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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Beaudreau picks role in congressional race

Mike Beaudreau won't run for Congress.

In fact, the county commissioner has cast his support in the race he once considered for himself to Rep. Clay Cox.

"The one thing that makes my decision easier is that we have a man like Clay," Beaudreau said, adding that his wife, church and work commitments weighed into his decision.

He also had "mixed feelings" about resigning his post less than two years after he won re-election.

"I thought I would be doing a disservice to my district," he said.

Beaudreau said he was glad to lend his support to Cox as a man of integrity who is responsive to his constituents.

"In contrast to his main opponent, Clay was brought up here, went to school here and played football here. I look forward to his representation in Washington," Beaudreau said, referring to Rob Woodall, U.S. Rep. John Linder's former chief of staff who jumped into the race last week.

Cox's list of endorsements keeps growing, with House Speaker David Ralston, Speaker Pro-Tem Jan Jones, Majority Leader Jerry Keen and Majority Whip Ed Lindsey casting their support.

"As Georgians, we can be assured that Clay will represent his district and our state with honor and integrity," said Ralston, who took over as speaker after the resignation of Glenn Richardson.

"I have my integrity, I have my work ethic and I have my family upbringing to help me get the job done in Congress," Cox said in a press release. "The support of so many Georgia leaders -- leaders that I have respected for so long -- inspires me further to serve Georgia and to serve this district where I grew up."

Casas, Ramey get backing

A couple of Gwinnett political races are still proceeding despite the reversal of Sen. Don Balfour's run for Congress that started the chain reaction races.

Rep. David Casas is continuing his pursuit of Balfour's Senate seat, even though the last Balfour said was he had not decided on whether to continue in that role.

And Steve Ramey is working on a campaign for Casas's House seat.

Last week, Casas announced a few more major endorsements among his acclaimed list, and Ramey got the backing of Sheriff Butch Conway.

"Either way, I'm in it to win it," Ramey said in an e-mail on the race.

Casas announced the support of former Gwinnett GOP chairman Buzz Brockway and Mike Royal.

"In working with David over the years, I have come to know him as a devoted family man and dedicated public servant for the citizens he represents," Brockway said. "He is exactly what Gwinnett citizens need in a state senator; someone who clearly understands the issues our community and state are facing and a strong voice that will effectively represent Gwinnett County in the Senate, just as he has for the last eight years in the House."

Royal also praised Casas' eight years in the Legislature.

"David's proven commitment to conservative, free-market values will be an invaluable asset to getting Gwinnett and Georgia's economy back on track," he said. "He has consistently voted to lower the tax burdens on families and small business and to reduce the size of government, just what we need to create jobs and get people back to work. The state Senate will be very fortunate to have such a dedicated conservative like David making the right choices for our families and help Georgia's economy grow and prosper."

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