Tom Graves declares himself out of Republican race for House speaker

Many social conservatives in the House Republican caucus have expressed a hope that state Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger would drop his 9th District congressional campaign and become a white-knight candidate for House speaker.

Alas, it will not happen. Graves has included the following in a note to supporters:

While it was humbling last week to read where some political observers mentioned my name as a potential candidate for Speaker, I want each of you know that I am committed to winning this election and representing you in Congress.

GA-9 Freedom Fighters from all across the 9th District have joined this campaign and we’ve put too much time and energy into preserving our conservative values to change course.

Graves is one of several thousand Republicans in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal of Gainesville.

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December 14th, 2009
2:59 pm

This certainly speaks volumes about the state of the Georgia Republican caucus.

Beelzebub's Advocate

December 14th, 2009
3:11 pm

Yeah, one of several thousand, but the likely frontrunner, if you’re honest about it.


December 14th, 2009
3:14 pm

So if O’neal is the man, does that mean we’ll have Governor Sonny and Speaker Bubba? Charlotte and Nashville Chamber’s just got excited…


December 14th, 2009
3:19 pm

Tom Graves for Congress!!!! Tom is the best!!!


December 14th, 2009
3:24 pm

Connie D

December 14th, 2009
3:25 pm

I just stumbled across Tom Graves website. I like how he provides up to the minute information. Great layout too!


December 14th, 2009
3:30 pm

As a long-time conservative with Republican leanings, I am deeply embarrassed for the GOP in Georgia. These men have humiliated themselves, the people of this state and the party. This said, the Richardson & Co. scandal is but one rotten plank overturned among state lawmakers. Beneath, there are many others from both parties who should be feeling a sting just about now. Will they be caught, too?


December 14th, 2009
3:32 pm

And what has Graves done for the people of Gordon and Pickens counties…………nothing!! Much like Deal hasn’t done anything for the 9th district. Bill Stephens all the way!!

Jasper Patriot

December 14th, 2009
3:35 pm

Lobbyist Bill Stephens? Are you kidding? He and Mike Evans are exactly what is wrong with the political process – revolving door politicians-lobbyists-appointed officials.

Guys like this have no business running for Congress and will not be getting my vote next year!

Jonathan Toney

December 14th, 2009
3:38 pm

Tom Graves has served the people of Gordon and Pickens with distinction in the State House. His being talked about as a potential Speaker shows the respect he has earned as a proven conservative. Zero based budgeting, pro-life legislation, and the Jobs at of 2008 are a few of the ways Tom has demonstrated his leadership and dedication to the people he represents.

I look forward to having Tom Graves as my Congressman.


December 14th, 2009
3:43 pm

This Canton based lobbyist Frank?

Nice guy, should stick to lobbying.

tyler durden

December 14th, 2009
3:57 pm

Wow. This ruse of restoring ethics to the GA GOP is better than any reality TV I’ve heard of… As the living definition of an oxymoron, an ethical GOP member in Georgia doesn’t exist. And if they did, they wouldn’t get anywhere with the GOP rank&file.
Once crooks, always crooks, and Sonny, Bubba, Cletus, Cooter and any other ‘Deliverance’ castoffs will simply cntinue the trend of horrible governing, horrible results, and a state that’s perpetually handicapped by their existence. But maybe it’ll give the Dems an opening to undue some of the damage. If (and a big ‘IF’) they can avoid the same pitfalls…


December 14th, 2009
4:08 pm

Tom Graves was a “hawk” for Speaker Richardson, although he was shunned during the 2007 session for DOT vote. The fact still remains that he was part of the corruption. I hope he will not be representing GA in any capacity, congressionally or in the state.

Stephen A. Jackson

December 14th, 2009
4:20 pm

Wtf? What does corruption = Bill Stephens (politician + lobbyist + politician) or = Mike Evans (DOT Chairman + I quite because I am in love + and oh by the way my wife just uncovered all my mismanagement) or = Lee Hawkins (lobbyist + politician). I will take my chances on Graves who has voted to return surplus money to Georgians, authored legislation to create jobs without raising taxes, supported life and the 2nd Amendment.


December 14th, 2009
4:29 pm

Hawks are unofficial members of committees that were basically voting without being involved in the committee process. Those people were appointed by the speaker because they would carry out the Speakers will.

Additionally, I find it ironic that one would support life but also ensure the possibility that one could take another’s life…but I’ll skip the politics.

Stephen A. Jackson

December 14th, 2009
4:33 pm

I know what the Hawk system is, but thanks for wikipedia update.GO GRAVES!


December 14th, 2009
4:33 pm

Pro-life? Hah!

If you truly embrace a “culture of life” you’d better darned well be “pro-healthcare reform” or there will most certainly be hell to pay in costs redistributed to the already insured!

willow knows all

December 14th, 2009
4:34 pm

wtf? I mean Joel, you sicken me…

Stephen A. Jackson

December 14th, 2009
4:36 pm

WTF I guess you would find it ironic that Graves believes in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Glad to have him on my side.

Stephen A. Jackson

December 14th, 2009
4:40 pm

I think most elected officials support health care reform, it is just a difference of opinion on how to get there. Liberals and Iconoclast support government take over and the use of our tax dollars to pay for it and conservatives and leaders like Graves support a free market approach. I’d take my chances with the free market than some moron sitting in DC at HHS


December 14th, 2009
4:59 pm

Government taxes the people to get a giant trough of money that they then must spend. Who among us could be in control of that giant trough and not try to benefit yourself, your friends, or your contributors? Considering I have been trying to create a company or idea specifically to get some stimulus money, I would not be a worthy candidate to protect the public’s money. I just want mine (entitlement envy).


December 14th, 2009
5:32 pm

I stand with Tom Graves, the only true conservative in this race. Mike Evans has too much baggage, Lee Hawkins is a Democrat who pals around and contributes to Liberal Max Cleland, and I’ve never heard of this Stevens guy from Canton.


December 14th, 2009
5:36 pm

I wish Tom Graves would be Speaker. He will be a great Congressman though!!!!

Susan J.

December 14th, 2009
5:39 pm

Graves voted for Richardson as speaker knowing full well of his antics like everyone else in the House. How is that leadership? He’s just another slick politician who won’t get my vote.

Sally Walker

December 14th, 2009
5:56 pm

Tom actually stood up to the Speaker many times when they disagreed.

Tom is as fine as they come and to try to take away from that is shameful.

It’s funny to watch the consultants who said such nice things about Tom when he was being talked about for speaker change their tune as soon as they realize that the front runner in this race isn’t going away and that they won’t get their win bonuses. They don’t really care who represents us in congress, all they care about is getting paid to spread their rumors and negative attack ads.


December 14th, 2009
6:04 pm

You want to talk antics:

- Mike Evans and his consultant tell everyone Tom Graves won’t raise money – Tom outraises them 3:1

- They claim to be the only true conservative candidate, while currently paid to seek Obama stimulus funds as a lobbyist funded by Forsyth County taxpayers. Talk about trying to have your cake and eat it too.

- His wife makes fundraising calls using her position of influence as a (re)appointee of Gov. Perdue.

Mike’s campaign is fading fast, and it will be another big “L” for his mud-slinging consultant.

Stephen A. Jackson

December 14th, 2009
7:31 pm

Tom voted for David Ralston for Speaker. Ralston did not get the nomination from the House Republican Caucus, Richardson did. He then went on to be re-elected as Speaker without any opposition. Show me where Tom voted for Richardson for Speaker. You can’t. Lee Hawkins’ campaign strategy = tell a lie long enough and loud enough – people will begin to believe it. Just like they want us all to believe Hawkins’ is a conservative.


December 14th, 2009
7:42 pm

Hawkins is a big spending liberal like Mike Evans! His campaign is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt already. If he went to Congress, imagine what he’d do with the federal budget and the deficit he’d run up. Lord help us!

Susan J

December 14th, 2009
8:37 pm

Call Graves a slick politician and his people start attacking other candidates. Point proven. Same ‘ole politics.

Stephen A. Jackson

December 15th, 2009
6:50 am

Susan J – show me the evidence you have where Tom voted for Glenn and not Ralston. Show me? You can’t. Telling lies – same ‘ole politics.


December 15th, 2009
8:15 am

Susan/Joel – you are attacking Graves. Cool it buddy.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

December 15th, 2009
9:06 am

Nothing “conservative” of America’s Creed and Constitution fronting for the Roman Anti-Christ in Georgia’s Ninth Congressional District race. He can call himself “Baptist” all he wants but if he can’t “connect-the-dots” from Roman Catholic Sherman’s “March to the Sea,” after Rome was “The Wall Street of slavery” for 2,000 years, to Vatican banker Rockefeller’s creation of Roman Catholic Big Oil through murder and arson, to John D. Rockefeller’s “lieutenant,” “Knight of Malta” Prescott Bush’s finance of Hitler on behalf of Rome’s “Black Aristocracy,” to George H.W. Bush’s, and Prescott’s “boy” Nixon’s, assassination of John Kennedy, using the Roman Catholic CIA, six weeks after NSAM 263 ordered us out of Roman Catholic-ruled Vietnam and EO11,110 ended Rockefellers’, and other Vatican fronts of the Fed’s, control of our money supply, he is neither of G-d, the “priesthood of believers,” nor American.

Rome is strong in North Georgia. Are real Georgians, Baptist and Freemason, who know the truth of Our Founding, of the papacy and the Anti-Christ – who understand having one’s own relationship with G-d, by “Annuit Coeptis” – going to let them continue to grow in power, building on pederast Rush Limbaugh and Bush’s and Cheney’s 9/11 treason?

Max Cleland quit the 9/11 Commission after having been issued “The New Pearl Harbor” to read. Read it yourself for free on Google Scholar.

Never fear to follow truth wherever it may lead.

Truth and Justice are America’s “hallmarks.”

Stop being gulled by undercover papists and perverts pandering to racism and fascism.

W. called himself a “Methodist.” Could he be a genuine servant of G-d with his homosexual lover’s frequent overnights recorded into the Secret Service’s social entrance logbook at the White House?

Be American, Be Georgian: Independent and Free, using the brains G-d gave you. E Pluribus Unum – There is but One G-d, Creator of the universe.

Do the “math.”

Rome is “the real Anti-Christ.” Our Founder, Thomas Jefferson said it, and he was the anointed Prophet of G-d who was tapped to Author the Declaration of American Independence.

The choice is between G-d and Satan. Those of the Gay Old Pervert party in Georgia who willingly chose an adulterer and violator of the Public Trust as their “Speaker” are guided by the spirit of evil in the world.

Find a “David” to lead you, for Babylon is “Goliath” in Our Land.

The truth doesn’t change, and G-d is not mocked.

Bush and Cheney committed 9/11. Any who read “The New Pearl Harbor,” or use their G-d-given common sense, know this to be true.

Should Georgia continue to tolerate the political leadership of those yet unwilling to separate themselves from the same treasonous sectarian faction so transparently serving only the Devil and fascist plutocracy?

We get the government we deserve.

As Americans and Children of G-d by The Creed don’t we deserve the challenges found on the Path of Righteousness followed by our forefathers?

Death for Treason – or America is doomed.


December 15th, 2009
1:34 pm

I am glad Graves stayed in the GA-9 race. As a citizen of this district, I am not keen about the two candidates that are from my neck of the woods so to speak – Mike Evans and Bill Stephens. Graves took the time to come down and visit our area this past summer and he seems like a good guy when you get to speak with him. I like his positions on budgetary matters and job growth. Plus as far as I have been able to discover, he doesn’t have any ghosts in the closet like most of the GOP leadership in this state. Right now I am leaning his way for the primaries and I know many in the Stephens and Evans areas that will vote for him too.

Evans is not even that popular anymore in Forsyth because the taxpayers believe he is stealing money from them to lobby for stimulus when the commission could be using his money for other needs. The momentum is clearly in Graves’ corner right now.


December 15th, 2009
2:38 pm

I live in Hall County and grew up in Walker County. I don’t know much about Graves, but have seen bumper stickers on cars and I visited his website, and he seems to be the only candidate that is doing things all around the district. I have heard from people supporting Lee Hawkins that they don’t think he is the best in the race but that we should vote for him because we want to make sure the Congressman is from Gainesville. I met someone from his campaign that said Lee understood Gainesville’s needs and would take care of them, that we didn’t need someone from the mountains. You should have seen the look on his face when I asked if I should tell that to my parents in Walker County.