Saturday, March 25, 2006

Speaker Hastert Endorses Mac Collins

Speaker Hastert Endorses Congressman Mac Collins

(Moultrie, GA) – Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, traveled to Georgia to endorse former Congressman Mac Collins in his bid for election to Georgia’s new 8th Congressional District. The 21 counties that make up this new, powerful district are Baldwin, Ben Hill, Bibb, Bleckley, Butts, Colquitt, Dodge, Houston, Irwin, Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Monroe, Newton, Pulaski, Tift, Turner, Twiggs, Wilcox, Wilkinson, and Worth.

Prior to his endorsement of Congressmen Mac Collins, Speaker Hastert had lunch with residents of Colquitt County. Speaker Hastert stated: “I need a good conservative voice — a voice like Mac Collins who actually says something in a district and goes back to Washington to do it. This is an important race for us, and that’s why I’m here. It’s a decision that people in this district have to make, what do they want, more government and more taxation or less government and more personal responsibility and I think Mac represents that idea — to keep a little bit more of your tax money in your pocket and making your decisions instead of the bureaucrats in Washington. I think it’s right for this district. I think it’s right for Georgia. I think it’s right for the American people.”

In thanking Speaker Hastert for his endorsement Congressman Collins said, “I served 12 years, I was elected six times to Congress. I served on the Ways and Means Committee and Denny [Hastert] personally selected me to be on the Intelligence Committee my last term in the Congress. So to have him come down and be a part of this, speak to people and take questions, it's really been a good day.”

Congressman Collins also spoke about the war in Iraq saying, “Hussein's reach extends all the way back to attacks on Marine barracks in Beirut. Collins said. We lost airmen in Saudi Arabia. We lost sailors on the USS Cole. We had an attempt on the World Trade Center in 1993 and again in 2001 and that store of oil is still there poised to pass back into the hands of terrorists to use against the peaceful side of the world. The only way that we can make sure that that doesn't happen is to stay there to help stabilize that part of the region and the world, and then those funds will be used for the people of Iraq and benefit the Iraqi people.”

Collins race against Democrat Jim Marshall is considered by political strategists to be one of the most important pick-up races in the nation for the Republican Party. Collins’ campaign has out paced his opponent at every turn with recent visits and endorsements from President Georgia W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. Collins has also received the support of Governor Sonny Perdue, Senator Saxby Chambliss, Senator Johnny Isakson, U.S. Representatives Jack Kingston, Lynn Westmoreland, John Linder, Charlie Norwood, and Tom Price. The Collins’ campaign also raised $106,000 more than the Marshall’s campaign last quarter.