Roy Moore endorses Suwanee House candidate

One of the most well-known figures in conservative circles has endorsed a Suwanee man who is running for state House.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who sparked a nationwide debate when he refused to remove the 10 Commandments from his court at the Alabama Judicial Building, has cast his support for Jason Thompson.

"We are facing troubling times in this country and we need real conservative leaders to solve the challenges we face," Moore said in a press statement. "We need leaders around the country who will fight for lower taxes, reduction in government spending, and who will stand up against the far left by supporting states' rights. Most importantly, we need bold leaders unafraid to take a strong stand and protect our values.

"I believe that Jason Thompson is such a man and is an outstanding candidate for State House in 2010. I look forward to working with conservative leaders like Jason Thompson on issues which affect the future of our children and grandchildren," said Moore, who is a leading Republican contender for governor of Alabama.

Thompson, a local attorney, entered the House District 98 race this year, after incumbent Bobby Reese said he would seek a seat in Congress. In the Republican primary, Thompson will face former Commission Chairman Wayne Hill and business owner Josh Clark.

"It is an extreme honor to receive such a statement from Justice Moore," Thompson said. "His life's work has been dedicated to protecting our values and standing up for conservative principles. I am humbled and so very thankful for his support."

Last week, Thompson officially kicked off his campaign with a fundraiser hosted by supports at Dominick's Restaurant in Buford, and he picked up more endorsements from Suwanee Councilman Jace Brooks and state Rep. Calvin Hill, the fourth state rep to stand behind him.

More information can be found at VoteJasonThompson.com.

Isakson: Housing credit is working

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson told the Associated Press this week that there will not be another extension of the homebuyer tax credit he pushed to revive the housing market.

This month, the U.S. Senate approved an extension until June to the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers and added a $6,500 credit for people who have lived in their current residences at least five years.

In the interview, Isakson said making existing homebuyers eligible for the tax credit will provide a needed boost to the housing market.

''I have said from the beginning, unless you move it across the market you're never going to catch the 'move up' market, where the most home equity is,'' he said.

The former Realtor said the credit will help persuade existing homebuyers to enter the housing market to move homes that have had "for sale" signs up for months. After that, the construction industry will begin to mend, he said.

A report from the National Association of Realtors this week showed signs of life in the housing market. The report said home sales surged for the second month in a row in October, climbing to the highest level in 2 1/2 years.

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Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.