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Georgia 2018: GOP establishment ponies up for Carr in AG race


Attorney General Chris Carr’s retinue of donors also includes lobbyist Brad Alexander, political operative Keith Mason, Southern Co. executive Hank Linginfelter and Intercontinental Exchange chief executive Jeff Sprecher.

The Tarbutton clan gave Carr at least $1,000. The family’s patriarch, Charles Tarbutton, is a Sandersville rail executive whose family has ties to Nathan Deal, former Gov. Zell Miller and other successful gubernatorial candidates stretching back the last half-century. He’s chairing Cagle’s campaign.

And the Wilheit family signaled its support with a pair of $1,000 checks from Phil Wilheit Jr. and his son. The Wilheits, owners of a Gainesville packaging firm, were Deal’s closest allies and have rallied behind Cagle in the 2018 race.

One of Carr's first donations was a $1,000 check from U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, his mentor and former boss. Two other one-time senators chipped into his campaign: Saxby Chambliss and Mack Mattingly. Deal's top aide, Chris Riley, also gave $500.

Another tidbit: Former Attorney General Thurbert Baker, a Democrat, donated $1,000 to Carr.

He faces no challengers - either Democrat or Republican - thus far.

Insider's note: This item was ripped from the Morning Jolt, which you can find here.


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