Why I Support And Cast My Ballot For Brian Kemp

My preferred candidate didn’t win the Primary, but I believe we have a great candidate in Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  Brian is a down-to-earth, genuine man.  I remember when I was first elected Walker County Republican Party Chairman in August of 2009, I got a handwritten note from Brian congratulating me and giving me his personal cell number telling me “call me if you ever need anything.”  And I had to a few times regarding issues with our elections office.  He may not have known the answer right away, but he had a knowledgeable staff.

He didn’t have to be generous to offer a county chairman his direct cell.  He didn’t have to make himself accessible.  He could have made me go through his office staff to find who I needed to speak to.  I believe that shows the character of the man, and I believe that’s an important characteristic for Georgia’s next governor.

Governor Nathan Deal is leaving behind a tremendous legacy.  It’s been written about here time after time, but I believe people forget how tough things were for Georgia.  Then-Governor Sonny Perdue navigated the initial economic blow, but his successor, Governor Deal, was left with charting the waters to lead Georgia back to prosperity.

We now have a decision to make as Georgia voters: continuing the work of Governor Deal or trying something “new”.  In my book, something “new” doesn’t exactly mean it will be “better”.  In fact, the new that Brian Kemp’s opponent is offering includes rolling back the tax cuts that the Georgia General Assembly passed earlier this year.  Quite frankly, I don’t enjoy the idea of turning right around and paying more in taxes after they were cut.  Electing Republican Brian Kemp will ensure that the tax cut passed earlier this year won’t be reversed.

It’s not just taxes that Republicans have been working to keep low.  Governor Deal and our Republican leaders and legislature have kept our budget balanced (as required by the state constitution), kept our AAA bond rating through a double-dip recession, made investments in the growing entertainment and high-tech sectors, made strides in criminal justice reform, made investments in growing the transportation infrastructure not just in metro Atlanta but statewide, and plenty of others.

This will be a team effort, and I believe Brian is the man to lead that team.  Brian has been visiting all parts of the state hearing concerns from voters and delivering his vision for Georgia while his opponent has been jet-setting to pick up large donations from her out-of-state supporters.  I would rather have someone focused on the growth and prosperity of our state than someone focused on pleasing outside donors.

I have cast my General Election ballot for Brian Kemp, and I encourage you to do the same for him too.

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Benevolus
Benevolus

Not the strongest endorsement I’ve ever read, but an endorsement nonetheless.
One thing I do want to point out: I don’t think ‘out-of-state donors’ are expecting anything from Stacey Abrams. All she could really deliver for out of state donors anyway is a voice against the divisiveness of Trump and a chance at a reasonable redistricting process.

taylorwfuga
taylorwfuga

If you dislike “Out-of-State Donations” then woo boy you must really despise Brian Kemp and Georgia Republicans. Can’t imagine holding your nose with all the $ flooded by the Kochs, Mercers, Adelson, and various Dark Money SuperPacs.

Indypendant
Indypendant

Nope. Voting against Kemp again. Voted against him in the Republican primary, and again in the runoff.

I’ve known Brian Kemp for 25 years. He is incompetent, and has been groomed for this moment his entire adult life. If anyone in this race is beholden to special interests, it’s Brian Kemp.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Sounds like you’re just worried abt taxes. But if you want to grow transportation infrastructure, I’d expect some sort of tax implication regardless. Also, Abrams is clearly much more likely to move criminal justice reform forward. And if you like the entertainment industry, you literally have the biggest entertainers and producers supporting Abrams. Ultimately, Kemp is not Deal, nor is he ideal. The biggest area for growth in Georgia is actually accepting progressive policy in health care (note: lots more health sector jobs). Investment in early education, technical education is next. None of it easy to do, politically or fiscally,… Read more »

Michael
Michael

Brian Kemp demonstrated his lack of integrity during the primary with his campaign ads. I get it – you must run to the right in a Georgia Republican primary. But his ads weren’t him running to the right. His ads were him running to the ludicrous. I am a proud gun owner, having been trained by law enforcement on to how to properly use guns from childhood. You NEVER point a firearm at anyone, EVER. It doesn’t matter the context. Brian Kemp knew this, but he opted to do this anyway (towards a teenager, of all people) for cheap political… Read more »

Gregs
Gregs

Well stated! Run the way you plan to govern. His ad choices and the people with whom he associates are an indication of his character. His violent threats against “illegals” were disgraceful. Neither he nor Micheal Williams ever explained exactly how they were going to determine who was an “illegal” in the first place. This leads me to believe he plans on profiling people just as he’s done as SOS.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

You could have saved yourself a whole lot of time and just wrote
“cause he has an R next to his name”

LTWill
LTWill

That was a very long winded and uninspiring way of saying that “Kemp is the Republican candidate”