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Democrat plans run for U.S. House seat

4/12/2012

By GORDON JACKSON
The Brunswick News

A St. Simons Island man seeking the Democratic Party's nomination for the 1st District Congressional seat believes he knows how to defeat the incumbent Republican - Rep. Jack Kingston, who has held the office since 1992.

"I'm a Ron Paul Democrat, not a Blue Dog Democrat," Nathan Russo said. "I am more conservative than Jack Kingston."

Russo, 68, a lifelong bachelor and former owner of a public records abstract and appraisal business in New York City, said approval ratings for Congress are at an all-time low, making Kingston, the popular Republican from Savannah, vulnerable.

Russo said job creation is his No. 1 priority, with health care reform a close second.

"I have no objections to Obama care," he said.

He wants to reintroduce the draft for people ages 18 to 20 for two years of service as a way to reduce pressure on the National Guard and increase patriotism and responsibility in America's youth.

Russo said he won't vote along party lines but will rely on input from constituents before voting on issues.

"I will be responsive to the people," he said.

"Let me run on the issues and let Jack run on his voting record. The truth is something hard to run away from."

Russo admits he has a challenge unseating Kingston, who has the experience, name recognition and financial support.

"I'm 68 years old and have never held public office before," Russo said. "Some people have asked why I don't do something like run for county commission, but I'm too old to start at the bottom."

He also decided to reveal details of a misdemeanor arrest in 2006 now, rather than risk having the information come out a few days before the election.

According to an incident report from the Springdale, S.C. Police Department, Russo was arrested Nov. 16, 2006 after he warned some guests about an ongoing prostitution sting at a local motel where he was staying on the way to visit his mother in Kentucky.

Russo was incarcerated two days until he paid a $1,062 fine for disorderly conduct and another $1,112 fine for interfering with police.

Russo said he told some guests about the sting because he thought it was unethical for police to entrap people into committing a crime.

He said he didn't contest the charges in court because he simply wanted the ordeal to end.

If he wins his party's nomination and upsets Kingston, Russo said one of his first tasks will be to introduce legislation to cut pensions for congressmen by 10 percent.

"The people in Congress have to show Americans they understand their pain," he said. "The middle class has been giving a long time. It's time for everyone else."

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Save your money

Save your time and money because nobody from south georgia is ever going to vote for somebody from New York as dumb as you....

jsd3

4/12/2012

just what we need

What is this about "pro class warfare," etc.
Seems to me that those who engage in this Republican rhetoric are wannabe club members (i.e. those in the upper 1 percent who make a minimum of $350,000.00 a year.) Come on, don't you see you are voting against your own best interests?

Ott Owens

4/12/2012

Representation in Congress

Calling himself a "Ron Paul Democrat" is like saying I'm a "Dennis Kucinich Republican." We need a representative from this district who has some foresight, some good ideas, instead of just continuing to proclaim the tired old Republican mantra that the solution to every problem is privatization and a taxcut.

Ott Owens

4/12/2012

Just what we need...

Here's what I get from the article...Russo is pro-obamacare, pro-class warfare, pro-prostitution, anti-police and a 100% whack job...yeah, he's just what we need. Move along loser, your crazed ideas have no place here.

fed up

4/12/2012

The only thing I like about Russo's statement is the DRAFT. Bring it back! Other than that, move back to New York and wave your Obama Sign.

Smiley

4/12/2012

Russo

Anybody would represent this area better than Kingston has. Its time for Jack to hit the road. Kingston is a career politician that needs to retire. I do not agree with all of Russo's platform, but have yet to see any benefit Kingston has brought to residents of SE Georgia. Kingston is in the pocket of big corporation lobbyists.

bye Jack!

4/12/2012

Blue dog democrat

Why doesn't Russo do like Hillary Clinton and move to New York to run for congress? Personally, I don't think I could trust a represenative who did not grow up living my ethics and values to represent them in Washington. Or at the Court House, for that matter.

Southern Boy

4/12/2012

Thank you

Thanks for the info Brunswick News. This should nip the erstwhile political career of one Nathan Russo in the bud. Anybody who claims to be a Ron Paul supporter and who also claims no objection to Obamacare has no idea what the man is about.

Ron Paul supporter since '06

4/12/2012







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