Rep. Ed Lindsey

State Rep. Ed Lindsey, R-Atlanta, sounded like a man running for higher office long before he announced he was officially seeking the 11th District U.S. House of Representatives seat.

Lindsey, who has represented a portion of Buckhead in the state House since 2004, on April 11 formally announced his candidacy for the U.S. House. He’ll seek the seat that had been held by Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Marietta. Gingrey is vacating the position to run for the seat in the U.S. Senate that Sen. Saxby Chambliss is vacating. Chambliss is retiring.

“America is at a crossroads,” Lindsey said when announcing his candidacy. “Now more than ever, we need the voice of our people heard in the halls of power in Washington.”

Bob Barr

At a Buckhead Business Association meeting on April 4, Lindsey wouldn’t say whether he planned to run. “Things are fundamentally broken up there, and I think that we need to have more people in Congress that are workhorses, that are reformers, that are problem solvers,” Lindsey said at the meeting.

In his announcement the next week, Lindsey portrayed himself as an outsider. “There are many on the national level who believe that the secret to success lies in top-down edicts from Washington,” said Lindsey, who is majority whip in the state House. “I have seen the same thing at our Gold Dome in Atlanta and I have consistently opposed this kind of big government arrogance.”

Though the primary and general election won’t be until 2014, Lindsey already faces a well-known opponent in the Republican primary. Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Smyrna also seeks the Republican nomination for the District 11 seat. He attended the April 11 BBA meeting and approached the Buckhead Reporter to give his thoughts on the race.

Barr was the Republican representative for the 7th District U.S. House seat from 1994 to 2002.

“We need to have some folks up there who not only vote the right way, but who can actually get things done,” Barr said. “We need experience. We need leadership. We need backbone. We need people that know how to get things done in Washington. I’ve been there. I’ve done it.”