Ed Lindsey Enters Race For GA-11

April 11, 2013 8:33 am

by Charlie · 25 comments

Representative Ed Lindsey of Buckhead will join the race to replace Phil Gingrey in Georgia’s 11th Congressional district, reports Jon Gillooly of the Marietta Daily Journal:

State Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead), the state House Majority Whip, visited  Marietta on Wednesday to announce he is running for the seat soon to be vacated  by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta).

The 700,000-resident 11th  District stretches from Cartersville in Bartow County, through Cherokee County,  to west Cobb County including Acworth, Kennesaw, Marietta, Smyrna, and Vinings,  and finishes in Buckhead and the city of Sandy Springs.

The breakdown  is about 10 percent Bartow, 40 percent Cherokee, 40 percent west Cobb and 10  percent Fulton. Lindsey joins former congressman Bob Barr as the 11th District  candidates who have announced their campaigns to date.

Lindsey is currently the  House Majority Whip, leaving Speaker David Ralston with two upcoming leadership vacancies on his team.  Caucus Chairman Donna Sheldon announced her bid for Georgia’s 10th Congressional district on Tuesday.

Also expected to enter the contest for Georgia 11 is Tricia Pridemore, who announced her resignation from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development on Tuesday.  State Senator Judson Hill was last seen asking his mirror for advice on whether to enter the contest as well.

State Senator Barry Loudermilk has not tipped his hand as of yet to the timing of an announcement, but is largely considered to be an entrant and contender for this race.

tdk790 April 11, 2013 at 8:53 am

Best of luck to Mr. Lindsey.

Tyler April 11, 2013 at 9:10 am

I hope you win Rep. Lindsey. We need people of your caliber in DC. I’m just sad that Georgia misses out on a great Majority Whip!

oldman45 April 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

Ed is a great guy with a good head on his shoulders who has made a significant impact in the Georgia legislature. Good luck!

Baker April 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

Question: If Buckhead-based Lindsey leaves Gold Dome, does the door for Milton County swing further open? All the powerful Repubs in the Fulton delegation will be north of the river.

UpHere April 11, 2013 at 10:35 am

It would still require 120 votes even with Lindsey gone. That is just such a large threshold that I still don’t think it could pass.

Tiberius April 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Sadly Lindsey’s successor will face the same geographic pressures that Lindsey faces. That HD does not want Milton County.

fran millar April 11, 2013 at 11:35 am

Edward Lindsey is a class act and one of our more effective state legislators. He is a man of integrity and wisdom and will be greatly missed by all of us in the General Assembly.

DeacfromGA April 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Ed will be a great Congressman for District 11. Smart and politically savvy.

NorthGeorgiaGirl April 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Isn’t Sen. Loudermilk expected to announce his candidacy soon as well? This will be an interesting race.

Charlie April 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Yes, and I left out the line about him as I wrote this up before morning coffee.

Michael Silver April 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

This is an easy choice. Rep. Lindsey voted for this year’s HB512, the original truly pro-gun version. He’s earned my vote!

Loudermilk and Judson Hill both worked behind the scenes to kill HB512. In the Senate, they passed a worthless bill SB101 that would have no impact on the gun rights of Georgians. They also voted in the 2011 – 2012 session to exempt themselves, as legislators, from the carry laws that apply to us little people (see SB102 – Lines 60 – 63, http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20112012/SB/102). Loudermilk and Hill are hypocritical gun-banners. I hope future campaigns point that out (hint hint).

I hope Trisha aims for a different statewide office because I like both Rep. Lindsey and Trisha and know they’d do a great job in whatever office they pursue. I’d hate to have to choose.

Michael Silver April 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Wrong line citation …. it should be 695 and 696 which adds elected officials to the exemption list.

695 (15) All persons holding elected state or local offices in this state not otherwise covered
696 in this subsection”

mountainpass April 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Not doubting, just want to know what Hill did exactly. I know what Loudermilk, Ginn and Staton are guilty of ……

NorthGeorgiaGirl April 11, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Loudermilk did not sink the gun bill. He apparently worked until the last minute trying to get the bill to the floor. From what I am seeing, it looks like Gov. Deal and Lt. Gov. Cagle worked behind the scenes to kill it.

Why would Loudermilk kill a gun bill that had several provisions he had sponsored in it? Check his record overall and you will see that he is a strong defender of the 2nd amendment.

mountainpass April 11, 2013 at 9:42 pm

I have no idea why he wanted to sink it. He agreed to caucus the vote in conference committee. Once Staton was “sent south”(Rep Powell’s words) the caucus vote was lifted, but with less than an hour it didn’t matter, especially since rules couldn’t be suspended since Staton was gone the vote would come up short.

Anyway the first version Loudermilk signed(LC 29 5698ERS) https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/c0.0.403.403/p403x403/733981_10151501384995808_584282547_n.jpg allowed LE to demand a license of a gun toter(I thought Barry was a big constutional guy that’s a violation of the 4th). The house conferees did not sign that version(which BTW removed campus carry). http://i412.photobucket.com/albums/pp203/mountainpass/img010_zps3cd3c77e.jpg

Oh and when a Senator blames the house for killing it, remind them that SB101 was disagreed to by the Senate after passing through the House. If the Senate agreed it would be on Deal’s desk now.

NorthGeorgiaGirl April 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm

All I know is that I have been told by an eyewitness that Loudermilk was not the problem that night, but I was not there. Take it up the failure of the bill with Cagle, Deal, Staton and Ginn.

Loudermilk has always sponsored and voted for good gun legislation. There were two other senators on that conference committee, and recently reports about the Governor working behind the scenes to kill the bill because of campus carry have surfaced, so you can’t blame Loudermilk alone for the failure of the bill.

One thing I’ve learned in watching politics over the years, some people will twist things without regard for the truth and without asking the politicians in question in order to score a political point. I am confident that the truth of the matter will prevail in the end.

NorthGeorgiaGirl April 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

This thing needs an edit feature…take up the failure, not take it up…

Harry April 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

If Deal wants another term he’ll put his weight behind campus carry and tell the college presidents to jump in a lake.

Just sayin’.

NorthGeorgiaGirl April 11, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Deal could just get behind passing the conference committee report on the first day of next year’s session and the problem would be solved. It never came to the floor because of the timing, but since things carry over from this term to next year, it really isn’t even dead. It’s just on hold until next year.

Of course, if you believe that Cagle and Deal will allow the bill to come to the floor, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you…

mountainpass April 11, 2013 at 10:16 pm

It never had to come to the floor as I pointed out.
The Senate disagreed to SB101. Then took out campus carry and added a poison pill.

Michael Silver April 12, 2013 at 7:28 am

People serious about “shall not be infringed” and the right of self-defense should be vehemently opposed to the Conference Committee bill and to EVERY Senate Republican that tried to hoist this police state garbage on us.

For the first time in our state’s history, a mandated training requirement is being added to the law. For over 228 years Georgians did not have that burden, until this crop of Senate Republicans showed up.

The bill is the first step to a totalitarian state where Law Enforcement can stop anyone to ask for their “papers” without probable cause. Good bye to the 4th amendment.

Opt-In language is a cynical political ploy. Its designed to look good in campaign brochures but not change the criminal status of gun-toting. It’s a fiction with a dark side. The Senate Republican’s Opt-In would result in gun-toters being thrown in jail without warning, unlike the requirements of Criminal Trespass which has been used to ban guns on private property in Georgia for decades.

Senate Republicans Hill and Loudermilk had a hand in crafting the Conference Committee bill. Since they’ve expressed interest in higher office, their record of antagonism to Civil and Gun Rights should be exposed for all to see.

PS … If you ask around, you’ll learn Loudermilk’s gun bills aren’t drive by a desire to expand your rights, its driven by the desire to help a family member be employed as an armed security guard.

Noway April 12, 2013 at 8:55 am

All yall who are saying negative things about Loudermilk only need know, by his on admission, that his is the only soul in the senate pure enough to sponsor a senate apology for slavery. I mean is anything else reallllly important?

mountainpass April 11, 2013 at 10:13 pm

I didn’t blame him altogether, he was culpable as part of the problem. I found it disturbing he would be party to this but based on the amendment Mr Silver pointed out(of which I spoke to Ginn about at the time, and another senator that co-signed that amendment) it really didn’t surprise me.

Jawgadude April 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Bartow is about 15% of district – not 10%. Lindsey & Loudermilk both voted for the Internet tax bill last year. Thus I will vote for Barr.

Jane April 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Ed is a far right clone of Ralph Reed and Dan Becker.

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