Woodall to face Heckman for 7th District congressional seat

Rob Woodall, former chief of staff for U.S. Rep. John Linder, has won the Republican nomination in the race to replace his boss who is retiring from Congress.

Unofficial returns in Tuesday’s runoff showed Woodall earning 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent for minister Jody Hice with 90 percent of precincts reporting.

Woodall will face Democrat Doug Heckman in November’s general election.

The 40-year-old Woodall previously worked as Linder’s chief of staff and had the endorsement of his former boss.

Hice is a former pastor from Bethlehem who made his name by fighting the removal of a Ten Commandments display from a local courthouse.

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double g

August 10th, 2010
10:07 pm

Congratulations to a good guy, and best wishes against what might be a surprisingly strong democrat in Doug Heckman.

Shaun Dakin

August 10th, 2010
10:16 pm

Congrats to Mr. Woodhall who joined The National Political Do Not Contact Registry (StopPoliticalCalls.org) and agreed not to robocall voters on our Political Do Not Contact Registry.

His opponent, Jody Hice, for the record did the same thing.

Shaun Dakin
CEO and Founder


August 10th, 2010
10:20 pm

Wow. Another runoff where Georgians did not choose the dumbest candidate.

Annoyed by Political Calls

August 10th, 2010
10:22 pm

If Jody Hice signed up for the do not call pledge, his followers didn’t. We received 5 robo-calls yesterday alone from Jody Hice supporters.


August 10th, 2010
10:28 pm

BTW, Jody Hice was the candidate who put up that atrocious “Tired of Obama’s Change” billboard off of I-85 with the Soviet hammer and sickle for the C. I’m glad that the GOP has reacted negatively to the radical rhetoric; otherwise, the general elections would be much, much worse.


August 10th, 2010
10:50 pm

Jody Hice was the candidate who put up that awesome “Tired of Obama’s Change” billboard off of I-85 with the Soviet hammer and sickle for the C. Woodall is just another political hack RINO

Rob Woodall Fan

August 10th, 2010
11:00 pm

Rob Woodall will be a great asset to this state. Go Rob Go!


August 10th, 2010
11:02 pm

Looks like incumbents for the most part are going to remain in office and the country will continue to slide into hopelessness.

Roy McCreary

August 10th, 2010
11:16 pm

Another RINO wins again! … boring, boring

Roy McCreary

August 10th, 2010
11:20 pm

The best candidate does not always win, as is proven here.

Robo Call

August 10th, 2010
11:35 pm

I know Rob ordered phone lists. Wonder what he did with them?


August 11th, 2010
12:53 am

Gentleman, the proof is in the pudding.

Congratulations, Mr. Woodall, on a job well done!!!


August 11th, 2010
5:54 am

Another RINO goes in. Fat chance on your FairTax. These goons use this just to get elected.

Vote Libertarian in November.

There really IS a choice.

lexie m

August 11th, 2010
6:21 am

Woodall is not an incumbent-he worked for a retiring congressman who generally voted exactly
like I wanted him to. A smart electorate will replace only those incumbents who deserve to be replaced
in any event. Linder had forward thinking idedas like the Fair Tax and was not afraid to push it even when many of his own party did not get behind it.
The situtation in DC is so dire that many 7th district voters felt we needed to send someone with some experience. Someone needs to continue to champion the Fair Tax.
Mr Woodall also demonstrated his seriousness about the job in the manner he conducted his campaign.
Hice on the other hand used tactics that ranged from inane to downright low.
One example would be sending a two page letter written by his wife to voters that contained way more personal information than political substance. He also sent out a flyer with a laundry list of misleading comments about Woodall and implied on one that he was a better candidate for the job than Woodall because Woodall was single and he was married with kids and a grand kid on the way.
A campaign is like a job interview–you blow it and you might not get the job.
The Republicans in this state have a history of rejecting good candidates in their primaries.
This time 7th district voters showed more sense.

Legislative Accountability

August 11th, 2010
7:43 am

If Woodall signed on to StopPoliticalCalls, who was it that called me at least five times claiming to be him?

Gwinnett Resident

August 11th, 2010
9:12 am

The Republicans are a disaster and this candidate is one of them. Woodall has never been anywhere or done anything and doesn’t have a clue about how we live. He and his Republicans won’t extend unemployment because he thinks unemployed sit around just to collect free money. Won’t even vote for emergency funding to keep our Teachers paid. Our schools are laying off teachers and these guys won’t help! All he can show us is his little tax scam which is self serving because he co authored the book with Boortz & Linder. This guy is a one trick pony and we don’t need him.


August 11th, 2010
11:43 am

Woodall represents the conservatives, yet he lives an alternative lifestyle…………..


August 11th, 2010
2:10 pm

Raspy, the election is over. You can stop fear-mongering to your nutjob base, you lost. Now we have a good conservative that can actually get things done that will be taking Linder’s place.