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‘Political rewind’ replay: Lynn Westmoreland hasn’t caught gubernatorialitus. Yet.

6:46 pm Apr. 3, 2017

On this afternoon’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind,” former Georgia congressman Lynn Westmoreland spent an hour with host Bill Nigut and me – his first extended interview since leaving Washington last year.

The Republican from Coweta County, who spent six two-year terms in the state House before spending another six terms in Congress, was quick to fasten on what he hated most about Washington:

“The fundraising is terrible. We need to

Delta, Braves, and Home Depot execs place their bets in Atlanta race for mayor

9:32 am Feb. 10, 2017

The Atlanta mayor’s race may seem like a free-for-all, but campaign finance disclosures from the candidates show who some of the big fish are betting on.

Peter Aman raked in big checks from some of Atlanta’s corporate heavyweights. Delta chief executive Ed Bastian gave $4,000, and developers Ken Ashley, Jim Borders, Matt Bronfman all chipped in. So did Doug Hertz, a giant of the liquor distributing industry, and Equifax chief Richard

Why Lynn Westmoreland chose to leave Capitol Hill

6:00 am Dec. 27, 2016

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is leaving Capitol Hill next month just as the GOP assumes total control of Washington and his party’s presidential candidate takes the oath of office. The Coweta County Republican is trading his life as a seasoned lawmaker for an unknown political future as he spends time hanging out with his grandchildren, traveling the state and mulling a run for governor.

Despite that political uncertainty in an

Lynn Westmoreland, eyeing run for governor, embarks on ‘reconnect tour’

12:00 pm Dec. 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — Don’t count retiring U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland out of the wide-open race for governor in 2018.

The Coweta County Republican, who is wrapping up his 12-year stint on Capitol Hill this week, said he has been traveling around the state on a “reconnect tour” to gauge interest. He plans to continue the rounds in the months ahead.

“It’s definitely something that we talk to people about every day,” Westmoreland said in

All of Georgia’s congressmen appear poised for reelection

9:04 pm Nov. 8, 2016

All of Georgia’s members of the House of Representatives appear poised to return to Congress in 2017, according to early election returns.

Few of the 13 House incumbents on the ballot today — Republican or Democrat — faced competitive challengers and all appeared to have punched their tickets back to Washington as of 11 p.m. The only race that had yet to be called at that point was Lawrenceville Republican Rob Woodall’s in the 7th District

Georgia GOP congressmen furious at Smithsonian for Clarence Thomas snub

7:00 am Nov. 4, 2016

Half a dozen Georgia GOP congressmen wrote an angry letter to the head of the Smithsonian Thursday criticizing curators for all but leaving out native son Clarence Thomas in the recently-opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Georgians joined a dozen other House conservatives in citing “grave concerns” about Thomas’ “conspicuous absence” from the museum given his rise from a modest upbringing outside of Savannah to becoming the second African-American to serve on the Supreme