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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Hice signs pledge to stop calling people on 'Robocall' list

Not everyone appreciates the constantly ringing phone this campaign season.

Congressional candidate Jody Hice has signed a pledge to stop calling people who have signed up on the "Do Not Robocall" list.

Hice's campaign manager Taylor Brown said he did not know how many people in the 7th District were on the list, but staffers are working to remove those names from the current list, where calls are being made on Hice's behalf.

Hice has four versions of Robocalls being sent, including one with himself and another with his wife Dee Dee. In Barrow, Sheriff Jud Smith is sending out messages, and in Walton, Sheriff Joe Chapman is on the line.

"If people don't want to receive our calls, we want to respect their privacy," Brown said of agreeing to the pledge.

For information about stopping the calls, go to www.stoppoliticalcalls.org.

By the way, one of the six candidates who did not make the runoff in the congressional race has cast his support for Hice.

Tom Parrott, a Peachtree Corners accountant, is hosting a barbecue for Hice this weekend to show his support for the upcoming Aug. 10 runoff, where Hice will square off against Rob Woodall.

In last week's Republican primary, Parrott came in seventh place with 2.2 percent of the vote.

Statement from Woodall

Woodall, who worked as incumbent U.S. Rep. John Linder's chief of staff before entering the race, issued a statement about his campaign this week.

"There are two valuable assets I bring voters in this district: I bring real solutions, and the ability to move those solutions forward," he said. "That is the distinction that voters will find between my opponent and me. I am prepared to hit the ground running on Day One with high energy and productive solutions. We have all been angry, but success will come from putting anger aside and putting experience and ideas to work.

"With what I believe is going to be a shift in leadership this November from Democrat to Republican, there will be a large number of freshman congressman eager to make bold changes. Here in the Seventh District, we do not have to lose any ground to a learning curve. We had tremendous conservative leadership in Congressman John Linder, and -- as Congressman Linder said when he endorsed me --I will be ready to provide that same leadership immediately if you trust me with your vote on Aug. 10."

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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