Two Republican candidates remain in the 7th Congressional District Race to replace John Linder: former minister and talk show host Jody Hice and former Linder Chief of Staff Rob Woodall. The winner will face Democrat Doug Heckman in November. Jody Hice gained a lot of free media over billboards he placed throughout the district asking: “Had Enough Of Obama’s Change?” The controversial aspect of the billboard was the “c” in “change” was replaced with a Soviet-era hammer and sickle.
Tim Bryant of WGUA in Athens interviewed both Hice and Woodall this week and the subject of the billboard came up. As you might imagine Hice and Woodall disagree about the appropriateness of the hammer and sickle (quote via the Political Insider).
“I make no bones about it. I respect the office of the president, but I make no bones about it – I do not respect the policies of this president, which are socialistic.
“We are watching this administration take over the health care industry, the banking industry, the student loan industry, the insurance industry, automobile — one part of the private sector after another.”
“It’s one of those sad things that happen when folks start to believe the end justifies the means.
7th District GOP candidate Rob Woodall
“I know that Jody’s a good man. I know his heart’s in the right place. And kicking sand like that is exactly the way to get elected in a Republican primary. I’m sure he had someone give him some very good advice….
“But the truth is that’s not how you get good policy passed in Washington. Kicking sand only gets you through the primary.
It doesn’t help you implement good policy for the country.
“So do I think that was a clever electoral ploy? Absolutely. I think he got out of it exactly what he wanted to get out of it. Do I think that’s going to hurt him, in terms of being taken seriously in the halls of Congress? Absolutely, I do.”
You can listen to both interviews here. Jody Hice on 7/29, and Rob Woodall on 7/29