Even Ivory soap isn’t pure enough

He is the most conservative Congressman in Georgia and the 16th most conservative in the nation. His rating is 90% by Gunowners of America, 100% by Americans for Prosperity, 85% by Numbers USA, 100% by National Right to Life, 93% by the NRA and 86% by the American Conservative Union. He is my 9th District Congressman Doug Collins.

For some that is not good enough according to a story reported in the Gainesville Times by Jason Gill and Clark Leonard.

Two candidates have emerged to oppose U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville in the May 24 Republican primary.

Roger Fitzpatrick of Cleveland and Mike Scupin of Gainesville each have announced they are running.

Also, Bernard Fontaine of Suches has set up an exploratory committee to determine whether he’ll run against Collins, according to his website.

Fitzpatrick and Fontaine opposed Collins in previous primaries, and this is the first bid for the seat by Scupin, who is founder of Lanier Tea Party Patriots.

I regularly encourage people to get involved politically and run for office if they are so disposed. But the increased frequency of those who challenge based on a single vote or issue seems a waste of the qualifying fee. Based on the challengers comments in the article that is what is going on in this race.

Ronald Reagan was correct when he said,“if we agree on 80+% we are allies, not 20% enemies”.

(Full disclosure – I intend to volunteer again with the Collins campaign this election cycle)

For the full article see Gainesville Times

 

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Nathan
Nathan

Same thing in the 14th. Apparently, group-think is required to get the full support of the outer fringes of the GOP.

gcp
gcp

The thinking here is that by running several candidates you force Collins into a runoff. Probably won’t work. Collins should win w/o a runoff.

John Konop
John Konop

gcp, Not sure if you saw this? Looks like challenges like this are driven by the Cruz and Trump anti establishment messaging in the party. http://atr.rollcall.com/trump-cruz-victories-cause-gop-problems-ballot/ ……..The unprecedented early success of the Texas senator and billionaire businessman in Iowa and New Hampshire might spark a transformation in a year’s-worth of Republican House and Senate primaries, threatening to transform a sleepy slate of contests into ones that recall the pitched intra-party wars waged during the height of the tea party movement. The hope among conservative insurgents — and concern among the GOP powers-that-be — is Trump and Cruz serve as beacons… Read more »

gcp
gcp

Yes, good point.

Pete Gibbons
Pete Gibbons

I have an eery feeling of De ja vu here…..

That said it is everyone’s right to run for office and glad there are people willing to step up. I have Mr Fitzpatrick and Mr “Don’t complain, vote Fontaine” from their previous campaigns. I wish them well as I cast my ballot for Doug.

George Chidi
George Chidi

I suggested something like this was coming last week.

Democrats need to be ready to capitalize if incumbent Republicans are forced out by comparatively crazy candidates in primaries.

Chet Martin
Chet Martin

It’s not relevant to the text of the article, but I couldn’t help thinking of this incredible ad when I read the headline:

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Stefan
Stefan

If parties weren’t so off-putting, more people would be involved, but since nobody is involved, only the most extreme people are involved, thus making them more off-putting.