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25 March 2010

R.J. Hadley, The Only Democrat Challenging Johnny Isakson

An inquiring mind shot me an email Wednesday evening asking about the 2010 U.S. Senate race here in Georgia and whether Democrats planned on contesting the seat.

Recent polls suggest the Republican incumbent, Johnny Isakson, is vulnerable.

Public Policy Polling says that only 36% of Georgians approve of Isakson's job performance [Jensen, Tom (2010-3-2). Isakson Vulnerable?Public Policy Polling. Retrieved on 2010-3-25.]. 65% of Georgians think the country would be better if incumbents were sent home according to Rasmussen Reports [Election 2010:  Georgia Senate. Rasmussen Reports. Retrieved on 2010-3-25.].

The common thread in each of these surveys implied that Democrats might defeat Isakson if a "serious" candidate jumped in the race.

I suggest to you that R.J. Hadley is the serious candidate.

R.J. is connected to the grassroots. Before announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, Hadley served as communications chairman for the Rockdale County Democratic Party.  R.J. knows how to win. Two years ago, he was part of the team that turned traditionally Republican Rockdale County Democratic. Two years ago, all of Rockdale County's elected officials were Republican. Now, Democrats hold a majority on the county commission including county commission chair.

R.J. told the Thomasville Times-Enterprise last month, "Some people are still waiting for the big name to enter the race, but I’m here and I’m stepping forward." [Lastinger, Mark (2010-2-27). Hadley Eager To Serve. Thomasville Times-Enterprise. Retrieved on 2010-3-25.] Candidate qualifying here in the Empire State of the South opens next month, and the so-called "big name" has yet to emerge. With 118 days left until the July 20th Democratic primary, R.J. Hadley is the big name candidate in this race.

Since first announcing his candidacy last September, R.J. has visited between thirty and forty counties; attended countless Democratic Party meetings and events; and even walked into a few Tea Party meetings with the simple message that even though we disagree, I'm running to represent all the people including you.

"I'm not a career politician, but I believe in true public service," said Hadley. "You are there to serve the public. I don't have the magic answer. I've got ideas, but the most important ideas will come from you. A lot of politicians get up there and forget that. It's a new day and time for a new voice. We need a new leader to allow people to move this thing forward."

Richardson, Elizabeth (2010-3-13). Hadley runs as Democrat for Isakson's U.S. Senate seat. Newnan Times Herald. Retrieved on 2010-3-25.

Visit to learn more about R.J. Hadley's campaign.