Georgia GOP Senate candidate says bankruptcy gives him economic insight

Republican Senate candidate Chuck Payne. File photo

Republican Senate candidate Chuck Payne. File photo

The Republican candidate for an open state Senate seat in northwest Georgia filed for bankruptcy in 2013, claiming more than $8,000 in credit card expenses and another $3,390 consumer bank loan in debt.

Former Whitfield County GOP chair Chuck Payne said in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy court filing in June 2013 that he had less than $100,000 in assets. Payne faces ex-Whitfield commissioner Debby Peppers in the Jan. 10 runoff. Georgia GOP leaders have rallied around Payne, while Democrats are backing Peppers, who is running without party affiliation.

Payne a retired juvenile court probation officer, said in a statement his financial struggles give him a unique perspective of Georgia’s economic needs.

“Like many hard working northwest Georgians, my family struggled greatly during the recession. Our local economy impacts us directly, times were tough and we did what we had to do to get through it,” said Payne. “I’m running for office to give a voice to those who often feel like they don’t have one.”

He has the unabashed backing of much of the Republican establishment, including Gov. Nathan Deal’s administration. Deal’s chief of staff Chris Riley reinforced that support on Thursday.

The relatively ho-hum affair to replace Republican Charlie Bethel – tapped last month for a judgeship – has turned into a closely-watched race.

The Democratic Party of Georgia on Wednesday said it was investigating whether Republicans were intentionally seeking to suppress votes in the conservative Dalton-based district after mailers advertising the incorrect date of a special Senate election showed up at the home of several North Georgia Democrats.

The GOP operative behind the mailers said it was an honest mistake and that neither candidate was involved in the mailing.

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24 comments
Bee Evan
Bee Evan

If that were true, he'd be running in the other party..

Martha Heath Johnson
Martha Heath Johnson

Many Georgians have the same insight without filing bankruptcy! As the POTUS ELECT go, so do other Republican leaders?

Dale Meeks
Dale Meeks

The AJC supports the DNC a party bent in bankrupting the whole country.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

Can't handle your expenses, what makes you think you can represent us and the related spending?

$8000 in credit cards debt, $3390 in loan debt...Had less than $100,000 in assets? There is more to this story because the numbers do not add up! Math and critical thinking have never been traits for most repubs!

# FU 417
# FU 417

Republican voters don't care. They just want t to be in charge to do nothing while destroying the economy. I've seen it with every Republican President in last 55 yrs!!

Kathy Thompson
Kathy Thompson

sounds like he needs to get in with the rest of the thieves.. and ride on the tax dollar... if ppl only knew...

lovetrumpshate
lovetrumpshate

Hey, at least he's in sync with the financial bankruptcies of our incoming president and the moral bankruptcy of the GOP. Now that Obama has reduced our deficit spending from $1.7 trillion by more than two-thirds, it's time for the Grandlarceny Old Party to destroy the economy again!

DerekGator
DerekGator

Someone filing bankruptcy only 3 years ago should disqualify him from office!!!

Annie Cook
Annie Cook

Looks like he'd fit right in in a trump republican bankrupt loving administration.

Leon Jackson
Leon Jackson

Can't handle his own finances. Why would anyone vote for him to handle ours?

Annie Cook
Annie Cook

They voted for another similar candidate for the highest office in the nation. Hint. Not very smart.

Rodney Warren
Rodney Warren

Annie Cook sweetie listen here... Out of over 500 plus Trump business did not declare bankruptcy... Only something like 5..... That should not even be an issue... Unlike the auto companies.. all but Ford took a bail out. That bail out kept them from bankruptcy.... This isn't including the foreign auto makers...

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

If you believed it ,maybe you should not be voting .

Deborah Breeden Hooker
Deborah Breeden Hooker

I am a Republican, live in Murray County, I received an incorrect flyer and was informed enough to know it was. I posted online it was wrong to inform as many as I could that it was wrong. Printing error only! A lot of people in this district suffered during the recession like Chuck and his family did. I believe he will fight for us and the continued rebuilding process in our area stemming from the recession, without compromising our conservative values!

Christian Hurd
Christian Hurd

The Republicans sent a mass mailer to non-Republicans with the wrong election date on it in this same race!