Last May, Georgia’s current State Insurance Commissioner, John Oxendine made waves at the Georgia State Republican Convention when he announced he candidacy for Governor while he voiced his extreme displeasure with Congress for failing to follow the leadership of Representative John Linder on the FairTax. A few weeks later after doing some research I endorsed Commissioner Oxendine on my old blog. Since I have imported that blog’s posts here you can find it HERE. I would like to reiterate my endorsement for Commissioner Oxendine right here and right now.
John Oxendine has been our State Insurance Commissioner since he was first elected during the Republican Revolution of 1994. He became the first Republican elected to high state office in many years (if not since Reconstruction). Ever since he has been one of the most popular Republicans in our state. In his last two re-election contests he earned the highest amount of votes of any Republican on the ticket (winning many traditionally Democratic precincts). Margin-wise it reminds me of the margins that Governor Mike Huckabee enjoyed when winning re-election in Arkansas.
If there is a dictionary definition for “Public servant” Commissioner Oxendine’s picture would accompany the term’s entry. He keeps his office open past traditional business hours to serve the citizens of Georgia at hours that are more convenient to us. He has also done the unthinkable – cut jobs at the office but increased productivity and efficiency. On matters of insurance and other consumer matters he is highly praised time and time again for the job he has done. I can only see great things for Georgia under his leadership.
Commissioner Oxendine is putting his job on the line running for Governor (he can’t continue to be insurance commissioner if he loses his bid for Governor). One of the major planks in his platform is the FairTax. He has not waited to be elected to work hard for us on this matter. He has traveled across the country building support for limited constitutional conventions to get this true economic stimulus adopted. There are already 16 states on board to follow Georgia’s lead once the language is agreed upon. There is no other candidate in this race that is so committed to our cause in putting the “Going Out of Business” sign on the door of the IRS.
I can also say without hesitation that John Oxendine is the strongest conservative in this race. He is unequivocally Pro Life and Pro Family. He knows that the 2nd Amendment is crucial to defend our 1st amendment rights. He is committed to stand strong to improve education, energy, health care, and our economy through innovative and effective means.
There are two other major Republican candidates at present for Governor in 2010. One of them is Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. He has not gotten along well with the General assembly and electing him may create a legislative log jam that would hamper our ability to grow and operate. He has also been no friend to the FairTax thus far. The other candidate is our current Secretary of State Karen Handel. She announced her candidacy right before the session of the General Assembly began and the delay in its conclusion may force her out because compared to Cagle and Oxendine she has not raised any money. The only State Republican convention before the election is this May and she can’t spend any money to promote herself by law there. Therefore she is at a great disadvantage. She has been a wonderful Secretary of State, taking strong stands against illegal immigration as it pertains to elections However, she has only served for two years and I wish she would stay at her post for a little while longer.
Under Governor Perdue’s leadership for the past eight years, we have seen “Sonny” days and have moved in the right direction, compared to the days under Democrat Roy Barnes. I feel that John Oxendine is our best chance to make Georgia a better state and a leader in the nation. I feel he is the right man, for the right job, at the right time. Getting to know him, follow him, and listen to him speak he reminds me of the kind of person and candidate I found in Governor Mike Huckabee in the 2008 Presidential race. He is very real and speaks from his heart. He’s already taken some unpopular positions in this race but like Mike, he won’t change based on the advice of paid staff or the direction of the political winds.