Monday, September 28, 2009

One Month of Raising $100,000 within Mike Keown's Reach

At the beginning of September, Keown set a one-month goal of collecting $100,000 for his campaign for Georgia’s Second Congressional District seat. Late Wednesday, Keown figured he was about three-fourths of the way there.

Keown, a Coolidge pastor, is the lone announced Republican candidate for the seat currently held by longtime Democrat incumbent Sanford Bishop. Lee Ferrell of Albany recently pulled out of the GOP race.

Ferrell received no financial support from the state or national GOP while opposing Bishop in 2008. He garnered 31.1 percent of the vote after spending $10,800.

Keown has spent the last three weeks working to boost his name recognition in the district, which includes 30 counties.

Fundraisers for Keown have been held in Cordele, Unadilla and Bainbridge. One is set in Thomasville next week.

“One of the encouraging things is that I have gotten a pile of $100 checks,” Keown said. “There have been a few larger checks, but the number of $100 checks proves how much people want to get involved in the process.”

Keown is set to speak at Citizens Meeting No. 6 at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium.

Keown announced his intention to seek Bishop’s seat in early August. At the time, he said: “I'm running for Congress to bring common-sense Georgia values to Washington. Sadly, those values are sorely lacking in our nation's capitol. The stimulus package has created little more than massive deficits and rising unemployment. Cap and trade will impose a National Energy Tax on any American who flips on a light switch and a government-run takeover of health care threatens to raise costs and take choice away from patients.

Those comments should tell you that Keown will try to nationalize the 2nd congressional district race

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