Former state Sen. Judson Hill (R) debuted a 30-second spot that “features a string of constituents, enthusiastically repeating” his “slogan as he travels the district.” The slogan: “Take the Hill, Hill.”
“The ad was unveiled two days after” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) “announced his endorsement of the Marietta Republican. Rubio easily won the district … in Georgia’s March 2016 presidential primary.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
HEALTH CARE DEBATE. Candidate are uneasy about the GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Former Johns Creek Councilman Bob Gray (R) “said it was ‘not quite the ‘repeal and replace’ plan I was expecting,’ and his spokesman said he wanted a ‘more conservative option.‘” Hill and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) both said the bill needed more work, though Handel noted she was glad it “repeals the individual mandate and eliminates the medical device tax.”
Businessman David Abroms (R) “said lawmakers were ‘moving too fast on an issue that is too important and too complex to simply ram through.’” Former Trump campaign aide Bruce LeVell (R) was enthusiastic about the bill. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
TAKING AN INTEREST. The “April 18 election to fill the vacancy Tom Price left for a Cabinet post is attracting outsized national attention as the most competitive federal contest in the nation since Donald Trump’s inauguration.” Former congressional staffer Jon Ossoff (D) “picked up the endorsements of several Washington-based political action committees … He also got a $1.1 million boost from Daily Kos.
Meanwhile, Abroms “a political newcomer who is sinking $250,000 of his own fortune into the campaign, has hired the Florida-based former campaign manager for independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin to advise his race. That strategist, Joel Searby, said Abroms is drawing from McMullin’s national base of donors and volunteers.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
ON BOARD. Former state Sen. Ron Slotin (D) released endorsements from Dunwoody Councilmember Lynn Deutsch and Chamblee Councilmember Leslie Robson. (release)