Former Georgia congressman Max Burns, along with Columbia County Commissioner Trey Allen and Grovetown Democrat Ceretta Smith, are running to replace Waynesboro’s Jesse Stone in the Georgia Senate District 23. The primary is June 9th, with the winner of the republican leaning district a shoo-in for the seat in the general election.
Burns, who was elected to the Georgia House in 2002, was defeated in 2004 by Democrat John Barrow. After leaving politics, Burns returned to academia, and in 2011 he was appointed as President of Gordon College in Barnesville, Ga.
Mounting a campaign after being out of politics for twenty years, running against Allen, a current Columbia County Commissioner of twelve years, is tough. Doing so without being able to go out and meet the people due to the lockdown makes it even tougher.
So, Burns is rounding up as many endorsements as he can-which he touts on his official Facebook campaign page.
Burns has racked up endorsements from McDuffie County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlie Newton, Sylvania Mayor Preston Dees, and Dearing Mayor Sean Kelly, along with former Columbia County EMA Director and Columbia County Chairperson candidate Pam Tucker.
“Hello, I’m Pam Tucker from Columbia County. I’m voting for Max Burns and I hope you will too,” Tucker announces in a video from her well appointed kitchen in Evans in the video posted on Burn’s campaign page Friday.
Her endorsement must have felt like a “big get” for the Burns camp.
The only problem with her endorsement and vote pledge is the inconvenient fact that she does not live in District 23, and is unable to vote for Max Burns. Tucker lives in District 24 and is represented by Lee Anderson.
Another Columbia County resident, Linda Parnell, also offers her support for Burns on the same video under the heading “We’re voting for Max Burns for State Senate on June 9th.”
The only problem with her endorsement is the inconvenient fact that she does not live in District 23, and is unable to vote for Max Burns. Parnell also lives in District 24 and is represented by Lee Anderson.
Both of these politically active residents of Columbia County surely must know what district they live in. Whether Burns knew they were fibbing is not known, but one thing is clear-it does not look good.