When I look at whether or not I’m going to support someone running for office, I don’t pay a lot of attention to their religion. I believe that this is overplayed by candidates. That’s just my perspective. But in case you haven’t heard, there is an atheist running for the legislature here in Georgia. And from what I’ve read, he is the first to openly run in the Peach State. His received some traffic on the web because of this, particularly on Reddit, and seems to be milking it for all it’s worth.
A friend, also an atheist, pointed to this post a little while ago:
I want to make sure Georgia’s laws are reasonable and fair. I would outlaw lobbyist gifts to GA legislators, legalize marijuana, and raise taxes on the rich. Please see www.ElectMikeSmith.com for more details.
Smith is running in HD-69, which is currently held by State Rep. Randy Nix (R-LaGrange). I doubt that he has a chance of being elected, though I haven’t looked at the VAP on the district. I just can’t recall any district outside of the Metro Atlanta area being competitive.
Again, his faith isn’t a real concern. I’d vote for an atheist or Muslim as long as they promised to keep my taxes low and protect individual liberties. But this guy’s policy proposals, such as the desire to raise taxes and outlaw certain types of speech, are what bugs me. His website says that he would be “Rational Representation for the 99%.” Yeah, no thanks. No “Occupy” BS for me. I had enough of that crap when I visited Denver last year. He’s also adopted the “Republican War on [insert group here].” I’ve written about that before, and I’m tired of it from both sides of the aisle.
The guy is a gimmick.