Confirmed: Pennington To Run for Governor

Well, yesterday’s speculation is today’s fact -Dalton Mayor David Pennington has filed paperwork and will campaign to become Georgia’s Republican nominee for Governor.

Your move, windmills.

Full release below the fold.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 9, 2013

CONTACT: Michael Mule’, 404-334-7111 or [email protected]

Pennington Takes First Steps in Republican Campaign for Georgia Governor

Dalton, GA – A job-creating businessman and Mayor of Dalton, Georgia – David Pennington has taken the first steps in his campaign for Governor of Georgia.  Pennington, a Republican, filed the necessary paperwork to begin his campaign for the GOP nomination.

David Pennington is also launching an initial website:, which contains links to his social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Pennington expects to make a full formal announcement later in the campaign.

“Georgia citizens’ incomes are ranked down where they were in 1979. Georgia has trailed the nation in economic performance, with the national economy growing 71% faster than ours for much of the last decade,” Pennington states on the site.  David added, “Our leadership is failing us … We need ethical leadership that will focus on job creation, not scoring political points.  We need a proven, job-creating businessman to take the reins.”

Pennington’s biography found on the site outlines his background and key concerns, as he takes his first steps in the race.

Under David’s leadership in Dalton – general property taxes have been reduced 28%; general fund spending has been reduced 19%; and the general fund surplus has been increased over 50%. To encourage entrepreneurship – business license fees have been reduced by up to 50%, and the permitting process streamlined to shorten the time to begin doing business.

David notes that, as a principled conservative, he has a “disdain for those who would hide behind a party label to raise taxes or increase wasteful government spending.”

On job creation – David also notes that, “as an economics major and graduate from the University of Georgia, he has seen that job creation is not just about what is done on the local level but is also heavily influenced by what happens in the state capital.”

He encourages the media and Georgia citizens to read the full biography to understand his background.

“Today, I am taking the first steps in this race,” said Pennington, “I look forward to growing my campaign, to making a formal announcement in the future, and to bringing real leadership to the Governor’s office that will improve our economy, improve management of our budget, promote our values, and return Georgia to greatness.”




  1. Zach Louis says:

    Like how the release starts with a “job-creating businessman”, doesn’t Dalton have one of the highest unemployment rates in the state for its size?

  2. xdog says:

    This is just a matter of positioning and getting his name out, right? Isakson’s probably gone in 2016 and Deal will cash in after 2018.

    • sockpuppet says:

      The way to get your name out there isn’t to politically wound and potentially torpedo your vulnerable sitting governor.
      A) Pennington would be a much less desirable nominee were he to actually win because he is further to the right, has less name recognition, is from a small city in a sparsely populated area of the state, has no record of accomplishment to point to (Dalton isn’t exactly an economic powerhouse or free from crime due to his efforts), and is an insurance salesmen in a state where the insurance industry is notorious and reviled.
      B) There is a chance – a small one but still a chance – that Pennington could lose the nomination but then cause enough harm to deal that he loses the race.
      C) The biggest and most likely worry: Deal beats Pennington and wins re-election, but does so narrowly after a dirty, divisive primary and general election that leaves him diminished in the eyes of voters, and therefore makes it more difficult to unite the GOP and intimidate the Dems into going along with and enacting his agenda. Deal kind of had that problem with his first year in office. It took a string of hard-fought legislative victories on tough issues and unexpected help from the other side of the aisle (Stacey Abrams in the legislature, Kasim Reed, and DeKalb County politicians/activists to pretty much acquiesce to his school board decisions) for him to get going.

      Now Deal finally has momentum, clout and popularity to leverage into enacting an agenda, including things that may be divisive or unpopular, and there is a lot to be done: the Savannah port, transportation, education, tax reform, energy (the Georgia Power monopoly and the cost overruns at the nuclear plants and the solar power issue needs to be addressed) etc. The last thing is the party needs is for a primary challenge to wound him so badly that his second term is Sonny Perdue 2.0, because if that happens then the general ineffectiveness of the last 2 GOP governors in a row plus demographic changes would practically ensure a Democratic governor in 2018.

      Pennington is likely just doing this because he is sick of being a small town mayor, which is all the more reason not to support him.

      • xdog says:

        Or Pennington mounts a decent campaign that focuses on the issues and avoids personal attacks as much as possible in a goper primary these days. He loses but gains experience and contacts and respect for his style and substance. Who knows? Barring major scandal, say criminal indictments in the Deal camp, I don’t see him winning but I see more upside than down.

        I don’t know much about him and it doesn’t sound like you do either, so why the disdain? He’s certainly not the only small town mayor who’s sick of the job. Even if he runs a tough race he won’t turn the state over to the donks who lack essentials like money, candidates, and a clue.

      • drjay says:

        not that i am comparing pennington to mcberry–but he primaried sonny in 06, got 11% or so in july and did not seem to have any neg affect on sonny when he drubbed taylor in november…

      • sockpuppet says:

        @David Staples:

        The place to start out isn’t challenging a potentially vulnerable sitting governor in a primary and having no concrete issues with the governor’s performance as justification for doing so. And it definitely isn’t doing the opposition research and mud-flinging that the Democratic nominee will just be able to regurgitate in the fall election. Bill Clinton’s doing that to Bob Dole, using a primary opponent’s charge that he was the tax collector for the welfare state, was classic, but I don’t think that the RPoG is interested in reruns.

  3. Will Durant says:

    Never say never in politics. I still remember my father’s belly laugh when Jimmy Carter announced for the presidency.

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