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Mike Evans withdraws from 9th District race for Congress

Mike Evans, the former chairman of the state transportation board, this evening withdrew from the Republican race to replace U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal in Congress.

Evans is married to the former Gena Abraham, who served as state DOT commissioner.

This from a rather sobering note that Mike Evans just sent out to north Georgia supporters:

My profession, real estate development, has been especially hard hit. Many good friends of mine have gone bankrupt and others, like me, have struggled to hang on financially.

When I first entered this race for Congress, I thought I would have the financial wherewithal to campaign full time and maintain my financial obligations in this very tough market. Over the last couple of months, that has been increasingly difficult. Instead of campaigning or raising campaign funds, my time has been consumed with outside work trying to provide for my family and pay for two children in college and another headed to college soon.

Reassessing our financial …

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Your morning jolt: Here a czar, there a czar

The youthful head of the Obama administration’s auto task force has abandoned that post, only days after pushing General Motors through the rapids of bankruptcy court.

The White House said Steven Rattner decided to return to private life and his family in New York City. But his brief tenure came under a cloud with an investigation of an influence peddling scandal back in New York.

Rattner, an investment banker, was unlikely to face charges in the investigation — which involves a giant state pension fund that provides retirement benefits for more than 1 million government employees.

But the resignation has caused U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston to renew his call for more scrutiny of President Barack Obama’s policy “czars” — who have been tasked with everything from saving the auto industry to climate change.

The Savannah congressman dropped new legislation on Wednesday that would require Senate confirmation such appointments. The measure is unlikely to move, given Kingston’s minority …

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Your morning jolt: A debt owed in a race for Congress

Mike Evans, one of several candidates now in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal in north Georgia, called on Wednesday to plug a list of supporters he’s signed on — including commissioners from virtually every county in the Ninth District.

Download the list here.

But while Evans was on the phone, I had to ask him how things stood between him and state Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger), who is also in the congressional contest.

Graves stood with Evans, then chairman of the state transportation board, after Evans bucked pressure from House Speaker Glenn Richardson and sided with Gov. Sonny Perdue to elect Gena Abraham as DOT commissioner. Evans and Abraham later married.

Graves was punished for bucking the speaker.

Said Evans: “I’ll forever be in Tom Graves debt for doing the right thing. There’s not a bad thing I can say about Tom Graves.”

This week, U.S. Reps. Jack Kingston and Sanford Bishop took up for the city of Hinesville at a congressional hearing. The Army had planned to …

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