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GOP activist to 6th District candidate: 'Please, sir, don't do this'

A young Republican newcomer's plan to spend $250,000 boosting his longshot bid for the 6th District Congressional didn't sit too well with one veteran Georgia political operative.

Lawton Sack's sharp and unsolicited advice to David Abroms, the 33-year-old who wants to pump some of his fortune into the 18-man race: "Please, sir, don't do this."

Writing in Georgiapol.com, Sack urged Abroms to ignore consultants who "whisper into the ear of a non-viable candidate and tell them they have a shot."

He's familiar with that world. He once led the Bulloch County GOP and served as the 12th District GOP chair, which gave him an entry to the state party's executive committee and the wider world of operatives lurking in Georgia's political shadows. Writes Sack:

"PLEASE reconsider. If by some miracle you make the runoff in 8 weeks, then maybe consider using your own money. It is your money and your right to spend it, but you can make a real difference by donating it to charity instead of tossing it into the wind."

Abroms, we should note, has attracted a top-flight consultant known for an independent streak to advise his campaign: Joel Searby managed Evan McMullin's 2016 presidential bid. And he said Wednesday he's not going anywhere:

You can read about Abroms' bid for office here.

Insider's note: This item was ripped and expanded 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.