He who hesitates is primaried.
Travis Bowden of Lilburn announced today that he would drop out of a crowded race for House District 102 and into a primary contest against state Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville).
Balfour was the first Republican to announce for the 7th District congressional seat of retiring U.S. Rep. John Linder, then abruptly pulled out – and said he was done with politics. Earlier this month, backed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and other Senate Republican leaders, Balfour said he’d run for re-election to the Senate.
Bowden’s press release is pretty rough – and full of implied meaning:
“After several insightful months of meeting with Lilburn residents, I have decided to focus on the Senate District that encompasses much of Lilburn, as well as the communities of Snellville, Lawrenceville, Grayson, and Loganville. It is not a decision I make easily or hastily. However, I can no longer abide our current Senate representation and feel I can better serve my friends and neighbors in the Georgia Senate,” Bowden said.
Then there’s this:
“Gwinnett deserves able representation, and ethical candidates. I will be honored to represent my home in Lilburn, and bring legislation that helps to create jobs, limit government and revitalize Highway 78,” Bowden continued. “For too long, the same lifelong politicians and their associates have allowed Eastern Gwinnett to fall into disrepair. I plan to put those communities back together again and work with local and legislative leaders to make that plan a reality.”
“As we learned from Scott Brown in Massachusetts, seats do not belong to politicians because they hold them for decades. Gwinnett County deserves better than legislators who push to raise college tuition for students, advocate causes for special interests, and ignore their constituency.”
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