Ya know – sometimes you just get a breath of fresh air. High five, Rep. Caldwell.
From the AJC Political Insider:
In an email sent last night, reader George Mortensen reported something strange and wonderful: A political candidate has written him a check.
Michael Caldwell of Woodstock is the young Republican – he was 23 as his campaign began — who ousted longtime state Rep. Charlice Byrd in the July primary, and in November defeated Democrat Lillian Burnaman.
I emailed Rep. Caldwell to tell him I thought it was simply a fantastic gesture, and he replied back:
I’m very proud to keep a campaign promise that I made early on and return my contributors’ unused funds. It is not my place to decide for them whether or not they will support my 2014 campaign simply because they contributed in 2012. I hope to earn their vote and support again, but I leave that decision to them.
Sometimes I believe the best way to see a change in our public officials is simply to set the example. That’s exactly what we’re working to do here with campaign finance in District 20. We’re showing it can be done, and I hope that others see the example and heed the call.
We’ll continue to campaign solely on funding from Georgia’s citizens and businesses, and we’ll return all unused funds after an election cycle. In my opinion, its a better way to campaign and will keep me accountable term to term.
Here’s a copy of the letter to George. Age doesn’t matter – get this guy on the Ethics Committee…