First Democrat announces bid for Isakson’s Senate seat

Chairman Johnny Isakson, of Georgia speaks during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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ATLANTA (AP) -- The son of former U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman is the first Democrat to enter the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia.

Matt Lieberman said in a statement Thursday that he’s running because he’s “fed up with the do-nothing politicians who care more about getting re-elected than governing.”

The 74-year-old Isakson recently announced he’ll retire in December due to health issues. A special election for the last two years of his term will be held in November 2020.

Lieberman will likely be one of many candidates, including whomever Republican Gov. Brian Kemp appoints to the post until the election is held.

He made the announcement without the backing of party leaders, who are currently vetting candidates they hope Democrats can rally behind.

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