Guns, money and Trump take center stage in 9th District race

Guns, money and Trump take center stage in 9th District race

One look at Andrew Clyde’s yard sign tells you almost everything you need to know about his race to replace U.S. Rep. Doug Collins in Georgia’s 9th Congressional District. The red, white and black sign puts Clyde’s name in stark relief above the dark silhouette of an AR-15, along with a single message: “Protect the 2nd.” His staff tried to warn him, he said at a recent Republican picnic in Dahlonega, that guns on yard signs would be “too edgy.” But Clyde, a trim man who still wears a high-and-tight military-style haircut, insisted. “I sell guns for a living. That’s what I do. That’s me,” he said, pointing to a stack of his signs. “That defines me in many ways.” It’s a high-contrast image in a high-contrast race, which pits Clyde, a gun store owner and firearms dealer who served in the Navy, against Devin Pandy, a Democrat and decorated Army combat veteran. Both come from military traditions — Clyde can trace his to the Continental Army, while Pandy’s father spent a career in the U.S. Army after bringing his young family from Belize. But the two have radically different approaches to the issues defining politics today and the job they say they’d do in Congress. The road to run After 11 years of active duty, Clyde landed in Athens, where he earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Georgia and taught aviation logistics at the Navy Supply Corps School. In 1991, he also started a […]

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