A pair of incumbents in the state’s most closely-watched legislative primaries netted the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Businesses on Monday.
Republican Senators Don Balfour and Chip Rogers topped the endorsement list, jointly offered by NFIB-Georgia and the Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, that included 16 names in total.
“NFIB supports candidates who understand how important it is to reduce burdens on small business,” the group’s local chief, Kyle Jackson, said in a release. “These candidates have consistently supported less taxation, worked diligently to improve our unemployment comp system and embraced meaningfully regulatory reform.”
Balfour has been weathering a constant drip of charges the Snellville lawmaker violated ethics laws, while Rogers has been put on defense with Christian conservatives after the revelation he worked for decades as a sports handicapper.
Names of the other 14 pols, all primaried, include: Senators Cecil Stanton, Johnny Grant, Jack Murphy, Bill Heath and Frank Ginn, and Reps. Jay Neal, Paulette Braddock, Sean Jerguson, Don Parsons, John Carsons, Glenn Baker, Steve Davis, Jimmy Pruett and Chuck Simms.
An NFIB spox boasted the group’s endorsements would be “critical to these campaigns.”
But Balfour’s inclusion in the group’s legislative canon is already causing indigestion in some quarters of the right.
The editor of the popular Georgia political blog Peach Pundit wrote Monday that the endorsements had betrayed good government and grassroots activists.
“Balfour has that tiny problem of his pending Senate ethics investigation…” Charlier Harper wrote. “But NFIB doesn’t seem to care about that. Don Balfour delivers for them, as do these other incumbents. Insiders are scratching insiders [sic] backs, and you pesky grassroots voters are just supposed to shut up and glad they’re all there.”
- James Richardson