Mike Evans withdraws from 9th District race for Congress

Mike Evans, the former chairman of the state transportation board, this evening withdrew from the Republican race to replace U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal in Congress.

Evans is married to the former Gena Abraham, who served as state DOT commissioner.

This from a rather sobering note that Mike Evans just sent out to north Georgia supporters:

My profession, real estate development, has been especially hard hit. Many good friends of mine have gone bankrupt and others, like me, have struggled to hang on financially.

When I first entered this race for Congress, I thought I would have the financial wherewithal to campaign full time and maintain my financial obligations in this very tough market. Over the last couple of months, that has been increasingly difficult. Instead of campaigning or raising campaign funds, my time has been consumed with outside work trying to provide for my family and pay for two children in college and another headed to college soon.

Reassessing our financial position over the holidays forced Gena and I to face the hard reality that campaigning full time for the next six to 10 months will cause irreparable financial harm to my family.

So, today, I regretfully announce that I am withdrawing from the race for the 9th Congressional District.

Admittedly, this has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life. I have been deeply honored to have the support of so many quality people all across north Georgia. They have invested their time, money and sweat in standing up for the principles that have made our country so great.

While I will always stand with them for those principles, I am sorry that I cannot continue to stand for them as their candidate for Congress. For those who have volunteered their time and efforts, I will always remain deeply thankful. For those who have contributed their hard earned money in these tough times, I humbly thank you.

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Liz Evans

January 13th, 2010
7:12 pm

Sounds like he is doing the right thing. Gena will be unemployed within 11 months and they need to plan ahead. Factor in a loss by Mike in his bid for Congress and they are facing hard times.


January 13th, 2010
7:17 pm

As I think about politics and the continuing budget challenges locally and nationally I can’t help but be proud of the City of Atlanta, 8 members of the former Council, the Cabinet members and the employees for restoring fiscal accountability to the city’s operations and making tough decisions. Today the city is operating in the black every month, without budget forced layoffs and furloughs. Starting last April the city closed its books on a monthly basis and since July 2009 has set aside reserves and operated in the black month after month. Now the Reed administration can build on a solid budget foundation taking the city to greater heights without fear of financial collapse or service cutbacks. Hooray for all those who helped make this so.

Liz Evans

January 13th, 2010
7:40 pm

Shirley….you are slightly off-topic and apparently intoxicated.


January 13th, 2010
7:53 pm

Just curious, where is Gena working these days?

Decatur Bubber

January 13th, 2010
8:18 pm

who cares where the one-person wrecking crew is working…..


January 13th, 2010
8:26 pm

John, Gena besides trying to wreck GDOT she was getting double billed by running SRTA too, I’m glad hes not running for office keep the crooks out of office.



January 13th, 2010
8:39 pm

I’m not a Mike and Gena apologist, but Gena was not being paid by SRTA when she was at GDOT even though she was the executive director. Once she was fired, she began drawing a salary from SRTA. However, I’ve heard she’s not been there very much, which is probably a relief to her employees.

Buckhead Billy

January 13th, 2010
8:52 pm

Her current salary is about $125,000…..not bad for an incompetent liar and trouble maker.

Mrs. Glenn Richardson

January 13th, 2010
10:10 pm

I’m OK now, so who cares?

Lanier Peach

January 13th, 2010
10:42 pm

Mike is out. This was not an easy decision for him to make and kicking him while he is down will accomplish nothing. We need to focus on sending Tom Graves to Washington to represent the common sense conservative values of the 9th District.


Jim Thompson

January 13th, 2010
10:46 pm

As a life-long Hall County resident, I decided long ago that Tom Graves and his bold message of conservative change in Washington are what we need!

There is a clear choice – Tom Graves.

gdot supporter

January 13th, 2010
11:24 pm

There’s a twist. I say Gena has a job with Sonny when he leaves office and Mike will run for another office in the 8th district, where people don’t know their baggage.

Once a Republican

January 14th, 2010
6:11 am

I was sure they would nominate him for Speaker of the House. Hopefully he won’t show up in the public domain again. They put him on the payroll of Forsyth has a lobbyist to keep the ol boy employed. He and his wife got what they deserve.

Guess What

January 14th, 2010
8:20 am

Grammar check Mike – it would be “Gena and me” not “Gena and I.”

State Employee

January 14th, 2010
10:11 am

Well Mike, you are right times are tough. But be honest, Gena wears the pants and told you to back away and be a good house boy. But not to worry, Gena will eventually screw you to.

why the hatred?

January 14th, 2010
10:42 am

I’ll never understand the problem that people had with Gena at GDOT. As far as I could tell she was a technocrat who didn’t want to put up with the political bull*^#t that came along with the job. I always figured that was exactly what the agency needed. And frankly, I never gave one damn cent about who she was dating. I think she was pushed out because she actually wanted to have the transportation agency do their work and not respond to every political whim of the state house. I was sorry to see her go.


January 14th, 2010
10:50 am

Everything goes in circles. I’m glad to find out that Gena and Mike have now (and hopefully in the future) received their ticket on the pay back merry-go-round. Couldn’t happen to a better set of candidates. I agree with “State Employee” Gena will probably kick ole “busted contractor” to the curb if he files B-ruptsy. Remember sex=30minutes / life=23 hours 30 minutes per day that you have to live with someone and sex is what put them together not DOT planning? Thank God for small miracles!!


January 14th, 2010
11:42 am

Hey Mike, In paragraph 3, it’s “Gena and me”, not “Gena and I.” But nobody ever said you were smart.

Grammar Checker

January 14th, 2010
11:51 am

I is correct. An earthquake just killed hundreds of thousands of people and all you can think to do is belittle someone for bad grammar – when the grammar was correct in the first place? Rethink your priorities, people.


January 14th, 2010
12:55 pm

Grammar Checker, you need a new moniker. “I” is only used as a subject. “Me” is only used as an object. (”forced Gena” “forced me”)
“Me” is correct. It’s a silly point, yes, but what’s not silly are the character issues that Mike and Gena revealed during her time at GDOT. They go much deeper than “who she was dating.”

Grammar Checker

January 14th, 2010
1:40 pm

Ugh. Who cares!

HJ Bell

January 14th, 2010
2:49 pm

Why Mike Evans or anyone ever thought he could win the 9th Congressional seat married to Gena Abraham Evans is a mystery to me. For the record, Gena disrepected almost everyone who ever came into contact with her. To those who think she was only let go because she was a “technocrat” trying to clean up DOT, well, sleeping with your boss while writing letters to employees demanding they abide by policy, rules and conduct themselves in a moral fashion is a sure road to getting dismissed. Gena got fired because she was sleeping with Mike, her then immediate superior (which BTW, on that same day she was still engaged to her former intern and student, MS, yes, there are emails to prove it) and for her completely unacceptable inappropriate behavior of using a state computer, on state email accounts and on STATE time to send her then lover highly illicit sexual emails. She was head of GSFIC when she pulled that stunt but it came to light during her tenure at GDOT. Sorry, state policy and an executive order by Gov. Sonny Perdue prohibit such emails. Mike should have known the day he married her he set himself up for politial failure. No, I don’t think “love” ruled the day on that decision. I think he and Gena were caught and had to redeem themselves publicly. (notice how she never mentioned that she was engaged to another man on the day she and Mike were caught). Now, it has come full cirlce and rest of the story remains to be written.

Just a taxpayer

January 15th, 2010
6:27 am

Mr. Evans has a problem as a politician keeping to his stated direction. First he wanted to be Chair at DOT, then he resigns after it became general knowledge of his relationship with the Commissioner. Then he begins a campaign for 9th District representative, which he then abandons. Mr. Evans doesn’t think about his friends and supporters when he makes these decisions. He must be a pretty nice guy, because he gets support from many good, honorable people (think about Doug Collins, who was stripped of his committee assignments by Glen Richardson for supporting Mike for DOT Board or the donors to his current campaign). Good luck to him in his future endeavors, but we need representation for Georgia that will look forward to the consequences of their decisions before they make the committment that uses others resources.

HJ Hollinger

January 15th, 2010
2:12 pm

Please don’t forget that Gena was ousted, canned, fired etc for holding back payments from contractors that she didn’t like – which I would suspect is against the law. And I also believe that her salary is the same as her former GDOT salary, which is closer to $175k plus a new SUV for the few hours she puts in… At least now she won’t have to spend all that time driving around picking up campaign donations while she’s on state time! And don’t forget when you vote this fall that it was Casey Cagle who came to her rescue and strong armed the GDOT Board the first time they tried to get rid of her.


January 16th, 2010
6:27 pm

I found this on MikeEvans.org:
“Instead we must use American entrepreneurship to invent cars that get more miles to the gallon. We must incentivize behavior (not punish behavior as the left would have us do) that is good for the environment. I support reasonable, free market based incentives to encourage innovation and reduce threats to our environment.”
funny…because Mike Evans drives a Hummer.


February 2nd, 2010
4:34 pm

Can’t wait for the “queen of mean” to get fired once again… and take your cronies with you! It will take years to undue the damage she’s done (like GBA, GSFIC, GDOT, SPO).

175k to run a toll booth? Only in corrupt GA state government. There’s plenty more to come out on gena and crfonies. Stay tuned!

BTW, The night school lawyer will be fired too! Dumb and dumber on the emplyment line. Hope you run into a few of those you fired for no good reason other that they were a threat or you didn’t like them.

DIsgusted in Villa Rica

February 3rd, 2010
8:15 pm

HJ and John, Gena does not earn $175,000. She actually earned $197,000 dollars in fiscal 2008/2009. This pay was essentially earned after she was ousted from GDOT. She will undeservably have a nice retirement with this level of earnings. If anyone needs proof of what I am saying about her salary, then go to the Georgia DOAA website and look under salary and travel for Gena Abraham/Gena Evans. The only solice for the many people you have hurt, is that one day you can’t take it with you. May God forgive you for what you’ve done to them. You really need to grow a heart. You are nothing more than a unfeeling machine.


February 4th, 2010
6:05 pm

WHY…When your dating the person that cast the vote to elect you to a cushy undeserving job it is a conflict of interest. That’s why people care about the dating thing.. People also care when there’s a coverup of an investigation of criminal behavior of your boyfriend, who just happened to be an intern and her former ga tech student she hired directly. Again, conflict of interest, and this case blatantly illegal. If Elizabeth Archer was not a good friend (and there’s plenty of e-mails to prove it), she would have investigated her and would sent her a formal request to GBI for criminal investigation. Instead the GBI is on a which hunt of Earl. Only in corrupt state govenment.

Villa Rica., She will never see the gates of St. Peter, though I pray that God forgives her.

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