House Speaker David Ralston endorses Doug Collins in 9th District race

Gov. Nathan Deal may have declared his neutrality in the GOP contest for the new 9th Congressional District, but House Speaker David Ralston has not.

As noted by the north Georgia news site, fetchyournews.com, Ralston on Monday showed up at a fundraiser for state Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, and said this:

“It’s going to take more than someone just talking about something up there…Doug has experience. He knows how to pass legislation; he knows how to get things done.”

Just possibly, Ralston’s remark was directed at Martha Zoller, a former radio talk show host from Gainesville who is one of Collins’ opponents. She’s promised to set up an Internet-based talk show just off the floor of the U.S. House.

Also remember that Ralston is somewhat indebted to Collins. Even though he was stationed in Iraq as a military chaplain at the time, Collins was one of the few House Republicans to stick his neck out for Ralston when the Blue Ridge lawmaker mounted a disastrous challenge to then Speaker Glenn Richardson.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Just Wait

May 23rd, 2012
7:20 pm

If I only lived in the 9th district, I would know who not to vote for now. Thanks Dave!

[...] Jim Galloway notes from fetchyournews.com that 9th congressional district candidate Doug Collins picked up a big endorsement today:  Georgia House Speaker David Ralston.  The Speaker’s backing isn’t surprising since the Speaker and Collins became friends while serving in the state house together: Also remember that Ralston is somewhat indebted to Collins. Even though he was stationed in Iraq as a military chaplain at the time, Collins was one of the few House Republicans to stick his neck out for Ralston when the Blue Ridge lawmaker mounted a disastrous challenge to then Speaker Glenn Richardson. [...]

Look before I leap...

May 23rd, 2012
7:51 pm

Well he is reliably Republican.

That he is in bed with Deal and Ralston makes him suspect but very electable.

Bobby

May 23rd, 2012
7:53 pm

Of course Ralston would endorse Collins. He needs someone to keep up the good work of shafting and lying to Georgia residents while using his legal powers as Speaker to keep criminals out of jail.

Serious Robuck

May 23rd, 2012
9:33 pm

I miss Tom Murphy more every day. Every day.

[...] Jim Galloway notes from fetchyournews.com that 9th congressional district candidate Doug Collins picked up a big endorsement today:  Georgia House Speaker David Ralston.  The Speaker’s backing isn’t surprising since the Speaker and Collins became friends while serving in the state house together: Also remember that Ralston is somewhat indebted to Collins. Even though he was stationed in Iraq as a military chaplain at the time, Collins was one of the few House Republicans to stick his neck out for Ralston when the Blue Ridge lawmaker mounted a disastrous challenge to then Speaker Glenn Richardson. [...]

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

May 23rd, 2012
11:07 pm

I hear Martha bakes cookies, too.

honested

May 23rd, 2012
11:32 pm

Ok, so far he has the endorsement of a crook and a liar.
Will there be any recognized LEADERS qualify for this race before closing time on Friday?

Question Man

May 24th, 2012
9:54 am

Why do you say there is a mystery? With a huge amount of money to be made, aren’t most politicians licking their chops (even though many would not want to go on record about it)?

Disgusted Republican

May 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

Don;t know much about Collins but I am sure the voters in the Appalachain Judical Circuit will recall that Ralston also endorsed his buddy Oliver Harris Doss for Judge and even made robo calls for him. Doss had to resign over more than 50 Judicial Ethics Committe charges an of all things is now running for District Attorney of that same circuit. Wonder if Ralston will endorse him again? Old Harry sure knows the location of the graveyard whwere all the political bodies are buried! Might even win with David’s support. Voters don’t seem to learn well.