Thursday, May 30, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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."