Monday, July 19, 2010

What Conservatives Are Saying About Congressman Tom Graves

Atlanta Tea Party Patriots

“Rep. Graves has a record of advancing the cause of liberty and the core values of the tea party movement - fiscal responsibility, free markets and limited government. His JOBS Act is a role model for job creation legislation. From Ranger, Georgia, Graves has been recognized statewide as a conservative leader and a sought after guest speaker on fiscal issues.”

Calhoun Times

“In the past eight years, Graves has established himself as one of the leading conservative voices in Georgia. He founded and chaired the 216 Group, a conservative policy group of like-minded Georgia lawmakers who met to evaluate pending legislation based on conservative principles. The Ranger resident knows Gordon County, its citizens and their concerns well. And Gordon Countians know Graves, including his principled stand against former Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson, a stand that cost Graves several committee chairmanships and his post as one of Richardson’s “Hawks.” …[I]t is our view that Tom Graves is the best choice for Gordon County in this crowded special election field.”

Campaign for Working Families

“Now, more than ever, we need men and women in Congress who understands the proper, limited role of government. We need committed conservatives who will unapologetically defend the commonsense values of the American people. That is why I am proud to endorse your candidacy for the United States Congress. Your tireless leadership in support of pro-family, pro-life and pro-free enterprises policies is greatly valued by CWF and all our members. I’m proud to stand with you in the fight for faith, family and freedom!” – Campaign for Working Families Chairman Gary Bauer

Can Do Conservatives

“Tom has been an exception[al] [Representative] and has led the way fighting for our conservative values and principles. Tom is a FairTax fighter and has worked hard to open the Peach State back up for business with his JOBS Act in the state legislature. We are proud to stand with Tom and endorse him. Early voting has started around North Georgia and we urge every Republican in GA-9 to get out the vote for Tom Graves!”

Concerned Women

“Tom Graves is a proven conservative legislator. We are excited about Congressman Graves and look forward to working with him to promote conservatism while doing everything possible to dismantle the liberal Nancy Pelosi agenda.” - Concerned Women PAC CEO Penny Nance

Club for Growth PAC

“Tom Graves has been an outspoken advocate for tax relief and budget reform in the Georgia Legislature, and we believe he’ll bring that same enthusiasm to Congress. Tom is an up and coming leader who will stand up for taxpayers and fight to protect our freedoms in Washington. In politics, it's rare to find the consistent and outstanding records we've seen with Tom Graves. As we face the prospect of bigger government, more spending, and higher taxes under President Obama, it is all the more important to support such principled leaders who will be strong fiscal conservatives in Congress." – Club for Growth President Chris Chocola

Dalton Daily Citizen

“This will be a close race between several candidates, but we urge you to consider Graves as the candidate who would best represent the Dalton area.”

Erin Grizzle, Miss United States 2009

“Tom Graves is a strong conservative and exactly the kind of leader we need in Washington. I encourage Ellijay and Gilmer County to join me and elect Tom to the U.S. Congress.”

Family Research Council

"Tom Graves will be an important voice for the family in Washington. I am confident in the commitment and ability of Mr. Graves to stand firm on issues important to families. As a member of the Georgia General Assembly for seven years, Tom Graves has already proven himself to be committed to the fight for traditional family values. He co-authored the Human Life Amendment and supported Georgia's Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman. His experience serving in the Georgia House will be crucial to the work which needs to be done in Congress. FRC Action PAC believes that Tom Graves will be an advocate for the issues that best uphold and strengthen families. We are grateful for the opportunity to support his candidacy." – Family Research Council Action PAC President Connie Mackey


“FreedomWorks PAC is proud to endorse Tom Graves, running for the 9th Congressional District in Georgia, as a Champion of Freedom. During his time as a state legislator, Graves made a name for himself as a true fiscal conservative not afraid to buck even his own party leadership if it meant sticking to principle. In 2008, Graves won FreedomWorks "Legislative Entrepreneur" award recognizing the top state legislators fighting on behalf of lower taxes, less government, and more freedom. We have every confidence that Graves will emerge as a true leader on behalf of this same agenda in the 112th Congress.”

Georgia Right to Life - Endorsed and Certified 100% Pro-Life

“What is unique about Tom and his wife Julie is that they were engaged in protecting the innocent unborn before ever entering the political arena. Tom’s support isn’t politically convenient and Georgia Right to Life knows his commitment is genuine. Not only was his first speech from the House well in support of the unborn, but he has been a consistent advocate for pro-life policies in the Georgia House of Representatives. Georgia Right to Life is confident that Tom Graves will continue to fight for the rights of the innocent unborn in Washington.” – Georgia Right to Life President Dan Becker

Gordon County Teen Tea Party

“The Teen Tea Party of Gordon County, Georgia wholeheartedly endorses Congressman Tom Graves for reelection to the Georgia 9th Congressional District seat. Congressman Graves is a true Conservative leader and is the true definition of a Tea Party candidate. Congressman Graves has been very supportive of the Gordon County Teen Tea Party and shares our values. He has worked tirelessly to ease the burden of small business owners, to ensure the rights of the unborn, and to protect the gun rights of the people of Georgia through his work in the Georgia House of Representatives. His dedication to the people he represents and his belief in principles over politics make him a man of character. He will make Georgia proud during his first full term in Congress. Finally, after having met with the Congressman several times and finding his words to be consistent with his actions, we know we can trust Tom Graves as a man of action, integrity, and principle. We thoroughly believe that Congressman Graves is the best choice for this office and we hope you will join us in support of this great American. Please vote for Congressman Graves’s reelection on July 20, 2010.” - Gordon County Teen Tea Party Chairman Ryan Moss

National Federation of Independent Business

"Small business is the cornerstone of Georgia's economy, and Tom Graves understands that. Small business is fortunate to have strong defenders such as Tom Graves in the General Assembly, and we're pleased to recognize his efforts by presenting him with the Guardian of Small Business award." – NFIB/Georgia State Director David Raynor

National Rifle Association

A Rating. “On behalf of the National Rifle Association, thank you for your unwavering commitment to the Second Amendment and our hunting heritage during your brief tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives and your long and active service in the Georgia General Assembly. Accordingly, you are rated an ‘A’ and endorsed by the NRA Political Victory Fund for your tested and proven support for our Second Amendment rights. As a Congressman, you have acted very quickly and supported important pro-gun federal reforms through co-sponsorship of the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, the Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act, the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act and legislation to force reform at the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.” - National Rifle Association Director of Federal Affairs Charles Cunningham

RedState’s Erick Erickson

“There are several good people in the race, but conservatives need to unite behind one to ensure a conservative gets elected. Please join me in rallying around Tom Graves for Congress… RedState activists need a guy like this.”

Republican Liberty Caucus of Georgia

“Tom Graves has the best interest of Georgians at heart. He has sponsored legislation that encourages the maximization of liberty rather than government control, has stood on the principles of liberty and conservatism against former House Speaker Glenn Richardson, and was instrumental in the founding of the pro-liberty 216 Policy Group in the State House. “Although there are other conservative Republican candidates in the race and would well represent the citizens of the 9th District, Mr. Graves has the legislative experience and the record that we need in Washington. These are tough times in America. The residents of the 9th District have a crucial special election coming up on May 11th, and the Republican Liberty Caucus would like for voters to choose the best man for the job and believe that man is Tom Graves.” – Republican Liberty Caucus Chairman Tyler Burgess

Steve Moore of the Wall Street Journal on the Martha Zoller Show

“Tom is fantastic” and “just outstanding... he will fit in with the Mike Pence[s] and the Jeff Flake[s]. And the real super star Paul Ryan Republicans."

Associated Press: N Ga. House race could provide tea party test
“Graves has rarely met a tax cut he doesn't like, wants to eliminate czars in the federal government and opposes earmarks.”


Legislator of the Year, American Legislative Exchange Council
Legislator of the Year, Georgia Retail Association
Legislator of the Year, The 9th District Georgia Republican Party
Named to Georgia Trend's "40 Under 40 Best and the Brightest Georgians"
Speaker, National Taxpayer March on Washington and 9-12 Tea Party
Legislative Champion – Americans for Prosperity

Straw Poll Victories:

Won the Union County GOP BBQ Straw Poll
Won the Walker County GOP Straw Poll
Won the Union County Reagan Day Dinner Straw Poll
Won the 9th District Annual Picnic Straw Poll
Won the Gilmer County GOP Forum Straw Poll
Won the 3rd Annual Pickens County GOP Tomato Sandwich Fundraiser Straw Poll
Won the White County GOP Straw Poll
Won the North Georgia 9-12 Rapid Fire BBQ Straw Poll

Support from Members of Congress:

Republican Leader John Boehner
Republican Whip Eric Cantor
Republican Chief Deputy Whip Kevin McCarthy
Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions
Spencer Bachus (AL-06)
Paul Broun (GA-10)
Dave Camp (MI-04)
Michael Conaway (TX-11)
Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL-21)
Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
Brett Guthrie (KY-02)
Jeb Hensarling (TX-05)
Jim Jordan (OH-04)
Peter King (NY-03)
Jack Kingston (GA-01)
John Kline (MN-02)
Patrick McHenry (NC-10)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05
John Mica (FL-07)
Devin Nunes (CA-21)
Erik Paulsen (MN-03)
Tom Price (GA-06)
Mike Rogers (AL-03)
Mike Rogers (MI-08)
Aaron Schock (IL-18)
John Shimkus (IL-19)
Bill Shuster (PA-09)
Greg Walden (OR-02)
Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)
Joe Wilson (SC-02)

For more information about Congressman Graves and his re-election campaign, visit


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