I am guessing this in response to a non solicited ad by the Club for Growth or maybe it was their endorsement. Here is the ad:
Hawkins immediately started his attack which was documented here by the peach pundit. The best part of this campaign is what I call as our local radio stations call TINO’s https://twitter.com/leeforcongress/status/10784740082
I am sorry your name doesn’t appear on this this list:
Maybe one day it will.
Here is the Graves response:
Graves for Congress | PO Box 701 | Gainesville | GA | 30503
Until then enjoy this.
Calhoun Times endorses:
“Tom Graves for Congress”
May 5, 2010
Calhoun, GA — As early voters have already discovered, about half of Gordon County must work its way through a confusing ballot in the special election to fill the 9th Congressional District seat that Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Gainesville, gave up to run for governor.
Seven North Georgians qualified to run for the seat, which represents a wide swath of the state, stretching across the top of the state from Alabama to South Carolina and includes the eastern half of Gordon County. Those candidates are Chris Cates of Blairsville, Tom Graves of Ranger, Lee Hawkins of Gainesville, Bert Loftman of Jasper, Eugene Moon of Gainesville, Bill Stephens of Cumming and Steve Tarvin of Chickamauga. All are Republicans except Moon, an independent, and the six Republicans will all meet again in the July 20 primary, along with Steve Brannon of Fairmount and Bobby Reese of Flowery Branch. Mike Freeman a Democrat from Gainesville, announced last month that he was withdrawing from the race, but his name will still be on the ballot. He did not qualify for the Democratic primary.
All of the announced candidates bring unique talents to the race, but as far as Gordon Countyâ€™s interests are concerned, there is only one sensible choice â€” Tom Graves.
Graves, a Gordon County business owner, formerly represented state House District 12, which includes the eastern part of Gordon County and all of Pickens County. He has represented Gordon County since 2002 and has strong conservative credentials. He resigned his seat to run for the 9th District seat. In the past few months he has built a strong grassroots organization across the district.
In the past eight years, Graves has established himself as one of the leading conservative voices in Georgia. He founded and chaired the 216 Group, a conservative policy group of like-minded Georgia lawmakers who met to evaluate pending legislation based on conservative principles. Â
The Ranger resident knows Gordon County, its citizens and their concerns well. And Gordon Countians know Graves, including his principled stand against former Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson, a stand that cost Graves several committee chairmanships and his post as one of Richardsonâ€™s â€œHawks.â€
He is a former member of the Gordon County Board of Elections, an active member of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce, and he and his family attend Calhounâ€™s Belmont Baptist Church.
Graves has a strong grasp of the economic issues that are critical to Gordon Countyâ€™s continued growth. His knowledge of this region and its communities of interest would be invaluable when the Georgiaâ€™s Congressional districts and state House and Senate districts are redrawn based on the results of the 2010 census.
With the number of candidates on the May 11 ballot, there is a good chance that a runoff will be required before the seat if filled. And of course, all of these candidates (and several others) have said they plan to run in the July primaries for the November general election.
However, it is our view that Tom Graves is the best choice for Gordon County in this crowded special election field.