Hopes line up to challenge Marjorie Taylor Greene, but she’ll be tough to beat

“People in my neighborhood, they know who I am,” she said recently. “They know my heart.”

Among the efforts to unseat her, Greene said they were led by a vocal minority of Republicans who supported her opponent in 2020 and will oppose her no matter the circumstances.

“They were in the small percentage because I won big,” she said.

Still, due to the polarization of his first year in office, Greene may be vulnerable, said John Bailey, editor of the Rome News-Tribune newspaper.

“It’s going to be an interesting night to find out,” he said of the May primary. “If I was a bettor, I’d bet we’ll have Greene for a few more years. But I don’t know, we’ll have to see.

His GOP challengers are all political newcomers who are far behind in the fundraising race. And in a sloping neighborhood strongly republicana Democrat is unlikely to win in November, regardless of their funding and campaign intensity.

However, there are signs that the Republican establishment is tired of Greene’s behavior.

Conservative radio host Shelley Wynter invited three other GOP primary candidates to her show Thursday night to expose her audience to the alternatives: logistics executive Eric Cunningham, doctor Charles Lutin and healthcare consultant Jennifer Strahan.

Wynter, who lives in the district, said the final straw was Greene’s decision to speak at a conference hosted by far-right commentator and white nationalist Nick Fuentes.

“That’s enough,” Wynter wrote in a Twitter post promoting his show with the contestants. “Tune in and see who you want to help or vote for in May.”

A January poll of 450 potential Republican primary voters in the district conducted by the conservative firm TargetPoint and obtained by Jewish insider found that Greene had the support of 60% of respondents, compared to 30% for Strahan. But support for Greene dwindled while that for Strahan rose to a tie at 41% when respondents were told of Greene’s problematic statements.

Jewish Insider quoted a consultant who said the poll was funded by “a group of Georgian Republicans who want to show there is a viable, conservative alternative to” Greene.

Strahan hosted a fundraiser last month with a host committee that included three of Floyd County’s five commissioners and former party officials.

Among Republicans in the race, she is second only to Greene in fundraising. But the gap is huge. Strahan ended 2021 with $60,332 in cash, compared to $3.5 million for Greene.

The vast majority of Greene’s detailed donations last year, 91%, came from outside of Georgia, showing that she has a nationwide fundraising base of conservative donors that she can. to exploit.

Strahan tells voters she represents the same conservative values ​​as Greene but will be more productive for the district.

“I think it’s so important to make sure we have a representative who is there to serve and not just a celebrity,” said Strahan, who lives near Dallas. “Someone who makes sure we are heard in Congress who acts as a liaison in a meaningful way and brings results back to the district.”

Democrats and 11 Republicans stripped Greene of her congressional committee assignments about a month after she was sworn in based on reports of her problematic behavior and comments. She was permanently banned from Twitter after repeatedly posting misinformation regarding the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines.

Yet she retains a loyal following among conservatives who see her as a truth-teller whom the left is trying to silence. She also worked to stay visible in the district, holding eight in-person town halls and four telephone town halls.

“The 14th District is very fortunate to have a strong MP, Marjorie Greene,” Dalton resident Suzanne Baggett wrote in a Facebook post promoting the MP’s appearances last month in Gordon and Murray counties. . “She really believes people rather than politicians. Refreshing, right? »

Bailey said it was clear there was a contingent of voters in the district who not only supported Greene but applauded his antics.

“How many of these people will go to the polls? ” he said. “That’s going to be the question.”

Democrats also have a competitive primary in the district featuring Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis against two newcomers who have gained national profile as potential opponents of Greene’s general election.

Holly McCormack is a small business owner in Ringgold, and Marcus Flowers is an Army veteran who quit his job at the Department of Defense to run for Congress shortly after the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. Flowers lives in Haralson County, which was once in the district but now sits just outside its boundaries in the new map approved by the state legislature.

He is also the most competitive candidate with Greene financially. He raised $4.7 million last year and started 2022 with $1.5 million in the bank.

“I’m in the race to remove the threat to our democracy,” Flowers said, “which is Marjorie Taylor Greene.”


US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene has been a controversial figure in Congress. Known for making racist, anti-Semitic and otherwise offensive statements and spreading QAnon conspiracy theories, she was stripped of her committee assignments shortly after being sworn in, but went on to build a national profile among conservatives.

That will make her tough to beat as she seeks a second term in the 14th congressional district in northwest Georgia. But that hasn’t stopped a host of candidates from saying they will try, including several Republicans who are challenging Greene in the May primary.

Although the newly drawn lines for the district added voters from Cobb County, the district is still very conservative with nearly 70% of voters identifying as Republicans. Although there is also a Democratic primary in the race, it will be difficult for a member of this party to win in the general election.

Learn more about the candidates

REPUBLICANS

Eric Cunningham https://www.ericcunninghamforcongress.com/

Marjorie Taylor Greene https://www.mtgforamerica.com/

Charles Leprechaun https://lutinforcongress.org/

Jennifer Strahan https://strahanforcongress.com/

DEMOCRATS

Wendy Davis https://wendyforus.com/

Marcus Flowers https://marcusforgeorgia.com/

Holly McCormack https://holly4congress.com/