Scott talks about change in plan
Switch to Congressional race was about ‘making a difference’
TIFTON —Austin Scott, former gubernatorial candidate and newly announced candidate for the 8th Congressional District, came home to Tifton Wednesday to speak to the Tifton Rotary Club. Scott spoke briefly on his recent political activity and beliefs and then opened the floor to questions from Rotary members.
Scott’s April 29 move from the governor’s race to a hopeful spot in the 8th Congressional District aroused questions and concern from many supporters from across the state. Scott assured Rotary members that his decision to remove his name from the gubernatorial ballot was what he thought to be the best move for the country.
“The most important change that needs to be made is in Washington,” Scott said. “My family can survive whatever governor is elected to lead Georgia, whether Republican or Democrat, but I’m not sure my family or yours can survive another two years with the way things are in Washington. In the end it was a decision between proving a point and making a difference. I chose to make a difference.” (more…)
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Georgia state Rep. Austin Scott has dropped his campaign for governor and launch a challenge to Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall in the state’s 8th Congressional District, a Republican source told POLITICO.
Scott, who was first elected to the Georgia Legislature at 26 and has served there since 1997, has failed to gain traction in a gubernatorial primary that includes multiple statewide Republican officials, but he’s regarded as an up-and-comer in his party.
“He’s got a base in the district,” the Republican source said. “He brings to the table the financial resources to give Marshall a tough fight. And he’s hungry.”
Marshall won reelection against retired Gen. Rick Goddard by over 14 points in 2008, but his district broke for Sen. John McCain on the presidential level by a double-digit margin. Expect Scott’s announcement soon: Georgia’s filing deadline is Friday.
On April 3, Georgia gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal spoke at the Douglas County GOP Breakfast. In front of about 50 people Deal blamed his ethic woes on Nancy Pelosi and the AJC. Appearing angry and agitated, Deal attempted to explain away the ethic charges concerning his north Georgia auto salvage business and contracts with the state of Georgia.
The AJC broke the story with details about the contracts and meetings Deal had with state officials.
From the Campaign:
We have had a tremendous response so far to my statement on protecting 4-H and the agricultural extension. It is rare for our campaign to send two emails in a week, but this issue is just that important. The University System of Georgia’s recommendation to eliminate 4-H is unacceptable and reflects a lack of leadership at the highest level.
4-H: A lifetime of character
At its core, 4-H is a character building organization for young people. Thousands of young Georgians from across the state participate in its learning programs in schools, at 4-H camps like Rock Eagle, in environmental education, and in agricultural and other education programs.
Georgia 4-H students have a high school graduation rate of 92%. In a state where only 78% of all students graduate high school, the loss of 4-H would have detrimental effects on Georgia for years to come. Georgia 4-H students come from all backgrounds, social classes, and ethnicities. They come from urban and rural communities. In 4-H, they develop leadership skills and build character to become the kind of citizens Georgia needs.
But what about the cost? According to Georgia4H.org, state funds supporting 4-H equate to less than $53 per student. This is a small price to pay for a true bright spot in Georgia education. I don’t have many regrets, but I do wish I had joined 4-H when I had the chance. I hope that my son Wells won’t let the opportunity pass him by.
What else can we do?
In the Georgia General Assembly, I have consistently advocated cutting irresponsible spending in our state’s budget. I recently proposed selling unnecessary airplanes the state owns and maintains for its executives. I proposed salary reductions for highly compensated state employees, much like those being made in the private sector. Soon, I will be rolling out plans to eliminate an entire government agency that does very little for Georgia taxpayers. There are cuts that make sense, but if we cut vital programs like 4-H, Georgia will feel the effects for years to come. Stand with me today to show your support for 4-H in Georgia. Visit ScottForGA.com to find out how to get involved.
I got an email asking how old is Austin Scott. The Answer: 40
I was reminded of a quote from Ronald Reagan:
“I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.” -during a 1984 presidential debate with Walter Mondale
Austin has both youth and experience. He has served in the Georgia Legislature for 14 years.
Austin Scott has served in the Georgia General Assembly since he was first elected at age 26. After graduating from the University of Georgia’s business school, Austin opened an independent insurance brokerage in Tifton, Georgia, which he continues to operate today. He serves as Chairman of the House Governmental Affairs Committee, where he has earned a reputation for being fair and solutions oriented. Representative Scott’s seniority in the House, along with his work ethic and integrity, allowed him to secure additional appointments to the Appropriations Committee, the Rules Committee, and the Ways and Means Committee. At the age of 32, Georgia TrendGeorgia’s Brightest Stars under Age 40.
Austin pushes lower taxes
Rep. Austin Scott” Georgia needs jobs. Austin continues to press for two tax reform measures in the Georgia House aimed at immediately bringing more jobs to the state. HB 1029 proposes to eliminate the corporate income tax in Georgia, and HB 1037 will cut the long-term capital gains tax in half. If passed, these two measures will move Georgia to the top of the list for many companies evaluating their relocation options.
See Austin Scott debate fellow GOP candidates in Alpharetta, Ga.
5:57 pm February 12, 2010, by Maureen Downey
Candidates for Georgia governor share their views on education
Candidates for Georgia governor share their views on education
All the candidates for governor are being invited to share their education views with Get Schooled readers. As each piece comes in and is published here, it will be added to a category called Governor 2010. I urge you to read all the pieces.
Here is what GOP candidate Austin Scott submitted:
By Austin Scott
In my vision of public education in Georgia, graduated means educated and educated means ready to go to work. Quality education for our children creates a quality workforce, and in turn, a vibrant economy.
I am passionate about improving our education system in this state. You see, my mother is a teacher, and so is my sister. My son Wells is a student in Tift County Public Schools. I am in Georgia’s public schools more than most or maybe all other candidates in the race to be Georgia’s next Governor. It is personal for me. It should be for you too, because the economic and professional opportunities available to our children and our state as a whole depend on quality education being equally available to all.
Unfortunately, most conversations about education today seem to focus on venture capital, vouchers, and “pay-for-performance”. In contrast to some of the other GOP candidates for governor, I do not support placing teacher retirement funds in the hands of venture capital firms. More importantly, I do not know a single educator who is in favor of their money being invested in venture capital. I do not believe in taking unnecessary risk with teacher funds—especially after considering some of the losses that have been sustained by similar funds during this economic downturn. Vouchers and “pay-for-performance” are of equal concern to me, as I do not think either one addresses the fundamental problems in our education system. (more…)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 5:16 p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2010
Their concerns surfaced last week when an influential Republican congressman publicly attacked Oxendine, a rare overt sign of discord among Georgia Republicans. Some party regulars have even suggested that a victory for Oxendine in this summer’s GOP primary could place the party in the position of losing the Governor’s Mansion to a Democrat.
Matt Towery, a former Republican legislator turned political analyst, said some party leaders are feeling a fresh sense of urgency as the race unfolds. (more…)