FreedomWorks endorses Wright McLeod in 12th District primary

The culling may have just begun in the GOP race to challenge U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta. From the press release:

FreedomWorks PAC announced its official endorsement of Wright McLeod for Congress in Georgia’s 12th District. Through in-depth, one-on-one discussions with Wright, a review of the candidates in the race, and input from our members in the district, FreedomWorks PAC believes Wright McLeod is the clear choice for voters who support free markets, fiscal responsibility, and constitutionally limited government.

Wright McLeod has a distinguish background that includes an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, service in the Persian Gulf War, a Master’s degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from University of Georgia. He has spent his career as a small business owner in the district and knows firsthand how government overregulation impedes the creation of jobs.

As a judge, McLeod understands what the founding fathers intended the Constitution to be. He believes in a strict interpretation of the Constitution he swore to defend and that federalism is paramount.

FreedomWorks PAC Executive Director Max Pappas commented, “Wright McLeod is a solid fiscal conservative who is firmly committed to fighting for constitutionally-limited government. He has been willing to speak out about repealing ObamaCare and the need for a patient-centered healthcare plan.

He also has been willing to speak frankly about our current energy problems and to remove government-created roadblocks to more abundant and less expensive domestically produced fuels. We need more people like Wright who understand the Constitution, will be honest about the true state of the economy and work to rein in the spending.”

Others who will appear on the July 31 Republican ballot: Businessman Rick Allen of Augusta; state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown and Maria Sheffield of Dublin.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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15 comments Add your comment

Danny O

May 16th, 2012
3:32 pm

Freedom Works raises the bulk of its funds through affiliated groups that don’t have to disclose their donors. So the people of the 12th District will have no idea where the money is coming from to support Mr. McLeod.

If you’re against secrecy in political fundraising then tell your member of Congress that Super PACs should be prohibited from accepting anonymous money.

Mosell

May 16th, 2012
3:40 pm

If it makes you feel better. I am a donor, I live in the 13th District of Georgia. David Scott is my Representative.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 16th, 2012
3:54 pm

Koch Brothers shadow PAC endorses lick spittle rhetoric echoer. Dog bites man.

Film at 11.

Mack

May 16th, 2012
4:09 pm

FreedomWorks does not get a dime from the Koch brothers, that is Cato and AFP. I have looked to this race and Wright seems like the best of the lot, I am glad to see FreedomWorks back the right candidate.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 16th, 2012
4:21 pm

@Mack – Well, it is possible by your cosmosis that might correct but the consensus of those of us living in the dominant paradigm is that there is, in fact, a link between the Koch Brothers and Freedomworks.

http://exiledonline.com/washington-post-links-freedomworks-tea-party-koch-family-only-5-months-after-ames-levine/

Aaron Burr V Mexico

May 16th, 2012
4:23 pm

Whoa I apologize.

Just because there have been a few donations between the Koch brothers and Freedomworks doesn’t mean that they are one and the same. In fact, Freedom works is miffed because they want to take over the Cato institute.

No, freedom works is funded by people who like to give people lung cancer. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreedomWorks

East Lake Ira

May 16th, 2012
4:29 pm

This is just shocking! Moneyed special interests are funding someone willing to back policies and laws that benefit rich folks. And they’re going to do it all the while screaming about fairness.

You get the gov’t you deserve not the one you want.

One day even the cons will realize they’re being snookered. I just hope it’s sooner rather than later…

Centrist

May 16th, 2012
4:29 pm

Sounds like the Augusta area will have two good candidates in November, assuming McLeod gets the GOP nomination. Barrow has done a good job, and it is up to those voters to figure out if they want a Republican or Democrat to represent them in Congress. Glad I don’t have to choose.

Centrist

May 16th, 2012
4:53 pm

President Obama’s budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it.

Coupled with the House’s rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama’s budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year.

[Hey, could have been worse - one Senator and some Congressmen didn't vote]

Danny O

May 16th, 2012
4:58 pm

@Mosell:

Thanks for volunteering, but it doesn’t make me feel any better. Contribution disclosures are required for most political giving, and the same should apply here. There is no good reason that Super PACs should be allowed to cloak the source of their donations. Don’t you want to know who/what is bankrolling independent expenditure campaigns?

Centrist

May 16th, 2012
5:13 pm

Anyone else notice the drop in the number of posters since this from jgalloway?

New rule. Once you pick a handle, that’s the only one you get in a thread. No multiple posting under different names.

honested

May 16th, 2012
5:15 pm

What a shocker!

I thought the woven tea packages wear a ‘grass roots organization’.
It’s a good thing they have a strong set of funders to make sure the rank and file woven tea packages understand who they have been instructed to vote for.

And this passes for grass roots (or at least passes for astro-turf).

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John

May 17th, 2012
9:59 am

I did not know Wright is/was a judge, if so, what type and when did he serve?

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