Maria Sheffield has now officially announced for Congress. In her announcement, she again criticizes Barrow for not living in the district. One that was specifically re-drawn for the second time in his career to separate his home from his would-be House constituents:
In 2012, we have a clear choice between my opponent, John Barrow, who is from Athens, lives in Savannah, and supports President Obama or myself with deep family roots in Laurens County…
Sheffield’s address during her Insurance Commission’s race was in Mableton Georgia, which is not near Savannah, Athens, Laurens County, or the 12th District, but apparently near enough to a decent sized reservoir of chutzpah.
Georgia law has no requirement that a candidate have legal residency in the Congressional District for which they are running, and Sheffield has every right to seek the seat, having previously run statewide.
That said, it’s disappointing to see her begin a campaign using the same consulting strategies and strategists that John Oxendine used to insult voters intelligence. I’m fairly certain that the voters of the 12th know who has lived in the district, and who has not.
Her full release follows:
I am Maria Sheffield. I am a Georgia Conservative and I am running for Congress.
I believe that the United States of America is the greatest nation in the history of the world. This belief is rooted in an understanding that the founding fathers were right: that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, that it is the responsibility of government to protect those rights and that liberty is best served when government is limited.
I support a future in keeping with our founding principles – a future built upon limited government, individual freedom, fiscal responsibility, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
I believe America must be vigilant and proactive in the war on terror and do all that we can in defense of freedom.
I believe in cutting government spending, balancing the federal budget and reducing the national debt.
I believe in growing the economy and creating jobs by cutting taxes, living within our means and getting the government out of the way of job creators.
I believe that economic activity should be organized through private enterprise operating in a free market.
I believe the primary function of government should be the preservation of liberty.
I stand as a true Reagan Conservative and will go to Congress as a Conservative leader..
The Obama-Barrow Agenda is a clear and present danger to the United States of America.
I have the experience to lead on stopping Obamacare, and I have the experience to lead on fighting for our small business owners and farmers against oppressive Obama-Barrow taxes and regulations.
Congressman Barrow has proudly proclaimed he is working “hand-in-hand” with President Obama. The taxpayers of Georgia’s 12th Congressional District need a Member of Congress who will work “hand-in-hand” with them and against President Obama’s efforts to destroy our free market economy and undermine individual liberty.
The taxpayers of Georgia’s 12th Congressional District need someone who will oppose Obamacare and President Obama’s attempts to destroy small business and farmers with burdensome regulations, expand the EPA and IRS, trample the Second and Tenth Amendments, and remove God and prayer from America while imperiling the United States military and the security of Israel.
Congressman John Barrow has demonstrated he is not that person.
The challenges facing America from the Obama-Barrow Agenda, which are moving the United States away from our proud traditions of Faith, Family, Freedom, and Capitalism and towards Socialism, are serious and real.
Regarding compromise on the budget; I believe compromise on the budget in Washington, D.C. is what got America into this economic mess. Americans are looking for transformational solutions not politics as usual.
While President Obama is looking for Members of Congress to say “yes” to his agenda, we need more Members of Congress who will say “no”. No to more government, no to bailouts, no to more stimulus money, and no to Obamacare.
We need members of Congress who will lead on issues, stand-up for the principles in which they believe and offer transformational solutions.
My fiscal philosophy: Spend less. Period.
America has crossed an unthinkable threshold: our national debt now exceeds $15 trillion dollars. That’s more than $48,000 per citizen. In 2009, President Obama promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. Instead, he further accelerated its growth, producing three years of record deficits.
The federal debt has risen $4.41 trillion under President Obama and Congressman John Barrow. Congress must take tax hikes off the table and start implementing additional tax cuts on our small business owners and farmers. We must cut the size and scope of the Federal government, not expand it.
It is time to cut taxes – not keep raising them – so that businesses can create jobs and get the economy moving again. It is time to reform our government so that it works for us – not against us.
We must shelve the nonsense and bring commonsense back to our regulatory agencies. And, just as important, it is time to renew those basic American values – the moral and spiritual principles – that made this country great in the first place.
Many think it will be easy to defeat Congressman John Barrow. It will not be. Congressman John Barrow has been working “hand-in-hand” with President Obama and will have the full support of the Obama political machine.
I am ready for the challenge, and I hope you will join me in this effort. We must get America back to traditional values and return the Federal Government to limited Constitutional functions.
If we do these things, it will unleash that great American entrepreneurial spirit you and I know so well – the type America saw under the leadership of President Ronald Reagan, and we will once again begin creating wealth and get our economy moving again.
As I build my campaign, I need your prayers and your help in the everyday things needed to win a campaign.
I am not a wealthy millionaire; nor do I come from a wealthy family. I must rely on the grassroots support of Liberty supporting taxpayers like you who share the same traditional Georgia values as I am willing to promote in Congress.
This election is about reviving the American Dream, the same one my parents and their parents before them realized for generations in Laurens County.
In 2012, we have a clear choice between my opponent, John Barrow, who is from Athens, lives in Savannah, and supports President Obama or myself with deep family roots in Laurens County and someone who opposes the liberal agenda of President Obama while supporting small businesses, farmers, and the traditional Georgia values of Faith, Family, and Freedom.