Wright McLeod becomes third GOP candidate in 12th District

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.

12th District GOP candidate Wright McLeod

12th District GOP candidate Wright McLeod

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

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38 comments Add your comment

liberalefty

October 25th, 2011
4:57 pm

more PEE PARTIERS

Independent voter

October 25th, 2011
5:05 pm

I am so glad I dont live in that district.

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honested

October 25th, 2011
5:08 pm

It is a shame Mr. Barrow abandoned his Democratic constituents.
Why did he ever think he could ‘out wrong wing the wrong wingers’.

Bob

October 25th, 2011
5:24 pm

Caveat Emptor…another attorney, folks. If our gov’t is the world’s largest business, why would you elect lawyers to run it? Maybe that’s why we are in the mess today from the White House all the way through Congress. How many of you would turn over your savings, retirement, 401Ks, etc. to your family lawyer to invest? We have enough laws…let’s just enforce the ones we have. Just my opinion.

findog

October 25th, 2011
5:27 pm

Well he is more qualified that our AG for the Georgia National Guard; that should count for something here in red land

Centrist

October 25th, 2011
6:09 pm

Uhh, Mr Jim Galloway – another “typo”. Barrow is a DEMOCRAT not “U.S. Rep. John Barrow, R-Savannah” as you have above.

It is easy to confuse since both his Congressman website and re-election website purposely don’t mention his party either.

Jon Lester

October 25th, 2011
6:17 pm

Jim, I generally trust your reporting, but in my experience, the words, “Augusta real estate attorney,” are very much at odds with my idea of “a good-looking resume.”

Centrist

October 25th, 2011
6:57 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/25/opinion/brooks-the-fighter-fallacy.html

NYT Op-Ed Columnist DAVID BROOKS
October 24, 2011

Excerpts:

“The elemental question in American politics is: Do voters trust their government? During the middle of the 20th century, more than 70 percent of Americans said that they trusted government to do the right thing most of the time. According to a CNN/ORC International poll, only 15 percent of Americans asked said that they trust the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. This is a problem for Democrats. Barack Obama also crossed the ideological threshold in 2008, running as a postpartisan unifier. But the government activism of his first two years reawakened the Big Government/Small Government frame. Independents and moderate conservatives recoiled. On issue after issue, the electorate has shifted rightward as independents have moved closer to the G.O.P. According to a Gallup poll, 64 percent of Americans who were asked said they primarily blamed government for the economic slowdown, whereas only 30 percent said they blamed the financial institutions. According to a Congressional Connections poll, 55 percent of adults said they believed government regulation has been a “major factor” in the current economic slowdown. The party of government cannot win an orthodox vs. orthodox campaign when 15 percent of Americans trust government. It certainly can’t do it presiding over 9 percent unemployment. It’s suicide. Yet this is the course the Obama campaign has chosen. He’s campaigning these days as the populist fighter, the scourge of the privileged class. Obama, who is still widely admired because he is reasonable and calm, is in danger of squandering his best asset by pretending to be someone he is not. Obama, a natural unifier and conciliator, seems on the verge of running as a divisive populist while accusing Mitt Romney, his possible opponent, of being inauthentic. It’s misguided. It raises the ideological temperature and arouses the Big Government/Small Government debate. It repels independents, who don’t like the finance majors who went to Wall Street but trust the history majors who went to Washington even less. Obama would be wiser to champion a Grand Bargain strategy. Use the Congressional deficit supercommittee to embrace the sort of new social contract we’ve been circling around for the past few years: simpler taxes, reformed entitlements, more money for human capital, growth and innovation. Don’t just whisper Grand Bargain in back rooms with John Boehner. Make it explicit. Take it to the country. Lower the ideological atmosphere and get everybody thinking concretely about the real choices facing the nation.”

td

October 25th, 2011
7:04 pm

Sounds like a much better choice then Barrow. I do not get to vote in this race. I live in the district of the honorable Tom Graves now. Just what America needs, another good conservative in the House of Reps.

td

October 25th, 2011
7:17 pm

Jim Galloway,

I am begging you to please, please, please do a blog about Georgia asking that the voting rights act be made unconstitutional. I would really enjoy all these libs so mad that they are drooling on themselves.

Centrist

October 25th, 2011
8:18 pm

@ td – Mr. Jim Galloway rarely reads comments. If he was reading these, he would have corrected his typo above as previously pointed out where he has Barrow as an “R – Savannah”.

Also, he only blogs against Republicans and for Democrat issues. He certainly will not want to get involved with the Georgia Republican effort to get released from the cumbersome and old Voting Rights Act.

sm

October 25th, 2011
8:59 pm

Great guy…served in the military for twenty years. He has my vote.

Georgia Values

October 25th, 2011
9:39 pm

This race is over. Charlie Norwood was one of the best. You are right Jim, about the weight of his Gloria’s endorsement. A masters degree in national security from Georgetown looks especially appealing in a candidate right now with the way Obama has screwed up Libya and is in the process of screwing up other nations in the middle east.

Georgia Democrat

October 25th, 2011
9:53 pm

I am a retired stockbroker in Roswell. My days consists of gardening and attending rotary club meetings. I am also a native Georgian. I have remained loyal to the Democratic Party of Georgia my whole life. We did not adjust to the modern times. It was our fault, but the crooks have taken over our legislature. Gone are the days of compromise. In our the days of oppression and trashy people making up our house and senate. I have never been so dissappointed in my fellow Georgians for not standing up against this neo-nazi regime that has plagued the South. Yet people still complain about the economy and state of affairs. Do you people not see who your elected officials are? While republicans may serve a valuable purpose in the North, they have no business to be meddling in Southern Politics.

Yours Truly,
Craig

td

October 25th, 2011
9:55 pm

If you are so unhappy, then why do you not move to another state dammit!? This is republcan nation and we will rule with an iron fist if we want to loser!!!

Ga Democrat

October 25th, 2011
10:02 pm

Dear td,
I hope God gives you a much needed lesson in Georgia history. It is people like you who are jealous of our simple lifestyle in the South. Or it could truly be that you are misinformed. I would like to give you the benefit of the doubt. That is why I am here to help. I feel obligated because y’all have destroyed our very foundation as a blue state. Politically uneducated people of your type do not see the piercing differences between the Southern Democrat and the Northern Democrat. They are completely separate entities! Republicans did not make Georgia a conservative state. We created conservatism long before any republicans were in our state.

td

October 25th, 2011
10:03 pm

So you’re telling me Zell Miller was a democrat?! You better get your facts straight dummy!

Ga Democrat

October 25th, 2011
10:04 pm

I rest my case td.

Centrist

October 25th, 2011
10:12 pm

@ Georgia Democrat – Craig, the post after yours was obviously not from the REAL td, but a liberal imposter.

My question to you is whether you miss the old Democrat corruption like that of Talmadge, Tom Murphy, Roy Barnes redistricting, etc. One party government is usually a dangerous thing – EITHER way. There are those of us who are not loyal to either party.

Ga Democrat

October 25th, 2011
10:26 pm

You never met Tom Murphy. You have no idea who he was as a person. He was a fair man. You would not be here today if it was not for Tom Murphy unless you over the age of 40. The republican controlled media bashed that man. I had the luxury of going to one of his inner circle parties. Not knowing what to expect, he was the nicest and most animated character that I have ever met. Now we have Ralston! Oh my, what has happened?

td

October 25th, 2011
10:26 pm

Ga Democrat

October 25th, 2011
10:02 pm

The two td post above addressed to you were not from myself. There is some coward (Probably a Georgia Democrat) that has been hijacking my screen name for a couple days for some reason. This person has not the intellectual honesty to come out with there own screen name and have a debate of any substance. He/she has probably been battling with me for some time now but has been shown how bankrupt there personal philosophy is so now he/she is attempting to make myself and conservatives look bad through being an impostor.

Please pray for this poor soul and I will always take a prayer sent my way.

Thank you

td

October 25th, 2011
10:28 pm

I have helped bring out the demons in Georgia. People are beginning to get educated about Ga Politics! What will I do and who will I suck off then!?!?

tom H

October 25th, 2011
10:39 pm

Centrist: Please enlighten us as to the corruption involving Tom Murphy and Roy Barnes. Was there money pocketed by them and their friends? Please be specific. And how does their “Corruption” compare with that of our last governor and his special tax bill, saving him approx. $100,000 in state taxes and his moves involving Oakey Woods in which his supporters and friends were bailed out of a bad financial investment by the state?.

td

October 25th, 2011
10:44 pm

Ga Democrat

October 25th, 2011
10:26 pm

I too am a life long Georgia Resident born and raised in Cobb County. I am a little younger than you are (probably around the same age as your children). When growing up my entire neighborhood was blue dog democrats an most of there children started out as democrats. Some where along the way the national Democratic party changed we did not. As Zell Miller said “I did not leave the democratic party, they left me”. The change occurred for me when I was working for Lockheed. I was young, joined the union and was even made shop Stewart. I went to a union meeting right before the Reagan and Mondale election. If you remember there was a debate and Mondale said that he would cut defense spending dramatically if elected. Our union President was giving a speech and telling all the union members that we all had to vote for Mondale. After the speech he took questions and I asked him why we wanted to vote for Mondale when he was going to cut our jobs if he was elected? My interpretation of what he said was that protecting the union was more important in the long run then my job was. From that day forward I decided to vote for Reagan. I also did a lot of research and read the planks of both parties and decided the national Democratic party did not represent my philosophy or for that matter the philosophy of all the great blue dogs democrats I grew up around. Since that time the democratic party has went farther and farther to the left and these libs run the party. Go back and read the Huffington post and the Daily kos during the Obamacare debate and read the disdain they have for the blue dogs. They are only using people like you my friend

td

October 25th, 2011
10:51 pm

td

October 25th, 2011
10:28 pm
I have helped bring out the demons in Georgia. People are beginning to get educated about Ga Politics! What will I do and who will I suck off then!?!?

Ahh, dw you just gave yourself away. You my friend are a coward and low life piece of crap. You have no intellectual capability to come on here and debate me on the merits of your philosophy, so you have to lower yourself to hijacking my screen name. You must be one of those HS drop outs that have to depend on the government for your subsistence. Your parents really must have hated you to not make you get a good education and not teaching you anything about character. I fell sorry for you and will pray the God touches you at least with some character and maybe a little intelligence.

td

October 25th, 2011
11:05 pm

tom H

October 25th, 2011
10:39 pm

I know you asked centrist this question but I had to take a crack at it. Murphy was a criminal attorney and he had the (NOLO) pleading placed into the DUI law. How many millions do you think he made in the years past ($2,000 to $3,000 per incident) the implementation?

Barnes was a mainly civil attorney and he ramrodded the consumer laws through the legislature that allowed individual sue for a great deal more offense. How many millions did he make after he left office. Plus, he appointed a great deal of the judges he went before and never asked that judge to recuse himself/herself. How crooked was that?

All politicians are in the game to help themselves better economically. Why do you think a attorney would spend $100,000 or more on their own campaign, give up 3 to 4 months per year of billable hours for a $19,000 per year job. Be a realist please.

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td

October 26th, 2011
12:27 am

Let me make one thing clear. Tony Danza is greater than you! Muhahahahaha! Happy Halloween kids! You can find me on AJC.COM. Bada boom bada beem!!!

Sincerely,
Tom Dean

Ga Democrat

October 26th, 2011
12:37 am

There was never any evidence that Thomas Bailey Murphy abused his power as Speaker of the House. You are alive. You are breathing and living in the greatest country in the world. You would not be here if it was not for Tom Murphy. Think about this for a second young lad. It is a great deal to grasp, but once pondered upon, your life can change. I would read a Tom Murphy biography if I were you. I would not be in this pleasant moment at this present time if it were not for him. As hard headed as I am, I gladly accept the fact that he played a huge role in making Atlanta a world-renowned city. Nobody in his inner circle wanted him to run for his last term, but that is just who Tom Murphy was…a fighter and WWII vet! A proud American he was and the biggest hero Atlanta has ever had.

Perry King

October 26th, 2011
12:44 am

Dear Ga Democrat,
You just brought tears to my eyes. I never thought about how everybody used to vote democrat in Georgia. My dad voted democrat as did everyone else in the family. Things just do not seem real anymore. Everybody is down and deppressed. The spirits are down. I have not been pleased with our legislators. They seem like a fake group in a sense that they are not letting our children flourish and blossom into beautiful people. I am switching back to TRUE BLUE TONIGHT!!!

Buckhead Boy

October 26th, 2011
5:27 am

I knew Tom Murphy personally. He wasn’t a saint; but neither did he engage in the hypocrisy of portraying himself as one, which seems to be a prerequisite for Republican office holding. Georgia is simply better for his service. I also know Roy Barnes; and can assure you that he honestly earned plenty of millions before ever serving as Governor. Along with Carl Sanders he should be revered as among the greatest living Georgians.

Now, I call upon our Republican friends to tell us with a straight face who among their office holders have demonstrably made this state better or should be revered otherwise. I’ll grant you Paul Coverdell. Please continue.

Eli

October 26th, 2011
8:34 am

blah blah blah, another republican running for a now republican seat, blah, blah, blah.

Anybody that says this is about principles and issues is either completely clueless and drinking the GOP kool-aid or is a complete idiot.

The voters of the new 12th essentially have two options: 1) reelect John Barrow and have a Congressperson that will be reading polling data weekly to make sure he is doing what the district wants, or 2) elect a republican to go do what republicans do best: toe the party line without question.

td, picking fights over the past…like usual. I have a quick question: since you “grew up” a blue-dog democrat in Cobb (which is not possible, you were either a yellow dog democrat or a republican). The only thing you have been correct about is the Democrat party leaving the South. We have no room in our party for bigots and have made that clear since the 70s. When the US began to start identifying with the parties on an ideological dimension, this became even more pronounced (and given that you are so smart you should know that the parties were not ideologically based well until the 80s). Little might you get this, but in a party that celebrates individual freedom we could not allow segregationists to belong to the party any longer. This is nothing new, even when your “conservative” democratic buddies of years past, namely pieces of refuse like Lester Maddox, required an oath from all seeking the democratic nomination for the general election that the official position of the party was pro-segregation, correct-minded democrats, that is liberal democrats, like Charlie Weltner retired from politics because their place in the democratic process within a conservative state was over.

All of you that believe the Democratic party left you, get with the times. The democratic party only left you if you are a bigot and/or you are pro-segregation/anti-Civil Rights Act. Since 1964, this has been the GOP at the national level and, after some time, the Democratic Party was able to purge the racist element from the roster all together.

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td

October 26th, 2011
9:38 am

Eli

October 26th, 2011
8:34 am

“All of you that believe the Democratic party left you, get with the times. The democratic party only left you if you are a bigot and/or you are pro-segregation/anti-Civil Rights Act. Since 1964, this has been the GOP at the national level and, after some time, the Democratic Party was able to purge the racist element from the roster all together”

So you are saying that nearly 60% of all Georgians are racist? Very nice.

td

October 26th, 2011
9:43 am

Buckhead Boy

October 26th, 2011
5:27 am

I did not know Murphy. I did know Barnes personally, he was my state Senator for years and his wife and my mother in law were best friend. Been to dinner with him several times (before he was governor), hung out at his house and I can tell you he was a typical southern lawyer. He would smile in your face and twist the knife in your back at the same time if it meant he could make a dollar.

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