With only the smallest notation of the fact, Republican Sam Olens broke through one of the oldest barriers in Georgia politics last week.
The man who will be our next attorney general is also the first Jewish candidate to win a statewide, partisan race in Georgia.
Olens did it the hard way, some — not him — would say, as a member of a party whose Christian conservative base hasn’t always been tolerant of religious nonconformity.
The former chairman of the Cobb County Commission would just as soon see his accomplishment pass unnoticed. And in an interview at the state Capitol, before a meeting with Democrat Thurbert Baker, whom he will replace in January, Olens declared that geography worried him more than his faith during the campaign.
“There were four things against me,” Olens said. Yes, he was Jewish. But he was also a