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Gwinnett attorney resigns as head of state's Democrats

Mike Berlon

Mike Berlon

ATLANTA -- Mike Berlon, a Gwinnett attorney and chairman of Georgia's Democratic party, has resigned in his capacity as the latter.

Berlon issued a statement Wednesday, just over a week after he was disciplined by the Georgia Supreme Court for a complaint that had been ongoing for several years. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed publicly expressed his concerns that Berlon, who served as party chair since 2010, and his issues were a distraction.

"My goal is, and always has been, to unify Georgia Democrats," Berlon's statement said. "We have an important U.S. Senate race in 2014 and our focus should be on winning that seat and others."

The statement also said that Berlon was "undergoing medical evaluation for significant chest pain and exhaustion" this week and unavailable to the media.

"The details of my resignation will need to be worked out over the next few days and weeks," Berlon said. "I want to talk to my staff and the leadership of our party to ensure a smooth transition. There is a great deal at stake."

The voluntary disciplinary measure recently doled out by the state's highest court -- a slap on the wrist, as it were -- stemmed from complaints that a custody action was not filed on behalf of one of Berlon's clients, and that the attorney hired a private investigator without authorization.

He told the Daily Post last week that the issue had "nothing to do with politics."

Comments

Karl 1 year, 4 months ago

Looks like Snellville mayor Kelly Kautz has lost her political benefactor and campaign sugar-daddy. Bet her plans for re-election just went down the toilet.

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Haughton 1 year, 4 months ago

In just a matter of days, Mr. Berlon's private practice and political dreams have been demolished.

State Democratic party chair disciplined

State Democratic party chair disciplined by Camie Young

One follower lamented that the start of this was just a subtle "dig" at the Demoncratic party chair. That dig was the start of a deeper hole for which Mr. Berlon could not escape.

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kevin 1 year, 4 months ago

This is going to end up being about something else. Just watch and see who the Atlanta Mayor will try to get to replace this guy. Just look at the folks voted for as President. He had a lot worse past then this guy ever will.

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MichelleCouch 1 year, 4 months ago

Karl - that would be the best news ever!!

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