Westmoreland Endorses Graves in Runoff Election

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(RANGER, GA) – On the heels of Tuesday night’s first place finish in the Special General Election, Republican Tom Graves, the leading conservative candidate for Georgia’s 9th Congressional District, was endorsed today by fellow Georgian, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.

“With his tested, proven, conservative leadership, Tom is the kind of leader we need in Washington,” said Congressman Westmoreland. “I know Tom well.  I recruited him to run for the State House in 2002 and he has a great track record of hard work in the Georgia General Assembly.   Like me, Tom is passionate about job creation, cutting taxes and promoting free market and private enterprise.   His unapologetic conservative philosophy will be a benefit to all Georgians in Washington and I look forward to serving with him once again.”

The two conservatives served in the Georgia House of Representatives together until Westmoreland was elected to Congress in 2004.

Graves earned 35.4 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Special General Election which sent him into an expected June 8th Special General Election Runoff.  Winning 11 of the 15 counties and taking a close second place in the remaining four counties in Georgia’s 9th District, Graves leads his runoff opponent by 12 points heading into June 8th.

“It is an honor and a privilege to receive Congressman Westmoreland’s support,” said Graves. “He is a principled, conservative leader who passionately defends our Georgia values in Congress.  His support of our campaign is a big boost and I am proud to count him as our newest GA-9 Freedom Fighter.”

Graves was one of eight candidates in the May 11 special election in North Georgia. He credits his momentum and lead to his strong grassroots effort which involved making 11,403 calls and knocking on over 5,000 doors.

Graves represented the 12th House District from 2003 until March 23, 2010.  Graves announced last May that he would seek the 9th District Congressional seat that was vacated by Congressman Nathan Deal, who is running for Governor.

For more information, please visit www.GravesForCongress.org.

38 comments

    • Joshua Morris says:

      So one of Capitol Strategy Group’s clients endorses another. Some way to build momentum–through a lobbying firm’s client list.

  1. HowardRoark says:

    Has Tarvin announced his intentions in this race yet? Sticking around until July or no?

    • Gary Cooper says:

      His campaign manager was quoted in the Gainesville Times as him focusing on beating the two remaining candidates in the July primary.

      • Jim Bob says:

        Certainly wouldn’t be Karen “Come save me Tom Price from the conservatives” Handel….

      • Dave Bearse says:

        I’m not all that familiar with tradition and practice as it concerns addressing Senators or Congressional Representatives that are no longer in offce, but shouldn’t it be “former Congressman Deal”?

        Would anyone care to enlighten?

        • Lady Thinker says:

          DB,

          You are correct but some people don’t want to think of him in the past tense.

          • Doug Grammer says:

            I’ve always thought that after a certain level, even if you are no longer in office that you could still use and be addressed by a title. Ambassadors, Secretaries, Presidents, keep them; I’d just assume it would apply to Congressmen as well. If someone wants to look it up, and can show that the former title does not apply, I will start referring to them as Mr. Deal, Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Handel, Mr. McBerry, Sen. Chapman, and Com. Oxendine.

            • ByteMe says:

              Pretty sure you get to keep any titles you earned long after you stop using them. E.g., you’re still “Doctor James” even after you stop practicing medicine. And it’s still Senator or Governor Miller even now, although in introductions, most people will put it into context.

  2. hannah says:

    Perhaps some translation is in order:

    “With his tested, proven, conservative leadership, Tom is the kind of leader we need in Washington,”
    conservative = maintain the status quo — i.e. we need a leader in Washington who’s going nowhere.

    “I know Tom well. ”
    That’s doubtful. Conservatives tend to be lacking in both self-knowledge and situational awareness, conditions that are not affected by the passage of time.

    ” I recruited him to run for the State House in 2002 and he has a great track record of hard work in the Georgia General Assembly.”

    Tom does what he’s told — i.e. nothing to upset the status quo. Obstruction is hard.

    ” Like me, Tom is passionate about job creation, cutting taxes and promoting free market and private enterprise.”
    Passion rules the instinct-driven and accomplishes nothing. This is a good thing since none of the enumerated activities are what the agents of government are supposed to be focused on. An agenda that aims to manipulate money and men is designed to fail, a prelude to “try and try again.”

    “His unapologetic conservative philosophy”
    He’s proud to adhere to the status quo, a characteristic that’s appealing to people afraid of what the future holds.

    “will be a benefit to all Georgians in Washington”
    Sometimes the subconscious speaks the truth. Conservative leadership not only goes nowhere; its aim is to benefit the crony clique. Subtext to the electorate — screw you.

    ” and I look forward to serving with him once again.”

    There you have it, the recipe for stagnation–going back to the future to evade the inevitability of change. Some people find that reassuring.

    • Jason says:

      conservative = maintain the status quo — i.e. we need a leader in Washington who’s going nowhere.

      So, you do know that Democrats have controlled Congress for almost four years, right?

    • I Am Jacks Post says:

      Remember, last week Hannah said that the Club for Growth attacked Mike Huckabee in 08 because they actually wanted him to win. So, you know . . . process her post through that lens.

    • AlanR says:

      Hannah:

      I still don’t know what Tom Graves does for a living, but I know what he’s done as a member of the legislature.

      And you obviously do not. Anyone who has his office furniture removed from his capital office and hauled to a little office across the street by his Speaker is not about the status quo.

      Deconstruct that. And also take a look at Graves record.

    • debbie0040 says:

      Hannah, what have you been smoking? You are the one that doesn’t have a clue. To actually be able to spout off the load of crap you just did, you are either a Hawkins consultant or you have been smoking something really strong. I don’t believe you are a woman either. You really need to do a much better job trying to portray yourself as a woman next time….

  3. drdjm says:

    Having just finished some work up at Brookings – yes, I felt like a “Stranger in a Strange Land” – it is usual and customary to address someone by their highest obtained elected office, even if there would be a more appropriate moniker. Hence, “Senator Santorum”, rather than “former Senator Santorum” and “President Carter” rather than “bubba”.

    • BuckheadConservative says:

      “President Carter rather than bubba”

      Or as he is more commonly known, “that senile old man on the MARTA bus ranting about the Jews.”

  4. Brave New World says:

    Congressman Broun and Representative Graves have both run against the political bosses as reform candidates. As they speak, their allegiance to the Constitution and its faith based principles is a loyalty that gains respect.

    Whitehead and Hawkins both ran on the “I’m from here” platform, and both of their political careers are over. This is the wrong time economically and politically to criticize JOBS Act, CFG, and Tom’s loyalty to his constituents against Speaker Richardson.

    Whitehead’s friends from church told me that he would not come out of his house for several months. His wife went to get the groceries. He was so embarrassed that he did want people to see his face in Columbia County and the Greater Augusta Area.

    Same thing for Hawkins over the next few weeks. He is going to have a very hard time gaining any ground in Hall County when everyone knows that he just got a serious beat down by this guy from a one horse town on the edge of the district with hardly any voters in it.

    Hawkins didn’t even get 50% of his own county? Seriously? How can he speak to Hall County voters with any honor, and tell them that he is going to win. Graves beat Hawkins in ALL of the other counties? The writing is on the wall.

    I say this one is in the bag. Hawkins knows it too. Expect Hawkins to start throwing mud like crazy. From the beginning, all he had was the geographic “I’m from here” NO PRINCIPLES. The people of North GA do not want Hawkins or Whitehead, or any of these other politicians who think that their county club republicans are going to beat the pick up driving joe six pack republicans.

    Hawkins doesnt speak our language, neither did Whitehead. Their political careers are over.

    It must be really painful for Jim Whitehead to spend $1 M, Hawkins to spend $700,000, and only receive the most humiliating experience in their lives, and political suicide.

    I should have offered them each a much sweeter deal: Give me all of your money, allow me to kick you in the testicles, and you will walk away feeling like a champ, compared to your defeat.

    Yours truly,
    Sign Guy

  5. Doug Grammer says:

    “Tom does what he’s told — i.e. nothing to upset the status quo. Obstruction is hard.”

    Hannah,

    You make me laugh.

  6. Icarus says:

    After review by the judges, we removed a comment by “TrueSouthernConservative” above, and he will probably no longer be posting with us in the future.

    As is an unfortunate side effect of WordPress, the comments that follow will most likely be in order they are posted, without regard to whether they were a reply to a specific post or not.

  7. ByteMe says:

    Should have left the comment in place like a shrunken head on a post in the middle of a forest that implies to everyone that sees it: “Hey Stupid, don’t go here!”

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