A mysterious robo-call touts John Isakson Jr. for Congress

Well, this is getting interesting.

One of our loyal readers recorded a robo-call tonight that seems to be testing the waters for John Isakson Jr. - the son of the U.S. senator - in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Tom Price.

We're not sure who the robo-call came from - Isakson's camp says it wasn't from them - but it included Isakson Jr.'s name in a list of potential contenders for the seat. Then it probed whether the respondent had a favorable opinion of real estate developers and Isakson's dad.

And then: "John Isakson Jr. is considering running for Congress in the open 6th Congressional district seat. Does his family relationship make John Isakson Jr. more qualified to run for Congress, less likely to run for Congress or does it not matter?"

We should mention here that Isakson represented the district before running for the U.S. Senate. His son John is also a real estate developer.

Listen to the call here (ignore the picture of your Insider's family):

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The New York Times used former Gov. Sonny Perdue as a window into what it's like for Cabinet contenders to seek a job with Donald Trump.

From the story:

WASHINGTON — When former Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia stepped off the elevator on the 26th floor of Trump Tower last week for his interview with Donald J. Trump, he expected a grilling by the president-elect and a phalanx of associates, something along the lines of the confrontational boardroom scenes at the sleek conference table in the television show “The Apprentice.”

What he found instead was Mr. Trump, calm and solicitous behind a desk cluttered with papers and periodicals, in a large corner office with a hodgepodge of memorabilia and décor that appeared little changed from the 1980s. Nick Ayers, an aide to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and Stephen K. Bannon, who will serve as Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, listened from the sidelines. Mr. Trump, who offered Mr. Perdue a seat across from his desk, was in charge.

“He was approaching this from a deal standpoint, and he wanted to know if he was on the right track,” said Mr. Perdue, who is being considered for secretary of agriculture and wore a tie adorned with tractors to the meeting. “He believes that we in the United States have been sort of patsies over the years in the way we’ve dealt with our foreign competitors and international trade — and I agree with him — and he wanted to know what I would do about it.”


Donald Trump passed over Dunwoody jeweler Bruce Levell, who headed his diversity coalition, when he picked pro wrestling magnate Sally McMahon to head the Small Business Administration.

Levell, named by multiple media outlets as a contender, is still in the running for lesser Trump administration positions. And he said he still hasn't closed the door on a run for the 6th district.

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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.