Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Mac Collins speaking in Bibb County

The Jones County News

Republican candidates for Georgia elections and a U.S. Congressional seat made a strong showing of unity at an event hosted by State Senator Cecil Staton last weekend.

Staton is not opposed in the November Election but threw his support behind fellow Republicans during a press conference at his publishing company September 9. The event was well attended by the Republican candidates that will be on the fall ballot with most making an appearance, with the exception of the governor.

The event was advertised as a press conference; however, the media were conspicuous by their absence in both broadcast and print media.

“It’s a good day to be a Republican,” Staton said before announcing the first speaker. “I’m proud of our ticket and honored the candidates would stop by here on a busy Saturday. To win this race, it’s going to take everyone involved working hard to maintain our majority.”

Senator Johnny Grant said, not too many years ago, a Republican candidate in Middle Georgia could hold a rally in the back of a pickup truck.

“Now people can connect with us. That’s the difference,” Grant said.

U.S. Congressional candidate Mac Collins touted the gains made by Sonny Perdue concerning the state budget.

“That’s what should be done not only on the state level but also on the federal level,” Collins said. “People in Congress should keep those dollars in mind. Tax relief helps every entity in the country.”

Collins categorized himself as a true conservative and said a true conservative would not have voted against drilling for oil on both sides of the country.

“We need it. It won’t make us totally independent, but it would help,” he said.

Collins said the best tool the country has against terrorists is the phone surveillance program.
“We’ll never know how many lives have been saved,” he added.

Casey Cagle, candidate for lieutenant governor, said he has visited 30 counties in four days. Cagle is on record supporting Open Records and said government needs to be focused on creating more jobs.

“We need to keep Georgia safe and protect our family values,” he stated. Cagle said he was raised by a single mother who worked two jobs to make ends meet.

“My goal is to create a better Georgia for every person in the state,” Cagle added.
If elected, Cagle would be the state’s first Republican lieutenant governor.

State School Superintendent Kathy Cox pointed out that she is the only ‘Kathy Cox’ on November’s ballot, referring to Secretary of State Cathy Cox, who lost to Mark Taylor in the Primary. Candidates Karen Handle, Gary Black, Perry McGuire, Brent Brown, Mike Wiggins, Chuck Eaton and Rebecca Bryce also gave brief statements.

Staton said he is working to ensure that Allen Freeman retains his seat as House District 140 representative.

“I’ve been knocking on doors today. It’s the part I most like about this job, meeting the people I represent,” Freeman said.