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23 March 2010

Resignations Abound In The Georgia General Assembly

I haven't heard about this many Republicans resigning from office since learning about the Watergate scandal in high school.

Seriously though, two GOP legislators left the Georgia General Assembly Tuesday to focus on their campaigns for Congress in the 9th congressional district.

The open seat was created after Nathan Deal resigned in order to run for governor full time.

State Rep. Tom Graves and State Sen. Lee Hawkins both resigned today. Peach Pundit has the press release from Graves, and below is an excerpt from the Hawkins announcement:

Republican Hawkins' name will appear on ballots during the April 27 special election to fulfill the unexpired term of U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal. State election laws require Hawkins to resign his seat in order to seek the Congressional office.

"It has been my honor to serve these years in the State Senate and to provide strong, conservative leadership for my home district," Hawkins said. "We are all excited for this new opportunity to expand our drive for a smaller, more responsible and conservative federal government. I am firmly committed to combating Obamacare and defeating Washington's liberal elitists with our North Georgia values."