Former Georgia ethics official to challenge McBath

Former Georgia ethics official to challenge McBath
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Jake Evans, former chairman of the Georgia ethics commission, on Tuesday announced a bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathAnti-abortion group targets Democrats ahead of 2022 Moderates revolt on infrastructure in new challenge for Pelosi Everytown recruiting gun violence survivors to run for office MORE in the state's 6th District.

Speaking to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Evans said he is running because “the radical left is seeking to erase our culture, our values and our American identity."

“I’m a fighter for the people and I deliver results for the people,” he said. “We’re going to run an unafraid conservative campaign because America needs fighters who will stand up for the Constitution and not for political opportunism.”

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During his five years as the ethics commission chairman, Evans looked into mapmaking mistakes and ineligible voters and worked on two do-over votes in Republican-on-Republican elections.

The Journal-Constitution notes that Evans is joining fellow Republican Meagan Hanson in running to unseat McBath, who flipped the district's seat in 2018 after running a campaign centered around progressive issues, particularly gun control, after her teenage son was killed in a shooting.

Though the district has leaned further left since McBath's election, the Journal-Constitution points out it has historically been a launching pad for many prominent GOP figures, including former Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE and former Sens. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonCritical race theory becomes focus of midterms Former Georgia ethics official to challenge McBath Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE and Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Former Georgia ethics official to challenge McBath A proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US MORE.

Evans compared the 2022 midterm elections to the 1994 midterms that led to Gingrich's rise in power.

“We fully expect to mount a revolution,” he told the Journal-Constitution, “and it starts right here in Georgia in the 6th District.”

—Updated at 1:54 p.m.