The Republican field of candidates seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall is quickly starting to take shape with two candidates — including one who ran for a different congressional seat last year — jumping into the race.
A political newcomer, Lynne Homrich, released a campaign video Monday to announce her candidacy. Homrich is a former vice president of human resources at Home Depot.
Meanwhile, businessman and former NFL player Joe Profit participated in a Facebook Live event Thursday night to highlight his entry into the race. Profit ran against U.S. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., in the 4th Congressional District last year. His Facebook Live event can be viewed at bit.ly/2IMK1Ed.
Profit addressed the fact that he was the Republican party’s nominee in a different congressional district six months ago during his chat.
“I thought I could make a big difference and bring new opportunities to the 4th District, but it was obviously not my time to do that,” Profit said. “So I decided that I wanted to come into the 7th District — where I spent most of the last three decades in this community with a business and living here — to make a difference because Forsyth County and Gwinnett County are the leading counties in the whole state of Georgia as far as progress, making jobs and opportunities (and) developing new leaders for tomorrow and so I feel right at home here in the 7th District.”
Meanwhile, Homrich pledged support for President Donald Trump in her campaign ad, which can be seen at bit.ly/2GM8M17.
Homrich’s ad opens with clips of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and congresswomen Nancy Pelosi, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib — all three rising Democratic stars — before comparing them to misbehaving children and poorly performing employees.
“We need more women in office with conservative values, common sense and real world experience,” Homrich said in the video.
At least one Republican woman in Gwinnett — state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford — did not seem impressed with Homrich in a Twitter post from Wednesday. Unterman, who is considering running for the seat as well, took a swipe at Homrich reportedly moving to Duluth recently from the 6th Congressional District.
“Maybe that Buckhead lady running for #7thCongressional district might need some directions to #Cumming #Lawrenceville,” Unterman said in the post. “Turn on that Mercedes GPS for I-85 north or GA 400, be glad to show you around.”
The two women running for the seat as Democrats were not welcoming to her either.
Nabilah Islam, a first generation Bengali-American who also worked with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, attacked Homrich for criticizing Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and Tlaib in the ad.
“Lynne Homrich is clearly out of touch with GA-07,” Nabilah Islam said in a statement. “This is a minority-majority district and she chose to attack three women of color in her rollout video. It just goes to show you what Homrich and the GOP really think about communities of color. It’s ok for us to cook and clean but we don’t belong at the table.”
Meanwhile, Georgia State University professor Carolyn Bourdeaux, who nearly knocked off Woodall in November and is running again, also criticized Homrich.
“Lynne Homrich will quickly realize that she does not represent the values of our district. Voters here will simply not accept someone who thinks she can buy our seat in Congress to cozy up to Donald Trump while being condescending and dismissive toward women leaders of color,” Bourdeaux said.
Snellville attorney Marqus Cole and former Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves are also running as Democrats for the seat.
Johnson recognized for record on environmental issues
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson received praise during the Georgia Environmental Justice Education and Awareness Symposium this past week for his support of environmental issues.
During the symposium, where Johnson was a guest speaker, he was presented with “The Environmental Scorecard Award.” His office said it was in recognition of Johnson receiving a 100% score on the environmental scorecard, which the League of Conservation Voters compiles based on how members of Congress vote on bills the organization feels are important to the environment.
“It is an honor to receive recognition from an organization that truly understands that we cannot achieve or maintain a high standard of living if our environment is severely degraded or damaged,” Johnson said in a statement.
Isakson, Perdue celebrate Medicare-related rule change
U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, both R-Ga., had high praise for President Donald Trump’s administration Thursday after a proposed rule change regarding Medicare reimbursements was announced.
The rule change would allow rural hospitals in lower income areas receive high Medicare reimbursement payments.
“Too many Georgia hospitals have been forced to close in recent years, and it appears that this rule change is consistent with our efforts,” Isakson said in a statement. “If so, this is a huge victory for Georgians and it will help ensure patients have continued access to emergency and medically necessary care.”
Perdue said, “Improving the wage index will help protect rural hospitals in Georgia from devastating reductions in Medicare payments and ensure the long-term viability of our health care network. This is an important step toward leveling the playing field, and Sen. Isakson deserves a great deal of credit for his efforts on this issue.”