Former Rep. Bob Barr. (John Amis for the AJC)
Photo: John Amis
Photo: John Amis

Kemp taps Barr for judicial watchdog agency

Gov. Brian Kemp quietly appointed former congressman Bob Barr to the judicial watchdog agency this week, despite the apparent concerns of one of the state’s most respected jurists. 

The governor signed an executive order that was posted online this week to tap Barr to the Judicial Qualifications Commission, weeks after Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias reportedly sought to block the nomination. 

Channel 2 Action News journalist Richard Belcher reported last month that Nahmias contacted Kemp’s executive counsel David Dove to try to derail the appointment, though it was uncertain precisely why. 

Barr, like Nahmias, is an ex-federal prosecutor. Barr also ran for president as a Libertarian in 2008. We previously reached out to both Nahmias and Kemp, and both declined comment through their aides.

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.