John Linder announces retirement from Congress

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U.S. Rep. John Linder was first elected to Congress in 1992/AJC file.

U.S. Rep. John Linder, the Republican from Gwinnett County, this morning announced that he would retire from Congress after 18 years.

Linder made the announcement at the dedication of a new Gwinnett County GOP headquarters. Linder aide Derick Corbett confirmed the congressman’s decision. “He will not seek re-election,” Corbett said.

The announcement, made at the tail end of a brief speech by Linder, caught attendees off-guard. “Nobody knew it was coming,” said David Hancock, District 2 manager for the Gwinnett GOP.

Linder was one of Newt Gingrich’s top lieutenants when he was U.S. House speaker, and most recently has been an advocate (paired with radio commentator Neal Boortz) for a sales tax to replace the federal income tax.

His retirement will set off a rush for his seat, which is solidly Republican. Among the likely contenders is Don Balfour, the state Senate rules chairman.

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Madison

February 27th, 2010
11:47 am

May the moronic FairTax bill die with his departure!

Kevin Wood

February 27th, 2010
11:51 am

Tom Kirby from Walton County is already announced as a candidate.

Dave

February 27th, 2010
11:52 am

It is only moronic to people who hate anyone who makes one dollar more a year than them.

UGA Grad

February 27th, 2010
11:56 am

The looney ideas of Republican ideas brought the second worst economic disaster in our history. Linder hitched his wagon to Newt Gingrich and when Newt’s sex scandal broke at the time of Clinton’s partisan impeachment, he lost his clout. Good riddance to another angry, rich, old white guy with no idea of what it is like to be middle class. He helped the Bush administration transfer wealth from the middle class to the wealthy. His looney flat tax would have been the death of the middle class and made the current Bush recesssion even worse.

Let Freedom Ring

February 27th, 2010
11:58 am

Madison your the bleeping moron.

Not this kind of hope and change

February 27th, 2010
11:58 am

Linder will be missed. He was a good representative for Gwinnett County for many years. He always brought ideas to the table and was not just a “Party of No” Republican. He stood up for the unborn as well as hardworking taxpayers just trying to get to work everyday. I admired that while he was a longtime elected official he built his own business and knew what it meant to work not just to get by but to improve one’s lot in life. He provided his own healthcare coverage for instance rather than use the Congressional plan. I wish more people were in Congress like that. Also we are losing another Veteran serving in Congress.

Hope John enjoys the next chapter of his life along with his family.

With Linder’s departure along with Larry Munson I believe that Georgia’s Minnesota Golden Gopher influence has waned as well :)

Michelle

February 27th, 2010
11:59 am

Looks to me like I am a lot worse off now that the Democrats are in charge. I don’t know about you but I am making less money, more worried about tax increases and feeling less free now that the so called Progressives are calling the shots.
Do they have a clue?

Let Freedom Ring

February 27th, 2010
12:00 pm

UGA Grad we no your a moron.

Steve

February 27th, 2010
12:01 pm

It’s also moronic for those who think they don’t pay enough taxes, who don’t know or understand what’s REALLY in the FairTax, and who get their news from mainstream media. What’s really moronic is the current code. Ask Charlie Rangel. Ask Tim Geitner. They know the current code is moronic because they simply don’t pay their taxes!

UGA Grad

February 27th, 2010
12:03 pm

Dave simplifies it to Republican talking points. I just spent several thousand on dental care. The dentist works six hours a week, four days a week and drives a new Mercedes, has a big home, and a second home in the mountains. Insurance paid less than a third. I tried to compare prices on the Internet, only could find out what the cost was at a clinic for Americans in Mexico. Prices were a third of what they are in United States and office has newer equipment. Americans get screwed by the big banks, big pharma, medical providers, etc. We are going back to a time of wealth being concentrated among a few! Go listen to those idiots on Fox News!

Let Freedom Ring

February 27th, 2010
12:06 pm

UGA Grad it’s a free country move your sorry butt to Mexico.

UGA Alumni Office

February 27th, 2010
12:06 pm

UGA Grad: Please refrain from identifying yourself as a “Grad.” Given the moronic wording of your post please either refer to yourself as “UGA Football Fan” or more appropriatley “Bama Football Fan.”

zackem

February 27th, 2010
12:09 pm

UGA grad…you chose the dentist…you could go to Mexico…its about choices, slick!!….did you really graduate from UGA?? Looks like the quality of grads may have slipped a tad!!

zackem

February 27th, 2010
12:11 pm

hope Don Balfour runs….I hear he is a good man…

ATL person with a brain

February 27th, 2010
12:14 pm

@ UGA Grad – please move! If Mexico is such a wonderful economic solution, then go there! BUT remember, their people come to the US for jobs and health benefits… If you don’t understand, go visit the ER of any hospital that accepts Medicare. They are required to treat EVERYONE regardless of ability to pay. Again, if you are so unhappy, either come up with an actual solution, like John Linder did, or get the heck out! As for me, I will look for solutions and try to work to make solutions successful. And one of the best solutions I have seen lately is Fair Tax. Maybe you should actually READ the book and stop whining!

zackem

February 27th, 2010
12:16 pm

y’all do know jealously is “the green eyed monster”…I wish the dentist all the best….at least he educated himself/herself and works …more than I can say about the “less fortunate”…who believe they are “entitled”…

Courtney

February 27th, 2010
12:17 pm

Good riddance. If Balfour votes against teachers this year then he ought not to apply for the Congress job. GCPS is the largest employer in Gwinnett by a LONG SHOT.

GOP Voter

February 27th, 2010
12:17 pm

Balfour is a political hack —- lets get someone moderate to represent us instead an idealogue!!

The General

February 27th, 2010
12:18 pm

I, too, hope Balfour runs…and loses. Maybe that way we can get that numbskull out of the State Senate. Go back to cooking waffles, Don.

You heard wrong, zackem.

Madison

February 27th, 2010
12:20 pm

Let Freedom Ring, Aside from the fact you’re almost illiterate you probably know very little about the so called FairTax. Study the bill, then you will still probably have to get someone to explain it to you. Get an understanding of section 801 and then tell me what a great idea it is!

whatsinaname

February 27th, 2010
12:21 pm

I don’t care who wins just as long as they do everything they can to keep obama from continuing to ruin this country.

itcouldbeworse

February 27th, 2010
12:22 pm

Health care is always fun to read people complain about. I am a doctor, I drive a 99 honda crv (paid for, live in a modest house, and am debt free. I promise you the dentist you speak of is living on credit. Doctors in our country have alot of costs. If you want to fix our health car system help drive the cost of providing medical care down.

More Mature UGA Grad

February 27th, 2010
12:23 pm

Linder will be missed. Our economy is cyclical and always has been, and the Dems’ agenda is so transparent that it takes a “moron” not to see that the “stimulus” was about rewarding Obama supporters with pork and “Health Care Reform” is about consolidating power into the federal government and bringing decision making to Washington where they know what we need better than we know. If Health Care was the true focus, Washington would place limits on medical malpractice damages and allow free competition among health insurance providers. If that didn’t work, THEN we could try more drastic measures.

The socialist leeches don’t like the Fair Tax because it would tax everyone proportionately, which is….Fair. More and more of the democrats’ political base is made up of those who don’t pay any tax of any kind, so they can’t allow a Fair Tax to happen.

And to “UGA Grad”, I am sure that you have a degree in art or music or drama (if one at all), or are too young to see the whole picture yet. Regrettably, I was once like you. Be of good cheer, I eventually grew up, maybe you will too. However, my children had matured more than you BEFORE graduation, so on second thought, yo may in fact be hopeless.

And God forbid that your dentist be rewarded for 8 to 10 years of education and training with a good income. Power to the People!!

itcouldbeworse

February 27th, 2010
12:24 pm

lots of typing mistakes in my post sorry about that

TRUTH

February 27th, 2010
12:26 pm

HOORAY!!! This idiot can leave…, NOW!! Can he please take his other knuckle draggin ignoramuses with him? Trying to halt the country and promoting bad behavior is A-Typical of the Re-THUG-lican party. Although there are snatches of Democrats in this otherwise backwards state, we are ALL better off without this nitwit. Goodbye and good riddance. The Americans that are dying due to lack or insured with no hope of getting treatment, and those that have died due to him and his partt’s lack of action say GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Now, let’s ram Healthcare Reform with a PUBLIC OPTION down your slimy GOP throats!!

Julie

February 27th, 2010
12:26 pm

In 2007, Senator Balfour supported mandatory HPV vaccines for girls in 6th grade and above. Bad ideas like that are the reason I couldn’t support him for Congress.

mike

February 27th, 2010
12:27 pm

Cynthia McKinney anyone?

Ward

February 27th, 2010
12:27 pm

Those evil, hateful GOP ideas kept inflation down and unemployment below 5%… which the Dems said was unacceptably high at the time. Now that unemployment has doubled, the Dems aren’t concerned about that anymore.They want to make us all buy health insurance. Get me my old job back and I’ll take care of that myself… just like I always did.

Steve

February 27th, 2010
12:27 pm

UGA “Grad”, your socialistic tendencies show through two sentences in! Hey, I know a dentist who lives in a trailer and drives ‘83 Buick Regal. He smokes cigarettes and raises goats, but pulls and fills teeth on the side for $25.00. Next time you need dental work, call me. I’ll hook you up!

Brian

February 27th, 2010
12:28 pm

So basically, Madison and UGA Grad are telling us they like paying taxes…….wow, or maybe they are on welfare, wait “assistance” and they are afraid if the rest of us stop paying taxes that their free ride will be over.

More Mature UGA Grad

February 27th, 2010
12:28 pm

ATL PERSON WITH A BRAIN- those Mexicans either have MediCAID or have no insurance at all…. but your point is valid. If that Mexican dental clinic was in fact cheaper, it was because it doesn’t take insurance and doesn’t have to deal with third party payer crap and Medicaid and Medicare price-fixing. I assure you that you put your cash on the counter before your butt goes into the chair.

jt

February 27th, 2010
12:30 pm

In spite of Mr. Linder’s TARP vote, he was one of the last three Republicans I could ever vote for.

The producers will miss him.

whatsinaname

February 27th, 2010
12:30 pm

Truth – you are the perfect example of the democrat that Herman Cain describes when he says they S. I. N.
S – Shift the blame away to Bush and the GOP
I – Ignore the facts and the wants of the general public
N – Name call when all else fails.

Gwinnett Fred

February 27th, 2010
12:32 pm

If Cynthia McKinney runs and somehow wins – I would be inclined to move to Mexico!

Madison

February 27th, 2010
12:34 pm

Brian. First, I am not a liberal, Second I don’t like paying taxes. Third, I think a flat tax would be better than what we have now. Fourth, I think the whole concept of the Fairtax and people waiting each month for their government check is more socialism. Fifth, I think you and most like you know little about how the so called Fair tax actually would work.

Let Freedom Ring

February 27th, 2010
12:35 pm

Madison, I know all there is to know about the bill. Thank you! It’s not for Socialist like yourself.

imissrandymcmichael

February 27th, 2010
12:38 pm

Chuck Efstration, the Gwinnett GOP chair, should run! We need a firebrand young conservative up in Washington!

Madison

February 27th, 2010
12:39 pm

Let Freedom Ring, You know very little when you me a socialist.

JJ

February 27th, 2010
12:41 pm

Unemployment was at 10% when Bush left office. Job losses have slowed down since the Administration change.

Madison

February 27th, 2010
12:41 pm

Sorry! It should have been call me a socialist. I got excited because I’ve never been called that before.

tc

February 27th, 2010
12:41 pm

linder was a decent legislator when he served in the ga house because he was a minority but could work across aisle….not sure he did much of that in DC as everyone gets so entrenched.

we need to simplify tax code, but not sure fair tax is truly fair. if a billionaire who already has his homes, his yachts, his rolexs how much tax revenue will be derived from him….well i guess some when they eat out……but since defense is such a large part of our national budget, why shouldn’t he pay for the protection of his assets & job like home insurance…..you own a big home you pay more for protection. then the guy leaves it to his heirs who could be good or sorry…..sounds like prince charles to me……maybe a fair tax with an intangible tax would be worth a try……but if it is so good why hasn’t a smaller industrialized country done it? or maybe they have…..one thing that really ticks me off is stuff like this:http://toomuchonline.org/our-plutocracy-a-compelling-new-portrait/?source=patrick.net

it is amazing how everyone thinks they work real hard for their money, but really should top 1% earn nearly 25% of the national income…..he who has the gold rules

Mason

February 27th, 2010
12:42 pm

Might as well retire and anyone else that is there might as well also. Voters will clean house, regardless of party, next go round. If they are there, they all need to leave. No one is representing the citizens and many should have been gone years ago. Better to leave on your own than to lose!

TRUTH

February 27th, 2010
12:45 pm

Hey Whatsinaname,

Don’t you think that the economy was poised for a meltdown on1-20-08 after 8 flippin years of Dubya? Ignore the facts, eh? NOTHING HAS BEEN PASSED IN CONGRESS IN A YEAR OF THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION FUE TO THE EXCESS USE OF FILIBUSTERS BY THE GOP, the facts, sir. Name calling is my FIRST AMENDMENT right.

Especially if it concerns individuals who refuses to accept the fact that they lost!! ROTFLMAO!!

Not This Hope And Change

February 27th, 2010
12:45 pm

I think David Casas would be a strong candidate.

Jeff

February 27th, 2010
12:45 pm

The idiot posts on here slamming republicans are probably the same person and some obama paid hack. These socialist liberal idiots have no clue what’s coming to this country. And it will be 10x worse than greece if this hideous health care bill passes.

dje5717

February 27th, 2010
12:46 pm

It is about time…what an obstructionist…..

whatsinaname

February 27th, 2010
12:46 pm

The national unemployment rate in Jan 2009 (when obie – wrong-kanobe took office) was 7.7%. It continued to rise after he took office to it’s current rate of almost 10%.

Jane

February 27th, 2010
12:46 pm

Balfour is a moderate that is why he is not a ideologue. He represents the bussiness interest, the interests of the Chamber rather than the small bussiness and the middle class home owners. I would love to see a Shafer versus Balfour race.

Brian

February 27th, 2010
12:47 pm

Madison, try reading the bill or the book. At least try to understand how it would help everyone…..especially the poor. Plus, I never called you a liberal (put that card back in the deck). And what is wrong with paying NO income tax what so ever…..only paying tax when you make a purchase? Sit back everyone, here comes the standard response to that question.

DoninAcworth

February 27th, 2010
12:48 pm

Well, so long John, it’s been good to know you. Thanks for the FAIR TAX and you can be sure we
will be trying to bring it about and thanks for the memories!