Blue Ridge, Ga. – Georgia Gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp continues his campaign trail as the General Election Runoff date of July 24 looms ever closer. The current Georgia Secretary of State, Kemp, made a stop in Blue Ridge, Ga. on Monday to address his supporters and those still undecided between him and current Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle for the Republican nomination.
Introducing Kemp to the crowd were two political endorsers from the Georgia House of Representatives. The first to speak was District 2 Representative Steve Tarvin.
“Integrity means the most to me in anybody’s character,” Tarvin said enthusiastically speaking of Kemp.
Tarvin went on to say that Kemp is a family man, a man of honesty and a man of faith: “I’ve known Brian for ten years. In those ten years, I’ve never seen him waiver.”
Jason Ridley, Georgia District 6 Representative, concurred with Tarvin’s introduction and speaking of Kemp said, “This is a man of integrity and a family man and is one of us.”
Ridley spoke of Kemp’s humbleness and his beginnings and being able to relate with all Georgians because of this: “That’s the most important thing.”
After brief introductions, Kemp addressed his supporters thanking them for their hard work in making his campaign a success, “It’s been a long 15 months, but the last two polls that have come out… this race is a dead heat.”
Kemp readdressed his four point plan to put “Georgians first.” The first two key issues for Kemp is to make Georgia number 1 for small businesses and to reform state government by implementing a spending cap.
“We can have broad based tax reform and lower the state income tax,” Kemp said expanding on the idea of applying a spending cap on Georgia state government.
Kemp also wishes to focus on strengthening rural Georgia: “We’ve got to have a governor that is going to focus on our whole state, and that includes the North Georgia area that we’re in right now.”
“The most important thing is, we need a governor who is going to put you first, ahead of the special interests, the status quo, the politically correct, and those that are here illegally,” Kemp spoke of his final point in his plan and the need for Georgia to have public safety reform.
Kemp also had a message about his opponent Cagle: “We need a governor who will do the right thing when no one is watching. Clearly I’ve done that over my whole career. The same can’t be said for my opponent. With the tapes that came out he will say or do anything to hold on to political power.”
Kemp spoke of the recent tapes released in which Cagle can be heard speaking to former gubernatorial candidate Clay Tippins about a recent piece of legislation that had been passed. Cagle who previously opposed the “poor policy” told Tippins about his change of stance, “It ain’t about public policy. It’s about s*** politics.”
When asked specifically why he should receive the Republican nomination over his opponent, Kemp responded that beyond his clear plan for the state, he also has a record as Secretary of State of defeating the Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams.
“All of these liberal groups that are going to be in play in Georgia supporting her (Abrams), I’ve fought,” Kemp said about his past experiences with Abrams. Citing that he has already faced George Soros, Eric Holder, Thomas Perez, Common Cause Georgia and New Georgia Project, Kemp is confident that he can beat them again.
Kemp explained where some of these groups came into conflict with the Secretary of State office, “They sued us and several counties saying that we weren’t registering voters, 10 different counts. Then they wanted us to settle. I wouldn’t do it. I made them go to court and we won all 10 cases.”
“I know what’s coming,” Kemp said about his preparation if he were to receive the Republican nomination. “I know how to fight. We’re going to have to have somebody that’s going to be not only a good fighter, but right on the issues.”
Kemp will continue his statewide campaign in the upcoming weeks in hopes of achieving his goal of becoming Georgia’s next governor.
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