tax.

  3. zedsdeadbaby says:

    Dear Representative Cox: Please remember that, without John Linder as the incumbent, this may prove to be a challenging seat for Republicans to hold in November. Please, Please, Please do not start a negative campaign ALREADY!! Far too often we Republicans shoot ourselves in the foot to the benefit and Democrats in a general election. You and Senator Balfour are both great options for this seat. But I will not support you if you keep up the negative campaign you started today. And yes, I live in the district and attend Tea Party events. I even helped sponsor one!

    • ChuckEaton says:

      The demographics of that district are changing, but it would require some more changes to go Democrat. Besides, with the exception of Cao, I don’t think the GOP is in danger of losing any House seats this year. The prospect of the GOP winning the midterm elections in a landslide continues to increase with Obama’s renewed push to ram a highly unpopular healthcare bill down the throats of the American public.

    • Chris says:

      The aristocracy live such privileged lives. He was there on behalf of the National group of State Legislators, so its a pretty safe bet that his trip was paid for with tax payer funds (but not direct for the GA state funds).

  4. IndyInjun says:

    Egypt, Georgia
    Attention: Clay Cox, Representative, 7th District

    Dear Sir,

    Confidential Business Proposal

    Having consulted with my colleagues and based on the information gathered from the Egyptian Chambers Of Commerce And Industry, I have the privilege to request your assistance to transfer the sum of $47,500,000.00 (forty seven million, five hundred thousand United States dollars) into your accounts. The above sum resulted from an over-invoiced contract, executed, commissioned and paid for about five years (5) ago by a foreign contractor. This action was however intentional and since then the fund has been in a suspense account at The Central Bank Of Egypt Apex Bank.

    We are now ready to transfer the fund overseas and that is where you come in. It is important to inform you that as civil servants, we are forbidden to operate a foreign account; that is why we require your assistance. The total sum will be shared as follows: 70% for us, 25% for you and 5% for local and international expenses incidental to the transfer.

    The transfer is risk free on both sides. I am an accountant with the Egyptian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). If you find this proposal acceptable, we shall require the following documents:

    (a) your banker’s name, telephone, account and fax numbers.

    (b) your private telephone and fax numbers β€”for confidentiality and easy communication.

    (c) your letter-headed paper stamped and signed.

    I would hope that you will further assist me in forwarding this most generous proposal to your fellow officials in Georgia who are attracted to the similarly lucrative FairTax proposal offered by by my dear friend, John Linder. These include Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson, John Oxendine, Tom Graves, and Jeremy Jones.

    Please reply urgently. The mobile bank I have set up on Highway 80 has to be down the highway in Guyton a month from now for our long-awaited TARP money so generously set out for our gleeful embezzlement critical capital relief.

    Best regards


  5. zedsdeadbaby says:

    “The aristocracy live such privileged lives. He was there on behalf of the National group of State Legislators, so its a pretty safe bet that his trip was paid for with tax payer funds (but not direct for the GA state funds).”

    Chris – Are you sure about that? I thought the two big legislative associations were funded by dues paid by their members. You say they receive/are funded by tax dollars? Since they are comprised of legislators from all 50 states, is it state or federal tax funds?

    I could have sworn they were private orginazations.

    • Chris says:

      Well, they are funded by the legislators themselves, but do the legislators pay it out of pocket, or does it come from their expense accounts?

  6. Can someone please ping me if a candidate announces in the 7th and says they don’t particularly care about the FairTax one way or the other? That guy (or gal) would likely have my vote… you can color me apathetic about the list of silly panderers who have announced so far.

  7. John Konop says:

    Buzz Brockway raised 1 million dollars at the PP happy hour party for his run for the gold of the 7th district U.S. House Seat. The money was pledged on the back of bar napkins and we may have made mathematical errors.

    But I did not see Buzz shake anyone down other than a free drink from Icarus. With the latest news I am sure all the candidates will be dropping out!

  8. Glen Ross says:

    Clay Cox needs to pump the brakes a little here. You have to actually put the gloves on before you can take them off.

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