Jim Galloway notes from fetchyournews.com that 9th congressional district candidate Doug Collins picked up a big endorsement today: Georgia House Speaker David Ralston. The Speaker’s backing isn’t surprising since the Speaker and Collins became friends while serving in the state house together:
Also remember that Ralston is somewhat indebted to Collins. Even though he was stationed in Iraq as a military chaplain at the time, Collins was one of the few House Republicans to stick his neck out for Ralston when the Blue Ridge lawmaker mounted a disastrous challenge to then Speaker Glenn Richardson.
The speaker said he usually does not get involved in other people’s races besides his own, adding that he has made very few exceptions over the years. However, he feels the Ninth District race is one of the most important races in this election cycle and that he believes in Collins.
“It’s going to take more than someone just talking about something up there…Doug has experience. He knows how to pass legislation; he knows how to get things done,”
Ralston explained. The speaker also said Collins has values and courage. Ralston and Collins served in the State House of Representatives for years, he said, where the two became friends. He asserted Collins is exactly the kind of person he wants representing him in Congress.
“I’m telling you, not how to vote,”
“but just to tell you that I’m going to vote and do everything I can do to elect Doug Collins to Congress.”