Over the weekend, at the district convention in Marietta, state Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, formally jumped into the race for the 11th District to replace U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey in Congress.

Loudermilk joins state Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, and former congressman Bob Barr in the contest. Tricia Pridemore remains a likely addition to the field for this overwhelmingly Republican seat.

You can see the speech Loudermilk gave at Roswell Street Baptist Church by clicking here. He can be described as a constitutionalist someone in the mold of Paul Broun. Loudermilk’s best line:

“I don’t come from the grass roots. I am the grass roots. The grass roots isn’t something that you leave just because you get elected to office.”

Loudermilk was preceded by Lindsey, who offered a more nuanced message. See his entire address here. There was no Blut und Boden, if you’ll pardon my German:

“Our party stands at a difficult crossroad. We have before us three paths. The first is a safe path, which leads us into a fortress with high, impregnable walls. All we have to do is pass someone’s – whoever the judge may be – their ideological test to enter.

“The second path is the easy path. It’s the slowly descending path. There’s only one problem. It leads to an ideological swamp in which no one will be able to tell the difference between the principles of our party and the principles of the Democratic party.

“Neither of these paths are worthy of the party of Lincoln, the party of Teddy Roosevelt, the party of Ronald Reagan…

“We must take the third path, the more difficult path. We must take the path that takes us up a perilous mountain, that is treacherous, that is hard. That is winding, and we face problems at every turn. We will slip, we will fall back, we will stumble. We will be mocked by the Demcorats, and those members of our party that have chosen a safe path…”

The results of a subsequent 11th District straw poll vote, courtesy of Todd Rehm and Georgia Pundit:

— Barry Loudermilk, 61 percent, or 115;
— Bob Barr, 19 percent, or 36;
— Ed Lindsey, 11 percent, or 20;
— And undecided, 10 percent, or 19.