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October 18, 2006

Libertarian wants to be governor

THOMASVILLE — If you ask Garrett Hayes why he’s challenging Gov. Sonny Perdue in the Nov. 7 election, he’ll likely quote a cartoon character — Popeye to be exact.

“I’ve had all I can stands, and I can’t stands no more,” he said of the governor’s leadership.

Hayes, a Libertarian, has garnered almost nine percent of the vote in recent state election polls. However, he’s quick to point out that the numbers for Perdue and Democratic candidate Mark Taylor — the two main contenders in this race — continue to drop while his are on the rise.

Actually, his motive in running for governor is pretty simple.

“I’m tired of watching government grow. I’m tired of government taking more and more of our money and our freedom and doing things it shouldn’t be doing,” Hayes said.

Armed with novel approaches to dealing with taxes, eminent domain, education and immigration, Hayes said his goal is not to play spoiler to either top candidate in this election. He wants to become Georgia’s next governor.

Hayes said proposed laws that would allow one person’s property to be taken by the government for the benefit of another private entity are “obscene.”

“The U.S. Constitution is crystal clear in explaining that the government shall not take property except for public use,” he said. “This new amendment (which will be on Georgia ballots Nov. 7) is a trap. It does not protect private property against eminent domain.”

Another of Hayes’ goals is to eliminate all state income taxes. He also wants to work with Georgia’s congressional delegation to help enact the Fair Tax, a national retail sales tax.

“First of all, we need to make some really hard decisions about what government should and shouldn’t be doing. There are tons of things the government is doing that we don’t need to be funding to begin with,” Hayes said.

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