Supporters of Georgia SOS accuse opponent of intimidation

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June 10, 2010

ATLANTA, Georgia: Supporters of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp have accused Sandy Springs City Commissioner Doug MacGinnite, his challenger for the Republican nomination in the race for the statewide position, of using pictures taken of them and their children at a Kemp fundraiser to intimidate them. Though the MacGinnite campaign acknowledged that they had sent an unpaid volunteer to take photographs at the event in question on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in Sandy Springs, the camp contends, however, that the amateur photographer was there to "document times when Kemp is raising money during working hours instead of dealing with state issues."[1] Still, State Representative Joe Wilkinson, who was present at the event, insists that the fundraiser did not begin until after working hours, but that the photographer was "taking photos of people arriving for the event, even when Kemp was not present."[1]

Kemp was appointed as Georgia Secretary of State by Governor Sonny Perdue in January 2010 to fill the vacancy left behind by Republican Karen Handel following her resignation to work full time on her gubernatorial campaign.[2][3]

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