Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich endorsed Mike Collins in the race for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District.

Gingrich said he met Collins, the son of former Congressman Mac Collins, years ago, and he supports him the July 22 GOP runoff for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Paul Broun.

“I’ve known Mike Collins for a long time and I know where his heart is on advancing our conservative principles,” Gingrich said. “Mike embodies the American entrepreneurial spirit, having successfully built a trucking company from the ground up that today employs more than 80 people. Just as we did with the Contract with America, Mike has a bold plan to balance the budget, reduce the debt and get this economy back on track with full-time employment. Mike is the type of conservative leader we need right now in Washington, who will roll up his sleeves and go to work.”

Collins, who will face former pastor Jody Hice in the runoff, said he is “thrilled and humbled to have the support of such a strong, conservative leader.

“This election is about the economy and changing the way business is done in Washington,” said the Jackson man. “It’s one thing to talk about issues; it’s another to actually know what it’s like to balance a budget, create jobs and pay down debt. I’ve got a plan to do just that in Washington.”

Gingrich recently announced he is supporting Congressman Jack Kingston in the Georgia GOP runoff for U.S. Senate.

Democratic

chairman resigns

Steve Deak, the chairman of the Gwinnett Democratic Party, resigned from his post this week.

Deak is leaving the state for a job in Ohio, causing him to resign both from the county position and as a state committee member.

“This was a tough decision but in the end the chance to go back home for the first time since I joined the Navy 30 years ago and be near my family was something I have wanted for a very long time and could not pass up,” Deak wrote in an email to party members. “I’ve enjoyed being a part of this organization and working with you since 2005 to do my part in continuing the effort to make the GCDP relevant in local politics. I have spent so many hours working side by side with so many great people.”

Jim Shealey, the former acting first vice chair, will take over as interim party chairman, Deak said, encouraging people to get involved with the party, as Gwinnett will play a role in this year’s gubernatorial and Senate race.

“I encourage everyone to rally around Jim and support him,” Deak said. “He has the experience, wisdom and determination to lead the party through this tough election cycle.”

“Thank you for the honor of being your chairman for the last three and a half years,” he added. “The relationships and memories will be with me always.”

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.

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