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Around the time Republican Senator Johnny Isaacson announced his plans to resign late last month, rumors and speculation were set about which Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp would appoint to fill the seat.
Isaxon plans to leave the post, which has been running for almost 15 years at the end of 2019 for health reasons.
In an effort to "provide an open and transparent appointment process", Kemp has launched an online application process for anyone eligible to submit their CV or CV
Within the first two days, the governor received nearly 200 applications, all of which are in the public domain.
"We will carefully screen candidates and select the person who best reflects our values, our condition and our vision for the future," Kemp said in a statement.
According to the Georgia Constitution, all Georgia citizens who have been U.S. citizens for at least nine years and are at least 30 years old are eligible.
Reliable senators ranged from sitting Georgia Public Service Commissioner to sales assistant at Home Depot, chef to theater technician, Republican political talk show radio host (and candidate for one-time congress) to elementary school principal, Southwest pilot Airlines of the owner of fitness for women.
One of the hundreds of candidates is Michael Ventimilia. He works as a chef at a restaurant in Macon, Ga., And is known as the Blues Big Mike musician. He decided to apply because he said he was "the people of the people."
"I'm out on the street every day. I go out to bars. I play with a lot of people, motorcyclists, always over at the Moose lodge, the black clubs, and I hear what people say that most politicians don't even approach, don't approach. "
He says that politicians today play on division, hatred and prejudice. ,
"And I think politicians keep moving a bunch of these things. So they can keep their jobs. Without hatred and prejudice, they have nothing to do. "
He says his chances of getting a job are low, but he likes the idea of eventually becoming a US senator.
Another applicant is Stuart Frollinger, who lives in Athens, Georgia and is retired from the financial industry. He calls himself a fiscally conservative and socially liberal Republican – and much interested in people's personal finances. He is from New York and has lived in Georgia for about 2 1/2 years.
"Most people go through their lives without financial means, plan by living or paying a check to pay a check, or even if they have a lot of money, they make it during the day, "he says," they spend it. "
" I think, as a Georgia senator, this is one thing I rarely hear – the Georgia government is really asking people to be more active with the finances of their own lives, "he says. "People need to manage their finances better, not just think 'I'm getting old and I'm going to get Social Security and Medicare.' It won't be that easy. "
" A deep, deep bench "?
The online application process" changes the full dynamic of how we thought this [appointment] would play, "said Brian's Republican communications strategist Brian Robinson. "
" Many people who may have been in personal conversations with Camp now will not want to spell their name there as someone who may not be particularly pleased with the job or elected position they have now. he said.
The names of several sitting members of Congress, including Republican Rep. E Collins and state constitutional officials were cited as potential recruits.
Collins confirmed Friday that The Hill was seeking to be replaced.
Kemp's office did not say whether it was formally required. Robinson, however, said the governor risks making the process seem "stupid" if he does not choose any of the public application pools. for online applications cannot be related to logistics.
"I think [the governor and his staff] was flooded with so many calls. So many people say, 'Choose this person, choose this person, hey, I want him,'" he said.
In an earlier interview with WABE, Kemp said, "obviously I hear from a lot of people who are interested or who have recommended me to people. There is a deep and deep bench that we need to get out of."
Johnson added that this move could cancel the line of attack for Democrats who will run for office in 2020. "No matter who we choose, we would say," Oh God, look who chose, this one the process was not transparent, it was "not open, the public made no contribution." "
Under the Georgia constitution, the governor-appointed candidate will only hold office until the November 2020 special election. and the winner will be re-elected in 2022.
This also means veterina mandate of the Senate of Georgia will be elected next year.