Chuck Efstration picks up legal community endorsement in 7th District contest

Big doings on the Republican side of the 7th District congressional race.

Chuck Efstration, the former county GOP chairman, announced this afternoon that he has picked up the endorsement of Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter – and the nod from seven current and past presidents of the county bar association.

Porter’s endorsement should come as no surprise. Efstration is an assistant district attorney in Porter’s shop. The fact that Efstration is in the contest is a near-endorsement itself.

What’s significant is that Porter is one of the best-respected public officials in the county, with a reputation for rooting out corruption.

And Efstration has thrown out several hints that he views state Rep. Clay Cox of Lilburn as his chief opponent – and that he intends to make Cox’s legislative behavior an issue in the primary campaign.

The bar association endorsements come from current president Angela Couch Nguyen; and former presidents Carole Cox; Lyle Porter; Keith Miles; Margaret Washburn; Phyllis Miller; and Michael McGarity.

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15 comments Add your comment

GOP Voter

May 18th, 2010
2:33 pm

Get rid of all the lawyers……..

The Snark

May 18th, 2010
2:58 pm

No problem, GOP VOTER.

But …

the next time your kid gets arrested, or some drunk totals your car, or the bank forecloses on your house because of a computer error, or your wife gets sick because of the tainted food she ate at the restaurant, or your business partner screws you out of the profits for the year, or your local GOP buddies on the county commission start handing out contracts to their friends and declare Mormonism to be the official state religion …

Call a plumber for help.

Phyllis Miller's Left Behind Shoes

May 18th, 2010
3:50 pm

Endorsed by an organization that Phyllis Miller was once the leader of? That’s not worth the price of the ink on that paper.

Tired of BS

May 18th, 2010
7:40 pm

Chuck is a young man of character. His youth is actually a good thing, because he hasn’t been in politics long enough to get corrupted. I hope he leave Clay Cox in a cloud of dust.

Land Surveyor

May 18th, 2010
8:05 pm

With jobs and the economy being of foremost concern as well as common sense. I’ll take a businessman over a lawyer.


May 18th, 2010
10:36 pm

Well, I would certainly HOPE that my former boss would endorse me too… I would be more concerned if he didn’t back him. This means little to nothing in the grand scheme of things, gives Chuck a couple extra $$ to continue a lackluster campaign that many Gwinnetians wish would have occurred in a few more years when he has had time to grow and mature. He’s 27 years old, I have older mortgages than that…

Jones Appellate Law Practice

May 19th, 2010
1:56 am

Congressman Schrock (R-IL) is 28 and was elected at 27. I believe that Congressman Putnam (R-FL) was 26 when he was elected. Both are good solid conservative Members of Congress. With youth comes energy and drive to get things accomplished. There is nothing wrong with being the “baby of the House” – in fact Mr. Schrock is distinguishing himself so much that already he is the Ranking Member of a Subcommittee of the House.

My opinion is that there are too many people who have been in Washington for a hundred years and are committed to the old ways of doing things – backroom deals, earmarks, etc. Fresh blood is needed.


May 19th, 2010
7:24 am

@Tired of BS
Well, Chuck is already tainted by GOP politics: he’s been involved with the GOP insiders for quite some time now. OK, he might be a man of character, but I seriously doubt his “honesty creds” if he’s been hanging with shady Gwinnett GOP members. If you’re looking for a man of character, look no further than Jef Fincher in that race.

@The Snark
The issues you mentioned are noteworthy, but what makes you think that a conservative Gwinnett lawyer would fight for the common person on those very issues?

The Snark

May 19th, 2010
8:48 am


I don’t know anything about Elfstration, so I don’t know whether he would be a good rep. or not. But the lawyer-bashing troubles me. Americans take the rule of law for granted, and the anti-government rhetoric of some people has started to reach irresponsible and even dangerous levels, especially in the last couple of years, when politicians have learned to milk it for support.


May 19th, 2010
9:18 am

@The Snark
True about the lawyer bashing. You make good points up there.
What troubles me about most of these Congressional candidates is that they don’t offer up anything new. I think Jef is the exception to this rule.
It really troubles me that candidates like Clay and Chuck seem like establishment/corporate puppets who could care less about the individual constituent. And somehow the Porter endorsement seems disturbing.


May 19th, 2010
10:21 am

Like it matters. Go Chuck, it can’t get any worse! (Disclosure: I’ll endorse whatever democrat they choose to sacrifice in this election).

The Snark

May 19th, 2010
12:06 pm

From my personal and all-too-close observations of the Georgia legislature, there is no one in power really looking out for the average Joe. There seems to be something bordering on contempt for people who need help from the state, even something as simple as a law preventing title loan companies from taking people’s cars and keeping all the money they get for selling them, even if its way more than the loan. I guess this is what happens when you run on the “anti-gummint” platform for too long — you no longer believe its your job to do anything.

Tired of BS

May 20th, 2010
3:07 pm

pcBobby….. your guy won’t ever get my vote. Notice I didn’t say anything bad about any of the candidates….. you couldn’t wait to start dogging them.

Gwinnett Citizen

June 14th, 2010
8:53 am

So he picked up an endorsement of a man that has abused his authority ,entrapped citizens, lied to state officials, covered up crime by his cronies, allowed Columbian drug lords to deal drugs ,and framed people for crimes to get his numbers up or to settle a score. Congrats ,it help Judge Weingardener a lot last time. I wouldn’t tell anyone this POS wanted me in office. He’s the most corrupt politician this state has ever had (Porter).

Gwinnett Citizen

July 22nd, 2010
4:32 pm

I love being right. Nobody that has heard of Danny Porter would ever vote for someone he endorsed.