As advance voting got underway in Georgia on Monday, the Marco Rubio campaign held a press conference at the state capitol to announce additional members of Rubio’s Georgia leadership team. The most significant addition to the team is 3rd District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. Other notable additions include State Senators Dean Burke and Tommie Williams, and seven state representatives.
According to someone who was not authorized to speak for the campaign, Rubio supporter South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy will be in Atlanta on Thursday, February 18th to raise money and campaign for the candidate. Efforts are being made to get Rubio himself to Georgia, but to date, no firm arrangements have been made.
In a statement, Congressman Scott acknowledged the additions to the leadership team.
The momentum behind Marco’s campaign is undeniable, and we are excited to add an impressive list of Georgia leaders to the team today. Republicans across the country are rallying behind Marco because he has an optimistic vision for our nation and a detailed plan to usher in a New American Century. Georgians will play a very important role in ensuring we nominate the candidate best suited to defeat Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in November, and I look forward to working with this outstanding team to energize voters as we approach the March 1 primary.
State Senator Dean Burke of Bainbridge said,
A lot of politicians in Washington have talked about the harmful impact Obamacare is having on families across the country but few have actually done anything about it. Early on, Marco warned of a taxpayer bailout of the insurance industry, and he succeeded in stopping it, already saving taxpayers $2.5 billion. That’s the kind of leader we need in the White House, someone who can not only identify problems but can implement solutions. I am proud to support Marco Rubio for president and look forward to working hard to build support for his campaign in Georgia.
The following individuals were added to the Rubio Georgia leadership team:
U.S. Representative Lynn Westmoreland
Mike Beaudreau – Former Gwinnett County Commissioner
Brian Brodrick – Watkinsville City Councilman
State Senator Dean Burke – Bainbridge
State Representative Sharon Cooper – Marietta
State Representative John Corbett – Lake Park
State Representative Robert Dickey – Musella
Mayor Bill Dunaway – Former Mayor of Marietta
Mayor Steve Edwards – Mayor of Sugar Hill
State Representative Barry Fleming – Harlem
Councilman Dick Goodman – Suwannee City Council
Bob Irvin – Atlanta, Former State House Republican Leader
Matthew Krull – Douglas County Solicitor General
State Representative Chuck Martin – Alpharetta
Councilwoman Linnea Miller – Suwannee City Councilwoman
State Representative Randy Nix – LaGrange
Councilman Derek Norton – Smyrna City Councilman
State Representative Jesse Petrea – Savannah
State Representative Tom Rice – Norcross
State Representative Jason Shaw – Lakeland
Jerry Shearin – Former Paulding County Chairman
State Representative Ron Stephens -Savannah
Will Wade – Dawson County School Board Chairman
State Senator Tommie Williams – Lyons
Stone Workman – Monticello Mayor Pro Tempore