While U.S. Rep. John Linder said last week his former chief of staff is the man to replace him in Congress as a leader for tax reform, during a tax day event Friday, the Atlanta tea party endorsed another candidate.
State Rep. Clay Cox got the backing of the energetic political group after he spoke at their tax day rally at the Georgia State Capitol.
Members cited his record of fiscally conservative and business-minded approaches to government in their endorsement.
"The TEA Party movement has had the momentous and exceedingly important task of showing our leaders in Washington how fed up we are with an out-of-date tax system, a government that spends money with no concept of who pays the bills and an ever growing national debt," Cox said in a press release. "If the tea party is for safeguarding the 10th Amendment; for preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution; and for strong economic liberty, then I will boast proudly that I am the tea party candidate. We don't need more Washington insiders and beltway bureaucrats; we need Congressmen who will bring business-minded, proven leadership."
The group's backing could be key in the July primary race between seven Republicans seeking Linder's 7th District seat.
Last week, Cox also got the backing of Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith and Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. He had already gained an endorsement from Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway.
Keith Royal, who is running for Cox's state House seat, has his own long list of campaign supporters.
Royal, an attorney who will face three other Republicans in the primary for the District 102 seat, raised $15,000 in about 10 days between his announcement for office and the first campaign disclosure deadline. He also released a list of 100 supporters, including many Lilburn area activists.
Among the names are redeveloper Emory Morsberger, Parkview football coach Cecil Flowe and Mike Levengood, the attorney co-chairing the county's Engage Gwinnett committee.
"The amount of support I have received since entering this race barely a month ago has been truly humbling," Royal said. "The success of our campaign has enjoyed so far proves that the people of District 102 are looking for someone they can trust to turn things around in this district. They want an honest, hardworking leader representing them who will listen to their concerns -- not a professional politician who feels entitled to the seat."
Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
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