I grew up on a Georgia farm, and I enlisted in the Marines to serve my country. My wife Karla and I have been married for 35 years. She became a family doctor while I served, and we raised 5 kids and have 4 grandkids. After spending 40 years in the military, including serving as a combat infantry commander in Afghanistan, I retired from the military as an Army General, and Karla and I came right back here to Georgia to live on the farm. We are feeling very blessed.
But talking with folks around here, a lot of people are not feeling so blessed. Veterans are struggling. The rising cost of living keeps everyone working extra hard to make ends meet. And everyday people just don’t feel like anyone’s listening to them.
The way I see it, Georgians work hard. But our hard work would go a lot farther if we had someone in Congress working to raise Georgians’ pay and lower costs, so everybody can have the tools and opportunities to build a good life. We should be building things here again, exporting American products instead of American jobs, and growing our economy with more quality, good-paying jobs close to home here in North Georgia.
We see our Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene on TV all the time, but she’s not talking about any of the things that matter to people around here. Instead of doing her job and working to fix the problems facing people here, she’s waving around naked pictures of Hunter Biden. And everywhere I go, people tell me they are troubled that her values do not align with ours.
After 40 years of the military life, Karla and I have been so happy back in the Georgia countryside. Karla sees patients, and I work around the farm. When people first suggested I should run a campaign to unseat Marjorie Taylor Greene, it sounded a little crazy to us. But if my combat experience taught me anything, it’s that the way to make clear decisions is to make them free of fear. The more Karla and I talked about it and what it would mean for our family and our community, the more it sounded like something we could do to help our neighbors. And we’re always up for that.