Until last week, 40-year-old Rob Woodall was chief of staff for U.S. Rep. John Linder. He’s been with the congressman for 16 years.
Woodall called this morning to introduce himself as the newest candidate in the Republican contest to replace his now former boss.
He announced Wednesday, in a conversation with Neal Boortz on WSB (750AM). Boortz and Linder have paired on a couple books on the Fair Tax – a proposed sales-tax substitute for the income tax.
What you probably didn’t know is that Woodall was involved in the writing of both. Said the former staffer:
“I think of myself more as a ghost on the first book. They put my name on the second time around.
“When they got ready to do that second book, they said, ‘Rob do you have the time to help us out with it?’ So I took some unpaid leave from work and really threw myself into it. I really appreciate them giving me that opportunity. The Fair Tax is one of my passions.”
Woodall said Linder was “just thrilled” by his decision to enter the race, made after the abrupt withdrawal of state Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville). “I appreciate his support on that,” the former chief of staff said.
The second thing you need to know about Woodall is that he does not live in the 7th District. “I do not. As of Friday I will. They’re cleaning out and finishing the floors on a place out in Lawrenceville. So I will soon be a Lawrenceville resident,” Woodall said.
Woodall is a Georgia native – born in Athens, raised in Avondale and DeKalb County. A graduate of Furman University and the University of Georgia law school.
Very likely, Woodall’s longtime residency abroad will become an issue in the race. Consituency service is how he’ll answer any questions:
“For every day that I’ve been working for John, I’ve been serving the folks in Gwinnett.
“I’ve been in Washington D.C. But I’m not of Washington D.C. It is funny to me that I’m not the hometown guy, that I’m the underdog from out of town.
“I’m thinking, golly, I know your kids, I know your families, I know your deepest darkest secrets, because we’ve been working on them and trying to solve them together for over a decade.”
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