Former President Jimmy Carter has sent an email to supporters asking for donations to help his grandson Jason Carter become the next governor of Georgia.
Democrat Jason Carter,
a former lawyer, announced last year that he planned to challenge Republican Gov. Nathan Deal in November and wrest control of the state’s chief executive position from the GOP, which has held it for 12 years.
The former president, who was himself governor of Georgia before his White House run, said in his appeal, "Earlier this month, my grandson Jason secured the Democratic nomination for governor of Georgia. It was a great moment, and Rosalynn and I are very proud and excited that he is running."
"We have a great opportunity in Georgia this November, and I know Jason is the candidate who will take Georgia’s leadership back from Republican Party extremists. His campaign has momentum. In fact, a recent poll put Jason 3 points ahead of the incumbent Republican governor.
"But we can’t take advantage of this opportunity without your help. When we fight for our values, we win. But we need $25,000 by midnight tomorrow to send directly to Jason’s campaign before the fundraising deadline."
Carter asked supporters to contribute $5 or more to "help defeat the extreme right wing" before the deadline runs out. He said his grandson needs the donations because he is "coming under attack," and millions of dollars are flowing in "to prevent Georgia from moving forward."
The former president continued, "Jason is a person of integrity who will always do the right thing for the people he serves. If he’s elected governor, he’ll work every day to defend the values we cherish."
"As a young man, Jason served in the Peace Corps in South Africa while Nelson Mandela was president. He worked in schools in rural areas hit hardest by apartheid.
"He’s serving now, as I did, in the state Senate. Jason has taken a leading role in protecting the right of every Georgian to vote – at a time when that right is threatened. As this race heats up, it will be hard for Jason’s friends and family when he is under attack, but I know Jason can handle it – especially if we’re standing with him."
The younger Carter plans to focus his campaign on education, ethics and the return of trust in government, and hopes that his grandfather will help him in the election battle.
"He’s my grandfather, and he cares about me, and we talk," he said last year. "But at the end of the day, this campaign will be about getting Georgia back to where it needs to be. It’s about the future and not my family."
Republican Mitt Romney won 53 percent of the Georgia vote in the 2012 presidential election, and Republicans hold a majority in the state legislature.
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