Llop: Gingrey a good doctor, but doesn’t have the ‘pulse of America’
by Jon Gillooly
July 01, 2012 01:29 AM | 3457 views | 13 13 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SANDY SPRINGS — Certified public accountant William Llop says its time for U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) to go, and Llop believes he is the man to replace him.

Llop is one of two Republicans challenging Gingrey in the July 31 primary election. The winner faces Democrat Patrick Thompson of Roswell, a sales manager, in the general election.

“Dr. Gingrey has been a great physician for a good number of years, and he’s had a great track record in Congress, and I’m happy that he was there for us, but when it comes to fresh ideas, he does not have them. He does not have the pulse of America,” Llop said. “Now, if you want to stick with what you’ve got, well then do it, but at some point in my life I decided that it was time to either step up or not, and at 53 years old I’m stepping up.”

Llop, who has never run for office before, said the No. 1 problem he wants to solve if elected is the lack of jobs.

“The biggest problem with our District 11 are jobs and the lack of use of our real estate and through streamlining the tax code, changing depreciation schedules, allowing passive investors to recognize losses on their individual income tax returns, that alone would create jobs and create growth in our area,” he said. “The amount of real estate that we have available today versus other areas of the country and the cost of that real estate is way below market compared to other regions, and that’s going to bring more growth to our area.”

Llop believes public dollars should not be given to private businesses to spur economic development.

“It’s better for the sector just to stand alone,” he said.

He said he would entertain the state providing loans to businesses at a lower interest rate, however.

Llop said he will vote against the July 31 transportation referendum to raise the sales tax by 1 percent for 10 years.

“I believe the consumption-based tax, the gasoline tax, should control the road improvements,” he said.

If the county commission asked him to help secure federal dollars for a light-rail system in Cobb, however, he would seek them, he said.

“At the local level that’s where decisions need to be made, not at the federal level, and if the local level says that’s where we want you to concentrate your efforts, I will, but what I’m looking to do is to fund this project through a gasoline tax and not through a sales tax,” he said.

Llop said he doesn’t understand why the TSPLOST initiative has ignored the use of the CSX line for commuter rail.

“I don’t understand why we’re not using what we already have rather than creating something else, creating more jobs — more government jobs really — through this sales tax assessment which is just going to be putting more people on the payroll, and we’ve got to get people off the payroll and let private industry determine where those improvements need to be made,” he said.

Llop said he needs more information before deciding whether he would support a pre-emptive strike by Israel to take out Iran’s nuclear program.

Nor is he sure what Congress should do about the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. or Cobb.

“The federal government is not and has not stepped up to the plate to stop illegals from entering the country in the past,” he said. “It’s going to be difficult. The Supreme Court just ruled, I think the Supreme Court, the way they ruled, said we can do whatever we want to do with the illegals, but we cannot force them out, so I think they ruled and said ‘sure, check their ID,’ but they didn’t give us any teeth to get the illegals out of the country.”

Llop said he is largely financing his campaign on his own.

“If I tell you I collected $10,000, that’s not true,” he said. “The fact that I spent much more than that, sure that’s true. My budget I guess was originally $25,000. I guess it’s gone up since. It’s probably now $50,000. I’m loaning the campaign as much money as I can stand, and I’m not going to go bankrupt over it.”

Llop said one of his objections to Gingrey is that he believes the congressman “represents big business.”

“I represent small and medium America,” Llop said. “He’s well supported by the health care, the pharmaceuticals and the insurance companies. I think that those are the toughest businesses to go against because they’re so large.”

One of Llop’s strategies for winning is reaching out to everyone he knows from a lifetime of living in the metropolitan area.

“If everybody I know that lives in District 11 actually votes and votes for me, well then I’m going to take it,” he said.

The winner of the July 31 primary will face Democrat Patrick Thompson of Roswell in the general election.
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Illegals are taxed
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July 03, 2012
I'm so tired of people saying illegals are not taxed. If you calculate how little they are paid to do the work none of us are willing to do, with no benefits, and how much they pay in sales tax...they pay a significant portion of taxes based on their income.

Gingrey needs to get rid of of that hair, you need to get rid of of your racist views, and I need another cup of coffee!
anonymous
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July 03, 2012
So, I have to pay income tax but not those who do not respect our laws and are breaking them every time they take a breath? Get your calculator out again - they do not pay enough!!!!!!
Illegals & incometax
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July 04, 2012
I don't need a calculator, they get paid so little that they would probably not have to pay more than about $4000.00 in income tax ANYWAY. When you consider that whoever hires them to do yard work, paint, build, pick produce, etc...WE are saving WAY more than that in sweat equity! More money in our pockets to spend as we please instead of paying them more "legally" so they can give it to Uncle Sam. By the way, last I checked...there was no law against breathing.
No to Gingrey
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July 02, 2012
I totally agree that Gingrey and most incumbents are slueless to middle America. They have no idea what it is like to be a middle class family. Our problem is we can not rid of all the illegals and they pay no taxes. We need to go to a National Comsumption Tax so everyone pays in by their choice of what they purchase. I am tired of 48% of us supporting America and Obama spending money in other countries. Put a fence up along the border, change the consitution that reads we can not refuse an education to anyone, and change the consititution to read anyone born on our soil is American.
Jim Dawg
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July 02, 2012
No to Gingrey:

Realize that Phil Gingrey is a supporter of the Fair Tax, the consumption tax you're talking about. Llop, on the other hand, has come out against the Fair Tax or another flat, consumption-based tax.

We need to get rid of the tax code, not streamline it. Llop's "ideas" are just making work for accountants.
Mom in Kennesaw
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July 01, 2012
This is the kinda folks we need in DC.
Mary Ladd
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July 01, 2012
The railroad right of way belongs to CSX. They won't allow it to be used for commuter rail.
Incumbents? NO way
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July 01, 2012
Time to fire the incumbents. With a very few exceptions, we - the voters - should not keep re-electing the incumbents.
anonymous
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July 01, 2012
I believe Gingrey needs to go. I do believe he is in big businesses pocket. (And with the way the local chamber is trying to shove TSPLOST down our throats...I am not real happy with "big business" or any of these republican marionettes that service their interests).

Gingrey (and Price or that matter) was a part of the republican crew that had full control of congress during the GW Bush years, yet did nothing to address the issues that we are still facing. He, like the rest of the republicans in congress, set things up for what we have now.

Gingrey is part of the problem. It's time to move him on. We need more folks like Allen West or Joe Walsh to serve our interests.
J Balfour
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July 01, 2012
Both Gingrey and Price need replaced but with Democrats. The republican house if out of control and ruining this country with they to-the-death pledge to Grover Norquist. Just who is Grover and why does he control the republican lemmings?
anonymous
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July 02, 2012
--RE:The republican house if out of control and ruining this country with they to-the-death pledge to Grover Norquist.--

Yeah, Jane. Those republicans --- the guys that are in the minority and can't get the president or the Senate to do anything are really causing a ruckus. The president has had to resort to just ignoring laws and moving forward with what he wants to do...just like any good dictator would do...and it is all because the out of power republicans are "out of control".

Jane, you sound absolutely too dumb to be left alone. Please let us know where you are and we will have the police come check on you. We're concerned about, hon.

Timus
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July 03, 2012
Anyone who signed Grover's pledge should be sent home!! They paint the term "tax increase" with such a broad brush that nothing will get done!! Closing Loopholes=tax increase, stopping subsidies to industries that don't need them = tax increase. We cannot reduce the debt without revenue increases!! Period! This is what the bi-partisan debt commission concluded and this is still a fact. Now the fiscal wellness of the country is being held hostage by some guy name Grover sitting back in the shadows.
Kennesaw Resident
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July 01, 2012
It is definitely time for Gingrey to go. I will consider Llop.
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