The timing of this is unfortunate, coming in the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, but the Rev. Jody Hice this afternoon formally entered the Republican race to replace U.S. Rep. Paul Broun of Athens.
A longtime ,30-year Walton County pastor, Hice made it into a GOP runoff in the 7th District contest to replace U.S. Rep. John Linder, losing to Rob Woodall. Hice received 44 percent of the vote. From the press release:
"My life has been dedicated to serving people. I care about families and their future. I care deeply about the future of our nation. Under President Obama we have weak leadership, bad decisions, wrong policies and absolutely the wrong vision for our country. America has taken the wrong road and it is time to change direction.
“First and foremost we must stop the irresponsible spending by the politicians in Washington. Georgians know that we cannot afford unrestrained spending, higher taxes, spiraling deficits and astronomical national debt.”
State Rep. Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, announced her candidacy last week.