Since first running for office, I have followed a consistent style of leadership – I outline a series of promised goals, and after being elected, I deliver on those promises. It’s a simple path of leadership that is not always easy, but it is the right thing to do.
In 2002, I challenged a radical liberal State Senator in Athens in a race few thought could be won, because Roy Barnes and his grossly partisan redistricting had to be stopped.
The voters trusted me with their vote, and I became part of the new Republican majority in the Senate. I immediately got to work and in my first term passed more legislation than any other Republican Senator, including leadership, delivering on the promises I made.
This is the same kind of effective, honest leadership I have brought to the Secretary of State’s office. At the start of this campaign I outlined a plan to cut wasteful spending, stop voter fraud, encourage voter participation, and cut red tape that holds back Georgia’s businesses.
After being sworn in as Georgia’s second Republican Secretary of State, I got to work and delivered on these plans. In this legislative session alone, I accomplished the following:
ü Cut $2.9 million from the agency’s budget by streamlining operations.
ü Voluntarily took extra furlough days and cut my own pay.
ü Made it easier for Georgia’s 200,000 overseas and military personnel to vote.
ü Revamped the Corporations Division website to allow Corporate renewals and formations online.
ü Supported legislation to review regularly the effectiveness of all regulatory boards.
ü Launched the official Cut The Red Tape website to solicit ideas on reducing bureaucratic obstacles to small businesses.
ü Fighting the Obama Justice Department in federal court to ensure all new registered voters are US citizens.
ü Launched a new Stop Voter Fraud website to allow Georgians to report questionable election activity.
ü Launched our new MVP website to help better inform voters before election day.
Throughout this campaign, I have talked about these issues while my opponent’s campaign has slowly spiraled out of control with false and hypocritical attacks. In large part I have ignored them, but the time has come to set the record straight.
I am proud to have accepted the Governor’s appointment because it offered a head start to implement the policy goals that I have advocated since starting this campaign. Doug MacGinnitie would have done the same.
Anyone running for an office who says he would not accept an appointment to that office is lying to you and proving he will literally say or do anything to win.
Doug hypocritically attacks me for receiving contributions from lobbyists when he has done the same and even had lobbyists as consultants running his campaign.
The AJC Political Fact Check denounced his ‘career politician’ attack as outright false.
Doug crossed the line of honorable conduct with false stories about wounded soldiers to make points about Georgia that simply are not true. A decorated Vietnam veteran who earned a Purple Heart called it “disgraceful and insulting, an embarrassment to all Republicans”.
The adage that past actions are often the best indicator of future behavior is very appropriate in this election.
My opponent has absolutely no track record of delivering on the principles he now says he supports. He has a disturbingly poor record of voting. He did not bother to vote in the referendum that created Sandy Springs. Nor has he bothered to vote in Republican primaries for state offices in almost 20 years leading up to 2008.
Georgia deserves better than Doug’s hypocrisy, false attacks and ridiculous grandstanding.
I recognize that many on this blog are open supporters of my opponent and do not care for Governor Perdue; however, I submitted this post to urge you to look to the future.
The page of Georgia’s history is about to turn, and conservatives must look to how we will govern as we move forward. If we allow the disagreements of the past to become blind hatred, it only undermines our shared cause of liberty.
The cause of liberty is not an argument about the past. It is a relentless struggle to build a better, freer future. That future needs conservative leaders who are tested and trusted.
That is what I represent and that is the proven leadership I will continue to provide as Secretary of State.
For all who read this, I ask for and hope to earn your vote. I appreciate your consideration.
Brian P. Kemp
Secretary of State of Georgia