A third Republican formally entered the 12th District congressional race on Wednesday – carrying a good-looking resume and an endorsement that may have some punch.
Wright McLeod, an Augusta real estate attorney, on Tuesday filed his federal paperwork to begin fundraising for the right to challenge U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Savannah.
McLeod, a native of the area, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Acdemy who flew F-14 Tomcats for 20 years, including 38 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm – the invasion of Iraq organized by George H.W. Bush. He’s also got a UGA law degree, and a masters in national securities studies from Georgetown University.
McLeod also has the endorsement of Gloria Norwood, wife of the late U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood of Augusta. Which matters in east Georgia.
A statement by Gloria Norwood from McLeod’s nascent campaign:
“Wright embodies what it means to serve our country,” stated Mrs. Norwood. “I have known Wright McLeod and his family for most of his life. With the tough times our nation is facing, I know he’s the right choice to serve us in Congress.”
McLeod has never run for public office before – which could be an advantage in 2012. The two other announced GOP candidates are state Rep. Lee Anderson, R-Grovetown, and Augusta businessman Rick Allen.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider