Rutledge Self-Reports Paperwork Oversight

Leading by example, insists that trust is most important issue in this campaign

McDonough – June 8, 2012: Republican House candidate Dale Rutledge today announced that he has self-reported a paperwork error that occurred when the campaign’s original Declaration of Intention To Accept Campaign Contributions (DOI) was filed in early February.

“The voters of the 109th District have made it clear to me that trust is the most important factor they will consider when going to the polls,” Rutledge said. “Immediately upon learning that we made an inadvertent paperwork error, I notified the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission and self-reported the error.”

The error occurred when Rutledge loaned his campaign $7,247 from his personal account even though the DOI had not yet been received by the Commission. The DOI was postmarked three days after the funds were paid.

“Even though this was a minor oversight, I take full responsibility for the error that was made and personal integrity is exactly what I have been talking to voters about since the start of this campaign,” Rutledge added. “My opponent has accepted expensive dinners, trips, and gifts from lobbyists and has paid his family members with campaign contributions received from lobbyists, yet refuses to take responsibility for these breaches of trust. This is a clear difference between the two of us, and I will continue to make ethics the cornerstone of this campaign.”

Rutledge is the only candidate in the 109th District Republican Primary that has signed a pledge committing to support legislation limiting lobbyist gifts. He has taken this pledge a step further, committing to self-impose this limit regardless of whether legislation is passed. Rutledge has also committed to sponsoring legislation on the first day of the 2013 session to ban the practice of paying family members with campaign contributions.

Dale Rutledge is campaigning for State Representative of the 109th district. Dale grew up on a family farm in Henry County, graduated from the County’s public schools and attended Georgia Southwestern University. He has created two successful businesses and raised a family here. He is the former owner of Rover, Inc., a customer-friendly recycling and sanitation firm focused on the people of Henry County. Today he runs Expo-Link Cargo, a firm he started in1999 specializing in trade show exhibits for the logistics industry. Dale is along-time member of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

 

Dale and his wife of 26 years, Kathy, have two daughters, Caroline and Morgan. The Rutledge’s belong to McDonough Presbyterian Church where Dale has served as an Elder and Deacon.

Meet and Greet Timberridge Precinct

McDonough–June 9, 2012:  On Tuesday, June 7, 2012 a meet and greet for the Timberridge voters in District 109 for Republican candidate Dale Rutledge was held at the home of Rick and Holly Dubois.  The event was an opportunity for voters in the areas to come and meet Dale Rutledge, a candidate for the State House of Representatives in District 109.

Rutledge spoke briefly at the event thanking everyone for attending and for their interest in his campaign to represent the taxpayers in District 109.

Meet and Greet for Flippen Precinct

McDonough–June 6, 2012:  On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 a meet and greet for the Flippen and Eagles Landing area voters in District 109 for Republican candidate Dale Rutledge was held at the home of Jay and Carroll Hodges and cohosted by Chip and Diana Reynolds, Jim and Beth Barlow and Judy Neal.  The event was an opportunity for voters in the areas to come and meet Dale Rutledge, a candidate for the State House of Representatives in District 109.

“I really appreciate the hospitality of the Hodges family and it was great to see the wonderful turnout we had tonight at the gathering” Rutledge said.  “The overwhelming amount of support has been amazing and I will continue to campaign hard over the next two months.”

Rutledge spoke briefly at the event thanking everyone for attending and for their interest in his campaign to represent the taxpayers of District 109.

Newton County GOP Office Grand Opening

Covington—May 26, 2012: The Newton County GOP hosted its party grand opening and open house this Saturday in Covington, Georgia.  The opening of the office was intended to allow guests to meet the candidates who were present over lunch.  Dale Rutledge, a candidate for State House District 109, was present and made a large impact among the crowd with the amount of voters who were there in support of him.

“The GOP opening in Newton County was a great way to see the strength of the Republican Party in the area,” Rutledge said. “It was also a convenient opportunity to meet local voters and answer questions about my candidacy and campaign.”

The Newton County GOP overall had a great turnout for the grand opening and Rutledge says he looks forward to being involved in such a thriving community.

Meet and Greet at Southern Belle Farm

McDonough–May 23, 2012:  On Tuesday, May 22, 2012 the Carter family and Southern Belle Farm hosted a meet and greet for the McMullen and Mt. Bethel precincts in District 109 for Republican candidate Dale Rutledge.  The event was an opportunity for voters in the two precincts to come and meet Dale Rutledge, a candidate for the State House of Representatives in District 109.

“I really appreciate the support of the Carter family and it was great to see everyone who came out to support me tonight at Southern Belle Farm” Rutledge said.  “It is clear the voters of District 109 are looking for new leadership.”

Rutledge used the event to thank all of the people in attendance for their support for his campaign.

Ethics becoming critical issue in state GOP, 109th District race

McDonough — May21, 2012:  The Georgia Republican Party this weekend affirmed what candidate Dale Rutledge has been saying — ethics is a critical issue in Georgia and Henry, Rockdale, and Newton Counties 109th District needs a representative that will restore the trust and confidence of voters.

 

“After weeks of campaigning, I’ve heard from voters across this district that they have had enough of self-centered politicians,” Rutledge said today. “While I’ve already committed to a self-imposed gift limit, I’ve also committed to supporting a ban on legislators accepting gifts from lobbyists of more than $100. And unlike my opponent, I don’t need a poll to tell me that is what the voters want.”

 

At this past weekend’s Georgia GOP state convention, the party voted to place a non-binding question on the July 31 primary ballot asking voters if they support a gift limit.

 

“I don’t need to wait until after July 31 to make my decision,” Rutledge added. “If Steve Davis needs to see the results before adopting a position on ethics reform, it’s going to be too late. He has obviously spent too much time in Atlanta at fancy dinners with lobbyists and lost touch with the people of the district. We’re going to put an end to this practice of big gifts for legislators, and it looks like we are going to have to vote Davis out to get it done.”

 

In addition to the gift limit, Rutledge has also proposed additional ethics reforms.

 

“I’ll also vote to make it illegal for legislators to pay their own family members’ salaries from their campaign accounts,” he added. “When lobbyists and PACs are funding the campaigns of incumbents such as Davis, it is dead wrong for that money to then be used to pay family members. This is the kind of self-dealing that has got to stop if we are going to regain the trust of the voters.”

 

Dale Rutledge is campaigning for State Representative of the 109th district. Dale grew up on a family farm in Henry County, graduated from the County’s public schools and attended Georgia Southwestern University. He has created two successful businesses and raised a family here. He is the former owner of Rover, Inc., a customer-friendly recycling and sanitation firm focused on the people of Henry County. Today he runs Expo-Link Cargo, a firm he started in1999 specializing in trade show exhibits for the logistics industry. Dale is along-time member of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

 

Dale and his wife of 26 years, Kathy, have two daughters, Caroline and Morgan. The Rutledge’s belong to McDonough Presbyterian Church where Dale has served as an Elder and Deacon.

 

Campaign Kickoff

On Tuesday, May 1, 2012 the Dale Rutledge for the State House of Representatives for District 109 campaign officially kicked off.The campaign event was held at the home of Danny and Patti Brown, hosts were the Browns, Eddie and Allison Ausband, Lindsey and Rita McGarity, and Ray and Mary Lynn Lambert.

The affair was an opportunity for Rutledge to thank everyone for the recent swell in support for his campaign.  “It is clear voters in District 109 are ready for leadership placing the tax payers first,” Rutledge stated.

With conservative principles Rutledge’s campaign is simple: work to reduce the size of government, stop wasteful spending, and work on economic growth to bring career opportunities back to the district. Most of all ethic reform to create trust among the voters again is a priority.

“Success at the capitol is based off of two capabilities, the ability to build relationships and hard work,” said Rutledge.  Rutledge knows hard work, when he began his sanitation company, Rover Inc., in 2001 he worked on the back of the trash truck for eight months to get the company off the ground and at all aspects of the company over the years.

Relay for Life in Henry County

This past Friday, April 27, 2012 I had the privilege to attend the annual Relay for Life event for the American Cancer Society at Ola High School in Henry County.  My family and I participated with the McDonough Presbyterian Church team and had a wonderful time partaking in the walk throughout the night and the different activities provided sponsors and other teams.  This year  Relay for Life in Henry County comprised of 105 teams with over 1,408 participants who raised $289,648. Congratulations to East Lake Elementary team for being the leaders in fundraising, raising approximately $22,937.  Relay for Life is an event which is close to my heart because I lost my father, Lanier Rutledge, twelve years ago this month to cancer.  I enjoyed taking part of Relay for Life and supporting the efforts to cure this horrible disease!

Haven House Hustle 5k

On Saturday, April 14, 2012 my daughter Caroline and I participated in the Haven House Hustle 5k event held in Locust Grove.  The Haven House in Henry County provides shelter for victims of domestic violence along with a plethora of other programs to keep children and women safe who are victims.  I enjoyed running for a great reason today in support of women and children affected by domestic violence.

Conservative Republican Dale Rutledge To Challenge Rep. Steve Davis For District 109

(McDonough)— Republican Dale Rutledge announced Monday that he will run for the Georgia House of Representatives to represent the newly-drawn 109th House District. The district is currently represented by incumbent Steve Davis.

“Georgians want real change and are fed up with legislators who mainly look out for themselves,” said Rutledge.

“When elected as your new Representative, I’ll refuse to do any business deals with the government,” said Rutledge. “Though Steve Davis claimed he opposes Obama’s bailouts, he made $25,000 off of the Obama bailout money with special real estate deals. In fact, Davis is one of the biggest beneficiaries of Obama’s bailout funds in Georgia.”

“And it’s also wrong that Rep. Davis collected thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from lobbyists, deposited those contributions into his campaign fund, and then paid family members thousands of dollars in salaries from it.”

“As your new Representative, I will sponsor legislation making that behavior illegal,” said Rutledge.

“It’s a pattern of self-serving actions. We need a Representative who will put taxpayers first, not himself. Davis has done a great job of representing himself, looking out after his own financial interests first rather than the taxpayers’ interests” said Rutledge.

“After years with virtually no real accomplishments from Steve Davis, our community is demanding change. We are facing worsening traffic congestion while jobs and businesses are leaving. It’s time for a change. And as our community’s new State Representative with successful business experience, I will lead efforts to create new jobs and bring new businesses here again.”

Meet Conservative Republican Dale Rutledge

Dale grew up on a family farm in Henry County, graduated from the County’s public schools and attended Georgia Southwestern University. He has created two successful businesses and raised a family here. He is the former owner of Rover, Inc., a customer-friendly recycling and sanitation firm focused on the people of Henry County. Today he runs Expo-Link Cargo, a firm he started in 1999 specializing in trade show exhibits for the logistics industry. Dale is a long-time member of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

Dale and his wife of 26 years, Kathy, have two daughters, Caroline and Morgan. The Rutledge’s belong to McDonough Presbyterian Church where Dale has served as an Elder and Deacon.