By Max Caylor,
“I want to do what is right for the country,” stated Lee Benedict as he announced his candidacy for the U S Senate seat currently held by incumbent Johnny Isakson Tuesday in Jasper.
Benedict is a special education teacher in Augusta.
“Isakson’s liberal voting record is leaps and bounds from his conservative rhetoric,” stated the Senate hopeful. He made his official announcement at the Pickens County Tea Party because he was asked by Penny Barker to come and speak. The group meets each fourth Tuesday at Chattahoochee Tech from 6:30-7:00 for meet and greet and a program 7-9 p.m. The Pickens County Tea Party has three hundred seventy-five on their email list.
The soft spoken candidate calmly challenged Senator Isakson’s claim to be the “hardest working conservative he Washington.” The Senator voted for no child left behind, common cause, the bailout and eight times to raise the national debt,” stated the Senate seat candidate.
Benedict is a native of New York raised within ten minutes of West Point. He was a staff sergeant in the Army and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran which is how he landed in Georgia.
He is not new to politics running in 2007 for Georgia Senate, 2008 Georgia House, 2010 Columbia County School Board and 2012 Columbia County Commission. In 2012 he coordinated Rick Santorum’s campaign in Georgia Congressional Districts 10 and 12.
See more about Lee Benedict in next week's print edition.