Jimmy Carter's Grandson Will Run for Ga. Governor
Jason Carter tries to be first Democrat to win in 12 years
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 7, 2013 9:26 AM CST
Georgia state Senator Jason Carter talks during a press conference for the Carter Center's election witnessing mission in Egypt, in Cairo, in this June 19, 2012 file photo.   (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser, File)

(Newser) – Jason Carter will attempt to follow in his grandfather Jimmy's footsteps from Georgia's state senate to the governor's mansion in next year's election, he revealed in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. "We can't wait as a state," Carter says in announcing his campaign. Grandpa's name aside, the younger Carter is far from a shoo-in: Georgia isn't usually a swing state, and hasn't had a Democrat in the governor's mansion in 12 years. Speculation, however, has been swirling that demographic trends could change that, and Carter's pedigree is likely to vault the race into the national consciousness.

But he'll be facing an incumbent with a fundraising head start—as of July, Gov. Nathan Deal already had $1.1 million in the bank. Of course, Jimmy Carter could help that by tapping his donor network. The senior Carter was active in Jason's state senate campaign, going door-to-door to campaign for him.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 8, 2013 1:35 PM CST
There are 52 people who lost 444 days of their lives who will not vote for him. You people don't know the whole story. I was entering college with an engineering degree. All lower level classes at that time were taught by Iranians who Carter allowed in under a highly controversial technology training program. What bothered me the most at that time was he allowed them into our Nuclear Engineering program at my university. These were not nice people, there were people who hated the U.S.A. but used our system against us to lead to an eventual defeat of the U.S.A. So, I avoided taking any class that had an Iranian instructor because they had serious issues with character. I was not in the NE program but some classes were cross-listed to the NE program. So the before the hostage event went down, those Iranians were protesting the USA on our campuses. They stood on the south oval with signs, "USA OUT OF IRAN." I passed them one time and shot a uniqute photo of an E-3 flying in the background. I then walked up to the protestors and said, "See that Awacs over there? We are selling a dozen of them to Saudi Arabia right now." This is the exact same people who would later conduct the hostage taking in Iran. If you remember it was Iran college students who did the hostage taking. Had I been president at that time, I would have taken the time to expell them right then. But Carter, the great appeaser in chief did not do anything. So the hostage incident went down and then you started to see many of the Iranian students on our campus start to go hidden. No more protests as we would have kicked their asses. Students started dropping classes taught by the Iranian instructors out of protest to them. The entire climate changed as the hostage situation went on. Then came the eventual retribution. None of the Iranian instructors had their contracts renewed regardless of their abilities. As the hostage situation drew to and end with Reagan taking office, the INS revoked many of the student visas and sent them back to join their brothers back in Iran. I know one who was allowed to stay because he had not protested the USA and wanted to do everything he could to stay and INS allowed him. But he was not allowed anywhere near the Nuclear Engineering program. He became a hotel manager where I was a night manager. He said had the hostage event not happened, he would have worked for Sandia National Labs. Now, he couldn't get a security clearance to work at a dog pound. So the aftermath is that many of the existing nuclear engineers in Iran today were allowed into the USA to learn the science by Carter. We must never forget that Carter trained our enemies.
Nov 7, 2013 2:51 PM CST
After seeing some of the poling in the last election I thought Georgia could once again go blue.
Nov 7, 2013 12:41 PM CST
I just don't see it happening in Georgia anytime soon.