Jody Hice, whose many hats include Baptist pastor, political activist and radio host, is running for the Georgia District 7 seat in the US House of Representatives, looking to replace the retiring John Linder (R-GA).
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Hice has made his name taking the religious side in questions concerning the boundaries of religion and government, beginning with the debate over the posting of the Bible’s Ten Commandments in courthouses. More recently, he challenged IRS regulations concerning political speech from the pulpit in order to endorse the presidential candidacy of John McCain.
He is also host of “The Jody Hice Show,” which is heard over the internet and is also on a small number of small radio stations scattered throughout the southeastern US.
State Rep. Clay Cox is also in the race for the Republican nomination. According to CQPolitics, a Republican businessman is running, a Linder aide may jump in and former Christian Coalition exec Ralph Reed is also a possible candidate. Whatever the outcome of the Republican primary, it will probably decide the general election winner in this rock-solid Republican district.