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Mega-donor Bernie Marcus on why he wants 'nothing' from Trump

"Bernie Marcus isn't getting much for his $7 million."

That was the top of a CNN story on Bernie Marcus, the Georgia Republican mega-donor who was the second-largest contributor to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

The Home Depot co-founder hasn't called on Trump to hire his allies. He didn't attend the inauguration and hasn't visited the White House since Trump was sworn in. And unlike other top donors, who have pushed pet policies with the Trump administration, Marcus told CNN he has little interest.

"I'm one of the very few people that wants absolutely nothing from him. There's nothing that he can do for me. Nothing. Zero," the 88-year-old told CNN. "I'm living my own life. I don't have time for this kind of politics."

Marcus, meanwhile, is staying involved in local politics. He endorsed Republican David Shafer's campaign for lieutenant governor and a handful of GOP gubernatorial candidates are said to be actively seeking his support.


The fate of U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, who represents a Gwinnett-based district, was a topic of conversation at Monday's episode of "Political Rewind."

He is likely to be just one of a range of Republicans in fast-changing districts likely to be targeted in next year's midterms. Republican strategist Brian Robinson piped in with an idea to protect him and other imperiled incumbents down the road if Georgia gets another seat in Congress in 2020.

"At some juncture, we're going to have so many Democrats, we've got to put them somewhere. We're down to three Democratic districts in the state now - that would be four if (Jon) Ossoff wins, God forbid - so maybe what we do is, with we draw a new Democratic district and move them all out of Woodall's area."

The redrawing of the maps is bound to be a drawn-out political battle. The 2018 race for governor will center on redistricting. Add to the mix legal problems - the Supreme Court just tossed two North Carolina seats because they relied too heavily on race - and we've got a recipe for a fraught debate.

Listen to the rest of the show here:

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Read more: Gwinnett-based House seat could be next target for Georgia Dems


Stacey Abrams for president?

A Politico piece this week mentioned the Georgia Democrat in a piece it labeled the "Outrageously Early Field Guide to 2020" as a potential sleeper candidate - a la Woodrow Wilson, elected president despite only three years in government service.

From the piece:


U.S. Reps. Brian Mast and Will Hurd were in town over the weekend to stump for Republican Karen Handel's 6th District campaign.

We posted video of the two military veterans below, but one of the biggest laugh lines came from Hurd, who worked in the Central Intelligence Agency for nine years.

"If I had met people like Karen Handel when I was in the CIA, I would have stayed in the CIA," he said to laughs. "We need people who can come up to Washington, D.C. and get things done."


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Republican Karen Handel has a busy Tuesday in Washington with at least three fundraisers on the docket.


It's getting tough to keep up with the blizzard of advertisements, but this one from Democrat Jon Ossoff caught our eye.

"I'm Jon Ossoff and both parties and Washington waste too much of your money," he opens before highlighting his plans to shave billions from the federal budget.

It's his latest attempt to skirt party labels and project a down-the-middle image.


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