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Jewish judge demolishes opponent who criticized his religion

State Court Judge Dax Lopez was targeted by a mailer from attorney Roderick Bridges’ campaign that listed being “Christian” as a qualification for the job, with a thumbs-up sign under Bridges name – and thumbs-down sign for Lopez. (He also listed Jesus Christ as his top supporter, though later deleted it.)

Bridges later apologized for highlighting his religion, saying he wasn’t trying to offend anyone. But the tactic drew widespread criticism and international attention.

Lopez declared victory early this morning on Facebook, writing:

Mr. Bridges, your fifteen minutes are up. The voters in DeKalb County have overwhelmingly rejected your divisive tactics. Let this be a lesson to anyone who seeks elected office in DeKalb. The voters of DeKalb will no longer tolerate the politics of division.

Read the backstory - and see the controversial mailer - by clicking 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.