Integrity needs to return to Congress, Silver Creek resident Mickey Tuck says, and that’s what he intends to deliver if elected to the 14th District seat from Northwest Georgia.

Tuck is running in the Republican primary Tuesday, May 24, against incumbent Tom Graves and Rome resident Allan Levene.

“It’s time to elect someone who has integrity, honesty, and will actually got to D.C. to serve them and vote as they ask their congressman to vote for them,” Tuck said. “That’s what I can bring. That’s why I’m running. People have asked me to run because they have the same frustrations. The Republican-controlled Congress is not fighting for them or voting their will when casting their votes.”

Mickey Tuck

Mickey Tuck

Tuck said that what separates him from Graves is that he’s not a “Washington insider” or part of the political establishment.

“I haven’t been bought by lobbyists and special interests,” Tuck said. “The president won’t elect me. The speaker of the House will not elect me. Special interests and lobbyists won’t elect me. That’s why (voters) are angry. Their voices are not being heard, and that’s my biggest promise on my campaign. I will listen, and I will vote” how constituents want him to.

Another of Tuck’s major issues is putting a cap on and balancing the federal budget, which he said is out of control because the Republican-controlled Congress has broken its own caps.

“We’ve got to have some congressmen up there who will stand on those caps,” Tuck said. “We don’t have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. Caps will help make it more fiscally sound.”

Part of curbing federal spending comes down to welfare reform and encouraging those out of work to find jobs, Tuck said.

“There aren’t a shortage of jobs out there,” he said. “There aren’t jobs that people want, but there are jobs out there. I was raised if you want money in the bank, you do whatever job. If there are jobs available, they need to go to work.”

Another way Tuck aims to cut spending is to eliminate federal agencies that aren’t needed, such as the Departments of Education and Transportation.

“The states can work together to implement highways,” Tuck said. “Each state knows their transportation needs better than anyone up in Washington does.”

Social issues also should be left to the states, said Tuck, who added that he was disappointed in Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of House Bill 757, the religious liberty bill. Each state should be able to decide whether to let businesses deny service to customers for religious reasons, he said.

“States need to have policies in place to make sure religious liberties are protected,” Tuck said. “Because I’m a Christian, I’m commanded by my Lord to love everyone. I have friends who are homosexual. I have friends who are Muslim. I have friends who are Jewish. I have friends who don’t go to church at all. I treat everybody the same. Just because we don’t agree with a certain lifestyle, it doesn’t make us bigots. We don’t want to be forced to go against our beliefs and principles. That’s not discrimination. That’s not hatred.”

The issue of transgender bathroom choices also should be left to each state, Tuck said. The U.S. Department of Justice and the state of North Carolina are wrapped up in a civil rights lawsuit over the matter.

“G-d made you man, or He made you a woman,” Tuck said. “If you made a choice to become transgender, that’s your personal choice.”

A simple solution would be designating a single restroom for men or women to use, Tuck said. “They can go in, lock the door, do their business and come back out.”

He said the bathroom controversy is not a civil rights issue, unlike the 1960s. “It has never been about the color of your skin or your religion. We all make personal choices. Every choice you make has a consequence. Transgender is a choice. It is not the same thing as race, and it’s not a civil rights issue. It’s a personal choice issue.”