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Businesswoman image key to Marjorie Taylor Greene's rise

Brad Schrade, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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ATLANTA — Marjorie Taylor Greene relentlessly repeated her central argument: Democrats were destroying the country, and she was ready to fight them.

In stump speeches and on social media posts, in television ads and on campaign signs, she spread her message “Save America, Stop Socialism!” She fired an AR-15 gun from the back of a Humvee in one campaign ad, blowing up a sign with the word “socialism” painted in red letters. The stunt drew national attention to her candidacy.

“This is why I’m running for Congress, America’s the greatest country in the world,” she told voters in her northwest Georgia district. “We can never allow it to be a socialist country.”

Greene’s campaign touted her experience helping run a family-owned construction business as preparing her to carry out her agenda. She enhanced this storyline in video ads and on social media with images that promoted her as a hands-on problem solver and construction executive.

“Jobs, Jobs, Jobs,” was the top bullet point in her rollout platform, followed by “Advocate for Business: Never vote for tax increases, always fight burdensome regulations.”

The packaging of Marjorie Taylor Greene as a successful businesswoman helped bring the political outsider into the Republican fold, as people in the 14th Congressional District brushed off criticism of Greene’s past support of QAnon and online posts that trafficked in right-wing conspiracies and advocated violence against Democrats.

 

Greene’s business record, however, is one of the least examined aspects of her life. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution review found that while the Trump acolyte touted her experience as a construction company executive running her family business, there’s little evidence of her involvement in the company’s operations.

From 2007 until 2011, Greene was listed as CFO of the family construction company, Taylor Commercial, Inc. in corporate registration records filed with the Georgia Secretary of State. Yet for several years during the time she was presumably helping her husband run their construction company, she spent her days at a gym pursuing her passion for CrossFit training and traveling to participate in national competitions.

In 2015, she acknowledged in an internet radio interview that when she opened a gym of her own in 2013, she and her business partner knew next to nothing about running a business.

And while Greene has railed against big government, the AJC found that the family’s North Fulton construction business profited for years from work on taxpayer-subsidized low-income housing.

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