There were a number of moments during Tuesday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the transparency failures of ObamaCare. Republican members took turns grilling Jonathan Gruber, the economist who worked with the Obama administration to craft the law, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administration Marilyn Tavenner.
Toward the end of the hearing, Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) got his chance to question Gruber, who has come under fire in recent weeks for calling voters “stupid” on a few different occasions. Unlike many of colleagues, Collins didn’t spend much his limited time grilling him. Instead, he spent under a minute with a short but pointed statement to Gruber.
Georgia’s 9th Congressional District runoff presents the two faces of the Republican Party and asks voters to choose.
On one hand is Doug Collins. Collins would fit right in with the Congressional Republicans who raised the debt ceiling on the promise of spending cuts and then weaseled out of the cuts. He’d fit right in with a GOP that gives lip to repealing Obamacare, but is actually too scared of picking a fight on defunding it.
Doug Collins was an inconsequential legislator in the Georgia General Assembly whose only question when asked by Republican Leaders to jump was “how high?” He supported the largest tax increase in Georgia history, the T-SPLOST, but, like Lee Anderson running in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, lacked the testicular fortitude to actually vote for the tax increase himself. Instead, he sent it off to voters telling them the legislature would punish them if they didn’t vote to raise their own taxes.
This is the second time Collins did this. The first time was with trauma funding. Doug Collins is not afraid to be a big spender or a big taxer, but is too chicken to man up and take responsibility himself for the consequences of his policy choices.
Then there is Martha Zoller. Martha is supported by Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, various tea party groups, and me. She’s been a talk radio host in North Georgia who, like me, has been just as willing to take on Republicans as she has Democrats.
Doug Collins is beating the stew out of Martha, taking her words out of context, and distorting her record as a way to distract from his. I want you to support Martha Zoller because, unlike Doug Collins, we won’t ever have to worry about lobbying Martha to be with us once she gets to Congress.
The runoff election in Georgia is August 21st and Martha is seriously going to need our help. Make a donation as soon as you can.
His Presidential Campaign may be “suspended”, but Herman Cain has made it clear he will not be leaving political activism. Today, the campaign for Martha Zoller has announced that Cain will headline an event they will be hosting on January 28th at the Gainesville Civic Center.
“We are thrilled to have Herman Cain join us in Gainesville for this important and timely rally,” said Martha Zoller, in a statement issued to the press. “Like Herman, I believe that we need to completely transform the U.S. Tax Code, restore common sense and accountability in government, and end ‘business as usual’ in Washington. It is an honor to have Herman support my campaign for Congress and I look forward to sharing the stage with such a remarkable leader again.”
Zoller is seeking Georgia’s open 9th Congressional seat which leans heavily Republican. Other announced candidates include state Representative Doug Collins of Gainesville, and Jackson County Commissioner Hunter Bicknell.
And so, it begins.
Now that Congressional maps have been passed by the General Assembly, Doug Collins unofficial candidacy for the “new” 9th Congressional district is now an offical campaign. His full press release is as follows:
State Rep. Doug Collins Announces Run For Congress
Gainesville, GA – State Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville) has declared his candidacy for United States Congress in Georgia’s newly created 9th Congressional District.
“Today I am announcing my plans to run for congress in the new 9th, an open seat that was created as a result of Georgia gaining a district after the 2010 decennial Census. Our country is truly at a crossroads and we need bold conservative leadership to get us back on track. All throughout my adult life I have worked hard to solve problems and make my community a better place. My wife Lisa and I are blessed to have three wonderful children: Jordan, Copelan, and Cameron. I don’t want them to look back twenty years from now and ask their dad why he didn’t do anything to stop the mess that they will no doubt inherit. I very much look forward to visiting every county in the district as I seek to represent the people of north Georgia and their values in Washington.”
Rep. Collins represents the 27th house district, which includes portions of Hall, Lumpkin, and White counties. A former small business owner, Doug currently practices law in Gainesville while serving as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves. Doug also served one combat tour in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is currently serving his third term in the Georgia House and was named one of Governor Deal’s Floor Leaders in January. Doug and his wife Lisa, a school teacher, have been married 23 years and have three children; a daughter, Jordan, 19 and two boys, Copelan, 15, and Cameron, 12. They are members of Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville.