Capitol Recap: Leaving office, but Georgia’s Golden Dome remains home

Just because somebody has left office, there’s no need to say goodbye. Especially in Georgia politics. Take the case of state Sen. Josh McKoon , who on Monday will become former state Sen. Josh McKoon. The Columbus Republican, whose campaign to become the next secretary of state met its end during the May GOP primary, will remain in the proximity of the Gold Dome because he is joining the state’s Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner. The incoming commissioner, Jim Beck, made McKoon his first hire. McKoon may be best known as an advocate for “religious liberty” legislation, but Beck — a longtime president of Georgia Christian Coalition — announced the hiring by citing another prominent part of his new hand’s record. “I am excited to have a dynamic leader who has been at the forefront of ethics and transparency in state government as part of my team,” Beck said. As it happens, Beck has had some problems in the areas of ethics and transparency. In May, a federal grand jury subpoenaed Beck’s state work records following reports that he was holding state and private-sector jobs at the same time. The new job is the second one that McKoon has taken since losing his last election. He had been set to become the director of the state chapter of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, and he may still do that someday. Of course, he won’t be the only former legislator working the hallways of the state Capitol. For […]

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