Ray McKinney has officially announced that he will enter the competition to take down John Barrow in the 12th Congressional District. Ray started his career in politics a couple of years ago out of frustration with the status quo, and was perhaps a year ahead of the Tea Party sentiment.
This time around, Ray appears to be gathering a bit of a coalition behind him and based on conversations with a few of my contacts from “down there”, he may quickly emerge as the front runner in this contest.
Full press release after the jump.
(Lyons, GA) – Pointing to the need for new leadership in Washington that will work for new jobs and rollback the government hijacking of the American economy, nuclear power manager Ray McKinney (R-Lyons) announced he has filed with the Federal Elections Commission as a candidate for Congress. He is seeking the 12th District seat currently held by Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah).
“Nancy Pelosi and her cronies in Washington rammed through a pork-laden stimulus package, multibillion dollar bailouts, and now a very unpopular government takeover of our healthcare system,” said McKinney. “Ninety percent of Obama Care needs to be repealed and replaced with free market solutions to health care.”
McKinney dubs the new health care law a disaster for American families and businesses. “Ninety-percent of it needs to be repealed” said McKinney. “The new health care law contains $500 billion in new taxes that will kill jobs, imposes half a trillion dollars in Medicare cuts, and adds 31 million people to a major new entitlement program that will bankrupt the country. I will work tirelessly to repeal the onerous sections of the law – Congressman Barrow won’t.”
McKinney says America needs a new industrial revolution and economic climate that will create free market jobs.
“Many employers have held back hiring and expansion because of the threat of new taxes, new regulation, and higher health care costs,” said McKinney. “That has to change, and as your Congressman, I’ll work for that change.”
McKinney said he made the decision to run at the urging of Republicans and Independents around the district. “I’m receiving contributions and pledges from supporters and expect to have around $100,000 cash on hand by week’s end,” said McKinney. “We believe the 12th District voters are ready to be represented by an ‘ordinary Joe,’ not a professional politician who brags about bringing pork projects to the district – someone who will work for more jobs, not more government.”
McKinney, who was a GOP candidate in 2008, was a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention and currently sits on the Georgia Republican State Committee. A native of Effingham County, McKinney is a former Savannah/West Chatham resident who now lives in the Lyons area.