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  Why One of Georgia's Most Powerful Politicians Has Never Run for Office
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Sep 07, 2019 10:23pm
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AuthorNick Fouriezos
News DateTuesday, May 2, 2017 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIt’s Tuesday morning and the eight bright-eyed employees are greeted with doughnuts, coffee and a friendly handshake from Chris Carr. Dressed in khakis and a light-blue button-down, the state’s top lawyer fires off quips while wielding a Georgia Film mug and commending the group for their willingness to “jump right in.” After all, there is no higher virtue than social grace, one the 44-year-old attorney general has stressed in both business and public service. “It always comes down to communications and relationships,” he’ll later tell them.

“Coffee with Chris” is Carr’s attempt to introduce himself to the 330 or so employees who fill Georgia’s largest legal department. The gesture serves as a useful ear on the ground, not to mention an easy claim of staying close to the rank and file.

This morning, he shares a story of a natural-born politician, a toddler who cried when Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford and who arrived in Georgia at age 6, son to a small-time entrepreneur. He implies a sort of political inevitability: After college, he would have gone straight into public service if not for a mentor who urged him to start in the private sector. After a brief stint practicing law, Carr eventually became the longtime chief of staff for Sen. Johnny Isakson, and later the economic development czar for Gov. Nathan Deal. His current digs, with all the trappings of elected office without having actually been elected, came after Deal appointed him last November to finish the term of Sam Olens, who stepped down to enter academia.
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