Augusta businessman Eugene Yu is confident, driven and sincere in his belief that he can make a difference in Washington, D.C.
“These career politicians are like bad salesmen,” Yu told the Metro Spirit during his 2014 campaign. “They are smooth talking, selling a bad product to folks.”
With the 2014 campaign slogan, “A vote for Yu is a vote for you,” this Korean-born Republican candidate with deep roots in Augusta wanted voters to know that he is headed to Washington, D.C., to listen to the concerns of his constituents, not lobbyists or career politicians.
But Yu definitely stumbled in 2014.
After Yu had worked so hard running for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga), he suddenly decided to drop out of that race in favor of vying for the 12th District congressional race.
It might have made sense to Yu at the time, considering the U.S. Senate race in 2014 was packed with candidates such as U.S. Reps. Paul Brown of Athens, Phil Gingrey of Marietta, Jack Kingston of Savannah and former Secretary of State Karen Handel and Republican candidate David Perdue.
And that was only the Republican primary. The winner of the Republican primary ended up facing Democrat Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia, in the November election.
The Nunn name alone would have been tough for Yu to beat.
But Republican candidate David Perdue ultimately won that race.
Instead of vying for the U.S. Senate seat that year, Yu opted to try to challenge the 12th District congressional seat that was held by Democrat John Barrow.
But Yu didn’t even make it past his Republican counterparts.
Then Republican candidate Rick Allen won the primary and ended up beating Barrow in the general election.
So now Yu is determined to challenge Rick Allen for his seat in this year’s election.
Yu said he’s disappointed with Allen’s performance in Washington and it is time for a change.
“When is enough, enough?” Yu recently asked on his Facebook page. “In case you missed it in the Washington Free Beacon, another 41 individuals have been implicated in terrorist plots in the US since 2014. According to their report, this brings the total number of terrorists identified since then to 113, and these are, of course, only the ones that have been identified. Remember that the Boston bomber and the San Bernardino killers were not identified until after they committed their murders. Who knows how many others have been let in under Obama’s loose (virtually nonexistent!) screening processes?”
With all of his comments about President Obama, most would have thought that Yu was simply irritated with the Democrats in Washington.
But that is not the case.
“Thanks to Congressmen like Rick Allen we can expect many, many more since he voted to approve and fund Obama’s Omnibus Spending Bill that permits about 170,000 more refugee immigrants from Muslim-majority countries to enter the US this year!” Yu wrote. “How any Republican could have supported that bill is beyond me. This must stop, we are beyond enough!”
Yu is definitely running in Georgia with those sentiments about Muslim-majority countries.
Let’s just say, if Yu is serious about giving Allen a run for his money, he is going to have to pound the pavement and really work to get out his message.
It will be up to the voters to decide if they support what Yu stands for here in the Peach State.