Political Notes — Duncan resigns from House, runs fulltime for lieutenant governor

[private]State Rep. Geoff Duncan (R-Cumming) said Monday he’ll resign from the legislature effective Sept. 18 to go full-bore on his campaign for lieutenant governor.

His resignation date will leave time for a November special election to replace him in the House, Duncan said.

In resigning, Duncan took a swipe at one of his GOP primary opponents, state Sen. David Shafer (R-Duluth).

“Moving forward, I will expose corruption and wrongdoing,” Duncan said. “David Shafer’s Pay to Play political charade will soon be coming to an end.”

Shafer has already pulled down nearly $1 million in contributions in the early stages of the race, with a lot of the contributions coming from capitol lobbyists.

Said Duncan:

“I’ve never taken a single penny in return for a political favor. I’ve never profited personally off of public service or political office. I’ve never lobbied much less lobbied without registering. I’ve never made money by fixing my clients problems with state agencies, specifically the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. And, finally, former Democratic Governor Roy Barnes isn’t helping me raise money for my LG’s race.”

Smith heads SLC committee

State Rep. Lynn Smith (R-Newnan) was re-elected chair of the energy & environment committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) during the organization’s annual meeting. She is the first woman to serve as chair of this committee.

“I will continue to use this role to highlight Georgia’s diverse energy portfolio and successful stewardship of natural resources, while also providing a platform for the exchange of innovative policy practices among Southern lawmakers,” Smith said

McCranie runs for Fulton Commission

A former Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter, Reese McCranie, is running for the Fulton County Commission District 4 seat made vacant by the death of Joan P. Garner.

McCranie left journalism in 2010 when he joined Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration as deputy director of communications. He was later promoted to director of policy and communications at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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