Marco Rubio picks a side in Georgia’s Sixth District race

Former state Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

Former state Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta. Brant Sanderlin, bsanderlin@ajc.com

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed former state Sen. Judson Hill on Monday in his campaign for Georgia’s wide-open 6th District seat, giving the Marietta Republican a high-profile supporter who was popular in Atlanta’s northern suburbs.

Rubio easily won the district, an establishment-friendly swath stretching from east Cobb to north DeKalb, in Georgia’s March 2016 presidential primary. Donald Trump’s struggles in the Sixth– he barely edged Hillary Clinton – have given Democrats hopes they can flip the seat.

“Judson Hill is the only conservative Republican in this race who can win – and he’s a proven leader who can help us get our nation back on the right track after eight years of the Obama administration,” Rubio said in a statement. “We have enough talkers up here in Washington. We need doers, and Judson Hill is a doer.”

Hill was the first candidate to enter the race in November, shortly after Rep. Tom Price was tapped as Trump’s health secretary. He’s one of 11 Republicans – and 18 contenders overall – who will share the ballot in the April 18 special election. The top two vote-getters, regardless of party, square off in a June 20 runoff.

 


 

Hill was first elected in 2004 to a Senate district that swings from east Cobb to portions of Sandy Springs, and he rose to chair the chamber’s finance committee. A former federal prosecutor, he resigned his seat in February upon qualifying for office.

His campaign is backed by a number of prominent Cobb leaders, as well as several former aides to Gov. Nathan Deal and well-known Rubio supporters. The Florida Republican, who won Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb in last year’s vote, said Hill knows how to “cut taxes while balancing a budget because he’s done it in Georgia.” He also praised Hill’s opposition to abortion and support for “patient-centered” healthcare reforms.

Hill initially supported Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in last year’s presidential race but backed Rubio last February as the race heated up. He said he’s the only candidate who can work with Rubio to “fix the mess that the previous administration left” – starting with replacing the Affordable Care Act and boosting defense spending.

“Let’s show the Washington Democrats that they can’t buy out the Sixth District,” said Hill.

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29 comments
Scott Buckingham
Scott Buckingham

Who gives a Rats A&&!! Stay in FL where not even your constituents want you!

Mimi DeArman Outlaw
Mimi DeArman Outlaw

Who cares who this little weenie endorses. He is a coward and an embarrassment.

Mike Koch
Mike Koch

Cuz he carries so much clout.

Lester Morris
Lester Morris

Didnt you all run this same story 4-5 days ago? Slow news day?

Issac Reid
Issac Reid

When I saw this. I didn't care. Those people probably have awakened by now.

Terry Bozeman
Terry Bozeman

Great now are they going to see how many more Georgians they can screw out of their healthcare!

John Woods
John Woods

It takes a RINO to know a RINO...

Mike Dougherty
Mike Dougherty

Who does Jay Bookman hate the most? That's my choice!

Trude Sansbury
Trude Sansbury

Don't worry, Marco is a flip flopper, tomorrow it will be another candidate.

Liz Dadin
Liz Dadin

If Rubio endorsed him, run, fast very fast away from him.

Lynn Bollinger
Lynn Bollinger

Thank you, Mr. Rubio. Now the Democrats know exactly where to work the hardest.

Ed Helton
Ed Helton

It will be someone in his best interest, not the citizens of the 6th best interest for sure

Stephen Sorrels
Stephen Sorrels

I would put more weight in who Trump is supporting..

Gwen Pickens
Gwen Pickens

That gives you a clear knowledge of who the fascist candidate would be! Let Trump pick em!

Delane Wilson Cunningham
Delane Wilson Cunningham

Proof of how important the current republican Congress thinks we are... and more than that, more proof of how important and how strong the Democrat vote can be. Rubio? really?

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

Yea I remember how many endorsed Killery , Even Foreign countries and how did that work out for her ???

Delane Wilson Cunningham
Delane Wilson Cunningham

Marion Baker You bring in an off topic response.. which tells me you have no true response..no real documentable reason to support Rubio's interference in the GEORGIA election.

Marion Baker
Marion Baker

Like Russia interfered with the POTUS election by showing how Killery and the Demo leaders really felt about people after they Stole the nomination from Bernie ! LOL

Becky Martin Gaunt
Becky Martin Gaunt

Elected officials endorsing another is pretty meaningless. So they think they are great because they have access to them or can get favors? Ask constituents for the real story.

Terry L Wagnon
Terry L Wagnon

Rubio needs to keep his nose in Florida. He is not doing a great job for Florida so why do we need to listen to outsiders.

Julie Rambo
Julie Rambo

Sounds like a good reason to Vote for Ossoff!