Political Notes – More candidates are getting in line

While we are still at a relatively early point in the 2014 election cycle, more and more candidates are lining up early for the Senate and congressional races.

Tricia Pridemore, who until recently was director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, made it official Monday that she will run for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District.

It’s going to be a crowded and formidable field: Pridemore will be facing off against former congressman Bob Barr, state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) and House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey (R-Atlanta).

In making her announcement at a Marietta barbecue spot, Pridemore took a hardline position against undocumented immigrants and abortions.

“The people that came here legally, there’s always an opportunity for them to be immigrants into the country,” she told Jon Gillooly of the Marietta Daily Journal. “But most importantly, it’s that people understand that until our borders are secure, no amount of immigration reform is really going to matter.”

On the topic of abortion: “My husband was adopted as an infant, and he was born into a situation that wasn’t necessarily ideal, but he was adopted, and I met him in high school, and we started dating, and we’ve been together ever since. I can’t imagine if his mother had made a different choice and that’s primarily why I’m a pro-life Republican.”

In coastal Georgia’s 1st Congressional District, an announcement is expected soon from David Schwarz, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston who now runs a consulting firm in Savannah. Schwarz was also an intern to the late senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina.

Schwarz will be taking on state Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) and probably another major candidate or two in that district’s GOP primary.

He already has a campaign website up and running here.

In the U.S. Senate race, businessman David Perdue, formerly the CEO of Dollar General Stores, has formed an exploratory committee to scope out his prospects in a Republican primary that already includes three incumbent congressmen: Kingston, Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey.

“I am truly concerned about the direction of our country,” Perdue said in a news release. “We have unacceptably high unemployment and a crushing national debt. I don’t think we can solve our problems by simply electing another career politician looking for a promotion.”

Perdue until recently served as a board member of the Georgia Ports Authority, a position to which he was appointed by his first cousin, former governor Sonny Perdue.

Sonny Perdue touted the possible candidacy of his cousin in an email to his former supporters:

“I believe he is exactly what our state and our nation needs- someone that can take his expertise to Washington, fix some big problems, and then return home. Isn’t that what the Founders intended? I believe so. That’s why I told David I would help him in any way I can.”

Perdue has launched a website for his exploratory committee here.

A bump in the road for Latino outreach

The Republican National Committee, after seeing 71 percent of the Latino vote go to Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, has been trying to strengthen its outreach to Hispanic voters through such political figures as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants.

The party’s efforts experienced a setback in Florida this week as Pablo Pantoja, who had been state director of Florida Hispanic Outreach for the RNC, announced he was switching parties and becoming a Democrat.

In an email to Kevin Cate, the editor of Florida Nation, Pantoja said he was put off by recent statements from a researcher at a conservative think tank who said Hispanic immigrants have lower IQs than whites:

Although the organization distanced themselves from those assertions, other immigration-related research is still padded with the same racist and eugenics-based innuendo. Some Republican leaders have blandly (if at all) denied and distanced themselves from this but it doesn’t take away from the culture within the ranks of intolerance. The pseudo-apologies appear to be a quick fix to deep-rooted issues in the Republican Party in hopes that it will soon pass and be forgotten. . . .

The discourse that moves the Republican Party is filled with this anti-immigrant movement and overall radicalization that is far removed from reality. Another quick example beyond the immigration debate happened during CPAC this year when a supporter shouted ““For giving him shelter and food for all those years?” while a moderator explained how Frederick Douglass had written a letter to his slave master saying that he forgave him for “all the things you did to me.” I think you get the idea.

When the political discourse resorts to intolerance and hate, we all lose in what makes America great and the progress made in society.

Olens calls for drug warnings

Attorney General Sam Olens is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to place a warning on opioid analgesics indicating the risk of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS is caused when infants who have been exposed to opioids through their mother’s pre-natal use suddenly lose their opioid drug supply at birth.

“Women who are pregnant need to be aware that opioids are powerful drugs, which can cause serious harm to their babies,” Olens said. “Placing a black box warning on opioids is a simple step that can be taken to alert expectant mothers to the dangers of these drugs.”

Olens co-signed a letter to the FDA with 42 other state attorneys general.

© 2013 by The Georgia Report


Tags: David Perdue , David Schwarz , Latino outreach , Republican National Committee , Sam Olens , Tricia Pridemore