Georgia Democratic AG Chief Shows up at GOP Fundraiser

By: AP
By: AP
It surprised some Georgia Democrats when Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, a Democrat, attended a fundraiser last month for the Republican who wants his post.

Commissioner of Agriculture and Georgia Development Authority Chairman Tommy Irvin cuts the ribbon on a new cabin named in his honor at the FFA-FCCLA Center.

Atlanta, Georgia (AP) --

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is a Democrat and remained a loyal party man as the state tilted Republican.

So it surprised some Democrats when Irvin attended a fundraiser
last month for the Republican who wants his post. Irvin is stepping
down in January and told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he
thinks Republican Gary Black will win.

Irvin said he was invited to the fundraiser by an old supporter
and didn't donate to Black.

The 81-year-old commissioner has not personally endorsed any
candidates in the race. But he said he'll vote a straight
Democratic ticket -- including for Democrat J.B. Powell who's
running for the agriculture post.

Irvin said he has taped campaign commercials with Powell and
donated $1,000 to the Democrat's campaign.

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