Republican John House, a Midland businessman and educator, is challenging Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop for the Georgia 2nd District Congressional seat. House is against abortion, big government, and wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he said.
ALBANY, Ga. — John House wants to be a Congressman, but only for a couple of terms, he says. Any longer and he says he will run the risk of becoming too much like the current “Washington insiders.”
“When people stay too long in one place they tend to get too comfortable,” House told Kiwanis Club members on Monday.
House, who recently defeated Rick Allen in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s 2nd District, will face Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop in the November 6 general election.
A retired Army colonel, House is president of JM Planning and Research in Midland, teaches at two universities and has never before run for public office. A self-described conservative, House believes in smaller government with fewer regulations, he said.
“The No. 1 one complaint I hear from people in Southwest Georgia is that there is too much government regulation,” House said. “Zippy Duvall, head of Georgia Farm Bureau, told me he was afraid (the Bureau) would have to treat a mud puddle after a rainstorm in the same way as flowing water in a stream — as it applied to getting certification to spray insecticides and such. That nuts.”
House blames current corporate tax rates, in part, for driving businesses outside the United States, he said, and supports lowering those rates to bring those businesses back or at least to slow the exodus.
He claims political endorsement of Georgia Right to Life for his stand against abortion, and of Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans for Congress for his 26 years of military service.
“If you are concerned about whether your representative knows what it means to send somebody into combat, I’m the only person who’s been in this race that’s actually done that,” House said. “Plus, I have a daughter who’s about to go, so I know what that means as a parent.”
House is against the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obama Care, he said, although he does believe the American system of health care is in great need of reform. House’s remedy is to repeal the law and start again, with a special focus on job creation.
“I think one of the main things we need to do is to get people employed, because if they have a job they can buy the health insurance that they want and need,” House said.
On the subject of affordable energy, House recognizes that the cost of fossil fuels is subject to world demand, with the U.S. competing with growing nations such as China and India, he said. According to House, at least a short-term solution would be to increase responsible drilling and produce more fuel domestically, which would put downward pressure on the market.