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Erick Erickson enlists bodyguards after death threats

In the best of times, Erick Erickson believes, he would mix two arts. A TV camera would be there, too.

“I want to have a cooking show where you bring in people of different persuasions and show there’s more to life than partisan politics,” said Erickson, whose genial, smiling mug may be the face of partisanship. “It’s amazing when people can realize there are a lot of people on the other side of the aisle who are just like them.”

If that sounds as if Erickson is going all conciliatory, he’s not. The 40-year-0ld Macon resident has taken aim at the biggest target in this year’s political race, emerging as a voice — perhaps the voice — of Republicans working to derail a Donald Trump presidential nomination.

His hardball tactics, Erickson said, have spurred death threats from fervent Trump backers. He’s got full-time bodyguards outside his Middle Georgia home.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.