State Rep. Harry Geisinger, the state Capitol’s top horse-racing proponent, dies

Geisinger was a member of the inner corps of Republicans of the post-Goldwater period in Georgia, and was first elected to the House in 1968. He attempted a run in a multi-candidate Republican primary for governor in 1974, but was defeated – “Machine Gun” Ronnie Thompson, the mayor of Macon, was the GOP nominee that year. He lost to Democrat George Busbee.

Geisinger won re-election to the House in 2004, where he became an advocate for pari-mutuel wagering and the horse-racing industry. Despite his best efforts, he couldn’t persuade his Republican colleagues that attitudes toward gambling and the horses had changed in Georgia. H.B. 2 failed to make it to a House floor vote this year, though previous efforts had made it out of committee.

House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, has sent the following statement:

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.