Breaking: Austin Scott confirms he’ll run for Congress

Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton) will challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.) in the 8th congressional district, eschewing a bid for governor.

Scott has been one of several candidates seeking the GOP nomination for governor but has been unable to attract the money of many of the other top contenders.

While a rumor surfaced in the past two weeks that he would challenge incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle instead, Scott confirmed to the AJC on Thursday that he will qualify to run for Congress.

Scott will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Friday at the Capitol to discuss his decision and to qualify for the bid.

Marshall’s position as a Democrat in a central Georgia district that has a trend line toward the right has made him a popular target for state and national Republicans. In a campaign season where the GOP has good reason to be optimistic they can reclaim the U.S. House.

Marshall barely held on to his seat in 2006, when he took 50.5 percent of the vote. But he rebounded in 2008 with more than 57 percent.

Scott jumps from one crowded primary to another. Four other Republicans are already running for the privilege of challenging Marshall, who has no announced Democratic opposition. Among the candidates, however, only Scott has held elected office before and he will likely be considered the front-runner for the nomination.

The other announced candidates are Diane Vann, a Macon nurse, Angela Hicks, a Macon business woman, Ken DeLoach, a Warner Robins teacher and minister and Paul Rish, the former head of the Bibb County Republican Party.

More to come …

13 comments Add your comment

Ricardo

April 29th, 2010
1:51 pm

Jim Marshall will kick his arrogant butt and send him packing.

RUKidding

April 29th, 2010
1:55 pm

Eric Johnson is smiling. Maybe he can pick up some of Scott’s base.

[...] down to six candidates in the Republican race for governor. This from my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin: Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton) will challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.) in the 8th congressional [...]

Bill from Alpharetta

April 29th, 2010
2:10 pm

Little rich boy Austin can’t seem to make up his mind what he wants to run for – maybe if he had to get a job and work for a living instead of living off daddy’s money – he would learn how to make a decision.

GoOx

April 29th, 2010
2:17 pm

One less candidate for My Man Ox to gore.

Just wondering

April 29th, 2010
2:27 pm

How are Macon and Tifton in the same Congressional district?

UGA1954

April 29th, 2010
2:27 pm

Good luck, Austin. I was going to support you 100% for Governor. I’ll support you 100% for Congress. You are a decent man who will make Georgia proud. Go get him, Austin!!

UGA1954

April 29th, 2010
2:30 pm

@just wondering — Newton County is the northern most county in this district (and just the southern half of the county) and it runs to Moultrie. If you want to know how that happened, ask Barnes & Company. I believe they are responsible for this. I live in Covington and I will be able to vote for a candidate from Tifton. How crazy is that?

Nuff Said

April 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

Now there are two clean and two dirty candidates on the republican ticket for governor…I don’t think I have to name names.

Madison

April 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

Thanks a lot Scott! I hope that bumper sticker isn’t too hard to get off.

Civics

April 29th, 2010
3:44 pm

@ Just Wondering
@ UGA 1954

You don’t have to live in a congressional district to run for that office.

Fulton Resident

April 30th, 2010
11:28 am

@ Civics – While yes, that is true – Austin Scott does live in the 8th Congressional District. The district goes all the way down past Tifton.

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[...] down to six candidates in the Republican race for governor. This from my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin: Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton) will challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.) in the 8th congressional [...]