Jason Carter on Principles & Values



I've passed 21 bipartisan bills in the legislature

The sharpest attacks [in the gubernatorial debate came over less lofty policy platforms. Early in the debate, Deal panned Carter as a two-term state senator who had little to show for his time in the statehouse. "You've never passed a bill. Never offered an amendment to many of the bills you now are criticizing," he said. "Why should Georgians vote for you with this absolute lack of leadership experience?"

Carter, in a curt response, said the attack was misguided. "There are 21 bipartisan bills that have my name on them, that you signed into law," Carter said. "And at the same time, the attacks on my leadership are frankly just an attempt, I believe, to pass the buck."

Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. on 2014 Georgia Gubernatorial debate , Oct 19, 2014

Grandfather Jimmy Carter participates in grandson's campaign

Democrats lost the Georgia statehouse in 2002, and the once Solid South is a distant memory for their party. It has been four decades since the elder Mr. Carter was governor, and more than three since he left the White House--"involuntarily retired," he likes to say. "Mr. Jimmy," as locals know him, is a revered figure here. But the former president arouses intense passions among conservatives, who detest his politics. Republicans lampoon him as a failed leader.

Senator Carter is the son of Jack Carter, the eldest of Jimmy and Rosalynn's four children. Like his grandfather, he is seeking the governorship after just four years in the State Senate.

"He wants it both ways," said one supporter of Gov. Deal. "He wants his granddaddy's help with contributors, but when it comes to the issues, he distances himself. My guess is if his last name were Jones, you and I might not be having this conversation."

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race , Jul 26, 2014

Comfortable talking about his religious faith

Jason Carter stepped into the pulpit of South Columbus United Methodist Church for a Palm Sunday sermon and offered a message of Christian responsibility to the poor, with his phone in hand. "How many of you have the Bible (app) on your phone? I bet all of you do," Carter said to laughs from the crowd. Worshippers listened as the Democrat running for Georgia governor read from his phone a New Testament verse about the importance of "things that are not seen."
Source: Chattanooga Free Press on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race , Jun 30, 2014

All people, regardless of accomplishments, are still people

Pres. Mandela and my grandfather asked each other about their businesses and their families. My grandfather insisted that we get a photo of just Mandela and me. I stood with Mandela while the former President of the US took our picture with a cheap Polaroid camera. "Look! Here it comes. Its' developing!"

I had been prepared to meet a legend, a man much larger than life. But this experience drove home the point that all people, regardless of what they have accomplished, are still people. I have seen others approach my grandfather that way. Once a woman once ran up to him and screamed, "Oh, my God! Do you know who you are?"

I began my official Peace Corps service days later with this image of these 2 men. Just 2 plain old men concerned about their retirement and their grandchildren, their lives the same size as everyone else's. I was inspired by the impact that one person can have. That thought would sustain me for the next 2 years.

Source: Power Lines, by Jason Carter, p. 63-5 , Jun 1, 2003

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