Catoosa County welcomes congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene for Second Amendment rally

Catoosa County welcomes congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene for Second Amendment rally

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Armed members of the Georgia III% Martyrs surround Marjorie Taylor Greene as she meets with supporters during a second amendment rally at the Northwest Georgia Amphitheatre on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 in Ringgold, Ga. When Marjorie Taylor Greene showed up around 2:45 p.m. Saturday to a pro-Second Amendment rally in Ringgold, the candidate to represent Georgia’s 14th Congressional District was quickly surrounded by men in combat uniforms holding semi-automatic rifles. They had not been hired to provide security for the event, they said, they were just exercising their Second Amendment rights. About 30 of them walked around the Northwest Georgia Amphitheater during the rally as she interacted with attendees. Greene’s path to becoming the next member of Congress from the 14th District became a lot easier when her Democratic challenger — Kevin Van Ausdal — suddenly dropped out of the race, citing personal reasons. Greene had been the heavy favorite in November’s election after easily defeating John Cowan in an August runoff to seal the Republican nomination. But with that victory came a surge of attention to Van Ausdal’s bid. Greene moved to the district weeks after U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, announced he wouldn’t stand for another term. She won the GOP nod despite a history of racist and xenophobic remarks and voicing support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. Graves announced on the same day Van Ausdal bowed out of the race that he would be ending his tenure four months earlier […]

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