Political Notes — John Lewis gives nod to Abrams for governor

[private]The senior member of Georgia’s congressional delegation, Rep. John Lewis of Atlanta, has endorsed state Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) in the governor’s race.

“Throughout her career, I have watched her work tirelessly to build coalitions to protect the poor and middle class, fight voter suppression, and register hundreds of thousands of people to vote,” Lewis said.

“Stacey Abrams is the only leader in the race who has the experience and an ambitious vision to uplift all families in our state,” Lewis added.

“His life’s work is a testament to the fact that progress is possible if we are bold, determined, and never stop imagining a better future for all Georgians,” Abrams said of the Lewis endorsement.

Abrams is running against state Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) for the Democratic nomination for governor.

The bounty hunter’s choice

One of the Republican candidates for governor, state Sen. Michael Williams (R-Cumming), is bringing in Duane Chapman, better known as “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” as the guest celebrity for a Tuesday fundraiser in Atlanta.

“Dog and Beth Chapman were big supporters of President Trump during the 2016 campaign and unafraid to take a stand for their beliefs,” Williams says in the invitation. “They are also the greatest bounty hunters in the world. This will be an event you do not want to miss!”

The final tally in the 6th District

The final disclosure reports have been filed with the Federal Election Commission and they confirm that the 6th Congressional District special election was indeed the most expensive congressional race in history.

They also show that the candidates involved spent obscene amounts of personal money in chasing after a congressional seat that was eventually captured by Karen Handel.

The leader for this dubious distinction was former state legislator Dan Moody.  He loaned his campaign $3,053,120 in addition to the $131,762 he received in contributions.  That’s a ratio of about $23 in personal funds for every dollar he took in as a contribution.

Bob Gray loaned his campaign $500,000 and took in contributions totaling $318,368.

Former state senator Judson Hill loaned his campaign $160,000 and raised another $651,539 in contributions.

Even Jon Ossoff, the recipient of a record-smashing $29,959,740 in contributions for his Democratic effort, loaned his campaign $250,000 in personal funds, FEC records show.

The only major candidate who didn’t drain her personal bank account was Handel. She didn’t loan her campaign any money and took in $6,577,389 in contributions.  She still had $428,503 left in the bank after it was all over.

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