State Rep. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, simultaneously took on two issues — one real and the other the stuff of TV shows — in a new ad released this week for his campaign for secretary of state.

Brockway released an offbeat, Halloween-themed ad, titled “Undead,” on his campaign’s Facebook page Monday. It targets the real issue of people allegedly committing voter fraud by using a dead person’s identity to vote in elections.

At the same time, it addressed the fictional issue of zombies. Who want to vote.

“As Secretary of State, I will make preventing voter fraud a top priority,” Brockway said in a statement. “I’ll diligently apply state and federal law to ensure the integrity of our elections is never compromised. Playing fast and loose with the voter list may be OK in liberal strongholds like California, but not here in Georgia.

“While our ad is meant to be tongue-in-cheek in order to bring light to this issue, protecting the integrity of our elections is very serious and it will be a top priority for my administration.”

In the ad, Brockway fantasizes about how things would be if he were secretary of state. During the fantasy, a “zombie” comes into his office and slams a voter registration application — which appears to have “blood” smeared on it — on the legislator’s desk.

“You again,” Brockways tells the zombie. “Look, undead is still dead. You can’t register to vote. Look fella, as long as Buzz Brockway is secretary of state, the dead won’t vote in Georgia. Have you tried California?”

The zombie then looks intrigued by that last suggestion and makes a beeline for the door out of Brockway’s office — leaving behind an arm that fell off.

Shafer, Brockway and Hazel win county GOP straw polls

Gwinnett County Republicans are backing candidates from their backyard in the lieutenant governor and secretary of state races, but they may also be ready for a change in who represents them in Washington.

At least that’s the takeaway from a straw poll held during this past weekend’s Gwinnett GOP Chili Cook-Off.

Duluth-based state Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer received 56 percent of the votes in the lieutenant governor’s race straw poll. Meanwhile, State Rep. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, led the field in the secretary of state straw poll with 40 percent of the votes cast.

Perhaps more surprising is that 79 percent of participants in the straw poll for the Seventh Congressional District race favored former Marine and political newcomer Shane Hazel over incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall in the Republican field for that seat, according to the Gwinnett GOP’s website.

The Seventh Congressional District includes a large chunk of Gwinnett County, as well as a portion of Forsyth County.

Former state Sen. Hunter Hill received 51 percent of the votes in the governor’s race straw poll.

Kemp, Hill announce local campaign leadership team members

Two candidates for governor announced local grassroots leaders who will work with their respective campaigns to get them elected.

Former state Sen. Hunter Hill announced Judy Bailey will be his Seventh District campaign captain.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s Gwinnett grassroots leadership includes Rachel Little, Byron Gilbert, Vanessa Green, Carol Field, Jeff Blalock, Jim Nash, Tommy Lingerfelt, Kathy Statham, Elizabeth Rosner, Alex Morris, Deborah Coulter, Gene Callaway, Jeremy Camp and Peyton Sketch.

Hazel leading class on Constitution this week

Republican Seventh Congressional District candidate Shane Hazel will hold a class on the Constitution at the Gwinnett County Republican Party headquarters in Duluth on Friday.

Hazel, who is running as a limited government candidate, will co-host the class with Eagles Home Educators’ Mary Beth Groves. The class will last from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Following the Constitution is the foundation that makes America exceptional, and what will lead to more freedom and prosperity for our district, our state, and our country,” Hazel said in a statement. “I’m excited to teach the next generations of leaders and those of all ages and backgrounds that care about America.”

Upcoming

— The Gwinnett County Democratic Party will hold its October business meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the old Lawrenceville City Hall building, 18 S. Clayton St. Democratic Fourth Congressional District candidate Juan Parks will address the group at the meeting.

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

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