Gingrey, incumbents to return to Congress
by Geoff Folsom
gfolsom@mdjonline.com
November 07, 2012 01:43 AM | 2179 views | 1 1 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Redistricting didn’t slow U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) from cruising to a sixth term in Congress.

Just after midnight, results in the four-county district showed Gingrey with 194,541 votes overall (69%), defeating Democrat Patrick Thompson, who had 89,130 votes (31%).

In Cobb, Gingrey earned 82,807 votes (60%), while Thompson took 56,179 votes (40%).

Gingrey, who previously practiced obstetrics in Marietta for more than 30 years, promised to work to repeal President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with a program that will bring down costs and keep young people interested in careers in medicine. He also aims to control federal spending, he said.

“Obviously, the critical issue is the debt and deficit,” Gingrey said Tuesday evening. “Without question, no matter who is the next president, we have got to cut out all the unnecessary spending. We have got to slowly but surely, and hopefully not too slowly, get rid of the mountain of debt we’re passing on to our children and grandchildren.”

Gingrey was pleased with his reception in the new parts of his district, including Cherokee County, where he received 79 percent of the vote.

“Obviously, I don’t know all 200,000 people in Cherokee County, and I don’t know a large percentage of the 30,000 plus people in Fulton County, but, obviously, they know me,” he said. “And they know what I’ve done as a part of the community, delivering thousands of babies for 35 years.”

Thompson, a Woodstock small business owner, said he planned to increase federal investment in infrastructure if elected in District 11, while also ending subsidies of oil and coal companies. He pledged to fight for Obamacare.

“I would have been happy with 25 percent, so if we end up with over 25 percent, I’m very happy,” he said.

With Obama being reelected, Thompson said he hopes Gingrey will work more with the other side in his next term.

“He should get the message that he needs to start cooperating with Mr. Obama,” Thompson said. “This, ‘We’re going to have to go against everything he does!’ sends the wrong message.”

Gingrey said he will work for everyone in his district.

“I will say to them I am your Congressman,” he said of Thompson’s supporters. “I will not poke a stick in your eye. I will work for you just as I work for those who voted for me.”

This was Thompson’s second time seeking public office. In 2010, he received 20 percent of the vote when he challenged state Sen. Chip Rogers. He said Tuesday that he plans to run for office again, possibly against Gingrey.

In the Republican Primary on July 31, Gingrey garnered more than 80 percent of the vote against challengers William Llop and Michael S. Opitz.

The newly redrawn district includes northwest, central and southeast Cobb, as well as all of Cherokee and Bartow counties and the Buckhead area of Fulton County.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Gingrey had more than $1.8 million in cash on hand as of Oct. 17, while Thompson had $2,105.

U.S. HOUSE, 6TH DISTRICT

Gingrey’s fellow physician, Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell), led easily late Tuesday in District 6, gathering 167,255votes overall (64%) compared to Democrat Jeff Kazanow’s 94,287votes (36%).

Price won 64,391 votes in Cobb (70%), while Kazanow won 27,314 votes (30%).

The 6th District includes northeast Cobb, as well as north Fulton and DeKalb counties.

Along with repealing Obamacare, Price said his priorities for the next two years will be dealing with the looming fiscal cliff of automatic tax increases and spending cuts in a bipartisan manner. Price is particularly concerned about military spending cuts, which could lead to numerous layoffs at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta plant.

Kazanow, a Kennesaw business consultant, said that while he would fight for his constituents at Lockheed, he wanted to see even deeper military spending cuts. On healthcare, Kazanow said that although he would prefer a government-run, single-payer health system, he would settle for continuing Obamacare.

Price, who won a sixth term, also had a large financial advantage over his challenger, with more than $1.5 million on hand as of Oct. 17 for his campaign. Kazanow reported $11,705 on hand.

U.S. HOUSE 13TH DISTRICT

U.S. Rep. David Scott of Atlanta, the only Democrat to represent Cobb in Washington, will continue in that role after defeating Republican Shahid Malik, a Riverdale business owner. Scott was leading in the six-county district with 196,537 votes overall (72%) to Malik’s 78,066 votes (28%).

Among Cobb voters, Scott got 43,072 votes (65%) over Malik’s 22,960 votes (35%).

District 13 includes southwest Cobb, as well as all of Douglas County and parts of Fulton, Fayette, Henry and Clayton counties.

Scott, who like his Republican colleagues from Cobb, earned a sixth term in Washington and promised to fight for jobs at Lockheed. He said he wants the Bush-era tax cuts to expire for families earning more than $250,000 a year, though he is willing to raise that bar to those making more than $500,000.
Malik, meanwhile, considers most federal spending to be unconstitutional, called climate change a hoax and said he would like to replace Obamacare with a privately funded system.

Scott’s campaign reported $262,026 in cash on hand Oct. 17. Malik did not file a campaign-finance report with the Federal Election Commission.
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November 07, 2012
to repeal Obamacare will fail. It will never pass through Senate. Time to move on GOP.
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