So, the past summer, The Insider hinted that voters may once again see the name Eugene Yu on a ballot come 2018.
After all, when Yu was featured in one of top weekend stories in The New York Times in August regarding his views on President Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” comments about North Korea, that typically doesn’t happen by accident.
Yu, a former Republican candidate in the 12th Congressional District race, was clearly still working to get his name out there in public eye.
And you can’t get much more publicity than being feature in The New York Times.
Yu told The Times back in August that he fully supported Trump’s statement against North Korea and its president, Kim Jong Un.
In fact, he said he was “thrilled” with Trump’s comments and couldn’t have said it better himself.
Yu insisted that it was the only kind of language a dictatorship understands.
“All of these North Korean experts in Washington — if they are so expert on the North Korean issue, we would have never been dealing with this today,” Yu told The Times reporter at Augusta’s Golden Corral restaurant. “We should have been dealing with this 10 years ago. They’re still saying, ‘We’ve got to have six-party talks, we’ve got to give this, we’ve got to have that.’ We’ve had enough.”
When some residents saw Yu photographed and quoted in The Times, they immediately thought that he was planning another run against incumbent Congressman Rick Allen.
After all, in 2016, Yu described Allen on several occasions as a “RINO,” or a Republican In Name Only.
However, people weren’t sure if Yu was up to another campaign.
After all, the Korean-born Republican with deep roots in Augusta ran and lost against Allen in both the 2014 and 2016 races.
Well, folks, it appears Yu is ready to take on Allen at least one more time.
Voters should welcome this run because at least Yu is willing to go head-to-head with Allen on some tough issues.
“These career politicians are like bad salesmen,” Yu told the Metro Spirit during his last campaign. “They are smooth talking, selling a bad product to folks.”
Despite Allen’s conservative record, Yu still questions the congressman’s loyalty to the Republican Party.
“In my opinion, he might as well resign from the Republican Party and go to the Democratic Party,” Yu said during the campaign. “People aren’t paying attention, so they just don’t know.”
But Yu isn’t the only one challenging Allen.
Statesboro attorney Francys Johnson and Statesboro businessman Trent NeSmith, both Democrats, will also challenge the congressman for his seat.
An Independent candidate, Mary West, has also added her name to Nov. 6 ballot.
However, Yu so far is the only Republican candidate Allen would face on the May 22 Republican primary ballot.
With the past campaign slogan, “A vote for Yu is a vote for you,” this Republican candidate loves taking his message to the streets and telling voters that he wants to head to Washington, D.C., to listen to the concerns of his constituents, and not lobbyists or career politicians.
Yu, who immigrated to Augusta from South Korea more than 45 years ago, also served this country as a military police officer in the U.S. Army.
“When I came to America as a teenager with my parents, I started working at the local factory. A company called Mid-South Container Corporation,” Yu said. “I was working the midnight shift at the assembly line, making $2 an hour when I was a 10th-grader in high school. I worked there all night. The next morning, I would go home, take a shower, eat breakfast and go to school.”
During the weekend, Yu said he served as a volunteer firefighter in suburban Augusta.
“And then, part-time, I was the bag boy and stock boy at the local Winn-Dixie grocery store,” Yu said. “So I worked all the time during high school.”
After graduating from Butler High School in 1974, Yu became a Richmond County firefighter while attending then-Augusta College. From there, Yu served in the U.S. Army for three years and was honorably discharged.
“Then I joined the Richmond County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff,” Yu said. “I worked up there until 1984.”
He was then hired by a company called Southeastern Equipment Company.
“Southeastern Equipment Company buys and sells military surplus equipment,” Yu said.
By 1994, Yu and his wife, Jonie, founded their own business called Continental Military Services Inc., which supplies military grade armaments to “our allies in the continuing fight to combat global terrorism,” Yu said.
“All that time, I never ever thought about becoming involved in politics,” Yu said. “But just like any other American, I saw the way our nation was going. I said, ‘Wait a minute, before it gets too late, I want to serve the public again.’”
If elected to office, Yu insists he will fight to defend the U.S. Constitution and protect citizen’s Second Amendment Right to bear arms.
“I think our freedom is being attacked,” Yu said. “That is a freedom that the government should not try to take away from the people.”
Georgia’s 12th District covers much of the east central parts of the state. It includes Appling, Bulloch, Burke, Candler, Coffee, Emanuel, Evans, Jeff Davis, Jenkins, Laurens, Montgomery, Richmond, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, and Wheeler counties. Portions of Columbia and Effingham counties are also part of the district.
Whenever Yu challenges Allen in a campaign, things always get interesting.