State Rep. Mark Hatfield, who raised eyebrows as the attorney in an effort have the name of President Barack Obama stripped from next Tuesday’s presidential primary ballot, became the first Republican to announce that he’ll seek the Senate seat now occupied by Greg Goggans, R-Douglas.
Goggans, citing economic pressures, has decided not to seek a fifth term in the Senate.
Hatfield, who has feuded with the leadership of House Speaker David Ralston, was drawn into the same district as state Rep. Jason Spence, R-Woodbine, in the last redistricting session.
From Hatfield’s press release:
“I will be running for the Senate to provide conservative, independent leadership for South Georgia,” said Hatfield.
Hatfield will be running in the newly-reconfigured Senate District 7, which includes all of Ware, Coffee, Bacon, Pierce, Atkinson, Ben Hill, Irwin, Atkinson, and Berrien counties, and a portion of both Charlton and Tift counties.
Hatfield has represented large portions of the new Senate District 7 during his time in the House, and he said that uniquely prepares him to represent those same people in the State Senate.
“I know the people of South Georgia want an independent person who stands up for everybody. They want a conservative, pro-life, pro-family senator who stands for his principles even when it is not popular. I have kept that commitment while serving in the House, and I will keep that commitment if elected to the State Senate,” said Hatfield.
Hatfield drew up the complaint filed by a parties who question Obama’s birth in the United States and challenged Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s placement of Obama as the sole name on Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary ballot. (Hawaiian state officials have provided, time and again, documentation of Obama’s birth.)
An administrative judge recently dismissed the complaint, which Hatfield has appealed to a Fulton County Superior Court judge.
As soon as I posted the above, I went downstairs to the basement of the Legislative Office Building, only to find Hatfield in the snack bar — delighted at being able to escape the dilemma of whether to run against a House colleague. He pointed to this piece in the Waycross Journal-Herald.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider