He’s a Democrat, he’s an Army veteran, and says Marjorie Taylor Greene hasn’t done a damn thing for Georgia. His name is Marcus Flowers and on Monday, March 1st, he announced his intentions to challenge the controversial Congresswoman that represents the U.S. 14th Congressional District.
“I’ve spent my entire career defending the United States and I promise to bring honor, integrity, and decency to Congress,” Flowers tweeted while sharing the video.
It’s official! I’m running for Congress against Marjorie Taylor Greene.
I've spent my entire career defending the United States and I promise to bring honor, integrity and decency to Congress.
— Marcus Flowers (@Marcus4Georgia) March 1, 2021
The 14th district contains portions of northwest Georgia, with the largest cities being Rome, Calhoun, and Dalton. Former President Donald J. Trump carried this district with 75% of the vote in the 2020 Presidential Election. Governor Kemp won the district carrying 75% of the vote.
It is also a ruby-red district. According to the Cook Partisan Index, the 14th District was the second most conservative district in the state, behind the ninth.
Speaking to The Washington Post last month, Flowers said seeing the recently unearthed 2019 video of Greene harassing David Hogg, a survivor of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was what prompted him to decide to run against her.
“When I saw what was going on and all these things came to light, I just couldn’t hold the powder any longer,” Flowers said. “We need to bring civility back into our political discourse. She does not represent our district. The people here are lovely. I mean, yeah, there’s an element of extremism here in the district, but it’s by far the minority.”
Greene championed the QAnon conspiracies and powered her campaign on the White grievances that have fueled the Republican Party since the 2010 midterm elections: bemoaning America’s growing diversity, the rising influence of Black and Brown voters, and a desire to push the United States back to times where White men dominated political discourse.
“Her twisted conspiracy theories may have made her famous, but haven’t done a damn thing to help the people here in our district,” Flowers said.
Her behavior forced Democrats to strip her of her committee assignments and currently, a movement is growing to expel the freshman congresswoman.
“I’ve witnessed first hand the damage done by extremism, radicalism, and disinformation, and I won’t stand by while people in Washington take us down the same path,” said Flowers. “The Army core values teach honor, personal courage, and selfless service. That’s what I’ll bring to Congress.”
Federal Election Commission records show four Democrats have filed to run against Greene in 2022. Including Flowers, Democrats Lateefah Conner, Holly McCormack, and Brittany Trambauer-Smith have declared their intentions to run for Congresswoman Greene’s seat. McCormack was the first Democratic challenger to announce her bid.
“There’s a void in leadership. The hate-filled rhetoric, the seeds of division that are being sown, it’s time to have somebody that will work for Georgia 14,” said McCormack.
Greene’s spokesperson, Nick Dyer, issued a statement about the Democratic challengers, “The 14th District issued a mandate on November 3, 2020, by overwhelmingly voting for President Trump and Congresswoman Greene. She is focused on delivering on her America First agenda for the people of northwest Georgia.”
The race in Georgia’s 14th District will garner national attention. State law allows Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians to pay filing fees to get on Georgia ballots. But for an independent to get on the ballot, Georgia law requires the candidate to gather signatures of five percent of the registered voters in the district.