POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Reese won't run in Deal special vote

Camie Young

Camie Young

Congressman Nathan Deal's departure became official this week, as soon as he fulfilled his obligation to vote against the national health care reform package.

After extending his time in office to cast his vote, Deal will now turn his attention to his race for governor, which means politicians will have to turn their attention closer to his seat.

Local Rep. Bobby Reese said he won't be a part of the fray in the May 11 special election set by the governor this week.

But he said he still plans to be on July primary ballots for the 9th Congressional District.

"I want to fulfill my commitment to my district," said Reese, who lives just outside of the district in Sugar Hill.

Two north Georgia politicians have already resigned their seats to enter into the special election, Rep. Tom Graves and Sen. Lee Hawkins, causing the governor to plan two more special elections on May 11 to fill those seats.

Reese said he didn't want to impose those kind of costs on the county and state with teacher furloughs and other issues.

Besides, he said, there are important votes forthcoming in the General Assembly.

He noted that Graves' resignation widened the margin Republicans would need for a reconsideration vote to keep the state from enforcing the federal health care law.

"I cannot miss those votes," he said.

A qualifying period for Deal's U.S. House seat will be held early next week.

Isakson update

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson remained in the hospital Wednesday, as doctors want him to rest until he recovers.

Isakson, R-Marietta, was admitted to Northside Hospital Monday after feeling ill and being dehydrated.

According to spokeswoman Joan Kirchner, doctors want the senator to remain in the hospital while they determine the source of the bacterial infection that made him sick.

Everson to speak at biz seminar

Labor Commissioner candidate Melvin Everson will be a guest at the quarterly business seminar of the Georgia Christian Business Network.

Everson, a state House member who represents Snellville, is expected to discuss the relationship between government and small business at the event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 3.

The event will be held at Tabernacle International Church on Simonton Road in in Lawrenceville and is free to GCB Network members.

For more information or to register, e-mail info@gcbnetwork.com or call 404-422-1491.