Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates delivers an address at Harvard Law School Class Day 2017, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Photo: Isaac Sabetai/Political Insider
Photo: Isaac Sabetai/Political Insider

Yates passes on run for Georgia office

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said Wednesday she has no plans to run for office in Georgia or elsewhere, eliminating a key prospect some Democrats were hoping to draft for statewide office.

The longtime Atlanta attorney told a Bloomberg summit that “running for office is just not anything I’ve ever felt drawn to.” 

“You know what feels like you or doesn’t,” she said, according to the Associated Press. 

Yates’ comments are not exactly a surprise. She’s never hinted at a run, but some Democrats had floated her name as a potential 2020 challenger to Georgia U.S. Sen. David Perdue. 

Yates became a household name overnight in January 2017 when, as the caretaker attorney general, she refused to enforce newly sworn-in President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Trump swiftly fired her. 

She emerged in the spotlight a second time when it was revealed that she had warned the White House that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn might have been compromised by the Russians. 

Yates has since returned to private practice in Atlanta, where she’s continued to raise alarms about Trump’a attacks on the judiciary and other political institutions.

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is a senior reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's enterprise team, where she covers women in society, LGBTQ issues, the urban-rural...