You can’t categorize this as a surprise, but U.S. Rep. John Linder just endorsed his former chief of staff, Rob Woodall, as the man to replace him in Congress.
Woodall, who helped Linder and radio talk show host Neal Boortz write two books on the Fair Tax, said weeks ago that he entered the 7th District congressional race with Linder’s blessing.
(State Rep. Clay Cox of Lilburn, considered the other financially endowed Republican in the race, has been quietly collecting endorsements from his friends in the Legislature.)
But an endorsement from an 18-year congressman is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Said Linder in a press release:
“When deciding to retire from Congress, I had a fear that with all of the challenges facing our great nation, now would be the wrong time to change leadership in Washington. With Rob Woodall’s announcement that he would seek my current seat, that fear is gone. I am proud today to give Rob Woodall my unconditional endorsement in the race to be the next Congressman from the 7th District of Georgia.”
Linder on Woodall and the Fair Tax:
“He is alone among the field of candidates ready to continue the fight for the FairTax. Together, Rob Woodall and I made the decision to introduce the FairTax, and he has been an active partner in the effort ever since. He has traveled across the country promoting the bill and has invested countless hours improving the bill and educating its critics. To succeed, the FairTax cannot simply have a supporter; it needs a champion. I commit to you that Rob Woodall is that champion.”
So if you’re Clay Cox, even though you’ve already endorsed Linder’s national sales tax, your challenge is to make the July 20 primary something other than a referendum on the Fair Tax.
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