"Benjamin Franklin was a nudist," said Foster, whose colorful background and alleged involvement in a bizarre boat theft case were the subjects of an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article last month. "I don't think I'm at all unique."
Asked how voters should consider all of this, Foster replied: “Number one, what we do is exclusively protected under the First Amendment. We are certainly not a group of pedophiles. We exclusively prohibit anyone under age 21. It is a district where you have a lot of individualists. And as individuals, they will have to make their own minds up.”
Foster is the sole Democratic candidate who has qualified to run for Graves' seat, according to the Georgia Secretary of State Office's records. The 14th District Democrats of Georgia Facebook page includes posts congratulating Foster for qualifying to run and linking to his campaign website. Meanwhile, Eric Gray, a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia, said his organization does not endorse candidates, particularly ahead of primaries.
“It appears he leads a very unique life,” Gray said of Foster.
Ruth Demeter, the chairwoman of Floyd County’s Democratic Party, said her branch also won’t endorse anyone ahead of the general election for Graves’ seat.
“We are not endorsing, nor will we endorse, any candidates in the 2018 primary election,” she wrote in an email.