Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Mac meets with farmers in Wilcox County

(Pitts, GA) On Friday night, former six-term Republican Congressman Mac Collins met with the residents of the new 8th Congressional District at the farm of Rex Bullock of Pitts, GA. After a brief retirement Collins is a candidate for Congress in Georgia’s new 8th Congressional District which includes Wilcox County. 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.

In addressing farmers who gathered to meet from throughout the new District Collins stated: “This will be a difficult battle, but we are going to win. The people in this room are the folks who will help me win this race. I have been elected to the Congress of the United States six times by grassroots supporters just like you. People who have provided for their families, participated in their community, contributed to their church, paid their taxes and played by the rules. I return to the House with my twelve years of seniority as a valuable member of the majority party. The difference between me and my opponent is how important this seniority will be to the people of Georgia and to our district.

I want to return to Washington because I have track record of being conservative and constituent orientated, and these are the values that we need to bring home. This hands-on approach is what the people of Georgia need most. Good, honest representation committed to the needs of small businesses, workers, farmers and families. When you look at the National Journal’s rating, with ‘0’ being the most liberal to ‘100’ being most conservative, you’ll see that in 2003 I scored an 88 and in 2004 I scored a 97; Jim Marshall had a 43 in 2003, a 47 in 2004, and a 49 last year. This is not conservative; this is not representative of the people in this district.”

Congressman Collins also spoke about the critical need to tailor the 2007 Farm Bill to benefit Georgia farmers. He noted that the previous Farm Bill had done much for mid-western farmers and too little for the agricultural community of Georgia.

After Congressman Collins spoke he was formally endorsed by State Senator Ross Tolleson (R-GA) and Wayne McGuinty, the Republican candidate for State Representative in District 144, which includes Wilcox, Ben Hill, Pulaski, Bleckley, and Dodge County.

In a final statement Mac declared, “We are, once again, putting together a strong congressional presence for the people of Georgia. There should be no more opportunities that pass us by because of weak congressional representation.”