Doug Collins becomes first in race for new 9th

Only hours after the Legislature created Georgia’s newest and most Republican congressional district, the new 9th, state Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville this morning announced his formal entry into the race:

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His statement, in part:

“My wife Lisa and I are blessed to have three wonderful children: Jordan, Copelan, and Cameron. I don’t want them to look back 20 years from now and ask their dad why he didn’t do anything to stop the mess that they will no doubt inherit.

“I very much look forward to visiting every county in the district as I seek to represent the people of north Georgia and their values in Washington.”

Collins is an attorney and has served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He has strong ties to House Speaker David Ralston – Collins was one of Ralston’s few supporters in a first, failed bid for the office.

He is also a close friend of Nathan Deal, and served as the governor’s floor leader.

Also looking at the race is local conservative radio commentator Martha Zoller.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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47 comments Add your comment

Ric

September 1st, 2011
8:56 am

He has one thing going for him: he shares a name with Illinois State basketball coach Doug Collins.

He has at least one thing going against him: The music on his law firm’s website. I’m not sure I trust his judgment.

findog

September 1st, 2011
9:08 am

…at least he won’t have to tell his grand kids he was shoveling shineola in Louisiana during the great economic debate…
What denomination is served by lawyers anyway?

Jon

September 1st, 2011
9:08 am

Close friend of Deal? I wouldn’t trust him for that either.

older conservative

September 1st, 2011
9:09 am

Doug will be one of the finest, most trustworthy persons in Washington that we have ever had.

findog

September 1st, 2011
9:12 am

Older, could you set the bar any lower?

SpaceyG on Twitter

September 1st, 2011
9:22 am

Nothing like exploiting one’s children…. right out of the gate!

SpaceyG on Twitter

September 1st, 2011
9:23 am

Findog… LMAO!

beachdog

September 1st, 2011
9:29 am

Baptist minister…

Capitol Hack

September 1st, 2011
9:35 am

“Served” as the governor’s floor leader? Did he resign that position?

Good luck, Doug. I hope you’ll take some civility to D.C. – you’re a good guy and I’d hate to see you fall into the Washington trap.

Just Nasty & Mean

September 1st, 2011
9:38 am

This guy is a Deal puppet through and through.

If people want to hand over their voting proxy to Nathan Deal—as though they don’t exist—then Doug Collins is your man!

honested

September 1st, 2011
9:58 am

But could he be any more unresponsive and self-serving than graves?

T.E.

September 1st, 2011
10:06 am

anybody know where I can find a copy of the new GA Congressional District Map online?

No Longer Republican

September 1st, 2011
10:06 am

I don’t know the guy, never heard of him til now, but…if he is a friend of Nathan Deal that gives me a REAL BAD impression from the start. Could we possibly get a representative that is not controlled by other politicians or stupid groups like the Tea Party. Is it possible that there is someone in the area that would be interested in serving the people of the 9th district instead of themselves and their friends? We need some Sam Nunns and Zell Millers to step up.

No Longer Republican

September 1st, 2011
10:07 am

doubtful honested. But considering his ties he won’t be much better.

eatmotacos

September 1st, 2011
10:27 am

eatmotacos

September 1st, 2011
10:28 am

There is no use in arguing about national politics here, because Georgia has been written off by both parties. As has been thoroughly tested by the election of our last and current governors, the business interest here can openingly choose any unsavory character they want as a Republican candidate, and the electorate will give them their enthusiastic support. Both Deomocratic and Republican presidential candidates know that they don’t have to waste their time or money campaigning here, and Congress knows that whoever shows up from Georgia will vote for any Republican legislation, no matter how ludicrous.

Bubba

September 1st, 2011
10:42 am

I can’t imagine why any sane person would WANT to be in Congress in the current toxic environment.

Mr. KnowitAll

September 1st, 2011
10:55 am

Does Georgia really need another politician from Gainesville? I’ve never seen such a tight cluster of democRat converts, RINOs, turncoats (lest we forget Cagle cavorting with democRats to regain lost power) and barely marginal con men.

…Time to find a REAL constitutional conservative–not a Deal sycophant.

Bill30097

September 1st, 2011
10:57 am

I hope he is not a RINO like Rob Woodall!

Hallco

September 1st, 2011
11:00 am

Stay away from the Hall County Mafia! Muy bad juju!

double

September 1st, 2011
11:04 am

All for Hall-rest sit on side line

Democratic Plantation Dweller

September 1st, 2011
12:09 pm

We need a wealth distributor in this race.

Nick

September 1st, 2011
12:23 pm

@ Bubba

You are absolutely right….

Cobb Voter

September 1st, 2011
1:02 pm

Question for me is: Is he the kind to stand up to his leadership when they are wrong or is he a go-along-to-get-along kind of guy?

My guess is, being the chosen one of Ralston and Deal, that it is the latter.

findog

September 1st, 2011
1:22 pm

Cobb, he was the guy trying to vote to replace the speaker from a combat zone
Don’t think that qualifies him as a go along guy
Someone should ask him if he is going to abuse the Franking privilege like the man from Ranger
I got 4 letters to my home the week before his primary and 6 before his runoff
Two of the later were to the people who lived their before I did in 1998

Another Doug

September 1st, 2011
1:32 pm

Well, I like his name, anyway.

same old same old

September 1st, 2011
1:35 pm

Does it really matter? One more Republican marching in “lockstep” with Limbaugh is really just business as usual.

findog

September 1st, 2011
2:02 pm

good for you Doug
old, it matters if you want someone with the moral fortitude to stand up to the level of corruption that speaker Glen established as a new low for Georgia…

findog

September 1st, 2011
2:06 pm

btw, I hope Hawkins decides to run

honested

September 1st, 2011
2:09 pm

That he was willing to out richardson is a good thing (that it took so long for anyone to step forward isn’t but hey). I just wish they had done something before the vote to add a GA Power Tax to every power bill had rocketed through.
And everything I have seen makes him more likely to represent his constituents than graves.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

September 1st, 2011
2:37 pm

It’s a wonderful thing to be an old friend of the King.

bug

September 1st, 2011
2:38 pm

Don’t worry folks Collins is an attorney and has served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Which means he can make more money in an elected office than he can from his law office. This within it’s self tells you how good of a lawyer he is.

Also, if he is like all other lawyers he will only lie to you when his lips are moving

yellowdog

September 1st, 2011
2:50 pm

u hit the nail on the head, same old, same old…..more of the ugly same; just another puffed up white male looking for his 15 minutes;

B. Thenet

September 1st, 2011
3:36 pm

So this is the guy that has been absolving Deal of all his sins.

RGB

September 1st, 2011
4:01 pm

same old same old ,

I know exactly what you mean. As a matter of fact, I have a “Limbaugh chip” in my brain that sometimes prevents me from having and holding intelligent thoughts–and I just hate it.

A couple of examples: Whenever I get to thinking that the unemployment rate is just about right (or even a bit too low for my taste) or that we need to have another few stimulus programs so that we can rack up another $18 trillion in debt, my Limbaugh chip “takes hold” and tries to get me to question our esteemed president’s policies.

Imagine that–wanting to actually call into question our esteemed President’s fantastic policies that are making this country greater every day.

If you’re reading this Mr. President, do not listen to “the Limbaughs” of the world (or should it be “Limbos” LOL!!). Stick to what you’re doing. Spread the wealth. Double gas prices every 2 years. Don’t let those big oil companies look for that nasty oil. Increase unemployment further. Raise electricity rates via regulation. Give us the free stuff that we deserve. We demand social justice!!!

And take Michelle out this Labor Day weekend for a rack of ribs and a cheeseburger–because it’s been a week since you’ve been on vacation and you need to recharge your solar-powered lithium, green, sustainable, renewable batteries.

Jay

September 1st, 2011
4:05 pm

“I don’t want them to look back 20 years from now and ask their dad why he didn’t do anything to stop the mess that they will no doubt inherit.”

I have been amazed at the transition in attitude amongst many Republicans these past few years. Five years ago, while Bush was president and Republicans controlled both chambers of congress, Republicans were still in their ‘America is and will always be the greatest country ever’ mode. They cheered on the politicians, generals and troops since they still thought the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were great ideas and going really well.

Then the economy tanked, Republicans lost both chambers of congress, and the presidency. And all of a sudden America is doomed. Seniors are yelling at politicians to “keep your government hands off my Medicare.” Republicans suddenly discovered the huge debt Bush & Co. ran up but decided it was all the fault of Democrats. Republican politicians no longer talk so much about American exceptionalism; they seem most concerned with trivial spending matters. I mean, they have no intention of serious entitlement reform because that would lead to defeat at the ballot box. But rallying against spending in general is still good for some votes and campaign contributions. We currently have over 14 trillion dollars in debt and Republicans are making a stink about cutting 4 trillion of it, while the actual debt amount continues to go up.

Doug Collins’ quote pretty much sums up how many Republicans see things right now. Don’t get me wrong, they still get the occasional patriotic hard-on while listening to Sean Hannity, but mostly they come across as a sad and defeated lot, resigned to mediocrity. They have no plans to “restore greatness” or whatever trope they used to sling around. The businessman’s party sold its soul and its workers out for the last few dollars it could get. The dream of never-ending growth and prosperity has come to an end and you can see it in the faces of Republicans everywhere. From a group that was so gung-ho on American exceptionalism a few short years ago, this new behavior is a shock to me. Oh, it’s reality alright. And the BS Republicans had been pushing for years was just a scam built like a deck of cards, bound to fall. But when Doug Collins admits that he is impotent to make real change and his kids will inherit a mess, then you know it’s game over.

honested

September 1st, 2011
4:34 pm

Jay,

Can I post that on my waiting room wall?

tom H

September 1st, 2011
4:58 pm

Jay,

Well said and so true.

cam

September 1st, 2011
5:17 pm

Deal is a crook.Is he he a crook too?

RGB

September 1st, 2011
5:26 pm

Jay,

You took up a lot of space to say that you either don’t believe America is in a mess or that you don’t believe we should fix this mess because Republicans are only now realizing or admitting that a problem exists.

Since a broken country affects you and everyone you know–for generations to come–isn’t that reason enough to want to fix it?

For you, apparently not.

Your foot-long paragraph is bereft of solutions.

Nuff said.

Politico

September 1st, 2011
6:09 pm

“Stop the mess,” huh? Sounds like another no vote to anything progressive and absolutely no new ideas. Typical Republican obstructionist and a tool of Deal.

Jenzen

September 1st, 2011
6:14 pm

@Jay, 04.05p
You my air-headed fellow need some quick and serious psychiatric help!
Other than taking every penny away from the “rich” (whatever determines that), and stealing more taxes to fund more and more shrimp on treadmills, what would you, oh mighty intelligent one, do to bring down the current debt? Doesn’t matter how it was amassed (and YES, the Republicans were guilty also) it has to come down and help prevent us from getting us nearer and nearer to bankruptcy. I suppose no one (Republicans, Tea Partiers, Socialist Democrats, or others) shoulsd do nothing and let OBUMMER and his cohorts keep spending and spending and spending. Sounds like music to your ears, doesn’t it? Wheee!

fire eater

September 1st, 2011
7:06 pm

Which candidate will make the third world immigration invasion of America their main campaign issue? This is the most important issue in this race in the new Ninth district.

honested

September 1st, 2011
7:14 pm

jenzen,

The solution is simple.
Re-institute the tax rates that were in place until 2001 or eliminate all of the deductions, exemptions, loopholes, accelerated depreciations, and other nonsense that creepe back into the tax code post 1987.

We are not overtaxed and have not been for several decades. Refusal to tax appropriately WILL destroy our republic.
Refusal to tax appropriately is the real problem in Greece and Spain.

honested

September 1st, 2011
7:15 pm

fire eater,

Whichever candidate can gain the greatest contributions from the chicken peeling companies and shriek of how it will put the chicken peelers out of business if they have to pay living wages and follow the same employment rules as the rest of us legitimate employers.

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