David Schwarz Out Of GA CD-1 Race

The Savannah Morning News is reporting that David Schwarz is ending his campaign to replace Jack Kingston in congress:

David Schwarz is suspending his campaign to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, in the House of Representatives.

“This was a very hard decision for me, because I truly feel that given my background and perspective, I could make a real difference and be a strong voice fighting for the citizens of the 1st District of Georgia in Congress at this critical time in our national history,” Schwarz said Monday in a news release.

Schwarz, 38, served three years as an adviser to Kingston in Washington, D.C., and is a founder and managing partner of Pier Strategies. He announced his candidacy in May.

I will go ahead and say that Senator Buddy Carter is the likely front-runner in this race, if for no other reason to once again demonstrate that Jeff Chapman has more supporters in the comments section here than he is usually able to muster at the polls.  Also announced for the race are Dr. Bob “It’s not a day until I send out a press release” Johnson and Darwin “I can’t wait to be on a ballot with Paul Broun” Carter.


  1. Bill Dawers says:

    I was pretty surprised by this development.

    Here’s the full statement from Schwarz by Abshire Public Relations:

    “Dear Friends and Supporters,

    After much contemplation and prayer, I have decided to suspend my congressional
    campaign. This was a very hard decision for me, because I truly feel that given my
    background and perspective, I could make a real difference and be a strong voice fighting
    for the citizens of the First District of Georgia in Congress at this critical time in our
    national history.

    I knew that as a first time candidate at 38, the race would be challenging, and since
    entering the race months ago in an official exploratory committee phase, and then as a
    candidate, I could not have worked harder to win this election. We had a tremendous
    outpouring of support across the board in our efforts — an ideas oriented campaign which
    matched, or beat, our opponents fundraising dollar for dollar, without “self-funding” and
    no loans and no debt, and a growing grassroots infrastructure we are very proud of.

    However, our campaign’s support is in so many ways rooted in deep relationships with
    other young families. For these young families, and for people of all ages, the economy is
    still far from recovered in South Georgia, and we saw this firsthand as we travelled the
    district and visited with constituents and small business owners.

    This is a very unique election cycle in Georgia history with so many races competing
    statewide and otherwise down ballot. I am not “self-funding” my campaign, so the
    immense cost of this congressional election would require me to continue to go back to
    families, who are being hit in every direction, asking them to gather more and more
    contributions. This is not something that my wife, Berkley, nor I feel comfortable with at
    this time in South Georgia.

    As such, this process of a modern congressional race, which began over one year away
    from the election date, has put a tremendous strain on me and my family as the parents of
    a new Kindergartner and a 3 year old. For all of these reasons, I feel it is best to follow my
    own advice at this time and put my family first.

    I do strongly believe our platform throughout this campaign – Next Generation Conservative
    Leadership — is the right message, and that the federal government needs to operate in a
    completely different way in order to advance the country.

    What our government has been doing clearly is not working, and we must change course
    in every way imaginable. Now more than ever, our country needs fresh perspectives
    amidst this very complex and different interconnected global economy with which we are

    By this, I mean that we must use innovative and creative strategies and more public-private
    partnerships in order to adapt to the 21st Century economy and reign in the out of control
    spending which is leveraging our kids’ future; and we need to meaningfully address the “kitchen
    table” issues of the rising basic fixed costs that Georgians are dealing with every single day.

    Therefore, I have decided that at no cost to our donors, our campaign’s existing database
    and social media network will be transformed into regular public policy updates for those
    in Georgia and beyond to help you stay informed and allow you to make your voices heard
    through various means.

    Berkley and I will also be turning our political focus to other important races this election
    cycle around Georgia, including the First District race of course, and trying to impact
    these in the most positive and productive way we know how.

    All of our campaign’s upcoming events for this quarter, including the five planned
    fundraisers across Chatham County and the district, have been cancelled effective
    immediately in order to save any additional campaign costs, and the remaining funds of
    David Schwarz For Congress will be returned to donors efficiently at no campaign postage

    My time in government service as an adviser to Congressman Jack Kingston and Berkley’s time
    on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Justice were some of the most rewarding days in our
    lives. While this might not be “my time” right now to reenter the public arena, I certainly hope to
    serve at some point in the future if it is meant to be.

    For now, I will continue working to better the community in which I live and to advocate for
    innovative public policy positions and economic development initiatives through a multifaceted
    effort of grassroots and public policy work and other initiatives focusing on new
    ideas and growing jobs and the economy.

    From the bottom of our hearts, Berkley and I want to thank all of you who have come out
    and supported us! It’s hard to explain to others I realize, but outside of getting married and
    having children, interacting with our citizenry in the raw democratic form of this campaign
    with so much at stake has truly been one of the most amazing experiences in my life to



  2. TheEiger says:

    Sounds like poor David caught wind that Jack is pulling out of the Senate race. Kingston knows he cannot win so he has decided to run for his House seat instead of getting third or fourth place in the Senate race. You heard it first here.

    • bulldawg11 says:

      That would make sense if he wasn’t raising a ton of money and packing events with volunteers.

      • TheEiger says:

        You mean PAC dollars that can transfer back to a House race and the college interns who are friends of the family that you call volunteers?

          • TheEiger says:

            20 college interns that travel across the state to stuff straw poll ballots is not the definition of a grassroots volunteer. You may want to pick better screen names in the future when working for a campaign. I kind of get the idea that you are one of the interns I’m talking about. 2011 UGA grad? You should just say you work for the campaign and here is why I’m supporting Jack. We would appreciate it.

            “What’s killing him?” A name ID North of I 20 that is closer to 0% rather than 50%.

            • bulldawg11 says:

              Yeah, I graduated in 2011 (congrats you cracked it) but don’t work for Kingston, the only candidate ive volunteered for in that race is Phil. Thanks for trying to be snarky.

              You come across as someone who just doesn’t like Kingston. He obviously knows his name ID coming in and has done nothing yet to promote himself so to say he’s throwing in the towel now is ridiculous.

    • drjay says:

      maybe, but that does not seem likely as a lot of the dominoes that would have to be stood back up include his brother in law running for the state senate seat being vacated by one of the guys running for the congressional seat–my guess with schwarz is you can take him at his word and he didn’t realize how much stuff was going to be involved in a run, or perhaps some support he was expecting has not or is not coming through for him making the race that much harder to run…

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