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On The Ballot In Georgia This Year: JFK
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|News Date||Thursday, April 24, 2014 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Voting for this year's midterm elections is already underway in some states that hold early primaries. In Georgia, a field of seven GOP candidates is locked in a bitter fight for the nomination to succeed retiring Senate Republican Saxby Chambliss. |
But another race that's turning heads in Georgia is one for state Senate that involves a candidate with a very familiar name: Kennedy.
Yes, his name is John F. Kennedy.
The JFK running for state Senate in Georgia was introduced at a recent campaign event like this: "The man, the legend. And, the 'F' stands for Flanders, not Fitzgerald."
John Flanders Kennedy is charming, clean-cut and good-looking, but he's not from Boston, and he's no Democrat.
"I grew up in Adrian, Ga., [a] small town of 800 people. We used to watch the Andy Griffith show to see how city folk live," Kennedy says.
Kennedy is a self-described pro-family, pro-business, pro-Second Amendment Georgia Republican. He does admit to some angst about sharing a name with an icon — really, the icon — of the Democratic Party.
"I've been the brunt of a lot of jokes for the last 48 years. Anyone that knows me knows that I'm conservative, and I've been conservative all my life, and actually was a Republican in high school in the '80s when not many people in south Georgia or central Georgia were Republicans, and certainly not many people where I grew up were Republicans," he says.