The winnowing continues: Austin Scott runs for Congress

We’re down to six candidates in the Republican race for governor. This from my AJC colleague Aaron Gould Sheinin:

Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton) will challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.) in the 8th congressional district, eschewing a bid for governor.

Scott has been one of several candidates seeking the GOP nomination for governor but has been unable to attract the money of many of the other top contenders.

While a rumor surfaced in the past two weeks that he would challenge incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle instead, Scott confirmed to the AJC on Thursday that he will qualify to run for Congress.

But to be fair, Travis Fain – who today leaves the Macon Telegraph for North Carolina and marriage – had the first word from Scott:

State Rep. Austin Scott, the Tifton Republican who had been running for governor, will file to run against U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall in the 8th Congressional District instead, he said today.

“It’s not about Marshall,” he said. “It’s about changing the way we govern in this country. And the No. 1 thing we can do for our economy is to bring balance back to our policies in Washington.”

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19 comments Add your comment

Puddin Tain

April 29th, 2010
2:12 pm

Let’s see now. I can’t win the governor’s race. So let’s try congress. Yeah, that’s it. Congress.


April 29th, 2010
2:13 pm

One less person for My Man Ox to gore.


April 29th, 2010
3:26 pm

Austin Scott could not raise the money needed because the Georgia Legislature was still in session. He could not accept donations until the session adjourned. Very sad day…..he was an excellent candidate. We say we want the ‘politicians’ out but we can’t elect a candidate unless they play politics and get the big money. The other candidates had already quit their former posts in order to campaign full-time (ie: take money). I will now have to reexamine all the candidates…..make sure they are ethical.


April 29th, 2010
3:45 pm

Say what you wish about Austin Scott. That I’m aware of, he’s the only elected official to ever publish a number to his direct line and he’s the only elected official that has taken the time to return my phone calls. How many other politicians have adopted the same practice?

Scott For Congress!!!

April 29th, 2010
3:55 pm

Great leader for the state! Everyone should take the time to read up on this guy. Not just his literature, but his actual record, even his reasons for not voting for Milton County. I grew up in the 8th district so I hope the people make the right choice for good leadership and send Marshall packing!

I totally agree with Lynda above. Had he been able to raise money like the other candidates we wouldn’t be reading this story right now. The man didn’t abandon his constituents like the others did. Food for thought on who we elect governor this time around…


April 29th, 2010
3:59 pm

You guys are insane. Scott has been running for governor for ages. The fundraising blackout has been for the last 3 or 4 months. He had plenty of time to raise money but he decided to go Lamar! on us and walk across the state. Dude was always at 1% or less, and he wasn’t even polling in first place in his own house district.

Georgia Conservative

April 29th, 2010
4:03 pm

Wow. Looks like it’s going to be an independent or libertarian year. Ray Boyd is intriguing, but his idea to borrow our way out of the short-term revenue crunch versus cutting the size of the state government leaves me a little cold. I may have to take a closer look at Eric Johnson, but he’s a real long-shot at this point. Two of the front three have major baggage, and Handel is Sonny’s girl which is no recommendation at all. Ahem.

Henry Conservative

April 29th, 2010
4:36 pm

Looking more locally, in the south metro area, small business owner and community volunteer Tom Nicholson is running as a Republican for the Georgia House seat being vacated by Rep. John Lunsford (R-McDonough). The seat encompasses portions of Henry, Newton, and Butts counties.

Nicholson, a 35-year resident of the district, lives in eastern Henry County with his wife Pam. Married 36 years, Tom and Pam Nicholson have two sons, Tommy and Chris, and one daughter Becky.

“My experiences as a small business owner, community volunteer and long-time resident of the 110th District provide me the right perspective to represent my fellow citizens in the Georgia House.”

As a pro-life, pro-family conservative, Nicholson believes that limited government and limited taxation is the best way for families to achieve their goals. “Less bureaucratic intrusion and more common sense in government is why I’m running for the Georgia House,” stated Nicholson.

Nicholson is a veteran of the U.S. Army, having honorably served in Vietnam. Nicholson recently retired as president of Nicholson Transfer & Storage a trucking, warehousing, and logistics company in the metro area; the company remains family owned with son Tommy currently serving as president. He is a member of Bethany Baptist Church in McDonough and served previously as Finance Chairman there.

Nicholson also presently serves on the Board of Directors for Shining Light Ministries, a McDonough-based non-profit organization that rehabilitates alcoholic and drug-addicted women in a biblical manner. He also serves as a Divisional Vice President and Board Member of the Georgia Motor Trucking Association, a professional association in his line of business. Nicholson is a 35-year volunteer with the Chick-fil-A Bowl (previously Peach Bowl), serving most recently as Bowl Week Chairman. He is also a 35-year member of the Atlanta Lions Club.


April 29th, 2010
4:38 pm

So who are the SIX? Deal, Handel, Johnson, Oxendine, Putnam, and Chapman? What about Ray McBerry? did he drop out?


April 29th, 2010
4:38 pm

Georgia Conservative 4:03 pm

Sorry but Johnson is owned by Jamie Reynolds.. Look up Johnson’s actions in the Linger Longer affair & you’ll see he is no better that The Ox & Raw Deal.


April 29th, 2010
4:39 pm


Rafe Hollister

April 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

It seems voters rarely have much choice. We do not need to give Roy Barnes a mulligan, but who is going to oppose him. Ox, Handel, Deal all flawed. I guess you just have to hold your nose and vote for whatever Rep survives, kinda like deciding between Soony/Barnes, Bush/Gore, Bush/Kerry, Obama/McCain. Pick the lesser of two evils always.


April 29th, 2010
4:57 pm

@Henry Conservative — thanks for the information you posted. I live in Newton County and will definitely take a close look at this guy. I’ll pass it on. Thanks again.


April 29th, 2010
5:00 pm

What’s wrong with Handel? I have never seen any thing about her lining her pockets like the boys, if you’ll can fill me in, I’ll fit her in between Linger Longer Johnson and King Roy.


Georgia Conservative

April 29th, 2010
5:31 pm

No Ox: Handel may be the best of a bad batch. She’s been in Sonny’s pocket and his governorship has been a tremendous disappointment. In a year when a lot of conservatives are unhappy with Sonny, being closely tied to him does not help.

Oxendine Sucks

April 29th, 2010
6:23 pm

Ray McBerry has definitely not dropped out of the race. Who is this Putnam guy anyway?

Scott supporter

April 30th, 2010
10:22 am

Whether he could raise money or not, its sad to see him leave the race. Big money just wins these statewide races and we all know that. I hate to see the little people like him not get the support, but thats the way the political time works now. His idea of walking the state was a GREAT one and more candidates should do it no matter if they are known. I will support him in the 8th because I worked with him and believe in him. Its just now I will have a hard time seeing whom to vote for in Governors race…..its wont be OX I can tell you that!


May 2nd, 2010
3:53 pm

DADDY! DADDY! Buy me a congressional seat, DADDY!

The Scotts have enough money to float a run for governor. This whole fund raising issue is nonsense.