U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., acknowledged he may have been exposed to COVID-19 and went into brief quarantine “out of an abundance of caution” this past week.

Hice announced the quarantine, which was originally expected to last 14 days but was lifted Saturday, on Thursday after news broke that Rep. Louie Gohmert had tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease. Hice said Gohmert is a friend and that he'd had three "brief encounters" with his colleague last week.

"Upon further examination, the attending physician believes those encounters did not meet the standard of risk to merit a quarantine," Hice said on Saturday. "After consulting with the attending physician, I am very happy to announce that I have been released from quarantine and cleared to return to work."

On Thursday, Hice had also said a second, unidentified individual, whom Hice had recently been in contact with, was showing COVID-19 symptoms and was awaiting results.

On Saturday, Hice announced that person's COVID-19 test results came back negative and the congressman had been cleared to return to work.

Hice’s office said his Washington D.C. staff was also acting under the assumption that they have been exposed to COVID-19. They were also initially expected to work remotely and practice social distancing, the congressman’s office said.

NewDem Action Fund endorses Bourdeaux in 7th Congressional District race

Democratic Party 7th Congressional District nominee Carolyn Bourdeaux picked up the backing of the NewDem Action Fund on Friday and will enter its “Frontier” program, her campaign announced.

The NewDem Action Fund said in an endorsement announcement on Twitter that its “Frontier” program is designed to support “bold, pragmatic Democrats” who could flip congressional seats currently held by Republicans.

“NewDems stand for fresh approaches, bold ideas, and meaningful progress,” U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., who also serves as the NewDem Action Fund’s chairman, said in a statement. “Carolyn has committed to that same approach and has what it takes to win in this competitive district. We look forward to standing side by side through 2020 and beyond.”

McCormick announces local faith leaders backing his campaign for Congress

Republican 7th Congressional District nominee Dr. Rich McCormick announced the names of 120 people, including several local church leaders, who are joining his Faith and Renewal Coalition this past week.

“Working and volunteering in youth ministry for over 20 years is one of the great rewards of my life,” McCormick said in a statement. “During my service in the military and in the stress of the emergency room, I’ve been comforted and guided by my faith in God and the love of Jesus Christ.”

The endorsements include: Susan Albright; Joe Albright; Pastor Chris Anderson; David Anderson; Susan Anderson; Carla Armstrong; Duane Armstrong; Pamela Bell; Jay Bell; Cheryl Bridges; Helen Brier; Christa Brockway; former state Rep. Buzz Brockway; Gwinnett County Commissioner Jace Brooks; Forsyth County Commissioner Dennis Brown; Melanie Caceres; Daneen Campbell; Gary Campbell; Kendall Chamberlain; Melissa Chamberlain; Rafael Cintron; state Rep. David Clark; former state Rep. Josh Clark; Chelsey Clark; Debbie Cohran; Tony Cohran Sr.; Sarah Coleman; Andy Coleman; Judy Craft; Ken Craft; Myra Creed; Johnny Crist; Jeff Crowell; Lisa Crowell; Pat Daugherty; Diane Davis; Diane Earnest; Kay Godwin; Judy Hall; Jim Hall; David Hancock; Alvin Hicks; Kathy Hildebrand; Patty Hilliard; Doug Hilliard; Tina Hoffer; Chris Holcombe; Ray Holden; Ginger Howard; Deal Hudson; Kristen Iaffaldano; John Iaffaldano; Surrea Ivy; Pastor Wynne Kimbrough; Vickie Kimbrough; Lisa Kinnemore; Karen LaBarr; Jim LaBarr; Jose Larrazabal; Lynn Larrazabal; Emilio Lau; Daelen Lowry; Rey Martinez; Gaye Maughon; Buddy Maughon; Jason May; Kathleen May; Erica McCurdy; Sally Musick; Donna Najjar; Alan Najjar; Pat Nichols; Tim Nichols; YG Nyghstorm; Patty Palmquist; Rosalie Parks; Danny Parks; Barry Philips; Marni Potvin; Brandon Potvin; Sherry Pritchett; Kevin Pritchett; Judy Quigley; Pat Quigley; Frances Rice; former state Rep. Tom Rice; Donna Heusel Roberts; Julie Rodriguez; Bert Rodriguez; Sara Salsbury; Teri Sasseville; Cindy Schmidt; Barry Schmidt; Lois Schulz; Matthew Schulz; Norbert Schulz; Jackie Scott; Bryce Segat; Claire Smith; Andy Smith; Tammy Smith; Lisa Stapp; Allen Stapp; Byron Stewart; Bonnie Surowiec; Suzanne Swain; Ellen Sweatt; Pastor Dan Sweatt; Deb Teegarden; Marcia Tewes; Scott Tewes; Pat Tippett; Kaye Trine; David Trine; Betty Walters; Neil Walters; Laura Waters; Rob Whaley; Deanie Whaley; Judy White; Jon White; Terri Wical; and David Wtham.

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Political Notebook appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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