2013-2014 Committee Assignments

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

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Rep. Dale Rutledge Receives Committee Assignments for the 2013-2014 Legislative Term

 

ATLANTA – The Georgia House of Representatives’ Committee on Assignments named State Representative Dale Rutledge (R – McDonough) to the Agriculture & Consumer Affairs; Judiciary; and Regulated Industries committees.

“I am very pleased with the committees leadership has assigned to me for this legislative session,” said Rep. Rutledge.  “Now that I have my committee assignments, I am eager to start working with Chairman McCall, Chairman Wendell Willard, Chairman Howard Maxwell and my fellow committee members.”

The House Committee on Assignments, chaired by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), is charged with making all House committee assignments for the members of the Georgia House of Representatives.

For more information about the Committee on Assignments and a complete list of all House Committee assignments, please clickhere.

 

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Rutledge’s Landslide Victory

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The landslide election results from Tuesday evening clearly show the confidence voters have in me. I am very humbled and grateful to my supporters for this overwhelming victory.

The margin of victory clearly indicates the district’s desire for new leadership. My message throughout this campaign has been to restore trust within our district and ethics reform. I am looking forward to putting my words into actions at the Capitol.

I am so thankful for my supporters and volunteers who have stood by me throughout this campaign. It will be an honor to serve this community as your next State Representative.

Please know that I am available to you and want to hear from you on the issues that concern us.

I look forward to working with those in the State House to make our district and Georgia the best it can be.

Thank you again for your support!!

Davis Slime Call

McDonough- July 17, 2012:  On Monday, July 16, 2012 the Steve Davis campaign stooped to an all new low.  Davis’ campaign sent out an automated call from Dale’s  eldest sister to District 109 voters claiming Dale “tore his family apart” and that he “could not be trusted”. The accusations made against Rutledge are blameless and a desperate attempt by a desperate politician who will do anything to keep his hand in the taxpayer’s pockets.

This claim stems from a displeased sister over a private family matter within the Henry County Probate Court. Rutledge’s mother has Alzheimer’s and he and his youngest sister took steps to make sure the money earned by their parents’ hard work all of their lives would be available for the remainder of her life while she battles this terrible disease.

“It is disgusting and classless what Steve Davis is saying about my brother, Dale, and my family, especially when he was told the truth by Senator Rick Jeffares prior to the call going out.” Rutledge’s sister said. “My mother along with my family does not deserve the falsities and lies being spread by Steve Davis.”

Dale’s campaign throughout the election has focused on ethics reform and bringing trust back to the voters in the 109th District.  This type of unethical and immoral behavior is exactly what the campaign has referenced during this election.

“I am sorry that this private family matter was brought into your home,” Dale said. “This type of dirty politics is disgraceful and should not be tolerated.  My opponent, Steve Davis, is relying on the words of a disgruntled sister to better his campaign efforts. Integrity is something that is sorely missing in politics today, and I will not respond to these baseless personal attacks with personal attacks against my opponent. We will, however, continue to point to his record of putting his self-interests above the needs or district, which has been reported on the front page of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.”

Rutledge continued, “I want to thank all my supporters for the kind post, text and phone calls we received yesterday.  I cannot express my gratitude.  My family and I are more energized than ever and will continue to work hard taking our message to the voters of the 109th district.  I am getting reports that my opponent continues to play disgraceful political games, this time in your mail box.  Desperate people will lower themselves to amazing lows to hold on to power. On July 31st the voters will have the final say.”

Dale grew up on a family farm in Henry County, graduated from our public schools and attended Georgia Southwestern University. He has created two successful businesses and raised a family here. He is the former owner of Rover, Inc., a customer-friendly recycling and sanitation firm focused on the people of Henry County. Today he runs Expo-Link Cargo, a firm he started in1999 specializing in trade show exhibits for the logistics industry. Dale is a long-time member of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

Dale and his wife of 26 years, Kathy, have two daughters, Caroline and Morgan. The Rutledge’s belong to McDonough Presbyterian Church where Dale has served as an Elder and Deacon.

Disclosures show Rutledge has support of district; Davis has support of Gold Dome insiders

McDonough – July 11, 2012:  On the day before a front page Atlanta Journal-Constitution story exposed State Rep. Steve Davis spending campaign contributions on personal expenses, the July 9 deadline for reporting contributions and expenditures made it clear that challenger Dale Rutledge has the overwhelming support of voters in the 109th district while Davis has the support of lobbyists, Political Action Committees (PACs) and other Gold Dome insiders. While Dale reported 124 individual contributions from voters inside District 109, Davis reported just two.  Local citizens contributed $29,158.00 from those individual voter donations while the incumbent raised $225.00 from inside the district. Rutledge’s average contribution from within the district was $235.15.

 

“Our campaign has always been about the people in the district and their values,” Rutledge said. “One look at the disclosures and the truth is painfully evident — when someone challenges the culture of corruption at the Capitol the insiders circle the wagons to protect their own. The voters in the 109th district want to return to solid Republican values with ethical behavior. While the contributions are there for all to see, what we don’t know is what promises Davis has made in exchange for these donations.”

 

Davis has out raised Rutledge’s campaign by a two-to-one margin in total contributions. With just two individuals making contributions to Davis’s campaign this cycle it clearly illustrates the voters in the district are fed up with Davis and his irregularities.  While Davis spends his time at the Gold Dome going to sporting events and eating meals with lobbyists, Rutledge has focused on talking individually to voters about the issues that matter most to them.

 

“Voters are sick and tired of front page stories about ethical lapses, self-dealing and politicians using their elected position to enrich themselves,” Rutledge added. “At some point we have to say enough is enough and show these folks that public service is not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. We need people representing us that are there to fight for our views and values, not looking for the next payout.”

 

Rutledge grew up on a family farm in Henry County, graduated from our public schools and attended Georgia Southwestern University. He has created two successful businesses and raised a family here. He is the former owner of Rover, Inc., a customer-friendly recycling and sanitation firm focused on the people of Henry County. Today he runs Expo-Link Cargo, a firm he started in1999 specializing in trade show exhibits for the logistics industry. Dale is along-time member of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

 

Dale and his wife of 26 years, Kathy, have two daughters, Caroline and Morgan. The Rutledge’s belong to McDonough Presbyterian Church where Dale has served as an Elder and Deacon.

 

Henry County Republican Women Luncheon

On Wednesday June 13, 2012 Rutledge had the opportunity to speak with Congressmen Westmoreland and Broun at the Henry County Republican Women luncheon at the Moose Lodge.

“I am very grateful the Henry County Republican Women hosted this luncheon which allowed the Congressmen to be welcomed into Henry County, it was a pleasure speaking with both Congressmen,” Rutledge said.

Rutledge Self-Reports Paperwork Oversight

Leading by example, insists that trust is most important issue in this campaign

McDonough – June 8, 2012: Republican House candidate Dale Rutledge today announced that he has self-reported a paperwork error that occurred when the campaign’s original Declaration of Intention To Accept Campaign Contributions (DOI) was filed in early February.

“The voters of the 109th District have made it clear to me that trust is the most important factor they will consider when going to the polls,” Rutledge said. “Immediately upon learning that we made an inadvertent paperwork error, I notified the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission and self-reported the error.”

The error occurred when Rutledge loaned his campaign $7,247 from his personal account even though the DOI had not yet been received by the Commission. The DOI was postmarked three days after the funds were paid.

“Even though this was a minor oversight, I take full responsibility for the error that was made and personal integrity is exactly what I have been talking to voters about since the start of this campaign,” Rutledge added. “My opponent has accepted expensive dinners, trips, and gifts from lobbyists and has paid his family members with campaign contributions received from lobbyists, yet refuses to take responsibility for these breaches of trust. This is a clear difference between the two of us, and I will continue to make ethics the cornerstone of this campaign.”

Rutledge is the only candidate in the 109th District Republican Primary that has signed a pledge committing to support legislation limiting lobbyist gifts. He has taken this pledge a step further, committing to self-impose this limit regardless of whether legislation is passed. Rutledge has also committed to sponsoring legislation on the first day of the 2013 session to ban the practice of paying family members with campaign contributions.

Dale Rutledge is campaigning for State Representative of the 109th district. Dale grew up on a family farm in Henry County, graduated from the County’s public schools and attended Georgia Southwestern University. He has created two successful businesses and raised a family here. He is the former owner of Rover, Inc., a customer-friendly recycling and sanitation firm focused on the people of Henry County. Today he runs Expo-Link Cargo, a firm he started in1999 specializing in trade show exhibits for the logistics industry. Dale is along-time member of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

 

Dale and his wife of 26 years, Kathy, have two daughters, Caroline and Morgan. The Rutledge’s belong to McDonough Presbyterian Church where Dale has served as an Elder and Deacon.

Meet and Greet Timberridge Precinct

McDonough–June 9, 2012:  On Tuesday, June 7, 2012 a meet and greet for the Timberridge voters in District 109 for Republican candidate Dale Rutledge was held at the home of Rick and Holly Dubois.  The event was an opportunity for voters in the areas to come and meet Dale Rutledge, a candidate for the State House of Representatives in District 109.

Rutledge spoke briefly at the event thanking everyone for attending and for their interest in his campaign to represent the taxpayers in District 109.

Meet and Greet for Flippen Precinct

McDonough–June 6, 2012:  On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 a meet and greet for the Flippen and Eagles Landing area voters in District 109 for Republican candidate Dale Rutledge was held at the home of Jay and Carroll Hodges and cohosted by Chip and Diana Reynolds, Jim and Beth Barlow and Judy Neal.  The event was an opportunity for voters in the areas to come and meet Dale Rutledge, a candidate for the State House of Representatives in District 109.

“I really appreciate the hospitality of the Hodges family and it was great to see the wonderful turnout we had tonight at the gathering” Rutledge said.  “The overwhelming amount of support has been amazing and I will continue to campaign hard over the next two months.”

Rutledge spoke briefly at the event thanking everyone for attending and for their interest in his campaign to represent the taxpayers of District 109.