Nathan Deal will attend Cleveland convention – though not as a delegate

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, June 14, 2016. AP/Chuck Burton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., Tuesday, June 14, 2016. AP/Chuck Burton

They may not be going as delegates, but most of Georgia’s Republican elite are headed to Cleveland next month to witness Donald Trump’s coronation. Or a palace revolt. Whichever happens.

Gov. Nathan Deal, who until this week was undecided about making the trip, said Tuesday he is headed to the convention and will lead a panel on his criminal justice initiatives.

He was the last remaining top Republican in Georgia who hadn’t committed to the convention. While Attorney General Sam Olens and Public Service Commissioner Bubba McDonald are the only statewide elected officials Georgia is sending to Cleveland as part of its contingent of 76 delegates, other top leaders are attending as guests.

That includes House Speaker David Ralston, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson.

Insider’s note: This was ripped from the Morning Jolt, which you can find right here.


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