From an Oxendine campaign press release today:
Politics as usual have failed Georgians. Whether meted out by Democrats or Republicans, the results have been the same - mediocrity at best, regress at worst. The centerpiece of my campaign for Governor is a pledge. This pledge will break the cycle of promises made but not kept and transform government with one basic ideal - the good of the people before politics. I offer this contract for a better Georgia; a detailed agenda for transformation of state government, which is a written commitment.
The critics will complain, the doubters will hesitate, and the status quo will oppose; but I will move forward in a positive, determined and inclusive way. I will work for Georgia and offer real solutions to our most pressing issues. If you have been seeking an innovative approach, a new direction for government, then join me as we transform Georgia.
On the first day of the 2011 General Assembly, the new Oxendine Administration will have our Legislative Floor Leaders begin to introduce the following major reforms aimed at transforming our state government:
John Oxendine's Contract with Georgia
First - make state government smaller and more accountable by implementing zero-base budgeting.
Second - create a modern 21st century tax code for Georgians which abolishes the state income tax.
Third - implement a comprehensive statewide transportation system.
Fourth - actively assert that pursuant to the tenth amendment of the U.S. Constitution belongs to the American people and not Washington politicians. (Editor's note: Easily my favorite.)
Fifth - break ground on new water reservoirs to ensure an adequate water supply for our future.
Sixth - invest in all schoolchildren by allowing tax dollars to follow the child in the form of an education voucher. An equal access voucher system supports the rights of parents to decide how to best educate their children.
Seventh - create an outcome-based, educational model which eliminates process micromanagement at the state level; maintaining local control but ensuring accountability.
Eighth - aggressively support legislation which protects and preserves human life from conception to death.
Ninth - fight for less government restrictions on where law abiding and permitted citizens can carry a firearm.
Tenth - protect taxpayers by defending the integrity of Georgia's borders through upholding and enforcing immigration laws.
Eleventh - implement focused domestic and international economic development which targets our efforts on the recruitment of industries for which Georgia is a talent and resource fit.
Twelfth - work with the Governors of other states to strongly encourage Congress to adopt The Fair Tax.
"If I'm elected governor I will lower taxes whether those bureaucrats in the state capitol like it or not!"
UPDATE: State Sen. Eric Johnson has made it official via twitter, jumping into the governor's race. Surely that sets the Republican field at five candidates.
This race should be nothing short of fantastically entertaining.
UPDATE 2: Obviously there's good reason to believe Congressman Nathan Deal may run for governor. The Insider reports.