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State AG stresses elections significance at tea party gathering in Forsyth
Olens - photo by FCN file photo

FORSYTH COUNTY — Georgia’s attorney general stressed the importance of the 2016 election cycle Monday night during a visit with the United Tea Party of Georgia.

Sam Olens told the gathering at Central Park in Forsyth County that the next president likely will nominate several justices for the U.S. Supreme Court.

“How many congressmen did you have that every time the president says jump they say, ‘How high?’ Elections matter,” Olens said. “The Supreme Court is decided in large part by the president. He makes the nominations. Look at the ages of the justices … they aren’t not spring chickens.”

Olens also said voters shouldn’t give up on an election just because their first-choice candidate did not get the nomination.

As an example, he cited the 2012 presidential race. While some may have felt that Republican nominee Mitt Romney wasn’t conservative enough, he still was more conservative than President Barack Obama.

“To those of you that tell me next September, ‘I really wanted blank to win, but the Republican nominee is Y.’ I don’t want to hear it,” he said. “Because the question’s simply do you want Hillary to choose the next justices, which there will be several of, or do you want someone else choosing the next justices?”

During the meeting, which included questions from the crowd, Olens explained several ongoing federal lawsuits from a legal perspective, though he acknowledged that on some issues he did not necessarily agree with the higher courts.

“It’s my job to be lawyer and give you legal answers. It’s not my job to give you the answer that you like,” Olens said. “My job as the state’s lawyer is to give the legal answer.”

Olens explained that due to limited resources, he is more apt to take on the federal government when he thinks he can win as opposed to whenever it would be a popular political move.

“Something that I spend an awful lot of time on is this issue of Federalism, literally what’s the role of the federal government versus the state governments,” he said. “I don’t get paid more if I sue the president, so I’m interested in if I can win the suit rather than if I can make the front page.”

The United Tea Party of Georgia is the result of a merger between the Forsyth County Tea Party Patriot Alliance with other area Tea Party groups in Cumming, Suwanee and Lawrenceville.

The next group’s next meeting is set for 7 p.m. June 8 at Central Park, off Keith Bridge Road.

Olens acknowledged that he had sued the city of Cumming over an open meetings dispute in 2012, but did not go into specifics. Nor did he address a request from the city this past winter to weigh in on two matters concerning the possible impeachment of a councilman.