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Brad Hughes Announces Campaign for State Senate District 11

Conservative Leader Brad Hughes Announces Campaign for State Senate District 11, Pledges Bold, Conservative Leadership at State Capitol

Conservative Republican grassroots leader Brad Hughes announced today that he will run in the special election on January 8th as a Republican candidate for State Senate District 11. District 11 covers Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Seminole, and parts of Mitchell and Thomas Counties.

“After much encouragement and prayerful consideration, I am announcing my candidacy for the 11th Senate District of Georgia. I am running because our South Georgia families and farmers need a bold voice for our conservative values, for limited government, and for our way of life in the Senate.”

Hughes, who worked for Secretary of State Brian Kemp in the State Capitol, resigned his post on Friday to prepare for the race.

“While I will work hard to continue his legacy, no one can fill the shoes of Senator John Bulloch. He is a larger than life figure whose starched blue jeans and cowboy boots, coupled with his South Georgia no nonsense approach, makes him an unmatched fixture in the General Assembly. Though I may not perfectly match those attributes, I am committed to replicate the Senator’s leadership and conservative ideals.”

Hughes is known in political circles for his conservative values. He believes in a strict interpretation of the Constitution and Federalist approach to a strong state government. He is unapologetically pro-life and pro-family.

“Along with my conservative approach, I am also extremely committed to strong ethics reform. Georgians have made their voices clear, and District 11 doesn’t need any career politicians who love the lobbyist funded entertainment culture.”

“I humbly ask for the vote of every person in District 11 with the pledge to always do what is best for them.”

Brad Hughes was raised in Blakely, Georgia and graduated from Early County High School. He holds degrees from The Baptist College of Florida and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as an assistant to State Representatives Kevin Cooke and Delvis Dutton and is immediate past Chairman of the 2nd Congressional District Republican Party. In 2006, Hughes was the Republican nominee for US Congress in the 2nd District. Most recently, He served in the Office of Secretary of State Brian Kemp.


Feds Sue Former Candidate Michael Rothenberg for Securities Fraud

The AJC reports today on a lawsuit by the Securities and Exchange Commission against Michael Rothenberg, who ran unsuccessfully for DeKalb Superior Court in 2010.

The SEC complaint appears to originate with the same transaction that birthed a federal lawsuit against Rothenberg just before the December 2011 runoff election.

The SEC alleges that Rothenberg transferred $169,o00 of money from defrauded investors to his campaign account. In November, the Fulton Daily Report noted Rothenberg denying having transferred the funds in questions to his campaign.

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Porter responds

DuBose Porter, Georgia House Minority Leader and candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor, has responded to my post from earlier today, explaining the decision not to run someone against Glenn Richardson for Speaker.

As the Minority Leader, it was my role to second the acclamation, as we, the Democratic Caucus, had voted to do so. Previously, and at every other opportunity, we had put up a protest candidate, which had resulted in nothing. We felt it would show Georgia that we were the party ready to do the real work for the people during the financial crisis. And, with Glenn in that position, we felt there was a better chance the corruption would come to light sooner rather than later, as it has. This was a direct benefit to Georgia’s citizens.

I can see how, without knowledge of the caucus meeting prior to the acclamation, one would not have known that this decision was enacted by me at the request of the Democratic Caucus. Without that knowledge I agree it would have seemed in contrast to my very long fight against corruption and the Hawk system. I hope this resolves your questions. If you looked further down the transcript from that day you will see where I voted against the rules and voiced, once again, opposition to the Hawks.
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Weathering the storm, uniting the caucus and conservative principles

The following was sent to the House Republican Caucus and Peach Pundit by Rep. John Lunsford (R-McDonough).

Since being elected to the House in 2000, I have had two goals. The first was to establish and maintain a majority to better represent my constituents and the other people of Georgia. The second was to create unity within our caucus to be able to ratify legislatively the Conservative values that motivated me to run in the first place. To a large extent, we have accomplished this goal as a caucus by providing tax cuts, passing tort reform, reducing the size of state government, enhancing public safety and crafting many other important measures that have improved the lives of all Georgians.

Now, however, our Caucus faces an unprecedented challenge. When confronted by this situation, I determined that the best way for us to move forward as a caucus was to reaffirm our leadership whoever that might be, while at the same time maintaining the solidarity necessary to continue to accomplish our goals.

After much thought, prayer and discussion with my colleagues, I decided that offering a petition in last week’s meeting was not only the best course of action, but also the only way to ensure that we enter the 2010 session strong, unified and energized. Many advised me against taking this course, arguing that it would hurt my chances at becoming Majority Whip. I told them, as I explain to you now, that my desire to serve as Whip pales in comparison to maintaining our majority.
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