No matter how you feel about the candidates in Georgia’s Ninth Congressional District, We are all ready for the race to be over. Unfortunately, we have more than 40 days ago, despite the runoff in the special election on Tuesday.
The national media has been watching this race closely since Tom Graves, a tea party endorsed candidate, and Lee Hawkins, who isn’t looking for their votes. The most recent article I’ve seen is from the Associated Press via the Washington Examiner.
The last paragraph of the article caught my eye:
“I don’t have the money to keep up with them,” Hawkins told one woman, referring to Graves and the Club For Growth. “I’ve been raising money in north Georgia, so I don’t have the big Washington bucks.”
While Lee Hawkins tries to play the victim, FEC records show that he has loaned his campaign $146,619.
I am in no way not trying to diminish Hawkins’ success and I have no problem with candidates being able to self-fund, but it’s laughable to claim poverty while he has put a sizable chunk of his own cash into his campaign coffers.
Here is what has really happened and why Lee Hawkins is whining. He expected to coast to a win because he is from Hall County, the largest county in the district. He thought he had the fundraising edge because of HIS special interest money from fellow dentists and personal wealth that he knew his leading opponent didn’t have.
But, he miscalculated that there were other conservative interests that would remember his history of what he did when he had the ability to direct special interest money to D.C. politicians.
Senator Hawkins, you’re answer below shows why you have no room to continue to whine about a group that has helped elect conservatives like Lynn Westmoreland and Paul Broun, while you were sending your money to Max Cleland and Greg Hecht.