Another Republican Goes On Air

Candidates are split on the GOP’s ACA replacement.

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Ally Mutnick
March 9, 2017, 10:46 a.m.

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)


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