The Republican primary in Georgia’s Seventh Congressional District is interesting to me for a few different reasons. You have the Washington insider (Rob Woodall), the establishment Republican (Clay Cox), the up-and-coming conservative (Chuck Efstration) and several neophytes.
As we’ve seen recently, State Rep. Clay Cox is waving the banner of the tea party movement. It’s not surprising. In a year where Republicans are poised to make gains, nearly every candidate is running to impress the various tea party groups that have sprung up across the nation, including here in Georgia. What is surprising is that he may actually get away with it.
When it comes to promoting limited government, lessening government intervention in the economy and cutting wasteful spending, Cox hasn’t exactly been a friend of the taxpayer.
Rep. Cox voted for every bloated budget submitted to the legislature by Gov. Sonny Perdue, which is why the cuts these past two sessions have been so difficult to deal with.
Despite the signing a pledge not to raise taxes and tea party movement’s opposition to fee increases, including the hospital bed tax, Rep. Cox voted for them. He even co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to place a tax on phones to fund trauma care in the state.
He also voted for a $25 billion statewide transportation sales tax in 2009. Since that didn’t make final passage, Cox voted for a different transportation tax measure this past session, which will likely be signed by Gov. Perdue. Rep. Cox also supported a resolution begging the federal government for an earmark for a wasteful pork project.
Judge a candidate’s credentials on the content of their record, not the allure of their rhetoric. Clay Cox may talk a great game, but once you take a deeper look, there is cause for concern.