State of Georgia Archives: on Principles & Values


Vernon Jones: Black voters would vote for David Duke if a Democrat

Jones connected David Duke to his string of thoughts while all but coming a hair short of calling Black Democratic Party voters inept when it comes to the civic process. "You know, David Duke today, someone Black folks see as a big Klansman, could run as a Democrat today and Black people would vote for him just because he has a D beside his name," Jones rattled off.
Source: Yahoo.com News on 2022 Georgia Governor race Apr 16, 2021

Latham Saddler: I will put Georgia first and keep America first

[On reasons for candidacy]: "I will put Georgia first and keep America first," he said. "I will not back down in the face of our enemies who seek to destroy us, or from those among us who seek to divide us. I'll fight for you with honor, hard work, respect and resilience because that's the American way." Saddler said he's running in part because he's concerned about China's growing influence and fearful that "our country is being undermined from within by a broken political system lacking authentic leadership."

"The most important thing we do as a country is restore national confidence and pride. My goal is to ignite the patriot in everyone I come across."

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2022 Georgia Senate race Apr 15, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene: To remove Pelosi: "Bullet to the head would be quicker"

Greene repeatedly indicated support for executing prominent Democratic politicians in 2018 and 2019 before being elected to Congress. In one post, from January 2019, Greene liked a comment that said "a bullet to the head would be quicker" to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In other posts, Greene liked comments about executing FBI agents who, in her eyes, were part of the "deep state" working against Trump.
Source: CNN K-File on 2021 Georgia House incumbent Jan 26, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene: 2018: Pelosi should be executed for treason

[In 2018, Greene said]: "She's a traitor to our country, she's guilty of treason," Greene says in the video, which she posted on Facebook at the time. "She took an oath to protect American citizens and uphold our laws. And she gives aid and comfort to our enemies who illegally invade our land. That's what treason is. And it's a crime punishable by death is what treason is. Nancy Pelosi is guilty of treason."
Source: CNN K-File on 2021 Georgia House incumbent Jan 26, 2021

Jon Ossoff: Parents' success helped me, I want to help others

Both of my parents were the first in their families to graduate college. My mother immigrated to this country alone as a young woman when she was 23 years old. And I'm grateful that their success allowed me, for example, to graduate college without debt, a privilege that so many Americans don't have, to pursue service in public service and as a journalist. And now I want to serve the state of Georgia in the U.S. Senate so that others can have the opportunities to pursue their dreams.
Source: CNN State of the Union on 2020 Georgia Senate race Jan 3, 2021

Jon Ossoff: Refusal to debate shows arrogance & sense of entitlement

[Upon Sen. David Perdue not showing up for the runoff debate]: "I regret that someone who is supposed to be a public servant didn't join us. I truly regret that we haven't had the opportunity to debate the issues, because the people deserve it," Ossoff said in his closing remarks.

"It shows an astonishing arrogance and sense of entitlement for Georgia's senior US senator to believe he shouldn't have to debate at a moment like this in our history," Ossoff said.

Source: The Independent on Senate Runoff:2020 Georgia Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: First in my family to graduate from college

Raphael Warnock: Here's a kid who grew up in public housing, I'm running against the wealthiest member of Congress.

Loeffler: I was born and raised on a farm. I grew up working in the fields. I waitressed my way through school and I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I worked hard to live the American dream and became a job creator right here in Georgia. The Democrats want to fundamentally change America and the agent of change is my opponent radical liberal Raphael Warnock.

Source: Senate Runoff: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: I'm a Christian: a person of deep faith

Raphael Warnock: Had Kelly Loeffler listened to the sermon, she wouldn't have used her advantage to make millions on a pandemic.

Loeffler: I'm a Christian, I'm a person of deep faith. I don't need a lecture from someone who has used the Bible to not only justify attacking our military. That's not in Matthew 6:24. It doesn't say you can't serve the military and God, but he's also used the Bible to justify abortion.

Source: Senate Runoff: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Conservative values matter: uphold the Constitution

Loeffler: Conservative values matter, to uphold the Constitution. Our freedoms are under attack in this country, religious freedom, the right to life, the Second Amendment. And that's what helps create opportunity for all Georgians to live freely. But my opponent, radical liberal Raphael Warnock, is a socialist. He supports policies that would grow our government, bankrupt hardworking families with high taxes. That's why I'm focused on helping every single Georgian succeed.
Source: Senate Runoff: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Raphael Warnock: My whole life is about service; Senate would continue that

Warnock: My whole life has been about service. It is why I entered into the ministry and I am running for the United States Senate as a continuation of that life project. This gives me an opportunity to work on the issues I've been working on for years. I grew up in public housing, the first college graduate in my family of 12 number. I'm 11 and if it were not for Pell Grants, low-interest student loans, I wouldn't be here. I know the importance of good federal policy.
Source: Senate Runoff: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Washington is not focused on ordinary people

Warnock: Here's a kid who grew up in public housing, I'm running for the Senate against the wealthiest member of Congress. Only in America is that possible. I am fighting to make sure that kids like me have access to the American dream that I believe so much in. I'm concerned that Washington is not focused on ordinary people. You can't tell the difference between Washington back rooms and corporate boardrooms. My opponent represents the worst of that kind of problem.
Source: Senate Runoff: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Have a moral foundation for everything that we do

Kelly Loeffler: Warnock said that you can't serve God and the military. He's used the Bible to justify these attacks.

Warnock: I was preaching from a very familiar Matthew text that says you can't serve God and Mammon. It was about a moral foundation for everything that we do. When you have everything in order, that actually makes you a better soldier. It also makes you a better Senator. Had Kelly Loeffler listened to the sermon, she wouldn't have used her advantage to make millions on a pandemic.

Source: Senate Runoff: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Raphael Warnock: I'm a Matthew 25 Christian: love your neighbor

Warnock: If you want to know who informs me and my sense of how we engage as people in the economic system you need look no further than Matthew 25, I'm a Matthew 25 Christian, that's what I am. I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was sick and you visited me. Love your neighbor, and for me that means you don't get rid of your neighbors healthcare particularly in the middle of a pandemic.
Source: Senate Runoff: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate debate Dec 6, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Standard for Senators higher than not being prosecuted

The standard for conduct for a US Senator needs to be higher than that he wasn't criminally prosecuted. This conduct is obviously deeply unethical and his lies all year, that he doesn't personally direct his stock trades, have been exposed as lies. We have to have a higher bar for those who represent us in office that they avoided indictment for conduct that is obviously unethical.
Source: Senate Runoff: 2020 Georgia Senate race press conference Nov 30, 2020

Jon Ossoff: On Day One, I'll place my stock portfolio in a blind trust

On day one, I will place my stock portfolio in a blind trust. Senator Perdue still refuses to give up control of his stock portfolio and he's been lying about his personal day-to-day control of that portfolio, because we now know that he's been personally directing stock trades. I'll introduce legislation to ban members of Congress from trading individual stocks. This is unethical, it's a huge conflict of interest. It's part of this deeper corruption in Washington that we have to root out.
Source: Senate Runoff: 2020 Georgia Senate race press conference Nov 30, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: WNBA players endorsing opponent is "cancel culture"

In 2010, Loeffler became a co-owner of the Atlanta Dream--the WNBA's Georgia-based team. The league's players openly endorsed her opponent in the middle of the season. Loeffler responded to the players' bold move of supporting her opponent by accusing them of being "more concerned with playing politics than basketball."

"This is just more proof that the out of control cancel culture wants to shut out anyone who disagrees with them," she added.

Source: Business Insider on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 6, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Donated maximum $2800 to Trump recount fund

When asked for a response to the president's statements about the election and Georgia's role in it, Sen. Kelly Loeffler's office directed media inquiries to the senator's Tweet, posted before he spoke at the White House, in which she said she is "praying for four more years of Donald Trump." The AJC has learned that Loeffler has also donated the maximum $2,800 contribution to the Trump campaign's "Recount Account," a fund designated for financing post-election recounts and election contests.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 5, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Atlanta's "most expensive real estate transaction ever"

[Called] "Descante," the 15,000-square-foot mansion that Loeffler and her husband bought in 2009 for $10.5 million, was the "most expensive real estate transaction ever in the city of Atlanta."

Here's how Atlanta magazine described "Descante," Modeled in the style of an old European estate, Descante is a stucco, steel, and limestone structure that boasts Versailles parquet in the dining room, a library with a secret passage to the living room, and a nineteenth-century pool house from France.

Source: Jezebel.com on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 5, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Criticizes "cultural elitism" of Hollywood

Despite his close ties to the entertainment industry, Ossoff decries the "cultural elitism" of Hollywood. "There is a sense in the rest of the country that some folks in Hollywood look down [on them] and that cultural elitism can be a distraction, and corrosive to the effort to build a broad coalition focused on improving our quality of life, solving our healthcare crisis and delivering investment and infrastructure," he told Variety.
Source: Fox News on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 4, 2020

David Perdue: COVID: Stock trades came under investigation

Perdue was one of a number of lawmakers whose stock trades came under fire early in the coronavirus pandemic. Records show that following a Jan. 24 Senate briefing on the threat of coronavirus, Perdue purchased somewhere between $63,000 and $245,000 worth of stock in Pfizer, a company now working to develop a coronavirus vaccine.

He made a number of purchases of stock in DuPont de Nemours, a chemical company that supplies personal protective equipment. One purchase on the same day as the members-only briefing was for $65,000.

Perdue said he was not involved in the trade. "I have had an outside professional that manages my personal finances and I'm not involved in the day-to-day," he said in a statement.

Source: Fox News on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Derrick Grayson: People free to worship or not; tax exempt status abolished

Q: Do you promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles?

A: Yes.

Q: What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

A: People are free to worship or not, as they choose, without government interference. Likewise, the tax exempt status for religious organizations must be abolished.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

Ed Tarver: Government and religion should not be intertwined

Q: What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

A: "Separation of church and state" is the principle that government and religion, including churches and religious organizations, should not be intertwined. Government is prohibited from interfering with an individual's right to practice religion. Churches and religions are precluded, by law, from endorsing candidates for political office and engaging in political campaign activity under the guise of a religious event or service.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

Shane Hazel: Individual right to beliefs, including spreading Gospel

Q: Do you promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles?

A: Yes.

Q: What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

A: It means each individual has a right to their beliefs, their life, liberty and property, as long as they are hurting nobody. And while we're separating the state from our private lives we should also separate the state from education and the market.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Valencia Stovall: Born-again believer in Jesus Christ

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values?

A: I am a born again believer in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son who died on the cross so we may all be saved. I believe God gives us all a choice and the government should be limited in its ability to interfere with that choice. We should strive to show the love of God in all of our actions and make sure we are always mindful of the poor, children and the elderly.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate Nov 3, 2020

David Perdue: Strong supporter of judges in the mold of Antonin Scalia

There is no greater supporter of Trump's transformation of the nation's judiciary than Perdue. He fought to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and will ensure that all future judicial nominees will also protect and defend the Constitution. Perdue has worked tirelessly to confirm judges in the mold of Antonin Scalia - conservatives who understand that their modest, but critical, role under the Constitution is to protect the American people from government overreach and mob rule.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 2, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Endorsed QAnon candidate for fighting "radical left"

Loeffler celebrated an endorsement from Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican congressional candidate who has voiced support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. The two appeared together at a campaign stop. The senator showered Greene with praise, calling her exemplary of "conservative values" and a warrior fighting the "radical left." "What impressed me with Kelly is I found out that she believes a lot of the same things that I believe," Greene said from behind a Loeffler campaign podium.
Source: Vanity Fair on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 29, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Multiracial coalition with shared values emerging

Republicans have tried to divide people along racial lines to prevent the emergence of a multiracial coalition that recognizes shared economic and health issues and shares a commitment to civil rights. It's a multiracial, multigenerational coalition with a shared sense of values that will carry us to victory.
Source: The Nation magazine on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 26, 2020

David Perdue: Mocked Kamala Harris's first name at Trump rally

Perdue took the opportunity to mock Sen. Kamala Harris's name. "The most insidious thing that Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden are trying to perpetrate, and Bernie, and Elizabeth, and KAH-mah-la, or Kah-MAH-la, or KAH-mah-la or Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know, whatever," he said. It's a move that framed Harris as someone who's different. "Senator Perdue simply mispronounced Senator Harris' name, and he didn't mean anything by it," said Perdue's campaign communications director, John Burke, in a tweet.
Source: Vox.com on 2020 Georgia Senate race Oct 18, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Youngest pastor to lead Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church

When he enrolled at Morehouse College, Reverend Warnock didn't know how he would pay the full tuition. With the help of low-interest student loans and Pell Grants Raphael graduated, earned a Ph.D., and was ordained in the ministry. Fourteen years ago, he was chosen to serve as Senior Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the former pulpit of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was the youngest pastor selected to serve in that leadership role at the historic church.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website WarnockForGeorgia.com Aug 18, 2020

Raphael Warnock: America at its highest: equal voting, health care, education

Those of us who believe in what America is at its highest, who believe in the American ideal of freedom, of "one person, one vote," those of us who believe in the dignity of our humanity and that that ought to be reflected in our public policy, which means that people ought to have access to healthcare, that children, regardless of their ZIP code, ought to have access to a quality education, and that everybody ought to be able to vote, it's up to us to stand in this moment.
Source: Democracy Now on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jul 29, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Dedicated my career to fighting corruption

Lobbying and political contributions should not buy bailout money, unfair subsidies, or impunity for labor and environmental abuses. I've dedicated my career to fighting corruption. I run a business that investigates bribery and the abuse of power worldwide. I'm not taking contributions from corporate PACs or Congressional lobbyists. As Georgia's Senator, I will be accountable exclusively to the people of our state.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

Jon Ossoff: His faith informs his approach to politics

Ossoff, who is Jewish, said that his faith informs his approach to politics. "The experience of persecution and flight and massacre of my ancestors," he said, "influences and strengthens my commitment to standing up alongside marginalized, dispossessed and persecuted people in solidarity with them to defend the human rights of all."
Source: The Jewish Insider on 2020 Georgia Senate race Jun 5, 2020

Matt Lieberman: Don't wait for a miracle; we must make changes

Lieberman said, "Being Jewish is not an issue. Sure, there's a small percentage of folks who are anti-Semitic and for whom it would be an issue. I wouldn't be counting on their votes anyway."

Lieberman said the "timeless lessons of our faith" have influenced his campaign. "As a Jew of post-Holocaust and post establishment of Israel, I know we're not supposed to wait for a miracle or change, but we're supposed to make change. We must do our best to make the world better."

Source: Atlanta Jewish Times on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race May 29, 2020

Allen Buckley: Absolute separation of church and state

Separation of church and state: Absolutely.

Abortion needs to remain a private matter without government funding. Given the facts that it is very hard to stop an abortion (i.e., policing-wise) and a person who is willing to have an abortion to prevent herself from being a mother, I believe the best government policy is to stay out.

Separation of church and state˙should be maximized.

Source: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate campaign BuckleyForSenate.org May 2, 2020

Raphael Warnock: 2008: Joined black pastors defending controversial sermons

Warnock's national profile grew when he joined a group of black pastors who defended a prominent Chicago pastor whose sermons became a flashpoint in Barack Obama's 2008 bid for president. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the no-holds-barred former senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, was known for his fiery, and some would say inflammatory, sermons. Warnock was among the religious leaders who said Wright had been taken out of context and misinterpreted by the mainstream.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Mar 2, 2020

Ed Tarver: In the Army, it was about serving "one nation"

Tarver kicked off his Senate bid with an˙online video that emphasized his military service as an Army captain and featured photos of the candidate with Obama, who chose Tarver to become southern Georgia's first African-American U.S. attorney. He pledged to work toward bipartisan solutions to improve access to health care and battle climate change. "In the Army, we were never asked if we were conservatives or liberals," Tarver said in a news release. "It was about serving one nation."
Source: Times Free Press on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Feb 20, 2020

Doug Collins: Impeachment smeared a president who put America first

He also mocked Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead House impeachment manager, for getting choked up toward the end of his closing argument, saying, "Adam Schiff getting emotional is a little bit farcical to me." Collins added, "if he wants to get emotional about something, get emotional about the fact that you have smeared a president who has done his job and put America first, in a position of world leadership, not the tearing down politically what you tried to do to him."
Source: Newsmax on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jan 26, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Will abide by Senate ethics rules, won't address conflicts

She faces questions about whether she'll serve on committees that oversee the financial industry or cast votes that could influence her husband's company or the Bakkt cryptocurrency firm she runs. Loeffler said she would abide by Senate ethics rules but would not say how she planned to manage her finances or whether she would sit out votes that could influence her business. Nor would she say whether she would pursue positions on committees that have oversight over the financial industry.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const.on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 10, 2019

Doug Collins: Impeachment started with tears in Brooklyn in 2016

On impeachment: "You know what's driving this? " Collins says. "Two things, it's called the clock and the calendar. They want to do it before the end of the year. Why? Because we're scared of the elections last year that we'll lose again. So we got to do this now. The clock and the calendar are what's driving impeachment. Not the facts,"

"It didn't start with Mueller, it didn't' start with a phone call--it started with tears in Brooklyn in November 2016," he says.

Source: ABC This Week interview: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 4, 2019

Stacey Abrams: Run for the job you want; I'm best on executive side

I think you run for the job you want. And you need to want to do the job when you have it. I am proud of my service in the state legislature. I am proud of the work that I was able to do as leader. I do not want to do that work again. My highest and best use, I believe, based on what I've been able to do for most of my life, I'm good at trying to fix things. I enjoy and I am best at the executive side of my job.
Source: National Press Club Remarks: 2022 Georgia Governor election Nov 15, 2019

Matt Lieberman: Will "err on the side of propriety"

Matt Lieberman promises there is a wall between his father's ZTE work [former Senator Joe Lieberman is a registered lobbyist for the Chinese telecom company ZTE Corporation] and his campaign advisory role. "If I am fortunate enough to be trusted with this Senate seat by the people of Georgia, I will, of course, abide stringently by all Senate ethics rules," he said. "If there's ever a gray area, I will err on the side of propriety."
Source: RollCall.com on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 21, 2019

Stacey Abrams: Prefers organizing systems for change to legislating

The Senate was not the right place for me. My bent for most of my adult life has been systems--figuring out how do you organize systems to create change, to structure and promote the ideals that I hold to be true. I've created organizations such as the New Georgia Project, and most recently Fair Fight Action and Fair Count, to tackle the issues that I see. And those tend to be more executive-level jobs. I've run organizations. I have been a part of managing teams.

Our responsibility is to always have a forward vision that assumes that we will be better than we were. That's been the experiment of the United States. Our national experiment has always been about recognizing that we make deeply, deeply flawed decisions, that we have been inhumane in ways that are a shame to our national history, but why we are who we are is that we confront those challenges and we try to improve.

Source: Council on Foreign Relations on 2022 Georgia Governor race May 10, 2019

Stacey Abrams: Election loss: Something being legal does not make it right

Abrams refused to describe her Republican opponent Brian Kemp as the legitimate new governor after acknowledging her defeat to him a day earlier. Abrams suggested voter suppression played a role in the state's gubernatorial election and described Kemp-- who was the Secretary of State during the race--only as the "legal" governor. "He is the person who won an adequate number of votes to become the governor" in accordance with the law, Abrams said. "Something being legal does not make it right."
Source: The Daily Beast on 2018 Georgia Governor race Nov 18, 2018

Ted Terry: Prefers evidence-based policy making

One of the things that bothers me a lot about our political system is that it's very ideological. When we look at evidence-based policy making, then you actually can find ways to compromise, because you're not basing it just on how you feel, you're basing it on what actually works. As a mayor, I actually have to solve problems. We actually have to deal with it at the ground level. Rhetoric and ideology will never solve these problems, it's actually trying something new and being innovative.
Source: CityLab blog on 2020 Georgia Senate race Aug 3, 2018

Casey Cagle: Protect student athletes' religious expression

I was proud to have supported Senate Bill 309, which simply states that high schools receiving state funding cannot participate in an athletic association that prohibits religious expression on students' clothing. This legislation ensures that our student athletes are protected from discrimination on religious grounds. I'm proud of the work we've done to protect Georgia's student athletes.
Source: 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial website CaseyCagle.com Sep 1, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Early campaign pledge: "Make Trump Furious"

One topic Ossoff diligently avoided: Trump. Ossoff jumped into the 6th District contest earlier with a pledge to "Make Trump Furious," but the 30-year-old political newcomer has since largely distanced himself from that rhetoric in a bid to win over independents and wobbly Republicans.

Overall, Republican Karen Handel aligned herself with the president when asked about the biggest items on his agenda, but she also indicated she wasn't afraid of disagreeing with him. She backed the Trump's proposal to temporarily block visitors from six primarily Muslim Middle East nations, but was also was critical of Trump's constant social media use.

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2017 Georgia House debate Jun 6, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Supported by national anti-Trump neophyte networks

Ossoff, one of 18 candidates on the special election ballot, was lifted from obscurity on a wave of local and national anti-Trump sentiment. He raised a jaw-dropping $8.3 million, more than quadruple the haul brought in by the next-best fund-raiser, the Republican Dan Moody. Much of that money came from angry liberals outside Georgia hoping to send Trump a message at the ballot box.

Locally, Ossoff was aided by formal and informal networks of progressives that sprouted and grew like mushrooms after Trump's victory. Many participants were political neophytes and women who had taken part in the anti-Trump marches after the inauguration. Hundreds of highly motivated volunteers knocked on doors, wrote postcards to voters and drove them to the polls.

Georgia's Sixth District, which encompasses a number of majority-white suburbs north of Atlanta, is home to a well-heeled professional class. Ossoff's r‚sum‚, if not necessarily his politics, is the type that would make any soccer mom proud.

Source: N.Y.Times on 2017 Georgia 6th House special election Apr 19, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Campaign slogan: Make Trump Furious

Though his campaign used the slogan "Make Trump Furious," Ossoff, in person, takes the opposite of a sound-and-fury approach. As a candidate, he tends to run more cool than hot, with a deliberative, professorial style somewhat similar to Barack Obama's. He is unabashed about his support for traditional liberal causes, including abortion rights, but in television ads, he often emphasizes more anodyne positions, like fighting wasteful spending in Washington and creating more tech jobs at home.
Source: N.Y.Times on 2017 Georgia 6th House special election Apr 19, 2017

Karen Handel: 2010: Resigned as Secretary of State to run for Governor

Handel is a former Georgia secretary of state and chair of the Fulton County Commission who has unsuccessfully run for governor and Senate. But in recent years, Handel is probably best known for her time at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which ended after her effort to get the organization to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.

She's a longtime Georgia politician. She ran for Fulton County Board of Commissioners and lost in 2002, then won a special election in 2003. Next, she became Georgia secretary of state in 2007, before resigning to run for governor in 2010, losing a Republican primary run-off despite Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney endorsements. She ran for Senate in 2014 and came in third in that primary. One of Handel's Republican opponents in the 6th District special election used this record against her: "Over the last 15 years, Karen Handel has run six times for five different offices. She didn't even finish the jobs we did give her, always running for the next office."

Source: DailyKos on 2017 Georgia 6th House special election Apr 19, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Interned for Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Hank Johnson

Ossoff's interest in politics was first stirred as a 17-year-old student at the Paideia School when he read John Lewis' autobiography and was moved to ask the congressman for a job. That turned into an internship in the Atlanta Democrat's Washington office. As a student at Georgetown University, Ossoff volunteered for Hank Johnson's 2006 campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney. After Johnson's congressional victory, Ossoff worked as a legislative aide to the new congressman.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2017 Georgia 6th House race Apr 18, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Promises to move to 6th district after girlfriend graduates

Ossoff, a north DeKalb County native, does not reside in the 6th Congressional District, living just south of it so his girlfriend of 12 years, an Emory University medical student, can walk to work. Members of Congress don't have to live in their districts, but Ossoff has said he will move to the 6th after she graduates.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 2017 Georgia 6th House race Apr 18, 2017

Brian Kemp: State Senator and Secretary of State

Brian Kemp, GBA Board Secretary, serves as Georgia's Secretary of State. Mr. Kemp, a lifelong resident of Athens, is a graduate of Clarke Central High School and of the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.

The Georgia Secretary of State's office oversees elections, corporations, securities, and professional licensing boards, and also controls the state archives and the Capitol museum.

Secretary Kemp served in the Georgia State Senate from 2002-2006.

Brian, 46, is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens. They are the proud parents of three daughters and are actively involved in various school activities with their children and various charities. The Kemps are active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Athens.

Source: 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial campaign website gba.georgia.gov Mar 15, 2017

Drew Ferguson: My Christian faith guides all of my activities and beliefs

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Ferguson: I am Christian. My Christian faith guides all of my activities and beliefs.

Q: Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which political philosophy best describes you?

Ferguson: Very Conservative

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on Georgia House race Nov 8, 2016

Jim Barksdale: Against Georgia adopting "religious liberty" legislation

Jim is opposed to permitting college students to carry firearms on college campuses and against Georgia adopting "religious liberty" legislation that proved to be disastrous in Indiana in 2015 and North Carolina earlier this year.

Whether it's addressing the Tri-State River Wars, agriculture subsidies for our hardworking farmers, or protecting our military installations & the economic impacts on local economies from the BRAC Commission, Jim will put Georgia's interests first in the US Senate.

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website JimBarksdale.com Aug 8, 2016

Jason Carter: I've passed 21 bipartisan bills in the legislature

The sharpest attacks [in the gubernatorial debate came over less lofty policy platforms. Early in the debate, Deal panned Carter as a two-term state senator who had little to show for his time in the statehouse. "You've never passed a bill. Never offered an amendment to many of the bills you now are criticizing," he said. "Why should Georgians vote for you with this absolute lack of leadership experience?"

Carter, in a curt response, said the attack was misguided. "There are 21 bipartisan bills that have my name on them, that you signed into law," Carter said. "And at the same time, the attacks on my leadership are frankly just an attempt, I believe, to pass the buck."

Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. on 2014 Georgia Gubernatorial debate Oct 19, 2014

Amanda Swafford: Judeo-Christian values aren't threatened by Shariah

Question topic: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Swafford: Agree.

Question topic: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Swafford: Agree.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

David Perdue: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework

Question topic: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Perdue: Strongly Disagree

Question topic: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Perdue: Strongly Agree.

Question topic: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Perdue: Based on my faith, I have deeply held personal convictions that I share with a majority of Georgians. These principles shape my belief in the limited and clearly defined role of government. Additionally, there are certain issues on which I will not waver. I believe that we should promote a culture that values life and protects the innocent, especially the unborn. I also believe that we must protect traditional marriage, keeping it between one man and one woman.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Rick Allen: Shariah law is a threat; keep Judeo-Christian framework

Q: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution?

Allen: Disagree

Q: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government?

Allen: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Jason Carter: Grandfather Jimmy Carter participates in grandson's campaign

Democrats lost the Georgia statehouse in 2002, and the once Solid South is a distant memory for their party. It has been four decades since the elder Mr. Carter was governor, and more than three since he left the White House--"involuntarily retired," he likes to say. "Mr. Jimmy," as locals know him, is a revered figure here. But the former president arouses intense passions among conservatives, who detest his politics. Republicans lampoon him as a failed leader.

Senator Carter is the son of Jack Carter, the eldest of Jimmy and Rosalynn's four children. Like his grandfather, he is seeking the governorship after just four years in the State Senate.

"He wants it both ways," said one supporter of Gov. Deal. "He wants his granddaddy's help with contributors, but when it comes to the issues, he distances himself. My guess is if his last name were Jones, you and I might not be having this conversation."

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race Jul 26, 2014

Paul Broun: Biblical morality is spiritual foundation of our nation

Question topic: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Broun: Strongly Disagree

Question topic: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Broun: Strongly Agree.

Question topic: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Broun: I am an evangelical Christian who upholds the orthodox, cardinal doctrines of the faith. I believe in the eternal existence of one, true, living, triune God. I believe that Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, was God manifested in human flesh and that He came to earth to be the Redeemer of the human race through His vicarious, atoning death on the Cross as foretold in prophecy. I believe that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. I believe that biblical morality and biblical principles are the spiritual foundation of our nation and that our Founders recognized their importance.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Jason Carter: Comfortable talking about his religious faith

Jason Carter stepped into the pulpit of South Columbus United Methodist Church for a Palm Sunday sermon and offered a message of Christian responsibility to the poor, with his phone in hand. "How many of you have the Bible (app) on your phone? I bet all of you do," Carter said to laughs from the crowd. Worshippers listened as the Democrat running for Georgia governor read from his phone a New Testament verse about the importance of "things that are not seen."
Source: Chattanooga Free Press on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Jun 30, 2014

Nathan Deal: Place monument to Ten Commandments at State Capitol

Legislative Summary: A BILL to provide for placement of a monument depicting the Ten Commandments at the Capitol Building. Subject to the availability of funds, there shall be placed within the capitol building or grounds a historic granite monument depicting:Gifts and donations from private individuals, organizations, or foundations shall be accepted.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 40-10-3 on March 12, vote #619; passed House 138-37-5 on March 3, vote #663; signed by Gov. Deal April 29.

Source: Georgia legislative voting records: HB 702 Apr 29, 2014

David Perdue: Change diapers & politicians frequently: not a D.C. insider

The battle to be the Republican candidate in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss features David Perdue, Georgia Ports Authority board member, and the former CEO of Dollar General, and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, [At the debate, Kingston] was unapologetic in presenting himself as an experienced Washington insider, despite strong attacks from Perdue who argued only an outsider can reign in the federal debt. "I am not going to apologize for being a long time soldier in this fight," Kingston said, noting his strong ratings from the National Right to Life campaign and National Rifle Association. He also said that he is the best candidate to broaden the appeal of the party given his success in a more Democratic leaning district and willingness to engage liberal media. "The reality is MSNBC is where you have to go sometimes," he argued.

Perdue argued that "politicians are like diapers" and need to be changed frequently. "We look like Democrat lite," he complained.

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Apr 19, 2014

Jack Kingston: Broaden appeal of GOP by engaging liberal media

The battle to be the Republican candidate in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss features David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, [At the debate, Kingston] was unapologetic in presenting himself as an experienced Washington insider, despite strong attacks from Perdue who argued only an outsider can reign in the federal debt. "I am not going to apologize for being a long time soldier in this fight," Kingston said, noting his strong ratings from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, National Right to Life campaign and National Rifle Association. He also said that he is the best candidate to broaden the appeal of the party given his success in a more Democratic leaning district and willingness to engage liberal media. "The reality is MSNBC is where you have to go sometimes," he argued.

Perdue argued that "politicians are like diapers" and need to be changed frequently. "We look like Democrat lite," he complained.

Source: The Hill e-zine on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Apr 19, 2014

Michelle Nunn: Daughter of Sen. Sam Nunn: legacy of bipartisanship

Nunn was met with questions and anecdotes about her father, as she often is on the campaign trail. Former four-term Sen. Sam Nunn was the last Georgia Democrat to win re-election to a Senate seat, in 1990, and his legacy of bipartisanship is still revered by voters of both parties.

"It gives me an entry point with people who remember my dad," Nunn said of her last name. "It gives me a hearing. And then as I talk to a lot of young people, they're interested in my non-profit career and work with volunteers. So I think I'm able to have an entry point with voters in both ways."

Never far removed from the tongues of Democrats and Republicans alike in attendance were comparisons between the younger and elder Nunns. "She has the stamina and the tenacity that he has," said a Senate aide to Nunn's father for 14 years. [The elder Nunn] "could speak up to his party when he needed to and cross the aisle to work with Republicans. I think Michelle can do that, too--she says she can."

Source: Rollcall e-zine on 2014 Georgia Senate race Apr 17, 2014

David Perdue: CEO of Dollar General & Reebok; cousin of Gov. Sonny Perdue

Perdue, the former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok and cousin of former GOP Gov. Sonny Perdue, is positioning himself as a relatively non-ideological outsider. He has been critical of Senator Ted Cruz's recent efforts to use the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip, for example, which he warns could frighten investors. While strongly opposed to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, he's said that he favors working with Democrats to amend it instead of the usual repeal calls. "I don't believe I have to give up my conservative ideals to offer up a compromise position in order to get progress," he told MSNBC. "I'd rather take an 85% solution on the economic issues then sit here and get 0%."

The former governor is now backing his cousin's campaign.

Source: MSNBC on 2014 Georgia Republican primary Senate race Mar 26, 2014

Derrick Grayson: 100% of the Constitution, 100% of the time

Grayson's clear, simple message of strict adherence to constitutional principles resonates with most Georgia Republicans, especially given the bad taste that outgoing incumbent Senator Saxby Chambliss has left in their collective mouth. Punctuated by the catchy slogan, "100% of the Constitution, 100% of the time," Grayson's social media sobriquet, "Minister of Truth," embodies both his actual experience as a Christian minister and his commitment to bringing the truth about the political process.

"There's really not much difference in the agendas of the political royals, regardless of their party. I'm talking about the Republicans and the Democrats. And I've found that they like to keep us divided," he explains. "Because the longer we're distracted, the more they can push forward their agendas, and we're not any more the wiser." Political 'royals,' according to Grayson, are the "political elites who pull the strings."

Source: CommDigiNews.com on 2016 Georgia Senate race Mar 24, 2014

Derrick Grayson: Social positions based on strong Christian values

Although Grayson bases his personal position on social issues on his strong Christian values, he refuses to be pulled into the endlessly petty social slog that has tripped up fellow candidates like Rep. Paul Broun and Rep. Phil Gingrey. "We're not there to deal with the social issues of the country, as senators," he explains. "That's not our call. Our call is to protect the rights of the states."
Source: CommDigiNews.com on 2016 Georgia Senate race Mar 24, 2014

Paul Broun: Lost campaigns in 1990, 1992 & 1996 before winning in 2006

If At First You Don't Succeed... The CQ Roll Call members database reveals that 18 members of the 113th Congress mounted multiple unsuccessful campaigns before finally winning a seat.
Source: Cong. Quarterly Rollcall mag. on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 20, 2014

Hunter Hill: Place monument to Ten Commandments at State Capitol

Legislative Summary: A BILL to provide for placement of a monument depicting the Ten Commandments at the Capitol Building. Subject to the availability of funds, there shall be placed within the capitol building or grounds a historic granite monument depicting:Gifts and donations from private individuals, organizations, or foundations shall be accepted.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 40-10-3 on March 12, vote #619; Sen. Hill voted YES; passed House 138-37-5 on March 3, vote #663; signed by Gov. Deal April 29.

Source: Georgia legislative voting records: HB 702 Mar 12, 2014

Stacey Abrams: Oppose monument to Ten Commandments at State Capitol

Legislative Summary: A BILL to provide for placement of a monument depicting the Ten Commandments at the Capitol Building. Subject to the availability of funds, there shall be placed within the capitol building or grounds a historic granite monument depicting:Gifts and donations from private individuals, organizations, or foundations shall be accepted.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 40-10-3 on March 12, vote #619; passed House 138-37-5 on March 3, Rep. Abrams voted NO; vote #663; signed by Gov. Deal April 29.

Source: Georgia legislative voting records: HB 702 Mar 3, 2014

Valencia Stovall: Monument to Ten Commandments at State Capitol

Legislative Summary: A BILL to provide for placement of a monument depicting the Ten Commandments at the Capitol Building. Subject to the availability of funds, there shall be placed within the capitol building or grounds a historic granite monument depicting: Gifts and donations from private individuals, organizations, or foundations shall be accepted.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 40-10-3 on March 12, vote #619; passed House 138-37-5 on March 3, Rep. Stovall voted YES; vote #663; signed by Gov. Deal April 29.

Source: Georgia legislative voting records: HB 702 Mar 3, 2014

Paul Broun: Separation of church and state is a mistaken idea

Broun, in a speech from the House floor, mixed personal religious testimony with Christian-nation claims. Broun's remarks start with a core Christian Reconstructionist principle: that God ordained family, church and government and gave each a specific area of authority. But, he says, because of "this mistaken idea that we're supposed to have a separation of church and state, the family and the church have abdicated a lot of its duties over to government." (Reconstructionists believe that God did not authorize government to be involved, for example, in education or the reduction of poverty; that role is meant for family and church.)

Broun calls the Bible "the basis of our nation," and says the fact that we aren't running society accordingly will mean the death of our Republic. The founding fathers, he says, were "Bible-believing Christians" who believed that "every aspect of life should follow the dictates of God's inerrant word. That's what I believe in. That's what we should all believe in."

Source: Huffington Post AdWatch on 2014 Georgia Senate race Dec 11, 2013

Jack Kingston: Endorsed by McIntosh County Commissioner over Handel

The Senate campaign of Jack Kingston challenged an endorsement cited by GOP rival Karen Handel. Kelly Spratt, the chairman of the McIntosh County Commission, said: "While I did actively support Handel's primary bid for governor in 2010, I have not endorsed her Senate campaign and have in no way given her permission for my name to be used. I fully support Jack Kingston."

The Handel campaign responded by releasing two emails from Spratt. The second email, dated May 9, assesses Kingston's strengths and weaknesses: "Kingston is a fence-rider and has no track record of making strong stands. Karen, you and I are both anti-establishment candidates. If you choose to run for Senate, all of your announced opponents are beltway boys."

The Kingston campaign responded by saying, "Many Georgians have come to the conclusion that Jack Kingston is the most consistent conservative in the race. Our growing coalition of support most certainly includes those who previously supported our opponents."

Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. AdWatch on 2014 Georgia Senate race Dec 5, 2013

Karen Handel: Endorsed by McIntosh County Commissioner before Kingston

The Senate campaign of Jack Kingston challenged an endorsement cited by GOP rival Karen Handel. Kelly Spratt, the chairman of the McIntosh County Commission, said: "While I did actively support Handel's primary bid for governor in 2010, I have not endorsed her Senate campaign and have in no way given her permission for my name to be used. I fully support Jack Kingston."

The Handel campaign responded by releasing two emails from Spratt. Both were written after Kingston joined the race. The first, dated May 2, said, "I campaigned for Karen in the 2010 election and she carried my county. Please let her know that I will be very happy to help her if she decides to run for the Senate seat."

The second email, dated May 9, assesses Kingston's strengths and weaknesses: "Kingston is a fence-rider and has no track record of making strong stands. Karen, you and I are both anti-establishment candidates. If you choose to run for Senate, all of your announced opponents are beltway boys."

Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. AdWatch on 2014 Georgia Senate race Dec 5, 2013

Alan Keyes: Separation of church and state is phony and is a weapon

The separation of church and state is claimed to be found in the Constitution. With respect to this phony doctrine of separation, they have turned our reverence for law into a weapon against our reverence for God. It is time we awaken to this fraud and reassert the truth that was right there to be seen in all our beginnings when our Founders declared, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.”
Source: Rally in Blairsville, Georgia Oct 21, 2003

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