Retired Army colonel vies for Gingrey’s seat
by MDJ staff
August 19, 2013 12:13 AM | 3082 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — Retired U.S. Army colonel Larry Mrozinski of Woodstock has announced he will seek the 11th District congressional seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta).

Mrozinski, a Republican, made the announcement to a crowd of supporters at the Cherokee County Rock Barn on Saturday.

He will run in the June 3, 2014, Republican primary on a ballot that already looks to include former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Smyrna, Georgia House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead), Marietta businesswoman Tricia Pridemore and state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville). Gingrey is running for the seat held by retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

A few key issues of Mrozinski’s campaign include term limits, to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, to secure the U.S. border, tax reform and a top-to-bottom review of the Veterans Administration.

“We want to ensure our veterans and their families receive the help they so justly deserve,”

Mrozinski said.

Mrozinski said he served almost three decades on active duty with the U.S. Army and is the son of an Army infantry sergeant and World War II prisoner of war.

The candidate served for more than three years as a senior military advisor in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Condoleezza Rice in the Office of International Organization Affairs; Peacekeeping, Sanctions and Counterterrorism, he said in his announcement.

Mrozinski said he was intimately involved in foreign policy challenges and threats that faced the nation.

He said he is also knowledgeable on health care and transportation challenges at the national and state level.

“Difficult times call for tough leadership (of) those who possess strength of character, personal integrity and a command of the issues, combined with a keen understanding and appreciation of the inherent trust bestowed upon those who are elected to represent the people of Georgia in the halls of the Congress of the United States,” Mrozinski said. “We need leaders that will restore the greatness of America.”

Mrozinski said that too many sent to Washington go only to enrich themselves, not to serve the citizens who elected them.

“I am announcing today that I will not accept congressional retirement as is the common practice with politicians,” he said. He said one in six lawmakers gets a six-figure pension from taxpayers.

Mrozinski holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and health science and a master’s degree in international relations from Troy University.

He is the former Georgia GOP Veterans Outreach chair and served as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Mrozinski served in combat and hazardous duty assignments including: Desert Storm, Haiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kuwait and NATO.

Mrozinski and his wife, Danelle, have been married for almost 28 years.

He said that no one who resided in Cherokee County had been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives since Judge John Stephens Woods was elected in 1931.

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SC Observer
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August 19, 2013
What's Mrozinski's position on the 17th amendment?

U.S. Senators should represent their states and be held accountable by state legislatures and not serve their own inflated egos.

The first step on the road to restoring the republic is to repeal the odiforous 17th admendment.

Diamond Jim
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August 19, 2013
Sounds as if some viable candidates are beginning to emerge. I note that in addition to Mr. Mrozinski, there is also a small business owner in the running.

The last thing we need to do is re-elect Bob Barr, or any of the other state or local politicians running, nor should Georgians send the invisible and ineffective Phil Gingrey to the Senate. The country has too many career politicians--something the Founding Fathers never envisioned or intended, and we need to start sending people to Washington who do, indeed, put the best interests of the country ahead of personal nest feathering. Congress's standing with the American people is even lower than Obama's, and the remedy is to stop re-electing these people! Voters pretty much get what we deserve, and the only way to change the status quo is to clean house and take back our country. Johnny Isaakson needs to go too when he is next up for re-election.

Can't help but chuckle a little, though, at Mr. Mrozinski pledging not to take a pension from congress if elected. First: He is probably already drawing a government pension as a high-ranking military retiree. Secondly, he should never be allowed to stay there long enough to qualify for a congressional pension.
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