4th District GOP race: Who’s a Republican, and who isn’t?

My AJC colleague Jeremy Redmon says the GOP primary race for the 4th Congressional District is starting to get a little nasty. He sends this report:

In an interview this week, businessman Greg Pallen pointed to a 16-year-old Chapter 7 bankruptcy filed by his opponent, Chris Vaughn.

“How does he expect the American people to put him in office and manage the financial and fiscal issues that he is going to need to manage when he can’t even manage his own fiscal and financial responsibilities?” said Pallen, 43, a businessman from Oxford.

Vaughn said his family has since “rebuilt our life and rebuilt our credit.”

“We took a couple of major hits – and a very hard season in our life,” he said. “We had a family member who was very sick and [we] made some changes to help them and never could catch up.”
Meanwhile, Pallen complained about a postcard that Vaughn’s campaign has been distributing. The card aimed at GOP primary voters declares that Vaughn is “the only Republican candidate.”

“It’s marketing — and ‘Coke is the real thing,’” said Vaughn, 46, a church pastor from Rockdale. “I believe I am the only Republican that can cross over in a general election and hopefully win a district that most people would consider would be biblical for a Republican to win.”

By “biblical,” we’re supposing Vaughn means that a miracle along the lines of loaves and fishes would be required for a Republican to carry a Democrat-heavy congressional district anchored by DeKalb County. To continue:

Vaughn added Pallen’s “core support is not Republican.” Pallen called the postcard “mudslinging.”

“I have been a Republican all my life,” Pallen said. “And I am running as a Republican. So to say that he is the only Republican candidate is a lie. All that does is create confusion.”

Pallen attempted to turn the tables on Vaughn, pointing to his political background. “He is accusing me of being a Libertarian, but he actually ran as a Libertarian,” Pallen said. “[He] stated that he was the Libertarian candidate against an incumbent Republican. And I have that on video.”

See it here.

Vaughn confirmed for the AJC that he once appeared on a ballot in North Carolina as a Libertarian candidate, to protest the actions of an incumbent county commissioner. Vaughn, who worked for a radio station then, said he didn’t actively campaign.

“When you are in your 20s, you do things,” Vaughn said. “It was just a protest for radio to make a point that some of the values that were being expressed were not being held to.”

Whoever prevails in the GOP primary will face the winner of a three-way race in the Fourth District’s Democratic primary. U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson is attempting to fend off challenges from Courtney Dillard, 49, a Christian minister and real estate developer from Conyers, and Lincoln Nunnally, 32, a consultant from Newtown.

Johnson defeated then-U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney in a 2006 Democratic primary runoff to capture her seat. In May, McKinney filed papers to run for her old seat this year under the Green Party banner.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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12 comments Add your comment

td

July 13th, 2012
1:25 pm

Dang Jim another non story. It does not matter which one of these two win the Republican primary because they will be defeated in the general election by at least 35 or more points.

Centrist

July 13th, 2012
1:29 pm

Just more Galloway Republican bashing. Where is the similar back and forth with the Democrats in this leftist district where Republicans have no chance?

Centrist

July 13th, 2012
1:40 pm

Yesterday Obama gutted the Workfare law that President Clinton supported and signed into law. The MSM, of course, ignored this. In the past, bureaucrats attempted to define activities such as hula dancing, attending Weight Watchers, and bed rest as “work.” These dodges were blocked by the federal work standards. Now that the Obama Administration has abolished those standards, we can expect “work” in the TANF program to mean anything but work. The new welfare dictate issued by the Obama Administration clearly guts the law.

Jack

July 13th, 2012
2:49 pm

don’t know either one of these guys, but pastor who filed bankruptcy and is now running for congress raises a red flag. Could it be for financial gain? Just a thought.

Suesan Pie

July 13th, 2012
8:40 pm

Obama is going down and so are his cronies. People are sick and tired of the Democrats bashing people. Is a candidate so insecure in their own campaign they have to go attack others? Yeah, I’m not good enough so let me dig up dirt on my opponent – that will keep the spotlight off of me. Wah Wah take your ball and go home. Who is NOT hurting right now? Companies are closing their doors and families are in financial ruin. Now would not be a good time to bash someone for filing bankruptcy. Who would even stoop so low? The people in this District are hurting. They need someone who can relate. People got to do what they got to do to survive. Maybe that is what we need in Washington – candidates who know how to suffer a little bit. Then maybe they will remember it is NOT their money to spend. You might want to walk a mile in someone’s shoes (if they have any) before you through them.

Suesan Pie

July 13th, 2012
8:44 pm

Okay so now I know I am going to get a bashing for using “through” instead of “throw.” I made a mistake, get over it.

Gigi

July 13th, 2012
8:58 pm

But didn’t this Chris Vaughn also leave his old church in debt? Seems like this pastor just leaves debt and bills wherever he goes. Maybe he is actually a Democrat

Jack

July 14th, 2012
12:29 am

he could have used it to his advantage if he would have disclosed it, knowing it would come out. The last way I want to hear about people’s skeletons is through the newspaper. How about full disclosure upfront letting the district know his personal experiences and that they help him to understand the situation some might be in? This isn’t trashing, it’s vetting. But Suesan Pie seems so convinced about Vaughn that vetting is not necessary to her/him.

Edmund Ruffin

July 14th, 2012
9:17 am

I hate to say it, but TD is right. It is unfortunate, but Hank “the brilliant Guam is going to sink” Johnson will get reelected on the basis of the stupid vote, which is in DeKalb County.

Suesan Pie

July 14th, 2012
9:42 am

Oh my I bounced a check – should I just let the world know. Oh that’s right most every Congressman has done that. I wonder how many have had to file bankruptcy in their lifetime – especially NOW. Let’s put it in the papers because that is really news. Not the real issues – which is what we would expect someone running for office to focus on. Instead it us about digging up dirt and slamming the opponent trying to take the focus off of their lame platform that is just not cutting it. I’m not so sold on Vaughn but I’m not supporting any candidate who whines and sniffles and hides behind barricades. Be a man Pallen, tough it up, get a hair cut, welcome to the South and stop swinging on the coats of mommie and daddy’s business. Anyone who is business savvy in today’s world knows that filing bankruptcy is sometimes a business decision that has to be made. A lot of folks in the 4th District have made those decisions. Pallen just probably lost all those votes. I know he did mine.

Kelly

July 14th, 2012
1:47 pm

Gigi- Chris Vaughn came into a church that was heavily in debt and was ask to turn it around. When he tried to implement change to help the church get out of debt. The governing body of the church made a decision that they did not want to make the changes so they dismissed Chris. Please before you make repeat hear say stories get the facts do your research. Pallen is spreading gossip and only gossip because he running scared. Pallen is not registered as a republican but as unidentified and he only joined the republican party the day that he qualified to run on a republican ticket. This does not make him a life long republican unless he is only a few months old. This is not hear say it is the facts. That is what is wrong with the politics today too many people rely on hear say because they are too lazy to do there on research.

Gigi

July 14th, 2012
3:04 pm

But didn’t Pastor Vaughn have similar problems in North Carolina also? Seems him and debt go hand in hand. Shouldn’t he better provide for his own family and new church before running for Congress