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Linder doesn't make it to District 106 candidate's bash

The congressman was a no-show this week.

U.S. Rep. John Linder, R-Duluth, canceled an appearance at a meet-and-greet for House District 106 candidate Melvin Everson, campaign manager Buzz Brockway said.

Brockway said the cancellation was last-minute.

"That's the problem when you sign up a best-selling author. He decided to go sign books," Brockway said, although others said they suspect the book signings were scheduled in advance.

During the August recess, Linder is promoting "The FairTax Book," which he co-wrote with radio personality Neal Boortz. It has already made some best-seller lists.

Despite the loss of Linder, Brockway said a few other politicians showed up to support Everson at the event Tuesday night.

County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, Tax Commissioner Katherine Sherrington and state Rep. Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, were on hand at the event.

Everson will face Warren Auld and Garry Rhodes on the Aug. 30 special election ballot to replace Phyllis Miller.

Thompson endorses Cox

Fresh off endorsements from a slew of House Democrats, Cathy Cox on Wednesday picked up support for her gubernatorial bid from the General Assembly's other chamber.

Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Norcross, became the latest lawmaker to endorse the secretary of state's campaign to move up to governor.

Cox will square off next summer against Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor for the right to challenge Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue in November 2006.

Thompson serves with Taylor in the Senate, where the lieutenant governor is the presiding officer.

"I've worked with Mark Taylor ... and I like him,'' Thompson said. "But Cathy Cox is the only one who can defeat Sonny Perdue.''

Cox recently was endorsed by 51 House Democrats, including all four Democrats representing districts in Gwinnett County. That's more than two-thirds of the lower chamber's minority caucus.

"Cathy Cox has a majority of Georgia's Democratic legislators endorsing her now,'' said Morton Brilliant, manager of the Cox campaign. "It's a sign of momentum.''

Dems hold fundraiser

State Democrats will be doing some party building this weekend in Macon.

The Georgia Association of Democratic County Chairs will be holding its annual fundraising dinner at a hotel conference center off of Interstate 75.

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack will be the featured speaker. Attorney General Thurbert Baker will receive the 24th annual Richard B. Russell Public Service Award, given by the association in honor of the late Democratic U.S. senator from Winder.

Rather than benefiting individual Democratic candidates, the proceeds will go exclusively to county Democratic parties.

Staff Writer Dave Williams contributed to this report.

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Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young-@gwinnettdailypost.com .