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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Jody Hice relates Eric Cantor defeat to Georgia District 10 runoff

Jody Hice

Jody Hice

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Mike Beaudreau

Jody Hice, who is in the Republican runoff for Congressional District 10, released a statement Friday about the defeat of Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor, who is the GOP’s majority leader.

He related it to the July 22 contest against Mike Collins to succeed U.S. Rep. Paul Broun in District 10, which includes a portions of eastern Gwinnett.

“The outcome was like an earthquake, sending shockwaves through the political establishment,” Hice said. “Why did it happen? What does it have to do with the Republican primary here in Georgia’s 10th congressional district? Cantor lost because he was on the wrong side of two key issues: the debt ceiling and illegal immigration. Cantor had repeatedly voted to raise the national debt ceiling. Cantor was perceived as waffling on the issue of amnesty for illegal aliens.”

In the release, Hice said his competitor Collins supports raising the debt ceiling, while he is against it. He also compares himself to David Brat, who defeated Cantor, in his strong position against amnesty.

“By voting for me, Georgia voters will send a true conservative to Congress and send a message to the Washington political establishment: Quit wasting money. Quit piling up debt. No amnesty for illegal aliens. No more business as usual in Washington,” Hice said.

Legislators endorse Beaudreau in Senate runoff

Six Gwinnett legislators have endorsed Mike Beaudreau in his race for state Senate District 9.

Beaudreau recently released a list of legislators who endorsed him in the Republican runoff for the office, set for next month, including state Reps. Timothy Barr, Buzz Brockway, David Casas, Joyce Chandler, Josh Clark and Tom Kirby.

“I am humbled by the level of support my campaign has received from so many fine public servants and outstanding organizations,” said Beaudreau, referring to support from the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots and Gwinnett Tea Party. “Having this level of support shows me that my message of limited government and my desire to fight for our community has resonated with lawmakers. I’m looking forward to working with all of these outstanding people, both under the Gold Dome and in the field.”

Last month, the former county commissioner was the top vote-getter in the District 9 race, joining P.K. Martin, a former councilman from Lawrenceville, in the runoff. Incumbent Don Balfour came in third place.

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

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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