Greg Bluestein

Political Reporter

Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He joined the newspaper in June 2012 after spending seven years with the Atlanta bureau of The Associated Press, where he covered a range of beats that included politics and legal affairs. He also contributes to the AJC's Political Insider blog. He's a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and political science and lives with his wife and two daughters in Dunwoody.

Latest from Greg Bluestein

Pence touts Kemp as the ‘real deal’ in Georgia race for governor
 Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor got a major boost Saturday from Vice President Mike Pence, who called him the best partner for the White House in an hourlong event that cast Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as mostly an afterthought. Instead, Pence and other speakers who rallied the crowd of more than 1,500 at the Macon Coliseum...

Posted: 12 hours ago

Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor got a major boost Saturday from Vice President Mike Pence, who called him the best partner for the White House in an hourlong event that cast Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as mostly an afterthought. Instead, Pence and other speakers who rallied the crowd of more than 1,500 at the Macon Coliseum...
Georgia GOP seeks unity while battle between Cagle and Kemp roars on
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp pledged Friday to unite to support whoever wins next week’s GOP runoff at a rally after the vote. Until then, though, there’s no sign of any letup in the venomous battle between the two Republicans competing for governor. The two tangled bitterly for another day on the campaign...

Posted: a day ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp pledged Friday to unite to support whoever wins next week’s GOP runoff at a rally after the vote. Until then, though, there’s no sign of any letup in the venomous battle between the two Republicans competing for governor. The two tangled bitterly for another day on the campaign...
Georgia GOP race for governor was Trump-like even before he stepped in
 The bruising Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp that comes to an end Tuesday has brought all the hallmarks of a Trump-era contest to a Georgia race for governor. There have been covert recordings, vicious nicknames, allegations of sexism and bloody-knuckle debates. And now, with Donald...

Posted: a day ago

The bruising Republican runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp that comes to an end Tuesday has brought all the hallmarks of a Trump-era contest to a Georgia race for governor. There have been covert recordings, vicious nicknames, allegations of sexism and bloody-knuckle debates. And now, with Donald...
Cagle, Kemp tangle over reporter’s ‘Access Hollywood’ claim  
 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp clashed Friday over a tweet sent by a national reporter who claimed he witnessed Kemp making sexist comments while reporting a story about how lobbyists court election officials. The tweet came late Thursday from Robert Faturechi, an investigative journalist with ProPublica...

Posted: a day ago

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp clashed Friday over a tweet sent by a national reporter who claimed he witnessed Kemp making sexist comments while reporting a story about how lobbyists court election officials. The tweet came late Thursday from Robert Faturechi, an investigative journalist with ProPublica...
Cagle and Kemp plan a truce at GOP unity rally after bitter runoff ends
 As some Republican officials call for cooler talk in the poisonous runoff for governor, the Georgia GOP has scheduled a unity rally after voters decide next week’s contest between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  The Thursday evening event will feature the two bitter rivals along with Gov. Nathan Deal...

Posted: a day ago

As some Republican officials call for cooler talk in the poisonous runoff for governor, the Georgia GOP has scheduled a unity rally after voters decide next week’s contest between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.  The Thursday evening event will feature the two bitter rivals along with Gov. Nathan Deal...
The Jolt: A weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions is downgraded
 At the same time an endorsement by President Donald Trump is roiling the GOP race for governor, a weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions, who commands the administration’s Department of Justice, appears to have been downgraded. Sunday will mark the start of a three-day summer conference on Jekyll Island for the Prosecuting Attorneys&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

At the same time an endorsement by President Donald Trump is roiling the GOP race for governor, a weekend appearance by Jeff Sessions, who commands the administration’s Department of Justice, appears to have been downgraded. Sunday will mark the start of a three-day summer conference on Jekyll Island for the Prosecuting Attorneys&rsquo...
After Trump’s snub, Cagle lashes out at Tippins 
 Before Donald Trump waded into the GOP race for governor, the biggest outside factor in the contest may have been Clay Tippins.  Or, more specifically, the tape that Tippins secretly recorded featuring Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaking candidly with his former rival.  Now that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their...

Posted: a day ago

Before Donald Trump waded into the GOP race for governor, the biggest outside factor in the contest may have been Clay Tippins.  Or, more specifically, the tape that Tippins secretly recorded featuring Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaking candidly with his former rival.  Now that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their...
Now the underdog, Cagle grapples with Trump fallout
 No sooner had Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrapped up the second in a string of campaign rallies Thursday than he faced a barrage of questions he’d rather not hear: one query after another about President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival in next week’s GOP runoff for governor. Cagle tied himself each time to Gov. Nathan Deal...

Posted: 2 days ago

No sooner had Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle wrapped up the second in a string of campaign rallies Thursday than he faced a barrage of questions he’d rather not hear: one query after another about President Donald Trump’s endorsement of his rival in next week’s GOP runoff for governor. Cagle tied himself each time to Gov. Nathan Deal...
Pence to headline rally for Kemp on Saturday
 Vice President Mike Pence will headline a rally for Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor in Macon on Saturday, giving the Republican another boost ahead of next week’s runoff against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Two people with direct knowledge of the event told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of the plans. Pence&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Vice President Mike Pence will headline a rally for Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s campaign for governor in Macon on Saturday, giving the Republican another boost ahead of next week’s runoff against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Two people with direct knowledge of the event told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution of the plans. Pence&rsquo...
The Jolt: Behind Donald Trump’s endorsement of Brian Kemp
 To say that GOP insiders were surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to endorse Brian Kemp over Casey Cagle in the Republican runoff for governor would be an exercise in understatement. Even Kemp seemed to be caught off-guard by the timing. The president’s tweet Wednesday afternoon came as the secretary of state was in...

Posted: 2 days ago

To say that GOP insiders were surprised by President Donald Trump’s decision to endorse Brian Kemp over Casey Cagle in the Republican runoff for governor would be an exercise in understatement. Even Kemp seemed to be caught off-guard by the timing. The president’s tweet Wednesday afternoon came as the secretary of state was in...
Trump endorses Brian Kemp in Georgia GOP gov race
 President Donald Trump gave Secretary of State Brian Kemp his “full and total endorsement” Wednesday in Georgia’s Republican race for governor, dealing Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle a devastating blow in a bitter runoff. In an afternoon tweet, Trump said Kemp was “tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration...

Posted: 3 days ago

President Donald Trump gave Secretary of State Brian Kemp his “full and total endorsement” Wednesday in Georgia’s Republican race for governor, dealing Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle a devastating blow in a bitter runoff. In an afternoon tweet, Trump said Kemp was “tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration...