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Turner Touts Ethics Reform

The Holly Springs resident official kicked off his candidacy for District 21 in the Georgia House of Representatives Monday night.

resident Scot Turner says Georgians need representation that won’t be swayed by the donations and gifts of lobbyists.

“It doesn’t have to be that way,” Turner said Monday night at his campaign kickoff event at the . “I’m giving the people of the 21st district a chance to change that by their votes.”

Jerguson currently represents the 22nd district but will swap territories with current 21st district representative Calvin Hill due to reapportionment.

Too many legislators accept monetary donations as well as gifts like hunting trips, bottles of wine, trips to Europe, expensive dinners and cigars as part of “influenced peddling”.

“All of these gifts had one thing in common, and that was to change the way legislators influence policy,” Turner said. “I don’t see how a hunting trip paid for by a lobbyist makes you a better legislator.”

Turner said he that not only will he not accept gifts from lobbyists if elected but he also won’t accept donations from lobbyists for his campaign.

“Imagine what  it’s like to have someone in office who’s repulsed by the idea of a lobbyist buying him lunch,” Turner said. “What would the ripple effect be?”

John Marinko, vice chairman of the Cherokee County Airport Authority and the county’s Republican party, said Turner is setting an example.

“You don’t have to take money to be successful,” Marinko said. “Unfortunately, we’ve gotten into that at a tremendous level, and it’s hurt our country.”

Marinko said he supports Turner 100 percent.

“I believe Scot will provide the kind of ethics reform we need as well as ethical spending of the taxpayers’ money,” he said. “I believe his opposition is a good person, but I think Scot has better ideas.”

Jay Bailey, one of Turner’s neighbors and friends, said that what stands out the most about the Republican candidate is his integrity.

“He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk,” Bailey said. “It really seems like a calling to me, and I applaud him for his courage to step up and do this. I want Scot to be my representative in the Georgia House of Representatives.”

Other issues Turner talked briefly about at his campaign event were toll roads and the use of federal dollars for local projects, both of which he said he opposes. Turner said he’s against toll roads because Georgians already pay a use tax that’s rolled into the gas tax, and he said that federal funds always come with strings attached.

“We really need to make those decisions on a local level,” he said.

Charron January 24, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Is this a problem on the state level? I thought it was just on the national level.
Vic January 24, 2012 at 04:58 PM
It is not a problem. Look at how one votes to determine if it is. Rep. Jerguson is a stalwart and votes identical to how our district wants. Seems like ambition is the real problem here. Scot seems like a nice guy, but there is no need to replace a good Representative.
Ben January 24, 2012 at 07:37 PM
It is a problem! These lobbyists work for businesses and businesses don't spend this kind of money for no reason. They have to get something out of it to justify spending money to lobby candidates. If these candidates were already going to take the desired positions of the lobbyists before the gifts, they certainly would not spend money on the gifts.
Jessie Gable January 24, 2012 at 07:41 PM
What kind of gifts and businesses do you think pose the worst problem for unethical giving? Or is all giving unethical?
Vic January 24, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Ben, respectfully, show us one example of how Rep. Jerguson, or Sen. Rogers was influenced by a lobbyist expenditure then. If they are voting how the district would have them vote, and they are if election results are any indication, then exactly what is the lobbyist convincing them of? Lobbyists are educators. They educate the member of the Legislature/Congress of what effects Bills might have on particular industries. They make sure that the Legislator realizes exactly what is and what is not in the Bill. Show us where Representative Jerguson was lobbyed and voted against something that we all in Cherokee County would have asked him to vote for. If a Legislator can be bought for a 5.00 burger, then we have a lot more problems than this.
Ben January 24, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I am not arguing that Rep. Jerguson has voted against the wishes of the majority of his district. I am not attacking Rep. Jerguson in any way. I believe that he is a great man. I am only noting that across the board, this is a problem that can be solved.
Vic January 24, 2012 at 08:13 PM
So you are agreeing that with Rep. Jerguson, this is not a problem then?
Dean Sheridan March 14, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Competition is good. But I can't understand why we would try to replace our best and brightest when there is dead wood burn. We should be concerning our joint efforts on expanding our wonderful base in the County. Someone in Holly Springs has either “sour grapes" to make this play or their inferring one's integrity is waning. Since Sean's record of accomplishments and Community actions speak for themselves, the reason should be obvious why this happening.
Cheryl March 14, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I am not so much as voting for Scot but voting against Sean....not happy with how he has handled the school board and charter school issue

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