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John Linder endorses David Shafer in GOP race for lieutenant governor

Former Georgia congressman John Linder today endorsed State Sen. David Shafer in the Republican race for lieutenant governor, citing a shared concern on fiscal matters.

Linder, first elected to Congress in 1992, became one of House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s top lieutenants. He retired in 2011 and now lives near Athens. Shafer, the president pro tem of the Senate, describes Linder as “one of the pioneering leaders of the Republican party in Georgia.” Said Linder, via the press release:

"David Shafer has been a champion of fiscal reform under the Gold Dome. He authored the constitutional amendment capping the state income tax and the bill that brought back zero-based budgeting.  He has always supported the Fair Tax.”

Linder's FAIRPAC has contributed $2,500 to Shafer's campaign.

There’s a geographic tie here as well. Linder’s political base was largely Gwinnett-based. And Shafer hales from Duluth.

Other Republicans in the contest: State Sen. Rick Jeffares of McDonough, and state Rep. Geoff Duncan of Cumming.

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